Things to See in Zadar
Created by architect Nikola Bašić in an attempt to repair the devastation of Zadar from the Second World War, the organ is located on the Riva, near the new port. It is an arhitectural installation that functions as a large musical instrument played by the wind and the sea through a set of tubes located underneath its marble steps. It is an unusual experience of harmonious and sometimes haunting sounds that attract both tourists and locals. This engaging structure is surrounded by trees and a wide promenade, ideal for a relaxing walk or contemplation. A spectacle of lights from the adjacent Greeting to the Sun, that starts performing after sunset, blends with the Organ into a unique experience.
The Greeting to the Sun
The Greeting to the Sun has become the modern icon of the city. It was created by Nikola Bašić, the same architect who designed the Sea Organ. Three hundred circle-shaped multilayer glass plates with underlying solar modules together construct the representation of the Solar System's planets. The solar modules absorb sunlight during the day, while in the night, release it into a mesmerizing light show.
The Most Beautiful Sunset in the World
While standing on the Riva, listening to the Sea Organ, Director Alfred Hitchcock once said: „Zadar has the most beautiful sunset in the world, more beautiful than the one in Key West, Florida, applauded at every evening“. Together with the Sea Organ and the Greeting to the Sun, it performs a breathtaking play of colours and sounds.
Kalelarga – The Lifeline of Zadar
In the ancient days, this was the main street in Zadar. Translated from Italian, it means „wide street“.
To the people of Zadar, Kalelarga is more than just a street. There is a saying in Zadar – Everything that has happened or is about to happen is first heard on Kalerarga. It is also said that all great loves begin and end on Kalelarga. To the people of Zadar, it is a cult place where city celebrations and festivities occur, it is the center of city life, swarmed with caffes and stores and it even has its own hymn sung by Tomislav Ivčić, which is gladly listened to in all parts of Croatia.
The sea promenade called Riva was constructed in 1874 when the city's development towards the sea began. If offers the view of the Zadar Channel and the islands Ugljan and Pašman. The Riva is an ideal promenade, quite peaceful and covered in trees and small parks with the Sea Organ and The Greeting to the Sun as its alluring ornaments that all together attract the attention of tourists from all over the world. It is a perfect place for gatherings and long walks from which the most beautiful sunset in the world is enjoyed daily.
This small picturesque harbour underneath the Renaissance Land Gate was once the main entrance into the city, with a stone lion from the coat of arms of the Republic of Venice carved into it. Along the harbour, a paved way leads to the building of the historical University of Zadar and furthermore to the amazing Riva.
The Sphinx of Zadar
The story of this Sphinx is very romantic, but sadly almost entirely forgotten since it is now located in the most prestigious part of Zadar, a somewhat long walk from the peninsula. The easiest way to reach it is by the barkarijoli row boat. Among the Italian villas from the Belle Epoque period there is one named Villa Attilia. In front of it is the sphinx. The owner of the Villa was Giovanni Smirich, a painter, historian and a member of Zadar's nobility who studied in Italy and there met his wife. Together they moved to Zadar where they had 5 children. Since they were both into history and mythology, they built a garden around the Villa with a cave, an exedra and several other interesting details. When his wife died, Giovanni had the biggest sphinx in this part of Europe built to her memory. There are many legends and superstitions enveloping the Sphinx, the most popular of which are that it is filled with gold and that it grants wishes.
Kolovare is a sandy and pebbly beach surrounded by green areas and a promenade with beach bars and restaurants. It is cleaned and maintained regularly in order to hold the prestigious Blue Flag as an indication of its high environmental and quality standards.