What to see in Croatia: sights of Zagreb and other cities
Croatia – perfect holiday country. Here you can find entertainment for every taste: animated large beaches and luxury hotels, small Islands – for those who want to relax from everyday life; ancient castles and remains of fortresses – for those who like historical tourism and sightseeing; mountain for outdoor enthusiasts.
But the big advantage of the Croatian tourist is comparatively low prices for recreation and entertainment. Therefore, going to conquer Europe, many tourists begin their journey of a traveler here, where at one point converge the sea breeze, the fresh mountain air and the echoes of medieval times.
What to see?
Croatia is a country of unique nature: on its territory there are 20 mineral springs and 1 field treatment of oil, so tourists come here not only to relax but also to improve their health.
Got here once, you will want to return again and again. There are several attractions of Croatia are obliged to visit every tourist.
The caves of the island of Mljet
The island of Mljet is called the green: 90% of its territory (the total area of the island is more than 5 thousand hectares) is covered by forests.
Tourists come here to touch the pristine nature, because on the Island there is a unique karst lakes, which have no analogues in the world.
Both lakes are formed by sea water, which enters through small, almost imperceptible channel. The depth of Big lake is 46 m, and its area is 145 hectares.
Here is the famous cave, which, according to legend, saved the life of the mythical hero Odysseus. Shipwrecked, he was saved when he saw the hole in the ground among huge waves: it was the water tunnel that led into the cave.
Krka national Park
The most famous Park in the country, access to which is possible to... the vehicle, and it is absolutely free. Enjoy the beauty of nature, you can start already on Board: the route runs through the picturesque countryside along the mountains. Then the tourists will pass through the winding paths and wooden bridges.
In the Park you can wander all dayand still not have time to consider everything: only plants there are more than 850 species. But Krk is not a virgin forest: there is special tourist zonewhere you can eat and buy Souvenirs.
Plitvice lakes national Park, which I heard even those who have never been in Croatia. The Park has an area of 30 thousand hectares. In this square is located the lake – 16 major and several dozen smaller ones. In addition to lakes, the river Korana has formed hundreds of waterfalls of different heights.
The lake is surrounded by coniferous and beech forests, in Sunny weather the air is literally saturated with the scent of pine. It's home to hundreds of species of birds. But if you want to enjoy pristine nature – it is better to come here early in the morning and by lunchtime the paths are swarming with tourists.
Croatia has a rich and ancient castles that attract tourists from all over the world. Someone coming here just to gawk at the ancient architecture, some to broaden their horizons and learn more about Medieval times.
Veliki Tabor is one of the few castles that have survived to the present day. Now there is a Museum containing various exhibits of ancient weapons, jewelry smithing and pottery crafts, paintings.
Built this castle was in the 12th century as a defensive structure. It is located on a hill, offering good view of the surrounding area. And the perimeter is enclosed by protective walls with guard towers.
The medvedgrad castle on Medvednica mountain is one of the most popular castles. Just so it don't get: first you have to pass on the paved road through the magnificent beauty of the forest.
Stepping outside the gates of the fortress, feel its greatness: a castle built in the 13th century, is rife with stories and legends. More than three centuries this place was the ruins in the 16th century an earthquake destroyed most of the buildings. And only inthe beginning of the 20th century, the fortress was restored.
Today, thousands of tourists seek at least one eye to look at the greatness of this fortress. After passing through the patios, you can climb to the old chapel, which offers picturesque views of the surrounding mountains and forests.
The top best tourist cities
Nature is not the only reason to come to this country: the attractions of Croatia, located in the cities, will impress even the most discerning and pampered traveler.
The city of Zagreb consists of two parts: Upper and Lower. The top is more ancient, here is preserved the ancient stone houses with red roofs. Zagreb Cathedral, built in neo-Gothic style – the heart of Zagreb. However, in this part of town, every building worthy of attention.
Down in Lower Town on the funicular or a picturesque alley. This is a more modern part of town where there are interesting museums:
- The Museum of arts and crafts;
- Archaeological Museum;
- The natural history Museum.
Explore the capital of Croatia:
Dubrovnik is a picturesque city streets which you can walk all day without feeling tired. The old part of the city – a place number one to visit. There are no cars, but there are a lot of small cafes where you can SIP a Cup of coffee after hours of walking.
And to see the entire Old city at a glance, you can climb to the observation deck of the mountain Srđ, overlooking the magnificent view. You can get here from Old town by cable car or climb on foot – but this promenade uphill will take an hour and a half.
Another attraction of Dubrovnik Onofrio's fountain – you can see in the Old town. It was built in 15th century for city's water supply. The water here is drinkable, tasty and cool. Still there is a beliefthat if you drink water from every faucet of the fountain and make a wish – it will surely come.
Split is one of the largest cities in Croatia, and yet vintage. The construction of the city began with the Palace of the Roman Emperor, which was built here in the late 3rd century. Gradually, the Palace was expanded settlement, and the place became a city. The city-fortress in the centre of split is its main attraction and asset.
Want to learn more about the ancient times? Visit the archaeological Museum of split, where the exhibits from the Paleolithic to the present day.
Another attraction of split is not in the city, and at a distance of 15 km, but belongs to this city. It is Vranjaca cavesformed in limestone. Here year round maintained the same temperature – 15 degrees. A two-hour journey will not leave you indifferent: it is possible not only to admire the beautiful stalactites and stalagmites, but also to get some healing intense salt air.
The main attraction of this city is the amphitheatre built during the Roman Empire. Once there could see theatrical performances to 23 thousand visitors. And today, the amphitheater hosts performances and film screenings.
And the bottom underground level of the amphitheater is a small local Museum, where artifacts found during excavations on the territory of the city. If you are interested in history – be sure to check out here.
Another historic landmark – the gates of Hercules. They also relate to the times of the Roman Empire. This name they received because they preserved the image of Hercules.
The first Park built in the late 19th century Marine Park. There are a lot of winding paths lined with exotic plants. The area of the Park for a long time have not diminished, only a little scantily vegetation: some plants had to replace more usual for these latitudes.
The most popular attraction of poreč – Temple of Neptune. According to historians, this place was a ceremonial structure built in honor of the God Neptune. It was built in the beginning of the first century. A large part of the buildings have survived intact. It is located surrounded by a beautiful Park, in the Western part of the square Marafor.
By the way, Basilica of Euphrasius – another local landmark. Visited PIM "Mars square" - another religious building – the legacy of the Roman era.
Although preserved historic architecture and because of the constant influx of tourists here are several quite modern cafes and clubs.
The monument of the Slavic alphabet – the Glagolitic Alley , the most beloved and visited tourist attraction in Istria. The length of the alley – 6 miles. Following on it, from a small town Hum to get inthe picturesque village of Calpe. Along the alley installed statues in the form of huge letters.
Hum – the smallest town in Istria, and perhaps in all of Europe. The beautiful architecture makes it attractive for tourists. The local population is only 20 people. Artist's house – a place where guests are always welcome: here you can admire the paintings, to learn about the history of Croatian painting.
Incredibly beautiful lim channel flows through the career, which resulted from the mining of limestone. Despite its small size, the channel is populated by marine inhabitants. At the mouth of the canal is home to many oysters. This channel is populated by fish. In winter many species migrate here from the nearest water bodies.
Broad street is a historic street since the Roman Empire, which divides the city into two parts. It is never empty: it constantly walking hundreds and thousands of tourists, wanting to touch the ancient times and admire the local architecture: it is located along the beautiful temples and other ancient buildings.
Kind of a separator of ancient and modern life of the city are the Sea gate. Here you can find a lot of cafes and restaurants, shops and clubs – in short, everything necessary for a bright and memorable stay.
Among the main attractions of this part of Zadar – the Sea Organ: a staircase that goes to sea, in which is located a plurality of tubes. Filled with water, the pipes resonate and create the melody of the sea.
Šibenik – a city of churches and cathedrals. The most famous building is the Cathedral of St. Jacob, built entirely from natural stone. One more monument of architecture – the city Museum, housed in the princely Palace, built in Baroque style. The Palace was originally built as a defensive structure. To our days there were two wings, as well as furniture and other household items of the princely family, which, along with other exhibits presented in the Museum.
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