Zadar, Croatia

Zadar waterfront
Where the sea organ plays and
The sun is welcomed

Sea Organ

Sunset by the Sea Organ

Sun Salutation

The Sun Salutation's nighttime light display

Plitvice Lakes Park
Cascading waterfalls and
Boardwalk trails to hike

Plitvice Lakes Waterfall

The big waterfall

Plitvice Lakes Boardwalk

On one of the boardwalks

Pag – barren island
Where sheep nibble salty grass
To make paški sir

Pag salt fields

Salt fields in the distance

Pag island sheep

The sheep responsible for this island's tasty cheese

Zadar Summary

Five nights: Monday, May 28 to Saturday, June 2

We continue up the Croatian coast from Split to the smaller seaside town of Zadar. This is another five night stay, but we have a couple of day trips planned as well. In the meantime, our apartment is located near the footbridge to the old city center, just a few buildings away from the Maraska factory where they make Maraschino. You can look out from the balcony and see part of the harbor and historic Zadar.

The old town of Zadar is pretty attractive, located on a small peninsula and built on top of the old Roman settlement. The square (trg, in Croatian) built around the old Roman forum is particularly scenic. Besides the ancient features of the town, there are also a couple of impressive modern art installations: the Sea Organ and the Sun Salutation. The Sea Organ is effectively a series of organ pipes built into the sea wall so that when waves lap against it a nice series of tones are produced. The Sun Salutation is a model of the solar system – the sun is a large disk made of solar cells and LEDs while the planets are additional LED disks. During the day, the solar cells produce energy that is used to power the LEDs overnight starting at sunset. Overall, very impressive! However, I’m wondering what it is about Croatia and solar system-themed art installations (see the Zagreb Summary).

Our first day trip was to Pag island. It was an interesting contrast from the rest of the countryside we’ve seen so far as it was fairly dry and desert-like. Historically, the primary industry has been salt production via evaporation in large lagoons. We checked out the “Permanent Exhibition of Salt” museum, which was interesting. Pag is also known for its lace production as well as Paški Sir, a local sheep cheese which was pretty tasty.

Our second day trip was to Plitviče Lakes National Park, which may be the most scenic natural area we’ve seen on our trip. It consists of a network of lakes and waterfalls that you can access via hiking trails and boardwalks. You should check out our photos. This was also a notable trip (for me at least) because it marks the first time I’ve driven a car in Europe! At least Croatians drive on the correct side of the road – I’m not looking forward to the UK.