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Discover rock climbing on the delightful Dalmatian coast!

Whether you ascend the pristine vertical sandstone slabs of Paklenica National Park or go climbing on the beach, rock climbing in Zadar is sure to be the highlight of your summer. Enjoy great views and beautiful weather every day that you’re here too. Compare and book a certified guide for your trip on Explore-Share.com: 1500+ guides, 70+ countries and more than 8000 different programs to choose from. Take a pick from our selection of Rock Climbing trips in Zadar. The mountains are calling!

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FAQs: Rock Climbing in Zadar

What should I know about Rock Climbing Zadar?

While Paklenica National Park is the most popular rock climbing destination in and around Zadar, it is not the only one. Krka National Park, which sits southwest of Zadar, also offers some modest ascents for beginner and intermediate climbers.

A bit farther north of Paklenica is Ravni Dabar. Also situated in the Dinaric Alps, this area has plenty of excellent limestone rock walls to scale and offers hours worth of climbing. Due to its lower profile than Paklenica, you are also likely to run into fewer other climbers, meaning more rock just for you.

However, the best rock climbing to be had in the area is certainly in Paklenica, which offers hundreds of routes that are perfect for every level of climber. The high-quality limestone has plenty of natural handholds and numerous parts of the park offer incredible views as you head up.

Velika Paklenica Gorge is an especially popular spot in the national park and attracts plenty of trad and sport climbers each day.

Why should I choose Zadar for my Rock Climbing adventure?

Stunning scenery

Situated on the stunning Dalmatia coastline, Zadar boasts plenty of gorgeous scenery to enjoy while you’re out climbing. The Dinaric Alps tower above the turquoise-blue waters of the Adriatic Sea and pockets of bright green vegetation grow in the various valleys and ridgelines of the mountains. You will feel like you’re in a painting when you come climbing here.

Paklenica National Park

Located just 45 kilometers northeast of Zadar, Paklenica National Park is a veritable playground for rock climbing enthusiasts. Boasting more than 500 different climbing routes, Paklenica caters to climbers of all levels and tastes. Its large slabs of limestone offer plenty of great handholds and make for some of the country’s best trad climbing. The Paklenica Gorge is perhaps the best climbing spot in the park.

Go to the beach

After a long and hot day of climbing, there is nothing like a refreshing dip in the blue beyond blue waters of the Adriatic Sea. During the summer, enjoy the perfect water temperatures and cool off after a long day out on the rocks. The Dalmatian coastline boasts some of the best beaches in all of Europe. Some of the so-called hidden beaches will allow you to combine climbing and swimming for one incredible day of adventure.

What can I expect from the weather during my Rock Climbing trip in Zadar?

During the summer, average daily temperatures range from 20 ºC to 25 ºC, but can get up all the way into the 30s. Rain is uncommon in the summer, but does become more frequent in the autumn and spring.

How can I get to Zadar?

During the summer months, the easiest way to get to Zadar is to fly into the city’s airport (ZAD), which can be reached from most major European cities. Outside of the summer, you will need to fly into the international airport in Zagreb (ZAG) and take a bus to Zadar.

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What currency is accepted around Zadar?

Kuna (HRK)

When is the best time to travel to Zadar for Rock Climbing?

April to October

What people are saying about Rock Climbing | Zadar


I chose the intermediate rock climbing trip with Danijela at Paklenica National Park. Without a doubt, it was the highlight of my entire trip throughout Croatia. I strongly recommend Danijela (and her assistant Ferdo) to anyone looking for a guided rock climbing experience. First, the instructions are clear on where and when to meet the guides. The trip started at 7am to beat the heat and the crowds. We stayed in nearby Zadar, which is about an hour away. Buses don't arrive that early, so . Uber is your cheapest option (unless you rent a car yourself). We had some trouble getting there, but Danijela was flexible with the time, which was sincerely appreciated. Second, the actual climbing is incredible. Danijela assessed my climbing ability and tailor-made a climbing experience suited to my abilities. I was challenged, which was exactly what I wanted. My only regret is that I did not book a longer trip, or perhaps a couple of days with the guides. They are incredibly experienced, and they gave me helpful climbing tips that I never learned climbing at my local crag. Without a doubt, they made me a better climber in the short time I was with them. Also, these guides are so knowledgeable and experienced that I never once felt unsafe. I always felt that no matter the route, they had me on belay, and my life was secure. The gear was also top quality. I have never had such a feeling of trust while climbing, and I just met them! Third, the guides are simply amazing people. We had great conversations the entire time, and they were friendly, funny, and caring. After the experience was over, they took us to a famous restaurant near the park. We were in a hurry to catch a bus (which they showed us exactly where the bus station was and when the bus would arrive), and they got the restaurant staff to serve us fast to make sure we would not miss our bus. Look no further!! BOOK THIS TRIP NOW! I cannot wait for the next opportunity I have to be in Croatia, as I already cannot wait to book another trip with them.



It was one of the best experiences ever!!! The guids were so nice and helpfull, took it at my pace, helped me feel confident with the rope and thought me what to do and what not to do I advise everyone to go try this course!!! Im sure to be checking with them again when I'll get back to croatia😊❤


Thank you much to Danijela, Ferdo and Joseph. We had a wonderful day climbing with you all. You planned the day just as we had imagined and picked great routes for us. It was loads of fun, though my toes did not thank you the next day! X



Our guides were absolutely fantastic - assisted in all aspects of the climbs, catering for my and my partner's different climbing abilities and needs. Would recommend Danijela to anyone in a heartbeat. One of the best experiences of our trip to Europe from Australia!!



I couldn't have asked for a better experience! Danijella and Fredo were both extremely knowledgeable and pushed me to be a better climber. Highly recommend an afternoon on the mountain with them.

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