Cities of Croatia

Zagreb

Zagreb is an old Central European city. For centuries it has been a focal point of culture and science, and now of commerce and industry as well. Placed on the southern slopes of the Medvednica mountains, along the Sava River, in the south-western part of the region known as the part of  Pannonian Basin. Zagreb metropolitan area population is slightly above 1.2 million inhabitants, as it includes the Zagreb County.

Because of its importance as the capital city and its location on the trade routes between Central Europe and the Adriatic. Zagreb is a major city in cultural terms, he is rich with  museums, history and culture; in many ways, it is the beating heart of the country. Zagreb has an impressive beauty  and undeniable charm. The city’s architecture blends beautifully with dozens of parks, like those at Maksimir or Mirogoj. Zagreb is also the hub of the business, academic, cultural, artistic and sporting worlds in Croatia. Many famed scientists, artists and athletes come from the city, or work in it. Zagreb can offer its visitors the Baroque atmosphere of the Upper Town, picturesque open-air markets, diverse shopping facili­ties, an abundant selection of crafts and a choice vernacular cuisine. Zagreb is a city of green parks and walks, with many places to visit in the beautiful surroundings. The city will enter into the third millennium with a population of one million. In spite of the rapid development of the economy and transportation, it has retained its charm, and a relaxed feeling that makes it a genuinely human city.

Zagreb city centre consists of four districts: Trg Bana Jelacica – Zagreb’s main square, Kaptol and Gornji Grad with it’s hilly location in the center with cathedral and government’s buildings, Gradec with it’s charming squares and  streets.

Zagreb  Zagreb

Zagreb

Split

Nicknamed the “Mediterranean Flower,” Croatia’s second-largest city, Split, is located on a peninsula off the Dalmatian Coast. Its old Roman architecture and orange-roofed houses create a striking contrast with the turquoise sea and dramatic coastal mountains. Abundant sunshine, impressive sights, shopping, dining and nightlife all make Split a popular tourist destination. What’s more, the city serves as a transportation hub to many of the Adriatic islands.

While buses are available, Split is easily explored by walking. The city’s main attraction is its historic core of beautiful Gothic and Renaissance architecture of which the Diocletian’s Palace is the crown jewel. Built between 298 and 305 AD, this Roman Emperor palace complex is more like a small city itself with a maze of marble walkways and buildings containing shops, cafes and bars. Surrounding the palace are many other striking structures like St. Duje’s Cathedral, Jupiter’s Temple, Peristil Square and two original Egyptian sphinx monuments.

Outside the historic center, tourists will find plenty to see and do including strolling along the seaside promenade, shopping at the lively Green Market, swimming at Bacvice beach, hiking and cycling on the scenic Marjan hill and watching football at the Poljud Stadium. In addition to many museums and art galleries, there is a wide selection of restaurants with cuisines ranging from Croatian to Italian, Mexican and more. Nightlife in Split is exuberant with an abundance of bars and clubs.

Split   Split

Split1   Split

Rijeka

The City of Rijeka is the largest Croatian port, and the third largest town in Croatia, as well as the administrative centre of Primorje-Gorski Kotar County. Through the history, Rijeka was one of the most important Central European ports, and a powerful industrial centre, while more recently it turned to developing tourism and service sector. Rijeka is located in the western Croatia, 131 km southwest from the capital Zagreb, and you can come to the city from three main land routes: Istra, Dalmatia, and Zagreb. Rijeka is located on the north shore of the Bay of Rijeka, as a part of the larger Kvarner Bay. It is connected to the Kvarner islands and to one of the most popular Croatian tourist centres – Dubrovnik, by sea routes.

Regular international and domestic bus and rail lines connect Rijeka with major Croatian and European cities. The bus station Žabica is located in the centre of the city, about three-minute walking distance from Marina, while the railway station is about ten-minute walk from the boat.The Airport Rijeka is located on the nearby island of Krk, 30 km away from the city, which is connected to Rijeka by bus and taxi.

Capture the spirit of Rijeka – during the day you can sit and have a coffee in the centre of all events – the Korzo, treat yourself to a sweet snack, and in the evening you can find your place for entertainment in on of the numerous city clubs.

Rijeka   Rijeka

Rijeka

Osijek

The city of Osijek is the biggest economy and cultural centre of the whole of eastern Croatia.
With 107.784 inhabitants in 2011 it is the fourth largest city in Croatia. The city that is situated on the right bank of the river Drava is mostly associated with its symbols: the historic city core Tvrđa, the promenade along the river bank and the parish church of St. Peter and Paul. Osijek is the administrative center of the Osijek-Baranja County. It is of the utmost importance for the entire region, even for the entire state because of the traffic corridor 5c which will connect the Baltic through Central Europe with the Adriatic Sea. The construction of the Trans-European highway Budapest – Osijek – Sarajevo – Ploče is underway and it is expected that the Croatian part of corridor 5c will be soon completed.

Travel offers of the city of Osijek are truly special! Diversity and culture, valuable historical sites, beautiful parks, preserved and protected nature make Osijek unique in its own way. You can taste the famous Slavonian kitchen in Osijek restaurants, relax in the beautifully decorated hotels, motels and inns, or walk along the Osijek promenade. Osijek is a city with many interesting places and buildings, and in particular to highlight two sites – the Cathedral and Tvrđa.

Osijek   Osijek

Osijek

Zadar

For centuries the capital city of Dalmatia and today the centre of the region. A city with a rich heritage of world importance, visible at every step. The Roman Forum from the 1st century, St. Donatus’ Church from the 9th century is the most famous medieval basilica and trademark of the city. The reconstructed Romanesque St. Grisigono’s Church from the 12th century and the St. Mary’s bell tower from the year 1105; the St. Anastasia’s Cathedral from the 13th century; the People’s Square with the City’s Lodge and Guardhouse from the 16th century, as well as the mighty fortification walls with first class Sea-farer’s and land gates from the 16th century , villas and other historic monuments. Zadar is not only known for its historical and cultural monuments but also for its amply supplied vegetable and fish markets on the peninsula (a part of the old city). The market is daily supplied with fresh fruit and vegetables from the rich hinterland of “Ravni Kotari”, the fruitful waters of Lake Vrana and the islands of Ugljan and Pasman. Its attractiveness is due greatly to its fantastic natural position in the very middle of the Adriatic coast, and to the four National Parks surrounding it: Plitvica Lakes, Paklenica mountain, the unique River Krka waterfalls and a string of wondrous islands called Kornati. No less attractive are the nature Parks of Telascica, the canyon of the Zrmanja River and the largest natural lake in Croatia – Lake Vrana in the vicinity of Biograd.

Zadar   Zadar

Zadar   Zadar

Slavonski Brod

The City of Slavonski Brod, the seventh city in Republic of Croatia by size has 59 141 inhabitants. It is situated between the rivers Sava and Dilja and surfaces 54,45 square kilometres. It is a very old settlement. The important geographical position significantly influences its development and economy.  With the digging of the channel Vukovar – Šamac, the river Sava acquires greater importance in the traffic connection of Europe and the Adriatic Sea. This fact is very important for the development of other contents on the river Sava and in Slavonski Brod, such as the harbour and the warehouse, the shipyard etc. The city is geographically situated on important roads railway, highway, the river Sava, and it also has a sport airport. Beside all these characteristics of a traffic and transit centre, it has the characteristics of a borderline city. Precisely that fact had for its consequence the development of the city as multicultural and multiethnic centre in this part of Croatia. The arrival of the ancestors of the present inhabitants of the city and the county enriched this city with culture, tradition, language and knowledge in certain crafts and industrial branches, which had been in the past, and they are still even today, the foundation-stone of this town’s industry. Those are: wood industry, agricultural and food industry .

The main cultural landmarks are – The Brod Fortress from the Baroque period, was constructed during the Austro-Hungarian Empire to serve as a stronghold against the Ottoman Empire, which was situated on the other bank of the Sava river.  It is one of Europe’s best preserved fortresses. The city’s Franciscan monastery dates from the 18th century, and is also Baroque in style, with exceptional architecture, especially of the church yard, and monastery church interior, with its beautiful altar and paintings. One of the attractions of Slavonski Brod is a beautiful central town square, one of the two or three biggest in all of Croatia, Ivana Brlić-Mažuranić square, named after a popular children’s writer, whose house is on the square.

Slavonski Brod   Slavonski Brod

Slavonski Brod

Pula

Located at the southern tip of the Istria peninsula in the Adriatic Sea, Pula is a popular destination that has been attracting tourists as far back as ancient Roman times when fans flocked the city’s amphitheater to watch gladiator fights. Having been ruled by various government powers over the centuries, Pula today belongs to Croatia, and is best known for its wealth of Roman ruins and mix of cultures. Pula is a vibrant city offering plenty to see and do. The city’s star attraction is the 1st century Roman amphitheater. Known as the Arena, the amphitheater is one of the largest and best-preserved of its kind in the world. Every July, the Arena is host to the Pula Film Festival. Other significant historic structures include the old city gates, arches, monasteries, a Byzantine chapel, a Venetian fortress and the Forum, the city’s main square, which is surrounded by Roman architecture and temples.

Pula also presents a variety of modern attractions from museums to art galleries, souvenir shops and Croatia’s largest aquarium, which showcases marine life from the Adriatic Sea. Pula’s natural beauty and sun-kissed beaches offer outdoor fun and adventure,  while the turquoise coastal waters and sandy beaches offer fishing, sailing, swimming, snorkeling and diving among ancient vessels and World War I warships. Thanks to Mediterranean and Italian influences, Pula’s cuisine features delicious, fresh seafood, pasta and pizza. There is a good selection of pizzerias, cafes and restaurants in the city as well as dessert and ice cream shops. Pula’s nightlife offers varied choices of bars and night clubs.

Pula   Pula Pula

Dubrovnik

Nicknamed the “Pearl of the Adriatic,” the old city of Dubrovnik is one of the prominent tourist destinations of the Mediterranean. Located at the southern tip of Croatia off the Adriatic Sea, Dubrovnik was established in the 7th century on maritime trade. In spite of constant territorial threats from Venice and the Ottoman Empire, Dubrovnik flourished in the Middle Ages as a center of literature, art, science and education.

Today, Dubrovnik is one of the most beautiful cities of Europe, offering fabulous beaches, historic sites and alluring architecture and art works. With orange rooftop houses sitting in contrast to the blue sky, Dubrovnik presents many sightseeing treasures. The historic district, the Old Town, is stuffed with many historic features such as the old, defensive walls, cobblestone streets, magnificent palaces and stunning churches.You must see  the 15th century engineering marvel, Onofrio’s Fountain. At night, the Old Town is illuminated, giving it a romantic ambiance.

Just outside the Old Town are popular beaches like Banje and Lapad, which offers sunbathing, swimming and water sports. A ferry ride away is the island, Lokrum, with beaches, a monastery and botanic gardens.

Nightlife offers plenty of bars, clubs and restaurants. Dubrovnik’s cuisine features fresh seafood and traditional dishes of cabbage and meat.

While the Old Town is pedestrian-only, buses provide transportation around other parts of Dubrovnik.

Dubrovnik   Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik   Dubrovnik

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