On the Adriatic Sea, just across from Italy, is the coast of Croatia. These 1104 miles of magnificent coasts, and 1246 islands, are world-renowned. The stunning clear-blue waters along the Croatian coast have always been a draw for those looking to experience a vision of paradise. Cliffs and islands offer up sites to behold that can not be overstated. The shores of Croatia are picture-perfect in every way.
On the southern coast of Croatia is Dubrovnik, considered to be the most prominent tourist destination in the Mediterranean. Like most European cities, its Old Town is a reminder of ages past. Surrounded by city walls and forts to protect it from the many attempts at invasions, the Old Town is traversed on limestone streets that narrowly wind through this central area. The city walls span approximately 2 km around the city, with many forts situated strategically along the wall. The forts and towers to visit along the walls are Minceta, St. John’s, Lawrence at Pile, Revelin at Ploce, and Bokar. Each has something special, whether it be a museum or turrets to view the city from. For those looking for beaches, Lapad Beach and Banje Beach make great spots to relax and see the Old Town while enjoying the sparkling blue of the Adriatic coasts.
Further up the coast of Croatia is Split, known to the locals as “the Mediterranean flower.” Split has one of the most well-preserved Roman palaces in Europe, Diocletian’s Palace. This massive UNESCO World Heritage Site was built in the 4th century and will be the highlight of a trip to Split. Though the highlight, that wasn’t the only structures left behind by the Romans. Ruins dot the city and surrounding area, ready to be discovered by the traveler. Of course, there are the beaches as well. Bačvice, a popular beach with a great view; and, Trstenik & Žnjan beaches; are considered to be the best in Split with the classic blue waters of the Mediterranean.
Even further up the coast is Opatija, its name meaning abbey in Croatian. This came from the 14th-century Benedictine abbey Abbey of St. Jacob. Though the abbey is gone now, the Saint Jacob’s Church stands in the same spot. This town has been a seaside resort since the Austro-Hungarian Empire, pre-World War I. The Lungamare, a seafront promenade, can be visited on one of the many mild climate days. A statue known as the Maiden with the Seagull sits ready to receive those coming into Opatija by sea. The town is also well-known for the top-notch wellness hotels on the Opatija Riviera, a long tradition stretching back to over a century.
There are few ways that are better to see the pristine waters and lovely Croatian coast than a cruise. Which is why Katarina Line wants to get the traveler to experience this amazing country, both from sea and on the land. With small-ship cruising to the Dubrovnik, Split, Opatija, and more – luxury cruises are simple to book with their varied itineraries that show the traveler what the buzz is about in Croatia.
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