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Croatia's most famous streets and alleys - take a walk through the city history

Croatia's most famous streets and alleys - take a walk through the city history

Light-footed through history

PULA - Ulica Sergijevaca & Kandlerova - The beautifully sounding "Via Sergia" is the original italian name of one of the two main streets in Pula, which have their origins in the main square, Forum. It was named after the Roman Sergi family, who ruled Pula as early as the 14th century. Follow Via Sergia from the Forum to the “Golden Gate”, the triumphal arch of the Sergi family and the Portarata square.

The other is “Kandlerova” street, which leads from the Forum Square with the Augustus Temple to the two city parks and the Nymphaeum. Until the middle of the 19th century, both streets were equally important to the city of Pula. But in the second half of the 19th century the city center began to shift to the east, which in no way diminished the importance of the forum. Because Via Sergia connected the two city centres, it became the main street of the city. Today both streets are popular places for shopping and strolling. Many cute boutiques and shops, colourful souvenir shops, cafes and small restaurants make a stroll through the city an unforgettable experience.

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POREC - Decumanus Maximus - If you have booked one of our villas with pool in Istria, then you should definitely take a look at Porec. This beautiful town on the West Coast of Istria has a lot to offer. If you stroll through the streets and alleys of the city, you will inevitably catch sight of the old city walls and buildings. At that time, streets that ran from east to west were called "Decumanus", those that ran from north to south "Cardo". The two largest and most important main streets were the "Decumanus Maximus" and the Cardo Maximus ", which today - as in Roman times - connect the most important places of action of the city. At the eastern end of Dekumanova, as it is called today, is Marafor Square, with some old paving stones that the ancient Romans walked over.

A little further you will find the remains of the Temple of Neptune and the Temple of Mars as well as the old market square - the forum. If you stroll down Dekumanova, you will come across the Romanesque house, the Zuccato palace, the Gothic house and the pentagonal tower. In one of the numerous cafes you can quietly watch the hustle and bustle of the city. Lined with small souvenir shops and jewellers, this popular promenade exudes a very special charm.

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RIJEKA - Korzo - The "Korzo", the famous pedestrian zone in Rijeka, is one of the most famous in Croatia. In the early 19th century, this street took on the shape we know and love today. This is where people stroll, meet, and organize the famous carnival parades and Christmas markets between the imposing old buildings, some of which have been restored several times.

Between the Trsat Castle overlooking everything, the Rijecina river flowing into the sea and the northernmost part of the Adriatic coast, everything that is important takes place here in the center: trade, encounters, culture and festivals. No wonder then that the “Korzo” is seen as the main artery of the city of Rijeka.
Many cafes, restaurants, souvenir shops, fine boutiques and night clubs invite visitors from all over the world to linger. Pay a visit to this bustling street and feel the liveliness of this city.

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ZAGREB - Ilica & Tkalciceva - The "Ilica" is one of the longest streets in Zagreb and connects the city center with the northwest of the city in the Vrapce district. This busy street is often referred to as a shopping mile, because up to half of its total length of 5.6 km it is peppered with designer boutiques, shops of world-famous brands and smaller individual shops. In between there are cafes, bars and restaurants. But also one or the other sight can be found here and in the branching streets, such as the "uspinjaca", the Museum of Illusions, various theatres and squares. The name "Ilica" appears for the first time in 1431 - until then it was known as "Loncarska ves", which means something like pottery street. You can see that handicrafts and trade have always been carried out here.

Don't miss Tkalciceva street when visiting Croatia's capital. Named after Ivan Tkalcic, a historian and Catholic priest who was born in Zagreb on May 4, 1840, this famous street stretches from Ban Jelacic Square to Mala Ulica (Little Street) in the north. The road connects the upper town (Gornji Grad) with Nova Ves in the east. Prostitution was legal until the 20th century and was advertised as a tourist attraction to fill the city's wallet, and this street contributed significantly to this. Tkalciceva Street was famous for its brothels, which could not be advertised explicitly. Only a lantern that was allowed to be set up in front of the building indicated that there was one here. Today the street is particularly popular with night owls. Many cafes, bars and restaurants line this wide paved street and invite you to spend the night here …

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ZADAR - Kalelarga - The Croatian name Kalelarga comes from the Italian "Calle Larga" and actually means nothing more than "wide street". Since the distant past the main street of the city, neither the Venetians nor the Austrians and the French during their respective reigns were able to change the fact that this street is the main artery of Zadar.

The Kalelarga starts at Petar Zoranic Square and ends at the bell tower and the Church of St. Donatus. A little further on, you will also find the Church of St. Anastasia with its ornate bell tower. Stroll down this magnificent street and you will come across many other museums and palaces that are definitely worth a visit. Completely destroyed by the Allied bombings in 1944, this beautiful street was fortunately reconstructed in the 1960s and today offers its visitors a colourful mix of cafes, restaurants, boutiques, shops, souvenir shops and squares.

The Kalelarga is the perfect place to see and be seen, to celebrate parties and to take in the positive energy of the city. A romantic walk in the evening is the perfect thing to do for people who have just fallen in love ... ;-)

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SPLIT - Marmontova - Marmontova Street is not only beautiful, but also historically significant. This street stretches almost 200m from the promenade by the sea and the Prokurative (Republic Square) to the National Theater. Created around 1810 during the French rule in Dalmatia, this impressively beautiful street is today a focal point for art and culture. Many galleries and exhibition rooms adorn the Marmontova and the surrounding streets. The city's most popular shopping street with its large, smooth cobblestones was named after the French Marshal Auguste Marmont.

In 1922 the library was embedded here with a reading room for Francophiles - today the Alliance Francaise. As a visitor to the city of Split, you should by no means ignore the famous fish market. The specialty is that due to the sulfur bath in the nearby spa and its smell, the fish market is avoided by flies. A detail that catches the eye in Marmontova is the Pirja fountain with its funnel shape. You will definitely recognise it right away!

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DUBROVNIK - Stradun - The largest street in the beautiful old town of Dubrovnik (once called Ragusa) is Stradun. It is the shortest connection between the Pile Gate in the west and the Ploce Gate in the east of the city. This street owes its present appearance to the rapid rebuilding and reconstruction after the great earthquake in 1667. Attention was paid to a uniformed appearance which replaced the previously rather uneven picture.

The main street gets its unmistakable character from the many small shops, which are surrounded by traditional arches on both sides of the Stradun. It used to be and is still the center of the city today. Here, at meetings in the cafes and in the squares, news is exchanged, everything that is important happens here, festivals are celebrated here, processions take place, there is trade ... this is where city life takes place. Immerse yourself in the vibrant life of Dubrovnik!


Daniela Vuleta

2.5.2022
 
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