About a month ago I visited Croatia for the first time with two friends and instantly fell in love with the country. We stayed in a beautiful old town called Zadar, located on the Dalmatian coast. Though Zadar is one of the larger towns in the region it is perfectly walkable which makes it great for wandering and exploring, and exploring is one of my favourite things to do! The town is filled with beautiful and traditional architecture in an array of pastel colours, historical churches and narrow streets lined with boutique shops (my favourite being the sweet shop we found). There were plenty of bars, restaurants and hotels where the locals were all so welcoming. Nothing seemed too much trouble for the people here. I felt completely relaxed exploring this town, the atmosphere here is truly low-key. Although there were plenty of tourists in Zadar I feel it was no where near as busy as would be in the more popular places in Croatia like Dubrovnik.
At night Zadar is even more beautiful. You can sit and enjoy dinner and drinks as the sunsets over the sea; then around 10pm everything goes quiet besides a few bars and clubs where you can continue the night with another cocktail..or 3. We found an amazing outdoor night club called Ledana, the outdoor setting was like nothing I had seen before and was really chilled out and fun.
My favourite part of Zadar, was the Sea Organ and Sun Salutation. The sea organ is a group of 35 organ pipes under marble steps to the sea, which creates ‘music’ from the movement of the sea. After the sun sets the Sun Salutation comes to life. A 22 meter solar panel that lights up in an multitude of colours, powered from energy gathered from the sun and the power of the waves.
One of the days we took a boat trip to Kornati National Park, where we visit the salt lakes and cliffs. The water at the lake is crystal clear and deep blue in places, it is also always warm which makes it great for swimming in! After exploring Kornati National Park we got back on the boat for lunch and then headed to a small fishing town before making our way back to Zadar. Despite my legs feeling like jelly the entire day due to my ridiculous fear of boats and the ocean, it was a fantastic day and made for a brilliant holiday I will never forget. I will undoubtedly be heading back to Croatia soon. 🖤