Summer’s gone and you’re back to your everyday life. Days are shorter and gloomier and you’re a few steps away from needing a new break, even a getaway will do. One solution to your low spirits: Zadar. Sure, it’s a bit risky with the weather and you won’t be able to enjoy much of the sea-sun-sand package available during peak season, but there is the advantage of lower prices and avoiding tourist crowds, as well as the promise of fun events and activities.
‘Backpack’ is a word that derives from ‘back’ and ‘pack’, and it basically means pile your belongings in a bundle, throw it across your back and off you go. And that’s precisely what backpackers do. Backpacking is an umbrella term because travelling this way can range from a couple of weeks to a few years, from crossing one country to crossing continents, from ultralight backpacking to poshpacking. Regardless of the differences, it’s generally a very convenient form of travel and particularly popular among younger people in their 20s. It’s basically about moving away from mass tourist trails and experiencing something authentic, because backpacking by definition means adventure.
Many cities worldwide are regarded as romantic and highly inviting for couples in love. Paris may have Pont des Arts where lovers seal their love with a padlock on the railings of the bridge, Venice may offer gondola rides along its canals and Verona may be the seat of star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet, but Zadar on Valentine’s Day is something extraordinary - it’s a place where love, in all its forms, is in the air. Regardless if you’re in a relationship or single, if you want to openly demonstrate love for your partner, or show appreciation to a friend or kindness to a person in need, a true celebration of love is what happens on February 14 with the event Zaželi ljubav (‘wish for love’).
We’ve hardly taken down our Christmas decorations and our peripheral vision is slowly picking up a bunch of red signals. Not surprisingly so, the V Day is coming. Shop windows are becoming filled with hanging hearts, chocolate hearts are luring us in and radio programmes are tuning us to the right kind of mood with well-known love songs and an occasional new hit. And even if you truly dislike Valentine’s Day and its (usually) materialistic display, surely you won’t be able to resist to watch at least one of the romantic films they’ll show on TV. Even if it’s for the seventh time.
Mediterranean climate is characterized in a few words by warm, even hot summers and mild winters, which allows Zadar to welcome tourists all year round. In spring and autumn and particularly summer the city may be buzzing with activity and probably seems more inviting to visit, but don’t be fooled into thinking that it hibernates in winter. For one, Zadar is a university city and where there are students, there sure is...
Are you an adventure-seeker? Do you enjoy spending time in nature, away from the hustle and bustle of the contemporary life? Is being active the way you envisage your perfect holiday? And while on the move, would you like to learn about the flora and fauna of the place you visit, as well as its cultural-historical heritage? If your answer is affirmative, visiting NP Paklenica and hiking its trails is an absolute must-do while in Dalmatia.
Sure as eggs is eggs, the Mediterranean diet is among the healthiest in the world. Not surprisingly so, since it involves a lot of fish, vegetables, olive oil etc. And healthy does not mean 'yuck!' in this case. Dalmatian cuisine includes the best of the Mediterranean way of cooking, but it also incorporates elements from the Dalmatian hinterland and Croatia in general. It’s all about indulging in excellent food moderately, according to the carpe diem (‘seize the day’) way of life.
In Europe, in a pretzel-shaped country of Croatia, in northern Dalmatia proudly stands Zadar, a city that has been battered throughout the centuries of its existence. Like a phoenix, the city dusted itself off following every downfall and changed into an even more splendid place. No wonder there are four patron saints to protect the city: St Anastasia, St Chrysogonus, St Simeon and St. Zoilo.