Sunset Sunday – Zadar, Croatia

sunset in zadar croatia at seaWhen Anita Mac started telling me about the sunsets from Croatia and specifically Zadar, I wanted to see them. Thankfully she agreed.

I met Anita during the New York Times Travel show and we chatted over a travel blogger dinner meet-up. I am glad we talked sunsets, because now I can share one from this part of the world with you.

Anita’s Words:

Alfred Hitchcock said it in 1964 so it must be true:  “The sunset of Zadar is the world’s most beautiful and incomparably better than in Key West, Florida”.  How could I resist…one of the best sunsets in the world.  

When in Zadar, a local tour company offered boat cruises throughout the day and I knew I would be on board for sunset.  I waited all day, anticipation growing.  As the sun slowly dipped into the Adriatic, the fiery reds and oranges lit up the evening sky, bathing everything in sight in a warm glow.  It was a magic moment and well worth the wait.  I closed my eyes for but a moment as the warmth washed over me.  

I have always been fascinated by sunsets – the warm, happy glow to mark the close of the day.  It is such a peaceful transition from day to night and the perfect time for reflection.  To capture the sunset at sea only adds to the magic and mystique. 

No wonder Hitchcock declared it to be the most beautiful sunset in the world – Zadar’s sunset was breathtaking.


Anita MacKinnon of has slowly been crossing destinations and adventures off her multiple bucket lists and is living to travel and experience the world. Her main question is where to next? You can follow on her Travel Destination Bucket List site also on twitter at @WhereToGoAM

And do you agree with Alfred Hitchcock? Is this sunset better than the sunset in Key West?

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  • Anita Mac

    It was such a pleasure to meet you in NY. Glad I could add Zadar to your sunset Sunday collection. Looks like I am going to have to go to Key West.

  • Bill Kaliher

    that is some sunset –great photo

  • Terri

    Hi Craig, This is a destination that we would love to visit with our favorite cruising couple. Do you recommend staying on the ship or spending time touring Croatia? How was the food there? Food is always an important conclusion after a glass of wine viewing a sunset. Thanks for your astute observations. We love this travel site. Your passion for the appreciation of nature as you travel, sets this site above others. Great job! Terri

    • Anita Mac

      I believe you would have a fantastic time cruising in Croatia…it is completely a way of life. There are many charter boats that you can hire. This photo was taken on a one hour cruise in Zadar that runs all day. I thought it would be magic to take it at sunset and was rewarded with the most amazing views. Well worth the wait.

      I found the food in Croatia to be quite lovely too. The Mediterranean had a huge role in the food I ate in Zadar.

    • craig zabransky

      Terri, although I’d never been to Croatia (see author Anita’s response), as I understand it, the coastline is similar to the Greek Islands on the west coast; the Ionian Isles. And if that is the case, I recommend a small ship, ideally to charter a sailboat for the cruise.

      And thanks for the compliments regarding the site, I definitely appreciate your readership.

      stay adventurous, Craig

  • Maria Falvey

    beautiful sunset… any day of the week

    • craig zabransky

      Agreed. I am always up for a sunset… any day of the week.

      stay adventurous, Craig

  • Victor

    awesome sunset….Nice article.

  • Mark Schaaf

    Croatia may not be a place you have thought about for a vacation destination but one way to get a taste of this great country is to take a cruise that leaves Venice Italy. Most often it will make a stop or two in Croatia on it’s way to where ever it’s final destination is. This is a great way to get a glimpse of what the country has to see and do and could maybe get you thinking about a full on vacation there.

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  • Sonia Sahni

    Zadar was our favourite town in whole of Croatia…it is such an under rated place!

    • craig zabransky

      Sonia, I can’t wait to visit one day… stay adventurous, Craig

      • Sonia Sahni

        Thanks Craig! Wish you plenty of happy travels as well!

      • Sonia Sahni

        In fact, the whole country is awesome – it has so much tourism potential….just waiting to be explored. Get there before it gets over crowded by tourists!