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About Croatia

Croatia is a beautiful country which is currently unspoilt and still very good value. Croatia has an amazing 5,835km of coastline, 4,057km of which belongs to islands, cliffs and reefs. There are 1,185 islands in the Adriatic Sea (one of the cleanest seas in the world), but only about 50 are populated.

The climate is Mediterranean along the Adriatic coast, meaning warm dry summers and mild winters, with 2,600 hours of sunlight on average yearly - it is one of the sunniest coastlines in Europe! Typically there are 40 days when the temperature is above 30 degrees Celsius (85 F) and the sea temperature in July is a pleasant 25 degrees (77 F).

You can discover Croatia in 3 distinct areas: Istria, Brac Island and Trogir.

Istria, has often been called a “Little Tuscany surrounded by the Sea.” Istria is the heart shaped peninsula of Croatia. It is a 1 hour drive from Italy. On Brac Island you will find charming fishing villages of grey stone, pretty beaches and varied rural scenery rising to steep hillsides. Trogir is a UNESCO world heritage site. It is an island linked to the mainland and the larger Ciovo Island by 2 bridges. Founded by the Greeks during the 3rd Century BC its entire circumference can be walked in 1 hour.

average temperatures for north and south croatia

Porec, Istria


Many people have visited Porec, situated on the west Istrian coast on the Adriatic Sea facing Italy, and wondered at its natural beauty. Porec is cultural as well as beautiful and is the home of UNESCO's Euphrasian Basilica and the Romanesque House monuments. Porec is also a town of good wine, olive oil and Istrian "Pršut" - smoked ham and cheese. Friends on a recent visit said of their holiday that they were loathed to tell others of the beauty of the place, for fear it would become too popular!

Porec has plenty of bars, night clubs and restaurants as well as numerous hotels, apartments and beaches making Porec an excellent holiday destination. In addition organized tours can take you to Venice, the Istrian Islands of Briuni and the old Roman town and amphitheatre of Pula.

Vrsar, Istria

A 15 minute car journey south of Porec is Vrsar, a smaller sized seaside port town. In front of Vrsar are one of the most beautiful archipelagos with 18 unpopulated islets covered with Mediterranean plants. Cafes and parks are located close to the sea, along nice beaches. Vrsar offers a great number of catering establishments (restaurants, inns, buffets, pizzerias and cafes). Land and water based activities are plentiful (tennis courts, various playgrounds, boccia grounds, miniature golf, airport for aerial sports "Crljenika"; renting of sports and sailing boats, surfboards, bicycles), as well as various entertainment programs. Aerial sports opportunities are also offered: parachuting, hang-gliding and panoramic flights by two-seater planes. In the summer tourist season Vrsar offers numerous cultural events, including concerts of classical music (usually in the church of St. Foska) and folk feasts.

One item that Vrsar is famous for is the (separated) Koversada naturist camp, which is the largest naturist resort in Europe.

Brac Island, Milna / Osibova Bay

Hidden away on the West coast of Brac at the foot of a deep bay lies the traditional Dalmatian fishing village of Milna. The shelter afforded by the bay made it a natural place for the islanders to settle. They built their first houses around where the church stands today.


Milna, lies 20 km south west of Supetar, a ferry port to boats that connect Split with Brac. Since the bay of Milna is the safest and best harbour on the island, a marina with numerous berths has been built in the bay. Apart from its magnificent architecture and Mediterranean ambiance, Milna is known for several bays with sandy and pebble beaches, the most famous of which is Osibova bay, ideal for families with small children. Active holiday lovers have many sporting activities (6 a side soccer, volleyball, basketball, boccia and table tennis) at their disposal. The natural shelter of Milna bay has made the town a popular holiday destination among sailors and two marinas cater for yachtsmen from all over the world.

One and a half kilometres to the South there is Osibova bay.The tranquil setting and views across to Hvar alone are worth the trip but it is the water that sets this area apart. The bottom of the bays are carved out of white rock and when the sun shines the sea turns a deep turquoise colour which you won't find anywhere else in the Mediterranean.


Trogir is an island city with more than 2300 years of tradition. Its rich culture came from the influence of Greeks, Romans and Venetians. The old town is made up of stone houses, towers, battlements and public buildings. The island is surrounded by a wide quayside, lined by palm trees and ringed by small moored fishing boats and grand super yachts.

Trogir was settled by the Greeks in IV-III century BC. In the First century AD, Trogir became a Roman municipality and the centre of the Roman province of Dalmatia. Upon the fall of the Roman Empire in Fifth century AD, Trogir had developed as an independent town.


In 1420 the town was partially destroyed & then occupied by the Venetians after a long struggle. The Venetian occupation lasted for almost four centuries, until 1797. During that time, Trogir was rebuilt again and many new palaces, houses, towers and fortresses were erected. After a short period of independence, Trogir had fallen under Napoleon's influence & rule. During this period the economy was modernized & there were significant communal and healthcare reforms.

Much more recently real improvement in the standard of living and the way of life started in 1970s when the ship industry and tourism employed more then 50% of Trogir’s citizens. Eventually the ongoing European Community integration process & UNESCO's acknowledgement of Trogir as a World cultural Heritage in 1997 helped change Trogir’s fortunes.

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