ponedeljek, 28. september 2015

Romantic coastal cities in Croatia

Croatia has many romantic places, especially the popular Coast, which attract with its rich historical past, medieval appearance, secluded beaches, beautiful parks and plenty of opportunities for romantic walks along the sea, candlelight dinner and discovering many romantic places



Pula

Like ancient Romes, the heritage of the city of romantic Pula reaches three thousand years in the past, it was also built on seven hills and all roads on the istrian peninsula lead to the town. Right in the centre of Pula we will find one of the best preserved Roman amphitheatres. The local people call it Arena. The Arena is probably the most impressive, but not the only ancient monument which is situated in Pula. In the centre of the town, the ancient Roman Forum, there is temple of Augustus, dedicated to the first Roman emperor Augustus. There is also the old citadel, the Sergius Arch, Gate of Hercules and many other historical landmarks. 


Rovinj

Rovinj is one of the most romantic mediterranian towns. Located on the western coast of Istria, surrounded by wooded, gentle hills that protect it of the bora wind, Rovinj has been the perfect holiday destination for over a century. Besides its romantic views, for which it is known as the city of romance, the beauty of Rovinj is reflected in the nearby archipelago of 22 islands. Among them the most beautiful and the largest are St. Andrews and the St. Catherine islands. Near Rovinj there are many protected natural areas, such as Lim fjord, the swamp Palud, the Park Forest Punta Corrente and Romuald's cave.


Poreč

Once a small fishing village, Poreč represents one of the most brilliant jewels of Croatian tourism. Located of the west coast of Istria, where mild climate prevails, a rugged coastline with numerous islands, peninsulas and romantic beaches offer an amazing treasure of tourist attractions. Poreč is a romantic town that boasts a long and rich history. In Poreč is located one of the most beautiful early Byzantine churches in Europe, the Basilica of Euphranasius from the sixth century. The UNESCO put it on its list of world cultural heritage. 



Opatija


Opatija boasts the longest tourist tradition in Croatia, the tradition was founded back in the time when the Habsburgs ruled the area. This may be due to its extremely favorable geographic position, just 500 kilometres from Vienna, Milan and Munich, and the fact that Opatija has been the most accessible way to the Mediterranean from Central Europe. Long romantic promenades and the most beautiful parks of Croatia embellish Opatija. The Villa Angiolina is the cradle of tourism in Opatija. In 1844, a local merchant from Rijeka bought the peninsula where the villa is located in order to built a home. He romantically named it after his wife. 


Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik is located in the south of the country. It is undoubtedly the most important and the best known romantic destination in Croatia. Its specific medieval silhouette, the imposing town walls that for centuries protected the city against invaders from the land and from the sea will never be forgotten by anyone who at least once visited this fairy tale town. The entire old town is listed on UNECSO's World Heritage list, besides its unique architectural heritage, Dubrovnik is also seen as the Athens of Croatian culture.  











ponedeljek, 07. september 2015

Mali Lošinj

Mali Lošinj, the largest town on the Lošinj Island

Mali Lošinj is located on the southern side of the Bay of Lošinj and because of this position has become a very important commercial centre and maritime. Today is also an important tourist destination. The town dates back to the 12th century when twelve Croatian families settled in the eastern by of Saint Martin. Mali Lošinj is with 7000 inhabitants the largest town in the Adriatic.



The golden age of Mali Lošinj

The golden age for the town was the end of the 19th century when because of seafaring the small village turned into a maritime town. Due to the big chances and the maritime crisis in the area, because of passing from sail boats to stream boats, is seemed that the destiny of this city was ended. Upon discovering the health benefits of the climate, and growing of the tourism, a new beginning in the island's history was open.



Republic of Croatia Square

The main town square Republic of Croatia Square is triangular in shape and the construction of its seafront has been completed in 1926. Recently, it has been covered with stone tiles. The square served as the central stage for many events. The beautiful fountain on the square depicts two dolphins that spew fresh water coming from the Vranjsko lake. The fountain, as well as the nearby sculpture of a fisherman, where both made by master sculptor Vinko Matković from Rijeka.



The Church of the Birth of Our Lady

The Church of the Birth of Our Lady was built from 1696 to 1757 on the hill of Bardina and the field of Ravnica and its facade exemplifies the Baroque style. The church boasts an interesting and a valuable collection. It has an organ made by Venetian master Gaetano Callidi, stations of the cross are a copy of the 1747 work by Gianbattista Tiepolo and its marble altar crucifix of the Holy Cross was made by sculptor Bartolomeo Ferrari.