It’s a charming calm little town, founded in around 900 B.C., and in 48 B.C., it was a colony of Romans, and it still keeps ruins and historical monuments in the peninsula, in a very medieval air to old town. It has streets made of marble in its main way, where cars can’t enter so that you can walk freely. We chose that town because it’s the ideal point to stay and go visiting the lakes of Plitvice and e Krka National Park.
When we talk about sea organs, it may sound strange, but for whomever has a good command of music, it’s not that much! We were walking around town, towards the amazing blue sea, when we heard different but nice sounds, then we learned about the Sea Organ, only instrument in the world that makes the sea have its own melodies. That place has white marble stairways that go until the sea water and sandbanks with details that remind the instrument. We loved there!
The Bank is Keyboard-Shaped
The Sea Organ Background (Inside the Water)
Greeting to the Sun
Sun is greeted not only by yoga, but also by a masterpiece that we visited beside Sea Organ, the famous Greeting to the Sun. It’s very beautiful in the daytime, when it picks up solar rays in many blue colors plates and turn them into electric energy, which, in the evening, turn on the lights of the panels, making them glow, and make the place even more beautiful.
Visual of 'Greeting to the Sun'
The Blue Plates Pick Up the Solar Light
Antique fair and Markets
Right in front of the beautiful church Saint Donatus, there is the popular square, where marketers display a lot of products in their tents, such as: knit and crochet clothes, handicrafts, discos, LPs, swords, ancient weapons, photographic machines, telephones and everything you can think of.
Quite near there, there’s also the municipal market, located in the same place since the Middle Ages, with fresh products every day. We noticed they close early, at 3p.m.
Overall View of the Market
An unforgettable moment for us was absolutely watching the sunset in Zadar. We’ll never forget those 30 minutes. I think it’s one of the most beautiful we have already seen.
We were so lucky, because we went to the beach in the late afternoon and, out of the blue, the color of the sky started changing, blue, pink, yellow, orange, an aside show.
The Sunset Starts
Pizza and Spritz
The place has a great Italian influence on gastronomy, so, in every bars or restaurants you drop by, you can find pizzas and pastas in the menu. The slices or ¼ of pizzas usually cost and average of 10 Kunas (6 Reais), and about beverages, there is Spritz for 40 Kunas (22 Reais), wines have various prices, but they absolutely highlight that they are Croatian.
Pizza of Zadar
Island of Preko
We went to the ferry of the town and, among other options, we chose to go to the island of Preko, only 20 minutes far from the crossing by ferry, and it cost 30 Kunas (20 Reais) each, round trip. To visit such a wonderful place, and have a distinguished view of Zadar and the mountains are quite close.
In the island, there are lots of restaurants, supermarkets, scooter, bikes and items of aquatic sports rental shops. There’s also a very beautiful little marina. That’s a great place to spend the day and enjoy the beach!
Ferry to the Island of Preko
Marina of Preko
Visual of the Island of Preko
Beautiful Beach of Preko
Plitvice Lakes and Krka National Park
Due to heavy rains in Plitvice and in the region of Krka, many companies hadn’t been taking the tours from Zadar to the parks, once there were floods of the lakes and the waterflow was too heavy. Some ones had been selling, but as the weather was bad, we wouldn’t seize upon it.
Here’s a tip: Always research on the official site of the parks you want to visit, as the information is always there. The tour costs 320 Kunas (195 Reais) each, including only the transfer and the entrance, there are companies that sell full packages with guides, breakfast, lunch and entrance to the park and museums, they cost 570 Kunas (350 Reais) each.
Whare to Stay
We chose to stay in Airbnb, and we found an excellent place, a complete house, only 2 kilometers far from the center of Zadar, where the touristic attractions are located, such as Old Zadar, the Marina and the access to ferries, and we had total attention from our host too.
Here is our Airbnb link, where you can have a discount too!
Mains of Transportation
We arrived there via bus of Flixbus from Naples and we had a connection in Milan (yes, bus connection, lol), we paid 67 Euros (300 Reais) each ticket, the bus station is beside the subway station. As inside the town, we used the bus to go to our Airbnb, the ticket was 10 Ft (5 Reais).
The means of transportation are great and very comfortable, very easy to use, you pay directly to the driver.
Bus of Zadar
Orange Machine, where the Ticket is Registered
Safety of the Town
We thought it’s very safe during the time we stayed there. We saw some policing in the streets, but no guards at the touristic attractions. We walked a lot through all over the town during the daytime and it was very peaceful, the people are super friendly and helpful. We also avoided to take tours alone after 8p.m. We loved to take tours around there.
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App of April Brazil
Internet for your Trip
To keep your connection during all the trip, you need a great SIM card, with a worldwide coverage, internet 3G and 4G. For that, we used Easysim4u, the best internet SIM card in the world for your trip. And see that we have been through some countries and we always had the coverage of the plans of Easysim4u. Don’t waste time, run and hire your SIM card for your next trip.
Here’s the link for you to access and ensure your connection to the internet in the world.
Chip of Internet
Kind of Currency
The local currency of Zadar is Croatian Kuna (Kn), and the exchange in dollar for May/2019 is $1.00 to 6.65 Kn. We recommend to exchange the currency in a safe place such as an airport or at Exchange, a bank in the town. It’s always good to have the local currency.
Our expenses in currency (REAIS) in Zadar during 5 days for the couple were the following:
Feeding: R$135.00 (market, snacks)
Tours: R$37.00 (ferry)
Transportation: R$316.00 (bus)
Lodging: R$377.00 (Airbnb)
Croatia definitely surprised us, and Zadar has the style of town where we would like to live. We explored everywhere and we got charmed with the place. And if you like more agitated cities, it’s very close to the capital city Zagreb and also Split, which are excellent to be visited. By the way, it was one of the most wonderful places where we watched the sunset.
We’ll absolutely go back and visit the neighboring towns and take tours in Plitvice Jereza e Krka Park, as it wasn’t possible. So, we have many reasons to go back and enjoy even more that amazing country named Croatia.