Zadar, Croatia: Destination #6
As the oldest continuously-inhabited Croatian City, Zadar is located on the Adriatic Sea along the northern Dalmatian Coast.
Zadar is known for its Venetian city walls, Roman ruins, art installations, fresh seafood and dreamy sunsets galore. Even Alfred Hitchcock who visited in 1964 said “Zadar has the most beautiful sunset in the world”….
… and I would agree! (But we will get to that)
We stayed only 1 day in Zadar and our #1 mission was to see and HEAR the Sea Organ which is adjacent to the ‘Greeting to the Sun’ monument (seen from our balcony).
The ‘Monument to the Sun’ art installation produces a solar powered light show every night when the sun goes down. It was definitely a bonus to be able to watch it from the rental balcony, minus the crowd!
Starting from our Airbnb rental (circled in blue), we headed out to explore some of the great things Zadar has to do/see including:
- Sea Organ
- Roman Forum
- Church of St. Donatus
- St. Mary’s Church
- St. Anastasia’s Catherdral
- City walls and gates
It was so nice to have all of these things in such close proximity!
By cutting steps into a section of the concrete waterfront promenade, the Zadar Sea Organ has underwater pipes that creates musical notes when filled with water.
As boats rode by and the waves crash, there is a corresponding harmonic sound that creates a unique tune 🌊 🌊
Sitting there with everyone listening to the wave tunes was a bucket list moment 🎶 ✅
It was even more amazing in person! 🎵
Around the corner is the Roman Forum, including the Church of St. Donatus towering as the largest pre-Romanesque building in Croatia (construction beginning in the 9th century).
It’s incredible to be in the presence of such historic locations.
We then headed down the winding markets and streets inside the city walls.
As a recommendation from a local, we found ourselves on the patio of Restaurant Bruschetta (because with a name like that, you can’t go wrong!) for some fresh Croatian seafood and adult beverages.
Jeff ordered his new favorite dish, monkfish, and we enjoyed some fresh air with the remains of Church Stormorica in the background.
Because our detour to Zadar came after our long day of hiking Plitvice Lakes, but before we headed to Split… we figured we would probably be pretty worn out and in need of a break.
Soooo, of course, I made sure our Airbnb rental had all the essentials— comfy bed, balcony with views, and a BATHTUB overlooking the Adriatic Sea 🛁😍!
Like for real… these bathtub views are 💯
The rest of the evening was spent agreeing with Alfred Hitchcock as we watched what I would definitely consider one of the longest (over 2 hours) and one of the most beautiful sunset in the world from our balcony.
Link to ‘Luxury Residence Zadar’ Airbnb rental:
*Splurging on the balcony and bathtub views were most definitely worth it 😉
The next morning, I went for one last stroll on the Sea Organ to listen to the sea tunes 🌊
🎵 🎶 🎵 🎶 🎵 🎶 🎵 🎶 🎵 🎶 🎵
Next stop –> Destination #7: Split, Croatia