Zadar, Croatia

I had no idea how beautiful Croatia is, until I went there in July 2013. The sea is blue, clean and gorgeous (great for spending a nice vacation being lazy in the sun). There are cities, nature and history!

Zadar is a small city at the Adriatic Sea in Croatia and I went there by car after visiting Split. The weather was super hot, almost unbearable, but it was all forgotten when I got to see the impressive Sea Organ and The Sun Salutation:

  • The Sea Organit’s a musical instrument with a system of tubes located under large, concrete steps. It plays various sounds under the influence of sea waves. The sound depends on how big the waves are, sometimes is more chaotic, sometimes more organized. It was magnificent listening to this wonderful, low sound that comes from underground. It gave me chills and goose bumps.
  • The Sun Salutation, a huge Solar panel located just next to the Sea Organ, is a 22-meter diameter circle of solar panels paved into the ground. During night it’s supposed to have a beautiful light show in the rhythm of the waves and sounds of the Sea Organ. Unfortunately I wasn’t there after sunset, so I didn’t have the chance to see it.

Around these two sights there were people resting on the concrete steps, with their feet in the water.

What a lovely city!

The old city in Zadar
The old city in Zadar
In the old City
In the old City
The Adriatic sea in Zadar
The Adriatic sea in Zadar
A narrow alley with restaurants
A narrow alley with restaurants
Church in the Old City
Church in the Old City
People cooling down in Zadar. It was a very hot day!
People cooling down in Zadar. It was a very hot day!
A big tree
A big tree
The old city
The old city
A building that doesn't look very nice
A building that doesn’t look very nice
Ruins in Zadar
Ruins in Zadar
A very cute piece of furniture
A very cute piece of furniture
Nuns
Nuns
The old city in Zadar. It was very cold in that building! I enjoyed it!
The old city in Zadar. It was very cold in that building! I enjoyed it!
The holes in the pavement is the Sea Organ - a musical instrument which plays music by way of sea waves and tubes located underneath a set of large marble steps
The holes in the pavement is the Sea Organ – a musical instrument which plays music by way of sea waves and tubes located underneath a set of large marble steps
The old city
The old city
A very large solar panel in Zadar
A very large solar panel in Zadar
Orange building
Orange building
A very lazy cat! It was so hot that day!
A very lazy cat! It was so hot that day!

Split, Croatia

Split is the second largest city in Croatia, situated in Central Dalmatia on the Eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea and is one of the oldest cities in the area (The Diocletian Palace – built for the retired Roman emperor Diocletian – is considered to be over 1700 years old). The city is a popular tourist destination and the ruins of Diocletian’s Palace were being used for filming the series Game of Thrones.

Man resting in the shadow. It was a very hot day!
Man resting in the shadow on Riva, the city’s main promenade. Marjan Hill can be seen between the palm trees on the left.

In around 2 hours you can take a walk on Riva promenade, visit Diocletian’s Palace and go up in the Bell-tower (which offers a marvelous panoramic view of Split, Marjan Hill and nearby islands. The tower has steep stairs and large open window spaces through which the wind comes in – perfect for cooling down during hot days).

The port in Split. View from the tower
The port of Split. View from the belltower

Despite the melting heat, the weather was just right for photography, with a nice blue sky and plenty of light. Split is known to have an ideal climate, with many hours of sunshine each year.

A nice stone house
A nice stone house in the old town
ruins in Split
The ruins of Diocletian’s Palace in Split
Hoping to get some cold air from the water, but didn't really help. It was at least 40 degrees Celsius
Riva waterfront
A nice square
A nice square
Old town
Ruins of Diocletian’s Palace and Museum on the left
View from the tower
Split and Marjan Hill – view from the belltower
A nice view through the columns of the tower
These are the nice, large window spaces I was writing about earlier. They offer a beautiful view and cool wind.
A street vendor
A street vendor in Diocletian’s Palace
The old town's ruins
The belltower in central Split
A stone house in the old town
A stone house in the old town
Finally some shadow to cool down
Finally some shadow to cool down
A very narrow street
A very narrow street
Mountains guarding the city
Hills around Split
Beautiful Palm trees
Beautiful Palm trees on Riva Promenade
Very colourful flowers
Very colourful flowers

If you would like to see more pictures from Croatia, please feel free to do so on my blog 🙂

Turquoise Plitvice Lakes in Croatia

It was an unbearable heat in between the emerald green and turquoise waters. The only moment of chill was next to a big waterfall.

The line at the entrance of the park was quite huge for a Monday morning at 9 am. Quite crowded in the park as well: big groups of asian tourists, people with children in strollers and doggies and waiting in line to take photos from a good spot.

The place is nice, I’ve never seen such colours on any lake, usually lakes have a brownish shade. I read that the beautiful turquise colour it’s due to the travertine created naturally in the lakes.

There are 16 lakes on different levels, connected through waterfalls. The location is very impressive to see and the Park is so big that it can take up to several hours to visit.

Enjoy the photos!

Beautiful turquoise colour.
Beautiful turquoise colour.
A little waterfall
A little waterfall
View from up over the lakes
View from up over the lakes
One of the many waterfalls in the Park
One of the many waterfalls in the Park
Beautiful emerald colour
Beautiful emerald colour
Duck swimming with fish on the cristal clear water
Duck swimming with fish on the cristal clear water
More turquiose
More turquiose
Such a natural vivid colour
Such a natural vivid colour
Happy fish in the cristal clear water
Happy fish in the cristal clear water
View over the lakes
View over the lakes
Gorgeus turquoise
Gorgeous turquoise
Heavenly colours
Heavenly colours
Another beautiful blue lake
Another beautiful blue lake
A path for tourists in between 2 lakes
A path for tourists in between 2 lakes
More fish at Plitvice Lakes
More fish at Plitvice Lakes
One of the boats that take tourists for a tour
One of the boats that take tourists for a tour
View from up over some of the lakes
View from up over some of the lakes
The path for tourists can be seen on the left down corner
The path for tourists can be seen on the left down corner
Beautiful blue
Beautiful blue
The path for tourists has no barrier. A wrong move and you're in the lakes :D
The path for tourists has no barrier. A wrong move and you’re in the lakes 😀