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  • Day130

    A day trip to Zadar

    November 3, 2016 in Croatia ⋅ 🌙 10 °C

    Zadar is one of the larger towns along Croatia's coastline. There was no problem parking here like there had been in Pula, despite a no stopping sign with a picture of a camper van outside the main car park. It was a wet weekday outside of the tourist season so the parking attendant saw no problem with the van taking up two spaces.

    Heading first to the morning market, we walked alongside the lengthy marina. There was a film of oil on the surface but we could still see down into the water and watch shoals of fish milling around the moored boats.

    Climbing to the top of the town walls, we spotted the market just inside them. It was quite different to Pula's market, less about businesses selling to tourists and more more about individuals' cottage industries selling to locals. The small, dark wood tables had metal weighing scales and weights to measure the produce and stall holders called out to us in a friendly manner. We bought some home dried figs and olive oil, the latter in a reused plastic water bottle. Will's eyes were drawn to a cheese counter laden with rounds of hard cheese. Germany had a dearth of strong hard cheese and Will has been determined to make up for it! The stallholder, knowing the quality of the product would do the selling, encouraged us to try a sliver. We came away with quarter of a truckle and smiles on our faces. Picking up potatoes, clementines and a pomegranate, we managed to resist the tempting looking squid and cured meats and started our exploration of the town.

    Many of Zadar's streets were narrow, with smooth light coloured stone lining the walkways. There was the remains of a Roman marketplace around a church and people could just wander in and out of the large, ornately carved ancient stone fragments laying on the ground. We passed through these on our way to the seafront where two interesting sound and light art installations had been built into the promenade. The Sea Organ produces music when waves push air through holes and Greeting to the Sun, a huge horizontal disc of solar panels emits random bursts of coloured light. It was too light to see the later to full effect but we enjoyed both.

    Darkness closed in as we returned to Camp Jaz but we got to see a beautiful sunset glow over the water from the head of the bay.
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  • Day31


    July 7, 2017 in Croatia ⋅ ☀️ 34 °C

    We were staying right in the Old Town of Zadar which was perfect for wandering the many streets of marble. Zadar is known for the Roman and Venetian ruins of its peninsular Old Town. There are several Venetian gates in the city walls. Surrounding the Roman-era Forum is 11th-century St. Mary’s Convent, with religious art dating to the 8th century. There’s also the grand, 12th-century St. Anastasia’s Cathedral and the round, 9th-century pre-Romanesque Church of St. Donatus. While we were the Imperial Russian Ballet performed Swan Lake outside St Donatus. We got to watch a little from outside the fenced-off area - a little unexpected culture. Zadar had a lovely feel about. We walked outside the Old Town across the bridge where there were easily 50+ market stalls. Lots of Croatian handcrafted items mixed in with cheap souvenirs and they were still open at 11pm. Zadar is slso known for having beautiful sunsets and wow did it deliver! We had dinner at one of the restaurants along the seaside prominade where we got to watch the entire sunset which lasted about an hour. The colour of the sky was magic!Read more

  • Day87

    Day 85

    August 23, 2017 in Croatia ⋅ 🌙 20 °C

    Bus from Split to Zadar today. It's a really awesome place, by the beach so lovely ocean air!! Really cool place to just wander around! Huge boats docked at the port, like ridiculously big (no room for fishing either dad)

    Just walked around and then watched the sun set which was very pretty. My hostel is right in the old town, it looks over ancient roman ruins which is pretty cool😊Read more

  • Day4


    October 31, 2018 in Croatia ⋅ ⛅ 68 °F

    11/2 hr stop here. Wandering the streets, into churches. Beautiful little town. Listening to the Sea Organ at water’s edge- unique set of stairs that have a holes in them and as the water passes through music comes out (tried to capture it on video - listen carefully. Sometimes it got quite loud. Ingenious idea

    Now pushing on towards Split via the autobahn. Listening to Croatian mandolin music on the bus
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  • Day10

    A “hot“ stop on our way to the coast

    August 14, 2017 in Croatia ⋅ 🌙 22 °C

    As you can see in the pictures, we witnessed a wildfire on our way from Zagreb to Zadar. The whole traffic was held up for at least half an hour before it was safe enough to drive by. But also then pilots were still flying back and forth to a close bay in order to get enough water to extinguish the fire.Read more

  • Day11

    Stony beaches & Zadar old town

    August 15, 2017 in Croatia ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    It was never actually our intention to come to Zadar, we hadn't even heard about it. But since all other Croatian beach destinations were either super expensive, fully booked or too far away (or all at once), we had to look for alternatives.
    In the end, it is one of the quieter coastal towns, and still it was completely packed with tourists. Luckily we only wanted to be a bit at the sea before heading to Slovenia, so it was good enough for us.Read more

  • Day37


    May 16, 2018 in Croatia ⋅ ⛅ 63 °F

    Classic old city centre surrounded by modern urban city. Sort of town you could actually see in most countries nowadays. Hard exterior with a chewy Roman centre, as they pretty well conquered and settled in most parts of Europe at some time. The old square is testament to this with examples of stone columns and remains kept under glass.The narrow streets are both a delight and welcome shade from the unusually hot May sun, and refuge at a bistro provides food and drink in the form of pizza and beer...see I told you there was a Roman influence here. Much of the old town is taken over by cafes, bars and restaurants as one would expect and the local specialty for souvenir shops appears to be bags of lavender.I have made the trip in by bus to see, or rather hear the sea organ, which is a hefty musical instrument made of marble some 70 metres long and kept in constant harmony (sort of) by the motion of the ocean. It is not exactly Handel's water music, more random and dare I say organic organ music. Still it pulls in the punters and every organ pipe has its very own Chinese tourist posing for a picture of an attraction that is principally auditory.The monument to sun is also located here which is a huge bank of solar cells that absorb energy by day and come to life at dusk. I am unable to attach a video, but look it up on YouTube. The bus station so called as it has two bus shelters is the origin of the expression organised chaos, despite all the buses having numbers they pull in at any point along the pathway and you have to search for your bus by constantly searching up and down a line of up to 8 buses, some have numbers on the front some on the side and some on pieces of card. I miss my bus as I can't find it and an hour later almost miss it again. Home at last, not quite I have a 2 km cycle ahead of me and it has just started to rain. There have been a lot of spectacular thunderstorms in the region lately and this is a doozy! ...still miss the worst of it.Read more

  • Day165

    Meeresorgel in Zadar

    March 15, 2018 in Croatia ⋅ 🌬 13 °C

    Heute ging es nach Zadar. Dort wollten wir uns die Altstadt anschauen und die Meeresorgel anhören. Wir können jetzt schon festhalten, dass die Menschen hier sehr freundlich sind. Wir hatten leider zu wenig Kuna (einheimische Währung) als Münzen für den Parkautomaten doch der nächste Passant bei dem Till wechseln wollte, schenkte uns einfach etwas Kleingeld.

    Nachdem wir uns beim Einkaufen im Spar bereits über die ganzen deutschen Produkte gewundert hatten, ging es im Drogeriemarkt dm gleich weiter. Es war alles auf deutsch beschriftet 😳. Milla bekam laut Etikett also ihre erste Babyhaarbürste 🤗.

    Die Altstadt von Zadar ist schön, wirkt aber ein bisschen trostlos. Das kann aber auch am Wetter gelegen haben. Auffällig waren die vielen Schmuck- und Unterwäscheläden 😅. Kaum waren wir an der Uferpromenade angekommen, hörten wir bereits die ersten sachten Töne der Meeresorgel. Diese ist unauffällig unter den Stufen aus Stein verbaut. Zum Glück hatten wir einen windigen Tag erwischt und konnten mit zunehmender Windgeschwindigkeit die volle Bandbreite der Orgel hören.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Zadar, ዛዳር, Chadra, زادار, Горад Задар, Задар, Ζαντάρ, זאדאר, ZAD, Zara, ザダル, ზადარი, 자다르, Iadera, Zadaras, Zadara, زدار, 扎達爾

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