About Croatia

Croatia

Croatia is a beautiful small country situated on the Adriatic coast. It is known as the country of a thousand islands. If you have ever dreamt about being on a small island alone with someone, this is the place for you. If you are a nature lover, Croatia offers: camping, mountain hiking/biking, spelunking, rafting, scuba diving and skydiving. Besides its natural beauty, it also offers: a unique history, a unique mixture of cuisines, many internationally recognized hotels and helpful individuals.

Zagreb is the capital of the country. It may not attract as many visitors as the coastal towns of Rijeka or Split or Zadar or Dubrovnik but is well worth a visit. There are many museums in town and at night there are lots of things going on.
The Croation coast is among the most beautiful in the world. It has unique cities like Split with its palace of Diocletian or Dubrovnik which was the rival of Venice for centuries, great almost deserted beaches and more than 1001 islands to choose from.
Plitvice is Croatia’s most famous National Park. It has many lakes and waterfalls and is ideal for hiking or trekking.

Porec

Porec is a historic town half way up the western side of the magnificent istrian peninsula. A tourist haven which is rich in history and coastal beauty. Plenty of hotels and private accomodation. The local people are more than friendly and you should not miss the drive through the local villages for a taste of local made wine and food. visit porec.com for more information.

Sights

Round Tower
Built in the second half of the l5th century. It is well preserved. There is a terrace on the top which can be visited.
address:
Narodni trg

Pentagonal Tower
Located at the beginning of the main street, Decumanus, at the entrance of the old city heart. It was built in the mid l5th century in Gothic style. There is a relief of a Mletke lion on it. Up until the French occupation, parts of the Great City Doors were preserved.
address:
Decumanus str.

Temple of Neptune
In park, west of the Marafor Square, only fragments of the classical temple which was dedicated to the god of the sea, remain preserved.

Forum Romanum
The old Roman Forum can be found at the end of the main decumanus (today Decumanus Street). At a few points, a stone pavement of the square, from the classical period, is visible under the present day pavement.
address:
Decumanus Str.
House of two saints
Built in the 14/15th century in a Romanesque style. It derived its name from the two stone relief figures of the two saints alongside the window on the last floor. On the ground floor a large stone arch stands out.
address:
St. Mauro Str.

Romanesque house
A building from the l3th century that stands at a point where Decumanus Street meets the Marafor Square. Interesting wooden balcony. Romanesque biforium and mono Iithic archivolt.
address:
Decumanus Str.

Basilica
the most valuable cultural monument in Porec. It was built on the remains of an earlier tri-naval basilica, in the first half of the 6th century, during the period of Bishop Euphrasius, whose name it bears.

Porec Museum
The Native Museum of Porec building is situated in a Baroque palace, Sincic, from the 18th century. On the ground floor there is a collection of stone monuments with Roman scriptures, and an archaeological collection of prehistoric ceramic works.

Pula is loacted south of Rjeka and conveniently close to Triest in Italy. It is one of the most attractive towns of the Croatian coast. It dates from Roman times and Pula has many impressive monuments from its history, the most famous being the Amphitheatre built in the 1st century AD during the reign of the Emperor Vespasian. Other sights include the temple of Augustus, the town walls, the town square, the old Forum of the Romans is still going strong.

There are many small restuarants in the old centre where you can get good food for very reasonable prices. Accommodation will not be a problem either. Ther are many campsites, hotels and private accommodation possibilities in town and the area around it.

Churches & Cathedrals

St. Nicholas Orthodox Church
It was constructed in the second half of the VI century and is dedicated to the Great Lady. It was reconstructed around the year 1200 and thereafter assigned to the Greek Orthodox religious community. The Iconostasis of a Greek master of the 18th century and other valuable icons are to be found more..

The Cathedral
The construction of the Cathedral started in the 4th century but it got its present shape in the 5th century. From that time to the 14th century a lot of different parts, such as floor mosaics, columns, side entrance door, facade, had been changed, renewed or added.

St. Francis Church and Monastery
The complex dedicated to St. Francis of Assisi was built in the 14th century. The church is a simple, austere late Romanesque style building with Gothic ornamental details. In the monastery you can see a part of the medieval collection of stone monuments of the Archeological Museum and the exhib more..

The Church of the Lady of the Sea
Constructed in more recent times in the Austrian part of the town it was consecrated in 1898. It is a neo Byzantine building with a lot of additional elements of different styles.

Town square
The main square in ancient and medieval Pula is situated at the bottom of the town hill, in the western part of the town and near the sea. The shore where the Forum was constructed in the 1st century BC had to be embanked to get a larger space.

Dubrovnik is one of the most beautiful cities on the Croatian coast. In the Middle Ages the Republic of Dubrovik was an important rival of Venice. Many buildings in the old city center testify of this glorious past.

The walls of Dubrovnik girdle a perfectly preserved complex of public and private, sacral and secular buildings representing all periods of the city’s history, beginning with its founding in the 7th century. Particular mention should be made of the city’s main street, Stradun, the Prince’s Palace, the church of St Vlaho, the Cathedral, three large monasteries, the Custom’s Office and the City Hall. The Republic of Dubrovnik was the centre of a separate political and territorial entity, and was proud of its culture, its achievements in commerce and especially of its freedom, preserved down so many tempestuous centuries.
Today, Dubrovnik is also a very lively city, with many things to do, both at day and night times. The coast nearby offers all sorts of activities and the town has many restaurants, bars and nightclubs.

Zagreb is the capital of Croatia and its most important city. Although the city is not as popular with tourists and travalers as the Dalmatian coast is, it still offers a few nice attractions that make it worthwhile to stop over for a few days.

The city is divided into three parts: the thousand-year old upper town (Gornji grad) which contains the Presidential Palace, the historic church of St. Mark’s, the Croatian parliament, museums and galleries which are all set in cobbled streets lit by gas lamps; the 19th century lower town (Dolnji grad) with its shops, restaurants, cafes, theatres, parks; and the modern post-war (WWII) part of Zagreb (Novi Zagreb) which is full of high-rise buildings and basically has nothing to offer to tourists.

Zagreb is called a city of museums as there are more of them per square foot than any other city in the world. But this doesn’t mean that there is nothing else for you to do if you are not a history buff. One of the many pleasures that many Zagrebcani enjoy is sitting in one of the numerous cafes, watching the world go by. In the evening, you can visit one of the many restaurants, sampling one of the delicious Croatian dishes, and finish the day in the one of the bars or clubs. Whatever you choose to do, you are guaranteed to have a good time!

Split is the second biggest town in Croatia. It is located on the coast in the South of the country. It is very old and beautiful town and is also an excellent base for watersports such as sailing or windsurfing.
Obviously, the most important sight is Diocletian’s palace. Get a locally published guide in English which describes this monument in great detail. Do not miss 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, decorated with garlands, in the centre.
On the eastern side of the Peristyle is a cathedral. On the western side is the “People’s Square” (Narodni trg) with the old town hall which was built in the 15th century. There is an Ethnographic museum on the square (worth visiting) and nearby is a city museum. Don’t miss a remarkable statue of Gregory of Nin (Grgur Ninski), a Croatian religious leader from the 10th century, by the most famous Croatian sculptor, Ivan Mestrovic.
There are also some fascinating museums like the Maritime Museum; the Museum of Croatian Archaeological Monuments; the Museum of Croatia; and the Mestrovic Gallery, which is housed in his summer residence, finished in 1939 and designed by Mestrovic himself.

Rovinj is one of the most picturesque Mediterranean towns. When you climb to the top of the bell-tower, above the roof of the church you can see a unique combination of nature in all its magnificence and many historical monuments.
For the first time mentioned in 7th century, Rovinj is today a treasury of cultural and historical monuments: a 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 before, ornated by the symbolic city clock, the city museum, the Local Magistrate’s Court, the city walls with the famous Balbi’s gate…
The mild climate with 2.400 hours of sunshine annually, and many cultural, artistic and sport performances made Rovinj known in Croatia and in the world.

Makarska riviera is one of the most beautiful parts of adriatic coast ( and many says THE most beautiful ).
Why is that so? Maybe because the fame of Makarska riviera is based on kilometers of beaches, pebbled beaches streched all along the riviera, or because the mountain Biokovo with its high peaks, which arises directly from the sea and give you such a beautiful view on the seaside surounded by the islands of Brac and Hvar.

Makarska is the center and famous touristic destination but not the only one: there are a lot of villages in which you will be able to catch mediterranean spirit – and listen the symphony of cicades, sea and wind.
Zivogosce-Mala Duba is just one of those villages,situated 20 km southern of Makarska.

South of Brac and close to the city of Split is Hvar, the longest island of the Adriatic. The island is covered with vineyards, olive groves and lavender.
Stari Grad is the most atractive town on the island. The many stone houses along both coasts, which are connected by small bridges, achieve a harmonious unity. Vrbovska has its fishermans museum which makes the town worth a visit.

 

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