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"Riva" is a word you will hear all the time when in Dalmatia. Riva means "seaside promenade", and every coastal town has one. This is the place where people gather, where the fishermen bring in their catch, it's the meeting point for friends and lovers, a place where stories begin and end. The typical Riva has cafes and restaurants lined up, boats tied up, flowers and oleander trees. But most of all its a place to see and to be seen.
Zadar's Riva is a little bit different. No cafes and restaurants, no boats, but a park with lawns and trees lined up. It's a rather tranquil place, perfect for a relaxed walk to enjoy the sea breeze and the most beautiful sunset in the world (no, I'm not exaggerating). The Riva is quite long, starting from the University at the south end (the view on the sea and islands makes every lecture bareable ;)), up to the cruiseship's quay at the north end - it may easily take a relaxed half-hour-walk.
To me, the best time for a walk is about sunset. As I mentioned before, Zadar has the most beautiful sunset in the world, and when you have reached the north end you can enjoy the music of the Sea Organ, and once night has fallen the Greeting to the Sun.