Three years ago on my first trip to Croatia I did a Sail trip through Kornati Islands. We stopped in Zadar for one evening, and I fell in love with this magical walled city. Surrounded by water on three sides, the old town of Zadar dates back over 3000 years, and was the capital of Dalmatia for centuries. The Old Town itself is one of the main tourist destinations in Croatia, but its surrounding walls that you can walk around provide the best panoramic view of both the city and the sea on each side. We spent our evening exploring this small city, which is a must see for everybody who love to travel, we walked around the port and enjoyed the most beautiful sunset ever.
The outfit I wore that evening was a little bit sexy and elegant for wandering the old streets of Zadar but I knew we will have dinner in a fancy restaurant…so who cares? I’m used to go on heels everywhere even on cubic stone.
The main piece of it was a blue bandage dress from Sheinside paired with an awesome Zara lace shoes.
Thanks to its favorable position and good connection with other parts of Croatia, Zadar is an excellent starting point for a round trip if you don’t want to spend the whole week only here. Zadar is an ancient city, built in the center of the Croatian Adriatic, full of historical and cultural monuments. It is three thousand years old, a city of old, tumultuous and dynamic history, often destructed, looted, devastated, every time emerging from the ruins stronger, richer and more beautiful. Many civilizations such as the Romans, Venetians, Habsburgs and Napoleon have left their mark on the old town Peninsula. For those of you who are not familiar with Zadar I will briefly explain about the city history. Zadar appeared for the first time in the 4th century B.C. as a settlement of the Illyrian tribe of Liburnians – the name Jader was mentioned, and through history it changed into Idassa (Greek source), Jadera (Roman source), Diadora, Zara(during Venetian rule and later Italian) up to today’s name of Zadar. Today Zadar is a preserved monument of various historical times and cultures that have placed their boundaries and visible outlines of their urban appearance. During its existence it was for many centuries the home of the Ilyrian Liburni and for 1000 years the capital city of Dalmatia. Rich in history, it is currently a focal point in civilization, and most of all city with an unquestionable future: its accepted concept of development into an international, Mediterranean and Adriatic metropolis is being realized. It is a city with a rich Croatian national identity created in the present, which successfully adheres to the newest trends in globalization.
Zadar is a city rich in spiritual and material culture, as well as in a touristic identity created in the present. It was created around the Roman forum, a city inside well-kept walls, a city of old Croatian monuments, and is surrounded by an incredibly diverse range of architectural treasures like the 10th century Church of St. Donatus, the Benedictine Monastery of St.Mary’s with their highly prized Museum of Gold and Silver Treasures, or the Cathedral of St. Anastasia with its Bell Tower that offers unforgettable views for only 10 kunas. The Church of St. Simon, contains the remains of this apostle in an ornate gold and silver coffin originating from 1380. Full of archives, museums and libraries, it’s the keeper of literary and musical treasure, it’s the city inside with the oldest University among Croatians (1396). It was long ago the place where the first Croatian novel and the first newspapers in the Croatian language were created. It is protected by four guardian saints: Zoilo, Simeon, Grisogone and Anastasia.
This town is absolutely beautiful and so romantic!
Look beyond the historical treasures and you will see a modern European city with a sophistication that is far beyond its size. Some of the recent modern marvels include the Arsenal, a refurbished 17th Century Venetian Armoury, that is now a modern entertainment complex, the award winning Sea Organ that play music through the power of waves, and its adjacent “Greetings to the Sun Monument”, that collects solar energy during the day and releases an incredible display of light at night.
Sea Organ is situated near the new cruiser port, as a part of Zadar´s Riva and can be observed as a differently shaped part of the coast which consists of several stairs that descend into the sea. The stairs extend for about 70 meters along the coast, under them, at the lowest sea-tide level, 35 pipes of different length, diameter and tilts were built in vertically to the coast and they raise aslant until the paved part of the shore and end in a canal (a service corridor). On the pipes there are whistles, which play 7 chords of 5 tones. Above the canal there are perforated stone stairs through which the sound comes out, the air pushed by the sea. This site is a blend of human ideas and skills and the energy of the sea, waves, tide and flood, a place for relaxation, contemplation and conversation while listening to an endless concert of mystic harmonies of the “Orchestra of Nature”. Sea Organ is constructed according to the project made by architect Nikola Bašić who received in 2006 the European Prize for Urban Public Space in Barcelona, as the best among 207 candidate projects from across Europe.
“Greetings to the Sun Monument” is my favorite spot in Zadar, situated on the very peak of the peninsula, and I was incredible grateful that I end up seeing it and listen to the music played by the adjacent Sea Organ. As the sun dips below the horizon in Zadar, this public art piece lights up in harmony with the waves of the Adriatic and the sounds made by the “Sea Organ”. The sun powers the daily light show, thanks to 300 photovoltaic glass panels installed on the waterfront. I heard so much about this place from many people who couldn’t help but proclaim their love for this old town. I could tell by the excited tone in their voices that they held such cherished memories here, and I couldn’t be more happier to finally make some of my own.
Zadar is one of the fondest memories I have from this trip to Croatia together with the beautiful moments spent at the Sea Organ, the perfect place to see the sunset and the Adriatic landscape.
Zadar is a city of exceptional history and rich cultural heritage, a city of tourism and a great example of community art that feeds the soul. A walk along the cobblestone streets of the city will become a walk through history and also an experience of the contemporary life of the town that you will never forget.
Hope, these pictures has giving you the appetite for visiting Zadar and Croatia – winner of the holiday destination for tourists from all over the world in the last 2 years…So, feel free to leave a comment if you have any questions about them.