I have to confess that before I planned my Croatia trip, I don’t think I’d heard of Zadar but after Split and Dubrovnik, Zadar had a really chilled, resort feel. It seemed to be aimed more at holidaymakers than tourists (now that’s a distinction I could have a lot of fun trying to explain!). There were lots of beaches and places to lie in the sun, as well as waterfront cafes and bars. But mostly I walked. I went along the coast in both directions and found some great places to hang out and enjoy the sea.
I loved the fact that the Old Town where I stayed was almost totally surrounded by the sea and so I could walk all along the coast outside the city walls. There were loads of restaurants to choose from and I found it much more reasonably priced than Dubrovnik.
Zadar is renowned for the Sea Organ and the Sun Salutation. The Sea Organ works, as the name suggests by using the movement of the waves to create music, I found the sound to be quite eerie but it is certainly worth hearing. Of everything I saw in Zadar, the spectacular sunsets are what I will remember most. Everyone gathers at the end of town near the Sea Organ to watch the sun go down and then to watch the Sun Salutation begin. Patterns of solar-powered light panels on the ground light up and change color – it’s really pretty.
Considering how much I loved my time in Zadar, it came as a surprise to me that I took very few photos (although to be fair the more I enjoy a place, the less I remember to get my camera out). I have numerous pictures of the sunset but surprisingly few of the town itself and many of them are blurry. I guess I’ll just have to head back on a photography trip!