Zagreb is the capital city of Croatia and is also the largest city in the Republic. Located in the heart of the Europe is less than a two hour flight away from all major European cities. It is situated on the banks of the Sava River in the northwest region of Croatia at the foot of the Medvednica Mountain. Zagreb has a long history that reaches back as far as the Romans.
Walk around the city is very easy, most of the attractions you can reach on foot as they are situated in pedestrian zone: The Upper Town- the Arts and Crafts Museum, the Stone Gate, the Jelacic Square, the Mimara Museum, the Lower Town, the Croatian National Theatre and the Cathedral of the Assumption- these monuments are great reminders to the history and culture of the city. Its narrow and steeply streets will draw you in the mystical soul of the bare center of the city and you will wonder where such tiny passes lead. You will be delighted by Zagreb, it has many surprises, besides historical and cultural sites you will enjoy in many events and musical performance, rich nightlife, a wide range of restaurants, great shopping spots and friendly people. Almost forty percent of the city area is covered by the green zones such as park of Zrinjevac and park of Maksimir. Sight of crowded terraces in the middle of a workday will confuse many visitors, but this is one of the unavoidable rituals of Croats and mostly the way of having business meetings and negotiations. Zagreb is a city that has managed to preserve its soul and identity and visiting it is a real pleasure!
This wonder nature has been creating for thousands of years and prepare to be astounded at every turn. This gem of natural and cultural beauty has been listed on the UNESCO Heritage List since 1979. It has been voted one of the 10 most beautiful waterfalls in the world. Sixteen cascading lakes interlinked with splashing waterfalls and numerous caves presents a remarkable sight all year round. Every season has its own charms as it colors the scenery differently, always offering a uniquely beautiful experience. Witness the rebirth of nature, endemic flora and fauna while the invigorating warmth of the spring sun melts away the last snow. Take in the sound of gurgling water and chirping birds. Escape the summer heat and enjoy the hum of sparkling water falling from 78 meters above your head, refreshing you with its scattered drops while witnessing a birth of a rainbow at the Great Waterfall.
You can relax and take in the scenery while sailing on an electric boat on Lake Kozjak or driving in a small train. Whether you decide to walk, hike, ride a bike, take the boat or the train, you are in for a treat!
The coastal town of Zadar is settled in the heart of the Adriatic. This urban center of northern Dalmatia is also Croatia's fifth largest city with its 75 000 inhabitants. Walking down Kalelarga (also known as the Wide Street) of the Old Town resembles a trip through different stages in time. The numerous influences representing various historical periods vary greatly, from the remnants of Greek and Roman life visible on every corner to the galore of Renaissance pieces and even a touch of Egyptian style. Visiting monuments like The Forum, St. Donatus Church and The Land Gate will give you insight into the weight of the city's turbulent past. Explore this treasury of cultural heritage and experience a unique blend of ancient and contemporary. Let the sense of a warm welcome wash over as you discover countless caffés, pastry shops and restaurants beckoning with autochthonous culinary delicacies.
Listen to the unusual ethereal sounds of the famous Sea Organ, a unique structure along the city's boardwalk that looks like steps leading into the sea. Steps cover a musical instrument consisting of 35 pipes (of various heights and length) operated entirely by waves. Learn more about celestial bodies by observing The Greeting to the Sun. This solar powered installation of multi-layered glass conduction plates represents a model of the solar system.
The densest archipelago in the Mediterranean Sea spreads over 220 square kilometers and consists of 140 islands, islets and crags. What makes this island cluster specifically interesting is the raw beauty of uninhabited inclined rocky reefs, untouched by contemporary development coupled with the preserved marine ecosystem. Apart from admiring the diverse coastline and unwinding on the boat with friendly staff and good food, ample time will be provided for swimming, snorkeling, diving, sightseeing and even cliff-jumping. Although there are no guarantees, there is a chance of observing dolphins in their natural habitat.
Split is placed on one of the most dramatic shorelines in Europe. The city was built around a Roman palace made for Diocletian. With a massive wall of stark mountains on one side and the blue waters of the Adriatic sea on the other, it is easy to see why the emperor chose this location to retire after his abdication. Although the name suggests otherwise, the palace is actually a fortress containing its own streets and four monumental gates. Despite the turbulent centuries that followed, Diocletian's Palace is still well preserved and since 1979 it is also protected as a Unesco heritage site along with the historic part of town around it. Prior to becoming a Croatia's second largest city, Split was under Roman, Venetian, French, Austro-Hungarian, Italian and Yugoslav control. Today, the vibrant town offers just the right amount of olden and modern.
Visit museums, galleries or catch an open air concert. Stop by the worlds first cathedral and appreciate the wonderful cityscape from the bell tower. Stroll down polished stone paved streets in search of the Egyptian Sphinx. Rub Gregory of Nin's big toe for good luck.
Take a break beneath the centennial walls and taste Dalmatia. Its cuisine delights both the vegetarians and meat lovers alike. With its mouthwatering fish, flavorful meat delicacies, succulent shells, luscious vegetables and an assortment of quality wines, it will satisfy the demanding palate of any gourmet.
The most protruding Croatian island taunts with its natural beauty as well as historical, cultural and gastronomic riches. Due to its strategic position and specific geomorphological qualities the island was turned into a military base and closed to civilians from WW2 to 1989. Consequently, Vis was left with a fascinating system of underground structures and an impressive collection of military equipment. Distance from the mainland and limited accommodation capacities only add to Vis's exclusiveness. Besides keeping the nature in pristine condition, the isolation also allowed for the preservation of an authentic, simple yet hospitable lifestyle of its inhabitants.
Dubrovnik is the world known tourist destination, one of the towns known among many. It is one of the most prominent tourist destinations in the Mediterranean Sea, a seaport and the center of Dubrovnik-Neretva County. In 1979, the city of Dubrovnik joined the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. If you visited it hundred and the first time excitement is still the same, this city does not lose its ancient beauty. It is among the 10 best preserved medieval walled cities in the world, situated on the southern Croatian coast. It is under the mild Mediterranean climate. It was established during the 7th century. The old part of the town, the most visited area, is surrounded by a wall of 2 km length. The wall was built from the 11th untill 17th century. During the rule of the Republic of Ragusa, in 15th century, it achieved a high level of development and prosperity. Every year thousands of guests visit Dubrovnik .
Throughout the heart of the old town runs pedestrian street from 11th century – Stradun, it is always crowded, it is lined with shops and restaurants, life runs here day and night. For visiting attractions in Old town you just need to be in the mood for the walk. You will enjoy baroque buildings, beautiful Gothic, Renaissance churches, monasteries, palaces and fountains, walk on the ancient city walls - that have protected a civilized, sophisticated republic for centuries. The stunning beauty of this pearl attracted celebrities and filmmakers.
To circle this picture of indestructible beauty – countless terracotta rooftops, azure sea, blue sky, countless boats in harbor …take the cable car up to mountain top Srđ, rising over 1300 feet.
Mostar is a city and municipality in southern Bosnia and Herzegovina, the most important city in the Herzegovina region. Situated on the Neretva River is the fifth-largest city in the country. The most recognizable landmarks and iconic of the Mostar city is The Old Bridge built by the Ottomans in the 16th century - considered one of the most significant pieces of Islamic architecture in the Balkans.
In the 1990s conflict, most of the town and Old Bridge were destroyed. It was rebuilt and the Old Town has been restored with the contribution of an international scientific committee established by UNESCO. The Old Bridge area with its pre – Ottoman, Mediterranean and western European architectural features is a unique example of multicultural settlement. Reconstructed town and Bridge reflects coexistence of diverse cultural, ethnic and religious communities. Old Bridge became a World Heritage site during the twentieth century.
Today The Bridge is marked with unusual ritual that gives importance in daily life, it is used as jumping platform. Jumpers are jumping off the bridge during the annual contest, this jumping take great courage and training.
The nearby alleys are full of market stalls and shops. The Old Bridge Museum explores the bridge’s long history. A narrow staircase leads up to the Koski Mehmed-Pasha Mosque’s minaret for panoramic city views.
Mostar is also known after beautiful old town's core, old Turkish houses, the towering minarets, bridges, blue-green Neretva river, surrounding hills and mountains, ancient architecture and friendly people of Mostar.
The heart of Bosnia and Herzegovina is the capital Sarajevo. Situated in the greater Sarajevo valley of Bosnia, it is surrounded by the Dinaric Alps. The Miljacka River runs through the center and gives this town a special atmosphere. Sarajevo welcomes visitors with its centuries-old tradition and well known Bosnian hospitality. The vibrant energy of this city and warmness of its inhabitants touches the traveler's soul. Just few miles out of town are the largest and most popular mountains Bjelašnica ( 2,067m) and Jahorina ( 1913m). During the winter season, mountains are flooded with skiers and hikers from all over the region and beyond.
Sarajevo is also well known after Winter Olympics in 1984 – this chapter is one of the happiest of the city's modern history. Less happier events are wars in former Yugoslavia, Sarajevo gained the tragic title of the city under the longest siege in modern history, but spirit of its residents and unbreakable will for life brought new hope to the town.
The city itself consists of four quarters: the old town (Baščaršija), the new town, the center and New Sarajevo. Each district provides every traveler endless opportunities: for relaxation, original sightseeing and the unique experience. Bustling cafes, local eateries and handicraft shops are the scenes of the center, people are sitting around for hours drinking čaj or kafa or playing chess in the main square near the churches, locals and tourists are eating Čevapčić elbow-to-elbow.
The city is characterized by the very religiously diverse citizenry, and due to this specific feature, it gained the title 'the Jerusalem of Europe'. There are rear places in the world where you can find an Orthodox and a Catholic church, a mosque and a synagogue in the walking distance space. A city with the characteristics of the East and the West, Sarajevo holds a main charm that visitors feel, covers the best of both worlds.
Belgrade is the capital of the Republic of Serbia and is, as such, the country's largest city with a population of about 1.7 million people. It lies at the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers. The city has a long history, dating back to the 5th millennium BC, when one of the most important prehistoric cultures of Europe, the Vinča culture, evolved within the Belgrade area and all to the Ottomans and the Austrians when Serbia got its independence and Belgrade became the capital of the new country.
Belgrade's Old Town sits on a plateau, which is bounded on two sides by the rivers Sava and Danube. At their dramatic confluence is Kalemegdan Park, constructed around the Belgrade Fortress. Park paths, shaded by chestnut trees and cooled by breezes from the neighbouring rivers, are ideal places to escape the summer heat and enjoy a bit of nature in the bare center of the town.
The key street, running up to the park is the pedestrianized Knez Mihailova street - shoppers just need to follow Knez Mihailova street and they will find designer clothes boutiques and shops selling souvenirs. Very near is The Republic Square, whose statue of Prince Mihailo Obrenovic is the favorite meeting place of Belgraders.
Belgrade is full of cafés and restaurants with outdoor terraces, the night life can be described at least as the wild and high energized - provided by boat-based clubs that line the banks of the rivers Sava and Danube. You will rarely be far from a fast-food, the bureks or the tasty pljeskavica - Serbian version of hamburger.
While the Old Town is easy enough to explore on foot, the long boulevards that extend into the city beyond, needs to be visited by local buses. Belgrade never sleeps! When it comes to sightseeing or nightlife, the energy of this town will just overwhelm you.