13 Go for a drink in the park Perivoj kraljice Je

first_img13. Go for a drink in the parkPerivoj kraljice Jelene Madijevke is the main green park in Zadar, ideal for picnics and short walks with kids. If you meander further into the park, you’ll find Ledana, a beautiful chill out lounge for relaxing with a coffee or a cocktail. One of the best times to visit the park is during Christmas, as the trees are decked out with decorations and fairy lights.Opening Hours: 8am-4am dailyTickets: Free to enter the park and barAddress: Perivoj kraljice Madijevke, 23000, Zadar14. Chill out at a beach clubThe Famous Beach house and Grill bring Caribbean vibes to Borik beach, ones of the few beaches around Zadar. Kick back with a plate of monkfish and make your way through their extensive beer menu under the Caribbean coloured canopy in the Adriatic sunshine.Opening Hours: 8am-2amAddress: Ul. Majstora Radovana 7, 23000, Zadar 3. Tour the Museum of Ancient GlassWho would have thought glass could be so fascinating? The Museum of Ancient Glass is much more than a few dry and dusty displays – this visual masterpiece gets you talking before you’re even through the door, thanks to its controversial architecture (a glass pavilion fused onto a nineteenth century villa). Once inside, you’re sure to be captivated by delicate Roman perfume bottles, globe-shaped cremation urns and dainty flasks for holy water, all found nearby. Opening Hours: 9am-9pmTickets: 30 kunaAddress: Poljana Zemaljskog Odbora 1, Zadar 23000 12. Visit Church of St. ChrysogonusAs far as unfinished churches go, this one is impressive. Construction on this church first began in 1175 thanks to Lampridius, the archibishop of Zadar, and the build of the bell tower began in 1485 – but it’s never been finished. Add this one into your walking tour of the city, as it’s slap bang in the centre. 5. Linger over coffee at the Roman forumAt the foot of the Church of St Donat lies the centuries-old Roman forum, where one surviving pillar stands sentinel over what was once a bustling marketplace, shallow crumbling walls marking where imposing council chambers used to rise. Today it’s a great spot for a coffee, marvelling at the great hulk of the ninth century now-deconsecrated church and watching all of modern Zadar’s life passing by. It’s a bit of a suntrap too, so get ready to bask at the Café Bar Forum with a biela kava (white coffee) or macchiato in hand.Opening Hours: 24 hoursTickets: FreeAddress: Grgura Mrganića 1, 23000 9. Slurp sladoled on Narodni TrgCroatia knows how to do ice cream (or sladoled) – rich, creamy and in a rainbow of different flavours. Tempt your tastebuds at Donat Sladoledi on Narodni Trg, in the shade of the cathedral, with choices from kiwi to cherry, and indulgent toppings like cookies or Snickers. At only 7 kuna a scoop, there are some 20 flavours and they change constantly – which sounds like a good excuse to come back to us! Opening Hours: 10am-lateAddress: Trg Svete Stošije, 23000, Zadar 4. Snap a selfie at the Greeting to the SunKids love sliding across the smooth, colourful surface of Bašić’s other renowned work of art, the Greeting to the Sun. Handily located next-door to the Sea Organ, the fun’s not limited to the under-10s: grown-ups of all ages are often found absorbed in taking the perfect selfie here. What looks like a giant solar panel during the day reveals itself at night as a dazzling rainbow light show powered by all that stored-up Croatian sun. Once you’ve done a few turns on this ultimate disco floor, retreat to nearby Café Brazil for a glass of local Malvazija or Graševina white wine (around 14 kuna a glass). Opening Hours: Open 24 hoursTickets: FreeAddress: Promenade | Istarska Obala – Obale kralja Petra Krešimira IV, Zadar 23000 7. Walk through history at the Archaeological MuseumA bare-chested Emperor Augustus watches over the entrance to the Archaeological Museum opposite St Donat’s Church, in the heart of Zadar’s Old Town. Dating from the first century, he’s just a hint at the treasures to come, which number some 100,000 and run the gamut from Neolithic vessels and Roman finds to beautiful stone reliefs from Medieval Croatian churches. Opening Hours: 9am-3pm Monday-SaturdayTickets: 30 kunaAddress: Trg opatice Čike, 23000, Zadar8. Shop at the marketZadar is home to one of Croatia’s liveliest daily markets, gearing up each morning on Pod Bedemom just inside one of the Old Town gates. Though the size of this open space is down to bomb damage during the Second World War, the market has been here since the Middle Ages and is a local institution. It’s the perfect place to pick up a picnic of local cheeses, pršut (prosciutto ham) and fruit from the stalls, along with a crusty loaf of bread from one of the surrounding kiosks.Opening Hours: 6am-1pmAddress: Ul. Pod Bedemom, Zadar, 2300 15. Find a tipple of Maraska liqueurDuring the 16th Century, the pharmacists of Zadar’s Dominican monastery began to use the local cherries to devise a herbal liqueur, first named rosolj. Afterwards, they began to add the stems and fruits too, calling for a new name: maraschino. In the 17th century, the first maraschino workshop was built, which is now known as maraska. It’s one of the ingredients in Croatia’s national cocktail – the others being arancini (candied orange), lemon, cherry juice and plenty of ice. 11. Go island hopping in the Adriatic channelThe Telašćica Nature Park is where you’ll find Sali, an island with it’s own salt water lake. During summer, this is where to find a little peace and quiet from the hubbub of the city centre. Similarly, Ošljak Island is found in the Adriatic Channel, and it’s one of the least inhabited islands in Croatia. Spend a day sailing around the island or meander onto it to see the olive groves and picturesque houses. You can usually organise day trips with your hotel. 6. Try the local seafood in FosaZadar perches right on the Adriatic coast so there’s plenty of exceptional seafood to indulge in. The best spot to try it is at Fosa Zadar, overlooking Fosa port. Take a seat outside to watch the ships come and go as you munch on Adriatic octopus, plump scampi and creamy oysters. Don’t miss a taste of Pag cheese either, from the nearby island which shares its name. Fresh seafood here starts at 375 kuna per kilo; better value is the Adriatic scampi risotto (145 kuna) or one of the set menus (from 135 kuna for three courses). Opening Hours: 12pm-12am dailyAddress: Ul. kralja Dmitra Zvonimira 2, 23420, Zadar Search for cheap flights to Zadar 1. Climb St Anastasia’s campanileIt’s hard to miss the Romanesque Cathedral of St Anastasia; the mighty belltower peeks around corners throughout the Old Town of Zadar, enticing you to climb up there yourself and enjoy the view. It’s a whopper, with 360-degree panoramas across brick-red roofs and Roman ruins, all the way to the sparkling ocean beyond. You’ll tackle a couple of hundred steps to get there but it’s worth being out of puff to stand up on the wind-buffeted terrace, higher than the bells themselves. Opening Hours: 8am-8pm Monday-Saturday. Closed on SundaysTickets: 10 kunaAddress: incrocio Siroka ulica – Trg Svete Stošije, Zadar 23000 2. Watch the sunset at the Sea OrganListen out for music in the air as you walk along the seafront at the southwest corner of the Zadar peninsula. Look beneath your feet as you go down the smooth stone stairway and you’ll see holes carved into the ground – all that’s visible of the underwater pipes that were created for local architect Nikola Bašić’s 2005 art installation. The action of the waves pushes seawater through the pipes to produce beautiful, haunting notes – the perfect soundtrack to a blazing sunset over the Adriatic. Opening Hours: Open 24 hoursTickets: FreeAddress: Promenade | Istarska Obala – Obale kralja Petra Krešimira IV, Zadar 23000 10. Bar hop through the VarosNarrow atmospheric alleyways wind their way through the lively Varos area: explore them and you’ll find some of Zadar’s top bars, often jostling with students from the city’s university. Follow the crowd to find out where the best scene is or head for one of the usual favourites. There’s generally a young, cocktail-drinking crowd at Dolce Vita Caffe, while around the corner at Café Gallery Gina you’ll often find more mature drinkers sipping wine in this tiny art gallery. How to get to ZadarThere are direct flights from Bristol, London and Manchester to Zadar. If you’re flying from any other major UK city, you can catch a connecting flight via London.Once you arrive, you can catch a bus from the airport into the centre (25 kuna, departing from the first till late flights of the day), or grab a taxi. Taxi charges can vary depending on where you’re going – for a ride to Zadar Town, it will cost between 200 and 250 kuna. Search for cheap flights to Zadar Where to stay on a city break in ZadarIf you’re looking for a hostel:Boutique Hostel Forum has free Wifi, black out curtains and a coffee shop for when you wake up too. If you’re looking for a hotel:Tinel Superior Residence is in the centre of Zadar, and you’ll love coming back to your private room with a flat screen TV, free Wifi and room service inside. If you’re looking for luxury:Falksteiner Hotel is ideal if you want a little privacy, and the ability to go parasailing just after breakfast – it’s right on Borik Beach. Search for hotels in Zadar Looking for cheap flights to Zadar? Search nowReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img