Zadar Travel Tips
Zadar is a tourist-friendly city with well-marked roads and addresses and large, illustrated informative signboards mounted in front of practically each and every significant building. For more comprehensive info, charts, and brochures, you can checkup with the local Tourist Info Office at Narodni Trg (Main square).
How to get there
Driving is one of the simplest methods to get to Zadar with the help of the A1 super-highway along the coastline. The driving time between Zagreb and Zadar is approximately 3 hours.
Ferryboat travel is popular up and down the Dalmatian shore, regardless if the journey starts in Rijeka or Italy, and Zadar is a notable ferry station for the majority of lines during the course of the summer season. Jadrolinija operates ferryboats between Ancona and Bari (Italy) and Zadar, and between Zadar and practically all Croatian seaside towns.
Certainly there are not a great deal of direct air travels to Zadar that operate all year but from April to late October there are several low-cost service providers that fly straight to Zadar from a variety of towns in the France, England and Germany in addition to a handful of other smaller countries. In April 2013 Ryanair opened a major base in Zadar with air travels to 17 towns in north Europe. Flights run till late October. Zadar Airport is just around 5 miles north of Zadar city center. There are 2 shuttle lines that service the international airport.
Best time to travel
Best time to take a trip to Zadar is summer season. Top of the list, there are great deals of inexpensive flights flying into Zadar. Secondly, there are bunches of occasions and events taking place in Zadar throughout the summer season. 3rd, lots of beaches around Zadar, loads of little and big islands are standing by to be uncovered.
The old town is predominately car free area. Buses in Zadar are fairly new and well took care of, and you will have the ability to catch a bus to any area of the town from the main station in the town named Mala Pošta (Little Post Office); inquire any resident where this is and they can send you to it. Majority of Zadar's Old Town is closed to car traffic. Nevertheless, the majority of the hotels and resorts are outside the center and obtainable by town bus or vehicle. Stay away from driving to Zadar or anyplace on the shoreline Friday morning through Sunday afternoon in the course of July and August. The high volume of traffic that descends on Croatia from outside its borders mixed with local traffic going to the same locations can produce traffic jams 20 miles or a lot longer, particularly at border crossings and at tunnels.
Taxis in Zadar
A drive of right up to 5 kilometers (sufficient to get practically anyplace inside the town) may cost as much as 80 Kunas (10 Euro), as the cab driver have a practice of cheating travelers. Ask first, as it will be tough to locate a taxi cab for the marketed cost of 20-40 Kunas (circa 3-5 Euro). Inquire prior to you enter the taxi - there must be a printed price list, even though lots of taxi drivers will not comply with this price list. There are taxis hanging around on both sides of the bridge in the Old Town, and all around the bus/train terminals.
Attractions in Zadar
The town center and old town is situated on a peninsula, along with a great deal of cultural and historical attractions. Amongst Zadar's most significant tourist attractions are the 'Sea Organ' and 'The Greeting To The Sun', installings on the beachfront boardwalk that simply should be listened to and viewed. There are additionally a couple of art galleries and museums, and in the course of the summer months a great deal of various events and fiestas. Just try to keep your eyes out for signboards or inquire at the tourist info center at the main square (Narodni Trg).
As comfy & delightful as Zadar could be; these particular small bloodsucking animals will disrupt you more or less. As a result of the hot atmospheric condition in Dalmatia you frequently will have to go to sleep with the windows open, and the insects are then most active. Keep this in mind and make sure to acquire or carry along some bugspray.
Zadar has turned into exceptionally popular in the last few years and the infrastructure hasn't quite caught up. The genuine trouble is when the huge cruise ship show up and disgorge their travelers all at once into the little Old town These monsters look like little floating towns, and the guests are ferried in non-stop frenzy of activity.
Parking in Old town
Parking could be done along the old town wall but it is not suggested, too expensive and too hard to find free space. Alternative is to leave the vehicle on the e.g. at the gallery shopping center and the stroll across the bridge leading to old town, or to park someplace near to ACI marina a cross the channel with one of the dudes offering transfers in a rowing boat. There is additionally a public garage area that is priced at just 0.5 EUR per hour and the first hour is at no cost. Nevertheless, it will take you 10 mins by walking to get to the old town from the parking space.