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The Sea Organ and Greeting to the Sun: Explore Zadar's Symphony

The Sea Organ and Greeting to the Sun: Explore Zadar's Symphony

Visiting Zadar for the first time? Well, you have arrived at the right place. Find out something more about Greeting to the Sun and Sea Organ - installations that you mustn't miss on your vacation. 

Located along the Adriatic coast in Croatia, the coastal city of Zadar presents a perfect blend of ancient history and modern innovation. You must have seen the postcards of Zadar with its unique St. Donatus Cathedral, but have you ever heard of two installations that make this Dalmatian town truly special? Oh yes, what makes Zadar more special than other Dalmatian towns are surely Sea Organ and the Greeting to the Sun. Both located on the Zadar peninsula, these modern installations stand out among many historic ruins of Zadar's Old Town. 

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The Sea Organ: Melodies of the Adriatic

In the heart of Zadar, where the ancient city walls meet the blue Adriatic Sea, lies a marvel of modern engineering and artistic expression: the Sea Organ. Designed by Zadar architect Nikola Bašić and inaugurated in 2005, this unique musical instrument harnesses the power of the sea to produce hauntingly beautiful melodies while at the same time looking as steps leading to the sea. As waves lap against the stone steps of the waterfront promenade, 35 pipes of different lengths and sizes placed underneath the steps create an ever-changing symphony and soft melodies. The organ pipes of the Sea Organ serve not only as a testament to human creativity but also as a poignant reminder of the deep connection between mankind and the natural world. Listen to the soothing sound created by the rhythm of the waves and observe the most beautiful sunset in the world while enjoying communication with nature. 

Sea Organ and Greeting to the Sun on the Zadar peninsula

Greeting to the Sun: A Spectacle of Light

Adjacent to the Sea Organ stands another awe-inspiring creation by renowned architect Nikola Bašić: the Greeting to the Sun installation - one of the best places to take a picture in Zadar. This monument, unveiled in 2008, takes the form of a large circular solar panel with three hundred multi-layered glass plates embedded in the pavement. By day, it absorbs solar energy through the sun's rays, serving as a vibrant public space for locals and visitors alike. But when the sun sets, this Sun salutation truly comes to life, as hundreds of multicolored LEDs embedded within the panel illuminate the waterfront in a mesmerizing display of light and color. Inspired by the solar system and the planets, this breathtaking light show pays homage to the beauty of the natural world while inviting viewers to contemplate the mysteries of the cosmos.

What to do in Zadar?

Greeting to the Sun and the Sea Organ are truly unique modern attractions that make Zadar worth visiting. But, except for enjoying the Zadar's waterfront stairs that produce calming melodies and observing the light show that represents the solar system, there are many other things worth doing and seeing in Zadar. Take a look at our What to do in Zadar guide which will satisfy any type of traveller visiting Zadar.

- Explore the ancient Roman Forum and marvel at its well-preserved ruins, offering a glimpse into the city's rich history.

- Visit the church of St. Donatus, a beautiful example of pre-Romanesque architecture.

- Explore the narrow cobblestone streets of the Zadar Old Town, lined with charming cafes, boutique shops, and centuries-old buildings.

St. Donatus Church in Zadar

- Savor the traditional Dalmatian cuisine at charming tavernas or taste fresh seafood dishes at nearby Zadar restaurants like Fosa, Bruschetta, Pet bunara, 4 Kantuna etc.

- Listen the captivating tunes of the Sea Organ, a distinctive musical device produced by the Adriatic Sea's waves, as you meander idly along the seaside promenade.

- Admire the captivating light show of Greeting to the Sun, a contemporary art work that covers the shoreline in brilliant hues after dusk.

- Enjoy live music performances, sip cocktails at some of the best cocktail bars in Zadar, or dance the night away in lively clubs to get a taste of Zadar's lively nightlife.

- Explore Zadar's past at the Museum of Ancient Glass, which has an amazing collection of Roman glass objects.

- Take a day excursion to one of the national parks near Zadar, such Paklenica or Krka, to walk, swim, and take in the breathtaking scenery.

- Take a boat trip to the islands near Zadar like Pašman and Ugljan, where you can explore hidden coves, quaint fishing towns, and stunning vantage points.

- Make a day trip from Zadar and discover the untamed archipelago of the Kornati Islands National Park, known for its clean waters, secluded bays, and abundant marine life.

Breathtaking sunset in Zadar archipelago

- Take a guided boat journey to the charming island of Dugi Otok to see its breathtaking scenery, which includes the sandy Sakarun Beach and the dramatic cliffs of Telascica Nature Park.

- Visit some of the most beautiful sandy beaches near Zadar and enjoy your day on the Sun. 

- Explore the historical charm of the island of Pag, which is renowned for its unusual terrain of stone settlements, lunar-like rock formations, and olive fields.

- Go on a road trip from Zadar and explore the other stunning towns in Dalmatia like Šibenik, Trogir, Split etc. 

Zadar presents an unusual combination of historic beauty and modern inventiveness, best represented by the fascinating Sea Organ and the incredible Greeting to the Sun. Beyond these well-known sights, Zadar offers visitors its vast natural beauty, exciting culinary scene, and rich history. So, why don't you consider renting a villa in Zadar which will allow you to fully involve yourself in the customs and culture of the Zadar area? Experience Croatia like never before and explore the stunning Zadar region with us.