NATIONAL PARK KRKA
If you decide to visit the breathtaking waterfalls of the River Krka, near Šibenik, you will certainly not regret it. The main attraction of Krka National Park is its 7 waterfalls. Skradinski Buk is the longest waterfall on the Krka River and one of the best known natural beauties of Croatia. The perfect beauty of the powerful river flow and its relaxing atmosphere are a natural wellness center that will soothe and refresh you, bring you back to life. Visovac Lake is situated inside the national park. In the middle of the lake you will find Visovac Island, which is home to a Franciscan monastery.
SPLIT - CITY CENTER
A monumental palace turned into a city – this is how we can summarize the essence of Split, the most important urban center of middle (central) Dalmatian coast. Split is the largest city in Dalmatia and second largest city in Croatia.
Due to unique and magnificent architecture of Diocletian’s Palace and the entire historical center, Split was chosen as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. The city center is a true ”history keeper”. Elements of ancient Roman Empire as well as Middle Ages are seen in the structure of historical buildings and the city square. Walking around the central area of Split will take you back to the past. With each step you open the door to centuries long gone and get to know the architecture history: the ancient Peristyle Square, medieval Romanesque Church of Saint Martin, Gothic palace, Renaissance and Baroque facades of the noblemen’s houses…
Other interesting sites in Split are: the Temple of Jupiter – a place where Croatian kings were baptized, Cathedral of St. Duje (named for the patron saint of Split) and monastery of Saint Anthony near Poljud Stadium.
In addition to the notable examples of historical architecture, Split is famous for its aliveness. Numerous socio-cultural happenings like film and music festivals, sports events, rich nightlife, shops, fruit and vegetable markets, restaurants and coffee shops make this city exceptionally dynamic and alluring. It is worth to highlight Ultra Europe Festival, popular music event held in Split. Every year, the festival is attended by up to 100 thousand young people from more than hundred countries around the globe.
If you want, you can create your own sightseeing map here: Do it yourself sightseeing map of Split
Just north of Split, there is another Dalmatian UNESCO-listed town – Trogir.
This town was founded by Greek colonists from the Island of Vis in the 3rd century BC. Its current name is actually a modern variant of historical Tragurium. The town is situated on an island between Čiovo and Central Dalmatian coast, in the Bay of Kaštela, and is connected to the mainland by a stone bridge. Trogir is known as one of the best-preserved Romanesque-Gothic towns in Central Europe.
Trogir is certainly not lacking architectural distinctiveness, and one the finest examples is Radovan’s Portal, a unique monumental work of the great medieval architect Master Radovan. He signed his name on the main portal where he is celebrated as “the best of all in this art“. The magnificent portal of Cathedral of St. Lawrence was done in the 13th century, and is famous for its sculptures.
The old town core was formed between the 13th and 15th century inside defense walls that were restored by Venice in the 15th century. Venetians built two additional forts: Castle Kamerlengo and the Tower of Saint Marc.
The narrow stone streets reflect the rich history of the city and tell stories from centuries long ago, wonderfully illustrated by interesting art collections that include notable masterpieces. Due to an abundance of cultural-historical heritage, as well as natural beauty, Trogir is extremely popular among tourists.
Brač is an island just opposite Split. It is famous for its Zlatni rat (Golden Cape) Beach that looks like a triangle, and is listed among the ten most beautiful beaches in the world. The tip keeps changing its shape constantly due to the influence of winds, waves and sea currents. Due to very favorable winds, Zlatni rat is popular among windsurfers.
Another town with typical Dalmatian architecture. Hvar is a very popular destination among celebrities from all over the world.
Authentic Mediterranean atmosphere, abundance of sunny days (Hvar is famous for being the sunniest isle of the Adriatic), soothing climate, rich traditional Dalmatian gastronomy and various happenings during the summer season make this island a must-see tourist attraction.
This picturesque city is situated 20 km south from Split, and it will tell you stories from years ago about pirates!
During the 12th and 13th centuries, Omiš Pirates ruled the Adriatic Sea from Split to Dubrovnik and attacked merchant ships of rich cities like Venetia. In the 15th century, the city fell under the rule of Venetian Republic and became an important administrative and military center, protected by defensive walls. The traces of that time are still present in the contemporary architecture of the city.
One of the attractions related to Omiš is also the Cetina River, as well as its canyon. The abundant natural beauty offers fantastic opportunities for an active vacation.