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The Croatian Coast
Why should you spend your entire vacation trapped into a resort, however beautiful it may be, when you could be changing scenery every day? Yes, it might cost more but it is worth every penny. And the possibilities are countless! The Croatian coast, which is mainly divided into four regions, namely Istria and Kvaerner, North Dalmatia, Middle Dalmatia and South Dalmatia, includes 1185 islands and islets.
Istria is Croatia’s largest peninsula, and it is divided from Kvaerner Region by the mountain Ucka. It is known for its small towns, attractive summer resorts on the coast, rich cultural and entertainment offer, high-quality wines, notable historical heritage and many legends, myths and sagas. Kvaerner Region is mostly island area – here is our largest island Krk, and many others (Rab, Cres, Lošinj, northern part of Pag, Susak, Unije, Goliotok). Most of them are significant because of their historical heritage or landscape beauty. The largest city in the region (and the largest Croatian port) is Rijeka, in the near is National Park Risnjak (“Lynx mountain”) and Opatija is Croatia’s oldest tourist resort, destination of the aristocracy and wealthy, world renowned for its healing Mediterranean climate.
North Dalmatia region comprises the city of Zadar and its numerous islands. The bare island of Pag stands out with its unique traditional products: cheese, salt, lamb, wine and lace. Other interesting locations are bird reserve Vrana Lake near Biogradna Moru, Nature Park Telašcica and National Park Paklenica on Velebit.
The region of Middle Dalmatia is centred in the city of Split and includes islands and the Split surrounding with its long known traditions, mostly derived from Ottoman Empire (chivalrous game Alka in Sinj). Islands aren’t numerous, but each has something interesting und unique – the lavender from hvar, Modra špilja (Blue Cave) on Biševo, windsurfing and other water sports on Brac. Split and Trogir have monuments of world importance and are inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. This region is very diverse, but also very rich in its history, tradition, landscape beauty and tourist offer.
The South Dalmatia is a long and narrow region around Dubrovnik. This region is known for the National Park, the island Mljet and the town of Dubrovnik, protected by UNESCO, and known as the town of dames and gentlemen, very graceful and harmonious, one of the most famous cities on the Mediterranean. The traditional products of this region, widely recognized for their quality, are the white wine Malvazija and the European flat oyster which is bred only in this part of the world. This region has almost no hinterland because of its topography, and is entirely oriented on the coast and islands.
All together there are 50 marinas in Croatia which are continuously working to improve and enrich their tourist services and to adjust to the new needs and wishes of their guests. Therefore, whatever your preference, the Croatian experience will stay with you for a lifetime. And, to be honest, you will be so impressed with what this small country has to offer that you will come back again and again.