Split is the second largest city in Croatia, and a wonder to behold. Erected in the 4th century, it began with the construction of the splendid Palace of the Roman Emperor Diocletian. He is remembered for his reforms and persecution of Christians, however, the fate is not without irony – the mausoleum of the former Emperor was later restructured into a Christian cathedral. The historical center of Split is part of the UNESCO World Heritage List, owing this honour to the multitude of century-spanning constructions preserved there: the Temple of Jupiter, the Cathedral of St Domnius (Duje), the Procuration Square, the Golden Gate, and the Silver Gate. Some of them date back to Ancient Rome while others to the times of the Venetian rule or the rule of other states. Locals love to say, “various eras are connected by clothes-lines stretched between buildings in Split streets.” The city will meet travelers coming by sea with its red lighthouse at the entrance to Marina Split. Excellent infrastructure provides more than three hundred well-equipped piers for tourists and a convenient location for reaching all the city sights.
Among a variety of Croatian cities, one should visit the medieval city-museum of Trogir. Uniquely situated partly on the mainland and partly on the island, Trogir’s fairytale streets are dotted with old cathedrals, ornate palaces, and stoic temples. Trogir is a brightly coloured magic box, unlike any other city. The historical center of the city earned a spot on the UNESCO World Heritage List thanks to the exquisite mix of Baroque, Renaissance, Gothic, and Roman styles. The old basilica, Cathedral of St. Lawrence (Lovro), serves as a primary sight of Trogir. Its bell tower may become a fine orientation point in the maze of narrow medieval streets. For an aerial view of the city, climb to the top of the Kamerlengo Fortress. Nowadays, the fortress serves as a venue for theatrical and musical performances. It’s highly recommended to try local delicacies at the Fishermen’s Nights - the longstanding city festival.
Maslinica is a tiny port village on the western end of Šolta Island. The Martinis Marchi Castle was located here in the past; now the building was restructured into a luxurious hotel with a pier for 60 boats.
Komiža is a small fishermen’s town located at the foot of Mount Hum. Many churches, a Renaissance-era tower, paragliding, diving, riding as well as a well-equipped marina are waiting for tourists in Komiža.
One-hundred-year-old pine trees, Zlatni Rat (Golden Horn) beach, and the sapphire-coloured waters of the Adriatic Sea with ideal waves for windsurfers made the fairytale town of Bol, on the island of Brač, a popular resort long ago. The Dominican Monastery, the Branco Dešković Gallery located in the Baroque-style Palace, and the Glagolitic Order Monastery in a stone cave are also top sites to visit in Bol.
The island of Piškera is a part of the Kornati National Park famous for its steep rock walls and unusually shaped bays. The yacht marina is located in the deep, safe strait between the island of Piškera and the island of Vela Panitula. If you wish to stay in the marina for the night, simply purchase an entrance ticket to the Kornati Park.
Zlarin is a small island in Middle Dalmatia located not far from the city of Šibenik. It’s primarily known for its coral and coral handicraft. Local masters have preserved the old methods of treating these sea gifts, creating exquisite pieces. Explore your interests further at the Coral Museum and stop by the Coral Center to pick up an authentic souvenir or decoration to remind you of the trip.
Due to its proximity to the entrance of the Krka National Park and Šibenik, Skradin welcomes many visitors. Nevertheless, Skradin remains a quiet, peaceful town, situated far from the mainland coast, full of greenery and fruit trees.
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