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.
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.
Trogir is historic town and harbor on the Adriatic coast in Split-Dalmatia county. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for its Romanesque and Gothic Old Town center. Well-known for its cultural heritage and authentic architecture, the city of Trogir dates back to 3rd Century BC, while the name Tragos first appeared in 2nd century BC.
Plitvice Lake National Park
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.
This city has the reputation of being one of the most handsome towns in all of Croatia. It too has an Italian/Slavic charm to it and the aroma of fried truffles and pizza pies fills the air like lush green vegetation covers the hillsides.
Pula is the largest town on the Istrian peninsula and offers a diversity of attractions to lovers of culture. The rich itinerary of its three-thousand-year-old history, where every step you take through the old town is a landmark, begins and ends with the Roman amphitheater. While strolling through Pula you will come across numerous monuments of Roman architecture: the Triumphal Arch of the Sergi from the 1st century B.C.
Rovinj is a Croatian fishing port on the west coast of the Istrian peninsula. The old town stands on a headland, with houses tightly crowded down to the seafront. A tangle of cobbled streets leads to the hilltop church of St. Euphemia, whose towering steeple dominates the skyline. South of the old town is Lone Bay, one of the area’s pebble beaches. The Rovinj archipelago’s 14 islands lie immediately off the mainland.
Poreč is a town and municipality on the western coast of the Istrian peninsula, in Istria County, Croatia. Its major landmark is the 6th-century Euphrasian Basilica, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997. Poreč is almost 2,000 years old and is set around a harbor protected from the sea by the small island of Saint Nicholas/San Nicolo (St. Nicholas). The former town of rich noblemen and Roman aristocracy, Poreč is now a popular tourist destination in Istria, known for its many sights that alternate in its streets the same way as rulers did during its turbulent history.
Trieste is a city and seaport in northeastern Italy. It is situated towards the end of a narrow strip of Italian territory lying between the Adriatic Sea and Slovenia, which lies almost immediately south and east of the city. As a prosperous seaport in the Mediterranean region, Trieste became the fourth largest city of the Austro-Hungarian Empire (after Vienna, Budapest, and Prague). Today, the city is in one of the richest regions of Italy and has been a great center for shipping, through its port (Port of Trieste), shipbuilding and financial services.
Known as the “City of Canals”, Venice is a city in the northeastern Veneto region of Italy. The city was originally built on 100 small islands in the Adriatic Sea, that are connected by bridges that cross over a system of canals and waterways. It is known as one of the most scenic cities in the world.