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Zadar is in northern Dalmatia, Croatia.

Zadar, the church of St. Mary near the Roman Forum

Get in

The adjacent bus and train stations are about 15 minutes walk from city centre. There are frequent buses and taxis too.

By bus

Frequent buses run to and from Zagreb (3h 30 min), Rijeka (change for Trieste in Italy), Pula, Sibenik, Split and on to Dubrovnik. Information: +385-23-211555. Reservations by phone are possible with some operators, e.g. Contus: +385-23-314477. Touring connects Zadar with several German cities.

About half the buses for Zagreb pass through the stunning Plitvice National Park.

By train

A few slow trains a day run to Knin and connect into trains for Zagreb and Split. Virtually nobody uses this train to get to these cities.

By boat

Large Jadrolinja http://www.jandrolinija.hr ferries run every few days up and down the coast between Dubrovnik and Rijeka, stopping off at ports (including Zadar) and islands on the way. They also run almost daily ferries in summer to and from Ancona in Italy.

Local Boats - Zadar is also a hub for local boats and hydrofoils in Northern Dalmatia. Services run to and from Olib, Mali Losinj, Ugljan etc.

By plane

There is an evening flight from Zagreb. During the summer seasons there are also various tourist flights from several European cities. Cheap flights exist but may be hard to find. AdriaJet [1] sells tickets on charter flights: tel. +385 48 240600. Ryanair [2] has added a low cost flight from London Stansted to Zadar.

Get around

The centre is easy enough to get around on foot. To reach the bus & train stations or Youth Hostel you will probably need to catch one of the frequent local buses.

See

  • Walk around the atmospheric streets of the old town.
  • St. Donat's
  • The Roman Forum
  • St. Anastasia (the Cathedral)
  • St. Mary & St. Simeon
  • The Archaeological Museum
  • Enjoy the otherworldly sounds of the Sea Organ (Croatian: Morske orgulje) on Zadar's Riva. This man made organ works with the motion of the waves and 35 pipes to create a musical soundscape.

Do

Sit for hours in one of the cafes and enjoy the city, the sun, and the people. There's very few Internet Cafes. For more information visit the tourist office at [3]

Buy

If you are looking for a good printed tourist guide try the Petar Zoranic bookstore, Knezova Subica Bribirskih 10

Eat

  • Restaurant Kornat located in the harbour, excellent Croatian Mediterranean cuisine

Drink

  • The Garden, Bedemi zadarskih pobuna, tel. +385 23 254509 - a fancy open bar with a lovely view over the harbour
  • The Arsenal Trg tri Bunara +385 23 253 820 [4] A 17th cent. Venetian Naval Warehouse, now a cool Restaurant-Bar-Club

Sleep

  • Hotel Kolovare is the only hotel close to the city centre.
  • The Youth Hostel Obala kneza Trpimira 78 +385-23-331145. Friendly, 5km from the city centre by the marina in Borik. Take buses 5 or 8.
  • Hotel Adriatic Three Star designer hotel, great pool, on the beach Biograd 30klm south of Zadar +38523383556 http://www.ilirijabiograd.com

Get out

  • Visit the stunning waterfalls and lakes of the Plitvice National Park.
  • Rent a boat and explore surrounding islands, especially Kornati.



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