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The Best Sunsets in Croatia

Famous Adriatic sunset in Zadar impressed Alfred Hitchcock

Best time: April–November

The Best Sunsets
The Best Sunsets
The Best Sunsets

The local legend says that film director Alfred Hitchcock was so impressed by Zadar's sunset that he called it the most beautiful in the world. Well, and there is still something to see and to listen to in Zadar! Where else would you find a working organ, operated entirely by water and built into the steps leading to the sea?

Every afternoon the sea and the sun in Zadar give a unique performance that is also free of charge. The best time to catch the sun in Zadar is obviously summer. In July, ​the daylight there lasts for 15 hours while in the winter months for just 8-9. Another sunset not to miss would be in Hvar–the sunniest island in Croatia according to Lonely Planet guide, with over 2,700 hours of sun per year. You can also enjoy beautiful sunsets in other coastline cities such as Dubrovnik and Split.

Practical info

When is the best time of year to see the sunset in Zadar and other Croat coastal cities?

To witness the stunning sunset display accompanied by the sea in Zadar and other Croat coastal cities, it is ideal to visit during the summer months of June through September. Zadar experiences up to 15 hours of daylight per day in July, while the winter months offer only 8-9 daylight hours. Hence, the summer season is the best time to catch the sun all along Croatia's Adriatic coast that includes Hvar, Dubrovnik, and Split. Show more

Where is the unique water-operated organ located in Zadar and when can it be heard?

Located in the ancient Croatian coastal town of Zadar, the unique water-operated organ can be heard all through the year. It is situated at the western end of the Riva promenade overlooking the sea. One can listen to its music when the waves are strong, and the pipes of distinct lengths and diameters are played by the waves. The organ offers a unique musical experience that attracts tourists from all over the world. Show more

What makes Hvar the sunniest island in Croatia?

Hvar is famous for being the sunniest island in Croatia, with over 2,700 hours of sunshine annually, according to Lonely Planet. Its location and microclimate make it exceptional, providing hot, dry summers and mild yet sunny winters. The island's southern slopes are also suitable for growing olives and grapes, which contribute to the island's agriculture and tourism sector. This makes Hvar a perfect place to enjoy the sun and its lush countryside year-round. Show more

What is the duration of daylight hours in Zadar during the summer and winter months?

Summer months from June to September offer up to 15 hours of daylight per day, making it the best time to visit scenic Zadar. Winter months provide only 8-9 hours of daylight, making them shorter days than summer. The favourable daylight hours during summer are perfect to experience the spectacular sunset theatrics in Zadar and other coastal cities of Croatia's Adriatic coastline including Hvar, Split, and Dubrovnik. Show more

What other cities along the Croatian coastline offer beautiful sunset views besides Zadar and Hvar?

In addition to Zadar and Hvar, tourists seeking scenic sunset views can visit other popular coastal cities in Croatia like Split and Dubrovnik. Dubrovnik's old town's walls offer a picturesque spot to watch the sun set over the Adriatic Sea, while Marjan Hill in Split provides a great panoramic view of the city skyline and sunset. Besides these cities, many villages and islands along Croatia's coastline are renowned for their unique locations that offer unparalleled sunset experiences. Show more

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