As much as I didn’t want to leave Split, we had a lot of other places to go. So rather hideously early the next morning (this was becoming a pattern) we caught the bus to Zadar. Naturally we got lost trying to find our apartment mostly due to construction work which meant that the street next to ours had become a large hole in the ground, and by the time we arrived I admit I was a little cranky. We had a quick look round the old town then decided as we were both exhausted to just cook dinner and have a night in, which was exactly what we both needed.
The next day we took the bus back towards Split to visit Krka national park. Because of heavy rainfall we weren’t able to swim in the waterfalls, which was a disappointment, but nonetheless we had a great time exploring the park, which is just beautiful. The bad part came when we tried to head back to Zadar and found out that because it was the off-season there weren’t any buses. This resulted in a rather expensive taxi journey and new bus tickets, but it also showed us again how friendly and willing to help everyone is. While it was an inconvenience we made it back eventually, and with one of the most stunning sunsets I’ve ever seen as the backdrop to our long bus journey.
Waterfalls at Krka National Park
Our last day in Zadar we spent actually seeing the city, which admittedly was all you really needed as it’s quite small and hasn’t got much to offer. We visited a couple of churches (there are 34 in the old city alone), although i got chucked out of the cathedral for wearing a skirt that was apparently too short, but the highlight of Zadar was without a doubt what is apparently the best ice cream in Croatia. And after sampling each city’s so far I wholeheartedly agree!
The Church of St Donat
That evening we also headed back to the sea front to see the Sun Salutation lit up. It’s also next to the Sea Organ, which is built into the harbour wall and the waves, wind, and passing boats alter the sounds it makes. It’s quite strange at first but we sat on the steps to watch the sunset and after a while it starts to become quite relaxing. Once it was dark, the Sun Salutation, circles of LED covered solar panels which create enough energy to power the entire harbour front lighting, lit up and started a series of light shows which go on until sunrise. The whole thing is pretty difficult to describe – it really is one of these things that you really need to see and hear to capture the unique atmosphere of it.
The Sea Organ