Photo journal – Zadar, Croatia

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Several years ago I took a memorable trip with some friends to Croatia. We discovered a country of spectacularly beautiful landscapes, fun cities, great food and wonderfully warm people.

But the place that stole my heart completely was the city of Zadar sitting on a peninsula in the heart of the Adriatic.

Things to do in Zadar, Croatia

Zadar is one of those places that creeps up on you. Unlike Dubrovnik, Split or some of the other classically beautiful cities of Croatia, Zadar needs you to take some time to appreciate it. And the effort is well rewarded. The city was founded in Roman times and has beautiful marble pedestrian streets over which baroque buildings and medieval churches preside. A port on the Adriatic, the city is surrounded by over 300 islets and the pristine waters of the Zadar archipelago.

The city was founded in Roman times and has beautiful marble pedestrian streets over which baroque buildings and medieval churches preside. A port on the Adriatic, the city is surrounded by over 300 islets and the pristine waters of the Zadar archipelago.

1. Boats on the marina of Zadar

Photo journal - Zadar, Croatia

2. Cafe lined ancient Roman marble streets and medieval churches make Zadar so pretty

Photo journal - Zadar, Croatia

3. Behind this wall of lavender is one of my favourite bars – ‘The Garden’ – overlooking the harbour

Photo journal - Zadar, Croatia

4. Cocktails and relaxing on day beds checking out the passing boats in The Garden equals a perfect afternoon

Photo journal - Zadar, Croatia

5. The round 9th century St. Donatus church and bell tower are architectural icons of Zadar

Photo journal - Zadar, Croatia

6. Boat tripping on the Zadar archipelago

Photo journal - Zadar, Croatia

7. Taking a dip in the crystal clear water

Photo journal - Zadar, Croatia

8. Sunset over the Adriatic watching people enjoy the Sea Organ – design & nature together at their best

Photo journal - Zadar, Croatia

Why visit Zadar

If you like quirky places that are slightly off the beaten path you will love Zadar. It is a relaxed and compact city that is full to the brim with history, art, culture and food. I absolutely loved the unique and special experiences that are the Sea Organ and Greeting to the Sun. The organ is a man-made structure of pipes that creates music from the waves and tidal patterns. You can read more about it

I absolutely loved the unique and special experiences that are the Sea Organ and Greeting to the Sun. The organ is a man-made structure of pipes that creates music from the waves and tidal patterns. You can read more about it here.

Short boat trips from the city take you to tiny little islands surrounded by the clearest blue water you ever saw. After swimming and relaxing in the sun return to the largely pedestrianised old town to wander the ancient streets in search of delicious ice cream.

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Further reading

Here you will find some great blog posts and guides from fellow travellers about visiting Zadar.

✪ Fellow Australians, Sarah-Jane and Mate,  now living in Zadar have written the most amazing comprehensive guide to Zadar on their excellent blog Chasing the Donkey

✪ Great tips on how to make the most of a family trip to Zadar here – via family travel blogger Where’s Sharon

✪ Zadar’s tourist information site is a wealth of information – click here

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  1. 26th April 2016 / 2:49 PM

    Beautiful photos! The water is stunning! I’m enjoying your photo journals, the tips and links are also very helpful. Your photos remind me of when we went sailing from Italy to Croatia a few years back and docked at the islands of Losinj and Rab, north of Zadar, so beautiful sailing around there. I’d love to go back to Croatia and see more #CityTripping

    • 26th April 2016 / 9:32 PM

      thanks so much Cindy! Glad it is helpful. I would love to sail around Croatia. Ironically my husband is a very competent sailor but he refuses to go “cruising”. He likes ocean racing. So it will take a bit of convincing to do that trip.

  2. 26th April 2016 / 3:14 PM

    I’m glad you liked it! my country is full of great cities!:)) #city tripping

    • 26th April 2016 / 9:34 PM

      I loved Croatia Tanja! Can’t wait to go back x

  3. 26th April 2016 / 9:57 PM

    I loved my visits to Croatia too. It is a truly stunning country. I have visited Dubrovnik and Spilt but never Zadar but I would love to take you up on your suggestion and roam the quaint streets eating ice cream! Thanks for linking up to #CityTripping

  4. 26th April 2016 / 10:38 PM

    Gorgeous pics! I REALLY want to go to Croatia but I need to moving my hubby who for some reason isn’t so keen. Will show him these pics! Zadar looks like a fab place to visit. Thanks for linking to #citytripping xx

    • 27th April 2016 / 8:44 AM

      Elizabeth I’d try the ‘it’s like Italy but cheaper’ angle ?

  5. 27th April 2016 / 5:27 AM

    Feeling like visiting Zadar now! Well. a trip thru the Balkans would be awesome. There is so much to discover.

    • 27th April 2016 / 8:45 AM

      Me too! You’re right there are so many amazing places to visit ?

  6. Jessica
    27th April 2016 / 9:40 PM

    Your pictures are incredible! This makes me want to go to Croatia, thanks for all the tips and pics! 🙂

    • 28th April 2016 / 9:10 AM

      thank you!

  7. 27th April 2016 / 9:42 PM

    Your photos are amazing and make me want to go to Croatia. Thanks for sharing these photo journals! 🙂

    • 28th April 2016 / 9:10 AM

      thanks for the lovely comment Jessica. I’ve had a lovely time digging these pics out and reminiscing!

  8. 28th April 2016 / 12:32 AM

    Croatia has been on my list for ages, and this only solidifies it. I hadn’t heard of Zadar before, but it’s now definitely on my list.

    • 28th April 2016 / 8:56 AM

      Definitely spend a day or two there, it is so pretty and the if you like swimming in the sea I can’t really think of a better place. Happy travels Kristina!

  9. 28th April 2016 / 12:38 AM

    Wow, there are so many beautiful places in the world. Radar is a place I’ve never even heard of. I’m really missing out. It looks absolutely beautiful. I love the architecture and the colors of those buildings!

    • 28th April 2016 / 9:12 AM

      It’s so true Stephanie. So much to do and see, so little time! I guess we are so lucky to have the opportunity.

  10. 28th April 2016 / 2:37 AM

    The Sea Organ sounds really cool. I would love to see (hear?) that!

    • 28th April 2016 / 8:57 AM

      It is so cool. You can see and hear it. The sound is really magical actually and quite soothing. It’s something so different than I had ever experienced before.

  11. 28th April 2016 / 1:33 PM

    I haven’t been to Croatia so far, but it is on my list 🙂 Zadar looks amazing. Love your light and bright pictures. Thanks for sharing.

    • 30th April 2016 / 10:18 AM

      thanks so much Anita. I’m sure you will make it to Zadar very soon. Happy travels x

  12. 28th April 2016 / 3:17 PM

    You’re so right to say Zadar grows on you! It took me a few days but I finally ended up loving the city, especially one afternoon where I spent all of it reading a book on the Sea Organ… I love that memory 🙂

    • 30th April 2016 / 10:17 AM

      Well that sounds like a perfect afternoon! The Sea Organ is just a magical idea realised in the best possible way. I’d love to go back and hear it again. Thanks so much for your lovely comment

  13. 28th April 2016 / 4:59 PM

    Beautiful photos! I like how the visuals really enhance the blog.

    • 28th April 2016 / 5:21 PM

      Thanks so much Yilin! You are very kind

    • 30th April 2016 / 9:51 AM

      Thanks! I think next time I head that way I’ll head to Montenegro or further east. I’m not too good with crowds. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  14. 28th April 2016 / 6:29 PM

    Looks beautiful, really reminds me of Malta for some reason. Looks really peaceful, were there many tourists there?

    • 30th April 2016 / 9:50 AM

      Aimee it was so lovely and back then.. in 2009, there were not too many tourists. I guess like with most places in Europe it’s best to avoid the peak times in July and August. Happy travels Aimee!

    • 30th April 2016 / 9:48 AM

      Me too! I wish summer would hurry up and come to London soon ? Thanks for stopping by

  15. 30th April 2016 / 12:52 PM

    I’ve been to Croatia and absolutely loved it but didn’t get to Zadar…I really want to see/hear the sea organ and will definitely be going back.

  16. 1st May 2016 / 6:40 PM

    I would love to go to Croatia! I can see from your pictures how beautiful the Adriatic is. And I’ve been wanting to start visiting towns that are more off the beaten track, so I’d like to check out Zadar. Thanks for the tip!

    • 2nd May 2016 / 8:15 AM

      It is beautiful Stella. Happy travels x

  17. 2nd May 2016 / 2:44 PM

    I thino I would love it here! Thanks for spotlighting another awesome destination in Croatia! #citytripping

    • 2nd May 2016 / 5:33 PM

      I know you would love it Christy. It has all the elements of a great holiday! ❤️ Croatia

  18. 8th May 2016 / 10:45 PM

    Hi Katy,

    Thank you for these amazing photos! I have never been in Croatia but I am really captivated after seeing your wonderful captions. Thank you for sharing them!


    • 13th May 2016 / 2:48 PM

      Thanks for the lovely comment Zaria. I loved Croatia and can’t wait to go back. Hope you get to visit soon too

  19. 25th June 2016 / 7:21 AM

    Croatia has to be my favourite country in Europe. I’ve never been to Zadar but if it’s anywhere near as nice as Rovinj or Dubrovnik I’ll have to go. There are budget flights there so I’ve really got no excuse!

    • 25th June 2016 / 8:14 AM

      Zadar is wonderful. It certainly have the beauty of Dubrovnik but few places do! The city more than makes up for it with quirky personality. The sea organ is one of my all time favourites. Hope you make it there soon

  20. 27th July 2016 / 7:35 PM

    I would love to go to Croatia again. We stayed in Split at the end of a week spent in Sarajevo and Mostar and is definitely like to see more of the coastline. Your photos are gorgeous!

  21. Dani
    12th April 2017 / 11:08 AM

    Just google image Rovinj, Hvar, Plitvice Lakes, Dubrovnik, Makarska Riviera and if he doesn’t want to go then go without him . Croatia is best described as a mix between Italy, Greek islands. Austro Hungary all thrown into one which makes it Croatia which is truly unique. Also has some of ghe best Nature parks in the world and 1200 islands

    • 1st May 2017 / 6:38 PM

      I agree! I love Croatia. Thanks for stopping by Dani

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