During your vacation in Croatia you should definitely explore places of great cultural importance.
We bring you a list of the sights in Istria and Dalmatia that you should definitely visit in order to experience the culture of Croatia. That these sights are worth visiting confirms also the fact that they have found their place in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
The Euphrasian Basilica in the old town of Porec
If you spend your vacation in one of our villas in Istria, a visit to the city of Porec
is definitely an indispensable part of your trip.
This sight in Porec is one of the most valuable cultural monuments in Istria
. This peculiarity of Istrian cultural history will not only fascinate you with the interior, which was built on the foundation of the former three-nave basilica in the middle of the 6th century
- an attraction is also the bell tower, which offers a great view of Porec and its surroundings.
Venetian defense systems of the 15th and 17th centuries in Zadar and Sibenik
When we talk about history-telling places, this is the perfect example - the fortifications of the former Republic of Venice.
The Venetian Defense System consists of six individual centers, most of which are in Italy. However, two of them can be found in Croatia - the grand defense system of Zadar and the great St. Nicholas fortress in Sibenik, which have been included in the world heritage.
St. James Cathedral in Sibenik
You can visit an extraordinary monument of sacred architecture in the town of Sibenik
. What makes this cathedral so special is a structure that was built entirely of stone,
namely stone brought from Croatian islands. It is the most important building of the 15th and 16th centuries in Croatia and was classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000.
Old Town of Trogir
The town of Trogir is located on a small island between the mainland and the island of Ciovo
. While walking through this city, you will experience a breath of the past - churches and palaces will take you back to the time of the Venetians, and every part of this town testifies to the most important historical events.
In Trogir, you can visit the tower of St. Marko and the fortification of Kamerlengo from the 15th century or visit the treasury, the monastery of St. Dominik and the main square named after Pope John Paul II. St. Lovre's Cathedral is definitely the most important monument in this city
, as it combines different architectural styles from the period from the 13th to the 17th century.
In this small town, every walk will enrich your knowledge of Dalmatian culture.
Diocletian’s Palace in Split
We already wrote about the breathtaking city of Split
and its sights in one of our articles. Among them, the Diocletian's Palace is one of the best preserved ancient complexes in the world
. Enter the historical complex of the Diocletian's Palace and go on a journey through time all the way to the ancient world.
The palace was built as a summer residence by Emperor Diocletian
, which also served as a military camp. This building will simply delight you with its magnificent appearance - large towers, magnificent gates, charming verandas and spacious corridors. Although the palace has changed its appearance over the centuries, the outline of a real imperial palace can still be seen today. When strolling through the Diocletian's Palace, don't miss the cellars, which are known as one of the best preserved complexes in the world.
Old town of Dubrovnik
You must have heard a lot about the town of Dubrovnik, and you can read more about it in our article “The jewel of Croatia”.
However, what we would recommend in this article is a tour of the almost 2km long city wall, one of the sights on the UNESCO list of world heritage, which makes this town definitely worth visiting.
Stecci - Medieval gravestones
Finally, we present a peculiarity of Croatian culture - Stecci, medieval tombstones decorated with figures and inscriptions
that date from the period between the 12th and 15th centuries. There are approximately 4000 Stecci in Croatia, in Cista Velika near Sibenik, in Mala Crljivica east of Split and in Dubravka, south of Dubrovnik.
We hope that after these interesting facts you can hardly wait to explore the Croatian coast!