Tuesday, November 25, 2008
If you decide to visit Istria you`ll be delighted by the richness and the variety of its tourist offer. Novigrad, Porec, Rovinj, Pula are some of the most popular Istrian destinations. A great number of quality accommodation units will guarantee your pleasant stay, and numerous cultural and artistic and sports and recreational attractions will make your stay even more interesting and fun. Istrians are very proud of their gastronomic offer and wine tradition which is especially important for the tourist offer of Motovun, Visnjan and other inlands destinations of the peninsula. With the unavoidable Istrian truffles, pršut (smoked ham) and cheese and different specialities flavoured with the top quality olive oil restore your strength with famous autochthonous wines Malvazija and Teran.
If a long tourist tradition is a guarantee of quality Opatija, Icici, Lovran and other towns of this Riviera are an excellent choice of your holiday destination. Enjoying the elegance of luxurious villas and hotels see for yourself why in the end of the 19th century European monarchs and aristocrats chose these 250 km of the Croatian coast for their popular resorts. During the summer season enjoy yourself on lovely ordered beaches with clean sea, and use the visit to Riviera of Opatija in spring and autumn months for long walks, cycling, mountain hiking and useful and quality health and wellness programmes.
2500 hours of sunshine annually, clean air and sea and numerous ordered gravel, sandy and rocky beaches far away from the industrial polluters guarantee your pleasant stay and nice tan when you come back home. Hundred-year-old tourism tradition puts Crikvenica, Novi Vinodolski, Selce and other little towns of this Riviera among the most popular summer resorts on the Adriatic. Numerous sports activities with special offers for children, organized competitions, trips to nearby islands and Plitvice Lakes, traditional festivals and interesting cultural, artistic and entertaining programmes will make your vacation educational and meaningful.
This Croatian island of undeniable natural beauty in its towns of Krk, Malinska, Omisalj, Vrbnik, Silo offers rich and various tourist offer. Among sports and recreational attractions, apart from swimming and sunbathing extremely popular are diving and sailing schools. The islanders give special attention to traditional customs, and therefore the Krk Traditional Arts Festival and the Meeting of Krk sopile players (players on the popular wind instrument) of the Island of Krk in July are two events you shouldn`t miss. During the season a great number of popular festivals are organized (Wine Days of the island of Krk, the Krk Fair, Winefest) where apart from good fun you can also enjoy gastronomic specialities and excellent wines.
Mild climate, lavish vegetation and numerous bays with beautiful beaches and clean sea are just some of the reasons which will attract you to Rab. Especially popular are the sandy beaches in Lopar, and the town of Rab will impress you with its cultural and historical heritage hidden in medieval walls and attractive buildings. We suggest going to the Archers' crossbow tournament and to the Rab Knights` Games where you can enjoy the variety of national costumes and skills in using those old and a little bit forgotten medieval arms. The chance to get to know the beauties of the island and its offshore zone you`ll get in organized boat trips with traditional fish-picnic.
Interesting vegetation of low aromatic plant cover dominated by sage and immortelle has favoured the development of sheep-farming and, with it, the gastronomic offer of one of the biggest Adriatic islands. Special flavour of lamb, and especially of famous Pag cheese, is contributed not only to the vegetation, but also to the richness of salt because of which old salt factories were created which today are very interesting to the lovers of photography. Apart from the town of Pag, attractive destinations are also Mandre, Simuni, and especially Novalja, which has lately become the centre of night life of the Adriatic youth. All-day parties on the beach Zrče sometimes provoke moral disapproval, but the young and those who feel young shouldn`t miss them.
These two islands connected with a bascule bridge make an interesting and a very attractive whole for tourists. On Cres you`ll be delighted by the natural phenomenon of the freshwater lake Vransko and the habitat of rare and protected species of eagles (griffon vulture) and a great contrast between its north part, with dense oak and chestnut forests, and its south part dominated by the Mediterranean vegetation and pasture grounds. Although its name doesn`t suggest it, Mali Losinj (Small Losinj) is the most inhabited town of Croatian islands and with its long tourist tradition and rich offer it presents an attractive holiday destination. Somewhat more south the island of Ilovik, with its tame bays and protected from all winds, is especially attractive for boaters.
This part of the Adriatic is rightfully considered the most attractive destination for lovers of nautical, Robinson and adventure tourism. The national park Kornati archipelago with its 150 islands is the most indented insular eco-system of the Adriatic sea and if you like nature, clean sea and especially diving, you`ll spend a memorable holiday here. Since most Kornati islands are uninhabited you can choose your destination in one of the villages on one of the nearby islands of Ugljan, Pasman, Dugi Otok or a smaller one Murter. Apart from the clean sea and beautiful beaches, there you`ll be able to enjoy the flavours of sea specialities seasoned with top quality oil whose quality is based on 2000 years old tradition of olive growing.
This part of the Croatian coast which has been inhabited for thousands of years stretches from the attractive tourist destinations of Starigrad Paklenica and Privlaka, across the historical town of Nin and the centre of the Riviera, 3000 years old town of Zadar, all the way to the picturesque villages and towns such as Sukosan and Biograd. Town of Zadar has been for centuries the centre of Dalmatia, so its cultural and historical heritage presents an excellent material for learning and understanding Dalmatian history and customs. Exceptional natural beauties, favourable climate and rich gastronomic and wine offer are the main attributives for successful tourism development. You will surely want to enrich the visit to this Riviera with interesting trips to numerous national parks in its surroundings (Paklenica, Kornati, Krka, Plitvice).
Beautiful picturesque little towns and villages which gravitate towards the centre of the Riviera, Sibenik or as its inhabitants like to call it “king Krešimir`s town”, present ideal destinations for lovers of family holidays. Vodice, Primosten, Rogoznica, Tribunj, Brodarica, Grebastica are just some of them, and they are all surrounded by numerous bays with little beaches hidden in the beauties of virgin nature, hundreds of islets and clean sea. These, in winter mostly fishing and agricultural little villages during the summer season become the stage for numerous interesting events. Then you can enjoy the events which cherish Dalmatian “a capella” singing, you can laugh on the Tribunj Donkeys` Race and you can have a great time tasting local specialities on folk festivals which are organized in every village of the Riviera.
Although all villages (Sevid, Marina, Seget Vranjica) are characterised by quality accommodation and hospitality of hosts, this Riviera is especially interesting for symbiosis of the beautiful historical town of Trogir and the island of Ciovo which are connected with a bascule bridge. In Trogir you`ll enjoy seeing numerous historical monuments and glorious works of famous Croatian medieval artists, and on Ciovo you`ll enjoy beautiful gravel and rocky beaches and peaceful family atmosphere. Trogir will offer numerous cultural and entertaining events, swarmed town`s seaside promenade in the evening and full terraces of town cafés, and places on Čiovo; Slatine, Okrug Gornji and Okrug Donji, will offer good time in their catering objects located on beaches.
Tourist offer of this sixty kilometres long central Dalmatian Riviera is considered to be one of the most various. Split is the political and administrative centre and the main port of Dalmatia. The city is full of historical monuments, cultural and artistic attractions and numerous entertaining events. There is also a small historical town of Omis which although a lot smaller has a great offer and whose location on the mouth of river Cetina makes it even more attractive. These two tourist centres are surrounded by several dozen little picturesque coastal villages (Podstrana, Lokva Rogoznica, Mimice, ...) whose quality accommodation, lovely beaches and quiet nights will give you a chance for a pleasant vacation.
Exceptional natural beauty, crystal clear sea and mild Mediterranean climate make Hvar one of the most beautiful islands in the world. That, together with 140 years old tourist tradition in tourism development, makes it clear why Hvar is your ideal holiday destination in Croatia. Although the town of Hvar dominates in the quality of its tourist offer with its cultural and historical heritage and its entertaining events, Stari Grad, Jelsa and other smaller villages such as Ivan Dolac, Basina, Zavala, Vrboska, Milna and Brusje also offer an excellent chance to enjoy the beauties of the sunniest Adriatic island. There aren`t many tourist destinations which will equally please lovers of fashionable, nautical, Robinson and family vacations as the island of Hvar will. Its rich gastronomic offer, long wine-making tradition and hospitality of hosts are the best guarantees that your stay on this Adriatic pearl will remain imprinted in your memory.
Thanks to its shape island of Brac has, apart from its coastal area, rich flora and fauna in its inlands. That is why its interesting tourist offer includes hunting, mountaineering trips, taking photos of some Karst phenomenon and paragliding from Vidova gora, the highest insular peak of the Adriatic. Almost all coastal villages (Sutivan, Pucisca, Postira, Splitska) including the main port of Supetar, are located on the northern part of the island. We should also mention Milna on the west and Selca and Sumartin on the east, but the most beautiful tourist pearl of Brac, and the only place on the southern part of the island, is Bol. If you love extreme sports this is the right place for you. Apart from a great number of surfers from all over the world, favourable wind and the sea, for your magical game you can also use the most beautiful beach of the Adriatic – Zlatni rat (the Golden Cape), whose cape moves from one side to the other.
In its recent history unfairly neglected and isolated this Dalmatian island of rich Mediterranean vegetation, beautiful bays and clean sea, is the ideal destination for all of you who are tired of the city crowds, traffic jams and industrial pollution. For the preserved state of its nature island of Solta is the habitat of hundreds bird species, and lately even the almost extinct Mediterranean monk seal which only proves the cleanness of its sea. The main island`s port is Rogac, and Stomorska and Necujam dominate in the variety of their tourist offers, while Maslinica presents the oasis of peace and quiet. Fishing, olive and wine-growing together with ever growing tourist orientation of the island create a rich gastronomic and wine offer.
For a long number of years this most distant, inhabited Croatian island was a slave to strategic and political needs of the ex regime. With Croatian independence Vis, according to the IUCN one of the ten best preserved islands of the Mediterranean, becomes an attractive tourist destination. From its centres, Vis and Komiza, you can rent a boat to take you sightseeing in the magnificent maritime zone full of natural phenomenon, among which the most impressive is Modra špilja (the Blue Cave) on the nearby island of Biševo. In the evening you can enjoy the events of the Vis Cultural Summer and numerous concerts of famous musicians together with gastronomic specialities and famous wine from Vis – Vugava.
This 60 km long coastal area, thanks to its extremely rich tourist offer and pleasant Mediterranean climate attracts guests of all ages all the year round. Riviera, apart from its centre Makarska, includes numerous little picturesque places in its surroundings. Among the most popular are Podgora, Tucepi, Zivogosce, Baska Voda and Brela, which with their beaches (considered some of the most beautiful in the world) overpass in attraction the very centre of the Riviera. With quality accommodation and interesting gastronomic offer there are also interesting cultural, artistic and entertaining events which make Makarska Riviera the centre of night and entertaining life of this part of the Croatian coast. Apart from numerous events included in the programme of “Makarsko ljeto” you`ll also enjoy traditional popular festivities and “Fishermen`s nights” which are held during the summer in every Riviera village.
Korcula is the most inhabited Croatian island and the treasury of traditional crafts and customs. The biggest island village is Blato, known for its vineyards and olive-growing. 4 km from the sea you`ll find a small village of Brna which is especially attractive for the lovers of quiet, family vacations and intact natural beauties. Western part of the island is dominated by the tourist centre Vela Luka, and in the east you`ll find the well known summer resort Lumbarda and the attractive historical little town of Korcula. Surrounded by walls and fortifications with numerous old streets and squares, Korcula has its place among the best preserved medieval settlements. From the rich and various tourist offer of the island we have to mention the events inspired by traditional customs such as playing the gusle (popular instrument) and famous knights` games Moreska and Kumpanija.
Peljesac is a 65 km long peninsula whose inhabitants, apart from natural beauties, mild climate and long maritime tradition, are especially proud of their wine-growing and world famous quality red wines Dingac and Postup. Known salt-works, well developed shell-farming, hunting grounds of mouflons in the inlands of the peninsula and clean sea full of fish are the core of the rich and various gastronomic offer. Villages on Peljesac - Trpanj, Ston and Mali Ston, are decorated by medieval fortifications which testify to turbulent history of the peninsula. Once an important maritime centre, Orebic represents the most famous tourist destination on Peljesac with its quality and big choice of accommodation, and its hospitable hosts will see to it that you have a pleasant and interesting holiday.
Mljet is the eighth Croatian island in size, and for its extremely lavish vegetation dominated by forests of Aleppo pines and black oak it is also called the “Green Island”. When you add to these forests which are considered the most beautiful and the most preserved of this type in the Mediterranean the geological phenomenon of salt lakes of Mljet (Veliko (Big) and Malo (small)), it becomes clear why the north-west part of the island was declared the National park in 1960. The interesting thing about this island is the absence of vipers which have been almost exterminated since a few couples of Indian mongooses were brought to the island in 1910. The most important villages are Polace, Govedari, Okuklje, and you`ll enjoy swimming and sunbathing the most on beautiful sandy beaches of the village Saplunara.
This whole Riviera is a region of exceptional tourist orientation. Islands of Sipan and Kolocep and places Cavtat, Mlini, Zaton, Molunat will give you the opportunity for some memorable vacations with their quality accommodation, clean sea and natural beauties. Of course, the main and the unavoidable tourist attraction of the Riviera is the city of Dubrovnik. This pearl of Croatian tourist offer has an important place on the UNESCO World Heritage List. It is difficult to describe in words the beauty and monumentality of its core surrounded by walls and fortifications, of numerous monuments and testimonies to the glorious history of the city at the foot of Mount Srđ, and of its different cultural and entertaining events. Dubrovnik is simply something you should see and experience for yourself and keep it in a lifelong memory.
Plitvice Lakes are the first (1949) and the most visited Croatian national park. The reason for that you can find yourself walking the paths through beautiful dense forests of mountain beech spread around 16 crystal blue-green lakes, from the smallest “Novakovića Brod” to the biggest lake “Kozjak”. Take a break on the spot where the creek Plitvice cascades from an 80 m high rock thus making the highest waterfall in Croatia and enjoy the warble of one of the 157 bird species which have their habitat in the park area. Plitvice are beautiful all year round, but the winter scenes of this ice kingdom of beauty will leave you breathless. After the tour around the park experienced tourist workers will surprise you with the richness of gastronomic offer and pleasant accommodation in places Plitvicka Jezera, Rakovica, Dreznik Grad and Korenica.
In the last couple of years people in Croatia give great attention to the development of village and agro tourism. Hosts in village households will offer numerous possibilities for interesting activities such as courses in grape harvesting with wine tasting or feeding and grooming of horses with horse-back riding schools. Important parts of tourist offer are hunting and river fishing activities, and hiking in green hills enjoying the peace and clean air. You will also be delighted by the rich gastronomic offer of autochthonous specialities with top quality local wines from old Croatian cellars, pleasant accommodation, and more than anything by the warm hospitality of the inhabitants of the continental part of our, in all aspects, real tourist country.