A beautifully rugged coastline with more than a thousand islands, islets and reefs scattered in the sparkling royal-blue sea, is only one of the reasons for which Croatia stands as an unmissable destination among the Mediterranean cruise deals. If you, however, need more than that, the 1700+ kilometres long Croatian coast holds many treasures and surprises that will make your cruise holiday unforgettable. Your soul will overflow with impressions of pure nature, impressive historical heritage and Dalmatian vibrancy.
Beside all the natural beauties along the way, some cruise deals include visiting at least one of three national parks found on the Croatian side of the Adriatic.
Starting from the north, the Brijuni Islands will amaze you with scenic landscapes, a safari park, as well as with the 13th century church, ancient Roman palace and villas. Over 200 dinosaur footprints found on one of fourteen picturesque islands might raise your Indiana Jones spirit, even if you didn’t know you had one.
Apart from national parks, each island along the coast is unique and tells its own story. Approximately halfway between two extremities of the Croatian coast, there lies the island of Ciovo. Situated opposite the splendid city of Split and connected by a bridge with historical city of Trogir, Ciovo Island presents a perfect stopover on your cruise. The island boasts numerous basins and stunning beaches, where you can enjoy various activities like swimming, paragliding or banana boat rides. Renting a scooter or jet-ski will enable you to explore the surrounding picturesque islets. If you prefer to immerse yourself in history, you should cross the bridge and get acquainted with Trogir, nicknamed “the monument city” and included on the UNESCO World Heritage List. This Dalmatian gem enchants visitors with its historical and cultural monuments, narrow stone-paved streets, and numerous summer events that revive folk customs and ancient times.
“On the last day of the Creation, God desired to crown his work, and thus created the Kornati Islands out of tears, stars and breath”. As your ship is heading south and approaching Kornati National Park, you will exactly understand what George Bernard Shaw meant to say with this sentence. The archipelago comprises about 140 uninhabited islands with unspoiled nature, which includes the extraordinary rich underwater world, ideal for snorkelling.
Mljet National Park is located on the stunning island of the same name found in central Dalmatia. If you are lucky enough to have Mljet in your cruise itinerary, you will enjoy the opulence of the fragrant Mediterranean vegetation, charming archaic hamlets and well preserved ancient Roman structures.
The majority of cruises routes in the Adriatic include a visit to Dubrovnik, undoubtedly the most popular Croatian holiday destination. The imposing walled city of Dubrovnik offers many attractions. The imposing walled city of Dubrovnik offers many attractions and will satisfy all types of tourists. Whether you want to enjoy architecture, follow the traces of its glorious history or simply to entertain yourself, Dubrovnik has it all.
A cruise holiday in Croatian coast is an absolutely enjoyable experience. Get acquainted with the Dalmatian history and culture hidden in historical towns and enjoy preserved nature. Blessed with the mild Mediterranean climate and lots of sun, the entire coastline is abundant with verdant vegetation and you can enjoy the view of scenic vineyards, olive groves and pine forests all along the way. Scents of Mediterranean herbs captured in essential oils or a bottle of tasty indigenous wine will remind you of Dalmatia even when your lovely cruise holiday is long behind you.
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