If you like cruising, Croatia and it’s wonderful archipelago is a must. A spectacular archipelago with ample of culture, history and beauty.
The Croatian coast, including islands, cliffs and reefs, is 5.835 km long. There are 1.185 island, islets and reefs in the Adriatic Sea, so it is not strange that it is known as a land of “Thousand Islands”. Each of the islands has its own particular story and place in history. Croatia covers an area of great diversity and it is a place of rare beauty. What makes Croatian people proud is the untouchable nature protected in numerous nature reserves and eight national parks (Islands Brijuni, Kornati and Mljet, River Krka, Plitvice Lakes, Paklenica canyon, Risnjak wooded mountain massive and north part of the mountain massive Velebit).
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Croatian National Tourist board
Located in the center of the Croatian Adriatic Coastline the city of Šibenik sits sheltered in the bay where the river Krka enter the sea. The picturesque welcoming city is a place to visit for your yacht charter cruise.
Šibenik is today is the administrative, political, economic, social and cultural centre of the County of Šibenik and Knin which extends along the 100 kilometre long coastline between the Zadar and Split Rivieras, extending up to 45 kilometres into the hinterland area, at the bottom of Dinara mountain. The area has 242 islands, islets and above-sea reefs. Most of these are in the north-western part of Šibenik’s waters and are bare and sparsely inhabited. The most numerous group of islands are the Kornati, widely known for their bizarre shapes and splendid natural beauty.
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UNESCO – The Cathedral of St James in Šibenik
Kornati National Park
The Kornati archipelago consists of 140 uninhabited islands, islets and reefs of which 89 is part of the Kornati National Park. Often called a nautical paradise the islands have an impressive contrast between bare, almost desert like land and a rich underwater fauna.
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National Park of Kornati
Krka National Park
Inland following the waterways northeast of Sibenik you find The Krka National Park. It has an area of outstanding natural beauty boasts countless inter-connected lakes and waterfalls with the opportunity of short boat tours or walks around the many bridges and footpaths. The Franciscan monastery of Visovac located in the middle of one of the lakes makes a picturesque visit.
Trogir is a city that usually is visited “casually” and the main impression after a first visit is: How is possible that a place of similar beauty isn’t on the top of promotion of Croatia as well as Dubrovnik? Trogir is a wonderful old city surrounded by the sea, with stone covered streets and buildings with characteristic white color are unique and unforgettable. Old Trogir is an UNESCO heritage from 1997. It is situated on island between the coast and island Ciovo (connected with a bridge). The major part of old town is protected by the walls and on the southern part there is a beautiful shore with palms. Except of Cathedral and fascinating portal of Master Radovan, it is possible to see a lot of historical buildings as Kamerlengo and St. Marco castle, North and South City Door, St. Nicholas tower, Cipiko palace, many churches and monasteries.
After important historical monuments there are a countless quantity of anonymous old house with old family’s stems above the doors, fascinate architectonic details lost in some corner or court with old stone well. The main city square with Cathedral is particularly charming, but it is also an unique feeling to take a walk on a sunshine shore (riva) or get lose yourself inside of narrow streets of old town. Island Ciovo in some sense is a “Trogir’s beach” where the Trogir’s medieval nobles used to build the villas.
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UNESCO – Historic City of Trogir
Hvar lies south of Brač and is the longest island in the Adriatic. It has a mild climate and abundant subtropical vegetation you will find vineyards, olive groves and lavender in multitude.
The city of Hvar is located on the west coast of the island and is the island’s hub and busiest city. From the bar and restaurant clad port you have the large town square – St Stephen’s Square – with marbled stones and just a quick walk pass the square you will find the open market with fresh fruits and vegetables and the local speciality cheeses.
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Croatia National Tourist Board – Hvar
Island Vis, the beauty of limpid waters and protected submarine world rich with sunken ships and magic marine images that has been hidden for years. Vis is the most westerly of the larger Croatian islands and the oldest established town in Dalmatia, founded in 397 B.C. by the ruler of Sicily, Dionysus – the Latin name for the island is Issa. In World War II, the island was major base for British troops stationed there and there is a British military cemetery on the island. After 1945, Vis was closed to tourism by the Yugoslav army and only reopened when Croatia declared its independence in 1990. Some of the most exclusive wines in Croatia are produced there, such as Plavac and Vugava.
Southwest of Vis is the island Bisevo, of an area of 6 square kilometers. There are many caves in ‘chiseled’ into the steep coasts, among which ‘Modra Spilja’ stands out with an above-sea level and below-sea level entrance. When the sea is calm the light rays that shine in the cave break in such a way against the cave walls that the objects and people inside it are covered in blue and those in the water a silvery colour.
Korcula’s contains many monuments dating from its days under Venetian rule. It was the home of famed traveler Marco Polo. His house may be visited – though little remains but his garden and a staircase to the tower from which he is presumed to have gazed out on the world and deemed it a place to explore. An interesting feature in Korcula’s is the manner in which its streets were re-built in the thirteenth century. Most of the lanes run west to east in order to block out the northeastern Bora, a cold and powerful wind that at times stirs up the Adriatic while allowing the gentle Mistral breezes from another direction to air-condition the town.
On the island of Korcula’s (pronounced “kor-chew-la”), exploration is more than a pastime, its heritage.
For tourists wanting to follow Polo’s footsteps closer to home, the explorer’s birthplace is near the almost 700-year-old Saint Peter’s Church, another popular sightseeing destination. Shipbuilding and stonecutting played vital roles in Korcula’s economy for centuries. Pine forests provided the raw materials for ships, and ships provided transportation for Korcula’s stone, which was once well known throughout Europe and used in many palaces. Korcula’s heritage comes alive in a traditional dance that has been performed for more than four centuries. The Moreska sword dance depicts the battle of two kings and their armies for the love of a beautiful girl.
Mljet is situated only 17 miles from Korcula’s. It is a green paradise, unique in the Mediterranean because of its environment. As a consequence of the rising sea level, two beautiful salt lakes were created on the island: Veliko and Malo Jezero, which are surrounded by luxuriant pine and oak woods. Because of its extraordinary beauty, this part of the island was proclaimed a national park in 1960.
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Mljet National Park
Croatian National Tourist Board – Mljet
Jewel of the Dalmatian coast, girded in 9th century walls that rise cheerily from the water’s edge, Dubrovnik is one of the best-preserved medieval towns in Europe and miraculously escaped serious damage in the recent war. Within the ancient fortifications is a labyrinth of alleyways and a striking Renaissance boulevard called the ‘Stradun.’ Dubrovnik is not only beautiful, it is an architectural marvel. This medieval walled city is over 1,000 years old and virtually untouched by the modern world. Dubrovnik has been listed as a city-monument on the UNESCO cultural heritage register. Particular sights of interest include the oldest pharmacy in Europe, located in the Friars Minor monastery (1317).
For more information of Dubrovnik go:
UNESCO – Old City of Dubrovnik
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