Island of Krk is situated in the bay of Kvarner and it is the largest among 1246 islands in the Adriatic Sea. Its coast is rather indented so here you may see about 20 islets, cliffs and numerous natural pebbly beaches. There are about 68 villages on the island among which the most significant ones are the town Krk and resorts like Punat, Njivice, Baška, Dobrinj, Malinska, Vrbnik. You can also visit 2 lakes – Jezero and Ponikva and even three rivers. Since 1980, the town Krk is connected to the mainland by a bridge built on the initiative of the Yugoslav president Tito.
Krk is the administrative center of the island and it encompasses 15 smaller villages. It is the favourite destination of numerous tourists and it has a significant tourist offer. The most important cultural sites of Krk are the Courthouse from 1119 and the castle of Frankopan built in the 12th century. The city history dates back to the 3rd and 4th century BC and then later it became the settlement of Romans. The confirmation of this is the city wall which was once surrounding the town. Here you may also find the ruins of roman terms and parts of mosaic, then churches and houses of renowned noble families. Present cathedral was once a basilica made in the 5th century but it was reconstructed and modified over centuries.
Punat is a tourist resort with a history dating back to prehistoric times. Legend says that it owes its name to the lat. word pons – which means bridge. The village was mentioned in the scriptures as Villa di Ponte in the 14th century. The inhabitants have always been skilled fishermen, but they worked in the fields as well and built ships in the 19th century. Punat is known for a big marina but also as a tourist location where you can do numerous sports like mini-golf, diving, sailing and fishing underwater. Punat has a rich history which is confirmed by numerous historical monuments among which the oldest ones are the remains of the Saint Peter’s church from the 5th century, then church of Saint Jerolim and a Benedictine monastery from the 11th century.
Njivice is a little fishing village situated on the island of Krk and a tourist destination of many foreign and local tourists. It the past, it was mentioned for the first time in the 15th century in the documents of the count Ivan Frankopan, but other archaeological findings confirm its earlier existence. Today, its inhabitants work mainly in the fields or in forestry. Tourist services started to develop very early since a hotel was built there in the early 1930s. Besides the excellent accommodation, this charming little village has a lot to offer – magnificent sea, lovely trees and a pleasant climate.
Baška is a lovely village on the Island of Krk which counts even 30 beaches. The most beautiful one is Vela Plaža situated in the center of Baška, right near the restaurants, pizzerias and coffee shops. Vela Plaža is almost 2 km long and it is ideal for families with little children or those who cannot swim. Particularly clear sea and excellent facilities won the beach a prize – the Blue flag. Namely, here you can rent all sorts of equipment for the beach and water sports. Lovers of history will find here numerous motives for exploration – Baška is known for Bašćanska ploča – the oldest inscription written in the glagolitic alphabet in the early 11th century.
Dobrinj is an administrative center which encompasses twenty smaller villages. Its history dates back to 12th century when it was mentioned for the first time in an inscription named Listina Slavnog Dragoslava. The most important cultural site of this lovely location is the church of Saint Vid from the 12th century and a church of Saint Stephen.
Malinska is located in the bay on the northern part of the island. It is known for dense oak woods and in the past it was a port for the exportation of wood. This lovely tourist resort abounds in rich vegetation and magnificent sandy and pebbly beaches. The pathway along the coast is called the Path to Paradise (cro. Rajski put) for its natural beauty. Malinska has a significant history and it was mentioned for the first time in the early 145th century when a monastery and a church of Saint Mary were built. If you visit the museum you will see a rich ethnographic collection preserved over the centuries.
Vrbnik is a little village on the south-eastern coast of the island Krk. It is situated 48 m above the sea level and it is known for excellent vine called Vrbnička žlahtina. Near Vrbnik you can find a lovely beach situated in the bay of Saint Mark.
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Island Rab belongs to the group of Kvarner islands in the northern Adriatic. Its climate borders Mediterranean and continental climate due to the amount of rainfall.
Since tourism is the main source of income most of the population works in tourist services and not agricultural ones like on other islands. This fact is also the main reason that its inhabitants were not leaving the island since 19th century, but the population even increased in number. There are many archaeological findings which confirm that the island was inhabited very early – the remains of Greek settlements on the hill of Saint Damjan and the walls of ancient city that can be seen in the sea near the village Perinčić. This city was built by the refugees that escaped the invasions of Attila.
One of the particular sites is also a church and a monastery of Saint Eufemia from the XIII century which holds also one of the oldest libraries. In the Chronicles of the monastery all the important information about the events on the island of Rab during the last 7 centuries were written down. Island of Rab has relatively little number of villages – there are only 8 of them: Banjol, Barbat, Kampor, Lopar, Mundanije, Palit, Rab i Supetarska Draga.
Town of Rab is the center of this lovely island which, due to its particular beauty, was often under dominion of the Venetians and the Austrian monarchy. In the earlier times, it was ruled as well by Greeks and Romans which named it their municipality – Arba. By the arrival of Croatians, the island changes its name in Rab and becomes the part of Croatian territory. City of Rab is a little urban center surrounded partly by high walls. The main square is made of white stone and decorated by two lovely statues of Kalifront and Draga, characters from a legend about forbidden love. Today, Rab is a romantic place which unites the charms of little stone houses, fragrances of old pine trees and magnificent blue sky.
Lopar is a small tourist resort, distant about 110 km from the town of Rijeka. There you may find a monument put in the honour of Saint Martin born in Lopar, a sculptor and a founder of the Republic of San Marino. The hotel complex situated in this romantic village was named after him. Lopar has 22 beaches which are mostly pebbly, and three of them are sandy. The most popular of all is Rajska beach about 1.5 km long. Most hotel and tourist complexes are located in its vicinity.
Banjol is a village on the island of Rab, situated between the city of Rab and Brbat. The village spreads towards the sea and the nearby hills. In the evenings its three bays become the shelter for numerous fishing boats. Banjol also has a car-camp with well-organized sports activities. In Banjol you may find many apartments, rooms and luxury villas for rent, while restaurants and taverns offer excellent traditional specialties.
Barbat is a little village located on the southern coast of the island of Rab. Due to its geographical position it is the favourite destination of many surfers and yachtsmen. Here you can relax on lovely pebbly beaches, in the shelter of old pine trees or do some of the water sports organized in this modern tourist destination.
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Island of Cres is a second in size in the Adriatic Sea and it spreads in the direction north –south. Cres was long ago connected to the island of Lošinj but the channel was dug out and separated the islands. Cres has few inhabited villages among which Cres and Punta Križa are the most popular. This island is a natural habitat of Griffon Vultures and a place where a famous karstic lake named Vransko was formed.
This romantic little town is situated on the northern part of the island and it is known for dense woods, magnificent beaches and crystal clear sea. Cres is known for tumultuous history and rectangular city walls built during the period of Venetian reign. Town is also called „Little Venice“ since it has even 3 city gates and five towers which have been preserved up today. Cres has also few little churches from the 12th century which confirm the strong influences of Catholic Church.
Punta Križa is a little village on the island of Cres and connected to the mainland with a ferry line. Although the habitants are not many, this tourist resort becomes favourite destination of many guests. Visitors of Punta Križa will find here many sandy and pebbly beaches, hidden bays, dense pine woods and camp-sites. Those who prefer nudism can stay in nudist camp Eldorado, well-organized and equipped with all the facilities.
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Nerežine is a town and a port on the north-eastern part of the island Lošinj, connected to the island Krk and the mainland with a ferry line. Nerežine counts 400 inhabitants most of which work in the fields or go fishing. Due to the nice geographical position as a natural port, tourism became more important in the last few decades. In summer, many boats and yachtsmen visit its shores. Nerežine is known for lovely stone houses built by rich seamen for their families.
Veli Lošinj is a village on the southern coast of the island, known for famous captains who constructed magnificent villas and gardens. Village is abundant in vegetation and very nicely maintained so it’s sometimes compared to a nice big park..
Mali Lošinj is the biggest village on the island and a popular location for sport fishing because of the enormous amount of fish in its waters. Mali Lošinj is a famous tourist resort and the favourite destination of many foreign and Croatian tourists because of the natural beauties, dense woods and dolphins that regularly visit its coast.
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Brač is the biggest island in the central Dalmatia. It is 40 km long and about 12 km wide. Due to its size of about 395 km2 it is the third island by size on the Adriatic. Its highest peak is Vidova gora – also the highest among all islands in the Adriatic (778m). It has Mediterranean climate – warm and dry summers and short and mild winters. The origin of its name is not confirmed – it is assumed that it derives from an illyric word brentos – deer since the Greeks used to call it Elaphusa from elaphos – deer.
Supetar is the largest tourist village on the island of Brač which due to the number of inhabitants (cca. 3.500) got the status of a town. Its is also an important port which makes it very interesting to tourist as well since the ferries leave almost every hour from Split. Supetar is also connected to other islands as well, like Hvar and Vis. Tourist offer is excellent, there are many apartments and pensions but also renowned hotels. In summer, there is an excellent summer programme and places to go out in the evening.
Sutivan is a small village situated on the north-western coast of the island of Brač. It owes its name to Saint John which when translated is an equivalent of Sveti Ivan. It is surrounded by olive trees and vineyards with beaches situated in the bays, where peace and tranquillity are assured. If you like taking walks along the sea, you can visit the whole coast and then visit one of the many restaurants in the village. If you like going out in the evening, Supetar is only 13 km away to meet your expectations. In the vicinity there is also Park of nature with the ZOO and recreational camps with bowling, basketball, volleyball...) where you can also have dinner or lunch or simply a drink.
Pučišća is situated on the northern coast of the island and it owes its name to the latin word puteus –well, and it referred to the sources of brackish which was given to the horses and cattle. Pučišća is famous for the work of stone-cutters and for a big quarry called Veselje from which the stones were extracted. In the past, work in the quarry was a main source of income for the native people. There are also magnificent bays with crystal blue sea, a lot of tranquillity and silence which will assure you a relaxing holiday for the whole family.
Postira is a fishing village located on the southern coast of the island, between Splitska and Pučišća. It got its name after the latin word pastura –pasture and it was mentioned in the scriptures for the first time already in the 1347. A castle Lazarić dominates the area because of its renaissance appearance. Postira is an ideal place for families so regarding accommodation one can chose among apartments, pensions and hotels. Scattered beaches are made of pebbles and cliffs, surrounded by pine trees. Among the most beautiful bays is Lovrećina – with a lovely sandy beach and an original well, near the remains of a basilica from an early Christian period.
Povlja is a holiday village situated 10 km east towards Sumartin. It got its name according to the roman nobleman Paulianus who had his estates here. Church of Saint John was built here where once stood a monumental basilica constructed in the 5th century AD. As the years went by, Povlja became more and more a tourist village. Beaches are situated in different valleys so some are pebbly, some rocky. It is an ideal place for families and for all those who wish to relax.
Splitska is situated 7 km east from Supetar, towards Pučišća. It has a long history dating back to XIII century since it was an important port for the stone export, but its real development started only in the XVI century. Inhabitants of Splitska grew olive trees and grapes and worked in the fields but nowadays tourism has an important role as well. Splitska is an ideal place for all those who wish to relax on lovely beaches and taste excellent island dishes. If you decide to go out in the evening, you can visit Supetar or go to Split since there is a regular ferry line.
Sumartin is a port situated on the south-eastern coast of the island of Brač. It was founded by inhabitants of Makarska in the XVI century who escaped in front of the Turk invasion. It owes its name to the medieval church of saint Martin which was a part of a Franciscan monastery. Likewise then, the inhabitant’s main occupations are fishing and ship building. In summer, numerous cultural manifestations take place, and you can enjoy excellent food offer, especially fish. There are many beaches and coves hidden by pine trees.
Bol is one of the most favourite destinations in the central Dalmatia. There are many sandy and pebbly beaches among which Zlatni rat is the most famous one– it is the most beautiful beach in the Adriatic and a natural phenomenon because of its shape similar to a tongue. If you prefer nudism, on the western part of the coast you may find beaches for nudists. Here you can do water sports – the winds are excellent for sailing and surfing. Bol offers more than 2500 beds in private accommodation, but there are also many hotel complexes situated in the area above Zlatni rat. In summer, there are many manifestations and programmes. Restaurants are numerous as well as the places to go out in the evening. Bol has a very interesting history dating back to the antique period which also confirmed many archaeological findings and monuments. It is situated under Vidova gora – the highest hill among the islands in the Adriatic near which the airport “Brač” is situated.
Donji Humac is the oldest and the smallest village on the island of Brač, located only 2 km from Nerežišća. It is a very peaceful place, ideal for those who need to rest in peace, but if you wish to got to the beach or go out in the evening, there is Supetar, situated only few kilometres away (8 km). Nearby you will also find taverns offering the traditional dishes of Brač Island. One km away is a cave Kopačina which is more than one million years old and is definitely interesting to all the lovers of speleology.
Milna is situated on the western coast of the island, 19km form Supetar. Founded in XVI century, it is one of the most beautiful places on the Adriatic as well as the best natural port on the island. Deep coves, crystal blue sea and a relaxing rhythm will make you forget about the stress of everyday life.
Mirca is a little village, situated between Supetar and Sutivan, on the northern coast. Tourists come here often to visit a restaurant situated right next to the sea which offers excellent Dalmatian specialties. Mirca is a peaceful Mediterranean village which offers your family an unforgettable holiday in an idyllic environment.
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Hvar is an island in the central Dalmatia about 68 km long so it is considered to be the longest island on the Adriatic. The road that goes along the whole island, from the town of Hvar to the most eastern point – Sucuraj is 84 km long. Its climate is, due to its geographical position, very mild in the winter and dry in the summer. The history of the island dates back to early IV century BC when the Greeks from the island Paros founded their city on this island and named it Faros.
City of Hvar
Hvar is a town rich with history, situated on the sunniest island on the Adriatic. It is an ideal destination for holidays –for friends, couples or families. Here you can practice your favourite sports while those who prefer peace and tranquillity will find it in numerous naturally preserved coves. Private accommodation, pensions and hotels are numerous as well as restaurants and food offer. Hvar is known for the excellent summer programme and entertainment and it attracts every year many tourists from all over the world. Town of Hvar is known for numerous renaissance monuments and the oldest folk theatre in Croatia.
It is a well-known fact that Stari Grad is the oldest town in Croatia (384.BC), established already during the dominion of the Greeks. Situated within the deep sea basin, it is surrounded by pine, olive trees and vineyards. The town is an ideal starting point for long walks and excursions to nearby places on the island. Comfortable private accommodation, hotels, taverns and restaurants offer you traditional specialties and excellent original vines and provide facilities for all those who search for relaxation.
Jelsa is situated in a little cove near Stari Grad. It was popular already in medieval times since numerous explorers, scientists, ethnologists and archaeologists used to visit the island in order to study its plants, mineral and antique monuments. Today, tourism is the most popular activity and in Jelsa you will find private accommodation, pensions, restaurants, bars and disco clubs.
Sućuraj is located on the most eastern point of the island Hvar and it dates back to the 14th century. Nowadays one can still see the remains of settlements dating back to ancient times. If you decide to visit Sućuraj, you can find accommodation in one of many apartments or private houses, visit restaurants and taste excellent fish and meat dishes together with the home-made wine. Here you can do water sports, swim in magnificent sandy inlets, enjoy good summer manifestations or go for excursions to nearby islands.
Vrboska is the smallest village on the whole island, situated in the deepest part of the bay. It was inhabited already in the ancient times and became during time a fishing village. It has a tiny island in the middle of the bay called Little Venice and it is connected to the mainland by little bridges.
It is known for lovely pebbly and sandy beaches, dense pine woods and pure blue sea. Apartments, family pensions and restaurants are situated near the sea. From Vrboska boat excursions also take place, especially to Zlatni rat on the island of Brač.
A lovely bay Basina is located on the north-eastern coast of the island of Hvar, near Jelsa and Stari Grad. It is a very small village where people mostly work in the fields – they grow grape vine, lavender and olive trees. Sea is very nice and clear and there are a lot of pine woods to hide from the hot sun. Native people also go fishing so that guests can have an excellent choice of fish and sea-food.
Zavala is a little fishing village situated only 7 km from Jelsa. Crystal clear sea, numerous pebbly beaches and hidden bays offer its guests an excellent getaway from everyday life. Calming fragrances of rosemary and lavender, pine trees and a magnificent sea view make Zavala an oasis of peace.
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Šolta is a little island in the middle Adriatic, only 19 km long, but still it had been an important port and a haven for the boats because of its location on the intersection of seaways. Its existence was registered already in the 4th century BC as an island with 4 important ports and 24 coves. By the end of the 7th century, population of the ancient Salona started to inhabit the island since Avars and Slavs invaded the town. In the Medieval period it was frequently attacked by Venetians and pirates from Omiš. On the island there are numerous historic sites which date back to roman period – roman sarcophagus, mosaics and early Christian churches. You can visit Šolta every day by a ferry or catamaran that daily leave from Split, and the trip duration lasts from 30 minutes to an hour.
Grohote is the oldest and the largest village on the island of Šolta, situated in the inland. Little stone houses, vineyards and olives are the trademark of Grohote, but the place is also known for the painters of naive art - Eugen Buktenica, Dinko Sule, Marin Kalajzić. Grohote are also a site of archaeological remains, traces of roman constructions and mosaics. There is also a church from the 7th century which is very important to the natives – the parish church of Saint Stephen built in 1924.
Nečujam is a tourist resort located in the biggest bay of Šolta and it came into being by the construction of holiday homes and tourist complexes. It is the main tourist center on the island because of the ideal geographical position, its peaceful bay, a shelter for yachts and numerous recreational facilities for adults and children. In Nečujam during summer one will definitely have a good time, particularly if you visit folk festivities with grilled fish and red wine while singing old Dalmatian songs.
Stomorska is a little tourist village situated along the coast, under the sanctuary of the Lady of Stomorija (St. Mary). It is located right near Nečujam, and it is the most visited place on the island because of its position on the hills and its numerous bays, its many bars and restaurants in which entertainment never lacks. The main pebbly beach is located in the center, but if you like tranquillity, you can always find your place on one of the many cliffs by the sea.
Rogač is the main port on the island but also a tourist village. It is connected to the town of Split by regular ferry lines which travel more times a day, but it is ideal for nautical tourism as well since many private boats reside here during the summer. It is difficult to define the period of the foundation but in the sea there are findings of antique walls and a rustic villa. In Rogač you will find many flat cliffs to bask in the sun and if you like solitude, a place for you can always be found.
Maslinica is a small village on the western coast of the island, founded in the 18th century when a noble family asked from a Venetian prince a permission to construct a castle with fortifications and tower in order to protect the island form the pirates from Omiš. The inhabitation of Maslinica started then and continued over decades, while the old castle today is a famous restaurant Conte Alberti. Maslinica maintained its tradition and original aspect so little stone houses, olive trees and pine woods still make the main traits while the beaches, although numerous, do not offer any additional facilities. Maslinica is connected to the town of Split mostly over Rogač and Stomorska since it has no direct ferry lines. Still, here you can find a fish restaurant, a tavern and a supermarket so if you aspire for peace and tranquillity; Maslinica is an excellent choice for you.
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Palagruža is a name which stands for Big Palagruža – an island 1400 m long and a group of little islands that surround it. The islands look like a long barren cliff beaten by the winds during the whole year. In autumn, the whole island becomes covered by multi-coloured flowers which blossom already with first rain drops.
Palagruža has no population, just the lighthouse keepers of the biggest lighthouse in the Adriatic Sea, built in 1875. Still, there are archaeological findings which confirm that once it was inhabited. The archaeologists also found numerous objects made of ceramics, then jewellery and money that people used to leave here in order to receive blessings for their trips and sailing.
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Drvenik Mali is a little island on the Riviera of Trogir which counts 50 to 60 inhabitants. Agriculture, olive-growing and fishing has always been the main occupations of the native people. The coast is rather indented so there are many lovely coves where smaller yachts can anchor, but the most beautiful one is definitely Cove Rina – with a magnificent sandy beach. Drvenik Mali is connected to the mainland by regular boat lines leaving from Trogir.
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Vis started to build its history already with the beginning of the millennium when the Greeks inhabited the island and made it their important colony called Issa. City of Vis is situated in a magnificent bay protected from the winds and the attacks form the sea while on the horizon there are lovely little islands where native people still grow vineyards.
Once established on the island, Greeks continued the colonization of nearby areas among which the city of Trogir is the most significant. Proofs of this make numerous objects like vases, pots, and statues and ceramics. Vis is also the site of a unique Greek cemetery in Dalmatia from which one may draw conclusions about the size and aspect of Greek graves as well as Hellenistic tombstones.
During the Roman Empire, Romans inhabit the area and from that period there are well-preserved remains of antique thermae – public bathing area and the remains of antique theatre on site of which a Franciscan monastery had been built. Besides history, Vis is a beautiful little city made of white stones, with a magnificent pathway that spreads along the whole coast. In summer, you will surely not miss good music, concerts of classical and rock music and a capella singing.
When it takes to sport activities, diving is among the most favourite and in Vis there are more then few diving clubs which will readily offer you the equipment or lead you into the explorations of the sea bed –where you can see even six boats which sunk in different periods, some dating back to roman times.
Komiža is a little fishermen’s village, situated only 10 km from the town of Vis. Folk festivities occur here every summer and its particular charm make the a capella singers and home-made vine. Place has a long fishing tradition so here you may also visit a piscatorial museum located within the walls of a renaissance tower built in 16.th. In front of the bay of Komiža there are many little islands where native people grow grapes, then Biševo with its Blue cave and island Svetac – once habitat of a Mediterranean monk seal.
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Island of Korčula is situated in the central Dalmatia and in its past it was an important site of archeological findings and the center of Greek settlements. It spreads over 270 km2 and it is the sixth island by size among the islands in the Adriatic. Its northern coast is rather low and easily accessible for the boats while the southern coast is very indented and steep, with numerous bays and islets. Greeks used to inhabit the islands already in the VI century and they named it Korkyra Melaina which meant - black forest. The island was once covered with dense and pathless woods, some of which unfortunately burned during years. Korčula is ful with important archeological sites among which the most significant are Vela špilja and the islet Badija near Vela Luka where the knives from Neolithic period were found. There are many attractive locations on the island, particularly those that include natural beauty, peaceful atmosphere, amazingly clear sea and a good catch of fish.
Tourism had its beginning in the early 1904.when the first public beach was established in the town of Korčula, while the first publication in foreign languages occurred in 1914.
Račišće is a village and a bay on the northern coast of the island and only 12 km away from the city of Korčula. It was founded in the 17th century by the population from Herzegovina and Makarska who escaped the invasion of Turks. Seamen also used to call Račišće the port of safety since it was an excellent place for retreat from northern and eastern winds. Near the village there is a lovely pebbly bay called Vaja, made of stones brought from near quarries.
Magnificent town of Korčula is situated on the north-eastern coast of the island. Its town centre is located on a small peninsula known for old city walls and numerous medieval buildings, while other parts of the town are located out of the walls. There are not many information about the life in Korčula until the 14th century when the stone-cutters from Dubrovnik visited the area in search for a good quality stone for the Republic of Ragusa. The inhabitants of Korčula started to learn this art from Dubrovnik stone-cutters and gradually changed the aspect of Korčula. They built wonderful houses, palaces and many other buildings. You can enjoy a magnificent view that spreads from the city walls, go for long walks and visit the whole area, old narrow streets and shops, or one of the numerous restaurants.
Lumbarda is a tourist centre situated on the south-eastern point of the island of Korčula, in south Dalmatia, only 7 km from the town of Korčula. Lumbarda is a picturesque little town with indented coast and numerous islets and sandy beaches. It is famous also for famous vine called Grk, natural beauties and historical monuments like castles, villae rusticae, archeological remnants, parks and slopes, covered vineyards and olives. Lumbarda was mentioned in the scriptures already in the IVth century in a document called Psephismo di Lumbarda which treated the subject of the estate distribution.
Zavalatica is a tourist village on the northern coast of the island of Korčula, in a natural bay 30 km from the town of Korčula. It is a small peaceful village, ideal for family holidays. Island of Lastovo is very close to Zavlatica so you can also visit Lastovo and the islets in its archipelago. The region is known for viticulture and famous vine Pošip.
Brna is a bay and a village on the northern coast, near Smokvica and 20 km from Vela Luka. Its region is famous for the cultivation of vine grapes and appreciated vines like Rukatac and Pošip. Initially, it served as a port for the vine export in 19th century while today it is more of a tourist location.
Prižba is a village which spreads over 4 km along the sea, on the southern coast. There are numerous beaches made of stone and pebbles but also two peninsulas like Ratak and Prišćapac with a tourist complex and a pebble beach. Prižba is a lovely and peaceful village, ideal for all those who prefer listening to the sound of the waves in the evening and crickets with a first morning sun. Nearby, you can see vineyards, explore the place by taking a walk and there are also two supermarkets and a restaurant.
Gršćica is a little place located on the southern coast, approximately 14 km from Vela Luka and 7 km from Blato. Her you may see lovely bays with family houses, campsites and beaches where you can rent a boat and visit islets in the basin. Nearby, there are also remnants of roman settlements. In Gršćica there is only a restaurant while a shop is 2 km away, in Prižba.
Vela Luka is the largest village on the island of Korčula, situated in a deep and protected bay on the western coast of the island. It is a Mediterranean resort with many private houses, few hotels and many other facilities, especially for lovers of water sports. From Vela Luka you can also go for a boat excursion and visit two little islands Ošjak and Gubeša. Ošjak is a symbol of Vela Luka, also mentioned in few Dalmatian songs. In the vicinity there is also an important archeological site and an old castle where a collection of knives from Neolithic period is kept. Vela Luka is known for cultural activities, particularly for music and A Capella singing of old Dalmatian songs.
Blato is a municipality which counts 4000 inhabitants and is situated on the hills which surround the center. On the entrance there is a lovely alley of lime trees. In the center you will find numerous churches and chapels among which the one of Saint Kuzma and Damjan is the oldest one (VI.th century). The parish church is known for a magnificent altar with a painting of a famous Venetian painter Girolamo de Santo. Blato maintained the old tradition of fencing but also of folklore and singing.
Prigradica is a fishing village surrounded by old vineyards and olive trees on the north- western coast of the Korčula town. It is one of the oldest villages on the island, and initially a port for the exportation of vine and oil. In Prigradica there are many old stone houses which preserved the authentic look of this little village. Nowadays, Prigradica is a tourist location ideal for a peaceful holiday. There are stone and pebbly beaches, taverns and bars, sports fields for football, basket and volleyball. Prigradica is also an ideal starting point for trekking and cycling.
Žrnovska Banja is a lovely tourist village in the north-eastern bay of the island. It is situated only 4 km from the town of Korčula and 2 km from Žrnovo. It is a favorite destination of windsurfers due to the ideal winds for water sports. It is also an ideal location for all those who wish to stay in a calm and relaxing place, keen on sports but also culture and history which do not lack on Korčula. Here you can also rent a boat or a bicycle and make a tour along the island. Beaches are pebbly but in the vicinity you can also visit lovely scenic bays in a naturally-preserved environment like Orlanduša, Medvidnjak, Vrbovica.
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Island of Lastovo belongs to the group of the southern islands. It is approximately 10 km along, 5,8 km wide and with the total size of 56,2 m2. Lastovo is surrounded by 46 islets in its archipelago which can be visited by boats. It has been mentioned in the scriptures already in the sixth century AD and it owes its name to the Romans who called it Augustan island or the island of Caesar. Over centuries, the name was transcribed differently so it was Augusta, Lagusta or Lagosta, but with the arrival of the Slavs it obtained a suffix -ovo and it became - Lastovo.
The archaeological discoveries in the cave named Račja špilja confirm the presence of people on the island already in the Stone Age, approximately 8500 years BC.
Island of Lastovo was proclaimed the Park of the nature on 29. September 2006. The Romans used to call it the island of Caesar since there were numerous fields, forests, archipelago, hidden bays and a large variety of fish. Island of Lastovo is very attractive to navigators and divers. It is an ideal location for lovers of nature, long walks, trekking, and cycling. The vacation to Lastovo is an excellent choice for those who prefer peaceful environment, intact nature and clean sea.
During the federation of Yugoslavia, the access to the island was prohibited to the foreigners and consequently, tourist activity had begun only in 1990s.
The inhabitants go fishing, cultivate vine grapes and olive-trees but in summer, they dedicate to tourist activities.
Specialty of Lastovo is a lobster which you can order in every restaurant or tavern along the island, but there is also an excellent choice of crustaceans, mussels and fish. In summer, many cultural and musical events take place. Island of Lastovo has two wonderful bays among which Zaklopatica and Skrivena Luka (Hidden bay) are the most beautiful ones, then Ubli, Pasadur, Lučica and Saint Michael. Island is well connected to the city of Split and the islands Hvar and Korčula.
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Island Sušac is situated 25km west from the island of Lastovo, and it has no population apart from the men that maintain the lighthouse. Sometimes, fishermen visit the island and even more often the tourists during summer. They are also the main guests here since they rent apartments in the lighthouse which was built in the 19th century during the reign of Austrian and Hungarian dynasties. Today, this type of accommodation is very popular among tourist and lovers of nature. Sušac is an island on the open sea, exposed to the winds and strong strikes of bura while the access is possible only from the southern side during the good weather. In the sea-bed around Sušac there is a magnificent canyon rich in marine vegetation but also a favourite fishermen's location because of the good catch. Another peculiarity of Sušac is also Malo jezero – Little lake made by the surrounding high cliffs.
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For centuries, island of Mljet intrigued the minds of historians, adventurers and clergymen. During the period of roman colonization fortifications and basilicas were built and also a palace in the 1.century AD. Mljet is well-known for its natural beauty and fauna but also for dense forests. Northern part of the island was declared a National park already in 1960. Around this little island you will find numerous cliffs and surrounding islets, but also lakes with salty water, dense woods which count 5 types of trees and magnificent hills from which you can have a fascinating view over the sea and all the surroundings. Island of Mljet is known for the phenomenon of salt lakes which were once freshwater around 10 thousand years ago. Great Lake is about 46 m deep and the Minor Lake is about 29 m deep.
Island is also known for lovely trees which stretch all up to the coast, numerous singing birds, mongoose and eagles, but ultimately wild boards as well. Another peculiarity of Mljet is an islet situated in the middle of Great Lake – Santa Maria, which was inhabited by Benedictines already in the 12th century until 19th century when Napoleon closed the monastery. Region is interesting also for picturesque folk gowns, especially women dress and shoes which were mostly red-colored while the scarves had embroideries typical of the region.
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Peninsula of Pelješac is situated in south Dalmatia and it is the second peninsula by size on the Adriatic. It had been inhabited already in the period of Romans who were attracted by its fertile land, sources of drinking water, magnificent coast and rich fish catch. After the Illyrians, the stone clusters that remained after their inhabitations were used to build fortifications on nearby hills. Romans settled here in the 1st century AD, and have built settlements and distributed the land to the locals.
In this way, people started to populate the area, grow vine-grapes and olive trees. Peninsula of Pelješac is also known as a region were excellent sorts of wine are grown – like Dingač and Postup. It is also a breeding site of various types of mussels and fish, especially oysters and gilthead. Republic of Dubrovnik bought the peninsula in the 14th century and consequently started the period of prosperity on the peninsula. This did not cease even after the fall of the Republic of Dubrovnik. Due to the long tradition in seafaring, there are few nautical museums on the peninsula as well as private houses of some famous seaman which were turned into museums due to the long tradition in the family. The most significant villages on the peninsula are Orebić, Ston, Trpanj and Viganj.
Orebić is an important marine center which got its name after the family of captain Orebić. It is an excellent place for your stay – magnificent nature, the sea rich with all sorts of fish so it is highly possible for you to meet dolphins as well. Due to its geographical position, it is among the most favorite surfing sites also ideal for those who enjoy sailing and diving.
Trpanj is a port on the northern part of the peninsula, known as a surfing site and other water sports. Nature is magnificent, as well as the pebbly beaches, ideal for family vacation.
Viganj is a village with pebbly beaches and pine trees. If you like mountaineering, this is an excellent starting point for the exploration of the nearby excursion site on the mount Sv. Ilija.
Ston is a famous salt pan and a breeding site of various mussels. It is an excellent location for traditional and underwater fishing since the area is very rich in fish. Characteristic traits of Ston are 980 meters long walls with fortifications and a fortress called Kaštil.
Other smaller locations on the peninsula are Duba, Crkvice, Trstenik, Žuljana, Drače, Janjina, Kuna, Oskorušno, Gornja Vrućica, Potomje, Postup.
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