North Dalmatia stretches from the Kvarner Riviera down to about Split. Sometimes overlooked as a holiday destination in favour of the more famous resorts and islands further along the coast, the North Dalmatia region has much to offer visitors. The area contains the beautiful coastal towns of Zadar and Sibenik, both of which are lovely to base yourself in. Pag island is also in this part of Croatia - the longest island, it is home to the lively party resort of Novalja.
North Dalmatia includes two regions, Zadar and Sibenik's region. Zadar and Sibenik's regions include about 500 most beautiful islands in Croatia such as Pag, Ugljan, Silba, Vir, Murter, Pasman, Krapanj, Iz, Zlarin, Molat, nacional park Kornati, nature park Telascica on Long island.
Tourist region of Zadar is situated in the center of the Croatian coast, North Dalmation region. Region of Zadar is located in 14% of teritory of Croatia, and 12% of territorial waters. It is one of the most attractive tourist regions in Croatia.
Region of Zadar is composed of many tourist known destinations such as Novigrad, Vir, Zaton, Silba, Pasman, Biograd at the sea, Pakostane, Ugljan, Nin, Lukoran, Maslenica, Little Iz... There are few national parks located around Zadar, like Plitvice, Paklenica, Krka and Kornati, and nature parks such as Velebit and Telascica.
Zadar is center of Zadar's region. It is situated on peninsula, protecting one of the largest natural Adriatic harbours. It became colony in 1th century. After Romans, there were many german and slavic rulers, and in 7th century Croats came, making principality. There were many wars led until 14th century when it became real eastadriatic capital. In 15th century Zadar was under Venice command and development of the city stopped. After World War Two, it is constantly developing.
Tourism of Zadar is based on cultural and entertainment events, yachting, accomodation services, beautiful beaches... There are many autohton products such as Pag chesse, Pag gourds, Posedar dalmatian ham, Dalmatian Sokol, Domestic olive oil, Maraschino, which is trademark of Zadar.
Zadar is first croatian town which had university in 1396. There are many legends related with Zadar, or Zadar's region, such as legend about transmition of St. Simun to Zadar, St. Krsevan legend, St. Anastasia legend, Legend about why Toreta is built... In Zadar there are many monuments you should not circumvent, such as St. Donat's Church, Church from 9th century, unique in Europe, Forum from 1st century from the time of emperor August, Belltower of St. Mary's Church from 1105., St. Peter and Andrew's Church from 5th-6th century, St. Sime's ark, Walls with renaissance Continental door from 16th century, Sea door with built-in roman arch...
You can come to Zadar by bus, car, train, plane, boat... And you can stay in any kind of accommodation you prefer like hotels, camps, private accommodation... Region of Zadar offers many activities like diving, hiking (NP Paklenica), rafting (river Zrmanja), sport fishing, trekking and mountain-bike roads...
There are three national parks in that area: NP Kornati, NP Krka, NP Paklenica. NP Kornati includes 140 islands and cliffs. It has well-indented coast, clear sea... NP of river Krka includes many lakes, waterfalls and rapids. Two most beautiful waterfalls are Rosk and Skradin falls. NP Paklenica includes two canyons, Large and Small Paklenica.
There are two parks of nature in North Dalmatia too. Those are Telascica (bay deep 8 km) and Lake Vransko (largest lake in Croatia). North Dalmatia offers large capacity of accommodation. There are many luxury hotels, apartments, private accommodation, rooms, camps...
Swimming in the crystal clear sea, a cocktail in a romantic place under the starry sky, sunrise…
Dubrovnik in summer offers street performances, the handsome city guards, Hamlet at Fort Lovrjenac and virtuoso concerts at the Rectors Palace Atrium. In summer Dubrovnik you will meet many famous people and see their luxurious yachts anchored in front of the Old City Harbour.
Dubrovnik in summer invites you to enjoy sitting on the steps of St Blaises Church and by the Orlando Column, to wash your face at the fountain, or, like many other visitors, try and take off your shirt while standing on one foot on the Franciscan Church gargoyle.
Listen to Maro and Baro striking the hours, enjoy and come back…
Does a more beautiful setting exist than stone churches and streets a picturesque sunset, the peeling of Dubrovnik bells, walls which embrace and fortresses which retain every story of love and which are an embellishment to every wedding photograph? The numerous bridal couples who say the fateful I do every year in Dubrovnik are the best confirmation of recognition of the city below Mount Srđ as a favourite wedding destination. According to information from the Dubrovnik registrars office for 2009, 66 marriages of foreign citizens took place up to the end of September in Dubrovnik.
On the most beautiful street in the world - the Stradun - each stone remembers footsteps full of anticipation, listens in on tender words, keeps secrets, welcomes those in love and sees off weddings. Hence is this City one of the most attractive and romantic wedding destinations of which everyone dreams.
In Dubrovnik, one of the worlds most beautiful cities, dreams of love and a romantic wedding become a reality, and the wedding act unique and unforgettable. Bridal couples have the chance in Dubrovnik to discover a magical atmosphere, a top-class offer, romance at every footstep and make the wedding of their dreams come true. The church of St. Blaise in the very centre of the city with its magnificent Baroque surroundings, the atrium of the Rectors palace where e the echo of I do resounds in the harmony of stone, a wedding under the stars on Fort Revelin, the first kiss on the prow of a sailing ship reflected in the blue expanse of sea , scattered petals on stone steps....
Weddings in Dubrovnik are weddings to remember - light-hearted, interesting, completely original and above all special - in a city which is known as one of the most romantic in the world.
Young couples throng to Dubrovnik, the wonderful city Bernard Shaw described as Heaven on earth. The best proof that Dubrovnik is a magnet for wedding vows is the information from the Dubrovnik registrars office for 2009. Up to the end of September 66 marriages of foreign citizens took place in Dubrovnik, of which fifty-two were civil marriages and fourteen with a religious ceremony. The largest number of foreign couples were from Great Britain (16), Ireland (11), Slovenia (5), the USA, Norway, Bosnia and Hercegovina... We add that there are also frequently marriages between Croatian citizens who decide to marry outside their place of domicile, very often in the presence of just their closest friends and wedding sponsors precisely in Dubrovnik. The favourite wedding venues are the Sponza Palace with twelve marriages taking place, the Island of Lokrum with five marriages, and Hotel Excelsior also with five. Along with Hotel Argentina, the Dubrovnik Place and Hotel Splendid, chosen locations were the Rectors Palace, St. Johns Fort, the staircase in front of the Dominican Monastery and the Pile Gate area.
If you wish to experience how a nation really lives, you should go to the market place, the very stomach of the city, and smell, touch and taste the food which people consume every day.
Even the finest chefs who visit Dubrovnik and prepare international dishes in some of the city restaurants cannot resist the taste of courgettes from Župa Dubrovačka, cabbage from Konavle and aubergines and tomatoes grown in the fertile and unpolluted surroundings of Dubrovnik.
The gastronomy of an area is based on the fruits which grow on ecologically- preserved land, as is still the case with that in the Dubrovnik environs. The delicacies of Dubrovnik are plain and without many spices. Prepared in a simple way, they are seasoned with plenty of olive oil, which accentuates the juicy taste of natural foods. The gastronomic choice on offer at the Dubrovnik restaurants is heterogeneous, varied and in compliance with the guests wishes. Those visiting local taverns wish to taste authentic national food, good smoked ham, cheese kept in oil, octopus salad, zelena menestra (smoked meat and cabbage stew), sporchi macaroni, fried sprats and grilled sardines. Visitors to top class restaurants, on the other hand, are served the freshest fish from Adriatic depths, shellfish from the unpolluted sea and other delicacies prepared to meet the requests of the choosiest gourmands. Restaurants also serve the popular sushi, which has become an integral part of western cuisine. In the attractive ambience of the Dubrovnik restaurants one can also enjoy
French cuisine and excellent steaks which would do credit to the finest Argentinian restaurants. In compliance with the wishes and adventurous way of life of younger visitors, fast food restaurants, pizzerias and small restaurants serve simple Dalmatian food and dishes of other cuisines.
Wine was highly valued in the Dubrovnik Republic, when dessert wines were sold on prescription as medicine. The tradition of growing grapes and wine production goes back to the time of the Dubrovnik Republic. A provision from 1424 determined the prices of particular wine varieties, with the exception of Malvasia wine of Konavle the price of which was not limited.
The best-known wines of the Dubrovnik region include red wines of the Pelješac Peninsula, the Plavac Mali variety, white wines - Pošiš from the Island of Korčula, the aforementioned Malvasia called nectar of gods, and the wines of the Konavle area with the characteristic flavour of the south.
CELEBRITIES IN DUBROVNIK
From Richard the Lionheart, Wallis Simpson, Prince Edward, Elisabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Michael Douglas, Catharine Zeta Jones, Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell, Richard Gere, Nick Nolte and Tom Cruise to celebrities, famed athletes, and virtuoso musicians. Every summer the polished stone slabs in Stradun show the reflection of world-famous persons. Last summer Dubrovnik hosted the Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey and the fashion king Valentino. The City was also visited by the Norwegian royal couple King Harald and Queen Sonia, who are sailing in the South Adriatic on their yacht. The guests of the Chamber Music Festival Julian Rachlin & Friends were the most well-known Agent 007 Roger Moore and the old friend of Dubrovnik John Malkovich.
Kevin Spacey visited Dubrovnik as a participant of the Dubrovnik Film Meeting, the prestigious manifestation organised in collaboration with the Sarajevo Film Festival and the Adriatic Luxury Hotel Group. In a memorable evening of film and glamour the film The Usual Suspects was shown, which won Spacey his first Oscar. While sailing the Adriatic the fashion magician Valentino never fails to visit Dubrovnik, and every summer one can see him and his company enjoying the summer night atmosphere. The Croatian football stars who have also forged international careers Eduardo da Silva and Luka Modrić walked along Stradun this summer. In recent decades Dubrovnik has hosted a large number of celebrities and royalty, the majority of whom come to the city on their luxurious boats anchored in front of the romantic Island of Lokrum, including Roman Abramovich, Paul Getty, Bill Gates, Caroline of Monaco, the Prince of Hanover, the King of Jordan and the Prince of Oman. However, all visitors to this world famous city, both well-known and unknown, are impressed by the beauty of Dubrovnik and its amazingly rich history and culture.
The County of Split-Dalmatia is located in the central part of the Dalmatian region. The total territorial area is 14,045 km², of which the land surface is 4,572 km2. According to the administrative territorial structure it has 16 towns and 39 municipalities. The capital city is Split, the second largest city in Croatia (175,140 inhabitants). Split is an important traffic crossroad, and also the largest ferry port on the Croatian Adriatic coast. The international airport is the second largest in proportion and in traffic importance in Croatia, whilst the airport in Brač was built for smaller planes and is used mainly for tourism purposes.
The location of today’s Split- Dalmatia County, was inhabited early on thanks to its mild climate, fertile soil and numerous springs of potable water. In fact, ceramic pots dating back to the Palaeolithic Age were found in the bed of the River Cetina near to Trilj as well as in the local cemetery of Šibenica in Glavice, The first villages were founded on the trade paths of the ancient Illyrians and Greeks. The Illyrians traded with the Greeks and founded the first urban centres such as Salona, Epetion and Tragurion whereas the Romans founded many of today’s urban centres such as Split. The islands such as Hvar or Brač were also inhabited in the prehistoric period, highlighted by the islands unique culture such as the oldest painting of a boat in Europe which was found on the wall of the Grapčeva špilja (Grapčev cave) which is proof that sailing also took place in this Prehistoric period. The hinterland of Split- Dalmatia County, and particularly the Imotski border-land, was inhabited by the Delmatae (an Illyrian tribe) who battled with the Romans for centuries. History was continued by the Croats, of which the numerous monuments are proof of their existence, evidence that this county was the cradle of the State of Croatia. The numerous Croatian kings were crowned in Solin, and many were also buried there. The exceptional buildings created by famous architects as well as the many great literary works from people such as Marulić’s Judita, have formed this county that once was the most important cultural centre in Croatia.
PEOPLE AND TRADITION
Born surrounded by poor soil, rocks and sea, the Dalmatian people were determined to be sailors, fishermen and farmers. Cultivating crops as the grape vine, figs and tenacious olive trees, nourishing their numerous families on the poor soil, the land worker’s life was arduous and the fisherman’s even more so. The male members of the family, as fishermen and sailors sailed out into the open sea in order to nourish themselves and their families. While awaiting them, the diligent hands of the women for years were "holding up the four corners of the house" (taking care of everything). The islanders did stone- masonry, bred small herds of cattle and built ships, and in Zagora the land workers cultivated the fertile soil near to the lakes and rivers, and bred cattle and especially pigs. The Dalmatian is a man of strong emotions who is hard-working and proud, faithful to his friends, traditional songs and a good drink.
BLUE FLAG BEACHES
The blue flag symbolizes this preserved, safe and pleasant environment aimed for vacations, fun and recreation; it is a well elaborated system of coastal area management with a sustainable tourism development. There are 14 blue flags dispersed along the coast and on the islands and they are the symbol of the limpid environment of the sea and the coastal area of Split- Dalmatia County.
The Croatian Adriatic is one of the most beautiful seas in the world, which with its cleanliness belongs to a group of the cleanest seas in the world. It also contributes to the touristic attractiveness with its colour and transparency which increases the further south one goes out to the open sea. The approximate clarity of the Adriatic is from 20 up to 33 m, and the greatest transparency as a limpid sea indicator is measured out on the open sea and is up to 56 m. The endemic Adriatic plateau - Adriatic seaweed are also fundamental (Fucus virsoides) and the good dolphin as an indicator of limpidity.