Appeal to all your senses in Zadar
Zadar is one of the most significant cities in Croatia and the perfect place to explore the region of Northern Dalmatia
Zadar boasts medieval buildings, contemporary monuments and breathtaking views. It has the smoothest blend of ancient and modern, which makes a visit to this town in the land of the thousand islands a unique experience. Located on a small peninsula, Zadar is an interesting mix of trendy bars, good museums and innovative art installations. Have you heard about the remarkable piece of urban architecture that is also a musical instrument? This art object creates lovely chimed tunes using only the rolling power of sea waves.
With the most beautiful sunset in the world, the play of lights and a soothing melody, Zadar has a truly unique experience in store for you and your loved ones. It is safe to say that there is no better place to bow before the setting sun and no postcard, photo or video can match the sensation all your senses will feel when visiting the Greeting to the Sun and the Sea Organ.
In the afternoon, after a day of fun in the water, your captain will dock your yacht in the old port of Zadar. When you are ready to go out to enjoy the town, the sunset and a great dinner, make your way over to Zadar’s Riva, the seaside promenade.
Meet the Zadar Sea Organ
Designed by architect Nikola Basic and opened in April 2005, the sea organ captures the movement of the waves and transforms it into music. Or maybe tunes is a better word for it. How would you best describe the odd and unique sound that somehow evokes sea, wind and sky? The tunes are created by 35 polyethylene pipes of different lengths and sizes embedded with whistles that play seven chords of five tones as the sea pushes air through them. The pipes are built into perforated stone stairs that stretch 70 meters along the coast. There are seven steps, each one with its own tubing. The installation looks like a series of broad steps leading down into the sea hiding clever engineering beneath their surface. Even without the music, the white marble steps sloping into the sea are extraordinarily beautiful and make a perfect vantage point to appreciate Zadar’s splendid sunsets.
The sea organ was built at this location because this particular place at the tip of Zadar’s southern quay is most exposed to the waves and to the two predominant winds: the tramontana, the northeasterly or northerly wind that blows from the Alps and the landward breeze. The seven sound clusters are organized around two major key chords and were designed to evoke the close harmonies of local Dalmatian music.
"Greeting to the Sun" a joy to all your senses
Next to the Sea Organ you can find another installation of this brilliant architect, symbolizing the communication between man and nature. This stirring monument consists of 300 multi-layered glass plates that absorb solar energy during the day and create a spectacular waterfront light show just after sunset. The Greeting to the Sun truly is a joy to all your senses. Nikola Basic chose the location specifically because the southernmost point of the quay has long been a popular spot to watch the sunset. Facing the islands of Ugljan and Pasman with winds chasing clouds across the sky, the nightly spectacle so enchanted film director Alfred Hitchcock during his stay in 1964 that he wrote: “Zadar has the most beautiful sunset in the world, applauded at every evening”.
Looking out over the Adriatic Sea, you and your loved ones will agree that Zadar’s waterfront is a marvellous place to watch the sun go down and that the Greeting to the Sun adds to the perfect scene here. Circular in design, the installation creates a magical series of whirling patterns and colors as night falls, lighting up the waterfront with its creative and dazzling displays. Embedded in the ground, wandering around the installation is a bewitching experience. The circle depicts the solar system and has the names of the local churches written around it. The steel frame surrounding the shimmering blue glass is inscribed with the 36 saints worshipped in Zadar’s churches along with their feast days and the sun’s coordinates on each feast day. The astronomical portion of the frame shows the latitude and longitude of the sun, moon and planets on each saint’s holiday. The coordinates are based upon the 13th-century calendar of St Chrysogonus who also happens to be the patron saint of Zadar.
Are you ready to experience the sunset, Zadar style? Watch the sun gently touching the horizon with an amazing dance of colours. As the sun slowly sets, Zadar bids it good night. At the same time, the Greeting to the Sun comes to life and lights up the sky with an impressive spectrum of colours. With the sound of the Sea Organ in the background, Zadar’s waterfront delivers a unique sunset you will remember forever!
Now that the sun has set, it is time for dinner! Your chief stewardess has made a reservation for you at one of the many great restaurants in Zadar.
Eat in a Michelin star restaurant: Foša Restaurant
The sea takes pride of place at this Michelin starred restaurant. Freshly caught fish is prepared and served in various ways here and is the star of the menu. The restaurant is located in the small port of Foša, close to the ancient city walls. You will be pleasantly surprised by the perfectly balanced combination of Dalmatian tradition and modern touch, both in the architecture and interior design as in the dishes. After you have been seated in the attractive outdoor area, a terrace that extends into the port, order your favourite cocktail with the friendly staff. The restaurant prides its extensive wine list, including some excellent Dalmatian options. Your cocktails will arrive with an assortment of supreme olive oils, homemade bread and other little bites that will instantly make you welcome.
The chef creates his dishes using fresh and seasonal ingredients while combining the traditional Dalmatian kitchen with modern gastronomy. Though the meat dishes here are great, seafood is the highlight on the menu. The options change daily, according to the morning’s catch, but often feature shrimp gazpacho, gnocchi with black cuttlefish ragout, and grilled Adriatic Sea bream with fresh herbs. The degustation menu can be ordered ranging from three to seven courses. How does aged fish sashimi with urchin mayonnaise, orange ponzu sauce and wasabi sound? Or scampi carpaccio and grated oyster, with green apple gel, dill oil and flavoured rice chips? Don’t forget to leave room for dessert before you head back to your yacht after this feast for all your senses in Zadar!
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