Island Brac, the largest island of the central Dalmatian group of islands, is the third largest among the Adriatic islands. Island Brac is best known for its beautiful beach Zlatni rat (Golden horn).The most popular beach in Croatia, the beauty of which is best seen from the air. However, there’s something else that you might notice from the air, and that’s that the beach itself, because of the influence of the elements, often changes its shape.
In one of the most interesting attractions on the island of Brač, Pustinja Blaca (Blaca Hermitage), hermit priests lived in a monastery embedded into the steep rocks. Only in 1963, after the death of the last manager, Nikola Miličević, did that tradition come to an end.
Fun fact: The island of Brač is one of just two Croatian islands which has its airport. The airport is near Bol, and you can fly to it from ten European destinations.
Korčula, also known as the Pearl of the Adriatic, is the second-largest island in Croatia and the sixth-largest island in the Adriatic Sea. Korčula is one of the most beautiful and peaceful islands in Croatia. It is probably best known as the birthplace of Marco Polo.
The name Korčula comes from the Greek word, Korchira, which means ‘palace through the rocks. Its beautiful street layout is shaped like a fishbone. The narrow side streets just off the main street at an angle, never perpendicularly. This is to protect the town and its residents from the mighty sea winds.
Fun fact: every June 30th Korcula Town is turned into a giant carnival with live music, food and drinks stalls and lots of people gathered to celebrate the half new year! The party continues well into the following morning with a firework display at midnight.
Mljet National Park
Mljet National Park covers 5300 hectares of the northwest part of the island of Mljet located near the Pelješac peninsula on the southern coast of Croatia. Mljet’s most beautiful landmarks are submerged bays, beaches, sea caves, native species, and archaeological finds. Due to its lush and rich vegetation, Mljet is the greenest Croatian island, which is why its nickname is Zeleni Otok (the “green island”).
Fun fact: The name Mljet is a Slavic variation of the Greek word Melita, which means honey.
The city of Split is the second largest city in Croatia with 178.102 inhabitants and the largest city on the Croatian coast of the Adriatic, much more than a popular tourist spot. Split is every historian’s dream city. Its rich history is displayed across the whole city, with numerous archaeological sites and buildings under UNESCO heritage protection. Split’s main attraction is without a doubt Diocletian’s Palace. The Diocletian’s palace makes the heart of the historic center of Split.
Fun fact: One of the most famous sculptures of Split is the giant statue of Grgur Ninski, located in front of the Golden Gate. He was a famous medieval bishop and is remembered as a hero since he defended the usage of the Croatian language in the liturgy. Moreover, it’s a very popular tourist attraction, as it is believed that rubbing his toe, will bring you ten years of luck. Virtual Tourists placed it as one of the ten lucky charms in the world.
Dubrovnik, a magnificent historic city, was founded in the 7th century. It was the only city-state on the entire Croatian coast, from the 14th to the 19th century. Seafaring and trade, together with wise international policy and skillful diplomacy brought economic and cultural prosperity for centuries to the free city-state. The Dubrovnik people were known as good seafarers, tradesmen, scientists, and writers. Since 1979 the town has been under UNESCO protection.
Fun fact: Dubrovnik is increasingly becoming a popular location for filming fictional or historical drama TV series and films in mega-production, such as the Game of Thrones, Knightfall, Starwars, and more recently Robin Hood: Origins.