There are those who already knew, those who came “before” (from the time of Yugoslavia) and come back today to enjoy it again. And then those who come to Croatia for the first time and discover a country with the unique situation, fascinating transition between Central Europe and the Mediterranean, a crossroads of cultures and influences quite exceptional! Illyrians, Celts, Greeks, Romans, Venetians, Italians, Ottomans, Hungarians, French, Austrians all left their mark in Croatia.
But Croatia is also a wonderful coast, facing the setting sun and constellated 1,185 islands and islets over 1,750 km. Multiply beaches and coves by 5, by 10. A coast that shows small architectural jewels named Pula, Rovinj, Zadar, Šibenik, Trogir, Split and the “pearl of the Adriatic”: Dubrovnik.
In the interior of Croatia, Zagreb will also delight with its architectural eclecticism, the wealth of its museums and its cultural life.
As for the nature lovers, they will be filled. The natural parks are full of wildlife that was thought to be reserved for the distant lands: bears, chamois, mouflons, wild cats, wolves and lynx in abundance, even the mongooses that bask on the island of Mljet.
Ah, the Plitvice lakes and their 92 falls! As for the islands of Croatia, they made George-Bernard Shaw particularly lyrical.
Dubrovnik is a city-museum but alive, close to the Adriatic, one of the most beautiful in Europe, surrounded by ramparts, at the foot of a mountain that falls sharply in waters of clear Mediterranean blue.
Houses covered with tiles, palaces, churches, convents, a maze of alleys paved with white stones, squares like Renaissance theaters, an avenue whose polished stones shine like a movie set.
Dubrovnik is a subtle blend of Venetian refinement and Slavic spirit. Feet in the water, head in the sun.
Split, a Croatian city, is the seat of the Split-Dalmatia County. It stands out from other Croatian cities by its architectural and cultural richness. Moreover, it is listed as World Heritage of Humanity by its Diocletian’s Palace and Cathedral of St. Domnius. The city extends around a huge palace of the Roman emperor Diocletian, founded between 294 and 305 on a surface of 39 000 m². Tourists will take advantage of their 2019 trip to Split to visit Diocletian’s Palace which was built according to a cross plan, served by decumanus and cardo. The southern part contains the temples, the peristyle and the imperial mansions. The homes of soldiers and servants are in the south. Currently, 900 apartments have been restructured in the palace. Designed with the same plans, the underground rooms let guess the appearance of the imperial apartments located above. The Ethnographic Museum, exhibiting a collection of traditional Dalmatian costumes, is worth a visit. The Cathedral of St. Domnius, octagonal configuration, is also inside the Palace of Diocletian. It includes elements of various origins, whose bell tower dating from the twelfth century and restored in 1908 is of Roman and Christian origin. The columns are from Egypt at the request of Diocletian. His wood carvings dating from 1214 represent the Passion.
Discover Split and its seaside attractions
At the exit of hotel in Split, La Riva, located on the waterfront, will be conducive to the walk to the tip of the peninsula. It overlooks the sea between pines, brooms, cypresses and oleanders. The Belvedere, located near the terrace of Vidilica Caffe, will be worth the detour. It will offer a breathtaking view of the Riva, the palace and the port. Nearby, tourists will see two mountains, the Mosor on the right and the Kozjak on the left. During their stay, tourists will have the opportunity to discover in Split the hill of Marjan, located on a peninsula wooded and steep. The people of Split gather for a walk or jog while walking the trails. A residential area and some museums border the slopes of the hill. Going on holiday 2019 in Split will include a getaway on the island of Hvar. It is located in the Adriatic Sea, 50 km south of Pula. It attracts many holidaymakers and jet set personalities from around the world, hence its nickname “Croatian Saint-Tropez”. Its coastline is of remarkable splendor and its idyllic beaches will invite to idleness and to various water sports. In addition to its natural wealth, Hvar is famous for its historic site, dating back to the 3rd century BC. AD
Located between the River Save and Mount Medvednica (1035m), Zagreb is a city of blue trams that glide between imposing buildings reminiscent of Vienna or Budapest. The capital of Croatia, it is also a historic city with undeniable charm with its baroque facades and its cobbled streets, a green setting where it is good to walk, a cultural place to learn and discover, avenues and places who are bubbling with life … At a geographical and cultural crossroads, she was able to bring out her true personality, her own identity. Today, there are actually three Zagreb: the upper town “Gornji Grad”, an ancient heritage, the lower town “Donji Grad”, built from the nineteenth century, and the new city, built beyond the Sava after 1945. By funicular or on foot, you can climb to the upper town, separated into two districts. In Kaptol, the Neo-Gothic cathedral surrounded by Renaissance walls dominates the city in all its splendor. Crossing the Tkalciceva street, where many coffee terraces are installed on the bed of a stream (which now flows underground to the Sava River), we reach Gradec. This place is the real pearl of the city with its colorful facades, cobbled streets, baroque palaces and many houses, some of which have been turned into museums.
Ilica Street, 5 km long, leads to Ban Josip Jelacic Square. It is decorated with a fountain linked to the origin of the city. According to legend, a soldier returning from battle asked a girl named Manda to draw water from a spring (in Croatian zagrabi). It was then that the city took the name of Zagreb! This is where the heart of the lower city beats. It reveals a perfect quadrangle of streets, covered by many tramway cities, but also a panoply of shops (clothing, books, records, and restaurants) and many green spaces. From the square, Praska Street leads to a succession of parks called the green horseshoe Lenuci, which many official buildings rub shoulders with. Beyond the Sava, crossing one of the twelve bridges, the new city is unveiled with its modern buildings. To visit in Zagreb: the museum of the city, located in the former convent of the Poor Clares, as well as the Museum of Naive Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art. To do: the market Dolac early morning, which appetite and where you can buy local specialties, such as cheese and cold cuts. For a romantic stroll, choose Maskimir Park, Botanical Garden, Strossmayer Drive or Mirogoj Cemetery. To go further: an excursion to the thermal region of Zagorje, north of Zagreb, to Varazdin, a beautiful Baroque city, is ideal.