Gorgeous DALMATIA & ZADAR - my home - Gallery

From last year, I live in Zadar, 3000 years old town on the coast of Adriatic Sea (gorgeous part of Mediterranean Sea in Europe), in the part of Croatia which is called Dalmatia, from ancient Roman times.

Dalmatia is certainly most beautiful part of my country - misterious sparkling sea with thousands of island put like pearls into it, shining sun, romantic coast full of stones and rocks, which sea, winds and sirens passionately use to play the most enchanting songs of the nature.

Wild rocky mountains jealously protect Dalmatia from the rest of the country, - here is the world of palm trees, agaves and pine trees which grow on the red soil (terra rosa). Here is the world of many shining intensive colours (due to the strong sun and many sunny days) which make you feel alive and content. Here is the world of gentle fragrances from the sea, aromatic herbs which grow in the rocks, world where winds are free to play their games, tenderly whispering in the palm - leaves , or wildly crushing seawaves on the mighty rocks.

Mother Nature gave to Dalmatia her beauty in pure abundance.

From early childhood I dreamed to live here, whenever I look at this glowing blue-green sea and proud rocks and mountains, I can feel just pure happiness.

Zadar was very destroyed during the Second World War and at least half part of it was build after that. But still new parts and old ones create the harmony under the hot Mediterranien sun.

All these pics I took in previous months, and I really hope you will like them.

Riva in Zadar
Riva in Zadar
Zadar riva - sea organs
Zadar riva - sea organs
Zadar riva, seagulls taking the rest; view on small island Osljak (Lazaret)
Zadar riva, seagulls taking the rest; view on small island Osljak (Lazaret)
Church of St. Donat - from 9.th century built on Roman Forum
Church of St. Donat - from 9.th century built on Roman Forum
Old town walls - Zadar riva, photo by Tatjana Mihaela Pribic
Old town walls - Zadar riva, photo by Tatjana Mihaela Pribic
Sparkling sea - I adore it!
Sparkling sea - I adore it!
Zadar Riva, 2009. photo by Tatjana-Mihaela Pribic
Zadar Riva, 2009. photo by Tatjana-Mihaela Pribic
Beautifull Sea organs on Zadar riva, 2009, photo by Tatjana Pribic
Beautifull Sea organs on Zadar riva, 2009, photo by Tatjana Pribic

Sea organs - listen the sound of wind and waves in popular sea organs in Zadar

Island Pag

 Island Pag is very strange island - majority of it are just naked white rocks, due to the strong wind from mountain Velebit, which blows the salt from the sea on island. Despite that, is very popular place for tourist.

Island Pag

Sunset on Island Pag, photo by Tatjana Mihaela Pribic
Sunset on Island Pag, photo by Tatjana Mihaela Pribic
Island Pag, detail of church of St. Nicolas 12.th century, photo by Tatjana Mihaela Pribic
Island Pag, detail of church of St. Nicolas 12.th century, photo by Tatjana Mihaela Pribic
Island Pag, detail of St. Nicolas church, photo by Tatjana Mihaela Pribic
Island Pag, detail of St. Nicolas church, photo by Tatjana Mihaela Pribic

Island Ugljan

Nice, romantic pitoresque island across the town of Zadar. Wild beaches, many small villages full of surprises, traditional style of life still preseved in combination with tourism. Ugljan has many interesting paths and small hills for biking and walking.

Island Ugljan

View on Zadar from Island Ugljan, photo by Tatjana Mihaela Pribic, 2008.
View on Zadar from Island Ugljan, photo by Tatjana Mihaela Pribic, 2008.
Island Ugljan, photo by Tatjana Mihaela Pribic
Island Ugljan, photo by Tatjana Mihaela Pribic
Island Ugljan, photo by Ttjana Mihaela Pribic
Island Ugljan, photo by Ttjana Mihaela Pribic
Island Ugljan, photo by Tatjana Mihaela Pribic
Island Ugljan, photo by Tatjana Mihaela Pribic
Island Ugljan, photo by Tatjana Mihaela Pribic
Island Ugljan, photo by Tatjana Mihaela Pribic
View on Zadar and mountain Velebit from island Ugljan, photo by Tatjana Mihaela Pribic
View on Zadar and mountain Velebit from island Ugljan, photo by Tatjana Mihaela Pribic

Town NIN

Nin is very small, romantic and historically very important Croatian town: it was seat of first Croatian Dukes - Princes (rulers of Dalmatia) - 7 Croatian rulers in the middle age were crowned in NIN. It was also place where bishops of Nin were making extreme effort through the many centuries to preserve Croatian language and protect if from latinisation (replacing with Latin language).

Now is beautiful place where old buildings and churches keep the memories on the part of challenging Croatian history.

It is situated 17 km NW of Zadar.

Town Nin, 17 km from Zadar

Small town Nin - Zadar regia
Small town Nin - Zadar regia
Nin - old church from 9.th century, St. Cross
Nin - old church from 9.th century, St. Cross
Nin, old small cathedral of St.Cross, 9.th century
Nin, old small cathedral of St.Cross, 9.th century
Nin, church - cathetdrall of St.Cross -9.century
Nin, church - cathetdrall of St.Cross -9.century
The oldest Croatian boat "Condura Croatica" from 11.ct. (original is in museum of Nin)
The oldest Croatian boat "Condura Croatica" from 11.ct. (original is in museum of Nin)
Nin
Nin
Romantic traditional restaurant in town Nin
Romantic traditional restaurant in town Nin
Restaurant in Nin
Restaurant in Nin
Traditionall restaurant in town Nin
Traditionall restaurant in town Nin

Island Vir

This island is during the summer completely crowded with tourists, and so peaceful during the rest of the year.

This red gorgeous clif with the beach is the most interesting part of it which I have seen, I was astonished when I discovered this perfect view.

Island VIR

Island Vir, photo by Tatjana Mihaela Pribic
Island Vir, photo by Tatjana Mihaela Pribic
Island Vir, photo by Tatjana-Mihaela Pribic
Island Vir, photo by Tatjana-Mihaela Pribic
Otok Vir, Island Vir, photo by Tatjana-Mihaela Pribic
Otok Vir, Island Vir, photo by Tatjana-Mihaela Pribic
Island Vir, Croatia, Dalmatia
Island Vir, Croatia, Dalmatia
Island Vir , Dalmatia, Croatia
Island Vir , Dalmatia, Croatia

NP KRKA - Krka river, Croatia

Few miles far from town Zadar are also two beautiful National Parks:

one is part of the wild and innocent mythical mountain VELEBIT, NP Paklenica, and the other is beautiful NP Krka, where the nature created amazing scenario with greenish blue river, woods and stones...

River Krka, NP Krka, Croatia, photo by Tatjana Mihaela Pribic
River Krka, NP Krka, Croatia, photo by Tatjana Mihaela Pribic
River Krka, NP Krka, Croatia
River Krka, NP Krka, Croatia
River Krka, NP KRKA; Croatia, photo by Tatjana-Mihaela Pribic
River Krka, NP KRKA; Croatia, photo by Tatjana-Mihaela Pribic

Mountain Velebit

Mighty mountain Velebit, my dream from childhood, where the nature is mostly untouched is my favorite hiking place, my passion, the place where I learn about life letting the forces of nature teach me directly.

More really amazing pics of the nature on Velebit,  are  in my Hub: http://hubpages.com/hub/MOUNTAIN-VELEBIT-NP-Paklenica-Croatia

Mountain Velebit, Paklenica, photo by Tatjana Mihaela Pribic
Mountain Velebit, Paklenica, photo by Tatjana Mihaela Pribic
Mountain Velebit, south Velebit, photo by Tatjana-Mihaela Pribic
Mountain Velebit, south Velebit, photo by Tatjana-Mihaela Pribic

Comments 36 comments

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William F. Torpey 7 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y.

Wonderful pictures, Tatjana-Mihaela. I always enjoy pictures of far-off places. When I worked in New York City I often stopped at the little theater in Grand Central Station where they frequently ran travelogues. I stopped there frequently. Unfortunately, I rarely get to see the sites in person. Dalmatia and Zadar look like nice places to visit.


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Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Thank you very much for your comment, William. Since we have Internet we all can travel in our thoughts wherever we want. This is great.

Croatia is really beautiful, I am glad you enjoyed the pics...


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VioletSun 7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

Beautiful pictures, the city looks so clean. Like William Torpey, I get mesmerized by far off places, its very romantic to me.


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Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Thanks VS.

The city is clean, altough during the summer here is very many tourists. Well, you should see cities in Germany - perfectly cleaned.

I also love to see far places, our whole world is amazing.

Thanks for your comment, Mary.


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Dottie1 7 years ago from MA, USA

Looking at these beautiful pictures and feeling like I'm on a mini vacation seeing mother nature at her finest. Thank you so much! Now I can go to sleep and have some beautiful dreams!


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Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Thanks, Dottie, I also felt the same while I was working on the Hub.

I wish you to have sweet dreams.

Will go out today and take some new pictures...


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Hawkesdream 7 years ago from Cornwall

What a beautiful place, looks so calm an peaceful. Thanks for bringing these islands to my front room.


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Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

I am very glad that I could give you pics ot this beauty, Hawkesdream.

Thanks for your comment.


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diannehansen 7 years ago from Fortine, MT

This is your very most attractive HUB page! I love these pictures.... I want to visit!


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Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

This part of Europe is really nice and special - and worthy visiting.

Thank you very much for your kind comment, Dianne.


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Melody Lagrimas 7 years ago from Philippines

Hi Tatjana-Mihaela, Croatia seems a very scenic country. Thanks fpr sharing these photos of your lovely place.


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Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Thanks, Melody, here is really, really nice.

Thank you for stopping by.


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Mr Nice 7 years ago from North America

Dobro sam Kako si Tatjana! Long time no chat. How are things with you? I am doing fine just busy. It's not just Zadar, the whole country of Croatia is beautiful.

I like the traditional restaurant, Island Ugljan & Nin village. Looking at pictures it looks so beautiful & peaceful.

I also published a very useful hub, please visit whenever you have time.

Love, peace & lots of happiness for you......


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Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Dear Tony, great you have came here.

Of course is peacefull, the pics were taken in period in period were were no tourist around. But, tourists already started to arrive, altough is still pretty peacefull

BTW, to me, Dalmatia is the most beautifull part of Croatia, altough I am not from here.

I will visit your Hub. thks for reminder.

Love, Light, Peace, Hugs.....


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packerpack 7 years ago from India, Calcutta

Looking at photos made me fall in love with the place. O you are so lucky to be there! I envy you! BTW are those photos taken by you. If yes then it appears you are very good photographer and have an option of a very good alternative career.


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Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Thanks, PP, for your comment...I started to live here by my choice and thanks to the strong desire to move here... so I hope I inspired you... Everything is possible, we just need to wish something and believe in that, and circumstances in our life will bring possibility for realization of the wish.

Yes these are my photos. Thanks for the compliment, and yes, I am planning to do that. Wherever I go, I am taking camera with me.... Your comment means a lot to me, thanks for stopping by....


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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Hi Tatjana, it is simply breathtaking. One day you just have to invite Daisy and me to this place :-) LOL I love the colors and the sea and nature and the structures...beautiful! Thanks for sharing!


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Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Yes, Michelle, I will, with pleasure....


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Paper Moon 7 years ago from In the clouds

Wow, breathtaking. I would love to visit. Perhaps you could do a hub on the traditional foods of your country. Then all you would have to do is send me a plane ticket. LOL


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Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

He, he, Paper Moon, Croatian traditional foods are really delicious.

The problem is - I am vegeterian, and majority of meals are with meat, so I cannot write about them.

Many thanks for your comment and stopping by.


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cgull8m 7 years ago from North Carolina

Beautiful pictures and Beautiful country you guys have. It rivals Greece in my opinion, would love to visit Croatia someday and hear the Sea Organs in Zadar personally. Beautiful. Cheers :)


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Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Thanks, Cgull for your visit! Greece is not very far from Croatia, so - if you come, you can visit the both countries... I would be glad to meet you here.

Cheers....


mark o'connor 7 years ago

Tatjana your pictures are beautiful and inspire me to visit croatia. I am wondering if september/october has good weather?? also do the islands near zadar have good beaches and cheap accomodation??

regards, mark


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Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Hi, Mark, the weather in September and October is much warmer then it the continental part of Europe, still warm, we have a lot of sunny days. Prices are much lower then in the midddle of tourist season, so no problems to find very affordable and very quality accommodation, especially in September. In October, there is not a lot private accommodation available, because people close their appartments, and basicaly only hotels are open, what means - higher prices. So the best is - to go in September!!!

I would recommend you two options or to stay f.E. on island Ugljan, or maybe even better to get accommodation in Zadar and use fery boat when you want to go to the islands. On that way you can see the most and change places where to go - every day.

For me, the best beaches are wild ones (like that ones in my article: http://hubpages.com/travel/adriatic-coast

but everyone has his own taste. We have many varios types of beaches (even few ones in Zadar), so you can choose what you like.


selrach 6 years ago

I have just returned from working in Croatia. I was living in Zadar and working on an oil rig on the island of Ugljan.I found Croatia to be a beautiful country.


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Tatjana-Mihaela 6 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Thank you very much for the visit and comment, Selrach: I am glad you liked Croatia.


valdet-nini 6 years ago

ovo je misto,malo misto,ali veliko srce ima,najlipsa klima

moje srce je uvik svama jer tu je rodjena moja mama.bog pusa.


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Tatjana-Mihaela 6 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Hvala na lipom komentaru, valdet-nini...


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

Thank you again for more beauty and more beauty!


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Tatjana-Mihaela 6 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Thanks, Micky


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tonymac04 6 years ago from South Africa

These pix and your descriptions are really awesome. Thanks for the trip to a place I most likely will never get to except with such a guide as you!

Love and peace

Tony


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Tatjana-Mihaela 6 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Thank you so much Tony, it was pleasure traveling with you.


Zadar Croatia 5 years ago

beautiful picture i got here so cool.. keep up the good work.


Zrinka Jelic 5 years ago

This is my home town and these pictures are just heart breaking. Loved them. I'm now in Canasa and find my inspiration for writing in my ancient city.

Coming soon from Black Opal Books: Bonded by Crimson


Bodul 5 years ago

Born in Zadar, grew up in Preko (island of Ugljan), 30 + years in US and hoping to return to my only home soon.

Thank you for the pictures, they bring tears to my eyes, emotions of that sort cannot be suppressed.

There is "beautiful" and then, right above it,....... there is Croatia, words are not adequate to explain it, nothing like it exists anywhere else.

Times were not kind to many of us, so we left in search of prosperity, I never found the fame or fortune, but some did, short term survival became a way of life for the rest of us.

We get trapped in life's puzzles and forget to come home, there is always another delay, reason, obstacle, but one day soon,.... I'll just drop everything and come home, nothing matters any more, I want to hear people address me by my real name and not ask me to spell it first.

I need to see those sunsets, snorkel and swim in places that I have not forgotten, climb the olive tree, smell the pines and taste the fig from tree I used to climb as a boy.

I need to hear the Dalmatian song , spontaneous and natural, coming from nearby, no one really understands what that is unless they have lived there.

Had I known then what I know now, I would have never left, I feel cheated and misguided, robbed and abused for wrong ideals and goals.

Just when I think I got used to it, there is a song, a picture or an event that hits me like a strike of lighting coming from clear sky.

Over the years, I did things to improvise, try to supplement and mimic the life I left behind, nothing is ever good enough, fish is never fresh, tomatoes don’t smell,……… or taste like one I used to pick from my mother’s garden, everything seems to be a lie, even though it is real, the best I can find, it falls short in comparison.

I have an assortment of oil stones for sharpening kitchen knives, the famous Arkansas stones, finest in the world and yet, I see no value in them, they look artificial to me, too perfect to be natural but they are indeed natural, just not my kind of rocks.

I miss the Dalmatian rocks, those rock walls that make hillside terraces with olive trees in them, those on see shores, rocks under the water, with clams and shells on them and inside them. The finest rock in the world is the one that can feed you as well as look pretty.

So fire away, post pictures of places I cannot forget, make me regret ever leaving my nest, however poor and hopeless it may have been, it now looks as if it was a lot more than I realized at a time.

Pozdrav svima u domovini, bilo da su tamo cjeli svoj zivot ili se vracaju iz divljine svjetskih metropola.


Bodul 5 years ago

Looking back on things I wrote, there is no mistake, English is not my language, only reflection of times past, way to reach and communicate a thought to many people.

When you see these comments and pictures, you too will cry for lost paradise.

Lost it is, because of many wars and barbaric attempts to rule it by foreign powers, political or economical.

Croatia is land of Croats for many centuries and should stay that way for centuries to come.

Say "NO" to EU, it has done nothing for us in time of need and it will ruin our country for a long time.

EU and UN stood by as our people were slaughtered, imposed arms embargo on former Yugoslavia, knowing damn well that aggressors have all the arms and victims have none to defend themselves.

Croatia has right to defend itself, we earned the right to be free on our centuries old rock, free of slave owners and free for our people to return there after years on the run, inspire and promote people to come back and build the country for new generations.

Don't sell us into slavery once again.Croatia just got out of political slavery, now it is about to enter an economic slavery, handful of thugs in wrong places can do historic harm to centuries old struggle for freedom.

Svoj na svome je moguce samo kroz vlasnistvo, ne prodajite se za niske cjene, cjeli svijet bi nas rado kupio za sitnis, recite EU da je Hrvatska uvjek tamo, i moze se samo unajmiti na odredeno vrijeme i u malim kolicinama, a ne prodati ili pokloniti svjetskim mocnicima kroz neravnopravne i lopovske ugovore.

Izbacite lopove sa vlasti demokratskim putem, birajte postene ljude na lokalne i drzavne pozicije, narod treba odluciti o svojoj sudbini, svaki narod na svijetu ima na to pravo.

Izgradite ogromne spomenike Gotovini i ostalima nasred grada Zadra, recite svijetu da je Hrvatska ponosna na svoje heroje, na ljepotu i obraz hrvatske domovine i ljudi koji su je obranili od zvjerstava svih susjeda, povjest naseg naroda je okaljana lazima i nepravdama, zlocini ujedinjenih snaga imperijalisticke politike EU i nasih povjesnih neprijatelja.

Gadi mi se cjeli svijet, njihovi motivi i "pravda" su jasni, istrijebljenje hrvatskoga naroda i okupacija Hrvatske zemlje, silom ili milom.

Referendum je glas naroda, recimo slozno "NE" EuRobijskoj uniji.

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