This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Zadar. To help you make friends with Zadar before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Zadar, a Croatian city on the Adriatic Sea, is the center of the Zadar County and the Northern Dalmatian District. The Zadar area has been inhabited since the Stone Age. Before the settlement of the Illyrian tribes, this area was inhabited by ancient Mediterranean people who were later assimilated by other civilizations. Later, the city was part of the Roman Empire; it was ruled by the Ostrogoths, Venice, Austria, and Italy.
The population of Zadar is more than seventy thousand, but it can rise in the summer when tourists can outnumber the local population. Most visitors come to the city because of the sandy beaches, the summer festivals, and the parties (the city is truly one of the best summer party places in Europe), but there is a lot else to see and do in Zadar, as the city is very beautiful. You can visit the Church of St. Donat from the ninth century, built on the ruins of a Roman Forum; the Cathedral of St. Anastasia in Gothic style; the Archaeological Museum in Zadar, founded in the nineteenth century; and the Church of St. Simon.
The city is a paradise for budget travelers, as there are so many Zadar hostels that it is very hard to choose one. Not surprisingly, most property owners choose to base their Zadar hostels near the beach because Zadar is one of the most famous summer resorts in Croatia. Even so, most Zadar hostels operate all year long and you will not have a problems booking a Zadar hostel, even during a snowy winter. Most Zadar hostels offer excellent facilities and service at moderate prices. Some Zadar hostels go even further and offer an airport pickup or transport to some of the summer festivals near Zadar.
Written by local enthusiast for Zadar hostelsGeorge Traveller