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CROATIA


Location - South east Europe; Capital - Zagreb; Population - 4.3 million; Currency - Kuna MORE CROATIA

I flew from London to Split and visited my favourite part of Europe, the beautiful coastline of Croatia along with the mountains and emerald-green rivers of Bosnia - April 2013.

 

croatianoteCroatia is soon to join the Euro but until then its currency is the Kuna

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

croatia101Boats in the calm waters of Split harbour - Split

 

 

croatia103The picturesque waterfront of Split

 

 

croatia12The Cathedral is within the Diocletian's Palace, the home of Roman Emperor Diocletian - Split

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

croatia16At the heart of Diocletan's Palace, and right next to the Cathedral, is the Peristil. This colonnaded square is a gathering place for drinks and live music in the evenings - Split

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

croatia11The Cathedral belfry rises above the Peristil - Split

 

 

croatia69A rest-stop on the way up the Cathedral tower - Split

 

 

croatia81 It's perfect for taking in the harbour, marina, the old town, Marjan Hill and the off-shore islands - Split

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

croatia85Houses rise up Marjan Hill behind the harbour - Split

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

croatia64The ACI Marina is home to the bigger, more luxurious boats - Split

 

 

croatia90Dalmatian singers stand in the open roofed Vestibule, next to the Peristil - Split

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

croatia95Walk through the Vestibule for a rear view of the Cathedral - Split

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

croatia92A love-hate relationship? I love the place! Split

 

 

croatia22Marmontova is a shop-lined street lying outside Diocletian's Palace but within the old city walls - Split

 

 

croatia7Parallel to Marmontova are the grand buildings of the Prokurative surrounding Trg Republike (Republic Square) - Split

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

croatia97Diocletian's Palace was built at the end of the 3rd century AD and is now a maze of alleyways, bars, restaurants, boutiques and fast-food outlets - Split

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

croatia18You won't walk far in the city without coming across some sort of homage to local football team Hajduk Split - Split

 

 

croatia17As far as I know this relates to one of the Hajduk Split fan bases. Tell me if you know more - Split

 

croatia37Vocni Trg (Fruit Square) is located just off the Riva waterfront - Split

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

croatia30A covered walkway within the old town - Split

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

croatia38The Basement Halls belong to the Diocletian's Palace and lie either side of the Bronze Gate entrance - Split

 

 

croatia46Narodni Trg is a lively central square full of bars and restaurants - Split

 

croatia49The square is also home to the 15th century Town Hall - Split

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

croatia53Riva is the waterfront promenade that's full of life on weekend afternoons and evenings - Split

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

croatia114Riva is made up of restaurant after restaurant and bar after bar, with a splattering of ice-cream parlours for good measure - Split

 

 

croatia54Evening-time along the Riva - Split

 

 

croatia61Split harbour leads to the islands of Brac, Solta, Hvar and many more islands along the Dalmatian Coast - Split

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

croatia548The waterfront between the harbour and marina hosted a lavish opening ceremony in April 2013. I like this cute, cartoonish homage to cycling - Split

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

croatia106The ACI Marina - Split

 

 

croatia553The Roman city of Salona, a few kms from Split at Solin, is worth a trip if you're really into ruins; this is the amphitheatre - Split

 

 

croatia117A modern ruin on the way up Marjan Hill - Split

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

croatia124 A quality panorama of Split from Vidilica cafe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

croatia135A network of paths around Marjan Hill and the peninsula lead down to Kasjuni and Bene bays - Split

 

croatia137And you can catch a glimpse of Hajduk Split's Poljud Stadium - Split

 

 

croatia544..also pictured here at Bacvice Bay - Split

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

croatia550 On the southside of Marjan Hill are a couple of pebbly beaches at Jezinac-Zvoncac - Split

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

croatia544a croatia542A far busier and livelier beach is on the east side of the city at Bacvice - Split

 

 

croatia539Dusk greets a ferry arriving at Split harbour from Hvar - Split

 

 

croatia536 Hvar-bound ferries take the narrow channel between Brac island and Solta - Split

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

croatia533 Coming into port at Stari Grad, Hvar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

croatia402Stari Grad port is linked to the town of the same name by a coastal path, an enjoyable walk if you don't have too much luggage

 

 

croatia407After a 15-minute walk Stari Grad comes into view

 

croatia408Palm trees line the Riva - Stari Grad, Hvar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

croatia412Buy fish at source the local way - Stari Grad, Hvar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

croatia410Fishing boats at Stari Grad, Hvar

 

 

croatia416Stone houses crowd the narrow streets of the old town - Stari Grad, Hvar

 

 

croatia421The Tvrdalj was a summer house of 16th century poet Petar Hektorovic - Stari Grad, Hvar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

croatia415St Stephen's Church - Stari Grad, Hvar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

croatia428A 40-minute bus ride links Stari Grad to Hvar Town on the west coast of the island

 

croatia425Trg Svetog Stjepana is the central square of Hvar Town, lined at its far end by St Stephen's Cathedral

 

 

croatia427.. and looking in the opposite direction. Plenty of outdoor cafes and restaurants give the square an atmosphere - Hvar Town

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

croatia436At the end of the square is the Mandrac, a closed-off harbour - Hvar Town

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

croatia446Narrow hillside streets and alleys paint the picture of Hvar Town

 

 

croatia454Greenery grows up and over the stone houses - Hvar Town

 

 

croatia445 Light brown is the building colour of choice in the old town - Hvar Town

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

croatia524The distant Citadel stands over the harbour at Hvar Town

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

croatia525Catamarans ply the Split-Hvar route direct to Hvar Town, while the vehicle ferry docks at Stari Grad. And there's plenty of other destinations to choose from - Hvar Town

 

croatia530When the sun's shining it's an excellent place to relax at a pavement cafe or on a pebble beach. In high season the island is a serious party town - Hvar Town

 

 

croatia520A small beach lies next to the Franciscan Monastery east of Hvar Town

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

croatia522Carry on past the monastery to this harbour - Hvar Town

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

croatia531The 16th century Citadel - Hvar Town

 

 

croatia512A pebble beach outside the huge Amfora Hotel a short walk west of Hvar Town

 

 

croatia472The trail up to the Citadel commands beautiful views of Hvar Town and the Adriatic Sea

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

croatia469The Pakleni Islands lie just off Hvar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

croatia484The defensive walls lead down to Hvar Town

 

 

croatia496Most of coastal Croatia retains its traditional brown-tiled roofs, helping the area to retain its identity and add a touch of class - Hvar Town

 

croatia505Explore the Citadel and take in the views - Hvar Town

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

croatia486Through the Citadel ramparts to the Pakleni Islands - Hvar Town

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

croatia474Galesnik is the tiny island, behind which is Jerolim followed by Marinkovac to the right - Hvar Town

 

 

 

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LINKS

http://croatia.hr - Croatia tourist board

www.autobusni-kolodvor.com - Croatia bus timetables

www.hzpp.hr - Croatia train timetables

 

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