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A Few Pictures Around Orasac Croatia

A few Pictures from a recent visit to Orasac Croatia.

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An Introduction To Nin, Croatia

Croatia, Nin_churchA small town near Zadar, Nin has a very rich and tumultuous history. Its location is intriguing; the heart of Nin is its historical center on an islet only 500 meters in diameter. Nin is situated in a lagoon on the eastern shore of the Adriatic Sea, surrounded by natural sandy beaches and linked with the mainland by two stone bridges from the 16th century. According to historians the area of Nin appears to have been settled 10000 years ago. The present-day town on the islet developed 3000 years ago and is one of the older towns on the eastern Adriatic. The area of Nin was colonized by immemorial people of the Mediterranean.

Since the 9th century B.C. the civilization of the Illyrian tribe of Liburnians  was present before the Romans came, who had a strong sea and trade center called Aenona. The rich archeological finds prove strong sea links with Greece and the Hellenistic world: recent explorations revealed a rarity, a very well preserved Byzantine mosaic on the floor of a Roman villa.

The Croats colonized Nin at the beginning of the 7th century. The first Croatian state community was formed at the end of the 8th and beginning of the 9th century. Nin was the first Croatian royal town, with its period of glory being from the 7th to the 13th centuries. In the 9th century Nin became the seat of the first Croatian bishop. Bishops from Nin played a great role in the country’s religious, a cultural and a political sense. Significant rulers connected with the history of Nin include Prince Višeslav, Prince Branimir, King Tomislav, King Petar Krešimir IV, King Zvonimir.

Kondura_NinAt the time of Turkish wars, Nin was on the battle-field. After the selling of Dalmatia to Venice (1409), Nin came under the control of Venice. Since then began its destruction; it was economically exploited but not protected militarily. The town was destroyed twice. The first destruction was 1571 and the second on 28 April 1646. The Venice government gave an order to burn the town and destroy it systematically. According to historians, the Venice government sacrificed Nin and left the burnt town to the Turks to save the town of Zadar. Monument, churches, and the king’s and bishops palaces in Nin were destroyed and have never been renewed.

The economic development of Nin began after World War II. Since 1969, Nin has been developing as a tourist destination. Nin today is historical and tourist town which looks for its developing in valorization of historical heritage. In recent years, many monuments have been restored. Because of the importance of Nin in the history of Croatia, tourists visit from Croatia and elsewhere in Europe. They come especially to visit two symbols of the old town: the Nin Townchurch of Holy Cross from the 9th century called “the smallest cathedral in the world” and the coronation church.

After 1980 near Nin a high power mediumwave broadcasting station was built.

 

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Split, Croatia – The Ultimate Travel Destination

Split-CroatiaSplit has actually progressed into a well-established resort and cultural town, appreciated by many throughout the Europe. The history of Split is carved out in walls, squares and ports, monasteries, and churches, a testament to the rough past of the Split people and offering its visitors a special mix of Mediterranean climate and centuries-old heritage. The Old Town is the pedestrianized heart of Split, a relaxed seaside destination steeped in history.

Enter the Split Fish Market to discover an remarkable choice of ‘riba’, which is the Croatian word for merely anything that can be caught in the sea. The volume of the marketplace is quite excellent. Why not try to cook the delicious black shells called ‘dagnje’ ! Another Croatian specialty is ‘lignja’, the squid, which is used as the crucial ingredients for the preparation of the black risotto. Or, if you do prefer fish, then you can not go wrong on ‘orada’, the gilt-head bream. Such fish will cost you multiply more when served in restaurants.

While you might want to remain on a budget while in Split, you will need to perform a great deal of research and be incredibly sure of the place you want to rent. On the other hand you can just book one of the boutique hotels in Split, and rest assured your journey will be a satisfaction. One of my favorite boutique hotels in all of Europe is Palace Judita Hotel. It’s a stylish and fantastic little place located in the heart of Split.

Recommended hotels in Split:

1. HOTEL VESTIBUL PALACE & VILLA
The Hotel Vestibul Palace offers a convenient 24-hour reception as well as a business centre, a concierge and a safe.

2. HOTEL JADRAN, SPLIT
Featuring air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi, Hotel Jadran is located by the Adriatic Sea, a 10-minute walk from the Old Town of Split.

3. HOTEL SLAVIJA
Located within the historic walls of the UNESCO-protected Diocletian’s Palace in Split, Hotel Slavija offers free internet, a 24-hour reception, and air-conditioned rooms with satellite TV.

All hotels and resorts have very exact descriptions and photo galleries, and they are also very well described by their rating stars, however how to find a decent holiday apartment when there is so little information? Most people renting accommodation in Split are personal property owners and they have well maintained apartments by the sea or in the countryside. These apartments and studio-apartments can differ from standard to luxury ones, but if you’re looking for a really exclusive experience of Split, then you absolutely need to book accommodation in a Mediterranean stone house. If you don’t seem like spending your vacations in a stone home, find a modern-day villa which follows all latest innovation trends, enjoy in its poolside and a view at the sea. It is a good idea to make your reservations in advance. For details of available hotels and apartments in Split please use this link.

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Croatia – The Ultimate European Destination

Brac IslandA few years ago, Paris, Italy, Germany and Switzerland were the most preferred destinations among the travelers to Europe, however today Croatia is one of the most popular European destinations to visit for travelers. The land of 1,000 islands, Croatia is a popular summer destination with its beautiful coastline, tranquil mountains and national parks. Ecologically one of Europe’s best-preserved countries, exploring it takes you on a thousand-year journey through history, which has been turbulent, exciting and glorious.

There is a lot to see in Croatia. Zagreb, Istria, Pula, Dalmatia, Split and Dubrovnik are some of the popular destinations where Dubrovnik is one of Croatia’s main tourist attractions and one of only three European cities ranked as a World Heritage Site of zero category by UNESCO.

 

Dubrovnik, a medieval aristocratic republic from the 12th-19th centuries and the best preserved walled city in the Mediterranean, which theDubrovnik English poet Lord Byron named the “pearl of the Adriatic”. The enchanting landscape, including the nearby islands, the beeches, the numberless historical sites, the colours, the shapes, the scents, the warmth of the climate and people… will all provide for an unforgettable experience..

Starting with the city walls, originally constructed to fend off attacks and to protect the city. Today the walls are effectively a huge museum that surrounds the city, a fort at each of corner (Minceta Tower, Bokar Bastion, St John’s Fortress and Revelin Fortress) of the old town providing stunning views of the city and over the Adriatic Sea.

Dubrovnik has its fair share of beaches for you to soak up some sun. The best beaches to visit are Banje beach, Sv Jakov beach, Copacabana beach or the Lapad Beaches, with water sports available if you want to get out into the sea for a while.

There are many scuba diving locations around the Adriatic Sea that are amongst the most popular in the world.

Other beautiful islands in Croatia include Korcula, which has one of the most beautiful beaches in the Mediterranean , Zlatni rat – which is also a windsurfing paradise. The island of Mljet which is situated between the island of Korcula and Dubrovnik. The most visited island is Krk, but in the Kvarner there are also Cres, Losinj, Rab, Pag… to mention only most famous.

SplitAnd, if you If you are a food lover, specially sea food, you will certainly more than enjoy Croatia. Seafood is always popular on the menu, with Sea Bass being a specialty. Traditional Croatian meals include Fritaja and omelette, made from sausages, asparagus and truffles,.

Another attraction certainly worth exploring are Croatia’s wine cellars. Red wines are best along the coast – Teran, Cabernet and Merlot in Istria and Opolo, Plavac, Dingac and Postup in Dalmatia.

Croatia is perfect for those who wish to combine culture with a relaxing holiday in the sun in a magical environment. Enjoy the beauties of Croatia, its mild climate, the crystal clean, warm sea water, beautiful beaches, virgin nature, combined with rich history and cultural heritage, delicious cuisine and good wines, an above all, warm and friendly people.

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