Trogir

Trogir Croatia Situated 30 km on the west from Split, beautiful medieval city of Trogir, subscribed in the 1997 to UNESCO world heritage list, presents one of the most preserved historical centers of the whole Adriatic. Historic quarter of Trogir spreads on the minuscule island: in the beginning, it was a peninsula that was separated from the continent in the Middle Ages with a narrow artificial canal and then crossed with a small stone bridge. The second bridge links Trogir with the adjoining island of Ciovo where are situated a well equipped-marina, many tourist places and a lot of beautiful coves equally enjoyable for swimming and mooring. The old city built with the same white ston ...

Omis

Omis Croatia Omis is a small bathing station situated half-way between two tourist centers such as Split and Makarska. The city spreads at the mouth of the Cetina river that ends its journey started 105 kms in the north from its source in the village of Cetina. The place is situated between two mountain's massifs : Poljicka planina, a foothill of Mosor and Omiska Dinara. ONCE, A PIRATES NEST The old city, on the foothill of these stoned walls once was a center of Croats' pirates who stood up to the powerful Venetians for more than two centuries. Except for the enormous blocks of rocks, the town is dominated by two medieval fortresses : Mirabela or Peovica and Fortica or Star ...

Stobrec

Stobrec Croatia Stobrec, situated on a small peninsula and at the mouth of the Zrnovnica river, has become one of Eastern Split's suburbs. That ancient Greek colony named Epetion transformed into an agreeable tourist destination for those searching for sport (there is a tennis center, and a golf terrain is next to the river Zrnovnica) and fun at one place. In addition, the vicinity of Split (just 7 kms from the city center) guarantees a lot of fun and culture. BEACHES In Stobrec, there are beaches for all tastes, sandy in the town's center and rocky ones in the southwest with the parts for naturists (the wild one). The small HARBOR The harbor is shallow but well protected fr ...

Podstrana

Podstrana Croatia Podstrana is a pleasant tourist destination situated in the south-east of Split (8 kms from the city center), between Zrnovnica river and the Mutogras hill. This beach town spreads along the coast, in the foothill of Perun, slope of Mosor through Strozanac, Grljevac, Grbavac, Sveti Martin and Mutogras. OLD VILLAGE of GORNJA PODSTRANA The oldest part of Podstrana is located on the south side of Perun near the Vrsine ridge on 340 m. It is Gornja Podstrana (Upper Podstrana), a picturesque village with its old stone houses, surrounded by fields and vineyards. Over time, its inhabitants went down on the coastline and built the "new Podstrana." However, today, life comes ...

Seget Donji

Seget Donji Croatia Seget Donji, once a small fishing village now a pleasant tourist destination, stretches along the coast between Seget Vranjica and Trogir with which it is merged. As partly settled on the slope of the hill Vlaska, it offers a beautiful view of Trogir bay and the island of Ciovo. The historic area of Seget Donji is located inside a rectangular closed tower that vaguely resembles Diocletian's palace. That tower and the nearby fortified village were built in the mid-16th century for Jakov Rotundo and his peasants to hide during the Ottoman Turks attacks. Even today, four corner towers and three city's gates are preserved. The place is dominated by the tower of the Bar ...

Sinj

Sinj Croatia This small inland town of Dalmatinska Zagora is situated in the heart of Cetina's valley, bordered with slopes of Dinarid's Alps: Svilaja, Dinara i Kamesnica. ALKA Sinj is known for its pilgrimage to the miraculous Virgin and for its chivalrous Sinjska Alka contest that is held as a remembrance to the victory of Sinj's chivalry against The Ottomans in 1715 when the miraculous Virgin “saved” the inhabitants from the more powerful Turks. Every year, on the first Sunday of August, the knights in their old costumes from the 18th century seek to spear a metal ring (alka) suspended on a wire at full gallop. On the streets people sing, dance and revel. In the center of Sinj, ...

Antique Salona

Antique Salona Croatia The remains of the ancient capital city of the Roman province Dalmatia extend in the suburb of Split and in the north-west of the modern city of Solin. This archeological site is hidden among the fields and vineyards, at the foothill of carstic mountains Kozjak and Mosor, in front of the sea. In spite of the roads that are encircling and cutting the site, it is still highly possible to imagine the past beauty, glory and importance of the place. Over the centuries, stones of the amphitheater ant the other buildings were used to build the new constructions, so there is very little things to see. Most of the remnants were transferred to the Split Archeological Museum. ...

Klis

Klis Croatia A sleepy little village of Klis is situated on the hill of the same name on the route to Sinj, just 10km from Split.KEYFor centuries, Klis was considered as 'the key of Dalmatia' because of its strategic and geographic position.Located in the mountain pass that linked the Dalmatian hinterland with the coast and separated the mountains Kozjak and Mosor, it had an important position in the defense of the Dalmatian coastline.FORTRESSThe village is dominated with its fortress, perched on a promontory, a rocky spur as an eagle’s nest, overlooking on one side the coast and on the other the mountain pass leading to hinterland. Watching it from afar, the fortress perfectly blends with the ...

Pisak

Pisak Croatia Pisak is situated between Omis and Makarska, on the eastern slopes of Omiska Dinara mountain that approaches the Biokovo massif.This small fishing village is located on the rocks above the sea, in a bay encircled with beautiful beaches. Its cute church of Saint Marc in the middle of old Dalmatian houses dominates the place. BEACHESIn the Pisak bay beautiful pebble beaches spread around the tiny port. Small coves and rocky beaches around are mainly accessible by boats.ACCOMMODATIONThere are a plenty of apartments and private rooms to rent mostly situated in new houses built on the slopes with magnificent view on the sea and the islands. MOVING by CAR Driving is possible all the ...

Marusici

Marusici Croatia The small village of Marusici is situated between Omis and Makarska, on the slopes of Omiska Dinara. The old village with its small church of Our Lady of Lourdes lies above the main road and the resort area is below the Magistrala. BEACHESDown there, small, intimate coves and beaches are hidden all along the coast below the steep hillsides with beautiful view of the Adriatic and its islands. There are pebble beaches, some stone and gravel coves, small bays that offers peaceful and isolates places for families and couples. Close to Borak's bay there are a couple of sandy beaches, pine woods that spreads till the sea with some sources of natural water. ACCOMMODATION In thi ...

Medici

Medici Croatia Medici is a small tourist place situated in the middle of Omis Riviera. As all its neighbors, it spreads on the slopes of Omiska Dinara till the Adriatic sea. Medici is surrounded by the olive trees and vineyards and its pine forests spreads till the entrance to the sea. BEACHESIts pebble beaches with the crystal clear sea are equally perfect for the children as well as for the adults. On both sides of the central beach there are numerous small coves in the shadow of Aleppo Pines.ACCOMMODATIONAs the majority Medici's small hotels and apartments are built in new houses on the slopes you will probably have a beautiful view of the sea, the mountain and the surrounding islands. FO ...

Vruja

Vruja Croatia “The sea, the sea...finally the sea !" - the old legend said – the Croats shouted with joy when seeing the Adriatic sea for the first time from the heights of Dubci. From this magnificent mountain pass, the steep cliffs dive into the sea at depths of more than 100 meters thus creating numerous submarine caves and deep holes. WHAT is VRUJA or VRULJA At the foot of Dubci, in one part of the bay there is a big “vruja” (underwater fresh water springs) that gives the name to the bay. The sources are exceptionally strong during the long rains, and the mix of fresh and salted water attracts big schools of fish for food and reproduction. DIVING In addition, the submarine can ...

Stanici

Stanici Croatia Stanici was a small fishing village that transformed into a charming tourist destination of Omis Riviera. The original old village that consists of ten traditional stone houses is located 300 meters from the sea. After the building of the “Magistral” in the 1960's and the development of tourism Stanici moved from “old Stanici” to the new settlement built by the sea, in the bay of Velika Luka. BEACHES Stanici is nowadays known for its beautiful pebble beaches, peace and blue crystalline sea. The most popular beaches as those of Rape, Zavode, Tice are only accessible by foot.The main beach Velika Luka with pine trees is accessible by car and suitable for children. However, it is ...

Lokva Rogoznica

Lokva Rogoznica Croatia Lokva Rogoznica, the oldest village south of Omiš established in the 12th century is located on the hill bellow Omiška Dinara mountain. The old village is situated on the 260 m of altitude, above the Magistral. Following the opening of that seaside road in the 1960s, its inhabitants descended closer to the sea thus creating the hamlets on the coast : Ruskamen, Obriž, Vojskovo, Čalete, Plani rat, Bilići and Ivašnjak. Nowadays, "new" Rogoznica has become the agreeable tourist destination known for its pebble beaches with crystal sea along the shore full of pine trees reaching the sea. BEACHESBesides the three longer beaches as : Artina (which is also the largest and most equipped), V ...

Mimice

Mimice Croatia This small village of Omis riviera was established in the 17th century at the foot of Omiska Dinara mountain. Following the construction of the Magistral (the main seaside route) the village spread till the sea. The "old" Mimice with the traditional stone houses is concentrated around the St. Rocco church. The whole village revives during the summer time when its inhabitants return for their holidays. BEACHESMimice is known for its small harbour with excursion boats and for its two pebble beaches: the main beach Juto and the beach Kutlesa that is in the bay next to Juto on the east. FOR WHO?Beautiful beaches with shallow water that spreads to Medici, the car free waterfront  a ...

Ruskamen

Ruskamen Croatia Ruskamen is a western hamlet of Lokva Rogoznica mostly known for its beautiful pebble beaches along the pine trees reaching the sea. Due to its exceptional position and pristine nature, it has become the modern resort on the Omis Riviera. ACCOMMODATIONClose to the oldest building, the Deskovic villa built in the late Renaissance style is located a tourist complex only 30 m to the sea. Besides numerous apartments and houses for rent, there is a well situated camping as well as a hotel over the beach. KITESURF and WIND SURF This spot is one of the most popular for windsurfing and lately for kitesurfing owing to a permanent wind during all the year around. DIVINGA local divi ...

Nemira

Nemira Croatia Nemira, a new settlement located on the hillside going down right to the Adriatic coast, a few hundred meters below the main road has become an eastern suburb of Omiš. BEACHES In this oasis of peace and tranquility you will find two beautiful pebble beaches. These long and narrow beaches in the shadow of pine trees extend in the east towards Stanici to a smaller beach of Mala Luka Bay. On the contrary, if you continue in the west it is possible to walk along the sea until Omis where you'll find a nice sand beach in the town center.ACCOMMODATIONIn Nemira, accommodation is offered in the newly built apartment houses, villas and several boarding houses. Many of them are located ...

Celina Zavode

Celina Zavode Croatia This small tourist destination situated south of Omis between Stanici and Ruskamen on the slopes of Omiska Dinara is made of two parts. The tiny old village Celine, up the main road, composed of a couple of stone dalmatian houses offers panoramic view of the sea, the islands Brac, Hvar and the riviera Makarska. The new settlement Zavode was built closer to the sea and the beaches following the development of tourism in the 1960's,BEACHES It's small pebble and rocky beaches are mostly in the shadow of tamarisk and pine trees. In the vicinity, toward Ruskamen in the east there is a nice beach and in the east in Stanici also a beautiful beach Velika Luka. You'll find sand beac ...

Duce

Duce Croatia Duce, one of the most popular tourist destination of the Riviera Omis is situated between Dugi Rat and Omis. It spreads at the foot of Mount Mosnjica over 4km of coastline consisting of small settlements: Luka, Rogač, Vavlje, Golubink, Glavica and Dočina. OLD VILLAGEThe new touristic part by the Adriatic sea developed from the old village (Stare Duce or Gornje selo) located on the slopes of Poljicka planina at a height of 250 meters. Over time, its inhabitants moved on the coast and abandoned this picturesque village of 24 old stone houses. SANDY BEACH Duce is famous for its 4km long sandy beach stretching to Omis created by the drifts of the Cetina river. KID'S PARADISEIn the ...

Omiska Dinara

Omiska Dinara Croatia Omiska Dinara, a seaside chain of the Dinaric mountain range or Dinarides rises above the city of Omis. This smallest Central Dalmatian mountain (about 15 km long and 1 km wide) stretches from Omis to Dubci. It is the natural continuation of Poljicka Planina separated by the the Cetina River in the distant geological past. While north and northwest section of the mountain is steep-sided and limited by Cetina river canyon, south and southwest section gradually links with Biokovo and sinks into the Adriatic sea at Vruja. FREE CLIMBING The high cliffs of the Cetina canyon are popular climbing sites offering more than 50 routes for free-climbers. KULA or IMBER The highest p ...

Perun (Poljicka planina)

Perun (Poljicka planina) Croatia South of Mosor, above the coast between Stobrec and Omis bounded by the rivers Zrnovnica and Cetina rises a 14 km long upland spur that once in a past formed a single mountain with Omiska Dinara. The two mountains were divided in the center by the Cetina river thus carving also a canyon to the sea. HABITATION of GODThis small mountain does not have a popular common name. Sometimes it is called Perun as one of its peaks (named after the old Slavic god of thunder and lightening) and sometimes Poljicka Planina since it is situated on the territory of what once was the Republic of Poljica.The mountain is constituted of thee mounts stretching from west to east : Perun, Vršina and Mo ...

The River Cetina and its Canyon

The River Cetina and its Canyon Croatia Deep in the interior of Zagora, under the slopes of the highest Dinaric crest, rises the longest central Dalmatian river: the Cetina. SOURCEThe river has its source from eleven karstic „vrila“ (springs) and the principal spring Glavas ili Milasevo in the form of lake is situated near the small village of Cetina. That lake-like spring of turquoise blue colour is about 130 ms deep. Not far away from it there are the ruins of old Croatian church St. Saviour from the 9th century. The Cetina's flow becomes navigable only some 24 km downstream from Glavas, in south-east before joining the artificial lake of Peruca. Being the principal source in the region she supplies it so gener ...

Solin

Solin Croatia Solin, aka Salona in Italian and Latin, is a suburb town 8 km northeast of the center of Split and a part of its conurbation. It developed on and around the ruins of ancient Salona that was the capital or Roman province of Dalmatia and the largest Roman settlement on the eastern coast of the Adriatic sea. It was also the birthplace of Emperor Diocletian who after his abdication retired in his palace in Split, then just a small fishing village. Alas, in the 7th century, after the destruction of Salona by Avar and Slavic tribes began the development of neighbouring Split. After its destruction and in spite of its important role in early Medieval Croatian Kingdom and i ...

Dugi Rat

Dugi Rat Croatia Dugi Rat, the largest settlement between Podstrana and Omis is stretching along the Adriatic road, at the foot of Perun or Poljicka Planina. In the east, it is protected by its cape (dugi rat means long cape in Croatian) and in the west is merged with the neighbouring Orij.Contrary to other places of its Riviera it is not completely situated by the very seaside in a very narrow belt. Its small center is located in some kind of minuscule basin very close to its main beach. Dugi Rat started developing after the construction of the Magistral (the main road) and the tourism boom, but over the past forty years it hesitated between the tourism and the industry. Recently, the old fac ...

Orij

Orij Croatia Orij, a narrow stretching settlement, as all the other places on this part of the coast, is now completely merged with its neighbors, Dugi Rat in the east and Mali Rat in the west. The section above the Adriatic Magistral is composed of continuous chain of houses built on the steep slope of Mt.Mosnjica and the narrow section below the road is mainly composed of beaches with some tiny residential areas. BEACHES Orij is popular for its long beach and especially its sandy sections with the crystal clear sea extending all along the settlement. ACCOMMODATIONAccommodation is mainly found in private houses and apartments and the best choice are certainly beach houses. However eve ...

Mali Rat

Mali Rat Croatia Mali Rat, as the adjective of its name indicate ( the adjective 'mali' signifies short and refers to the word `rat' meaning cape – contrary to 'dugi' which means long), is a smaller one of the two brothers. Their two capes oversee each other from their side of a half-bay they delimit. The two Rat are divided by Orij and Mali Rat stretches in the west till Supetar. BEACHES Like all the other places on the coast between Split and Omiš, its upper part is built on the slopes of Mount Mosnjica and the part bellow the Magistral is reserved for the beaches. They are stretching all along the main Adriatic road, in a very narrow belt, not more than a couple of meters in width. Mali ...

Sumpetar

Sumpetar Croatia Sumpetar, another one of the settlements situated along the Adriatic coast between Split and Omis is merged with its neighbours : Mali Rat in the east and Suhi Potok in the west. The majority of its houses are piling up on the southern side of the Perun mountain and a small minority below the main Adriatic road on the seaside. Sumpetar was named after the Benedictine monastery, built in the 11th century by Petar Crni Gumajev, dedicated to St. Peter. In the vicinity of St. Peter, in the settlement's cemetery with a compelling view there is a medieval chapel Sustipan (St. Stephen). BEACHESSumpetar's pebble and gravel beaches stretching along the whole town are well equip ...

Suhi Potok

Suhi Potok Croatia Suhi Potok is a small dalmatian settlement built on the slope of Poljicka Planina descending rather steeply toward the sea. It is set along 1 km of coastline and the Magistral, main road is dividing the slope from the beaches. In the past Suhi Potok was a separate place but nowadays it is completely merged with its neighbours : Sumpetar, in the east and Krilo Jesenice in the west. BEACHES Suhi Potok's pebble beaches stretch, below the Magistral, in a tiny narrow belt. The main beach is made of very fine gravel and lined by tamarisk trees. ACCOMMODATION Accommodation is mainly offered in private houses, apartments and pensions. CATERINGRestaurants and bars are situated ...

Krilo - Jesenice

Krilo - Jesenice Croatia Krilo Jesenice is one in a series of settlements of Dugi Rat municipality located between the sea and the mountain. Its houses piled up on the southern Perun' s slope are stretching along the coast in a rather narrow belt. Krilo, formerly a separate village, is now merged with its neighbours: Bajnice, in the west and Suhi Potok in the east. SHIPS The settlement is known in the region for its boats. It has the biggest fleet of old sailing ships in Croatia. The tradition is dating back three centuries, there are still anchored large wooden boats: salbunjare and trabakule. Formerly, they were used to transport wine, then sand and recently they have been reconverted into cruise shi ...

Bajnice

Bajnice Croatia Bajnice, a tiny village 9 miles south of Split, is a first in a series of small settlements of Dugi Rat municipality. It lies behind cape Mutogras where is located its small harbour and stretches along the sea till Krilo. Until recently, Bajnice was a tiny fishing village but as it enlarged it merged with its neighbours: Podstana, in the west and Krilo, in the east. In the past, these villages built on the Perun's slope were separate, but nowadays they create interrupted agglomeration where passes the Magistrala – the principal coastal road. BEACHES Its pebble beaches stretch in the narrow belt below the road and those wanting to take long walks along the sea could go to Po ...

River Jadro

River Jadro Croatia RIVER, EMPEROR, SOFTMOUTH TROUT and the CYPRESS The Jadro River rises at the western foot of the Mosor Mountain on 35 m in the area of Klis and flows through the town of Solin before reaching Vranjic Bay. It is a short karst river of some 4,5 km with an average flow speed of 9m³/s but abounds with water all year round. The first known inhabitants, the old Ilyrians built their settlement in the area around it because of the water the river procured to their tribes. ANTIQUE SALONA At the Roman times and in the early middle ages the river was called Salon and around it developed the largest and the most important port city on the eastern side of the Adriatic Sea, ...

Kastel Sucurac

Kastel Sucurac Croatia The most eastern of all the 7 Kastelas, Kastel Sucurac, is situated between Solin and Kastel Gomilica with which it is merged. It was named after St. Georges, its patron saint whose small church is located on the slope of the Kozjak above the village of Putalj. The village doesn't exist any more because its inhabitants left it to built Sucurac. The old centre of Sucurac with its traditional stone houses is well preserved contrary to the the eastern part of the settlement that is a little industrial centre. The oldest of the Kastelas, Sucurac formed around the safeguarding tower that was erected in 1392 by the villagers of Putalj to protect the archbishop Andrija Gualdo's ...

Kastel Gomilica

Kastel Gomilica Croatia Kastel Gomilica, the most picturesque, the most preserved and the smallest of all Kastelas, is situated between Sucurac and Kambelovac. Its first name was Kastel Opatica (opatica means nun in Croatian) because it was built by the Split Benedictine nuns in the first half of the 16th century to protect their lands from the Ottomans. Over time it was named Gomilica after the sea reef Gomile on which it was built. The newly built fortress, nowadays called Kastilac, consisted of a defense walls and a tower situated in the northern part of it which was joined to the mainland by a drawbridge leaning against a much longer stone bridge.The fortification was also reachable by boat o ...

Kastel Kambelovac

Kastel Kambelovac Croatia Kaštel Kambelovac, situated between Kaštel Lukšić and Kaštel Gomilica, is now completely merged with them. Contrary to other Kastelas, it did not formed from one fortification but it developed around a couple of them built during the 15th and 16th centuries that gradually enlarged and merged into a unique settlement. Kambelovac got its name after the Cambi family and its fortress, nowadays the only one preserved. The brothers Jerolim and Nikola, noblemen and landowners from Split, built a fortified castle on a sea reef to protect their lands and their peasants. The refugees from the Kozjak's villages Lažani and Kruševik took their shelter there against the Ottoman's attack ...

Kastel Luksic

Kastel Luksic Croatia Kaštel Lukšić is situated in the middle of Kastelas, between Kastel Stari in the west and Kastel Kambelovac in the east with which it is merged. Transition from one to another runs totally imperceptibly. Luksic had three fortresses, but it developed around the largest and the most important one, the Vitturi. It is now considered to be the most beautiful “maritime manor” of all Kastelas, once completely surrounded by the sea. This fortified castle was built at the end of the 15th century by the brothers Nikola and Jerolim Vitturi (nobles from Trogir) to protect their lands and Ostrog's peasants from the Ottomans. The refugees from the Kozjak built a village around the fortif ...

Kastel Stari

Kastel Stari Croatia Kastel Stari, as the adjectif “stari” in its name suggests (in Croatian “stari” means old) is the second oldest of the seven Kastelas. Only Kastel Sucurac is more ancient than Stari. It is situated between Luksic in the east and Kastel Novi in the west and the three of them are so well merged that the transition from one to another is imperceptible. Koriolan Ćipiko, writer and army leader from Trogir, built his mansion in 1476 at a sea reef to protect his lands and peasants from Kozjak's village Radun from the Ottomans. The new constructed building was a combination of a fortress and a summer palace separated from the mainland by a trench and spanned by a drawbridge. S ...

Kastel Novi

Kastel Novi Croatia Kastel Novi is situated between its older brother, Kastel Stari and Kastel Stafilic. Being built by Koriolan Cipiko's cousin 40 years after the construction of Kastel Stari, it was named Novi that means new in Croatian. The three villages are now so merged that the transition from one to another is imperceptible. Marin Studin's statue The Messenger of freedom on the waterfront marks the boundary between Kastel Stari and Novi. Kastel Novi developed around a fortified summer palace built by Pavao-Antun Cipiko, a nobleman from Trogir and a nephew of Koriolan Cipko who built the neighbouring Kastel Stari. He built its stronghold to protect his lands and the Spiljani's p ...

Kastel Stafilic

Kastel Stafilic Croatia Kastel Stafilic, the most western of all Kastelas, is situated between Kastel Stari in the east with which it is completely merged and Trogir in the west. It was named after its founder, a land owner from Trogir, Stipan Stafileo who probably had never imagined that the settlement would develop around his fortress to become the today’s Stafilic. ROTONDO Stafileo ordered its construction in 1508 to protect his lands and the Kozjak's peasants from the Ottomans attacks. His tower, now called Rotondo, constructed on a sea reef was connected to the continent by a drawbridge with protection towers, of which one is still preserved in its original form. Next to the tower ...

Pantana

Pantana Croatia Pantana is a small wetlands area by the sea situated 1.5 km east of the old town of Trogir, in the field below the mount Krban. Nature lovers will be delighted to discover this tiny oasis of greenness whose waters spread till the sea. Pantana offers the possibility to feel the freshness of the swamp water watching the birds and the fish and then to swim in the sea. MARSHLAND Pantana, once an extensive marshland was over time reduced to an area of only 50 h because of the urbanization. Nevertheless it is still a precious example of a Mediterranean marsh area on the eastern Adriatic. Due to its salt water that mingles with fresh water thus creating an ecosystem essential fo ...

Rabac

Rabac Croatia Rabac, a highly popular tourist resort is situated in a sheltered bay of the same name, 5 km bellow the hilltop town of Labin. IN THE PAST 10 HOUSES... Looking at the apartment blocks covering its hillsides it is hard to believe that in the beginning of the 19th century Rabac was just a small fishing village with 10 houses. But, after being discovered and described by Richard Francis Burton (in 1876) in his guidebook intitled “Istrian coast”, Rabac started to develop and over time has become one of the important tourist destination. ...and NOW 10000!I don't know, but over the years a large number of houses and two large hotel complexes have been built thus squeezing its small por ...

Rasa

Rasa Croatia Former mining site and the youngest Istria's town lies 4.5 kilometres south west of Labin and Rabac in the valley of the Krapan Brook, a tributary of the Raša river that the town was named after. Rasa is considered as an excellent model of modernist functionalist architecture popular under Mussolini’s rule in the 1930s with a purpose of urban colonization of Istria and other Italian territories. The construction of this modern town for accommodating miners and their families started in the 1936 on the personal initiative of Mussolini (the foundation stone was laid by himself). In 1937, a bright new settlement, planned and designed on rationalist principles by architect Gustavo Pul ...

Labin

Labin Croatia The charming medieval town of Labin is perched on a hilltop overlooking the seaside resort of Rabac and the greater part of the Kvarner golf. It is elevated on a 325 meters high hill only three kilometres from the sea in the eastern part of Istria. The town was developed from the Roman settlement first mentioned in 285 AD as Albona that means 'a town on the hill' or 'an elevated settlement'. In the past, Labin was fortified, encircled by high defensive walls that have survived only partially. CHARM of the OLD LABIN This picturesque place seduces its visitors with its steep, narrow streets, its cobbled alleys scattered with numerous churches, art galleries, a museum and with the b ...

Plomin

Plomin Croatia Plomin, a medieval village in the eastern part of Istria, is perched on a 168 meters high hill above the bay of the same name.ROMANTIC and ALMOST DESERTEDOriginally named Flanona, Plomin was already inhabited in Roman times, but nowadays is almost deserted.However, it is still an interesting place for a walk in the idyllic blue-green landscape with its steep coast and beautiful views.Once a fortified town, now a sleepy village, Plomin also seduces its visitors with its quietness, dry stone houses covered by tile roofs, narrow alleys, the town loggia as well as with the buildings in ruins with preserved Renaissance and Baroque features.The walls and fortifications are only preserv ...

Skitaca

Skitaca Croatia Skitača, a small village in the south of the Labin peninsula, is situated on the 425 high plateau encircled by four hills ( Goli – 536 m, Oštri – 531 m, Brdo – 475 m i Orlić – 470 m) that protect it from the bora wind. The village was founded by the refugees who escaped from the Ottoman empire. Between the two world wars it had about 300 inhabitant but soon after the WWII many of them started to leave the place. Nowadays there is only one permanent inhabitant in Skitača. HIKERS Skitača is highly popular among the hikers as it is the part of the Labin hiking path that includes Sisola peak, Brseč, Plomin, Ripenda, Standar, Labin, Oštri vrh, Skitača and Crna punta. SHOR ...

Nedescina - Sveta Nedelja

Nedescina - Sveta Nedelja Croatia A village of Nedešćina is the centre of Sveta Nedelja municipality that consists of 21 settlements situated in the eastern part of Istria. The whole territory is nested on the plateau 300 meters above the sea level between the canyon of the Raša river, the fertile Čepićko field and the sea. Also, this small region with beautiful woods, pastures and always-green vegetation is lucky to be located only 8 km from Labin and Rabac.The village is dominated by the parish church of Holly Trinity and its bell tower. As a municipal centre, Nedeščina has a post office, a bank,a nursing station, a couple of restaurants, cafés, grocery stores and bakeries. WHY to COME To enjoy in the bea ...

Brestova

Brestova Croatia Brestova, a tiny village in the eastern coast of Istria, is located 5 km north of the abandoned medieval village of Plomin with its bay and south of Ucka Mountain ridge.Brestova is one of the rare settlement on this part of the shore that has remained undeveloped and very sparsely populated because of the Ucka mountain massif that falls steeply toward the sea-coast.To reach the Brestova ferry port take the winding road that heads down the sea from the old one leading to Opatija. This is a departure point for Jadrolinija's ferries to Porozina on the island of Cres. The ride takes about half and hour, but sometimes at the heigh season drivers have to queue for hours to get on board. ...

Krsan

Krsan Croatia Today's Kršan, a settlement and the centre of the municipality bearing the same name, developed close to the old medieval fortified castle in the eastern part of Istria, 15 km north of Labin.The old Krsan, although located some three hundred meters from the main road is relatively accessible and in the vicinity of the “new” Krsan. This charming place dominated by a defence tower and a church bell attracts the visitors by the remnants of its medieval castle first mentioned in 1274. The frame of the fifteenth century Gothic portal and the well shaft have been preserved in the castle's inside courtyard. A high rectangular bastion tower is also well conserved and the defence walls wer ...

Pican

Pican Croatia The small medieval village of Pican is perched on a 350 meters high hill in the Istrian hinterland, 10km south east of Pazin. Inhabited by the Histri tribe in early prehistoric times and later on by the Romans naming it Petina, Pican has lost its past importance and nowadays counts just 300 inhabitants. WHY TO COME ? Pican is interesting for people searching for relaxation in its old houses of interesting architecture surrounded by the charming countryside that offers numerous opportunities for hiking, cycling and other outdoors activities. WHAT TO SEE Unfortunately, the only visible evidence of the Roman presence is the inscription on the stone incorporat ...

Pula

Pula Croatia Pula, the largest Istrian city (65,000 inhabitants) and its economical and cultural center, is situated near the base of its peninsula on its south-western side. The city, protected by a large sheltered bay surrounded by mild hills planted with cedar and olive trees, extends along 30 km of its beautiful indented coast. The attractiveness of the site hadn't even escaped to the Illyrian tribe of Histry which occupied it from the first millennium BC and made it one of the oldest settlements of the eastern Adriatic coast continuously inhabited until today. COLONIA JULIA POLLENTIA HERCULANEA – ANCIENT PULA However, Pula took off under the Romans who in ...

Peroj

Peroj Croatia The small village of Peroj, is situated on the south-western Istrian coast, on the road Fažana – Barbariga, just half a mile from the sea. The remains of the Roman villa at the archeological sites of Dragonera and Maric prove that a place was already a popular vacation destination for the patricians' families. Surrounded by Mediterranean vegetation, olive trees and vineyards and far away from the noise and crowd, Peroj is perfect for those searching for calm and relaxation. However, the proximity of destinations like Vodnjan, Pula and Rovinj enables its guests to find there more fun and activities. In addition, it offers splendid views of the Brijuni National P ...

Dugopolje

Dugopolje Croatia Dugopolje is settlement and municipality situated at the entrance to Dalmatian Inland, on half way from Split to Sinj. It stretches on a slightly elevated terrain at the northern edge of a long karst field after which it was named. Dugo polje translates as 'Long Field'. The field extends for 3,5 km along the northern slopes of mount Mosor that separates it from the coastal Dalmatia. The municipality of Dugopolje also consists of settlements: Koprivno, Kotlenice and Liska. IN THE PAST... Although some remains from the neolithic prove that Dugopolje was already populated in the late stone age it was first mentioned in the 13th century in a sales cont ...

Savudrija-Salvore

Savudrija-Salvore Croatia Savudrija is the first coastal destination in Istria working anticlockwise round it.  It is placed on the eponymous cap on the northwestern tip of a region nearby Slovenian border. SIMPLE A small harbour in the bay, a lighthouse, a church and a couple of restaurants compose the old Savudrija, a haven of peace and simple charm. Nowadays, in addition to its old core, Savudrija encompasses a couple of surrounding settlements and villages. GREEN The whole zone is nested peacefully in some of the greenest and best-forested countryside in Istria among the pines, vineyards, olive groves and the fields of rich red soil. SILBOR ...

UMAG

UMAG Croatia Umag is a little town situated in the heart of a 45 km long coastal region in the northwest of Istria. Its northern shoreline ends at Cape Savudrija, near the Slovenian border and the southern part extends till Dajla. Umag is one of the most popular destinations in Croatia due to its clear waters and its coastline full of pretty little bays with pleasant hotels, tourist villages and campsites focusing on sports tourism. Easily accessible from central Europe, this part of Istria is very frequented not only in summer but also during whole year due to its wellness center, tennis and golf. Despite of numerous guests and developed infrastructure Umag is a quiet sea ...

Lovrecica - San Lorenzo

Lovrecica - San Lorenzo Croatia Lovrecica, the most southern Umag settlement with 154 inhabitants, is 7 kilometers away from the town center.It has developed around the church and the small harbor on the northern coast of the Slanik bay, surrounded by olive and vine trees.FOR WHO?Due to its peaceful setting Lovrecica is a perfect place for a relaxing vacation.However, being located half way between Umag and Novigrad it offers an easy access to more entertainment and activities.ACCOMMODATIONAccommodation is manly offered in private houses, apartments or in some of the surrounding campsites.CAMPSITESFinida, a four-star campsite is located in the Potocina bay to the north of the willage.Park, beside Finida, al ...

Dajla-Daila

Dajla-Daila Croatia Dajla, once a small fishing village transformed into a tourist destination, is located 5 km north of Novigrad city-center.Known for the house of Grisoni, Dajla has developed around its bay in a natural port that protects it from bora and other winds.The modern settlement has spread around the entire bay with a new tourist village in its northern part called Karigador.FOR WHO?Dajla is a preferred destination of people searching for peaceful holidays in a relaxing environment.However, situated half way between Umag and Novigrad it offers an easy access to more fun and entertainment.ACCOMMODATIONBeside Park and Mareda campsites, the majority of accommodation is available in private ...

Karigador-Carigador

Karigador-Carigador Croatia Former fishing village transformed into a tourist village with 140 inhabitants located at the northernmost part of the port of Dajla, just 6km from Novigrad. BLESSED VIRGIN MARY, MOTHER OF MERCY The church is built in 1912 on the Belvedere promontory. FOR WHO? Karigador is a perfect for spending peaceful and relaxing vacation. Neighbouring Novigrad and Umag offer more fun and entertainments. ACCOMMODATION Accommodation is mainly offered in vacation houses, apartments and villas as well as in one of the finest Croatia's campsite : the Park. BEACHES LADIN GAJ BEACH The beach is situated in the northern part of the Karigad ...

Novigrad-Cittanova

Novigrad-Cittanova Croatia Novigrad, once a fishing town, has become one of the most agreeable seaside resort on the northwestern Istrian coast.Situated halfway between Umag and Porec, its riviera stretches from Dajla on the north to the mouth of the Mirna river on the south.Despite the tourism development and its popularity, Novigrad has kept its intimate charm of a typical fishing town.ETERNAL NEW CITYDespite its name of «New City», Novigrad has a very ancient past. Its origins go back to the period of Greek colonization, then to the roman times when it was named Aemonia or Aemona.The town was first mentioned in written documents with the name of Neapolis (New City) in the late 6th century during th ...

Tar Vabriga - Torre Abrega

Tar Vabriga - Torre Abrega Croatia Once two villages, now make up one settlement situated on a plateau at 112 meters above sea level, between Novigrad and Porec.The plateau on one side faces the sea and on the other the Istrian hinterland with the mouth of the Mirna River. It offers spectacular views on both sides.WHY TO COME?Surrounded by Mediterranean vegetation, in the middle of a calm and quiet landscape but not far away from the sea, Tar-Vabriga is perfect for a relaxing vacation.However, the proximity of Novigrad, Porec and Umag enables its guests to find there more fun and entertainment.HORSE CENTER LANTERNA & MINI FARM WITH DOMESTIC ANIMALSThe horseback-riding for advanced riders as well as for the b ...