Trogir is a town-museum in the very meaning of the word. Lovers of cultural and historical monuments, art, original architecture and nice alleys are given the opportunity in Trogir to learn about the manifold and complex heritage – from the Romanesque yard to the modern interiors. The unique historical core, Radovan’s portal, the art collections which have been arousing excitement among visitors and travellers for centuries offer a tourist beauty, personified in the relief of Kairos as an appropriate souvenir. The wider surroundings of Trogir (Trogir – Seget – Ciovo Riviera) is characterized by lavish green vegetation, numerous islands and islets, rocky and pebble beaches. Apart from the high quality accommodation – hotels, boarding houses, apartments, campsites, delicious domestic food, fish dishes in par-ticular, the sports and recreation offer includes many opportunities – tennis, boccia, bowling, jogging, surfing school, diving. Entertainment includes lively fishermen’s nights and folklore show but also classical music concerts in special scenic sets of the town. Trogir ACI Marina has 200 berths in the sea and 80 places on the land TROGIR, a town and harbour on the coastal strip of the Kastela Gulf, 27 km west of Split. The old core is situated on a small island between the island of Ciovo and the mainland; connected with the mainland by a small stone bridge, and with the island of Ciovo by a drawbridge. The town spreads to the northern coast of Ciovo, opposite the small island. Split Airport is in nearby Resnik. Trogir marina is situated on the northern coast of the Ciovo island, between the bridge of Trogir and Cape Cubrijan.
n the central part of croatian Adriatic Sea, about 15 Nm to the west from Sibenik town, 7 Nm to the southwest from Murter, or 15 Nm to the south from Zadar town, there is amazing group of islands named Kornati archipelago.
Beauty and singularity of the archipelago moved authorities in 1980 to proclaim a bigger part of that area national park. Since then certain modifications of its borders were made, so that nowadays Kornati National Park occupies the area of about 220 km2 (54.000 acres). There are 89 islands, islets and reefs within the area of Kornati National Park (238 km of the coastline), what makes it the most indented group of islands in the Mediterranean.
The land part of Kornati National Park covers less than 1/4 of its total area, but the values of its landscapes, the “crowns” (cliffs) on the islands facing the open sea, and interesting relief structures, make this part of Kornati National Park unique. Besides, the Kornati submarine area, whose biocenosis are considered to be the richest in the Adriatic Sea, and also the magnificent geomorphology of the sea bed attracts divers from all over Europe to come and enjoy in unforgettable submarine adventures.
NP PLITVICKA JEZERA:
The natural attributes of the Plitvice Lakes National Park, uniqueness and sensibiliry of that phenomenon, deserve a full attention of our visitors. Recreational aspect of stay and the amazement with beauty of the area that conquers by its natural diversity and harmony of shapes and colours in any of the seasons, is based on many mutually conditioned natural characteristics.
That is a specific geological and hydrogeological phenomenon of karst. The series of 16 bigger and a few smaller lakes, gradually lined up, separated by travertine barriers for which the period of the last ten thousand years was crucial, and which were ruled by ecological relations similar to those of today – suitable for travertine depositing and for the origin of the lakes – are the basic phenomenon of the National Park.
Travertine forming plants, algae and mosses have been and still are playing an important role in their creation, thus making a very sensitive biodynamic system.
Transitive type of climate between coastal and continental with microclimatic diversities makes summer pleasant and sunny, while on the other side winter is relatively long, harsh and snowrich. There are large forestry complexes in the Park area, of which some sections are protected as a special reserve of forestry vegetation due to its primeval characteristics (Corkova uvala virgin forest). Diversity of places and living conditions makes possible for numerous species of plants and animals in watery and terrestrial areas of the Park to develop with no disturbancy.
It should be stressed that all fundamental things that do determine the Park, make a very fragile structural and functional complex, sensitive to natural changes and to incautious human actions.
UNESCO has declared it with all rights as the World’s natural inheritance. All that was mentioned in this short introduction shows a big importance and the reason why this Natural History Guide of The Plitvice Lakes National Park is being published. It should come into hands of every single visitor and draw his attention to numerous attractions of the first Croatian National Park.
Covers the area along the flow of river Krka, which springs three kilometres northeast of Knin and it passes through the deep and vivid 75 km long canyon forming deafening falls – Krcic, Risnjak, Miljacka, the Roški slap Falls (26) and the famous Skradinski buk Falls (the Krka Falls 46m), the greatest calcareous travertine barrier in Europe. The lower Krka flows through Prukljansko jezero lake and flows into 9 km long bay – Šibenski zaljev. In NP Krka, two cultural and historic monuments stand out: the Franciscan monastery on the island of Visovac and the Krka monastery and the most important town in the group of picturesque towns on the park area is Skradin – the town protected as a cultural monument.
Set amid the wild beauty of white karstic rock and the azure sea, the Šibenik aquatorium is a yachting paradise, boasting as many as 240 isles and reefs, each of which holds an interesting feature or two. If you want to meet the best known coral hunters in the Adriatic, set sail for Zlarin. If you wish to see the centre of sea sponge harvesting, then Krapanj is your destination. On the other hand, if you seek an experience like no other, then venture into the open sea and discover the Kornati Archipelago.Two national parks with only 50km between them could not be more different. The Kornati National Park is an archipelago of 89 islands, isles and reefs (numbering in total 152 units) of incomparable beauty which offers the boaters the pleasure of sailing, the formidable sheer cliffs filling them with delight and awe in the same breath. Enchanted with their striking beauty, the famous writer George Bernard Shaw wrote one of the best descriptions of the Kornati: “On the last Day of Creation God wished to crown his work and he created Kornati out of tears, stars and breath”. In contrast, the Krka National Park is full of travertine barriers, waterfalls and lakes the wondrousness of which take one’s breath away. Indeed, they are regarded as one of the favourite tourist picture postcards from Croatia.
For centuries the capital of Dalmatia and today the centre of the region, Zadar is the town with many monuments of worldwide importance, which can even today be found on every step: the Roman forum from 1st century, St. Donat church from 9th century – the most famous medieval basilica, the symbol of the town, the renovated Romanesque church of St. Krševan from 12th century and the bell-tower of St. Mary from 1105, St. Anastasia cathedral from 13th century, the Town Square with Municipal Loggia and Guard from 16th century and impressive town walls with representative Port and Land Gates from 16th century, then the Square of 3 Wells and the Square of 5 Wells and many palaces, villas and other monuments.
Zadar is a spring of Croatian history and scientific tradition, protector of musical and literature tradition. Zadar is very attractive for tourists for its culture and history and possibilities for different programs.
Once an island, Primošten has preserved the atmosphere and all the architectural features of a medieval Mediterranean fishing village. The town is dominated by sv. Juraj [St. George] on the highest point of the former island, and the Church of Gospa od Milosti [Our Lady of Mercy] and the chapel of sv. Roko [St. Rocco] certainly attracts our attention.Naturally sheltered from the winds, surrounded by vineyards woven into a stone honeycomb, at the foot of the hills there is Kremik marina which is unique on the Adriatic. The view of the Babic vines in their stone cells on the nearby slopes is a special experience and testimony to how man’s hand can enrich and fertilize even the harshest landscape. On the Raduca peninsula, to the north of the town, in a pine forest, there are hotels and beaches with a wide range of facilities.
RAFTING NA CETINI:
The river Cetina is one of the most beautiful places in Croatia where you can experience the excitement of rafting. It is situated in the peaceful countryside of Dalmatinska Zagora region and it i slowly passes through numerous canyons, spots and hills rising above it. River comes out of 5 strong wells at 380 m above the sea, under two mountains, Dinara and Gnjat, few km northern from town Vrlika, from where it flows south-east through the fields of Sinj, town Trilj to Zadvarje, where it turns west to Omiš where it joins the Adriatic Sea.
Ever-faster rhythm of life made the time spent in nature essential for maintaining good health. This need strenghtened the position of eco-tourism and contributed to the promotion of new sports closely related to nature.
The ruins of the ancient Salona, capital of the Roman province of Dalmatia, lie six kilometres north of Split in what is today the town of Solin. Favourable geographic position in the central part of the eastern coast of the Adriatic at the bottom of the well-sheltered Kastelanski Bay, along the delta of the Salon river (today the river Jadro), as well as good road links to the hinterland all contributed to the quick and unhindered development of the town.
Initially, Salona had been the coastal stronghold and the port of the Illyrian Delmats in the immediate vicinity of the ancient Greek colonies Tragurion and Epetion. Along with the local Illyrian population and the Greek settlers, Salona was at the time inhabited by a large Italic community. Following the civil war between Caesar and Pompey in 48 B.C., Salona was granted the status of a Roman colony thus becoming the centre of Illyricum and later of the province of Dalmatia…
The sun, the shade of century-old pines, Zlatni rat Beach and the magical spirit of Dalmatian ‘kala’ (narrow cobblestone alleys) intertwining with the bustle of trendy summer resorts and surfer havens – that is the story of Bol. This picturesque small town was once the home of wine-growers, fishermen and sailors, and it remains the only coastal settlement on the southern side of the island of Brac. Visitors are attracted to Bol’s white beaches, particularly Zlatni rat Beach, because of their vastness and beauty. Zlatni rat Beach stretches almost vertically into the sea, changing its shape and location depending on the winds, as if it were made of liquid gold. Its elegance and allure have made it the symbol of both the island and coastal Croatia, being put on the front pages of prestigious global newspapers.Notable sights to visit in town are the places of religious worship and Bol’s urban buildings. At Glavica, the small peninsula to the east of the city, there is a place of worship that has existed for over one thousand years. There is also a Dominican monastery that was built in 1475 and in its Lady of Mercy Church, there are valuable works of art from the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Bol’s urban structure consists of the Gothic villa by the pier, St Anthony’s Church, a Renaissance-Baroque palace, a Baroque parish church and Kaštil, the former fortification structure.The Branko Deškovic Gallery, located in the Renaissance-Baroque palace in Bol, is famous for its significant works of modern Croatian art. Bol is the only settlement on the southern side of the island and it is abounds with white beaches.