Way back (in what seems like an age away already, why do holidays do that?!) in April we had a week in Croatia. As we were based in Sheffield for the second week of our holiday, we looked to see where we could fly to, from Manchester, and flights were reasonable to Zadar, so not knowing much more about the place, we booked flights and an airbnb for a week of R&R. In fact Zadar was the perfect place to potter around, and with the exception of a one night trip down the coast to Sibenik (more on this in a future post), we spent the week in an easy routine of feasting on local market delicacies for breakfast/brunch, exploring the city streets and architecture, reading, afternoon naps, catching sunsets and sampling some delicious Croatian cuisine.
Our apartment was a great space, and living on the fourth floor for a week was good for getting some guaranteed exercise every time we returned from a days exploration! We enjoyed sitting out on the small balcony for our breakfasts with a view of the market, the northern side of the peninsula walls and nearby rooftops.
Inside, the living room was large with simple and tasteful decoration. There was plenty of kitchen storage and we were able to cook for ourselves on a couple of occasions using the wealth of kitchen equipment available. Our host Tatjana was lovely and gave us many recommendations!
We also had a lovely florist nearby that had a beautiful new stock of fresh flowers on a daily basis, as well as the market stalls which had an abundance of vegetables, fruit, flowers and cheese.
Walking around this walled city did not take too long, but we took our time to peek down each and every street, with the different colours and styles of the buildings. As well as Roman and Medieval architecture, there were also more modern styles due to Zadar being heavily bombed during the second world war.
One of the highlights that is a ‘must-do’ for tourists is to catch the sunset from the southern side of the city.
As well as the sunset views (which were claimed by Alfred Hitchcock as the best in the world!) there are two art installations to enjoy. One is the Sea Organ which is a series of pipes built into the sea wall – creating a lovely sound as the waves of the sea fill the pipes to varying degrees. The other is called the ‘Greeting to the Sun” which is an evening light show powered by the sun’s rays during the day. It’s a nice place for locals and the tourists of Zadar alike to gather and have a little moment of tranquillity in such a beautiful setting.
Zadar has its own university quarter and this included a lovely park. We spotted some students walking on a makeshift tightrope (you may be able to spot them in the photo below)!
A walled city always needs gates and this was one of the fine examples by the city’s old harbour.
We were forever looking up and seeing the beautiful pastel coloured buildings…
…and the beautiful adverts for Maraska – a Croatian cherry liqueur.
This brings us nicely onto the food. We made it our aim to try all of the local specialities, including squid ink risotto, monkfish wrapped in parma ham, perfectly cooked salmon, Italian style gelato, and hot chocolate that you could stand a spoon in!
Have you visited Croatia?