Zadar Self-Guided Walking Tour 24 Sights To See

Zadar self-guided walking tour: 24 sights to see

Before we arrived in Zadar, we felt sorry for it. After our three-week stay in idyllic Rovinj, we thought our next destination would surely disappoint. The fact that we were trading in one seaside town perched on a peninsula for another made us think we would easily draw comparisons and, in our minds, nothing could beat Rovinj. After staying in Zadar, experiencing the city and seeing the sights (which are included in our Zadar self-guided walking tour), we felt differently.

While there are some comparisons that can be made between Rovinj and Zadar, the two cities are drastically different. Even though Zadar may not be dripping with charm like Rovinj, it certainly has it. And, something it has that Rovinj doesn’t is a slew of sights – from Roman ruins to historic churches to a modern seaside promenade complete with new age art. Something else Zadar has: a university – and its students fill the streets and cafes, bringing a lively, youthful feel to the city.

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A Walk in London to Westminster Sights

Westminster sights: a self-guided walk in London

London is massive on just about every definable scale: size, history, culture. We broke up our sightseeing by neighborhood, starting in the most iconic area: The City of Westminster. With Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square and Parliament, we had a full day of Westminster sights to see.

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Westminster Sights: The Wellington Arch

Completed in 1830 to celebrate the British victories during the Napoleonic Wars, it has been moved and statues have been switched out, but it still stands as a triumphant arch.

Westminster Sights: Buckingham Palace 

Built in 1705, the Royal Family has resided in Buckingham Palace since 1837, when Queen Victoria moved there from James’s Palace. The grand size – 355 feet by 393 feet with 775 rooms, including 78 bathrooms – is more impressive than the architectural design.

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Dublin, Ireland Self-Guided Walking Tour

Dublin, Ireland self-guided walking tour

We could have easily spent our three days in Dublin seeing nothing more than the inside of pubs, but there’s a lot more to the city than just downing pints of Guinness goodness. Many of the historic sights are condensed within the city center, which makes for an easy Dublin, Ireland self-guided walking tour – and helped keep us out of the bars, if only for a few hours. (Map below.)

Dublin, Ireland Self-Guided Walking Tour to 11 Sights

#1 St. Patrick’s Cathedral 

It was on this site that in 450 AD St. Patrick baptized the first Irish converts. St. Patrick’s Cathedral was completed in 1191 and is the largest church in Ireland. The spire reaches 140 feet.

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Zurich Self-Guided Walking Tour Switzerland

Zurich Self-Guided Walking Tour

Our two-day detour to Zurich, Switzerland was more about meeting up with longtime friends for the US vs Switzerland soccer match than it was about visiting the city itself. However, we devised a Zurich self-guided walking tour that would take us through the pristine city, down the shopping lanes, to a few churches and viewpoints, with enough time for lunch, chocolates and beers. Come along with us to see the sights of the city on our Zurich Self-Guided Walking Tour (map below).

Zurich Self-Guided Walking Tour

#1 Bahnhofstrasse

We started our Zurich Self-Guided Walking Tour at the Paradeplatz tram station in the city center. Heading north on Bahnhofstrasse, we gawked at the expensive watches glittering in the window displays. The street is flooded with fashionable high-end retailers, boutiques and banks.

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One-Day Itinerary Barcelona See The CIty on Foot

One-day itinerary Barcelona: See the city on foot

In our One-Day Itinerary Barcelona, we walked the Ramblas, explored the waterfront, trekked to Barceloneta, strolled through a park, visited the impressive Santa Maria del Mar church and wandered the alleys of La Ribera and Barri Gothic. Our One-Day Itinerary of Barcelona is, perhaps, a little aggressive, covering eight miles on foot, but it hits all the highlights of the city. 

One-day Itinerary Barcelona

The Ramblas

What was once a drainage ditch is now a wide, pedestrian path extending from Placa de Catalunya to the Waterfront. Newsstands, flower shops and street artists line the length of The Ramblas. We detoured off the main strip to visit small squares, the Roman Necropolis, the Betlem Church and La Boqueria, an active market offering everything from seafood to sweets.

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Cape Town Self-Guided Walking Tour South Africa

Cape Town self-guided walking tour

Cape Town has a bright and colorful city center. The city has beautiful architecture, nearby nature and a lively entertainent district on the water. we opted for a Cape Town self-guided walking tour of the city center so that we could move on our own two feet and get a real feel for the city.  (Map below.)

Cape Town Self-Guided Walking Tour

Flower Market

Our route started at the Adderly bus stop, heading south past the multiple-level shopping malls to the flower market. Set up in a dimly lit alley, a few unique blossoms caught my eye and the sellers offered – more than once – to create a bouquet especially for me.

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Perth Self-Guided Walking Tour A One-Day Itinerary

Perth self-guided walking tour: a one-day itinerary

We skipped south from Kuala Lumpur to the Land Down Unda for another quick stop in Perth before moving on to the island of Mauritius. We only had one full day in Perth, but with the sights clustered in the city center – and the free public transportation –  it was easy to create a Perth self-guided walking tour that took us to all of the sights.

Note: We just happened to be there on Tuesday, November 4, which, unbeknownst to us, was the day of the Melbourne Cup horse race, celebrated like a national holiday. The race took place at noon, local time, but from the moment we stepped out of the hotel, we couldn’t miss the girls in frilly dresses and feathered hats. Parties were taking place all over town – some company sponsored, others friendly get-togethers – that lasted way beyond the race. Girls went from classy to classic hot messes by early evening – hats were tilting, champagne was spilling and tears were falling by the time the sun was setting. It all added a festive background to our sightseeing day.

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One-Day Itinerary for Sydney Australia A Self Guided Walking Tour

One day itinerary for Sydney: A self-guided walking tour

When we flew into Sydney, Australia, we headed straight for Bondi Beach for a week of coastal living. In that time, my anticipation of exploring the sights of Sydney had built to the point of beyond ecstatic. The handy ‘Official Sydney Guide’ that I picked up from the airport outlined several self-guided walking tours that would show off the best of the city. In my “I want to see it all!” way, I created a one day itinerary for Sydney that covered the best sights. I merged the three walks into one, even adding a few sights not on the list, making my own self-guided walking tour of Sydney.

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One Day Auckland Itinerary A Self Guided Walking Tour

One day Auckland itinerary: self-guided walking tour

In comparison to the places we visited around the world, Auckland is brand spankin’ new. The oldest buildings date back to the 1840s and even then most of the downtown area has gone through a major overhaul to create sleek and shiny reused spaces. In our do-it-yourself style, we created a one day Auckland itinerary and self-guided walking tour to get a taste of what Auckland has to offer.

We started our one day Auckland itinerary at the Britomart, the central transportation hub and the latest up-and-coming, redeveloped central district for all things fashion and food. Walking south on Queen Street, we daringly window shopped the high-end retailers like Coach and Gucci, but didn’t dare venture inside. At Aotea Square, a grassy space in the center of the city, is the Civic Theater, which opened 85 years ago as a movie theater. After a hefty restoration in 1999, it now serves as a multi-purpose theater featuring musical acts, plays and film festivals. Auckland’s Town Hall, built in 1911, is just a bit further down the street and has also undergone restoration to bring it back to life as a performance venue.

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