Croatia has a rich culture and history, it's full of historic monuments you should explore while staying in this wonderful country. We've taken a look at some of them.
THE PULA AMPHITHEATER
Once the site of thrilling gladiator fights – today the most famous and important monument, the starting and ending point of every sightseeing tour in Pula. The Amphitheater popularly called the Arena of Pula. Nowadays it is home to numerous events – such as the Pula Film Festival, various concerts, ballet performances and operas, sports competitions and many others - with a capacity of about 5000 people. The price for adults is 70 kunas and for children 35 kunas. Open every day.
CHURCH OF ST. EUPHEMIA IN ROVINJ
This beautiful historical monument is the most striking building that dominates the whole old town core. Saint Euphemia is the town's patron saint and her remains are in housed a marble sarcophagus inside the church. It's free to visit the cathedral, you only pay extra for climbing the wooden steps of the bell tower, that boasts an amazing view once you get to the top! The beautiful city of Rovinj offers wonderful villas for rent.
GREETINGS TO THE SUN IN ZADAR
The Zadar „Pozdrav Suncu“, how the locals call it, or „Greetings to the Sun“ - is a masterpiece by Croatian architect Nikola Bašić. Comprised of 300 glass plates, it virtually transforms daylight into a beautiful nighttime light show. It's Zadar's top attraction along with the nearby sea organ. These two elements - symbolize communication with light and sound. This wonderful sight is free of charge for everyone! Enjoy a relaxing rest at one of the many villas in the Zadar area.
PULA'S LIGHTING GIANTS
Maybe Uljanik shipyard's cranes do vanish at night, but creative minds have turned them into quite the sight of Pula's Port. More than 16 thousand colour schemes come alive for 15 minutes on the hour, so be sure to catch some amazing photos!
THE CASTLE OF PAZIN
This largest and best-preserved fortress in the Istrian peninsula is the site of the Jules Verne's Mathias Sandorf novel. Today, the Pazin Castle is home to the Ethnographic Museum and the Pazin City Museum. There are exhibits of the life of local Istrian inhabitants. For adults, the entrance fee is 25 kunas, and for students 18 kunas. Pazin also has a variety of villas with pools to rent.
Dvigrad is a settlement that was inhabited until the 18th century. Explore the abandoned medieval town in the county of Kanfanar, in which you can find many villas for rent. You can enjoy the storytelling tour of Dvigrad that is completely free. It's held three times during the season, and obligatory reservations can be made by e-mail, at [email protected].