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CROATIA

  • Capital: Zagreb
  • Form of Government: Parliamentary Democracy
  • Area: 56,594 km2
  • Religion: Christianity 91.6%
  • Phone number: +385
  • Language: Croatian
  • Time difference: +1
  • Population: 4,284,899 (2021)
  • Currency: Kuna (HRK)

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Norwegian and Finnair have low-cost flights to Split and Dubrovnik.

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Ferries are cheap, and run regularly to coastal towns. They are probably the best way to see the beautiful Croatian islands in the Adriatic. Jadrolinija is the largest passenger shipping company in Croatia, offering the most international and national ferry connections.

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Embassy of Finland, Zagreb Address: Miramarska 23, HR-10000 Zagreb – Tel: +385 1 6312 080 Email: sanomat.zag@formin.fi – Website: www.finland.hr

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Zagreb (CAPITAL)

 

Zagreb, capital and chief city of Croatia. It is situated on the slopes of Medvednica Hill (Zagrebačka Gora) to the north and the floodplain of the Sava River to the south. The city has many open squares and parks. As the cultural centre of Croatia, Zagreb is the seat of the Academy of Sciences and Arts and of the University of Zagreb (1669). Several art galleries have both old and modern collections, and there are various museums and academies of art, theatre, and music.

Old town and harbor of Dubrovnik Croatia

Walls of Dubrovnik

Address: Placa Ulica 32, Dubrovnik 20000 Croatia

 

The walls are the main reason why Dubrovnik is well known as the Pearl of the Adriatic.  The City of Dubrovnik is completely surrounded by defensive walls and forts, including the Old Port.  The walls run uninterrupted for 1940 meters (6365 feet) in length, encircling most of the City, and reach a maximum height of about 25 meters (83 feet). Like Rome is well known by the Rome Colosseum, Walls of Dubrovnik are pretty much the same for Dubrovnik.   They were built through history in times when there was a danger of foreign attacks over the City and the Dubrovnik Republic.

Aerial view of Saint Lawrence Fortress and Dubrovnik old town city walls

Dubrovnik Old Town

 

The heart of the idyllic coastal town of Dubrovnik is its old town, surrounded by 2 km long walls. It is depicted on the reverse of the Croatian 50 kuna banknote and it has been restored remarkably well for the damages caused in Yugoslav Wars in 90’s. This medieval and Baroque ensemble is visible from surrounding walls, depicted as a filming site of Game of Thrones, which are guided for a reasonable fee for pedestrians from the Gate of Pile. For relaxation while exploring the area’s narrow alleys nothing else is preferable than the Placa Promenade bordering many cafés, restaurants and shops.

Aerial helicopter shoot of National park on island Mljet, Dubrovnik archipelago, Croatia. The oldest pine forest in Europe preserved.

Mljet Island

 

Mljet is one of the most seductive islands of the Adriatic archipelago of Croatia. Consisting area of 98.01 km2 and 13 settlements it offers many kinds of activities from exploring the idyllic village churches to sun-bathing and swimming in the beaches of Saplunara or Veliko and Malo Jezero salt lakes. Northern part of the island consists of the Mljet National Park, where those salt lakes lie along the Melita Benedictine monastery on the island of Veliko. The island has regular ferry connections with the Croatian mainland from Dubrovnik and Peljesac Peninsula

Main Waterfalls in Spring at Plitvice Jezera Croatia

Plitvice Lakes National Park (UNESCO 1979)

 

This beautiful national park is one of the oldest national parks in Balkan and it is situated in the mountainous karst area of central Croatia. Most breathtaking part of Plitvica consists of 16 lakes, which along the 8 kilometres long stream forms multiple waterfalls, among them the 78 meters high Veliki slap, the highest cataract of Croatia. As a remarkably stunning complex of nature, it was granted UNESCO World Heritage status in 1979.  The park is open daily all year round.

Upper town in Zagreb, Croatia, aerial view

Gornji Grad

 

Gornji Grad – Medveščak is one of the most idyllic districts of Croatia’s capital, Zagreb. It spreads over 10.12 km2 . One remarkably beautiful sight for a pedestrian is the Mirogoj Cemetery, where Catholic, Protestant, Muslim and Jewish graves can be found.

The Croatian Parliament and the cathedral of Zagreb are located here and also the popular pedestrian Tkalčićeva Street full of cozy cafés. The Kaptol Centar mall in the Kaptol neighbourhood is a suitable place to get cheap souvenirs.

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The Makarska Riviera

 

This 60 kilometres long beach between the towns of Brela and Gradac on the Adriatic coast is situated near the Biokovo mountain range. Its center is the city of Makarska,  noted for its palm tree promenade full of cafés and boutiques. Other towns include Podgora with five hotels with Brela, Baška Voda and Bratuš. Biokovo Nature Park nearby is a suitable place for a hiking outdoorsy person.

Croatian town of Rovinj on a shore of blue azure turquoise Adriatic Sea, lagoons of Istrian peninsula, Croatia. High bell tower, red tiled roofs of historical buildings, sailboat, piers. Aerial view.

Istrian Peninsula

 

This roughly triangle-looking peninsula on the northeastern side of Croatia and near the Italian border is facing the Adriatic Sea and it is a unique and multicultural area with Italian and Slovene minorities. Center of the peninsula is its largest town Pula, where an airport with international connections is located. Pula is known for the ancient Roman amphitheatre Arena, which is still used for concerts and venues. Famous beach resorts are Rovinj, Opatija and Rabac.  Opatija has relaxing spas with various treatments. Most popular town is Poreč with its charming medieval alleys and churches.

Split waterfront and Marjan hill aerial view, Dalmatia, Croatia

Split

 

This Dalmatian university city is the second-largest in Croatia and one of the important centers of the Adriatic coast as well as the popular tourism resort. It has approx. 179,000 residents and it serves as a link to Croatian archipelago and Italy. Having been a permanent settlement since the 6th century BC, the city is full of historic scent. Notable historic sites include the Roman Diocletian’s Palace dated to the 4th century, which also houses the Vidovic gallery dedicated to nocturnal paintings of Emanuel Vidovic, the Papalic Palace with the City Museum of Split and the Romanesque Cathedral of Saint Domnius.

Amazing town of Hvar harbor aerial view, Dalmatia, croatia

City of Hvar

 

This warm town is a port and the main settlement of the island of Hvar. The city has a variety of hotels, galleries, museums, and exhibitions, including the Arsenal, Loggia, the Croatian Institute, and the Hvar Heritage Museum with its art and archaeological collections. Notable sights include Renaissance houses Paladini Palace and Hektorovic Palace on the Pjaca district, and the Franciscan monastery on the cape to the south of the town. Transportation from mainland Croatia consists mainly of the catamaran ferry service from Split.

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Zadar, Croatia - June 18th 2016. Tourists watch the boats go by as they listen to the Sea Organ (Morske Orgulje) on zadar's waterfont. This experimental musical instrument plays music through the movement of sea waves and tubes positioned under the steps.

Sea Organ

Address: Obala kralja Petra Krešimira IV, 23000, Zadar, Croatia

 

The Sea organ is an architectural sound art object located in Zadar, Croatia and an experimental musical instrument, which plays music by way of sea waves and tubes located underneath a set of large marble steps.

Split, Сroatia - August 4, 2014: Peristyle of Diocletian's Palace at night with nobody around, an ancient palace built by the Roman emperor Diocletian

Diocletian’s Palace

Address: Peristil bb, 21000, Split, Croatia

 

Diocletian’s Palace is an ancient palace built for the Roman emperor Diocletian at the turn of the fourth century AD, which today forms about half the old town of Split, Croatia.

Zagreb, Croatia - August 17, 2016: The outside of St Marks Church in central Zagreb, Croatia during the day. A person can be seen.

St. Mark’s Church

Address: Trg Sv. Marka 5, 10000, Zagreb, Croatia

 

The Church of St. Mark is the parish church of old Zagreb, Croatia, located in St. Mark’s Square. It is one of the oldest architectural monuments in Zagreb.