I had Croatia in my travel goals for years. A friend with Croatian heritage had once showed me pictures of his family vacation. I was floored. Crystal clear blue waters and lush greenery marked the landscape. He mentioned that it was also “dirt cheap”. I am glad to report that Croatia is just as beautiful as I expected and as affordable as my friend mentioned. Most of the time I felt that I was robbing restaurants, museums, and stores because their pricing was so freakin’ affordable. Croatia became a part of the EU this year, and I am sure that will affect some of its affordability. That being said, get yourself over there quickly. Eu odeio fazer isso para a França, but Croatia may have the best swimming water in the world. It also has some amazing Roman ruins, gorgeous churches, and amazing produce. The wine….there’s a little work to be done there (no matter how many Pošips I tried I was unable to find one I loved), but I am sure with a little more time they will get it right. Com estes Zadar dicas de viagem que você vai ter um tempo incrível e você vai ser anseio para voltar.
Dicas de Viagem Zadar
During my short time in Croatia, I noticed just how varied the country is. The north is green and tall, an area where wine is made and fruit grows abundantly. The country is dotted by Baroque castles erected by the Hapsburgs. Then, there is the Dalmatian coast where the sun is king and olive trees give way to some of the most delicious olive oil I have ever tasted. This area is more similar to Italy, and rightly so, since Italy (Venice in particular) was a constant presence in Croatia’s past.
Croatia has seen its share of heartache. It enjoyed a time of peace after the Hapsburgs beat the Turks, but that only lasted until the First World War. Croatia and its people suffered a lot, but right now they are undergoing a renaissance.
I started my Croatia adventure in Zadar because there was a direct flight there from Brussels. My true objective was to make it to Dubrovnik (I have an unhealthy obsession with A Song of Ice and Fire – I tend to spew crack pot theories on a daily basis) and the Salona in Split. I was thrilled to have started off in Zadar and slightly disappointed in Dubrovnik (why would you EVER let huge cruise ships into such a gorgeous small city – WHY???) but that is a conversation for another post.
Zadar sits on the Adriatic sea. This automatically gave the city points. Eu sou um bebê de água e águas de Zadar são quentes, calm, and super clean. Antonio e eu tinha alugado umAirbnbà saída da praça do fórum romano. Diariamente, nós juntar-se os locais fora do cais para um mergulho em Zadar de clara, cool waters. When we got hungry, TEREMOS ir até umKonoba (tiny restaurants that are meant to cater to the fishing crowd) to grab some food (nothing was amazing, but the food served its purpose and the ingredients were top notch), e então nós passear ruas de mármore de Zadar para que eu pudesse verificar as igrejas e ruínas. Groups of men would fill the streets with music, wedding parties lasted for hours, sinos da igreja competiam entre si pela atenção dos moradores da cidade. I really cannot describe the charm of this tiny little city, but I can tell you, I could easily have spent more time there.
WHAT SHOULD YOU SEE?
The Roman Forum: Se você está no fórum você pode ver um monte de atrações, but perhaps the best part of being here is the unadulterated access to see Roman ruins. I ask you to be gentle. They are quite old and touching them will only harm them for future generations. The forum was founded by the first Emperor Augustus, the site was the location for a temple dedicated to Jupiter, Juno and Minerva. Há um “Pilar da Vergonha”, onde as pessoas estavam acorrentadas e ridicularizado por castigo. One still sees remains of a colonnade that I assume corresponded with the Roman shopping area. Like I said, although there are no signs or regulations about you touching the ruins, I ask you not to. Enjoy them and ascertain that future generations are able to do so. This spot looks lovely at night and it is surrounded by St. Donatus’ church, St. Campanário de Anastasia, St. Igreja de Mary, and the Zadar Archeological Museum.
Saint Donatus Church:As you know, I have a thing for churches and I think this is one of my favorites so far. Saint Donatus is a pre-Romanesque church which has a typical circular Byzantine floor plan. The church is from the 9th Century when it was called the Church of the Holy Trinity. It was renamed 600 years later in honor bishop Donatus who erected the church. The church is no longer in service as a place of worship, but you can visit and enjoy its beauty. The church also sits next to (and on top of) the old Roman forum. Really makes you think about the change of the religious and political scene in Croatia. if you happen to be in Zadar in July/August, você provavelmente vai começar a desfrutar o Festival Internacional de Música Renascentista Medieval que se realiza em St. Donatus because of the awesome acoustics. When we visited the church, it was empty – I loved the experience. Admission $3.50 (20 HRK)
Cathedral of St. Anastasia: This Romanesque Cathedral (random piece of knowledge for you – A cathedral is a Christian church which contains the cathedra – the seat of a bishop) hails from the 12th Century. It contains the relics of the martyr St. Anastasia, que pereceram nas mãos de Diocleciano. If you’re feeling active (or want to work on those buns of steel) head up its bell tower – it’s kinda cool because it is unattached and the views of the city are spectacular from there. É livre para entrar em, so enjoy St. Anastasia de janelas e arcos rosa.
Church of Saint Chrysogonus:Isto é igreja românica foi nomeado para o santo padroeiro de Zadar. The bell tower and the church were originally part of a Benedictine abbey from the middle ages that no longer stands. It has some really cool warrior saints in Contrapposto and some incredible frescoes.
St. Mary’s Church: This Benedictine church was founded by a noblewoman of Zadar. It has a gorgeous baroque interior and Romanesque style frescoes. The convent that is nextdoor has an awesome collection of religious art. It also has a cloister, just ask the nuns to see it. Eles cuidam dos fundamentos e estamos orgulhosos de mostrar tesouros da igreja.
Spiridon Brusina: There’s a gorgeous bronze sculpture of a man looking into a seashell. Even if you know nothing about the man, you will figure out he was revered and that he loved nature. Spiridon Brusina foi um zoólogo croata, (animal biologist), faunist (studied the distribution of animals), palaeontologist (study of fossils), AND malacologist (he studied mollusks). Ele foi o fundador do Museu Zoológico Nacional croata. It is said if you rub his nose, ele vai lhe trazer boa sorte. É por isso que é tão brilhante.
Church of St Mary “de Pusterla” Stomorica: Perhaps one of the most interesting structures in the city. This is an Early Christian church from the 11th Century. When looked at from above, its circular apses make it look like a key. Eu não tive muita história em um presente, mas eu vou continuar procurando.
The Venetian Land Gate: Zadar was once Venetian land, to be more exact – a city fortress. Esta porta é um sinal de posição de Veneza sobre a cidade. This entrance to the old city, localizado no porto Foša é cheia de simbolismo. Ele foi construído como um arco triunfal pelo arquiteto veneziano Michele Sanmicheli em 1543. The larger entrance in the middle was for vehicles, and the two smaller ones were for pedestrian traffic. The skulls above warned enemies of the danger that lurked should they attack the city. Interestingly enough, the Venetian architect allowed the image of Zadar’s patron, St. Chrysogonus (depicted as an equestrian figure) to remain in the composition. However, he is dwarfed by the attribute of St. Mark – a winged lion – who is the symbol of Venice who asserted their power via this imagery.
WHAT SHOULD YOU DO?
Visit the Archaeological Museum in Zadar :Quando se trata de museus, this one is tiny. But it is also quiet, calm and has a damn good collection. There are pieces from pre-history, Roman artifacts. It is a lovely museum and it will cost $5USD for an adult to get in. They even had dragonglass, you know, apenas no caso de Branco Walkers apareceu. It is located at Trg opatice Čike, 23000, Zadar, Croácia +385 23 250 542
Listen to the song of the Sea Organ:Este é um dos melhores espaços públicos que eu já vi. It is just as amazing during the day and at night. Ele está localizado perto do porto. It is made up of a set of stairs that run about 80 yards along the water. There are 35 pipes that make up the organ which sings a song, much like that of a whale, as the tide ebbs and flows as the sea pushes air out of the organ. Ele foi criado pelo arquiteto Nikola básica com a colaboração de Hidráulica Professor Vladimir Andročec e Goran Jezina, an organ maker. Free
Greet the Sun:Não tão longe do Órgão do Mar é outra instalação pelo arquiteto Nikola Bašić. This one has a completely different feel. Instead of tranquil and pensive, it demands attention, action and movement. DeleFebre de Sábado a Noite-like installation is made of 300 glass plates that are on the same level as the ground and shaped in a circle. Below them are solar modules that shine and sparkle in rhythm with the Sea Organ. I was told it works off the energy of the sun, which also lights the waterfront. The names carved around the installation are Croatian saints like Saint Anastasia and Saint Donatus. Next to their names you will see the date for their feast days.
Go to the Farmer’s Market: Croatian produce is some of the best. I am in love with their olive oil and if you can get a hand on Croatian figs, consider yourself lucky. You’ll want to pick the ones that have the most flies on them (I’m serious – these are the ripest and sweetest). I have a special spot in my heart for the market, my first full convo in Croatian was there with the egg seller. I managed to ask for 6 eggs, be understood, and understand how much cash I had to dispense. BTW – those eggs…delicious. Whatever little old lady you choose to purchase them from will most likely put them in a tiny plastic bag, so do yourself a favor and bring something sturdy to put them in. Make sure to bring plenty of cash.
Go Swimming: Join the locals on the quay off the Roman Forum. Bring some food and leap into the crystal clear waters of the Dalmatian ocean. They are incredibly clean, and the pier stops the waves from the incoming ships. This quickly became one of my favorite spots. Just be careful climbing back up. The rocks are sharp and you can easily cut your foot like I did.
WHERE TO EAT?
Eu não fiz love anywhere I ate in Zadar. This would be my one drawback to this great city. My suggestion, check out the market and cook for yourself. The produce and meats sold there are incredibly fresh and inexpensive – they really don’t need much to turn them into an amazing meal. But, se um dia você está se sentindo um pouco de preguiça de cozinhar, these spots should do the trick:
Bruschetta:Esta é a poucos minutos de distância da praça romano ea igreja de St. Donatus. Grab a seat outside and people watch while you enjoy the scent of the Dalmatian coast. Bruschetta não poderia ser em uma localização melhor. Você pode escolher um assento ao lado das ruínas em forma chave ao lado do restaurante e vista para a costa da Dalmácia. A vista é linda. Pratos neste restaurante em simples, but nice. Stick to seafood dishes and appetizer which will cost you around $15 USD.
O almoço foi tranquila, com talvez 5 mesas tomadas. Sentamos ao lado das ruínas e pediu um bottle of prosseco (180 Kuna/$31 USD). Why Italian wine? Because I think Croatian wines have a long way to go. A maioria dos brancos Eu provei não tinha acidez. Eles foram flácida e sem complicações, por isso depois de um tempo, Eu desisti e voltei para o menu opções seguras.
Começámos por partilhar bruschetta (19 Kuna/$3.25 USD). Presumi que se o restaurante foi nomeado para o prato, seria uma boa escolha. O bruschetta era gostoso. O pão foi muito semelhante ao pão sanduíche cubano pode entrar em North Bergen, NJ (this is a very good thing). Leve, crocantes no exterior e levemente grelhado. Temos a sua bruschetta básica, os tomates eram incrivelmente doce, os pinhões adicionado algum grande textura. Gostaria facilmente este novamente.
Eu pedi mussels (90 Kuna/$15 USD), I simply refused to order anything but seafood…I was on the coast. Minha mexilhões foram deliciosos, não tanto quanto aqueles que eu tinha no T Kapiteinje em Bruxelas, mas eles fizeram a minha língua e barriga feliz. Somente 2 estamos fechados. O molho era aromático, rico. Eles eram uma ligeira pouco Demasiado salgado, mas esta foi sempre tão ligeiro.
Antonio tinha o filé de frango com trufas, Vegetais, and potatoes (88 Kuna, $15 USD). O frango foi perfeitamente preparado e o molho que acompanha o prato era divino. We could detect no “truffles” but there were tons of delicious mushrooms on the dish (probably a translation thing on the menu). Eu mantive roubar as batatas de seu prato.
Mihovila Pavlinovića 12 in the Old Town of Zadar, Croatia
Pro Tip: In Croatia they charge a Couvert (cover) for bread. Se você não quiser ser cobrado por ele, apenas deixe que o servidor sabe assim que você sente-se que você não quer pão.
Kornat:Este restaurante foi mais extravagante do que a maioria dos lugares jantamos no na cidade. Its specialty is seafood and it has a pretty decent wine list. Dishes will cost you around $30 USD.
Fiquei emocionado ao encontrar Kornat. Esta foi a melhor refeição que tivemos em Zadar, e um prazer depois dos muitos desapontante refeições I tiveram na cidade. Enquanto Kornat tem um menu muito semelhante à maioria dos restaurantes na área, eles fazem isso direito.
Nós orientado em uma tarde tranquila. Havia três outras mesas no restaurante todos felizmente comer. Havia dois servidores na mão. Ours welcomed us in Croatian and then broke in to English (there are plenty of English speakers in Zadar, so if you don’t speak Croatian – this should not be an issue during your visit).
Pedimos uma garrafa de Freixenet Cava para 150 Kuna ($26 USD), a preço justo para esta garrafa em um restaurante. Quando o nosso servidor chegou com ele, he proceeded to tell us a bit about the winery and the wine (refreshing – this did not happen at every restaurant we visited). Eu poderia dizer que ele 1) knew his wine 2) was excited by wine.
Tínhamos visto comentários para o restaurante que se queixou de seus preços elevados e pequenas porções. Eu não sou uma quantidade sobre a qualidade pessoa, então eu percebi que as porções seria menor, mas delicioso.
They started us off with an amouse bouche: Tuna pate. Foi uma refeição agradável e muito saboroso. Nada a ser animado sobre, mas um toque agradável.
Para a minha refeição, Eu pedi o filé de tamboril em molho de trufas com nhoque caseiro (150 Kuna, $26 USD). Eu tinha sido a outros restaurantes na cidade que anunciava trufa, but what they meant was mushrooms (could be a translation thing). Não no Kornat. Here, trufas significava trufas. Linda, pedaços pungente de trufas negras. O molho era delicado e eu estava feliz por ter permitido para o couvert. Isto significava muito de pão para mim para absorver o molho. O peixe foi um pouco mais preparados para a minha preferência, mas os sabores eram simplesmente perfeito. Eu poderia facilmente negligenciar a temperatura do peixe. The star of the show; the gnocchi. Eles foram aveludado, deu resistência apenas o suficiente na primeira mordida. Este é gnocchi como deveria ser.
Antonio tem o costeletas de vitela grelhado com legumes coloridos (120 Kuna, $20 USD). Ele se apaixonou. Eles foram preparados com perfeição, suculento, suave e saboroso. Ele comeu muito mais do que ele normalmente faz em um restaurante.
Nós realmente apreciamos a refeição e gostaria de voltar na nossa próxima viagem. Eu acho que as queixas que vieram em cerca de dimensionamento foram completamente infundado. Nossos porções eram inesperadamente enorme. Eu também acho que as críticas de preços entrar porque o resto dos restaurantes da área são muito baratos. O que esses os comentadores se esqueça de mencionar é que você começa o que você paga.
Eu digo ignorar os lugares mais baratos e confira Kornat, você vai deixar feliz, full (and can take your leftovers home).
Kornat is Located at: Liburnska Obala 6, Zadar, Croácia, perto do porto Trajektna luka Zadar
Bistro Gourmet Kalerga: Lovely food at super affordable prices, this is probably one of the best places to eat in the city. It is located near Narodni Trg (People’s Square) and it is attached to the Art Hotel. Dishes cost around $20 USDSiroka Ulica 1, Zadar, Croatia
Pet Bunara:Localizado perto da Praça Cinco Wells, this restaurant has been around for 30 years (they must be doing something right). O espaço é confortável eo menu concentra-se emslow food. Dishes will cost you around $30 USD – expensive for the area, mas vale a pena.Stratico by “Pet Bunara” Square, Zadar, Croatia
HOW TO GET THERE?
BY AIR: Você pode voar para o aeroporto Zadar, we flew in from Brussels. É pequeno, and it has some awesome coffee. The food is not so good at the airport, so make sure to bring something to snack on while you wait. The airport is small, so it is relatively easy to manage. There are taxis you can take there into town. Há também um ônibus que você pode tomar, check the schedule here.
WHERE TO STAY?
Airbnb: We had no idea of what Zadar would be like, so we were going in blind on this one. Chegamos à noite neste lindo apartamento, onde fomos recebidos pela mãe do proprietário. She spoke no English, but had an ice cold bottle of Croatian beer (Croatian beer is kick ass delicious) ready for this thirsty traveler. As mentioned, the apartment is located right at the main square by the Church of St Donatus (Anastasia), across the plaza to the Archeological museum, and across the street from the ocean. I could not have asked for a better location or better guests. The apartment had a full kitchen, an elevator, and WIFI. It was not fancy, but I would stay there again in seconds. MÉDIACOST PER NIGHT $100 USD
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