Zooom in Dalmatia! Zooom in Zadar! Zooom in Zadar’s heart, the historical peninsula. Oh, there’s the Roman Forum and St Donatus’ Church. Now rotate just a bit. And that? That’s us - Boutique Hostel Forum. The best location in town, and you don’t need an online travel agency (OTA) to tell you that. Come to think of it, you don’t need an OTA at all. Just book directly with us, simply because it’s a smarter thing to do. And here’s why:
Travel ID, some money and tickets for your transport (if any). Check! Basic hygiene kit with essential medicines. Check! Mobile phone and its charger. Check! A few essential pieces of clothing and footwear. Check! Sunglasses and sunscreen. Check! Now just resist the temptation to add just another piece of this, another of that, because you’re travelling light. Everything else you include, raises the weight of your backpack, pressure on your back and, if your backpack ends up looking gigantic, lowers your chances for a successful hitchhike. What else is there? Just a few more things to bear in mind:
Your love for Zadar (region) doesn’t have to be just a summer fling! Don’t be shy beginning of the year, show that you care. Let it flourish with the spring flowers and then shout it out in the summer, only to move to the next relationship phase in autumn. Let it mature like an old wine, and get even better with every passing month.
All you have is one day in Zadar? And a list of absolute must-do’s and must-see’s? Before you set off on a frantic race with time to tick all the entries on your list, just stop for a second, take a deep breath and consider doing things the way they’re done in Zadar - ‘pomalo’! No, it’s not a large citrus fruit. It refers to taking things easy, taking the time, all the time in the world. It’s a special skill that helps the locals not only to deal with summer heat and melancholic autumn winds, but also to face anything that comes their way. It’s a skill you want to have. So, try it:
Stop. Right now. Pack. Board a plane. Or hit the motorway heading south. Towards Zadar. Why? Because it’s time to take a break! Because Zadar (region) is fabulous in autumn. Because it’s the seaside. Because off season means less crowds, friendlier prices and pleasant weather. Because winter hibernation hasn’t set in and there are still fun events going on. Because you’ll want to absorb those final warm sunrays. Because even The Times thinks autumn is the perfect time for a break and Zadar is among their favourites. Because you’ll want to experience some of the following:
Hello Zadar, it’s UNESCO ! Congratulations, you have made it to our List of World Heritage Sites! Such conversation can mean only one thing - you’ll need another day in Zadar! Because you’ve already had quite a few things to tick off your Zadar list. To climb the Belltower of St Anastasia’s Cathedral for a panoramic view of the historical core? Check. To admire the muffin-shaped Church of St Donatus, Zadar’s most famous landmark? Check. To stand in the middle of the ancient Roman Forum? Check. To walk along the city’s most famous street Kalelarga and have a refreshment the way Zadrans do on one of the many fabulous squares? Check. To feel amazed while watching the sunset and the irresistible play of light made by Greetings to the Sun and listening to the Sea Organ playing a unique symphony created by the waves? Check. Well, Zadar’s defensive system has just been added to UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites, and you’ve only covered the buffer zone with your list.
Light breeze, sun rays caressing the skin, soothing sound of waves - is there a better way to spend a day away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life than on a beach? But don’t just dream about your favourite summer S’s - stripping down to your favourite summer outfits, sunbathing and swimming, water sports, strolling along the shore, sipping cocktails or beer in the shade of a beach bar playing your favourite song to tune you in to that summer feel. You’re just a few letters away from making it happen - a trip to Z(adar) is all it takes.
Round 150 km lie between the cities of Zadar and Split with Šibenik roughly in the middle. Each of the three cities has a long history, amazing legends to tell and exciting present to share with the visitors. So, which of the three cities is better? Is it Split as the current administrative centre of the whole region? Is it Zadar which used to have that role for centuries to which its numerous sights testify? Is it Šibenik as the oldest settlement founded by Croatians? You may have had an adventure in Zadar, seen the best views in Šibenik or partied like an animal in Split, which might influence your perception of the cities, but here are a few interesting facts:
Do you love the sea? Want to roam historical streets and discover modern attractions? Feel like melting with the crowds in the exciting summer buzz? There’s nothing better than to spend the summertime out in the open, discovering amazing countries such as Croatia, magnificent regions such as northern Dalmatia, fascinating cities such as Zadar and its irresistible summer vibe. Actually, there is one thing better - visiting such places when special events take place. From concerts to food festivals, take a pick from the list of summer highlights and … Zadar-ize yourself!