by Adrian on July 16, 2008

We've spent the last couple of days in the city of Zadar, which is 3/4 of the way up the Croatian coast on the mainland. It is just below a stretch of water known as the Velebetski Kanal which has become well know to us from the weather forecasts frequently forecasting gusts of 30 to 40 knots there.

This area of the coast is bordered by a ridge of really high mountains (2000m) that drop sheep into the sea – thus causing the severe local katabatic and sea winds. 

We headed to Zadar because we've been in an area of “frontal disturbance” (ie bad weather) for a couple of days with some heavy winds and rain, so thought we'd head in to a port until it passes.

Zadar was a great surprise. It had a decidedly Italian feel to it and was actually very nice. The old town is on an island packed with interesting steets, shops and the obligatory ruin, but it seems every evening comes alive with markets, cafes, music and people generally milling around doing the “passagata”. 

We've managed to do a few jobs whilst here – we found a launderette, which means nice clean everything, and cycled  10miles with a gas bottle to a place we could get it refilled – so we now have a full spare.

We also found a huge Konzum supermarket like the ones at home, so stocked up on a few of the more unusual things we haven't found elsewhere in Croatia such as flour tortillas, squash, tins of sweetcorn etc. 

All that took about a day to do by the time we'd found where things were and cycled to them.

Zadar Marina (with superyacht Northern Sripit on pontoon)

Statue on Zadar waterfront 

Jax's coffee!

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