Opatija – elegant tourist destination, lies at the foot of Učka mountain, with the longest tradition of tourism in Croatia. Built at the turn of the 20th century, Opatija has remained in complete harmony with nature right up until the present day. Well-maintained public gardens, the illuminated 12-km-long coastal promenade, cafes, villas and hotels, as well as opportunities for shopping, different events and shorter trips to nearby surroundings or all-day excursions, make Opatija very attractive tourist resort at any time of the year.
ISLAND OF KRK
Insula Aurea or the “golden island” Krk
is the biggest island in Croatia connected to mainland with bridge long 1430 m, which actually consist of two arches. Krk is an island with a rich cultural and historical heritage, as well as main town Krk. The town is ancient, being among the oldest in the Adriatic and because of the mighty city walls was the last Croatian island that was occupied by the Venetians.
ISLAND OF RAB
One of the most beautiful Adriatic islands with marvelous scenic diversity, a variety of beautiful sandy beaches, a cultural milieu dating back to pre-Roman times. St. Marinus the Christian founder of San Marino, was a native of Rab. It was 1936 when English king Edward VIII and Mrs Wallis Simpson, with their yacht Nahlin anchored in Rab harbour and visited the old town centre.
Due to excellent climate Lošinj was proclaimed a climatic health resort by a decree of the Ministry of Health of the Austrian-Hungarian Monarchy in 1892. Soon it became a popular holiday destination of the Austrian-Hungarian aristocracy, who built numerous villas and summer residences on the island. Losinj archipelago is famous for dolphins, which you will probably see during your cruise.
Cres is a long hilly island, the second biggest island in Croatia and is also one of the last habitats of a rare bird species griffon vulture. It is home to a fresh water lake of Vrana. The myth of Lake Vrana is that there is a castle under the water, and that a rich sister would not give her poor sister money. She was punished by her castle being under water, on some windy days can hear the bell on top of the tower still ringing today. Cres is the main town and it is a typical Mediterranean fishermen paradise.
ISLAND OF ILOVIK
The islands of Ilovik and Sveti Petar are located south of the island Losinj, separated by the strait, Ilovacka vrata.
The only village located on the island of Ilovik is also called Ilovik. The circumference of the the island is 15.4 km, and it occupies an area of 5.8 km2. The coast is accessible from all sides with many secluded bays. The largest bay with a sandy beach is Parzine, located on the south-eastern part of the island.
The island is covered with Mediterranean vegetation, throughout the town you will find many types of flowers, oleanders in various colors, palm trees, as well as two century-old eucalyptus trees. It is because of the abundance of flora that this island has been nicknamed “The Island of Flowers”.
Split is the second largest city in Croatia and capital of Dalmatia, world known for its 1700 years old Diocletian’s palace, the best preserved monument of late antiquity in the whole world. To learn about Split, join our sightseeing tour with a local guide. This 1700-year-old city will fascinate you with its history, culture and lifestyle. The layout of the Roman Palace now outlines the core of the city, and today this is the place where people live, socialise and do business.
One of the most beautiful and artistically inspired towns of the world, often also called “miniature Venice”. Trogir is 3000 years old and its old centre is a protected UNESCO heritage site. Trogir is full of good and quality restaurants, and some of our suggestions are restaurant Fontana on Riva, that offers quality meat and fish dishes; pizzeria Mirkec, restaurants Monica, Tragos and Kamerlengo. Lounge bar Kalebota and wine bar Kapo offer variety of quality wines, cheese and salads.
Makarska is one of the most popular tourist resort areas on Adriatic due to its long pebbly beaches and scenic mountains in the background, which creates a specific climate and picturesque views. Enjoy the therapeutic benefits of fresh sea air by walking through the green paths of St. Peter peninsula towards west and then further to the beach for a lovely 2 km long walk along the seaside promenade.
The island of Brač has been inhabited since prehistoric times and the oldest coastal settlement is the town of Bol.
Bol is situated at the island’s southern landscape, at the foot of Vidova Gora (Vid Mountain) which is the highest peak of the island and also the highest peak of all Adriatic islands (778 m). Bol area stretches few kilometers along the coast and has many beautiful beaches, among which is the world famous beach Zlatni Rat (Golden Cape). This beach is a unique natural phenomenon that extends nearly half a kilometre into the clear blue sea like a small tongue.
Stari Grad (literal translation of the name is the Old Town) is the oldest town in Croatia. First settlers were the Greeks from the island Paros in the Aegean sea, who established the colony in the year 384 BC and named the town Pharos.
The large plain that occupies the island’s central area is in fact a cultured landscape, formed by thousands of years of human labour. The name changed throughout the centuries, since its foundation by the Greeks that called it Chora Pharu, Roman Ager Pharensis, medieval Campus Sancti Stephani till today’s Stari Grad plain. The Stari Grad Plain and the old town centre of Stari Grad have been listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 2008.
Lastovo is the largest island of the archipelago of the same name. The Romans called this island The Imperial Island and it is often considered one of the most beautiful Croatian islands. From 1976 until 1989, Lastovo was a military base for Yugoslavian Army and therefore organised tourism never existed here. That is one of the reasons why the island kept its natural wooded beauty and sense of isolation. Lastovo town is a very picturesque place with old stone houses set on a slope and we strongly recommend you the visit.
Komiža is located in a deep bay on the western side of the island Vis below the 600 meter high mountain Hum. It is a typical Mediterranean village, which attracts the tourists with beautiful beaches and with narrow roads and houses squeezed together around the harbour. Also, it is a village where the fishing on the eastern side of the Adriatic Sea was born.
Zadar has been the capital city of Dalmatia for centuries and today is the centre of North Dalmatia. It is a city with rich cultural-historical heritage, first Croatian university (founded in 1396), a city of Croatian basketball, traditional Mediterranean cuisine and unique in the world sea organ. On the Roman forum, dating back to 1st century AD is situated the church of St. Donatus, dated to the 9th century AD, the most famous medieval basilica and the symbol of the city.
Molat is an island situated in the northern part of Zadar Archipelago. It is covered with marquis and pine forests and is an ideal for those seeking hiking treks with a scent of Mediterranean vegetation. This northern Dalmatia island, gives you a chance to get away from the noise and crowd of city life. Moreover, in its Zapuntel port sailors will find a perfect shelter against all winds.
Šibenik is a town which successfully combines famous history and natural beauties. Nature has given Šibenik, a town mentioned by kings, many islands and islets bathed in the blue of the sea and a fascinating landscape of National Park Krka. Šibenik is a town of tradition, beautiful nature and hospitality where you will always have something to do.
Primošten is a small picturesque town situated between Šibenik and Trogir, in the central part of the Adriatic coast and surrounded by seven other islets, a wonderful site and a beautiful place to explore. During the Turkish invasions in 1542 the settlement on the islet where today’s Primosten is, was protected by the walls and towers from the invaders and there was a draw bridge connecting it to the mainland.
Vodice is a lively tourist centre famous for its various tourist offer and pleasant people.
Take a walk through the city centre and visit archaeological sites and two old churches in the centre. Small church of St. Cross was built in 1402. It was dedicated to St. Cross in 1421 when it was a parish church as well, and there was a graveyard in its surroundings. The church, built in the Gothic style, is a typical example of the rural sacral architecture.
Skradin is a romantic Mediterranean town at the mouth of Krka river, with narrow paved streets, passages, vaults and stairs. The entire town core is a protected cultural monument with houses dating back to 18th and 19th century and stuccoed in the Venetian style.
The legend says Greek hero Odysseus spent years on this island. During his travels, he was captured by the nymph Calypso and spent years with her in the cave right here, on Mljet. Enjoy one of the greenest islands of Adriatic and beware of the nymphs.
Korčula is the birthplace of Marko Polo and one of the best preserved medieval cities in the Mediterranean, often called “miniature Dubrovnik”. It is one of the greenest islands in the Adriatic Sea, with abundant vineyards and olive groves. Its southern coast is formed by small beaches and quiet coves. The Greeks, called the island Korkyra, Melaina or “black Corfu, all adjectives to define the wooded area.
Dubrovnik’s proud and turbulent history goes back to 6th century and there is an abundance of reasons why the city is known as “the pearl of Adriatic”. The city suffered great damage during the Croatian war of Independence (1991-1995) but proudly managed to rise and restore its greatness. Stroll along Stradun, favourite promenade and meeting place, the main street going mid Old Town from Pile to Ploče Gate and do not miss out on the walk along the awesome fortified walls of Dubrovnik.
Trstenik is a small fisherman village set tight amongst the hills of Pelješac peninsula. This is one of the most famous areas for vineyards and wineries in Croatia, and some of Croatia’s most renowned top quality wines are produced here. Pelješac is also a home of the famous Zinfandel sort taken from this area to Napa Valley.
Šipan belongs to a group of Elaphiti Islands, which were a part of a glorious Dubrovnik Republic through centuries and therefore shared its wealth. After the Republic lost its significance, the residents left the Elaphiti and now only three of the islands are inhabited, but they are almost car-free. With its quietness and calmness, lush vegetation and romantic atmosphere, they are a perfect getaway from Dubrovnik rush.