Prior to our boat trip, we had an extra day and we decided to spend it in Zadar. Zadar is situated in north Dalmatia somewhere in the middle of Croatian coast. When you are traveling south on a highway A1, Zadar is the first town as you pass through the Velebit. It’s a city, which many travelers leave behind and focus on more famous Dubrovnik and Split. Well they miss a lot!
As we are frequent visitors to Croatian coast (we spend there our vacation every summer), this was not our first visit to Zadar. But until now, we mainly saw it as a transit town for a ferryboat to nearby islands. We had never really considered a chance to see it as tourists and cruise through the old town. Until now.
Zadar is quite big Croatian town (around 70.000 inhabitants) with an old city center on peninsula. This is a charming part of town and it’s the reason why we fell in love with Zadar immediately. It has been rearranged in the past few years. You can easily get lost in the narrow little streets and lanes that lead you to the local market or to numerous little churches or to the magical view towards the sea.
Although we didn’t have time to get to know the history of Zadar and visit all of their sights, we did manage to walk around the old town and see the main sights. If not for the other things, two modern installations are definitely worth stopping for a while. They are both situated at the far end of the Zadar peninsula.
Sea organs (Morske orgulje)
It’s an architecture marvel and an instrument in one. Far end of pier has been transformed into steps with 35 organ pipes below at the sea level. As soon as the sea starts to move (waves), the organs start to play. Bigger the waves, more intensive the sound. There are lots of people sitting on the stairs and listening to the enchanting sounds (a bit similar to the sound of the whales). And we can confirm it really is infectious. You could really just lay there, listen to the sounds and daydream (probably also fall asleep). 🙂 The sea organs project got European Prize for Urban Public Space (justified).
This place offers a great place to watch the spectacular sunset as well. And at about that time, the fun starts, so you should be there.
Once the sun goes down and the sea is calm, the other marvel comes to life. It is situated right next to sea organs. This installation is composed from around 300 glass panels in the floor. Under the glass there are solar panels and led lights that charge during the day and provide energy for the lights (and some also for the city). The color of the lights is changing and also the light pattern. With sea organs, it offers a great combination of light and sound.
The panels are distributed in a shape of our planet system with the Sun as the biggest and all the other planets. Their size is in proportion with others.
Many people come here during the sunset hours, both tourists as well as the locals. But during the day the place isn’t crowded at all.
Although we were in Zadar just for one night, we decided to rent an apartment. It is cheaper and more homelike than a hotel. Thanks to that, we were able to get a perfect place in old town of Zadar.
This accommodation is comprised from apartment for up to four people and a room for two. They are both in the same flat (each with own bathroom), but very neatly divided so you have your own privacy. The whole place has been recently renovated. We rented an apartment, so we can’t comment the room.
For apartment I can easily say, that I’d buy it to live there. It’s situated on the 4th floor and is very cozy, big and bright. It has one sleeping room, big bathroom and one large place where you have fully equipped kitchen, dining room and living room. The other bed is actually an extendable sofa (very cozy, we had no trouble sleeping there). There is also a big balcony with a view on the sea and the local market below.
Right next to the building there is a good restaurant, a lot of cafes, local market, store, newspaper stand and everything else that you need. Since the apartment is in the old part of town, you have everything on a walking distance. If you arrive by car, they have no private parking. But you have a public parking very close (you can even see your car from an apartment).
The owner is very nice and helpful. She met us there at the arranged time and gave us all the information we needed.
So if you are looking for an accommodation in Zadar, this one is definitely a very good choice.
We loved Zadar. Our only regret is, that we didn’t visit it earlier 🙂 It became one of our favorite Croatian cities and we’ll definitely return.