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the heart of Dalmatia by Tatyana Kogut
Split can be listed among
the most solemn cities of Croatia. The city is located in the centre of
Croatian coast, between Zadar and Dubrovnik, separating Dalmatia into two
parts. That is why it is also the heart of the country.
Some time ago the city celebrated
its 1700th anniversary! In the course of the last 17 centuries many civilizations
left traces of their life here. They even say that “this is the place where
different epochs are tied together by the ends of clothes-lines.”
name – Split – derives from the word “Palatium” which means “a palace”,
since the city was founded on the spot where approximately in 295 AD the
palace of Roman emperor Diocletian used to stand. At the time the building
was surrounded with thick walls, so when in the 8th century Avars and Slavs
came to ravage the territory local people could hide within the palace.
Later on the palace turned
into a military fortress with a city inside it, and nowadays this is one
of the best-known city attractions. The palace walls are 2,5 meters thick
and 15-20 meters high. Scientists say the construction included 16 towers,
however, there were only three of them left. The whole ensemble consisted
of a hall, temples, a mausoleum for the emperor’s family and other structures.
The palace is listed among the UNESCO World Heritage Monuments.
The main city square is called
“People’s square”, adorned with the Split Town Hall – a very beautiful
building with three pointed arches. Nowadays the building houses an Ethnographic
museum that displays a wide collection of traditional dresses, cloths,
ceramics, household stuff etc. Another city attraction is a Benedictine
Monastery built in the 16th century. There is Grgur Ninski (Gregory of
Nin) statue standing next to the monastery. The person immortalized in
the statue was a bishop who introduced the Croatian language in the religious
services. Rubbing the statue's toe is said to bring good luck.
Landmark not far from Split
is the ancient city of Salona (2 – 4 centuries BC). Unfortunately, great
part of Salona was destroyed in the invasions of the Avars and Slavs. You
will be captivated by the Maritime Museum, located in the 17-century fortress.
The museum displays a vast collection of maps, photographs and varied nautical
equipment. Mestrovic Gallery contains a collection of works by this renowned
sculptor. One of the oldest Croatian museums - Archaeological Museum –
is situated at the Zrinsko-Frankopanska street. Major part of the museum’s
exhibits are discoveries from Salona – sarcophagi, mosaics, ceramics, jewellery.
Local people do deserve all
praises: most beautiful women live in Split, and local men are tall and
well-built. But Split is not only famous for its history, architecture
and citizens; it is also a popular Croatian resort, with numerous modern
hotels and picturesque lagoons. From here one can easily reach wonderful
Dalmatian islands of Brac, Hvar, and visit three national parks – Krka,
Kornati and Plitvice Lakes.
The best time to visit Split
is summer, when Split Music Festival is held, followed by Split Summer
(Splitsko ljeto) theatre festival. Summer is also excellent for sunbathing.
As mentioned above, there are lots of beaches here. Plus to this, many
restaurants, taverns, cafes and bars are found right at the sea-front.
Local dishes are mostly prepared of fish, mollusca, lobsters etc., which
go well with local wine.
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Destinations in Istria - Northern Croatian Gem by Stewart Palmer
Where Croatia's northwest
coast meets Slovenia, a triangular shaped peninsula juts out into the Adriatic.
This is the beautiful region known as, Istria. Historically, Istria has
shifted back and forth from Venetian to Croatian rule and it still has
a significant Italian-speaking population, a fact highlighted by the dual
language road signs. Many of its historic buildings reveal Venetian style
architecture. Add the piazzas, pizzas, local ice cream and superb Istrian
wine to this Italianesque atmosphere and it is little wonder that some
travel writers have dubbed parts of the Istrian hinterland as "The New
Istria has been a popular
holiday destination since the sixties, especially with tourists from Austria,
Germany and the U.K. The climate of the coastal areas is very much a Mediterranean
one, providing warm sunny weather throughout June, July and August. Package
tour holidays have made their impact in one or two coastal towns but on
the whole Istria remains an unspoilt gem, which appeals mainly to independent
Away from the coast, the
landscape of vineyards and rolling hills that are often topped with pretty
little towns, does indeed have all the looks of Tuscan scenery. But the
comparison does not stop at appearances. Many of the vineyards produce
wines of Tuscan standard and the world's finest truffles are to be found
growing in the woodlands.
only city in Istria is Pula. At first glance, you might be tempted to write
it off as a ramshackle port, devoid of any charm or beauty. This is a pity
as Pula has a wealth of Roman history to reveal. Its amphitheatre is the
largest Roman arena still standing, anywhere in the world and it is more
than just a museum to ancient gladiatorial spectacles. In fact, it is regularly
used on summer nights for both classical and pop music concerts when up
to 23,000 people pack into the seats once occupied by Romans.
Pula's amphitheatre is only
the beginning of Pula's Roman treasures however. The Archaeological museum
displays many artefacts from Roman times and the Triumphal Arch of Sergius
is another well preserved Roman monument that has been standing in Pula
for nearly 2000 years. In the Roman Forum you will also find the Temple
of Augustus which dates from the first century and still has intact columns.
Rovinj is the most attractive
town on the Istrian coast. Its Venetian appearance is underlined by the
number of Italian speaking inhabitants and excellent Italian restaurants.
After a day spent on one of the beautiful beaches in the area, Rovinj is
just the place to spend a summer evening.
For a major tourist resort
that has attracted the package tour holiday crowds, Porec is still worth
a visit for its well-preserved Roman streets and compelling old town. There
is no shortage of bars, restaurants, hotels and things to do in this very
tourist conscious town.
Tranquillity and quiet are
never far away from even the busiest of Istrian resorts however, and the
whole coastline is dotted with small islands, peaceful bays, and secluded
beaches. Hidden coves with sparking, white pebbles dazzle and invite naturists
to skinny dip in a crystal clear sea. Larger bays and flat platforms of
rock provide idyllic spots from which sunbathers can lay back and apply
copious amounts of factor thirty whilst listening to the mixed sounds of
gently lapping waves, birdsong and cicadas. The many walking trails around
pine-fringed inlets, lagoons and through beautiful woodland offer naturalists
opportunities to observe rare and diverse specimens of flora and fauna.
Holiday destinations in Istria
are easy to get to with cheap flights to Pula and other airports in the
region being available from several U.K. airports including Gatwick and
Stansted. These flights can be booked on line. As well as cheap flight
offers, there are many Internet sites advertising accommodation throughout
the Istrian peninsula and especially around the coastal resorts.
About the Author: Stewart
- A Mediterranean Jewel for Active Holidays
The Croatian National Tourist
Office is reporting that many visitors are now choosing the country
for a really authentic Mediterranean experience on the fine Adriatic Coast.
These visitors are also discovering the medieval hilltop villages in the
country's Istria region, and the green hinterland of Dalmatia as well as
the country's established National Parks. Everywhere, the country offers
a variety of holiday ideas for those looking for a beach, but also want
to be active on holiday. Here are a few of the highlights of a holiday
A popular option for visitors
who want an all-round introduction to the culture of the country, is a
two-centre holiday starting in the capital Zagreb. Zagreb is a great cultural
centre with a fine mix of museums, theatres, shops and parkland, and with
less than 2 hours flying time from southern UK airports, is a popular arrival
A few days here can be combined
with a longer stay at the well-known Kvarner Riviera, but also for example
at the upcoming north-eastern region of Slavonia which has the Kopa ki
Rit nature reserve (ideal bird-watching territory) and acres of wine-producing
landscape where excellent local wines match heartily with local cuisine.
Exciting to see also are the Lipizzaner horses of Djakovo.
For hikers and cyclists,
the mountains of Gorski Kotar in the north offer great opportunities. Europe's
last great mammal - the brown bear - can be seen here. Also in this region
are the islands of Losinj, Krk, Rab and Cres where the rare griffon vulture
flies in beautiful unspoilt scenes.
The Dalmatian coast is probably
the best-known area of Croatia, but now for UK visitors, new direct flights
to Zodar mean that the northern areas of the Dalmatian coast are more accessible,
including the amazing Kornati archipelago which is a National Park with
all amenities, and is a gateway to five of Coatia's eight such parks.
Many special interest operators
are now offering new inland programmes, including food and wine tours,
bird watching trips as well as historical and cultural tours to all such
With new motorways completed,
and with regular year-round flights from Gatwick and Heathrow to Zagreb
by Croatia Airlines amongst others, those with a few days to spare and
an independent spirit can easily hire a car and be in Croatia's Kvarner
Riviera resorts less than 2 hours from landing. Indeed hiring a car and
enjoying a leisurely, independent view of Croatia's varied landscapes is
a choice which is growing in acceptance as the country opens up once again
to its new waves of visitors.
Meantime, as Croatia is outside
the Eurozone, UK holidaymakers are likely to find excellent self-catering
deals, and excellent value in restaurants and bars, where spending-money
goes a lot further than in Eurozone Mediterranean areas.
About the Author: Jimi
St. Pierre, in collaboration with travel correspondent Penny Church writes
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DALMATIA ISLANDS, CROATIA - FEATURED ACCOMMODATION
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Adria, Starigrad, Hvar, Croatia (Ref: 29250), Self catering apartment in
The accommodation is a newly
built, modern spacious apartment on the second floor. It can sleep up to
six people, with two twin bedded bedrooms and a double sofa bed in the
living area.The living area has a three seat sofa, a two seat sofa and
an armchair, television, a dining table with six chairs. The kitchen
area has an electric grill,hotplate, oven, kettle, refrigerator, sink,
storage cupboards, worksurface and radio. The private terrace has
chairs, table and sun loungers. The terrace is not overlooked, and the
windows have views to the sea through the pine trees. The bathroom
has wc, bidet, power shower, wash basin, washing machine, mirrored cabinet,
towel rail iron & ironing board. Sleeps 6.
Joran (Ref: 10534), self-catering penthouse in Postira, Brac Island
This penthouse apartment
is located right on the edge of the Adriatic Sea on the charming Island
of Brac, Croatia. Apartment Joran is on the top floor of the house
in centre of photograph, and has balcony and adjoining terrace. 1
bedroom with king size double bed. Apartment is suited to couples
or family with baby. There are stunning sea views from the balcony
and terrace, and the apartment is newly decorated and furnished.
The apartment is one bedroomed, with a good sized open plan area containing
equipped kitchen and lounge / dining area. The island of Brac is
reached by a short ferry ride from mainland Split, and there are several
ferries each day. Sleeps 2.
House, Bol, Croatia (Ref: 9480), self-catering house in Island of Brac
Dream villa in idyllic location
on Bol Harbour. Perfect for a beach vacation as Croatia's most famous beach,
and the local diving centre are nearby. Harbour House has been created
as a holiday house for its English owners so you can walk straight into
it and feel at home. It is simple but elegant, with rugs and lovely pictures
on the walls. It has a large kitchen, dishwasher, washing machine, full-sized
cooker and is well equipped with linen, china and cooking equipment. A
lovely, comfortable, sofabed in the terrace sitting room becomes full-sized
single beds (one pulls out from beneath the other). Cot & child's bed
also available. Sleeps 7.
Resort - Poolview (Ref: 45615), self catering villa in MILNA, Brac Island
Milna lies in the west of
Brac, an island in front of the coast of Split. It is a tourist village
with a harbour and a busy centre with restaurants and shops. Milna is known
for its beautiful bays with sand and pebble beaches, ideal for families
with little children. 20 km further you find the famous tourist village
Supetar. General: 1 livingroom (double sofa bed, TV (satellite),
Internet connection), 1 open plan kitchen, 1 bedroom (double bed), 1 bathroom
(Hip bath, Toilet), balcony/terrace, airconditioning, swimming pool (shared),
billiards, bicycle(s) available (paid). Sleeps 4.
bay House (Ref: 38277), Self catering house in Brusje, Hvar
For those who seek to spend
their holiday just a few steps from the sea the bay of Stiniva is a great
solution. At the same time you are not longer then 10 minutes by car from
the historical centre of the city of Hvar, its culture, night life and
traditional Dalmatian restaurants. This bay away from the summer
crowd is ideal for families with children. Clear sea, large and nice
beaches, and a pier good for swimming, diving and fishing. The house
is 80 m from the beach, surrounded by green pine trees, old olive-groves,
vineyards; lavender and rosemary scent all around. The house comprises
3 bedrooms in total; 3 double. This gives room for up to 8 people.
DUBROVNIK RIVIERA, CROATIA - FEATURED SELF-CATERING
for more options on the Dubrovnik Riviera, Croatia
Studio Villa (Ref: 1738), Self catering apartment in DubrovnikBEST
Apartment is a part of the
art studio Marijan that is open every day for visitors, where you can spend
your holiday in the artistic surrounding among 50 sculptures, made from
marble and bronze. This place was designed and built in collaboration
with the nature, with artistic surrounding, quite and energetic in the
same moment, with a wonderful view, clean air, water and sea, this is the
best choice for you. Apartment "Coba" - Suitable for 5+2 (children)
persons. This apartment is situated in Lapad, the quiest part of Dubrovnik
with the wonderful wiev on the beach, hill Petka and open sea. It is offers
you personal and cultivated atmosphere.
Kuca (Ref: 7933), Self catering house in Orebic Instant Confirmation!
Stunning sea views over
Korcula, 5 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, sleeps 10 - all rooms have a balcony,
car parking, on site management. Some say the charm of this country
has increased since the war of the early 1990's, the Croats appreciation
of the good things in life, their warmth and sense of unity, and feelings
of pride in their country all combine to make it a hugely welcoming place
in which to live and travel. Nothing can take away from it's 1778Km
of beautiful coastline, which is scattered with over 1,000 islands basking
in the clear waters of the Adriatic, nor the diverse and dramatic landscapes
of the interior.
House Silvija (Ref: 28033), self-catering house in Zaton Veliki
Its our honor to present
you with the opportunityof spending an amazing vacation at our summer house
“Silvija”, located at Veliki Zaton, near Dubrovnik. You will be able to
enjoy a beautiful view of Zaton bay and crystal clear blue sea without
noisy traffic. You can enjoy delicious mediterranean cuisine at two well
known restaurants in the nearby vicinity. There is also a nearby supermarket
where you can shop on a daily basis. The house comprises 3 bedrooms
in total; 1 double, 2 twin. . This gives room for up to 6 people. Bed linen
and towels are provided for your use. Sleeps 6.
apartments (Ref: 8749), Self catering apartment in CavtatBEST
The apartment is fully equipped,
very spacious (110m2 of living space), airconditioned, has it's own private
parking place. The kitchen is fully equipped with stove, oven, microwave,
fridge, freezer, juice maker, toaster, coffee machine, mixer, cutlery,
pots etc. Living room has Sat.TV., cd./video player, DVD player etc. The
rooms have all the linen, blankets for all the days of your stay. The property
has central heating in all the rooms and is airconditioned. There is a
washing machine too and an iron. It also has very large private sheltered
terraces of 60 m2 with the sea view and also a private garden with the
barbeque and the smaller terrace of 30 m2. The ap. is very suitable for
kids and very safe. It's really comfortable property close to any spot.
options in Dubrovnik
SIBENIK, DALMATIA, CROATIA - FEATURED ACCOMMODATION
for more options in Sibenik, Dalmatia, Croatia
Elena (Ref: 6806), self-catering apartment in RogoznicaBEST
A one double bedroom apartment,
situated 150 metres from the sea with 2 balconies, 1 large enough for 2
sun loungers, a table and chairs, overlooking the sea. 30 mins drive door
to door from Split airport makes Rogoznica ideal for those not wishing
to spend too long in the car or for those who have limited time. The old
town of Sibenik is 30 mins drive away North of the town and Split itself
approx 1 hour to the South. Other beautiful old towns such as Trogir and
Primosten are an easy 10 mins drive away in both directions. A supermarket,
2 bakers (one of them open 24hrs in the summer) and a butcher as well as
a cash machine and various cafes, bars and restaurants are approx 10 mins
walk away. The pretty old town of Rogoznica, on an island, is approx 15
mins walk away with pretty winding back streets, more cafes, a post office
and a church at the top of the hill with beautiful views of the sea.
Dobric, Croatia (Ref: 25018), Self catering villa in Sibenik
Newly renovated, spacious,
three-bedroom apartment with lovely terrace, overlooking the islands of
the Adriatic from the medieval walled city of Sibenik. The apartment is
a 30-second walk to the water and has a wonderful view of the outlying
islands of the Adriatic. The front wall of the apartment is on the original
wall of the old town, circa 1300, with an ancient arched entrance to the
original walled city. Sibenik is unlike any other town in Europe--off
the beaten track, untrammeled by tourists, it has an abundance of charm
and romance from another era. If you love boating or sailing and some of
the best seafood in the world, you will love it here. Sleeps 5.
SPLIT, DALMATIA, CROATIA - FEATURED ACCOMMODATION
for more options in Split, Dalmatia, Croatia
SPLIT (Ref: 35062), Self catering apartment in Split
Lovely apartment in centre
of Split, sea view, 20 meters of the beaches, close to the marina, tennis
courts. Fully equipped: 2 bedrooms for 4 persons, 2A/C, 2TV/SAT.
Location of apartment is really excellent close to the beache, marina,
tennis courts, diving club, swiming pool, popular restaurants, caffe bars,
shops. The surface of apartment is 60 m2. There are 2 separate airy
bedrooms with King size bed for 4-5 persons (2+3), 2 A/C air conditioner,
Internet , 2 TV/SAT , DVD, video Hi-Fi, fully equiped kitchen, dining-room
and living room with the beautiful view at the sea and marina, bathroom
with washing machine, free towels and linen, parking (free).
Villa Bb (Ref: 27754), B & B apartment in Split/PodstranaRECOMMENDED
Apartments Bozikovic are
designed by top European standards. They have been build and decorated
in 2002. In the object campus there is also a bar "Luda braca" which arranges
all sorts of different amusement programs.
Every Wednesday and Sunday
we have live music. The apartments are the first line by the sea. In front
of the apartments is a sand beach on which you can find a lot summer activities,
which will make your visit more interesting. Every guest has reserved parking.
Visit us and you will become our permanent customers. For additional information
please contact us. Apartments are open during all year for guests and business
partners. If you are looking for more dynamic activities - "Le Meridien"
Hotel Lav is located "just around the corner" (within walking distance
about 80m) with its Spa and Wellness center, board rooms, marina, casino
and bars. Sleeps up to 4.
Self-Catering options in Split
CROATIA - FEATURED ACCOMMODATION
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Grisia, Rovinj (Ref: 29524), Self catering apartment in Rovinj
Renovated apartment in the
old town of Rovinj, spacious on two floors with airconditioning. 1 min.
walk to the sea, boulevard, restaurants. Swimming, diving, painting,
dreaming..... All that is possible Rovinj. Do you also prefer to stay between
the inhabitants in a characteristic and attractive apartment? Think of
a romantic holiday in an apartment of a house built in the 17th Century.
The ancient Romans had their reasons for choosing their stay in Rovinj
many years ago. The apartment comprises 2 bedrooms in total; 1 double,
1 twin, 1 of the bedrooms with en-suite facilities. This gives room for
up to 5 people. Bed linen and towels are provided for your use.
Sea Front Apartment (Ref: 35631), Self catering apartment in MEDULIN
Stunning first floor apartment
next to the sea, with lovely views over the bay. The apartment is
in a quiet location, 5 minutes walk from the town centre. There is
something for everybody. The local hotels all have water sports for hire.
There is fishing, scuba diving, boat hire. There is golf nearby, you can
hire sailing boats, horse riding, and also cycle hire. If you like walking,
there are many coastal paths. Bird watching is also very good. If you like
history, then Pula is steeped in this , with lots to see. The local beach
is sandy, with others shingle or rock. There are also numerous nudist beaches
if this takes your fancy. The apartment comprises 2 bedrooms in total;
1 double, 1 twin. The property also has 1 double sofa bed located in the
LIVING ROOM. This gives room for up to 6 people.
DORA 4+2 (Ref: 15264), Self catering apartment in Kraljevica-Kvarner BayRECOMMENDED
This truly outstanding villa
has been beautifully restored and boasts views of the island of Krk. Built
in the Austro-Hungarian style, it offers guests a wonderful opportunity
to relax in peaceful surroundings. Located by the sea, the property has
direct access to a very pretty cove and also comes with a lovely decked
pool area which is illuminated at night. This very special property would
suit couples or families with children. This modern apartment is
set in 3000 square metres of mature scented garden where there are plenty
of areas to sunbathe and enjoy the scenery. Picnic tables and lounge chairs
are dotted around the garden where guests can find their own private spot
to eat sit and relax. A gate from the garden leads down to the beach. The
property offers mooring facilities for guests who would like to bring their
own boats. Nearby are two restaurants located within 100 metres of the
property both serving Mediterranean cuisine. Sleeps 6.
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