This is the first stop of the Croatian coastline trip in Zadar. When I looked into visiting Zadar, I didn’t know much about it. I then checked images on google and it looked like a really nice old town on the way to Split. I spoke to my travel companion, Max, and he was up for the adventure. After a three hour road trip from Zagreb, I was eager to do a quick stroll around the town. I find walks around new cities as a way to take in my environment. It’s usually one of the first things I do when I visit a new city. In this post, you will find out about what to do in Zadar, Croatia.
Our Airbnb was in the Old Town so all of the sights were close walking distance from one another. You can see the bell tower and go to the top to get an aerial view of the city. There are also some churches that are lit up even at night. I did a stroll around the city taking pictures until coming upon a bar by the name of Café Lloyd. Inside there was a 76ers jersey and basketball photos from the local Zadar team. The pictures looked to be taken in the 70’s and 80’s. After chatting to the young man running the bar, I asked him about a good local Zadar drink. He offered me a shot of a drink called Maraschino which was brought in when Italians were setting up factories in Croatia. It is a white color and has a sweet taste unlike vodka. We chatted about basketball and the different Croatian players playing in the NBA. He offered me the drink on the house which I thought was a very nice gesture. Highly recommend checking out this unique bar in Croatia.
That evening we got a chance to check out the restaurant named 2Ribara which was recommended by our Airbnb host which also is on Tripadvisor Zadar. The restaurant was a bit more expensive than other places we went to during the trip but the food was well worth it. The appetizer we tried was the prosciutto and Max was eager to show me the proper technique of eating it which is taking only a small taste on your tongue to absorb the flavor.
After, we went for our main courses. I tried the cuttlefish risotto with black ink sauce and the dish was very large. This was my first time trying this time of risotto so I was excited at the opportunity. The dish was wonderful! You had the taste of the cuttlefish and the black ink sauce with rice gave it much thicker texture. I devoured most of the plate and would highly recommend trying this dish. I would highly recommend visiting this restaurant.
That evening we walked around our Airbnb and came across a bar called Factory Bar in the neighborhood it is also on Tripadvisor Zadar. It was a nice place to chill out and have a drink. I didn’t get a chance to check out “La Bodega” which is a bar I saw walking that had a really nice décor and music in the background. Check it out and let me know how you like it so I can try it out next time I visit, Zadar.
The second day we went to the local market to make some food at our apartment using local ingredients. Unfortunately, we arrived to the seafood market too late and instead Max decided to make a beef stew for dinner. We walked outside in the local markets and were able to pick up all of the vegetables from the vendors along with freshly cut beef from the butcher.
I miss doing this type of shopping and I feel that it is a character, which is lost in the US. When do you remember shopping at outdoor markets in the US? The dish that Max prepared later that evening was delicious and we enjoyed it with a local red wine which accompanied the dish very well.
I noticed that the city of Zadar placed an emphasis on tourism and that could be noted in the sea organs. I was able to see them the next day. The city developed mechanisms to produce sound from the ocean waves and it is a spectacle to listen to. I also noted, after walking around more, that there were panels, which produced light. These panels were harvesting tidal energy from the waves. They were completed in 2005 to promote more tourism to the city and since then there has been a sharp increase in tourism. Zadar tourist information is readily available throughout the city.
Overall, I really enjoyed visiting Zadar. The people were very friendly and welcoming. I would like to visit Zadar again since it is such a relaxing city! We will be heading to the next part of our road trip, which is Split. Check back with us again.