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Top 3 cities to visit in Croatia

[ 0 ] July 30, 2013 |

Croatia is an amazing country to travel to, with stunning scenery and fantastic cities. It’s the latter that I’ll be focusing on for this post, with introductions to three of the country’s best urban destinations.

As a word of advice before we get started – you’ll find some really useful information about holidays in Croatia here.

1. Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik is often referred to as the Pearl of the Adriatic and has been an important port on the Mediterranean since the 13th century. What makes it really stand out is its wealth of historical sites, with one of the most recognisable and prominent being the medieval walls that surround the old part of the city and stretch for nearly 2,000 m.

There are many other fascinating monuments to discover in the city, though, such as Lovrijenac Fortress that sits on the edge of a cliff, the 11th century Town Hall, the Franciscan Monastery and the cathedral that was reconstructed following a devastating earthquake in 1667.

city walls

One of the best ways to get an overview of this impressive city is to hop in the cable car that will take you to a viewpoint on Srd Hill that’s high above the streets. There are restaurants and cafes here, so you can enjoy some refreshments before you make the return journey.

Cable car to Srd Mountain and Imperial Fortress, Dubrovnik, Croatia

2. Split

Split is another of Croatia’s famous cities and it too boasts a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the form of the ruins of the Diocletian’s Palace. The remains of these buildings, which were constructed between the 3rd and 4th centuries, are littered around the city’s centre, allowing you to gain a fantastic insight into Split’s past.

Local market - a view on Diocletian's Palace

The complex is named after Roman emperor Diocletian, who spent much time in the vast and impressive palace. In among the remnants from this period are other palaces and churches that date from anywhere between the 13th and 19th centuries. This makes wandering around Split a real delight, as you never know what you’ll find around the next corner.

A day trip to Split doesn’t only have to be about discovering its heritage, though, as Marjan hill is also worth a visit. This is a vast protected area in the middle of Split where you can get back to nature and enjoy a stroll on the forested slopes of the hill.

3. Pula

My final choice is a city you may not have heard of before, but it’s just as worthy of your time as its more famous counterparts. Pula, which is located in the Istrian Peninsula, is a wonderful place to explore on a holiday.

On the beach

What makes it an especially good base for a getaway, though, is its proximity to some truly stunning beaches. There is everything from tiny, secluded coves to vast sweeps of white sand around Pula, so it’s ideal if you’re looking for a beach break with a splash of culture.

In terms of what to look out for in the city itself, there is a rich history going back to the Roman era here. One of the most important monuments in Pula is its amphitheatre, which dates from the 1st century and was once the site of fierce gladiator battles.

Pula 1248

Other landmarks worth a visit include the Temple of Augustus, the Gate of Hercules, the castle and the Golden Gate (also known as the Triumphal Arch of the Sergi) – this particular archway was erected between 29 and 27 BC to honour the three members of the Sergi family who held important positions in Pula.

 

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