Brač is the third largest island in the Adriatic. Thousands of tourists are drawn each year by the beautiful beach Zlatni rat, located in Bol, on the south side of the island. This is the only beach that changes its shape from day to day. On this island you will also find the highest peak of all Croatian islands - Vidova Gora (778 m). You will be charmed by the variety of the architectural styles of the island's towns: pre-Romanesque style churches, Croatian architecture with Romanesque features, Renaissance, Baroque-style architecture and modern constructions.
Stunning Dubrovnik is aptly surnamed the `Pearl of the Adriatic;` it is one of the most beautiful cities on the Croatian coast. Many buildings in the old city center testify of its glorious past and its Venetian influence. The ancient walls of Dubrovnik girdle a perfectly preserved complex of public and private, sacred and secular buildings representing all periods of the city`s rich history, beginning with its founding in the 7th century. Nowadays, Dubrovnik is a tranquil touristic and cultural center hosting many musical, art and theater events year round.
Recommended Stay: 3 nights Must Sees: Old Town, the Franciscan Monastery and its Pharmacy, Rector`s Palace. beaches and port - to name a few!
Hvar is the biggest town of the island with the same name. Aside from the pleasant climate and the natural unspoilt beauty, the town also has many galleries, museums, and exhibitions. With its seven century-old walls and fortifications, Hvar is the site of the oldest municipal theatre in Europe, opened in 1612. Sports and recreational facilities are excellent ranging from beach yoga, water sports to hiking and tennis.
Recommended Stay: 2 nights Must Sees: Hvar Fortress, tSt. Stephen`s Square and Cathedral, the Franciscan Monastery, Renaissance Theater, Falko - to start!
Korčula is the center of island with the same name located in the central Dalmatian archipelago. Surnamed "Little Dubrovnik", this ancient city is among the most beautiful towns on the Croatian coast and is known for its unique architecture. One of the main attractions is the house of Marco Polo, located in the old city center. The most impressive building of Korcula is the Cathedral of St. Marco. The Town Museum is situated in the Gabrielis palace, built in the Renaissance style. Not far away for here, you will find two other interesting Palazzi: Arneri and Ismaelis.
Dating back from the early middle Ages, Lovran is one of the oldest coastal settlements on the eastern shore of Istrian peninsula. Its breathtaking beauty of sea and mountain, and the mild and healing climate have transformed it by the mid 19th century into a fashionable resort of Austro-Hungarian nobility. Lovran will charm you with its picturesque Mediterranean motifs, a parish church with medieval frescoes and Granolithic inscriptions, and the 14th century tower of St George's Square. The region is rich with cultural-historical heritage and has a long tradition of tourism.
Makarska is a center of Makarska riviera, one of the most beautiful parts of Adriatic coast. Located under the Biokovo Mountain, which arises directly from the sea offering breathtaking views, Makarska is a very popular tourist destination. Besides the natural beauty of the long streched beaches, you can admire the center of Makarska, an old town with narrow stone-paved streets, a main church square, and a Franciscan monastery that houses a sea shell collection featuring a giant clam shell.
Mali Losinj is the tourist centre on the island of Losinj. Beside the outstanding natural beauty of the area and beaches there are many international events that take place each year. The main sights are: the Tower, dating from 1445, built to defend the harbor from pirate attacks, and the Losinj Aromatic Garden - a nursery of the island medicinal herbs. The parish church of the Nativity of the Virgin - a three-nave church with relics of St. Romulus and a painting of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary on the altar is another point of interest of the town.
Situated on the west coast of Istria, Novigrad is a beautiful tourist resort, proud of its rich historical and cultural heritage. The purest sea in this part of Mediterranean will soothe your body and soul. The resort delights its visitors with a wide range of sports and recreation facilities from water-sports to tennis. Novigrad has a lively nightlife is with plenty of entertainment - the choice ranging from discotheques and bars, open air cinema, terraces with live dancing music up to fancy casinos.
Located on the Opatija Riviera and filled with marvelous parks, promenades, old Austro-Hungarian villas and beaches, Opatija is one of the most famous resorts Central Europe. The main tourist attractions in the area are picturesque Volosko, the old fishing villages Icici and Ika, Lovran with its old center, Meveja and Moscenicka Draga with large sandy beaches and the medieval towns on the nearby hills - Kastav, Veprinac and Moscenice. Opatija has many good restaurants as well as some of the best nightlife in Croatia.
Located between the Zrnovnica rivulet and Mutogras hill, only 8 km away from Split, Podstrana is a community consisting from five parts. The oldest part lying beneath the step cliff of Perun Mountain at 380 m above sea level is the village of Selo. The mild climate and its long in sandy beaches with rich Mediterranean vegetation offer you a pleasant vacation. Podstrana is known for the production of large quantities of high quality vegetables and fruits. Orchards with well-known peaches from that region offer the best summer fruit.
The natural beauty of Pula's surrounding countryside and turquoise water of the Adriatic have made the city an a very popular vacation destination. Pula has been Istria's administrative center since ancient Roman times and therefor is a city with a cultural mixture of people and languages from the Mediterranean and Central Europe, ancient and contemporary. The most impressive sight is the Amphitheatre built in the 1st century AD during the reign of the Emperor Vespasian. Other attractions include the temple of Augustus, the town walls, the town square and the old Forum of the Romans is still going strong.
Occupying a strategic geographical position, Rijeka is a city of intensive development. It is a multinational and multicultural centre, in which tolerance, understanding and coexistence have a special value. Rijeka hosts the Croatian National Theatre "Ivan pl. Zajc", first built in 1765, as well as the University of Rijeka, founded in 1632. Some of the most important sights of the city are: the Square of the Republic of Croatia, the Korzo, a City Tower, Old Gate - the oldest architectural monument in Rijeka, the Church of the Assumption.
Rovinj is one of the most picturesque Mediterranean towns, a treasury of cultural and historical monuments. You will be fascinated by its architecture, a mix of different styles. The main attractions are: the 13th century Romanesque heptagonal baptistery, the baroque Parish church of St. Euphemia (1736), the church of St Francis and the Franciscan monastery dating from the 18th century with very rich library, the Baroque town hall built a century ago, the city museum, the Local Magistrate's Court, the city walls with the famous Balbi's gate.
The picturesque Split is known as one of the centers of Croatian culture. The most important sight is Diocletian`s palace. Admire the Peristyle which is the main open space in the palace and is surrounded by a colonnade of six columns to the eastern and western sides and an arch. The city is always buzzing with activity and blends tradition and modern life extremely well. Restaurants, bars, shops and galleries thrive within the old walls and the Riva (seafront) has been recently updated!
Recommended Stay: 3 nights Must Sees: Diocletian`s Palace and the adjacent cathedral, Museum of Croatia, Marjan, the Maritime Museum, Croatian National Theater , beaches - to name a few!
One of the best stops on the Dalmatian coast, Trogir is a living museum, the best-preserved Romanesque-Gothic complex in the Central Europe. Its medieval core, surrounded by walls and comprising a magnificient castle and tower and a series of dwellings and palaces from the Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque periods, is part of the UNESCO World Heritage. One of the most impressive buildings is the church of St. Lawrence, whose main west portal is a masterpiece by Radovan, and the most significant work of the Romanesque-Gothic style in Croatia.
Idyllically situated in a horse-shoe shaped bay, Umag, the pearl of the Umag Riviera, is a town full of contrasts, a beautiful mixture of old and the new. Some of the most impressive sights are the old town citadel surrounded by the remains of towered walls from the fourteenth century and the baroque church of St. Mary from the eighteenth century. This resort offers a wide range of sports activities on both sea and land. Excursions can be organized to the Lim fjord, a unique geomorphic phenomena (famous for its exceptional oysters).
Dating back from roman times, Zadar is a city with a long tradition and a rich cultural heritage. The town is fortified with thick walls, renowned for their impressive ports, such as the Harbor Port and the Mainland Port, which date back to the sixteenth century. Zadar's most impressive sight is the pre-Romanesque Church of St. Donatus. The town is also famous for having the most beautiful Romanesque churches in Croatia, such as the Cathedral of St. Anastasia, the Church of St. Chrysogonus and the Bell-tower of St. Mary.
Zagreb is the cultural, scientific, economic, political and administrative center of Croatia. Surnamed the "city of museums" as there are more of them per square foot than any other city in the world, Zagreb is also a vibrant destination with a variety of modern shops, quality restaurants and sports/recreational facilities. The historical part of the city to the north of Ban Jelačić Square is comprised of the Upper Town and Kaptol, a medieval urban complex of churches, palaces, museums, galleries and government buildings that are exceptionally popular with tourists on sightseeing tours.
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