UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Culture, Francesco Bandarin, has presented the head of Šibenik-Knin County, Goran Pauk, the certificate of inscription to UNESCO’s World Heritage List.
The presentation of the certificate took place at the Croatian National Theatre in Šibenik on Thursday with a number of dignitaries in attendance, including Croatia’s Culture Minister.
On 9 July 2017 at the 41st meeting of UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee in Poland, the Venetian Works of defence between 15th and 17th centuries were inscribed as UNESCO protected World Heritage sites.
This property consists of 15 components of defence works in Italy, Croatia, and Montenegro, spanning more than 1,000 kilometres between the Lombard region of Italy and the eastern Adriatic Coast.
The Croatian sites include the defensive system of Zadar and St. Nicholas Fortress in Šibenik.
This recently renovated apartment is on the second floor of a traditional Dalmatian stone house built in 1928 in the historic center of the island city of Trogir, a Unesco World Heritage site.
The 2,120-square-foot apartment has three bedrooms, three bathrooms, a 408-square-foot private roof deck with a spa and a smaller terrace; the furniture, by Croatian designers like Prostoria, is included in the asking price.
The entry hallway has original arches and Italian tile floors. Beyond the bathroom to the right of the front door is a kitchen-and-dining area with French doors that open to a terrace.
Continuing our popular series, 25 Things to Know about Croatia, on November 11, 2017, a visit to one of the most charming destinations of all – Vrboska on the island of Hvar.
1 The Fortress Church
There is no questioning the most impressive building in the quaint old town of Vrboska – the unique fortress church of St Mary of Mercy. Built in the 16th century following the devastating attack by the Turks under Uyuz Ali, who burned the village in 1571 along with much of Dalmatia, the church fortress was built as a result to protect the inhabitants of Vrboska, and to good effect. The church fortress is open to tourists these days, with latest opening times advertised on the door (or check with the tourist board across the harbour).
It certainly has an unusual but also memorable name for us, English speakers. Our first cruise port on our 7-day Mediterranean cruise last June was Croatia’s second largest city, Split. Located on the country’s Dalmatian coast, this was our first glimpse of Split from the ship. With majestic mountains standing behind the coastal city, we couldn’t wait to see what it had to offer.
We didn’t set up a shore excursion with the ship. From previous cruise experiences, we knew there were going to be many tour companies waiting for passengers outside the port gate. They’re also usually cheaper than the ones offered by the cruise ship.
It was a bit overwhelming to see all the tour guides and companies when we came out.
To soak up the natural beauty and serenity of Croatia’s Plitvice Lakes National Park, you need to go in armed with a plan. Here it is.
Plitvice Lakes in Croatia is one of the world’s great natural wonders, a lush and pristine valley with 16 dazzling terraced lakes, 90 waterfalls and several kilometres of boardwalk. Often described as the most beautiful national park in Europe, Plitvice regularly makes lists of undiscovered gems or hidden secrets of Europe.
Unfortunately, it’s no longer undiscovered or hidden, with around 1.2 million visitors a year and 15,000 tourists descending on it a day in high season. In fact, Plitvice is fast becoming a victim of its own popularity, so if you want to soak up the natural beauty and serenity you need to go in armed with a plan.
The Plitvice Lakes National Park is undoubtedly Croatia’s most popular tourist attraction and a place of immense natural beauty. Which is exactly why, in 1979, it was granted UNESCO World Heritage status. You can find it halfway between Zagreb and Zadar on the Adriatic coast. Trust us, the lakes are a definite must-see in Croatia!
The Plitvice National Park
The national park was founded in 1949. It is situated in the mountainous karst area of central Croatia, near the borders with Bosnia and Herzegovina. Plitivice Lakes are world-famous for their arrangement in cascades. Currently, you will be able to see 16 lakes from the surface. These lakes are a result of the confluence of several small rivers and subterranean karst rivers. The lakes are all interconnected and follow the water flow.
Between them, you will observe some magnificent natural dams of travertine.
I really liked Dubrovnik and it had some of the best attractions in Croatia. Once I looked past the tourist crowds and focused on the history and long list of things to do in Dubrovnik, I had a great time there.
Leaving Sibernik yesterday morning, we headed for Plitvice Lakes National Park, which is one of the oldest national parks in Southeast Europe and the largest national park in Croatia.
In 1979, Plitvice Lakes National Park was added to the UNESCO World Heritage register. The national park was founded in 1949 and is situated in the mountainous karst area of central Croatia, at the border to Bosnia and Herzgovina. The protected area extends over 296.85 square kilometres (73,350 acres). Each year, more than 1 million visitors are recorded. The national park is world-famous for its lakes arranged in cascades. Currently, 16 lakes can be seen from the surface. The lakes collectively cover an area of about two square kilometres (0.77 square miles), with the water exiting from the lowest lake forming the Korana River.
TCN’s Filipa Marušić gives us a closer look at just why these incredible parts of the country deserve much more attention than they get.
This transboundary extension of the Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians spreads over twelve European countries, including Croatia. This multi-country World Heritage Site in Croatia covers parts of the popular National Parks – Northen Velebit and Paklenica, both of which are located on Velebit.
The countries included are Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Germany, Italy, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Ukraine. This extension of the World Heritage Site was inscribed on the 41st session of The World Heritage Committee in Krakow, Poland in July this year.
The path to health and fitness doesn’t have to mean tough love. This seaside break provides fresh seafood, rest, relaxation – and a visit to a Game of Thrones location.
The first relief: there is coffee. The cave-dwellers inspiring the version of the paleo regime on offer at Hotel Ola, a stone’s throw from Split airport, clearly needed their morning pick-me-up as much as I do. Also, they obviously appreciated a modest glass of wine now and again, which is surely fair, given that grapes can be hunter-gathered and fermented, can’t they?
As this might suggest, I’ve come to Croatia not because my body is a temple, but because it’s a two-up, two-down (with chunky ground-floor extension) in need of a little loving restoration. Some of the decor is a bit worse for wear, and the fuses keep blowing.