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Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Zadar June 15th 2019

After a 4.5hr bus trip to Zadar we arrived at our accomodation at about 6pm. We had chosen a hostel for our first night and for the next 4 nights we were moving to a room that we booked on Airbnb that had yet received no reviews and had been newly listed, so we had no idea what to expect and had taken a bit of a gamble. This was the case for most of the travels. We had no idea what to expect and most of it was a surprise: good or bad. Anyway the hostel was a good surprise. We had a lovely room in a boutique type place and it felt friendly and relaxed from the moment we checked in. Another guy from our bus was also checking in ahead of us and ... read more
The Crowds walking into Old Town Gates that lead from the foot bridge.
Solar Salute to the Sun
Old town Square

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Zadar September 8th 2017

Sadly we are leaving Rovinj today. We have really enjoyed our stay in this picturesque little town. The people of Istria have been so friendly, as we made our way around the major tourist attractions, as well as off the beaten track villages. We thought we may have struggled in Croatia not knowing the local language, however, there is always someone available who can speak English and is happy to interpret. With the weather not looking too good for Zadar today, on the recommendation of our hosts, we take a small detour via the medieval walled city of Motovun. Motovun is a village in central Istria, which has a permanent population of 531, 191 of whom use Italian as their mother language. The town grew up on the site of an ancient city called Castellieri, and ... read more
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Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Zadar August 19th 2017

All before 8:30 am I bought a souvenir, bought breakfast, bought snacks and asked the rental car company what would happen if I indeed did got a speeding ticket. They said they'd mail it to me if the police decide to follow through with it. I got a text alerting me that the bus was going to be 45 minutes late. We were supposed to leave at 8:50 and didn't leave until 10:00 am. As I was loading my suitcase onto the bus I almost had a heart attack. I noticed one of the travel locks was missing. Did someone break it? Then I realized I unlocked it last in the hostel throwing stuff in at the last second. I also remember placing the keys on the floor. The keys in the same ring were for ... read more

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Zadar August 1st 2017

After leaving Krka, we went directly to Zadar where, fortunately, it was a bit colder than in Krka (+/- 40°C vs. Kraka 48°C). We found our hostel quite easily thanks to Google maps, but when we got there, it turned out the owner wasn’t there, only his son. It was a bit weird, the room he showed us wasn’t the bedroom for 4 people we had booked but a 12-person bedroom, so we decided to wait for the owner to return before taking the room. He arrived after +/- 15 minutes and explained that the 4-person bedroom wasn’t ready yet (they opened just a week before and not much was ready yet) but that there would only be us and 2 other girls sleeping in the room. This was ok with us and we took the ... read more
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Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Zadar July 16th 2017

En-route to Rab Island we stopped in two towns to see the sights. Sibenik is very close to Skradin, lovely old town centre to wander around, the big cathedral of St James is particularly impressive. It took around one hundred years to build starting in 1431 and is a UNESCO world heritage site for its architecture. St Michael’s fortress has amazing views and is worth a visit for this, it was recently renovated, originally built in the 15thcentury. Zadar is an old Roman town, ruins are scattered around the town, the forum being the most impressive area. The main reason to go was to hear the sea organ and sun salutation on the waterfront. The sea organ is an art installation designed by Nikola Bašić that uses the sea to make random organ-like noises, it sounds ... read more
Sibenik streets
Zadar, from 5 wells square
Zadar, Land Gate

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Zadar June 17th 2017

Our apartment in the old town at Zadar comes complete with a pigeon nesting on two eggs on the window ledge hidden by the slightly-ajar wooden shutters. The shop directly opposite serves the most delicious cake and coffee, perfect for a supper snack before bedtime. We drove to Krka national park yesterday, to see more impressive waterfalls dammed by travertine buildup.... read more
Lady in a window
Our sub tenant
Bird A and baby B

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Zadar June 5th 2017

Zadar, capitala dalmatiei ani la rand s-a lasat descoperit inca o data. am gasit cazare la apartaments amico 2nopti = 94euro un studio, cu toate facilitatile, cu un fel de sufragerie, masina de spalat, mobilier din lemn, cu aer conditionat, terasa. Situat aproape de centru poti sa descoperi frumusetea orasului, muzeul arheologic. Este inconjurat de 5parcuri nationale si noi am ales sa vizitam Krka.... read more
Amico apartments Zadar
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Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Zadar October 27th 2016

Our flight to Zadar was leaving late in the afternoon but we felt like we’d seen enough of London on that trip already so instead of doing more sightseeing we just took our time getting ready and left our claustrophobic room and disappointing hotel after breakfast and headed straight to the airport. As we jumped on one of the metros, a group of musicians got in soon after as well... I thought ‘Here we go, the same crappy tune again’... Once again I was wrong as they turned out to be really good actually! Playing funky music, dancing around and encouraging people to join in... and their enthusiasm has started spreading throughout the carriage almost immediately! Smiley faces all around, some people even started clapping... I started wondering if maybe we were involuntarily taking part in ... read more
Old man and the sea - in Zadar
One of the main street in the Old Town of Zadar
One of many stone pyramids on the island

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Zadar September 22nd 2016

Day 241 Thursday 15th September 2016 – Dubrovnik to Split Are we sad to leave Dubrovnik? Unsure. Amazing place, had a great time and had good accommodation, but not sure we fell in love with the town and it is over hyped and over populated by tourists – perhaps deservedly so. Had to be out of our apartment by 10 so got up at 7 and prepared our breakfast, cleaned the place and packed within the time and waited for the owner to turn up. He never did so we left and walked out of town pushing through the crowd and got a taxi to the bus terminal. Our bus was waiting for us and once on board discovered the couple opposite us were from Newcastle – small world. The bus was good, there ... read more
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Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Zadar August 17th 2016

Today was a "beat feet" drive to Zadar, with no dawdling along the way. Zadar is one of several old towns along the Dalmatian coast of Croatia, and the current Old Town goes back to the middle ages, although historical evidence of this as an important seafaring town goes back several centuries BCE. Zadar is the largest city in Dalmatia, and the fifth largest in Croatia. It is the oldest continuously inhabited city in the country. Zadar was heavily bombed during World War II, at least in part because Yugoslavian partisans greatly overstated the German presence there in order to further their own power ambitions. There was no important industrial target, and Zadar has sometimes been called the "Dresden of the Adriatic" because of the heavy bombing of a militarily unimportant target. From a tourist standpoint, ... read more
Sign for upcoming maraschino festival
9th century Church of St. Donatus
Interior of Church of St. Donatus




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