Coutry of thousands of islands, rich natural heritage and cultural beauty
Croatia is a country of thousands of islands, rich natural heritage and cultural beauty. It is a home of colorful cities and the endless blue of the sea, wine regions and eight national parks. Why to Croatia? Croatia is a true cultural arboretum – it has the ancient Roman amphitheater in Pula, in Split a Diocletians palace, a romantic Dubrovnik and a baroque Varazdin. Fertile valley of the Neretva is also called the Croatian California. Since the last 10 years has become the largest domestic producer of mandarins.At Brioni the time stopped with the death of Tito. The image is still as it was decades ago. Krka waterfalls is a natural park with an explosion of greenery and water. Diocletian’s Palace in Split is home to 4000 years old sphinx from Egypt. Croatia is a homeland of Marco Polo, which was a global traveler. His home should be the island of Korcula in the southern Dalmatia.
Zagreb is the capital city of Croatia and an old central European city. A town of contrasts – young and old at the same time, dedicated to business in the morning, relaxed and fun loving in the evening. City is European metropolis in many ways but at the same time it is remembered for the charm of its centre and hospitality of its citizens. It grew out of two medieval settlements that flourished for centuries on neighbouring hills. The classicist and secessionist facades of its historical nucleus exude the lofty spirit of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Almost all of the main sites of the city and cultural venues are located in the very centre, which teems with charming coffee houses, fine restaurants, garden restaurants, and lovingly tended parks like, for instance, Ribnjak, which lies beneath the walls of Kaptol. Zagreb, indeed, is a city tailored to the human scale.
Split is urban, cultural and traffic centre of Dalmatia. City has ancient roots and we can link it to the ancient Greeks or the Aspalathos colony, the Illyrian Delmati tribe and finally to the Roman emperor, Diocletian who provided today’s Split with its foundations by constructing a palace similar to a Roman military fortress, close to the Adriatic Sea. The old town centre has been included in the UNESCO world heritage list since 1979 and it is visited by numerous tourists every year. Through history city has slowly developed from being a transit centre to a holiday destination. It is a cultural centre that is proud of its strong theatre stage, its numerous alternative events and interesting exhibitions. It is very much alive in summer time.
Dubrovnik is the Pearl of the Adriatic. It became a major Mediterranean power after the 13th century. This late-medieval planned city in the south part of the east Adriatic Croatian coast with its historical core situated at the foot of Mount Srđ has preserved the character of a unique urban whole throughout the centuries, defined by the city walls. Although severely devastated by the 1667 earthquake, Dubrovnik has managed to preserve its gothic, renaissance and baroque churches, monasteries and fountains. Taste some of the delicious Mediterranean specialities at the taverns and restaurants of the Old City and complete the treat with a cup of coffee in Stradun.