As the legend has it, the ancient hero Odysseus spent seven years on Mljet as a captive of the sea nymph Calypso. He was stranded on Ogiran Rock (which is still a dangerous rock for seafarers), so he swam into the cave which was named after him. Even though he stayed on Mljet against his free will, we belive it was not such a bad experience to be captured on the greenest of all Adriatic Islands. Besides, Homer s tale revels he was the lover of the beautiful nymph. So be carefull not to get stuck on Mljet, especially if you have your better half waiting for you somewhere. One does not know where to start when speaking of Mljet.
The national park is dominated by two seawaters lakes ( 27m and 46m deep).. But the real adventure lies in depths of the lake. It is popular with couples, nature lovers and explorers, lovers of historical tales and legends.
Lastovo is beautiful island situated in southern Croatia, in Dalmatia. With its natural beauties , crystal and clear sea, it attracts numerous tourists. Lastovo Village is an old medieval town with a long and interesting history and is surrounded by mountains which take a shape of amphitheatre. The island is filled with popular tourist centers situated in charming bays, most famous of which are Zaklopatica and Pasadur on the north coast, Skrivena Luka and Ubli on the south coast and Lučica, small port beneath the town of Lastovo.
The island enjoys all the basic characteristic of the Mediterranean climate; mild, humid winters and warm, long and dry summers. Lastovo is famous for its wine, once enjoyed by Roman emperors, and since the sea surrounding the island is the richest fishing area in the Adriatic, Lastovo also offers a superb gastronomic experience.
The Kornati archipelago consists of 89 islands, islets, rocks and reefs and as George Bernard Shaw put it nicely „ On the last day of the Creation God desired to crown his work and thus crated the Kornati islands out of tears, stars and breath“. The archipelago is the largest marine protected area in Croatia. „Getting lost“ in Kornati is one of the biggest pleasures for yachtsman. That is exactly what the British king Edward VIII., known as a ruler who found love more important than the crown itself, did. Just before he gave up the British crown in 1936, he spent his summer sailing across the Adriatic and (supposedly) in the silence of the
NATURE PARK TELAŠĆICA
The enterance of the Telašćica Nature Park is located north of Kornati exactly where the Kornati archipelago reaches towards steep cliffs of Dugi otok. This is the spot where the open sea colides with 200m high cliffs, the spot where one feels the wheel of time cannot be stopped, the spot where one forgets about himself and at least for a moment feels unified with nature with just one question- what part do humans play in space and time.
As opposed to the steep cliffs of the other side, Telašica bay stands for the largest and safest natural harbour in the Adriatic. Narrow passage divide the bay into three smaller bays creating three lakes (tre laguns) whisch provide safe haven.
The ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’, situated on the Dalmatian coast, became an important Mediterranean sea power from the 13th century onwards. Although severely damaged by an earthquake in 1667, Dubrovnik managed to preserve its beautiful Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque churches, monasteries, palaces and fountains.
Dubrovnik is a remarkably well preserved example of a late-medieval walled city, with a regular street layout. Among the outstanding medieval, Renaissance and Baroque monuments within the magnificent fortifications and the monumental gates to the city are the Town Hall (formerly the Rector’s Palace), dating from the 11th century; the Franciscan Monastery (completed in the 14th century, but now largely Baroque in appearance) with its imposing church; the extensive Dominican Monastery; the cathedral (rebuilt after the 1667 earthquake); the customs house (Sponza), the eclectic appearance of which reveals the fact that it is the work of several hands over many years; and a number of other Baroque churches, such as that of St Blaise (patron saint of the city).
The city of Hvar is a unique fusion of a luxurious Mediterranean landscaping, rich cultural and historical heritage along with summertime tourists.
Hvar is an inexhaustible treasury of scenery, atmosphere and adventure. Its name derives from the Greek name for the island which was also the name given to present day Starigrad in the 13th century PHAROS. Hvar gained glory and power during the middle ages as an important port within the Venetian, naval empire.
The city of Split is situated in the warmest region of the northern Mediterranean coast, in the very centre of the Adriatic eastern coast and in the immediate vicinity of the rivers Jadro and Žrnovnica that have been watering it for 1700 years. The first inhabitant of Split was the Roman emperor Diocletian who started to build his palace in this friendly bay around 293 AD. Its mild climate, with 2700 sunny hours per year, makes it an oasis where, sheltered from the wind, one can enjoy the sun even in wintertime.
The industrial, university, and business centre of the region nourishes its “green soul” on the hill Marjan situated in the westernmost part of the peninsula. Its forested park infringed by the city and the sea offers pleasant walks away from the city noise under the pines by the sea.