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Want to try Zadar

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Want to try Zadar

I fancy trying Croatia this year and Zadar looks interesting.

We normally go self catering and have found a bungalow in Borik available in September.

Has anyone been in this area, and if so would you recommend it?

We're both retired so look forward to a holiday that means we can eat out regularly ( but not too expensive), with a good chance to interact with local people. Whats the food like, we love seafood?

A hire care would be great as we like to explore the area around our digs. What are the car hire rates like? A small economy car is all we would need. Does anyone have any idea as to prices?

Travelling is our enjoyment, and although we live in Scotland I've sussed out the flights, even though it means travelling to Stansted to get a direct flight.

The bungalow I've seen is at::- Cvijete Zuzoric 16

23000 Zadar (Borik)

Does this address ring a bell for anyone? The owner is Canadian.

Hope someone can give me info on this.

Many thanks

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1. Re: Want to try Zadar

Have just returned from Croatia, a super country, but not cheap. Meals out are quite expensive.

I would recommend Split, Zadar and Trogir as really worth visiting

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We went last year and will return. I consequence, I researched the area on TA and have picked up a lot from this forum. You'll get better answers from the two well-informed and helpful local experts, but meanwhile here's and amateur view...altho' we didn't stay in Borik, it gets good reviews, so check past posts using the search bar above.

As regards a hire car, and assuming the Stansted flights still land late in the evening, I'd recommend you leave the car for the latter part of your trip and take the easy option- do as we did and get a taxi to your digs; unless of course your hosts collect you, which is quite common- so ask.

You could then check out the local area, including getting a bus into town to take ferries to the islands nearby for day trips. One of the furthest local islands - Dugi Otok (Long Island) is only an hour away from the quay in the old town of Zadar, with three or four well-timed daily crossings to Sali- a charming sleepy port with several places for lunch, even out of season. A tourist office on the far side of the harbour will advise o local walks if you wish; they found us great rooms overlooking the port. We got a 10am ferry out and stayed there for a few days but there are afternoon returns. Local travel agents may have more adventurous trips to the islands which make up the beautiful marine nature reserve a little further south

As regards car hire, check Ryanair rates (via the link to Hertz on their website). These tend to be reliable if not the cheapest, so as frequent HETZ/Ryanair punters we've taken to comparing them with carhire3000.co.uk who we've found to be trustworthy intermediaries for local hirers, securing better rates than if you just turn up on the day (their website shows 150GBP for a week, and about 100 quid for 4 days from Zadar airport in Sept).

And the comment by Happyhorse, above, about costly meals doesn't square with our experience. Altho' hotel rooms seem very expensive compared with other EU countries, (hence everyone stays in rented private apartments or rooms) we found bars and restaurants to be very good value, with transparent pricing and no rip offs- even down to priced drinks menus on every bar table in cafes both in Zadar old town and (in the even cheaper) islands.

I bet you'll have a great time as we did- from one grandparent to another.

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Oh and as a PS to the above-

pity that last years' Edinburgh - Zadar flights don't seem to be advertised past August, so you have to schlep doen to Stansted - have they discontinued them except for summer? Or just not posted them yet?

I assume you're set on Borik, and have acccomodation booked; if not, send me a PM and I'll give you all the accomodation agency and B & B links and websites which I've clipped for our next trip from past TA posts

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Zadar is a very neat place to visit. With a car you would be able to take it to places like Plitvice or Krka Falls, or maybe even as far as Split.

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Stayed for 3 weeks in and around Zadar last year, when on the mainland stayed in Borik.

Its outside town , but with a great bus service right into town centre that is cheap and busy , but great fun.

Borik has the large hotel complex Falkensteiner with a beach/promenade its got a rocky beach, like Granton but the locals love it .If you want better beaches head out to the islands for aday or two. Take the high speed boats if you can .

Restaurants are same prices as here(Edinburgh) , service is good, its definitely different ,which all holidays should be

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Borik is good place to stay, you can see here for more info:


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7. Re: Want to try Zadar

Zadar's great for day trips, as already mentioned. I would also recommend Pag Island, which is just to the north of Zadar and is connected by bridge. A great island, the main town (centre of island) is lovely. A hire car is a good idea, there are also local hire car places in Zadar (we use the local ones when we go there). Borik is a popular suburb of Zadar. The 'Puntamika' buses run from there to the old town all the time. I'll be heading to Zadar in 2 weeks and staying in Borik. Can't wait.

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Don't miss National parks around Zadar: "Kornati", "Paklenica" and "Krka".

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