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Though it has only recently re-emerged as an independent nation, Croatia is by no means a new country. There were settlements along the Dalmatian Coast before recorded time. When Slavic people migrated here in the 6th century, they converted to Catholicism and adopted the local Latin alphabet. The region eventually became part of the powerful Kingdom of Croatia. Medieval Dubrovnik, formerly the Republic of Ragusa, was one of several walled cities established in the 7th century to guard the coastal approaches. Its fortification was completed in the 13th century and has remained relatively unchanged. The city walls are in excellent condition and today prevent invasion by automobiles. Within the walls, the lovely sleek lines of Venetian-style buildings complement a wealth of ancient stone architecture. Nearby islands feature beautiful beaches as well as intriguing ancient ruins.
Rising above the Adriatic Sea, the town of Kotor is splendid for both its ocean views and medieval Old Town. To walk through its streets is to take a stroll through history. You'll see fortifications dating from the 9th century; the Church of Saint Ana dating from the 12th century; the Church of Saint Luke from the 13th century; the Church of the Healing Mother of God from the 15th century; the Prince's Palace from the 17th century; and Napoleon's Theatre from the 19th century. Stylish gates, enticing flights of stairs and inviting squares, all accessed via a maze of narrow lanes, make Kotor's Old Town a true delight. With your visit, you will understand why Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Split was first settled when, at the end of the third century AD, the Roman Emperor Diocletian built his palace in the charming city. The importance of Diocletian's Palace far transcends local significance because of its level of preservation and the buildings of succeeding historical periods found within its walls, which today form the very heart of old Split. The palace is one of the most famous and integral architectural and cultural constructs on the Croatian Adriatic coast. The seaport of Split lies on the Dalmation coast. It is the economic and administrative center of Middle Dalmatia, with about 200,000 inhabitants. Split's growth became particularly rapid in the 7th century, when the inhabitants of the destroyed Greek and Roman metropolis Salonae took refuge within its walls. The lovely ruins of Solin, located outside the city, can still be explored today. Split has a long tradition of collecting and caring for monuments. This interest appeared as early as the Renaissance. Diocletian's Palace, Mestrovic Gallery, the Archaeological Museum and the Temple of Jupiter are just a few of the impressive museums and galleries that shouldn't be missed.
Zadar is blessed with beautiful natural surroundings. The city faces an Adriatic archipelago that is one of the best sailing areas in the world. With its mild winters and warm summer, Zadar offers inhabitants and visitors an excellent environment for work and leisure. Zadar is bordered by four national parks: the untouched Kornati Islands, the breathtaking Velebit mountains, the winding Krka River and the peaceful Plitvice Lakes. Other natural sites include the canyon of the river Zrmanja and the caves at Cerovac. These places are ideal for swimming, diving, boating, surfing, tracking, climbing and even skiing.
Located on the Kvarner Gulf at the foot of the mountains and surrounded by a rocky, picturesque coast, Opatija is known for its natural beauty. Excursions treat you to glimpses of forests dense with bay laurel, hilltops crowned by storybook towns and, of course, verdant hills and colorful buildings meeting the waters of the Adriatic. Here in this Venetian-influenced region, the cities are often as captivating as the countryside, and perhaps nowhere is this more true than in Opatija. A spell as a fashionable seaside resort for the Viennese elite and under the umbrella of the Habsburg Empire has infused the city with a regal elegance. Estates and pavilions turned museums and galleries make for a pleasant way to pass the time. To pass along the sparkling Adriatic, take a stroll on the promenade that runs along the waterfront.
Combine everything there is to love about the upper reaches of the Adriatic – mild weather, the sunny disposition of the locals, Venetian architecture, traditions in olive oil and wine – and you have Piran, unfailingly billed as one of Slovenia’s prettiest towns. In fact, Piran may just be one of the world’s prettiest towns, as you will surely conclude as you walk along its narrow, winding streets, step into the oval-shaped main square graced by stately buildings, and enjoy a beguiling mix of cultures, abetted by Piran’s location within a stone’s throw of Italy and Croatia and not far from Austria and Hungary. Situated on a narrow peninsula reaching out into the sea, this well-preserved historical town is easily explored by foot, an ideal way to be lured up to the bell tower of the Church of St. George to admire the views or into a homey restaurant for a seafood meal.
Venice rests three miles off the coast of mainland Italy and is considered one of the world's most enchanting cities. Known as the "Queen of the Adriatic," it actually comprises more than 100 separate islands. Laced together by a string of 400 intricate bridges, Venice is legendary for its labyrinthine network of canals. A whimsical stroll through the city can lead one to a hidden world of ornately decorated piazzas and shops. As you explore colorful marketplaces and busy town squares, marvel at a priceless legacy of Baroque architecture. Admire the richness of St. Mark's Basilica and the lavishness of the Palazzo Ducale. Getting lost in Venice can be a truly delightful experience. The place of dreams, this romantic city will live long in your memory.
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