ŠIBENIK – Cultural Diamond
Šibenik, the oldest native Croatian city on the Adriatic, is located in the most protected natural harbor, in the center of the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea, at the mouth of the beautiful Krka River, at the sources of Croatia’s rich history – probably in the place where some of the original Croatian settlers first saw the blue sea. The old part of a town consists of stone houses, narrow alleys with a lot of stairs. Small squares and numerous cultural and historical monuments give Šibenik archaic and romantic Mediterranean atmosphere.
KRKA NATIONAL PARK – Natural, cultural and historical heritage
Krka National Park covers a total area of 109 km² of the loveliest sections of the Krka River, and the lower course of the Čikola River. The waterfalls are easily accessed and attractive for all true nature lovers, those interested in national customs and all those looking to enjoy the hospitality and culture offered here. The most frequently visited areas in of Krka National Park are Skradinski buk and Roški slap. Skradinski buk is one of Croatia’s best known natural features, made up of travertine cascades, islands and lakes. The Krka National Park can be visited year round. Some areas are connected by excursion boats, while other sites in the Krka National Park can be reached by car. The planned trip can include several days for a full visit and experience of the park, with multiple day tickets available for purchase. (www.np-krka.hr)
BARONE FORTRESS – Redescovering the rich past the way to a successful future
Barone Fortress was built in 1646 on Vidakuša, the 80 meter-high hill above the city. Along with the other three fortresses in Šibenik, it represents a unique defense system which resisted the enemies of the city for centuries. Today, it has an exceptional monumental value recognized across Europe. (www.barone.hr)
MICHAEL FORTRESS – A place to see
The Medieval St. Michael’s Fortress is definitely a must-see in Šibenik. It was erected on a sixty meters high and steep rocky hill that dominates the surrounding waters. Under its walls, Šibenik evolved – the oldest native Croatian town on the Adriatic. It was first mentioned on Christmas in 1066, as the place where the Croatian king Petar Krešimir IV and his courtly retinue resided. After revitalisation there is an open air stage – one of the most prestigious stages in the region, which organizes various cultural, musical and theatrical events, thus contributing to the image of the Republic of Croatia, and especially the city of Šibenik, as must-see destinations of cultural tourism. (svmihovil.sibenik.hr)
TROGIR – old city on the UNESCO heritage list
Trogir is a remarkable example of urban continuity. The orthogonal street plan of this island settlement dates back to the Hellenistic period and it was embellished by successive rulers with many fine public and domestic buildings and fortifications. Its beautiful Romanesque churches are complemented by the outstanding Renaissance and Baroque buildings from the Venetian period. Symbol of town Trogir is Kairos. In Greek mythology, Kairos was the god of opportunity, luck and favorable moment. According to legend, He must be grasped by his tuft of hair, otherwise moment flies away and cannot be caught any more…
SPLIT – Diocletian´s town
The story of Split is already 17 centuries old, dating to the time the Roman Emperor Diocletian decided to build his Palace right on the peninsula near the great Roman city Salona, where he wanted to spend the last years of his life. During these 1700 years the Palace slowly turned into a city, which to this day lures with its rich tradition, glorious history and beauty of its natural and cultural heritage. Diocletian Palace and the entire historical core of Split have been on the World Heritage UNESCO list ever since 1979, and not only for the extraordinary preservation of the Palace, but also because the Palace and its city (or the city and its Palace, if you like) continue to live a full life. All historical layers from the old Rome, middle ages till today are still visible and alive in this structure. A walk through the ancient city takes you through time, along the great examples of ancient architecture like Peristyle, the middle aged Romanesque Church and Gothic Palace, Renaissance portals of the noblemen’s houses, Baroque facades and modern architecture superbly merged in the rich heritage.
Boasting an historic old town of Roman ruins, medieval churches, cosmopolitan cafes and quality museums set on a small peninsula, Zadar is an intriguing city. It’s not too crowded, it’s not overrun with tourists and its two unique attractions – the sound-and-light spectacle of the Sea Organ and the Sun Salutation – need to be seen and heard to be believed. »Drama is life with the boring part left out« Hitchcock said on one occasion. He could have said the same for all the drama of the sunset, symbol that has always remained in Zadar´s company.