Sites, Sounds and Salt: Top 10 things to do in Zadar

Zadar is located on the tip of a beautiful promontory that stretches into the Adriatic, and has a compact and attractive old town with golden churches and Roman ruins that stand out against a spectacular backdrop of limestone cliffs and limestone secluded islands.

Less touristic than the other Dalmatian main coasts of Dubrovnik and Split, Zadar is a vibrant city with a vibrant nightlife and an exciting culinary scene. The city also serves as a base for exploring remote islands and beautiful national parks.

Absorb the captivating sounds of the Sea Organ

There is nowhere else in the world like the Zadar Marine Organ. Inspired by local architect Nikola Bašic, the sea organ guides through the underground pipes and pipes adriatic water that has been intelligently designed to create a haunting soundtrack. Go to the top of the Zadar peninsula, sit on the stone steps and listen to the tides, the waves and the gentle rise of the water create a catalog of sounds that simultaneously change melancholy and melancholy, the whale’s lows deeply felt the sigh from mother earth. Better yet, make your own contribution by jumping for a swim.

Pamper yourself with the glow of the sun

Following the success of his Sea Organ, Nikola Bašic created the Sun Salutation, a 300-meter glass circle of 300 multi-layered glass plates that absorbs solar energy during the day and converts the water at night. Think of it as a sun experience, an experience in which functionality (the absorbed power keeps the port walk) connects with a form of elemental wonder (the resulting light show brings the viewer into the solar system). People begin to gather on the glass when the sun falls below the horizon.

Explore the emerald green waters of the Plitvice Lakes National Park
The wooded hills, waterfalls and deep blue lakes forming the Plitvice Lakes National Park make a long but rewarding trip from Zadar. Lake Kozjak, the largest in the park, is the perfect introduction, and the path along its eastern coast leads to smaller lakes rich in forests, caves, steep cliffs and waterfalls. Highlights include the Emerald Lake of Milanovac, the lookout point of Šupljara Open Cave and the Veliki Slap, the highest waterfall in Croatia. To make this trip, you need your own wheels, unless you take part in one of the tours offered by Zadar agencies.

Immerse yourself in the nightlife of Zadar

On a summer evening there are some places that are nicer than one of the bars that spread out on the stone slabs of the Old Town of Zadar and sip Croatian wines while a sea breeze comes from the sea. Adriatic. For a touch of sophistication, the Varoš district, located southwest of the Old Town, is a popular café-bar with creative creations, while La Bodega nearby is a temple of Croatian wines. But to experience the essence of cool Zadar, check out the Garden Lounge, a bar overlooking the water, secluded nooks, inflated screens and an Ibiza soundtrack.

Follow in the footsteps of the Romans

In Roman Zadar, about 2000 years ago, the forum was the main meeting place of the city and it remains today. Here one can rest in the shadow of a Roman pillar, which in the Middle Ages was a shameful position, where the perpetrators were chained and publicly humiliated, and would trace the outlines of the altars with the cavities that would have produced blood sacrifices. Nearby, the Museum of Ancient Glass is filled with urns and Roman amulets, jewelery and glasses. In the archaeological museum, a marble statue of Auguste 2.5 meters high and a model of the forum.

Develop a taste for the local cuisine

Back to the roots of the city – fresh fish and a focus on locally produced ingredients – Zadar has positioned itself in the heart of the Croatian culinary scene. In restaurants like Foša and Kaštel you will find local ingredients such as: Delicious truffles that contribute to creamy pasta dishes, or savory sheep’s cheese dishes from the island of Pag and Croatian ham slices. , dried and dried. the salty winds of the Adriatic. To immerse yourself in the culinary culture of the region, take a tour or a cooking class with the hedonism Wine & Food, where you will learn the art of preparing the Dalmatian specialty peka (stew in a chimney under a lid). bell-shaped) and enjoy delicious local wines and olive oils.

Take a boat trip to the Kornati islands

The rough and dry limestone so typical of the coast of northern Dalmatia finds perfection on the Kornati islands. Cliffs and coves, caves and reefs are all elements of a day trip that starts and ends in Zadar and explores another world. The uninhabited islands rise to rugged ramparts and unlikely formations that guard a turquoise sea. On the way, the bay of Telašcica is like a miniature Kornatis – weird, moving and impossible to look away.

Look at the dazzling golden coffin of St. Simeon

The modest exterior of St. Simeon’s Church is just a prelude to one of the most extraordinary pieces of religious iconography in the Balkans: the sarcophagus of St. Simeon, a glorious and golden extravagance of cedar, gold and silver. Look at the details in the coffin reliefs, which show everything from stories of the life of Jesus and the saints to a true royal visit to Zadar. Other churches, the exterior of which more accurately reflects the architectural gray stone architecture of Zadar, including the 13th-century St. Anastasia Cathedral and the 9th-century St. Donat’s Church, are just a short walk north. -West.

Example of award-winning cheese from the island of Pag

Outside of Northern Zadar, the island of Pag is a day trip for gourmets. Paški sir (island cheese) from the island is a popular culinary icon. Its salty and distinctive taste comes from the salty herbs on which the island’s 35,000 free-roaming sheep live. It is a favorite at Croatian weddings where it is served with pršut and Croatian wine. In the restaurants of Pag you will find many opportunities to taste Paški Sir, but the quiet village of Kolan is the capital of the cheese on the island. Sirana Gligora offers excellent tours and tastings and has a fabulous cheese shop, while Konoba Figurica offers a fabulous cheese platter.

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Live the Full Moon Festival in July

On the night of the full moon in July, the air of Zadar is magical. As part of a festival known as Noc Punog Miseca, torches, candles and lanterns illuminate the waterfront as in previous centuries, while illuminated boats, local and seafood specialties illuminate a floating market. It is a great night to visit the city.

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