A red boat courses towards the lighthouse in the port of Zadar, Croatia.

Sunset in Zadar

It was a warm evening in the Spring of 2015, early May. We had just arrived in Zadar after a long but satisfying day of driving along the Dalmatian Coast. After quickly dropping our luggage at our accommodation, we decided to go on an evening walk to the the century-old town. Smells of summer were already in the air. While standing on the bridge that connects the medieval centre to the rest of the city, we stopped to look at the sunset. I quickly grabbed my camera and snapped a few photos of this little red boat coursing towards a little lighthouse. The backdrop was simply magical, tinged with the deepest tones of orange.

Dalmatian Coast

Zadar is a major city on Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast, situated on the Adriatic Sea. Dalmatia is a narrow coastal area and forms one of four official regions in Croatia. The Dalmatian Coast is characterised by its natural coves, quiet beaches, and numerous islands. Unsurprisingly, this also makes Dalmatia the most popular region for tourists. Zadar was part of the Roman empire and its beginnings as an Adriatic settlement can be traced back to prehistoric times.

Roadtrip to Croatia

I got to go to Croatia for a week by parasitizing on my parents’ vacation plans. I’m very glad I did! Otherwise I would have never gotten to see this enchanting sunset in Zadar. I joined them for their first week, after which I had to fly back to Amsterdam to finish my degree.

Whilst driving through Croatia, we visited several amazing spots, including Plitvice Lakes and Šibenik. We first drove all the way from Breda (the Netherlands) to Croatia, crossing through countries like Austria and Slovenia. We spent about 2 days in Zadar eating out at restaurants (Food Log coming soon), exploring the medieval monuments, and absorbing the sunlight.

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