Stay in a new charming apartment in a villa surrounded by big garden with private pool. The apartment is on the ground floor with direct exit to the garden. It is particularly safe for little children, because there is a big iron gate which can be opened by adults only. Our house is in villa suburb of Zadar, quiet, yet 5 minutes walk from the sea and a big sand and rock beach with water sport possibilities, excursions to famous Croatian parks of nature (Kornati Islands, Starigrad cliffs, Plitvice lakes) spend a wonderful day and in the evening return to your apartment. Upon wish we can organize these trips for you.
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For nearly 3,000 years, Zadar—a Croatian port on the northern Dalmatian coast—has absorbed the legacies of foreign powers, visible today in the Old Town Peninsula's varied architecture.
Anchor of a sprawling Adriatic archipelago. Architecture that spans millennia. Public art installations. Zadar is the laid-back little sister to Dubrovnik.
Scene Flanked by dozens of idyllic Adriatic islands and within an hour’s drive of five national parks, the peninsula city’s natural beauty is matched only by its epic history. For nearly 3,000 years, this port on the northern Dalmatian coast has tried to fend off foreign powers with varying success. Architectural legacies of these interlopers are visible today in the city’s Roman forum and in various Venetian ramparts around town. While the city center is on the Old Town Peninsula, most of Zadar is on the mainland. Modern public art and a lively café scene keep all parts of the city very 21st century.
City Gem With its signature cylindrical shape and distinctive dome, the ninth-century Church of St. Donat has become synonymous with Zadar. No longer used as a church, the monument welcomes visitors and hosts a series of summer concerts—ranging from Brazilian guitarist Daniel Wolff to the Zadar Chamber Orchestra—made all the more resonant by the building’s acoustics.
Insider’s Tip The “Sea Organ,” an art installation of pipes below the new pier, harnesses the energy of the ocean waves to produce an otherworldly soundscape. “The sound is so soothing, and sitting by the water is just a great way to unwind after a day walking around the city,” says Marijana Gucunski, a Croatian expat who spends part of every summer at her family beach home nearby. “Of course, grab a delicious Croatian sladoled (ice cream) on the way.”
Local Flavor This is the Adriatic, land of grilled seafood; you can’t go wrong ordering fish, calamari, and mussels na gradele (grilled). Wash it all down with a glass of rakija (brandy) or travarica (an herbal spirit). For a late-night snack or breakfast, try burek, a savory cheese-filled phyllo pastry, with a cup of the Turkish-style coffee favored by Croats at the myriad of bakeries in Varoš—the historic heart of town—that are open into the wee hours.
Nightlife After dark, any hip Zadrani walks to the Garden, a minimalist-chic boîte atop the city walls opened by UB40 drummer James Brown and music producer Nick Colgan, for live jazz, Latin grooves, or electronica. Sip a local Karlovačko beer and play a game of chess or just soak up the seductive loungey, relaxed atmosphere that seems distinctly European.
By Sea The marina is full of boats vying to ferry you to the Zadar archipelago, where beaches, medieval villages, and snorkeling excursions await. Take a half-day trip to Dugi Otok, the largest island, to spend an idyllic afternoon on the sandy, uncrowded Saharun beach.
Island Hopper Take a side trip to Dugi Otok, the largest island in the Zadar archipelago, to kick back on the coast—with views of the Veli Rat lighthouse.
If you do not like beaches, you can always find a motor boat (your host has one) to take you swimming out in the open sea or to one of the wild islands nearby.
Next day walk to the ancient Zadar town, enjoy monuments, churches, monasteries, or just stroll through narrow stone streets. Old town is just a few bus stops away, but maybe you would enjoy walking by the sea to the old historic Peninsula, it is less than one hour' s walk.
Or you can just relax in the garden by the pool, where you can meet our garden pet (tortoise Korni). There are a number of restaurants with delicious Mediterranean food just a few minutes away, fish, scampi and calamari are always fresh and brought by local fishermen. If you prefer to prepare something yourself, there is a barbecue stove in the garden. Shops, restaurants, cafes are near but not too near, nights are quiet and you can rest if you want or spend the night in a bar, dancing or listening to local music bands called klape.
Zadar can be reached by daily flights from major European cities, and it is just 2,5 hours drive on highhway from Zagreb, capital of Croatia.
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Zadar apt in lux villa with pool& garden near sea Zadar, Dalmatia, Croatia
Additional Location Information
Villa is in the quiet residential area of the old historic town of Zadar, famous for its ancient monuments dating from Roman times. Zadar itself has wonderful surroundings, there are numerous small and bigger islands where yu can lose yourself and be alone, or if you visit nearby Krka bridge you can bungee jump, climb cliffs at Starigrad Paklenica, swim in Plitvice lakes and under Krka waterfalls. Everything is just within reach, so that you can be away the whole day and return to your apartment in the evening. You can be alone, relax or you can be around, and see beautiful countryside.
Parking is in our garden, transportation is within reach bus, ferry and even boat ride man who row on a small boat from one part of the town to another. Yes, this is true, this is how I go to work every day.! No cars, no trafic jam.
“Host very welcoming, atmosphere fantastic, great holiday”
Left on 08/16/2012 for a stay in July 2012 | Satruncica FidicReviewed Aug 16, 2012Stayed Jul 2012
We enjoyed our stay very much. We walked to the beach every day and went to a number of excursions, the days went too quickly The apartment is charming. Everything was just as described. We went swimming with host's motor boat. We shall come back!
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