Croatia is calling.
While Dubrovnik will always lure people in with its grand old Game of Thrones charm, Zadar, its younger, more laid back sister attracts a steady stream of party people and beach seekers.
And with a new twice-weekly Ryanair flight from Cork Airport leaving this April, there’s never been a better time to join them.
It’s hottest from June to September, with average summer temperatures of 30C, but from April on you can expect 18C sunshine, so if a spring getaway is on the cards, these are ideal conditions for sightseeing.
The local seafood is top notch and considerably cheaper than the tourist traps of other Croatian hot spots. You’d be well advised to wash it down with local wines produced in the unique microclimate of the Ravni Kotari plains behind the city.
It’s an excellent base for exploring too; Zadar is ideally located for a trip to Croatia’s best beach, the white sand Saharun – just hop on a ferry and in no time at all you’ll be bobbing about in the turquoise waters. Daredevils can pack the essentials and hike no less than three devastatingly beautiful national parks – Krka, Paklenica and Plitvice Lakes.
Ready to pack your bags and head for the airport?
Here are three slick rentals to book now:
1. SEAVIEW PENTHOUSE
Price per night: €100
If soaking in a hot tub under the stars sounds like your ideal evening, this penthouse is a five-minute Uber from the Old Town. With a hot tub and barbecue on the roof and views over the rooftops to the sea, the apartment can accommodate four guests and it even offers parking if you’re renting a car to explore the surrounding areas.
2. CAPTAIN OF ZADAR APARTMENT
Price per night: €69
This beautiful nautically-styled apartment is located near the Sea Organ, a short stroll from the beach in Old Town. The furniture is handmade with luxury bedding and mattresses, Netflix on a big new Sony Android TV, original Croatian beauty products and welcome drinks. the only even supplies a bottle of Chanel No. 5 for the ladies and Chanel Bleu for gents to enjoy while they visit. Book here.
3. OLD TOWN CENTRE STAY
Price per night: €44
The perfect location for exploring Zadar’s Old Town, this apartment is close to local restaurants, bars, nightlife, and public transport. The Roman Forum is just around the corner, as well as the St. Donatus Church and Kolovare Beach is 600 metres from the front door. The ferry port is a 10 minute stroll too for further adventures.