All Zadar photos featured in this post are brought to you by Ivan Coric, a freelance photographer and Zadar native. In my opinion, no other photographer captures and showcases Zadar, its landscapes and architecture, better than Ivan does. Since I really enjoy and admire his work, I wanted to feature his Zadar photos on my blog. I've contacted him last week, and I am truly honored that Ivan accepted my proposal. I hope you'll enjoy this beautiful Zadar photo journey.
Zadar Photos: Ivan Coric Photography
I've been in Zadar couple of times already. Zadar, the second largest town in Dalmatia, has a pretty old town. The old town is located on a small peninsula, and surrounded by the fortification walls. It boasts a mixture of Roman ruins, Venetian-style buildings, medieval churches, and surprising number of newer 20th century buildings. I've been told that Zadar was actually so badly bombed during the WWII that over 60% of the city's buildings were destroyed. This is the reason that today, Zadar isn't a picture perfect town like Dubrovnik, or living museum like Split.
But Zadar has a nice balance of history and culture, urban cafes, lovely seafront combined with two unique attractions: the sound and light installation of the Sea Organs, and the Greetings to the Sun. Zadar's popularity is growing, but it's still not overrun by tourists.
At the south-east side of the old town, you'll find the Land Gate, built in 16th century, it served as the main town entrance at the time. Next to the gate is my personal favorite site in Zadar, a small picturesque port of Fosa.
The beach Kolovare, just ten minutes walk from the old town, features a pretty fountain built in 16th century. The fountain was used to supply local people and Venetian ships with fresh water.
The Puntamika peninsula is located north of Zadar's old town. This is the most popular swimming area in Zadar for tourists and locals. Falkensteiner Resort Borik is located in this area. However, Puntamika used to be an important defensive spot for the town back in history. You'll find here an interesting lighthouse built in 19th century.
I hope that you enjoyed Ivan Coric's Photos of Zadar. Check his other work at Flickr and DeviantArt, or connect with him on Google Plus and Facebook. Ivan is a passionate mountain climber, and he's got an awesome photo collection of mountain Velebit landscapes.
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