As far as historical towns go, Zadar is a head and shoulders above the vast majority of others in terms of sheer beauty, which might be the reason it was named the Best European Destination of 2016. The flagstone streets of the inner town are well worn and glint in the evening sunshine that paints the entire town a deep pink with its final throes of light. In the centre of town, the white-washed walled and terracotta-roofed buildings serve both as historical monuments and residences for a number of stylish boutiques and hotels, creating a delicate, yet effective, balance between modernity and antiquity.Read More
Along the edge of the town is the Adriatic Sea, which is perfect for cooling off hot visitors as they jump from the esplanade into the refreshing water. The esplanade itself is also a fascinating feature of the town as it is the home of the first ever sea organ, an instrument that produces a whistling music as the waves flow into it. Many who visit Zadar choose to sit by the organ and watch the sunset as the dulcet hum of the music makes the perfect soundtrack to the dazzling spectacle.
Water-induced tunes aside, the town has plenty more to offer, such as the Roman Forum and the Church of St. Donatus, both of which are important historical features of Zadar and are well worth a visit for their beautiful architecture and cultural significance. Further excitement occurs once the sun goes down and the town comes alive as musicians toot in the streets and ice cream vendors equip visitors with some sweet after-dinner treats. The entire vibe of the town becomes even more laid-back as visitors while away the hours into the early mornings in the multitude of cafes and bars.
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