My wife and I will be visiting Slovenia and Croatia during the first half of October. We have visited the southern part of croatia already, so this time, we will be concentrating on the north.
We're going to use Zadar as a base for the last 3 days when we will visit Plitvice, and Krka and maybe an island like Kornati. I'm looking for a small hotel or an interesting B&B. We don't like the giant resort complexes, nor do we have a budget problem. Can anybody suggest a suitable place? As it will be for 3 nights (maybe 4), I want to reserve a nice place in advance.
Thanks in advance,
If you plant to visit Plitvice, I would highly recommend that you stay at one of the hotels in the national park rather than all the way in Zadar! It is such a wonderful national park, that you could easily spend two days there. We stayed two nights in the national park recently at the Hotel Jezero and it was pretty much the highlight of our Croatia trip. Not that the hotel was good, but the park is simply outstanding!
In Zadar, almost all the accommodation is slightly out of town at Puntamika. We stayed at the Hotel President and I would be happy to recommend them. Like you asked for, a small hotel, but it's also not cheap and the rooms are quite luxurious. No pool though.
If you prefer to be downtown (I would have), then maybe the fairly new Villa Hresc apartment hotel would be an even better option.
Thanks for that information Peter!
Actually, we didn't plan on driving from Zadar to Plitvice, but rather from Plitvice to Zadar. We planned to drive from Istria to Plitvice, stay overnight in the area, and visit the park the next day. After that, drive to Zadar for 3 days. Being in Zadar is a good base for that area, and gives us the flexibility of returning to Plitvice if the weather was no good on the day we intended to visit. In any case, I want to leave a little flexibility. I would assume that in October, there should be rooms available at the hotels in the park or near the entrance. And if not, there are several villages right nearby.
I've checked out the Villa Hrsec, as well as the Villa Ivana, which is located on Puntamika. Are you familiar with the Ivana?
Ok, well that makes a lot more sense I'm not familiar with the Ivana. There was another place we looked at. I can't remember what it was called, but it wasn't the Ivana. Puntamika is really not a particularly exciting place, but if you are making it your base for travels elsewhere it is probably still a good option. Particularly if you have a car.
Enjoy your trip to Croatia - it really is an amazingly beautiful country!
That's what I thought - that it would be a good base and allow me some flexibility, and we'll have a car. From the map it looks like Puntamike is about a 10 minute drive to the old city. Is that about right? Why don't you check out my web page on our trip to Croatia a few years ago. Then, we visited from Dubrovnik, through Hvar and up as far as Split.
I think you shouldn't be worry for accomoditation, you can just come to Zadar or Plitvice and stay in some private house for less money. Don't be worry to do this because it is low season know and prrobablly 60% of rooms are free. Bye