Put on your comfy footwear and walk. Walk along the coast and Zadar’s defensive walls (UNESCO’s World Heritage Site). Don’t spare your feet, walk down Kalelarga, its most famous street. Walk and then stop. Not just anywhere, but pick your favourite square!
The temperature is rising, but you feel better, livelier, more ready to roll. That’s because spring fever is here, and it’s the only kind you don’t really mind having. It’s just a great time to wake up from winter hibernation, take a break, grab a backpack and head south. Here are a few additional reasons why:
Hop to Zadar, and don’t stop! Whichever the season, just travel the region. And do so with or without a pre-planned itinerary, but fully aware of your options. Where to and when? How and for how much? Find the answers to questions you’ve considered and possibly even get ideas that haven’t occurred to you before.
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.