Watching the sunset while the sea organ plays different tunes in the background – this only exists in Zadar, a harbour city in North Dalmatia/Croatia. In this travel post, I show you the most beautiful places, delicous reastaurant, and the picturesque alleyways of the city.
Zadar – a City of Contrasts
As in every big city, there are some shabby corners in Zadar, the old town however is very charming. Beside modern installations, like the sea organ opened in 2005, which plays music with the help of sea waves, there are also very old buildings like the Curch of St. Donatus from the 9th century. Another highlight is the by Nikola Basic installed “Greeting to the Sun”. Solar modules chatch and save the sunlight during the day just to emit light when it’s dark. A magical place to finish the day!
To get into the old town, it’s best to use the pedestrian bridge. Walk through the gate in the city wall and start your adventure in Zadar!
Zadar – Restaurants, Ice Cream Parlours, and Markets
You will find market stalls everywhere in the city. They not only sale souvenirs but also useful stuff like bathing shoes, which you really need in Croatia – trust me! Moreover there are a lot of beautiful boutiques in all price ranges.
For dinner, we love to visit the restaurant Groppo in the heart of Zadar. For dessert I highly recommend chocolate soufflé. Another really gorgeous restaurant is Bistro Pjat. Everything we tried there, from starters, to the main courses, and dessert, war really delicious.
If you prefer ice cream, I’m happy to tell you that you have a wide variety of ice cream parlours over there. Our favourite ice cream parlor is the Slaticarna Donat, directly behind the church Sv Donat. Last but not least, our insider café tip: the Kavana Lovre not only sells great coffee, if you go inside, you will also be surprised. At the back of the café, there is an old church from the 11th century.
After dinner and shopping we normally walk along the coast, through a small harbour, and back to the car park.
PS: Find all outfit details in my Style Diary part 4.