Until very recently, Zadar wasn’t on our radar. We’d always fancied Croatia, but the pull of Italy has always been stronger, until very recently when the British summer made us do a quick flight search in for sun and we saw inexpensive flights to Zadar and booked there and then, to leave a few days later.
Zadar is a peninsula, on Croatia’s northern Dalmatian coastline, driectly east of Rimini as the crow flies. Flights do seem to go regularly now from Manchester International Airport and we took a Saturday afternoon flight out and a flight back on Tuesday night (9.30pm), meaning we could essentially squeeze an additional day into our short break.
Zadar Airport is located in Zemunik Donji, just 8 km from the centre of Zadar. It’s a really small airport, with just the one luggage carousel – although we rarely check bags in now, preferring hand lugagge instead, our flight was “very busy” (Ryanair!) and so we were asked to do a free check-in before boarding. With just one carousel, this wasn’t a problem, however, as the bags came off almost immediately.
You can get a bus into Zadar from the airport for 25 Croation Kuna (currently 1 kuna = 10p/0.13 euro) or a taxi for 150 Kuna. We took the taxi option because it was quite late when we arrived and we just wanted to get to our apartment and out to eat. The journey, by taxi, is no more than 15 minutes.
One of the best things about arriving somewhere at night, is that you don’t really know what somewhere is like until the next day, in the daylight. Immediate impressions of Zadar and the route in, are very deceptive – it’s an industrial landscape, peppered with quite utilitarian looking 1970/80s style apartment blocks. But don’t be fooled by first impressions, as will be revealed in next blog…