DAY 3. Route through Croatia – Kubus Ura and Zadar

According to the route we’d decided to take, the third day we were going to drive the whole morning and were going to see Zadar in the afternoon and evening.

We left Korenica (it was the town we slept) so early in the morning, but we didn’t go straight to Zadar. Instead of this, we took a secondary road that ran along the coast. Before arriving to the coast we saw tiny villages in the mountain where we could see the shots from the war on the houses’ facades. It was really shocking. The road was wavy but still a good one and the landscape was beautiful (more than the one you can see from the highway).

Just before the last few kilometres to the coast there is a view point on the top of the mountains: Kubus Ura. To reach this place you have to get the first exit on the right side before the tunnel. There’s a place to park the car in front of the stairs that go to the view point. On the top of the stairs there’s a big cube made of stone and a stone path from where you can see the landscape. The views are beautiful from there: you can see lots of Croatian islands, most of them are white, deserted and with no vegetation. It’s said that if the day is clear, you can see the Italian coast (we didn’t see it).



Once you arrive to the coast, there’s Karlobag, a quite touristic fishing town. We didn’t stop to sightseeing but we found a nice beach close by.


WARNING:  All the Croatian beaches are made of stones, no sand. That’s why I recommend you to wear this kind of flip flops that look(s) like socks and they have a strong sole. We bought our flip flops in Decathlon for 6€ .

After having a bath, we were so hungry and we stopped at Tribanj, a small village at the coast that is located between Karlobag and Zadar. The road that goes along the coast is amazing, you can see a beautiful landscape, some small cosy villages and creeks (if you have enough time, I really recommend you to stop in some of those creeks to have a bath over there).


FACT: The name of the restaurant we had lunch at was Grill, the one with the yellow awning. A good place if you want to relax and eat fresh fish in front of the sea.


There are two diferent ways to reach Zadar from where we were: the highway (paid road) and the secondary road (free). We did a mistake: instead of following the free road (the one with the yellow marks) and cross the red bridge to the peninsula, we took the highway that crosses another bridge before the red one.

But we were finally in Zadar!!!

We unpacked everything at the apartment and we went to the city centre, where all the nice and famous places are.

We rented the apartment with Airbnb. It was located 15 minutes walking from the city centre. It wasn’t one of the best ones we stayed at, but it was so large and full equipped.


What to see in Zadar

The historic quarter of the city is located in a small peninsula, surrounded by an old medieval wall. Zadar is about 3,000 years old, which makes it very rich in historical and cultural heritage. In spite of the tourism (it’s a very touristic city), the city is truly beautiful and you’ll find cosy and nice places everywhere around.

In my opinion, it’s a wonderful city. There are narrow streets all made with stones, old and authentic facades, churches everywhere, beautiful and hide spots, there’s people everywhere and the atmosphere can’t be better. In short, it’s a charming city (at least in summer).

FACT: It was declared the best tourist destination in 2016.

A good starting point is the Tourist Office, located in one of the streets facing the Town Square. I recommend you to take a map and start walking around. The centre is composed of many small, old and pedestrian streets, perfect to walk around and to eat a yummy ice-cream.

These are the most famous places and monuments in Zadar, also some of the ones that I most recommend you:


The Town Square

The Croatian name is Narodni Trg. It’s the only square that has been preserved despite the bombardment during the war. Here you’ll find the Tourism Office, lots of terraces and a good atmosphere, the City Hall, the Ghirardini Palace and the Municipal Guard Building, that nowadays is the Ethnographic Museum.


Land Gate (Kopnena vrata)

It’s one of the old gateways to the city. People in Zadar also call it Terraferma. It’s the biggest and the most beautiful gate that is still preserved, and at the top of it you can see the San Marcos’ lion.

The city is surrounded by a medieval wall, as I said, and there are many different gateways to get into it: The Sea Gate, near the Museum of the city and St. Chrysogonus Church; the Bridge Gate or the San Roque Gate, where you’ll see an old and traditional market that opens from 7am to 1pm.  


Petra Zoranica Square

Just after a step through the gate there is the Zoranica Square, a small square where you’ll see some terraces and shops. Here you can see the Captain Tower, the Deputies Palace, the Palace of Grisogono and San Simeon’s Church.




Saint Donat’s Church

It’s the city’s symbol and one of the most important churches in Croatia. It was built in the early ninth century and it’s a Romanesque church that calls your attention because of its circular shape. Nowadays it’s used for music concerts and other exhibitions.

It’s possible to visit the church from Monday to Saturday from 9am to 5pm in April, May and October. From 9am to 9pm in June and from 9am to 10pm in July and August. You can check other information here

The ticket price is 20 kunas for adults and 12 kunas for students.


Just in front of this big church you can see the Roman Forum, the Archaeological Museum and St. Mary’s Church.


Cathedral of St Anastasia

This Cathedral is located behind St. Donato’s Church, in the square with the same name. It’s a nice square full of terraces and lot of people. It was built in the ninth century and it was rebuilt between the twelfth and fourteenth centuries, so you can see a mix of Romanesque and Gothic styles.



The promenade

If you walk to the sea, far from the city centre, the narrow streets and all the churches, you’ll find the promenade, in my opinion, one of the most beautiful places in the city.

The long promenade is located on the south side of the city and, at the end of it, there is the Sea Organ and the Greeting to the Sun, two amazing modern monuments. We reached this place at the sunset, the best time of the day to see it. There was lot of people (too much), in spite of that, the views at that time were amazing.




Sea Organ

In my opinion, the Sea Organ is the most amazing place in the city. The Croatian name is Morske Orguleje, it was inaugurated in 2005 and the architect is Nikola Basic.

The organ is made with white stone from Brac (a Croatian island close to Split). There are lots of tubes (in the) inside it and, with the movement of the waves, it makes a repetitive sound, like if they were playing an instrument.

RECOMMENDATION: The sunset at this point is amazing.


Greeting to the Sun

Next to the Sea Organ there is the Greeting to the Sun, a 22 metres of diameter giant circle, composed of 300 hundred glass plates. These plates take the energy from the sun and from the waves and use it to make a light show when it’s dark.

It’s a bit complicated to see the light show properly, because there are too many people at the circle but it’s still nice.

It was dinner time. We spent the whole afternoon walking around and sightseeing, and it was great. We had dinner in a restaurant named Mazar, at the terrace.  It was a long day and we were tired, so we went to the apartment to rest. The next day was going to be long too, we were going to go to Split.



It was dinner time. We spent the whole afternoon walking around and sightseeing, and it was great. We had dinner in a restaurant named Mazar, at the terrace.  It was a long day and we were tired, so we went to the apartment to rest. The next day was going to be long too, we were going to go to Split.



Now is your turn. Have you ever been to Zadar? What did you liked the most? Let us know at the coments.


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