Aside from being one of Croatia's most famous national parks, Plitvice Lakes National Park is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The entry fee is 13 euros and there are discounts for students and small groups. We got there thinking we'd spend a few hours at most, but we enjoyed it so much that we spent all day there. Once inside, you walk from lake to lake on elevated wooden bridges...even the trails through the woods are elevated. In effort to minimize man's impact on this natural place, most visitors never actually touch the grounds. The lakes all flow into one another before finishing in a river. There are various routes and there are signs giving you estimates of length (around 2hrs for the shortest and 8 for the whole tour). Sometimes, it's better to cross a lake on a boat to go quicker, the price of which is included in the ticket.
There are a total of 16 lakes then descend a total of 140 meters during their 8 kilometer run. It's an incredible place but it does make you want to dive in, something that is seriously prohibited.
Beautiful Croatian town with a stunning location. With its 14th century fortification, UNESCO declared it a World Heritage Site in 1994. Unfortunately the signs at walls entrances are proof that in 1991 and 1992, the Serbian and Montenegrin army bombed this historic city not so long ago. Their assault caused major damage. Although it's currently not perfectly reconstructed, there are still some signs of damage. A walk around the perimeter of the fortress offers a great view of the landscape, and ability to photograph it.
The island of Hvar is located about 80km from Split and is one of the favorite spots of tourists visiting Croatia. Due to its popularity, the island is swarming with people between the summer months of July and September, but if you are lucky enough to come earlier, April is a great month and prices are lower. The island is known under the name of Pharos in Greek and Italian Lesina. It is part of the administrative region of Split. To get there, you take a ferry from Jadrolinja, there are faster ones only carry passengers, so you can do this and just walk back, but considering that the island is not small, it is wise for you to go with a car. It isn't cheap to bring a car on the ferry (about 60 euros), so the other option is to go up and rent one there. The island was Venetian, then became part of the Habsburg Empire and the French Empire during the Napoleonic Wars. Its rich history makes it more interesting.
I loved this city that was completely destroyed during the Balkan war, and then rebuilt. UNESCO has declared it a World Heritage Site. Walking around the Old Town is finding a different hideaway with every step. Too bad its become overridden with shops, but it's still worth the ride up there. I recommend eating at one of the many restaurants that are between the streets and that have awnings so that you can try to avoid the heat. They're not expensive and the quality of the food is excellent. If you haven't done it before, definitely walk around. There are stones, sights and to lose sight of one after another. In addition, businesses are open to the street so that everyone ve wanders through the old is attracted inside. Of course you can also find hairdressers in the handsome leave you in a heartbeat to view all want to stop and look what good barber arts ...
Walking along the wall of the Old City of Dubrovnik we made this discovery: a cafe embedded in the rock. The Cafe Buza is the perfect place for a drink, to take a swim and relax after sightseeing. With a very good music, it's a shame that some of the waiters are not friendly. But the views more than make it worth the visit, if you can find the entrance in the rock, that is.
If you're traveling through Croatia, be sure to make some time for Krka National Park. The landscape of green vegetation and huge waterfalls is just spectacular. It's not quite as amazing as Plitvice Lakes National Park but the upside is that you can actually go swimming in the waterfalls. You can also take a boat and go for a float down the river but it's not included in the entry price.
In the city Zadar (Croatia) is the biggest organ in the world and it is on the steps that go down to the ocean. And the organ sounds thanks to the rolling waves, a sound and light show, like the sunset which was the most lovely I´ve ever seen! Next door is the Sun Salutation, 300 glass panels, placed at the same level that convert solar energy into electricity, delivered at the port. Spectacular!
The beach at the left side of the wall is perfect for young people because there is music from a nearby bar, the water is warm and amazing, too.. Highly recommended. At night the entrance to the bar is free. The tour takes nearly 2 hours and its best to go in the morning in the sun, it´s very pretty.
The Arena is the monument which is the most significant and well-known of Pula, on the southern tip of the area of Istria in Croatia. Before that, this area was part of the Roman Empire, and they constructed what is now named after Arena di Pola. Here there were were organized gladiatorial fights. It was constructed in the 1st century, in the time of Emperor Vespasian, alongside the most famous style construction, the Colosseum in Rome. It is elliptical. In the center, there is a flat space, which acted as the arena for fighting. In total, over 20,000 people came to see the fights. The structure is of limestone of the area and is well preserved today. Now it is used for summer events, the film festival, the opera season, the equestrian festival, concerts ... with today's security measures, it can hold only 5000 people. You can visit it during the day, but I found it very interesting, because outside you see almost everything. Seeing a show has to be something else.
The clock tower is another emblem of the city of Dubrovnik. You see it the moment you enter the old city walls, at the bottom of the main street. The bell was constructed by Ivan Krstitelj in the year 1506, and still stands there, despite wars, earthquakes and bombings, and it still rings each time with incredible accuracy. The First tower was constructed in the year1444, and the last restoration was in the year1929. Gradually height was added to the tower, to reach 31 meters. If you go on the hour, you will see the "green man", Zelenci, the guy who goes to ring the bells ... As in all old cities, it is a place that you must see. There´s a lot of people in the summer, though.
The views from Mount Srd are spectacular - really worth going up to enjoy them. There's a cable car that goes up, but if you want to avoid paying (although it's not too expensive), you can get there in a 10-15 minute drive from the centre. The road, like most roads on the Dalmatian coast, is a challenge for even the best drivers.
When I start to miss Croatia, all I have to do is imagine [poi = 9500] Dubrovnik [/ poi], to [poi = 81585] Hvar [/ poi], [poi = 106616] Split [/ poi] ... and of course the unforgettable Rovinj. This fishing village is on the Istrian Peninsula, overlooking the Adriatic. Istria was Italian for centuries, hence in Rovinj, people speak Croatian and eat delicious Italian pasta, but the street names are written in both languages.
Rovinj is located in an isthmus that was once island, so their coasts are different. It has a quiet bay with fisherman's houses and a protected harbor full of colorful boats, and a high point of rocks that meet the sea. Rovinj feels like a sailors place, and there is an old bohemian vibe, and many painters and artists become enamored of the beauty of the place, and move there [poi = 159582] [/ poi].
I won't even mention all of the the corners that Rovinj has for sunbathing and swimming . But you do need to rent a bike for a while and pedal along a track lined with pines. Then just choose which place you prefer to lie in the sun. There is no sand, but the stones are very large and smooth functioning as spectacular loungers. From there you jump to the sea. Bathing in the warm, clear Adriatic, diving and swimming, it is amazing.
They sell it as "the Mediterranean as it once was", which is quite an advertising campaign hook, quite unrealistic in my opinion. In any case, the Dalmatian coast is a beautiful place to visit and a good way to explore it is on one of the small cruises that run through it. These boats have a limited number of berths (about 15 or so) but this made us build a really good rapport with the other passengers. During the day you can sunbathe on deck and in the evenings you make stops at Dubrovnik, Korcula, Hvar, etc.. One of the most interesting places was the famous Zlatni Rat beach or Golden Horn and, although the ship cannot dock at the shore, it is well worth it.
The Elaphite Islands are located northeast of Dubrovnik on the Adriatic Sea. There are three major islands called Sipan, Lopud and Kolocep. You can make excursions from Dubrovnik by ferry for a day, but the ferry schedule is not very tourist friendly as the crossings are infrequent and early. The ferry transportation is critical to the islands' inhabitants and their means of supply, so it's very normal for each ferry stop to have lines of people to fill the boat as well as food, drinks and everything the islanders and tourists need like crates of giant watermelons, potatoes and vegetables, boxes and cases of soda, water and detergent. It's like a real super market on the water! The islands are very quiet. You can soak up the sun and take a dip in the Adriatic! For this reason, I would recommend more interesting islands like Korcula or Mljet, but if you're going to spend many days in Croatia, the trip to the islands can be a relaxing break.
The church of St Lovro, also known as San Lorenzo de Trogir, is the jewel of this small town that UNESCO has declared a World Heritage Site. It can be found on the Croatian coast, about 30 kilometers from Split. You can't miss taking a trip here. Going into the church is free, but in order to climb up to the tower and admire the gorgeous view, you'll have to pay two or three euros. In the church, the sculptures are beautiful, and there are richly decorated ceilings. I can honestly say it's one of the few times I've seen a representation of God, flowing from the ceiling, to convey a message to his people. Overall, God is represented as a human. This Romanesque church has three naves, and was built on the remains of an ancient Christian church, destroyed during an Arab invasion. Construction began in the thirteenth century, and the thinnest part is the front door, which is 1240, and one of the masterpieces of the famous Radovan, one of the greatest sculptors of the country. The door depicts scenes from the Bible and the birth of Christ. On the other side, there are two lions, in which Adam and Eve are sitting.
This beautiful cathedral (one of the nicest I've seen in my life) is in the neighbourhood of Kaptol in the middle of the city on top of a hill. Its towers rise into the sky forcing your gaze upward, which I think is one of its most important features. It's one of the tallest cathedrals I've seen. Inside, there's a beautiful cloister with tall and slender windows. There's also a transparent coffin with an interesting bishop/pope. You can see it easily anywhere in Zagreb by looking at the sky. If you liked this review and you want to continue travelling through Croatia, check out my profile! And if you have any questions, just ask. I'll gladly answer. A GREETING FROM MINUBE!
Onofrio Fountain is a huge fountain located at the entrance of Dubrovnik's Pile Gate. Built by Onofrio della Cava in 1438, it was later damaged by earthquakes, invasions and especially the recent war. But today it still provides water and an opportunity to refresh yourself on a hot summer's day. From 8:00am onwards, it is invaded by hundreds of tourists every day, but at night it's a good bit quieter as there aren't many restaurants in the neighborhood. The water comes from a spring 12 kilometers from the city. Statues once stood here but they were destroyed in the earthquake of 1667. Today there are only 16 masks remaining.