At the very end of the old town of Zadar, situated directly to the ocean, you’ll find a small square. A square you cannot miss when walking over the boulevard that surrounds the old town. Of the two days I spent in Zadar I spent many hours on this exact point. It was my first encounter with warm, summer weather (for Dutch understandings) this year and I just needed the time to enjoy the sun and the warmth I finally felt. Enjoying many ice creams I often found myself strolling over the boulevard, always ending at this square. A square that is also known because of the famous Croatian artwork: the ‘Greeting to the Sun’ and the sea organ. Little bit of background information about these artworks: the Greeting to the Sun is a round solar system installation covered with glass panels build in the pavement at the exact point where the sun sets at night. The solar system collects energy throughout the day to eventually light up when it gets dark. Close to the Greeting to the Sun you’ll find a sea organ. An installation that makes an intense noise through pipes that have been built in the pavement. The sea and the waves push air through these pipes which allows it to sound as an organ. The harder the wind, the louder the noise.
In this particular part of Zadar (read: the three streets surrounding this square (the old town isn’t very big)) you won’t find a lot of tourists. Mainly because all the historical sights are to be found a bit further back in the old town. However, even while I visited Zadar outside of high season, it was this exact point in Zadar that brought all tourists and Croatian students, couples and families together: we all came here at the end of the day to watch the most beautiful sunset on earth (not even kiddin’: Zadar is known for this fact) and afterwards to watch the ‘Greeting to the Sun’ light up. Why this was one of my most favorite moments in Zadar, I don’t know. I guess the little things matter.