Our party of four from the UK spent twelve nights at the Loreta Luxury Apartment. The accommodation is spacious and clean with king-sized beds, a well-equipped kitchen, a 50 inch smart TV and a balcony next to a fig tree bearing delicious fruit. There are schools and nurseries nearby, and a convent and church. The 'village square' near the apartment gets busy at pick-up and drop-off times but generally everything is peaceful and serene. The bells in the bell tower peal out at 06:30 every day (and at other times) but far from being a disturbance, it is an enjoyable experience, and you soon get used to it. General stores and restaurants are nearby - bigger supermarkets (and a McDonalds!) are a short drive away.
One of the owners, Martina, lives in an adjacent property and was there to greet us on our arrival. She is very helpful.
Zadar is a wonderful town and the historic centre is within easy walking distance along the seafront, which is only 100m away. It is not surprising that cruise ships have discovered Zadar as a stopping point. With a car, you are within easy driving distance of the outstanding Plitvica and Krka National Parks, and historic cities/towns such as Split and Sibernik. The roads are excellent, un-congested and drivers were courteous and relaxed. Driving was a pleasure with plenty of good views over the islands and mountains. From Zadar or nearby towns you can get all-day trips to the islands. Not wishing to be 'at sea' for so long, we took a short car ferry trip to the nearest islands (Ugljan and Pasman) and had a great day exploring the deserted beaches and viewpoints. From Fort St Michael near Preko, you can see as far as the Karnati islands. Zadar ferry port is only a couple of kilometres from the apartment, very easy to just turn up and go.
Generally, the weather was ideal for us with some very warm sunny days and some partly overcast days when we could be more energetic.
We did have one extreme electrical storm when the heavens opened up and unexpectedly dumped 240 mm of rainfall on Zadar in four hours causing the first flash floods for 30 years. We were only too happy to help our hosts sweep water into the drains and stop their downstairs flooding. What a memorable day - it cemented our friendship with our wonderful host Martina and her charming family.