In May my friend and I were invited to the Falkensteiner Hotel Adriana for 3 days. For 3 nights we were allowed to explore the area and fully enjoy the hotel. The hotel is located in Zadar, a small Croatian seaport in the south of Croatia. From Vienna we drove with breaks approx. 7 hours with the car.
The city convinces with its charm and the Venetian architectural style. If you come to visit here, you should definitely take some time for the small old town and walk through it. If you want to know what you can see in Zadar on one day, you can also scroll down.
The Falkensteiner Hotel Adriana is about 10 minutes by car from the city centre. After we were there in the low season, we could still find parking places. In the high season there is enough public transport, which goes regularly to the city centre. The hotel is directly at the sea, has a beautiful garden with pool, and the icing on the cake: no children! Only those who are over 16 are allowed to stay here.
Anyone who has ever travelled through Croatia knows that peace and relaxation are not possible everywhere, especially when small bundles of energy are running through the area and not even the noise cancelling headphones help.
This is not meant to be an insult to families with children, but I would like to have some peace and quiet during my holidays and drink a glass of rosé at the pool.
The rooms are very cosy and divided into a living room and a bedroom that are separated by a sliding door. We slept very well so I would say the bed fits too.
What I especially love is a pillow menu. One can simply choose which upholstery one prefers and order it free of charge via the room service. Since I am extremely picky with cushions and that is often a reason why I can’t sleep it was perfect. It depends on the details!
Although a spa is not directly available at the hotel, it is available at the neighbouring Falkensteiner Funimation and for all hotel guests. There is not only a sauna area, but also a lot of great treatments.
From massages and manicures to a wide variety of packs, there is plenty to choose from. We got a small 20-minute back massage from the hotel, which was a little too short for my taste, but very good. I love nothing more than long massages and when I was made to fall asleep, then I did something right.
But now we come to the important part, the food! In the course of the cooperation we were initially invited to the culinary weeks. Unfortunately these weeks were postponed, because a conference took place in the hotel and we could not go to Croatia on any other date.
Nevertheless the hotel made an effort and put some wonderful dishes on our plates. What particularly pleased me was the wine selection. We got a fantastic Croatian red wine (see photo) for our dinner, which I don’t want to withhold from anybody: the Meneghetti Red 2012.
I love wine, but I am really bad at describing wines, so I just let my taste buds decide and I promise you it was really fine. If you want a description you can drop by the Falstaff.
The food in the hotel was unfortunately a bit disappointing on the first evening, as we got a completely dead fried fish, but in the following evenings it was wonderful and the first evening was immediately forgotten again. We also had a classic pool snack and of course a bottle of rosé.
At breakfast we always had what we needed and we didn’t starve to death. We also had breakfast in our room.
Zadar is a small Croatian port town located in northern Dalmatia. Unfortunately we had some bad luck with the weather and had hardly any sunshine hours, but luckily the few we had were just before sunset. Allegedly Zadar has the most beautiful sunset in Croatia.
But I think all sunsets are beautiful. The best place to enjoy them is directly at the greeting to the sun, a monument dedicated to the sun. In the evening, after the sun has disappeared, the monument turns into an illuminated dance floor.
Right next to the Monument to the Sun, you can listen to the sounds of the sea organ. An instrument played by nature. On windy days you can supposedly hear it for miles. The sounds are almost meditative and I could have sat there for hours.
The city is also known for its impressive architecture. Especially impressive is the church of St. Donatus. It was already built at the beginning of the 9th century and makes it all the more impressive.
You can climb the tower and enjoy the view from above, which unfortunately we did not manage. The best thing is to look at it yourself.
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