16.08.2013 - 18.08.2013 29 °C
Once you start being near the cost of Croatia, the scenery changes and the landscapes appear to become more arid, less big trees and dense forests and more bushes, low trees.
Also coincidentally, the sun was shining and the temperatures were very high when we arrived to Zadar's main bus station. Our accommodation was a small room in the very historic center of Zadar, which itself is a labyrinth of narrow streets surrounded by stone buildings.
I immediately liked this city, the feeling of merge with the past, as everything looks old. As the day was really hot, our first wish was to spend the afternoon at the closest beach, which we did. The water was unsurprisingly clean and warm, like the most of the Mediterranean sea.
Zadar is a very lovely city, with a picturesque old town. The streets, mostly pedestrian and closed to traffic, are full of restaurants and small shops, are a delight for the tourists.
We went on a tour on a restored sail boat, which circled the old town (which is actually a peninsula), and took about an hour. We found out that Maraska produces a famous liquor Maraschino (which we later tasted) that was drunk by many noble and famous people, like Casanova. And that Hitchcock was a famous visitor to Zadar's Zagreb Hotel, and described Zadar's sunset as the most beautiful he had seen (we later confirmed this to be true to us, as well).
At night, the place one must definitely visit is the solar panel, which produces a beautiful light show. This feature along with the Sea Organ next to eat, give a unique feeling of peace.
Our stay in Zadar was short, but it was quite intense. I got the feeling that I will return one day and enjoy the city once again.