Thursday, January 20, 2022

What to see in Croatia

Close your eyes and let yourself be enveloped by the sound of the sea, surrounded by islets overlooking the crystalline bay. Breathe in the scent of the Mediterranean scrub and the charm of the seaside villages, taste the fish and thousands of typical specialties in the characteristic taverns. Welcome to Croatia: from families to fun lovers, from nature lovers to cultural holiday lovers, this destination can please everyone.

Istria

The Istrian peninsula is a succession of enchanted beaches and ancient stone villages, where tradition is still alive and does not seem to fear too much the invasion of tourists: in the height of summer, Istria is crowded with vacationers, but just fade in the low season to discover its most secret face.

The Venetian-style bell tower – especially the church of Rovinj – a seaside village and a medieval town, is the true jewel of the Adriatic Sea: for those who sail on the Istrian coast, this is a pleasant experience, between new diving and cultural interest. Not to mention the gastronomy: the variety is wider than expected, and well beyond the classic busara scampi.


Rovinj

Rovinj is located in the southern part of the Lim Channel, an enchanting fjord surrounded by woods that make it look like a canyon, it is the most visited city in Istria. Its famous historic center is the church of Sant’Eufemia, and its imposing bell tower recalls the bell tower of San Marco.

Rovinj is an important city of the Serenissima, it is not surprising that it is surrounded by walls to protect it from pirates. It was originally built on an island and connected to the mainland in the 18th century. Walking along the steep stone streets between typical taverns and art galleries is an exciting experience: its suggestive scenery makes it a very romantic destination. In front of Rovinj, the sea shines on small islands such as Sant’Andrea, also known as Isola Rossa, surrounded by rocky and pebble beaches.

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Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik-Ragusa-was the capital of an independent maritime republic and, thanks to its alliance with the Republic of Ancona, has the ability to compete with the overwhelming power of Venice. The Gate of the Balkans, this is the crossroads of trade with the East: from its port pass metals, oil and spices, and many consuls guard this route. The fate of Ragusa reached its peak between the 15th and 16th centuries: a golden age in which precious traces have been preserved.

Surrounded by the ancient city walls, this historic center is a UNESCO jewel, and is characterized by a fascinating historical-artistic heritage and a large number of churches, squares and palaces: the most representative is the political center of the Minister of the Court of the Republic. The “pearl of the Adriatic” is surrounded by imposing towers and fortresses overlooking the sea: the scenery is intoxicating.

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Krka

The protected area of the Krka River is a fascinating treasure trove of biodiversity, rich in fauna and magnificent landscapes. The national park extends between Scardona (Skradin) and Sibenik and includes many perennial waterfalls formed by beds of white tuff. After a grand canyon, the current continues to extend to the sea.

The most majestic waterfalls – the Scardona (Scardona) waterfalls, especially Skradinski Buk, drop 45 meters vertically – is the most popular natural destination in all of Croatia. Roski Skap waterfall falls into Visovac lake, where a small island with a Franciscan monastery is located.

The tour takes place on a comfortable wooden walkway, following a circular path, and you can swim while admiring the waterfall. The area is full of factories and fortresses: you can also reach Krka Monastery by boat, which was built on a small island with many precious manuscripts.

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Split

It is just an appetizer waiting for you in Split (a city with a history of over a thousand years). Based in Greece, the largest center in Dalmatia is one of the most important ports in the Mediterranean.

And, most interestingly, one of the most famous Roman monuments in the world: the famous Diocletian’s Palace. This large robust villa was built according to the typical structure of the Castrum, a Roman barracks, and surrounded by a large number of towers.

The wall is interrupted by monumental doors, each of which takes its name from a special metal. The grandeur of this building is almost majestic, paying homage to the power of the glorious emperor who spent the last years of his life here. Inside the complex – whose perimeter coincides with the perimeter of the historic center – there is also the Mausoleum of Diocletian, later transformed into a cathedral.

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