Friday, 15 August 2014

Beautiful and fascinating - Zadar in Croatia captured our hearts

Everyone talks about Dubrovnik (as I will be doing in another blog post) but there are so many other places of equal beauty in Croatia and for some reason Zadar, I don't feel, is really given enough of a push by the Croatian Tourist Office, which is a real shame and people are missing out!

It has had a chequered history due to being a powerbase for the Yugoslav army during the recent war and was bombed. So it is very varied in it's architecture from the hyper-modern to the Roman. The sunsets in the bay have to be as beautiful as you will find on the face of the planet and were Orson Welles' favourite.

We headed down to the seafront for sunset and to experience the music created by the infamous Sea Organ, an artwork played by the sea waves and which fills your ears with random notes a bit like a sea creature for the very deep. After nightfall a second art installation comes to life through solar panels and lights which 'play' random sequences of colour as you walk across it. Or sit, lie, stand - whatever takes your fancy.

So it's a city with a modern heart and an ancient port. The old town actually sits on an 'island' which you get to via a footbridge and walking through the city gates you are instantly transported back to ancient times. Roman's used to sell their wares in the same market space that is used today and their architecture and buildings are everywhere. But unlike other places this is a highly modern city (it was heavily shelled) with modern buildings and a modern outlook. Being so close to Split and cheaply reached by Easyjet I would say this is a brilliant and different location for a long weekend for those wanting something out of the ordinary. I shall definitely be going again!

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