Croatia is one of the best nautical destinations in the world. With 1,244 islands, of which 67 are inhabited, and many beautiful towns on the Croatian coast, this European maritime attraction is a top destination for those who love the sea.
Croatia is a land of thousand islands, stunning natural diversities, wonderful nature and rich heritage.
It abounds in natural beauty, islands, national parks, monuments such as Diocletian’s Palace in Split, cities of Trogir and Dubrovnik and many other sights. The greatest peculiarity is the Croatian part of the Adriatic Sea, which is, as reported by the European Environment Agency, the second cleanest sea in Europe. A mild Mediterranean climate with 2400 to 2800 hours of sunshine per year contributes to natural beauty and picturesque Croatian coast, making it one of the sunniest European coasts. Many features of Croatia will delight and charm you. The unique harmony of natural beauties, the waters which are considered a paradise for yachtsmen, a wealth of cultural heritage and accessibility and warmth of people make Croatia an ideal destination for your nautical adventure.
Did you know (a few interesting facts about Croatia):
- … A tie, now an indispensable male but also a female accessory, is named after a part of the uniform of Croatian soldiers in the Thirty Years’ war
- … Nearly 10% of Croatian territory is protected within 11 nature parks, 8 national parks and two strict reserves.
- … Hum in Istria is known as the smallest city in the world.
- … The latest archaeological findings, dating from about 6300 BC., show that Vinkovci (Slavonia) is the oldest European city, with an urban continuity older than eight millennia.
- … The biggest truffle in the world, weighing 1.31 kg, was found in 1999 near the village Livade in Istria, and in 2000 it was recorded in the Guinness Book of Records.
- …Operation of an MP3 player, which embellishes lives of many people with music, is based on the invention of a Croatian programmer Tomislav Uzelac.
Dalmatia is the largest tourist region in Croatia, and is widely known for its many islands, picturesque coastline and mild climate that represent the foundation of the development of nautical tourism.
Dominated by a karst relief of the Dinarides, and the climate is mostly Mediterranean, or sub-Mediterranean with associated vegetation communities. Diversity, natural resources, national parks and an incredible wealth of cultural monuments and historical heritage make this region a leader in the Croatian tourism. This is the region of Croatia whose monuments and history tell the story better than any book. In coastal cities there are many artists and rulers who left their legacy from both cultural and the socio economic aspect.
Did you know (a few interesting facts about Dalmatia):
- …that the Dubrovnik Republic was the first country to recognize the independence of the United States
- … that the oldest municipal theatre in Europe was built in Hvar in the year 1612
- … that Zlatni Rat beach in Bol changes its shape depending on the wind
- … that Hvar lavender is the finest example of this fragrant plant in Europe. It is grown in ideal conditions on the island of Hvar and due to its medicinal properties and intoxicating scent it is recommended against stress, headaches, for boosting immunity…
The island of particularities and contrasts, and the largest island among the North Dalmatian islands. Dugi otok justifies its name by the length of about 45 km. The highest peak of Dugi otok is Vela Straza (338 m).
The coast towards the open sea is specific by its dissimilarities: the part that is located in the Nature Park Telašćica is mostly steep with fascinating cliffs, while on the southeast side of the island you can find quiet coves and sandy beach Sakarun. This beauty is ideal for swimming,enjoying clean sea and beauty of nature.
The southeastern part of the island is protected and proclaimed as Nature Park, the northwestern part of Dugi Otok is recognized as one of the most attractive and most interesting areas of Zadar county and was declared as significant Croatian landscape. There are 1500 inhabitants on the island.
Did you know (a few interesting facts of Long Island):
- … that the numerous researches of the cave Vlakno at the central part of the island, established cultural layer 20,000 years old, among other findings there is well preserved human skeleton, the only such finding in the entire Adriatic region …
- … regular visitors of Dugi Otok, precisely Nature Park Telašćica, is a family of dolphins – (Tursiops truncates) only 220 left in the Adriatic …
Veli Rat is located in the bay of Čuna. It has its origin from Roman times.It is known for the parish church of St. Anthony.
There is also marina Veli Rat, tourist office and post office. Southeast of Veli Rat there is a sandy beach Sakarun, one of the most beautiful beaches along the Adriatic.
The pearl of Veli Rat is the lighthouse Punta Bianca, located three kilometers northwest of the city.
Did you know (a few interesting facts about Veli Rat) …:
- … Punta Bianca is the biggest lighthouse in the Adriatic, it is 42 meters heigh. In the yard of the lighthouse there is a chapel of St.Nicholas, where you can arrange a romantic wedding, with the view to the open sea …
- … Veli rat was first mentioned in 1327, the same year when the church of St. Anthony was build…