Having visited Dubrovnik several years ago we were struck by the Croatia bug and decided that it was high time we got back for another dose.
Zadar, proved a welcome change from the intense hustle and bustle of Dubrovnik and served as an excellent base from which to explore Northern Dalmatia. The proximity of the airport to the city centre means that you can be in town about 20 minutes after landing.
The old town itself is a mish mash of styles from Venetian to modern and bears the scars of many occupations from both distant and living memory. Zadar is a real, lived in city and whilst lacking the polish of other Dalmation cities, has plenty to occupy a traveller for a few days.
The unique Sea Organ and Salute to the Sun, urban installations on a grand scale, have proved to be a huge draw for both locals and tourists and many an hour can be spent in this fantastic public realm soaking up the sounds and colours of nature and science.
Within the old town, the best view can be had from the bell tower of the Cathedral which offers a rooftop panorama of the red tiles typical of the region and the jumbled remains of the ancient Roman Forum.