Walls are built to protect treasures, and, in Dubrovnik, this is particularly accurate, with 1,940 meters of stone surrounding one of the world’s most beautiful cities. As George Bernard Shaw stated: “If you want to see heaven on Earth, come to Dubrovnik”. “The Pearl of the Adriatic” has captivated and seduced kings and artists for centuries with its immaculate medieval architecture.
Slano is a small town located north of Dubrovnik, known for the many Greek and Roman ruins that surround it. The town is a picturesque destination, with its beaches, historical monuments, ample olive groves in its outskirts, and the beautiful bay that it resides in.
Although Mljet isn’t a very large island, it is one of the gems of the Croatian coast. The legend says Greek hero Odysseus spent years on this island when he was captured by the nymph Calypso. That is why if you are looking for a respite from more heavily traveled areas of the country we recommend you give this paradise along the Adriatic islands a look.
The island of Korčula is best known as the birthplace of Marco Polo. Korčula is an enchanting destination surrounded by walls, and one of the best preserved medieval cities in the Mediterranean. Korčula has an abundant choice of restaurants, and there are numerous bars and clubs for those looking for evening entertainment.
The island of Vis was once a strategic naval Yugoslav base and closed to the public. Due to this isolation, Vis has a special charm – “the Mediterranean as it once was” – making it really interesting to visit. Situated on the northern side of the island, Vis has developed near the remains of the ancient Issa, first urban center in Croatia.
Hvar is a city and port on the island of Hvar, part of Split-Dalmatia County, Croatia. The municipality has a population of 4,251 while the city itself is inhabited by 3,771 people, making it the largest settlement on the island of Hvar.
Brač is famous for two things: its radiant white stone, from which Diocletian’s Palace in Split and the White House in Washington, DC (oh, yes!) are made, and Zlatni Rat, the long pebbly beach at Bol that sticks out lasciviously into the Adriatic and adorns 90% of Croatia’s tourism posters. It’s the largest island in central Dalmatia, with two towns, several sleepy villages and a dramatic Mediterranean landscape of steep cliffs, inky waters and pine forests. The interior of the island is full of piles of rocks – the result of the back-breaking labor of women who, over hundreds of years, gathered the rocks in order to prepare the land for the cultivation of vineyards and olive, fig, almond, and sour-cherry orchards.
Split, a town on Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast, is the second-largest city of Croatia and the largest city of the region of Dalmatia. It lies on the eastern shore of the Adriatic Sea, centered on the Roman Palace of Emperor Diocletian. With enough history to warrant it’s own extended visit, many visitors use Split as a base to explore the surrounding Dalmatian Islands.
Plitvice Lakes National Park is Croatia’s best known national park and the only one of eight that is listed on the UNESCO List of World Heritage sites. The main attractions of this park, unique in the world, are the 16 small lakes joined by waterfalls created by the sedimentation of travertine, a special type of limestone. This national park encompasses the source of the river Korana, located in the area surrounded by dense forests of beech, fir and spruce. There are also several caves in the park, as well as springs and flowering meadows.
The northwestern capital of Croatia and its largest city, Zagreb is best known for its historical architecture in its cathedrals, places, and towers.