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Croatia sightseeing. Travel guide - attractions, sights, nature and touristic places

Beautiful nature, hundreds of small islands, dense forests and ancient castles – Croatia is a wonderful country perfect for vacation. The capital of the country, Zagreb, is a beautiful old city with numerous places of interest. The city was founded in the 13th century and many landmarks remind of those times, such as Stone Gate that is decorated with the image of Virgin Mary. There are also several churches and cathedrals in Zagreb. The most famous ones are St. Marcus Church and St. Stephan’s Cathedral built back in the 19th century. PMS-prostor manufakturne slobode is considered the most prestigious cultural centre of the city. It consists of several galleries and exhibition halls. Other sights of Zagreb include Dolac Market, Ban Jelačić Square, Tkalčićeva Street and Banski Dvori Palace.
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Continue your exploration of the country by visiting the resort of Naftalan that has become internationally famous due to healing mineral springs. This balneology resort has become very popular not only with European but also with Russian tourists. Rovinj is a very interesting place from the historic point of view. The town is home to many historic buildings, such as St. Euphemia Cathedral, the height of which estimates 57 metres. This is a wonderful building made in Baroque style. For more than 300 years the building has been the tallest building in Istria. Several important landmarks are located in Amicis Street – the clock tower built in the 18th century, several museums and an old library.
The Croatian city of Porec is home to several landmarks of international level. The Euphrasian Basilica should be mentioned first. This magnificent building was constructed in the 6th century. Other important landmarks include ruins of Roman temples and local History and Economy Museum that is located on Decumanus Street. The ruins of the Neptune Temple are located nearby; this landmark is added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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The town of Split is another popular tourist destination as there are several interesting sights there, such as the Jupiter Temple and several cathedrals of Renaissance period. Travellers are also recommended to visit the Venetian Town Hall and Tower, the building of which took place in the 15th century. When it comes to nature landmarks, we simply cannot fail to mention Plitvice Lakes. These 16 magnificent lakes are conveniently located among pine woods and bushes. The nature park is home to many species of wild animals and rare birds. Finally, a visit to Krka National Park will leave only positive memories. There are a big canyon, waterfalls and several beautiful islands in the park.

History and Entertainment

The birth of the modern country is the 7th century. Exactly in this period, the Croatian tribes came to the coast of the Adriatic Sea. Then, the Croatian Kingdom was formed here. It had been the strongest and most invincible in the region for 400 years. The beginning of the 12th century was the times of the Hungarian Empire. In the 15th century, the country was under Turkey. Over the next 500 years, the country saw multiple wars and political reorganization. The last political conflict was between Serbs and Croats. After this, Croatia announced the declaration of independence in 1991.
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Besides unique historical attractions, the country is notable for marvelous beach resorts. One of the most beautiful beaches is in Istria. No less enchanting coastal zones are located in Dalmatia. Beach areas of Croatia are notable because most part of the coast is close to picturesque pine forests. Such natural conditions make the climate at local resorts quite healthy. Tourists can combine beach recreation and walks along picturesque places.
Brac In Croatia, you can take part in interesting wine tours, during which you can visit historical wineries of the country and learn a lot of interesting facts about the emergence and development of winery traditions. Fans of the event tourism usually visit the country in February. At that time, the annual carnival is held in Dubrovnik. It lasts for several days, during which costume parades, music concerts and theatrical performances are held in the city streets. In Croatia, most of the festivals are organized in summer. Fans of historical events will definitely like the Knight’s Festival held in Korcula Island.
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Croatia will not disappoint gourmets too, as the country has rich food traditions. It is famous around the world for its dried meat called prcut. Also, special cheeses are produced in Croatia. To acquaint with specialties of local cuisine, do not limit yourself to visiting national restaurants. You should definitely drop in local markets where you can always find meat delicacies and dairy products from local farms.
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Reference information
Map of all parks
National and city parks of Croatia
♥   Forest Park 'Brdo Soline' . On the map   Photos
♥   National Park 'Brijuni' . On the map   Photos
♥   Forest Park 'Busoler' . On the map   Photos
♥   Forest Park 'Dravska šuma' . On the map   Photos
♥   Forest Park 'Golubinjak' . On the map   Photos
Map of all Michelin restaurants
Michelin-starred restaurants in Croatia
♥   Restaurant 'Mano' Zagreb. Type - Meats|Modern cuisine. On the map   Photos
♥   Restaurant 'Meneghetti' Bale. Type - Classic cuisine. On the map   Photos
♥   Restaurant 'Monte' Rovinj. Type - Creative. On the map   Photos
♥   Restaurant 'Mundoaka' Zagreb. Type - International. On the map   Photos
♥   Restaurant 'Nautika' Dubrovnik. Type - Classic cuisine. On the map   Photos
Map of all castles
Castles of Croatia
♥   Castle 'Drivenik Castle' . On the map   Photos
♥   Castle 'Dubovac Castle Croatia' . On the map   Photos
♥   Castle 'Dvigrad' . On the map   Photos
♥   Castle 'Eltz Manor Croatia' . On the map   Photos
♥   Castle 'Fortress Kastel' . On the map   Photos

Famous and uniques places in Croatia from our review series

Plitvice Lakes National Park

From the series “Top 15 most fantastic creations of nature”
In Croatia, there is the unique Plitvice Lakes National Park. Its marvelous landscapes are impressive. The reserve was founded in 1949. Now, it is the largest national park in the country. As you might guess from the name, the main feature of the park are lovely lakes located on its territory. Ponds lying in the complex mountainous terrain form wonderful cascades with waterfalls and mysterious caves.

It’s important to note that you can admire picturesque lakes not only in summer, but also in winter, when ponds and waterfalls are frozen and snow-covered. The national park will appeal to nature lovers, who will have an opportunity to stroll through the birch and fir forests, observe rare birds, and see other typical representatives of the local fauna. The national park owes its marvelous … Read all

Aerodrom Zeljava

From the series “Famous abandoned military bases and forts”
A unique military facility is the Zhelyava air base, located in Croatia. It was built on the border with Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1968. The construction of the unique underground airfield took 20 years and cost more than 6 billion US dollars. For comparison, it can be said that today's defense expenditure of Serbia and Croatia is only about two billion.

At the time of construction, the underground air base Zeljava was one of the most expensive and largest military projects in Europe. During the Yugoslavian war in 1991, the air base was actively used. By 1992 it had been destroyed by the Yugoslav army. At the moment, Croatia does not have any funds for the reconstruction of the military complex, although part of the air base is still owned by the Croatian army.

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Pulska Arena

From the series “Ancient amphitheaters and arenas, that are still operational”
In Croatia, the most famous and well-preserved amphitheater is to be found in Pula. The construction of the ancient monument had been lasting more than forty years and was completed in 68 AD. Nowadays, it is a permanent venue for theatrical performances, military ceremonies, public gatherings and enchanting concerts. The antique monument is perfectly preserved to this day. All three Roman orders and four towers have miraculously survived. In scale the largest amphitheater in Pula takes the sixth place in the world.

Limestone served as the main building material for the construction of external arenas. Their height is 29.4 meters. Originally, the theater could accommodate up to 23000 spectators. In the 5th century, when gladiatorial battles were banned, the arena gradually fell into … Read all
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Sightseeing in popular cities of Croatia

Dubrovnik
The Onofrio Fountain. Big Onofrio Fountain is located in a small square to the right from the Pile Gate. It was built in 1438 by Neapolitan architect Onofrio de la Kavi, who also projected the city’s water system. The fountain is one of the most well-known monuments in the city. Originally, it was decorated with a sculpture. However, later the sculpture was ruined during the earthquake of 1667. Only 16 stone masks have left since that time. The water runs out of the masks. The first building … Read more
Split
Diocletian's Palace remains the main symbol of the city. You will find many historical buildings on the territory of the palace. This is a large-scale structure, which length and width estimate 215 and 180 meters respectively. Once the palace has been surrounded by a high stone wall; nowadays only some stone fragments remind of it. The architectural complex was included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites and is the main attraction of the country. Museum of Split is opened in the palace. … Read more
Hvar
Speaking of entertainments, we should definitely mention large selection of excursion routes. All main attractions of Hvar can be visited on foot. Many tourists also enjoy renting a bike. Stari Grad is the oldest part of the city. Here tourists can see the ruins of the ancient fort and defensive walls. This architectural complex was named after Petar Hektorović - a famous Croatian poet. The fort is surrounded by ancient streets buried in a thicket of flowers and trees. The main attraction of … Read more
Zadar
The most unusual city attraction can safely be said to be the “Sea organ”. It can be seen and heard from the waterfront. In 2005, a pipe system was built in the step of the embankment which, under the action of sea waves, produces very melodic and pleasant sounds. This place on the waterfront is popular with local people. Many of them come here in the evenings to relax and listen to the amazing sounds produced by the unique musical instrument. No less interesting attraction is the … Read more
Zagreb
An original symbol of the city is the old funicular; it connects the Lower and Upper City. This funicular which was opened in 1893, is the shortest and steepest in the world; its length is only 66 meters. The slope of the cabin during the ascent is 52 degrees, which is a true world record. Everyone who loves unusual activities can ride on this funicular. Its cabins are designed for 28 passengers. An excellent place for a family excursion will be the Ethnographic Museum. It is located in a … Read more
Porec
Fans of architectural attractions would be interested in visiting the House of Two Saints. Built at the turn of the 14th-15th centuries, it is located on Sveti Mauro Street. The beautiful Romanesque-style building owes its name to the fact that its facade is adorned by two skillfully executed figures. They remain one of the main mysteries of the city, as the author of this decoration is still unknown. According to some information, the sculptures were brought from abroad by the first owner of … Read more

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