Discover the charm of the natural beauties of Croatia
Every year millions of Italians decide to visit Croatia. It is not strange, then, that in Croatia it feels a bit like home. Still, Although the Adriatic is one of the destinations of the Italians, are actually to be discovered.
The ideal time to explore Croatia is definitely low season for a number of reasons: the lowest priced at the lowest traffic, the most interesting and picturesque events (first of all the Carnival, but not only!) and partly because to avoid the temptation of the beautiful sea of Croatia and laziness that catches us in summer when we can't resist the lure of the beach, it takes too much, really too much fortitude! Then we explore in the spring or fall and relax in the Sun in summer (and skiing in winter ...).The true Explorer knows how to enjoy the pleasure of driving on the Adriatic Highway, the beautiful coastal road that from River reaches the Dalmatia, crossing it all: 1053 km of road and overlooking on a non-transferable, on beaches, coves, deserted stretches of coastline and at the mercy of the elements, through small ports delicious with a stop in any restaurant with a terrace overlooking the sea.
Istria, Dalmatia and Islands, but also inland or coast? What part of Croatia explore?
First of all the distances are related, the places to see are easy to list: there are national parks (6), parks (11), Unesco (7), the beautiful historic towns, castles, lighthouses, natural reserves ... all at distances ranging from a half hour drive to a half day from most of the main tourist resorts on the coast. You may, for convenience, choose to visit the northern or southern Croatia: Northern va from Istria (Pula, Porec, Rovinj), island of Krk, Rab, Pag, Cres and Lošinj, Opatija, up to!, Zagreb, while the southern part includes the coast from Zadar to Dubrovnik with Islands (Hvar, Korcula, Vis, Dugi Otok, Kornati, Krka waterfalls, Split. Lastovo, Mljet ...). Here we consider some possible routes split between locations in the North, Center and South of Croatia.
ITINERARIES IN NORTHERN CROATIA
If you have decided to stay in Northern Croatia, in Istria for instance – Rovinj, Pula, Umag, Poreč – you can arrange your holiday to include in these locations: Plitvice Lakes with beautiful wooden walkways that line and crossing Lakes, waterfalls and caves ... Postojna Cave and Lipica with the breeding of the famous white horses of Lipica in Slovenia the Brijuni Islands National Park connected to the liner at the port of Fazana with the Ulysses Theatre the Pula Arena where concerts are held throughout the year, theatre, international events (such as the Pula Film Festival) the Ucka mountain Risnjak Park the Island Krk, connected to the Mainland by bridge; the islands of Cres and Lošinj reachable by ferry from Brestova on the Mainland the castles of the Crikvenica Riviera
CENTRAL CROATIA ITINERARIES
See for those who are to stay in the towns of Central Croatia-island of Pag,
- Zara ...: Zara historic city from beautiful downtown, with the sea organ and sun salutation;
- island of Pag, famous for its lace and excellent sheep cheese, grilled lamb and Luns;
- Kornati Islands National Park, reachable by boat from Zadar, Murter;
- Lake Vrana ornithological reserve natural park, ideal for fishing lovers, is located between Pirovac and Pakostane
- the salt pans in Nin
- Sibenik, one of the oldest towns on the Croatian Adriatic, famous for its Cathedral of Saint James and the rich cultural program and the entertainment, with young and fun Festival and music festivals and theatrical venues
- the town of Primosten with its old town gathered on a peninsula;
- the fortified town of Trogir, a UNESCO World Heritage site;
- the National Park Paklenica appreciated by lovers of trekking and climbing;
- the Krka National Park with its beautiful waterfalls, castles, historical buildings and traditional;
ITINERARIES SOUTHERN CROATIA
Those who decide to spend their holidays in Dalmatia (the Peljesac Peninsula, islands of Korcula, Lastovo, Vis, Mljet ...) cannot fail to visit Dubrovnik, one of the symbols of Croatia with its white walls overlooking the sea, but there are other beautiful places to see and where to dwell:
- the fortified town of Korcula, island Korcula;
- the Peljesac Peninsula with its vineyards and defensive walls;
- the Elaphiti islands-koločep, Lopud and Sipan, near Dubrovnik
- dell ’ National Park Island Mljet
- The Lastovo archipelago with its natural park, a paradise for divers and naturalists;
- the town of Hvar on the island Hvar port in Baroque style built in the 16th century on which overlooks St Stephen's Cathedral ...
- the Arboretum of Trsteno, secular collecting botanical specimens from all over the world ...
- the old town of Dubrovnik is enclosed by its walls white; the city has been equipped with a afunivia that leads to the Summit of Mount Srd rooftop terrace where you can let your gaze wander over the Adriatic Sea, the nearby islands, the ships cembrano painted on the blue sea ...
Coastal route: big cities
Landing in the beautiful city of Dubrovnik you have to spend the early hours of the morning at beautiful walls – before the cruise ships are a constant in front of the old port are beginning to disembark their passengers and town, but above all the walls, crowd of people. From the port you can take the opportunity to visit the Lokrum island with its beautiful peacocks and rocky beaches, or choose a tour of Elafiti.
From Dubrovnik the next stop takes us to Korcula, island green famous for its wine, the sandy beaches of Lumbarda and the historic fortified his capital. From Korcula you can reach the island of Hvar, one of the most "complete" islands of the Croatian Adriatic: Party on one side and stylish, rustic villages, lush, beautiful beaches and restaurants for every taste.
From Hvar we move to Split and Diocletian's taking advantage of the new link service with seaplane: a visit to the Palace can take a few hours or the whole day, to end in the catacombs-bazaar ... We then proceed to Zadar, a perfect mix of ancient and contemporary history and the port of departure for a visit to the National Park Kornati.
Going up along the coast you can reach Pula and its beautiful amphitheatre to witness and to a concert or a historical reconstruction, a quick visit to the city – at the Roman Theatre, the market and the beaches of Punta Verudela – and an episode to the Brioni Islands National Park, perhaps to see a classic theatrical in Ulysses Theatre with setting in an old military fortress. From Pula to Rovinj is a short step, but the highly diverse landscape: the old town stands on a hilly peninsula and at the top of the Hill stands the Church of Sant'Eufemia: the narrow streets to reach the Church form a labyrinth overlooked by tall, narrow houses and narrow stairs that descend to the sea ...
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