|Total States||20 counties|
|Airport City||Zagreb Airport, Dubrovnik Airport, Split Airport, Rijeka International Airport,|
|Food||Black risotto, Zagorski Štrukli, Pašticada|
Autumn : Sep - Nov
Summer : Jun - Aug
Winter : Dec - Feb
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Dubrovnik is a city in southern Croatia fronting the Adriatic Sea. It's known for its distinctive Old Town, encircled with massive stone walls completed in the 16th century. Its well-preserved buildings range from baroque St. Blaise Church to Renaissance Sponza Palace and Gothic Rector’s Palace, now a history museum. Paved with limestone, the pedestrianized Stradun (or Placa) is lined with shops and restaurants.
Zagreb, Croatia’s northwestern capital, is distinguished by its 18th- and 19th-century Austro-Hungarian architecture. At its center, Upper Town is the site of the Gothic, twin-spired Zagreb Cathedral and 13th-century St. Mark’s Church, with a colorfully tiled roof. Nearby is pedestrian-friendly Tkalčićeva Street, lined with outdoor cafes. Lower Town has the main square, Ban Jelačić, plus shops, museums and parks.
Split, a town on Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast, is known for its beaches and the fortresslike complex at its center, Diocletian's Palace, erected by the Roman emperor in the 4th century. Once home to thousands, its sprawling remains include more than 200 buildings. Within its white stone walls and under its courtyards are a cathedral and numerous shops, bars, cafes, hotels and houses.
Zadar, a city on Croatia’s Dalmatian coast, is known for the Roman and Venetian ruins of its peninsular Old Town. There are several Venetian gates in the city walls. Surrounding the Roman-era Forum is 11th-century St. Mary’s Convent, with religious art dating to the 8th century. There’s also the grand, 12th-century St. Anastasia’s Cathedral and the round, 9th-century pre-Romanesque Church of St. Donatus.
Pula, a seafront city on the tip of Croatia’s Istrian Peninsula, is known for its protected harbor, beach-lined coast and Roman ruins. Settled in the prehistoric era and valued for its strategic location, Pula has been occupied, destroyed and rebuilt numerous times. The Romans, Ostrogoths and Venetians, as well as the Allied Forces in World War II, have each administered the city.
With a wealth of historical sites dating back to the Romans, Pula has some lovely sights for visitors to enjoy. The undoubted crown jewel is the impressive Roman amphitheater that dominates the center of the city and there are numerous other historical sites of interest nearby. While the old part of town is quite picturesque, the modern section is more commercial and urban in appearance. Located right at the end of the Istrian Peninsula, there are some nice beaches just outside of Pula for visitors to sit back and relax on. Many tourists opt to head to the stunning Brijuni islands which are situated not too far away from Pula.
Osijek is the fourth largest city in Croatia with a population of 108,048 in 2011. It is the largest city and the economic and cultural centre of the eastern Croatian region of Slavonia, as well as the administrative centre of Osijek-Baranja County.
Osijek is the largest town in the eastern Croatian region Slavonija and it's the economic and cultural centre of it. It is located on the right bank of the river Drava.Situated not far from the borders with Hungary and Serbia, over the centuries Osijek’s important location has seen it swap hands numerous times with the Romans, Hapsburgs and Ottomans all having ruled at one point. Consequently, there is an eclectic mix of architectural styles and the city actually has three centers; each with their own feel to them. Tvrda, the oldest part, is the most picturesque of the three and highlights the cosmopolitan side of Osijek. A university town with a bustling nightlife, the regional capital is a great base from which to explore nearby sights such as Kopacki Rit National Park.
Sisak-Grad Bogova is a city and episcopal see in central Croatia, located at the confluence of the Kupa, Sava and Odra rivers, 57 km southeast of the Croatian capital Zagreb, and is usually considered to be where the Posavina begins, with an elevation of 99 m.
Located on the banks where three rivers join, Sisak is an important cultural, economic and historic city in its region. Dating back to before the Romans, the city has some interesting historical sites with the triangular fortress that dates to the 16th century being the main attraction. Roman ruins can be found at different points throughout Sisak and it has some peaceful paths stretching along the riverbanks. A laidback place, the greenery on show makes it a pleasant place to stop by.
Rijeka is a Croatian port city on Kvarner Bay in the northern Adriatic Sea. It’s known as a gateway to Croatia’s islands. Korzo, the main promenade, is lined with Habsburg-era buildings. Nearby, the 19th-century Ivan pl. Zajc Croatian National Theatre has ceiling paintings by Gustav Klimt. The hilltop Trsat Castle complex, which includes a religious shrine, has sweeping views of the islands of Kvarner Bay.
The third largest city in the country, Rijeka contains Croatia’s most important seaport and mixes the grand with the grimy. While the inevitable urban sprawl has accompanied its development, the old parts of the city are nice to explore with Austro-Hungarian architectural styles dominating the center. Numerous museums can be found here that explore the city’s long and varied history with Tsart Castle being of particular interest. Located on Kvarner Bay, most visitors use it as a gateway to Croatia’s islands although if you stay longer you’ll inevitably find that Rijeka is a nicer place than immediately meets the eye.
Varaždin is a city on the Drava River, in northern Croatia. It’s known for its baroque and rococo architecture, including the 17th-century Sermage Palace, displaying Croatian and international old masters and modern paintings. That collection is part of the Varaždin City Museum holdings, which also exhibits historical artifacts in the old town fortress. Lisak Tower is the only surviving part of the old city walls.
As the former capital of Croatia, Varazdin’s beautiful baroque buildings are appropriately lavish and grand with a number of palaces dotted around the city. Its old town is simply delightful to explore and is amazingly well-preserved with some nice churches and museums interspersed among the old buildings. While the historic castle looks fantastic, not everything in the city dates back eons as its vibrant student body brings a youthful feel and ambiance to its streets.
Šibenik is a city on the Adriatic coast of Croatia. It’s known as a gateway to the Kornati Islands. The 15th-century stone Cathedral of St. James is decorated with 71 sculpted faces. Nearby, the Šibenik City Museum, in the 14th-century Prince’s Palace, has exhibits ranging from prehistory to the present. The white stone St. Michael’s Fortress has an open-air theater, with views of Šibenik Bay and neighboring islands.
With its incredible cathedral, beautiful beaches and medieval old town, Sibenik is an up and coming destination that is becoming increasingly trendy due to the music festivals that it hosts in an old Croatian fortress. A picturesque city, Sibenik is situated on the side of a hill overlooking the beautiful azure waters below and as such, steep alleys and steps characterize the center. There are actually four old fortresses for visitors to take a look at though it is St James’ Cathedral which is the main attraction. From here you can take a boat ride to the delightful islands of Zlarin and Prvic which lie nearby and the stunning Krka National Park isn’t far away either
Slavonski Brod, commonly shortened to simply Brod, is a city in eastern Croatia, near the border with Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Located in Slavonia in the northeast of Croatia, Slavonski Brod is a pleasant enough if unspectacular city to visit although it has a nice promenade along the Sava River. The highlight of any trip to the city is the impressive Brod Fortress which is in excellent condition and is very interesting to walk around. Try and visit during mid-June when the city hosts the Brodsko Kolo Festival – a local folk festival which highlights some of the traditions of the region.
Karlovac is a city in central Croatia. According to the National census held in 2011 population of the settlement of Karlovac was 55,705. Karlovac is the administrative centre of Karlovac County. By the 18th century, Karlovac was released to Croatia and nowadays is best known today for its parks and riverfronts.
The ‘City on Four Rivers’ as Karlovac is known in Croatia is an interesting and unique place to visit, seldom frequented by tourists. In actual fact, only three rivers course through the city, with one other passing nearby. Flying under the radar, the historic city center is shaped and defined by its distinctive fortifications. Set out in a six-pointed star design, it is this feature that makes Karlovac worth stopping by although within its confines, the historic buildings are decaying slightly and could be looked after better. Apart from the ‘star’, Karlovac has one of Croatia’s best breweries so make sure to try its local brew before heading off again. People often stop by when traveling from Zagreb to the coastal regions.
The main attraction of Old Town Dubrovnik (the City) apart from its old monasteries and beautiful palaces are the ancient City walls with its intricate and complex system of forts, bastions, casemates, towers and detached forts.
Dubrovnik City walls are the most important feature of Dubrovnik and a world renowned iconic symbol of the white stone beauty, therefore the main reason why Dubrovnik is now known as the Pearl of the Adriatic. The characteristic appearance of Dubrovnik is unmistakable as no other city in the world has retained their medieval walls so perfectly as was the case of Dubrovnik and that is why Dubrovnik is included in the World Heritage List from UNESCO as far back as 1970.
The walls were built systematically throughout history especially in difficult times when permanent danger of foreign attacks lured over the City and the Dubrovnik Republic, and the walls have been preserved to the present day and are still functional, not only because of the proficiency of their skillful builders, diligence and care of the Dubrovnik citizens who maintained them and built upon them as necessary, but also because of the splendid ability of the skilful Dubrovnik diplomacy who was able to obviate and avert threats posed by rivals and enemies to the Republic.
A well known Rector’s Palace located in Ulica Pred Dvorom, just south of Luža Square is an iconic building that was originally built in the 13th century and rebuilt later on two occasions in a Venetian-Gothic style designed by Michelozzo Michelozzi. In times of Raguza, the Rector’s Palace housed government and state offices as well as Rector’s headquarters and living accommodation. Nowadays, the palace house the Town Museum – Gradski Muzej as well as a music concert hall.
The Rector`s palace is a great building that shows almost all architecture styles that were used to built the town from the 13th century up to today. For Dubrovniker this palace is a symbol for independence and successful ruling during the middle age.
The main entrance to Old Town, busy Pile Gate (the name derived from Greek word pylaj meaning gate) in the old-time (built in the 15th century) used to have a wooden drawbridge which used to be pulled up at night to prevent unwelcome guests entering the medieval, walled city.
The drawbridge was replaced by stoned one long time ago so nowadays, the beautiful stone bridge (see above photo) leads across the small green passage (ex moat) thought the Gate to the Old town and down the steps to Stradun, the Town’s main promenade.The natural starting point to any visit to Dubrovnik is this imposing city gate, built in 1537. While crossing the drawbridge, imagine that this was once lifted every evening, the gate closed and the key handed to the rector. Notice the statue of St Blaise, the city’s patron saint, set in a niche over the Renaissance arch.
In the end of Placa (Stradun) street, beside Luža, on the left side of the square centered with Orlando column the monumental Gothic-Renaissance Sponza Palace found its rightful place. Sponza is one of the most beautiful palaces in the City, which has preserved its original form. Built 1516-1522, its form suggests possible appearance of the majority of public and private palaces in Dubrovnik before the earthquake of 1667.
Sponza palace derived it's name from the word for the spot where rainwater was collected (Spongia-”alluvium”) according to the former use of the spot it was built on.The Palace that also served as the mint and arsenal, was constructed in the 16th century according to the design of Paskoje Miličević. Built in a rectangular shape, it has a shady portico and atrium. The stone-mason’s works were mainly performed by the Andrijić Brothers. The doors in the atrium and the first floor portico lead to the storages.
Dubrovnik is a great walking city for lovers of culture and history, with centuries-old monasteries, churches, synagogues and even one of the oldest operating pharmacies in Europe. But, if you're looking for a day of relaxation between busy tours in marquee cities, it's also a gorgeous spot to simply sit and watch the world go by amid red-roofed stone buildings and the sparkling, aqua Adriatic Sea. Dubrovnik’s main cruise port is located in Gruž / Kanatfig area about 3 km away from the Old town. Most of the cruise ships dock there although some cruise ships dock in front of the Town’s Old Port from where visitors are ferried by tender to the shore.
The best views of Dubrovnik and the surrounding area are, without doubt, experienced from the top of the Srd Hill. The Dubrovnik Cable Car was built back in 1969 and was enthusiastically used by millions of visitors who wanted to enjoy the most beautiful panoramic views. On a clear day, visitors can see up to 60 km (37 miles). For this reason the neighbouring Imperial Fortress was strategically built on this privileged spot, back in the early 19th century.
Amazing views of the Adriatic sea, Old Town Dubrovnik, Island Lokrum and the surrounding Elaphiti islands Koločep, Lopud and Šipan. The top of Srđ mountain is the ideal spot for photos, the best time being around sunset. A (rather pricey) restaurant, café and souvenir shop are also available to visitors at the upper Cable Car station and Fort Imperial.
The cable car departs from a lower station just outside of the eastern entrance to Old Town Dubrovnik. There are two carriages, each carrying up to 30 people, making regular three-minute runs to the top of Mount Srđ. Walk up the stairs from Stradun (towards Buža gate), and from there walk across the parking lot "Iza Grada" towards the stairs below the cable car station. For visitors arriving from cruising ship docked in Dubrovnik Port the easiest way to reach the Cable Car is by taking local bus Nr. 8 or taxi.
Located in the southernmost region of Croatia, Konavle is often referred to as the “Konavle Valley” but it is much more than a valley. Bordering Bosnia-Hercegovina to the east and Montenegro to the south, it covers approximately 125 square miles and has a population of around 10,000 people. Some 30 villages and hamlets are dotted around the region, some with only two or three houses.
Konavle is stunningly beautiful. One third of the region is forest, mostly pines and cypresses. The valleys are full of vineyards, olive groves and fruit trees including tangerines, figs and mulberries.
There are two main rivers, the Ljuta and the Konavocica and water mills were important at one time. Some have been preserved to show visitors about past times. nAnd it is these past times that make Konavle so distinct today. While just a 35 minute drive from famous Dubrovnik (depending on where you are in Konavle) the region has retained its old traditions and customs with not a cocktail bar in sight! This is the place to go for a truly relaxing time in beautiful countryside yet with the fabulous Adriatic sea just a short drive away.
Zagreb sights – Kamenita vrata (The Stone Gates) are one of the major Zagreb sights situated in Upper Town, part of the old city walls that once stood around the old town Gradec and the ideal place to start a sightseeing of the old Zagreb. Although Kamenita vrata were first mentioned in 1429, it is assumed to have been built in 13th century.
During the long history of the city they have undergone many reconstructions and were devastated more than once. On 31st of May 1731 a fire destroyed much of Gradec, burning all the houses to the ground. At that time the Gates displayed a painting of the Mother of God, which was miraculously undamaged by that fire. To commemorate the event, grateful citizens built a chapel within the arch of the old Stone Gate. The chapel, which still houses the painting of the Mother of God, has since become Zagreb’s biggest shrine and is regularly visited by people who come to light a candle and thank the Lady for protecting them.
Zagreb's Upper Town (Gornji Grad) is a network of little streets that stretch between two hills: Kaptol and Gradec. First settled in the 11th century, it is the oldest part of Zagreb with 17th and 18th-century buildings lining narrow, winding streets. In contrast to the wide boulevards and parks of Zagreb's Lower Town (Donji Grad), the atmosphere here is intimate and old-fashioned. The Upper Town is a delightful place to explore and hosts some of Zagreb's most interesting museums, restaurants, bars and cafes.
Visit Upper Town (Gornji Grad) to explore some of the capital city's most interesting restaurants, bars, and unique sites, such as the Museum of Broken Relationships. Start in the central square and walk the network of narrow streets uphill to Kaptol. Move east to Gradec and Tkalciceva, the city's most colorful pedestrian street. Relax and people-watch in one of the many bohemian cafes. Head to the museum to learn about the town's history. See sculptures, drawings, and lithographs from one of the most famous Croatian artists at Mestrovic Studio. Notice the multi-colored tile roof, constructed in 1880, on the 13th-century St Mark's church. Before you take the funicular down to the lower town, be sure to stop at Lotrscak Tower.
Zagreb Cathedral was formerly known as St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Today, the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary is dedicated to the Assumption of Mary and to kings Saint Stephen and Saint Ladislaus.
This cathedral's twin spires – seemingly permanently under repair – soar over the city. Formerly known as St Stephen’s, the cathedral has an original Gothic structure that's been transformed many times over, but the sacristy still contains a cycle of frescos dating from the 13th century. An earthquake in 1880 badly damaged the building, and reconstruction in a neo-Gothic style began around the turn of the 20th century. The Archbishop’s Palace encloses it from three sides, and because of its twin 108 meters (354 ft) high spires, it is the tallest building in Croatia. It literally soars over the city. The Zagreb Cathedral must be seen and its sacristy is of great architectural value.
ower Town or Donji Grad is newer than the Gornji Grad part of the city center of Zagreb. Donji Grad is a more modern (19th century) part of the centre of the city of Zagreb, and more similar to the historical centers of the capitals of Europe.
Zagreb’s central square – Trg bana Jelasica is located in Upper Town part of Zagreb`s center. Trg bana Jelasica is a place where many events in Zagreb take place, and it is also one of the most favourite meeting places for the people of the city. Trg bana Jelasica is the epicenter of life n Zagreb.
Many visitors make a beeline for Zagreb’s Donji Grad (Lower Town) because it is home to the capital city's most prominent buildings and museums. This includes the Mimara Museum, a fascinating cultural institution housed in a stunning late 19th-century building. Inside is a rich and varied art collection that encompasses artistic endeavors from the ancient world as well as art from the Middle Ages to 20th century. There are also pieces from the Far East.
Right in the heart of the city, Zagreb’s bustling fruit and vegetable market has been trader-central since the 1930s when the city authorities set up a market space on the 'border' between the Upper and Lower Towns. Sellers from all over Croatia descend here daily to hawk fresh produce.The main part is on an elevated square; the street level has indoor stalls selling meat and dairy products and (a little further towards the square) flowers. The stalls at the northern end of the market are packed with locally produced honey, oil, handicrafts and cheap food.
Jarun Lake in south Zagreb is a popular getaway for residents at any time of the year, but especially in summer, when the clear waters are ideal for swimming. Although part of the lake is marked off for boating competitions (rowing, kayaking and canoeing), there is plenty of space to enjoy a leisurely swim. Other recreational options include biking, rollerblading and kids' parks. On arrival, head left to Malo Jezero for swimming and canoe or pedal-boat rental, or right to Veliko Jezero, where there’s a pebble beach and windsurfing.
Considered to be one of the most imposing Roman ruins, Diocletian’s palace is certainly the main attraction of the city of Split, Croatia. These ruins are some of the most valuable surviving buildings of the Roman era on the Adriatic coast. Emperor Diocletian, who voluntarily gave up the throne of the Roman Empire, in the turn of the 4th century CE built the palace and after his retirement on May1, 305 settled here, on the beach, in the Illyrian province of Rome. Today the Illyrian province is part of Croatia. The so-called palace was a massive structure and contains not only the palace itself but also buildings, intended for housing military garrison.
Taking up a prime harbourside position, this extraordinary complex is one of the most imposing ancient Roman structures in existence today, and it's where visitors will spend most of their time while in Split. Don’t expect a palace, though, nor a museum – this is the city's living heart, its labyrinthine streets packed with people, bars, shops and restaurants. Built as a military fortress, imperial residence and fortified town, the palace measures 215m from north to south and 180m east to west.
Blue cave or Blue Grotto (Modra Špilja) is situated in the Balun bay on the small island of Bisevo, near the island of Vis. It is one of 26 caves on this small island and one of the most famous caves on the Mediterranean. This small but amazing cave was formed is formed in limestone, by the action of water. It is 24 meters long, 14 meters high and 12 meters deep, so you can clearly see the bottom and the fishes. The cave, with its natural entrance, was accessible only by diving, but back in 1884 Baron Eugen von Ransonet, who first described it, suggested to make an artificial entrance above the sea level. So it was made an entrance big enough for small boats to enter, that measures 1.5 meters high and 3 meters wide.
The Blue cave is famous for its magical shades of blue. In the morning the light reflects through the water from the white bottom of the cave, creating captivating aquamarine light with grotto looking spectacular and silvery. The only cave that shares this amazing phenomenon with the Blue Cave on the Mediterranean is the Blue Grotto, the island of Capri’s (Italy) biggest tourist attraction.
The Temple of Jupiter Optimus Maximus, also known as the Temple of Jupiter Capitolinus was the most important temple in Ancient Rome, located on the Capitoline Hill. It had a cathedral-like position in the official religion of Rome, and was surrounded by the Area Capitolina, a precinct where certain assemblies met, and numerous shrines, altars, statues and victory trophies were displayed.
The first building was the oldest large temple in Rome, and can be considered as essentially Etruscan architecture. It was traditionally dedicated in 509 BC, but in 83 BC it was destroyed by fire, and a replacement in Greek style completed in 69 BC (there were to be two more fires and new buildings). For the first temple Etruscan specialists were brought in for various aspects of the building, including making and painting the extensive terracotta elements of the Temple of Zeus or upper parts, such as antefixes. But for the second building they were summoned from Greece, and the building was presumably essentially Greek in style, though like other Roman temples it retained many elements of Etruscan form. The two further buildings were evidently of contemporary Roman style, although of exceptional size.
The Cathedral of Saint Domnius, known locally as the Sveti Dujam or colloquially Sveti Duje, is the Catholic cathedral in Split, Croatia. The cathedral is the seat of the Archdiocese of Split-Makarska, headed by Archbishop Marin Barišić. The Cathedral of St. Domnius is a complex of a church, formed from an Imperial Roman mausoleum, with a bell tower; strictly the church is dedicated to the Virgin Mary, and the bell tower to Saint Domnius. Together they form the Cathedral of St. Domnius. The Cathedral of Saint Domnius, consecrated at the turn of the 7th century AD, is regarded as the oldest Catholic cathedral in the world that remains in use in its original structure, without near-complete renovation at a later date (though the bell tower dates from the 12th century). The structure itself, built in AD 305 as the Mausoleum of Diocletian, is the second oldest structure used by any Christian Cathedral.
Split is an Adriatic Sea cruise port located in Croatia. By population (around 180,000, metro over 345,000) the city is ranked the country's second largest - following the capital Zagreb. Other major Croatian passenger (cruise and ferry) ports include Dubrovnik, Zadar, Rijeka, Sibenik.
The port of Split is primarily an important ferry port with connections to the Croatian islands Brac, Hvar and Solta. There are also connections to Ancona in Italy. Smaller cruise ships can dock at the cruise and ferry terminal, within walking distance of the historic center and the main highlights.
Split cruise port terminal is located approx 24 km (15 ml) from Split Airport. The walking distance to the old city is around 10-min. Smaller cruise ships dock near the ferry terminal at Split Ferry Port. The passenger terminal serves ferries to Hvar, Vrac, Slota, and also to Italy (Ancona).
Just off the shore of island Vis, very close to island Ravnik where we visited Green Cave, a small island called Budikovac is located. The central beach of Budikovac island is well protected by two small islands called “Sanak” and “Small Budikovac”. The beach and the islands together form a beautiful natural turquoise lagoon, a perfect place to swim, snorkel and enjoy in the summer activities.
On the island itself there is one restaurant surrounded with a vegetable field and animal farm, and not a thing else. It is a perfect paradise on Earth for anyone looking for a peaceful spot to enjoy in. As the island is secluded from the popular tourist destinations it usually means that visitors will not find many people there. And mostly, Visitors will only find a few boats moored in its peaceful lagoon. The central beach, which is covered in white pebbles, is almost always empty and calling visitors to relax on it, enjoying in the high summer sun.
Peristyle, as the central square of the Palace, intended for the Emperor Diocletian celebrated as the living son of Jupiter, finds its place among many temples. The Emperor would appear under the architrave of the central part of Protyron, and his subjects would approach him, kneeling down, kissing the hem of his scarlet cloak, or they would fall in front of him, their entire body to the ground.
The red colour of the granite columns emphasises the ceremonial function. Namely, ever since the Emperor Diocletian the colour purple became the imperial colour. With the construction of a new city square with the town hall (Pjaca) in the 13th/14th century, Peristyle became a religious centre. Today it boarders from the West with Palaces of Split noble families Grisogono, Cipci and Skočibušić, as they lean on its authentic columns and arches. With their Renaissance and Gothic architecture they themselves became monuments.
Owing to its unique beauty and unusual acoustics, Peistyle became the ideal theatre scenery, perfect for opera classics and works of ancient literature, but also the stage where abundant urban life continues. Having your coffee on the steps circling Peristyle is a unique experience, one of the closest touches of a modern man with the ancient heritage, not only Roman, but also Egyptian, as the Peristyle is closely watched over by a 3500 old and perfectly preserved sphinx, the witness of Split's history in making
There is an unpredictable and beautiful-sounding Sea Organ, or Morske Orgulje, located on the edge of the Adriatic Sea in Zadar, Croatia. The 35 pipe ocean current instrument was built along the city’s promenade in 2005 by architect Nikola Bašić
A series of polyethylene tubes of different diameters run along the inside surface of each flight of steps, connecting the submerged part with a gallery that runs along beneath the parade. With the variable force of the waves, the water penetrates the lower end of the tubes and is carried into the subterranean gallery, which collects it and returns it to the sea. In this process the air of the interior of the conduits is pushed to orifices that connect the gallery with the surface of the parade, generating sound vibrations which, given the variations in the diameter and length of the tubes, cover a broad range of musical tones.
The steps are made up of seven parallel flights, each one ten metres wide. The seven flights are juxtaposed in such a way that at each change of flight there is a difference of one step; that means that the steps both at the junction with the parade and at the water's edge the flights present a staggered silhouette. The first three are the longest; they consist of six steps and descend about two metres, which is the highest level of the cruise ship arrival platform. From the fourth flight, the height of the parade gently approaches the water level, so that each new flight loses one step. The last flight, which has reached the definitive level of the parade, has only two steps above the water.
In a huge gray building that's dull compared to some of those nearby, this vast private collection, including paintings, sculptures, ceramics, textiles, and rugs, was donated by Ante Topić Mimara (1898–1987), a Croatian who spent many years abroad where he made his fortune, supposedly as a merchant. On display are canvases attributed to such old masters as Raphael, Rembrandt, and Rubens, as well as more modern works by the likes of Manet, Degas, and Renoir, and ancient artifacts including Egyptian glassware and Chinese porcelain.
The symbol of the city of Zadar and the most famous monumental edifice in Croatia from the early Middle Ages (9th c.).Church of St.Donat is round pre-Romanesque church which was called the Church of the Holy Trinity until the 15th c., and from that time on carries the name of Saint Donat, by the bishop who had it built.
Dating from the beginning of the 9th century, this unusual circular Byzantine-style church was named after the bishop who commissioned it. As one of only a handful of buildings from the early Croatian kingdom to have survived the Mongol invasion of the 13th century, it's a particularly important cultural relic. The simple and unadorned interior includes two complete Roman columns, recycled from the Forum. Also from the Forum are the paving slabs that were revealed after the original floor was removed.
Once the largest city-fortress in the entire Republic of Venice, Zadar’s walls allowed it to retain more of its independence than most of its neighbouring cities, and meant that it was never captured by the Turks. Previously, there were even more fortifications than there are now, but the ones that are left are put to good use, with delightful parks and promenades on top of them. Take a look inside doors such as the one on Five Wells Square - visitors can see huge empty spaces inside once used as military storage facilities. On top of the bastion above the Bridge Gate is a promenade called Muraj - a peaceful vantage point over the mainland opposite and the people crossing the bridge. The one of the large yellow building up on the promenade belongs to one of Zadar’s old newspaper presses.
The city walls have had several entrances knocked through them at more secure points in Zadar’s history. Some of them were walled up for good, but six remain as vital links between the town within the walls and the sea outside them. Some sections of the walls were built during the Middle Ages, and some were built by the Venetians much later as fortification against the Turks, who mounted relentless attacks on the city. Today only portions of the walls and eight gates remain.
This fun museum is devoted to optical and other illusions. There's a vortex tunnel, holograms, a mirror room, an infinity room and loads of interactive exhibits that will have visitors scratching their head trying to work it all out.
The Museum of Illusion in Zadar brings you a space suitable both for social and entertaining tours into the world of illusions which has delighted all generations. It’s a perfect place for new experiences and fun with friends and family and it’s unique in this part of Europe. Not only is it a place for children who adore coming, but also a place for parents, couples, grandmothers and grandfathers.
One of the most intriguing things about Zadar is the way Roman ruins seem to sprout randomly from the city's streets. Nowhere is this more evident than at the site of the ancient Forum, constructed between the 1st century BC and the 3rd century AD. As in Roman times, it's the centre of civic and religious life, with St Donatus' Church dominating one side of it.
Among the ruins of temples and colonnades stands one intact Roman column, which in the Middle Ages served as a shame post where wrongdoers were chained and publicly humiliated. Nearby are more Roman remains, including altars with reliefs of the mythical figures Jupiter Ammon and Medusa. On the top you can see the hollows used in blood sacrifices. It is believed that this area was a temple dedicated to Jupiter, Juno and Minerva dating from the 1st century BC.
At the southeastern end of Dugi Otok is the stunning Telascica (pronounced tel ash cheetsa) Nature Park, an eight-kilometre long bay studded with six small islets. Just across the Velika Proversa channel is the Kornati Islands National Park and Telascica shares a great deal of its unspoiled beauty. The protected bay has been known as an anchorage and shelter since antiquity; the remains of a Roman storage complex lie under the channel separating Dugi Otok from Kornat island. The channel was constructed long ago and also contains the artificial island of Katina.
On the southern side between the bay and the sea is Telascica's highlight: Mir Lake. Spanning 23 hectares and only about 10 metres deep, the brackish water is fed by the sea whcih seeps in through underground cracks. Bathing in the water is a delight, not least because the temperature is always at least 6 degrees warmer than the surrounding sea. Spa temperature!
The land portion of Telascica spans 26.5km and is marked by pine trees, olive groves and fig trees. On the side of the island facing the open sea are high cliffs reaching a height of 166 metres.
1 ) Sea Star Festival
Festival Month - May
A sister to the region's stalwart Exit in Serbia, Sea Star is billed as a festival where hedonism meets activism. It's part of Exit's so-called "Summer of Love" celebrating 62 years since the famous summer of 1967. The headliners are Sven Vath, Nina Kraviz, Erico Sangiuliano and Petar Dundov but the line-up is otherwise refreshingly Croatian-leaning, with bucketloads of local musicians including High 5, Vojko V, Krankšvester and others.
2 ) Love International
Festival Month - July
A Love From Outer Space, Andrew Weatherall, Axel Boman, Beautiful Swimmers, Ben UFO, Call Super, Craig Richards B2B Nicolas Lutz, Crazy P Soundsystem, Dan Shake, DJ Harvey, DMX Krew live, Felix Dickinson, Gerd Janson, Kornél Kovács, Leon Vynehal, Midland, Moxie, Optimo, Paranoid London live, Peggy Gou, Prosumer, Roman Flügel, Shanti Celeste B2B Saoirse, Vladimir Ivkovic B2B Ivan Smagghe, Young Marco, Willow and many more. Five days of full-on-fun for an extremely openminded crowd in Tisno. The beauty of Love International is that it’s small compared to other festivals, fewer than 4500 people, making it easy to manoeuvre back and forth between stages, the beach, your apartment and the boat parties. The festival takes place in a secluded cove just 15 minutes walk from the fishing village of Tisno, where you can enjoy fresh seafood and sizzling steaks.
3 ) Ultra Europe Festival
Festival Month - July
David Guetta, Carl Cox, Alesso, Above and Beyond, Armin Van Buuren, The Chainsmokers, DJ Snake and many more. Ultra Europe Laser shows! Day-glo! EDM! The North American house-dance-trance festival thrills fans worldwide each year, and with its line-up reading like a 'best of' the genre CD. It's completely unsurprising that it's made a huge impression on Croatia. It's an absolute must-go if pulsing EDM beats, an electric atmosphere and epic production are what gets you up and dancing all night. Associated events include parties on several islands including Hvar, a Yacht Regatta and more. The main event is held in Split's Poljud stadium, close to the gorgeous walled city itself, numerous sunny Blue Flag beaches and is just a couple of hours' drive from national park Plitvice Jezera, so many choose to extend their stay in Croatia afterwards. Packages include flights, accommodation and tickets, so if you'd like to leave the organising to someone else, you've plenty of options.