Travels

Zadar


Zadar - The Venetian Land Gate

Main entrance to the old town, a triumphal arch that illustrates that this was a major city-fortress in the Venetian republic. Built in 1543, it is decorated with reliefs of Zadar's main patron saint, St Chrysogonus, as well as the shield of the Venetian patron St Mark.

Zadar - The Roman Forum

A huge plaza in the middle of Zadar – the address is Zeleni Trg – hosts the tumbledown remains of the city's Roman forum. So important was Zadar that the Romans gave it municipium status: the second-highest accolade. "pole of shame", where criminals from the Middle Ages to the 19th century were chained up.


Zadar - St Donat's Church

Some of the Forum's stones were used to build this church, a handsome and simple vaulted edifice that dates back to the ninth century, when it was supposedly built by St Donat, a visiting Irish bishop. It stopped being a church in 1797 and these days it is used as a summer venue for classical music concerts.

Zadar - The Cathedral of St Anastasia

This late Romanesque monster is dedicated to a fourth-century saint. The interior is lovely and Italianate, but the prize is the campanile, which was finished by the British architect T G Jackson in the 1890s and offers great views from the top.

Zadar - The Singing Sea Organ

This is no mere curiosity but (probably) one of the most perfect public sculptures in the world. Created in 2005 by the Croatian architect Nikola Basic, it sits on the city's quay, creating aleatoric music from the waves running through its pipes. This is also Zadar's favourite hangout, where visitors and locals alike sit rapt on long evenings.


Zadar - Greeting to the Sun

Basic also made this sculpture a few yards away: 300 glass plates in a large circle, representing the planets of our solar system. When lit at night, it's like being on the dance floor from Saturday Night Fever.


Zadar - Beach

This is a small pebble beach but very pretty with showers, changing areas, bars, parasols and deck-chairs only 5min walk from the venetian gate.

Split


Split - Diocletian's Palace in Split

Overlooking the Split harbor , the 1700 years old palace is one of the most important architectural heritage of the Roman Empire, where you will spend the most of your time in Split.

Split - Cathedral of St.Duje

The symbol of Split town. Sv. Dujam was the first bishop of Salona, and in his honor was erected cathedral with a bell tower 57 meters high, built in the 13th century. If you are in good shape, I recommend that you climb to the top of the bell tower which offers a unique view of the entire city and the central Dalmatian islands.

Split - Jupiter's temple

It was one of the three temples at the Peristyle, where the other two was dedicated to Venus and Cybele. It was built on a raised podium in front of him today is an old Egyptian sphinx.

Split - Statue of Grgur Ninski

Gregory of Nin (Grgur Ninski in Croatian), created by the most famous Croatian sculptor Ivan Mestrovic. The statue is an imposing 6 feet tall. It is believed that touching his thumb brings happiness and the realization of desires. So whether you're superstitious or not, don't miss to touch it and make a wish!

Split - Prokurativa - Republic Square

Neo Renaissance square decorated by three sides columns while the fourth side is open to the sea. In the summer months are held various cultural and musical events.


Split - Split waterfront

Riva is completely renovated a few years ago. Cafes on the waterfront is a popular gathering place for young people from Split before a night out on Bacvice or other parts of the city.


Split - Piazza - People's Square

Renaissance clock erected on the ruins of a Roman tower, the first town hall and Renaissance palace of aristocratic family Karepic with the exceptional coat of arm on its facade. This is a place of the legendary City Café (Gradska kafana).


Split - Cindro Palace

The most beautiful Baroque palace in Split, lies on the right of Kresimirova street few steps from the Iron Gate and in vicinity of Narodni Trg (Piaca) square. The palace Cindro is one of the Split attractions, a typical example of baroque housing architecture in Split.

Split - Beach

This is a small sandy beach but very pretty with showers, bars, parasols and deck-chairs 15min walk from the waterfront.

Split - Underground market

Just next to Diocletian palace square. It has lots of lovely souvenir shops you can enjoy.