Travel: Destination In Croatia
On the Istrian coast of the Adriatic Sea, there are a number of resorts that cater to every conceivable type of visitor, with the naturist resorts of Koversada and Valalta being a specialised attraction. There are over a thousand islands in the Adriatic which are part and parcel of Croatia. The important cities have their own unique appeal with places to see and admire.
The historical town of Dubrovnik or Ragusa, as it was historically called, is encircled by a 20 foot thick, 82 foot high wall extending for one and one half miles: something of an architectural marvel. You can actually walk on top of the wall and gaze down upon the tiled roof homes and winding streets of Dubrovnik. The Roman Catholic churches, palaces, restaurants, and terracotta-roofed townhouses are also a must-see for tourists.
If you enjoy night life, there are live music performances and shows you can go to. You can also take your pick of outdoor bars and cafés. Many visitors choose to start off by taking an evening walk along the famous Stradun or Placa street. The cafes lining the pavement are ideal places for those who indulge in the favourite pastime of the locals: people watching.
The important places for sight-seeing include the Rector`s palace; the Franciscan and Dominican monasteries; the Cathedral, and St Blaise s church. If you have the time, make sure you visit the Konavle valley which is renowned for its original stone architecture and handicrafts.
Pula is situated at the southern tip of the Istrian peninsula and the region’s untouched natural beauty has an unmistakeable air of romance. With its mild climate and calm sea, Pula has a tranquillity all its own. If your intention is to rest and relax, you would be hard pushed to find a better destination. Winemaking, fishing and shipbuilding are the indigenous crafts of Pula. Don’t miss the magnificent amphitheatre while at Pula, together with the architectural wonder of Triumphal Arch of Sergius, the Church of Our Lady of the Sea (Mornaricka crkva), and the Double Gate / Twin Gate (Dvojna vrata)
Located 49 km from Pula is Rovinj, yet another town in Istria stepped in tradition and located in an area of outstanding natural beauty. The Venetian Renaissance, Baroque monuments and churches are absolutely stunning. If you’re visiting in summer, you may want to attend the International Pop festival, although there are many other events including the International Art Exhibition held annually on the 2nd Sunday of August and St Euphemia’s day which is celebrated on the 16th of September. You may also wish to explore the nearby islands of Crveni otok if you’re so inclined.
You can reach Split by bus in about six hours from Dubrovnik. The origins of Split in the 3rd Century can be traced back to the castle of the Roman Emperor, Diocletian, widely considered to be the largest private residence in the ancient world, extending to an area of some one million square feet. Today, the major attraction here is thus the Diocletian Palace. You can also visit the Peristyle, the Cathedral of St. Duimus and Jupiter`s Temple while at Split. From Split you can reach the town of Trogir in an hour by bus. The narrow serpentine stone streets of Trogir constitute a tour of ancient architecture and, indeed, Trogir is a well preserved World Heritage site. From Split you can also visit several of the nearby islands, such as Brac, Vis or Bisevo by ferry and explore Hvar, the isle of cypress, and lavender.
Croatia is emerging as a holiday destination that can satisfy even the most demanding traveller. It has something to offer those seeking fun holiday activities, sight-seeing or simply tranquility against a stunning natural backdrop. Since Croatia is still in many ways an emerging market, this island studded nation measures well against more established destinations in monetary and value for money terms.