On our first virtual stop in Croatia I’m taking you to Trogir. Trogir is historic city situated on a small island between the Croatian mainland and the island of Čiovo. It’s easy to understand why travelers visit the beautiful city of Trogir but what you may not know is that the historic centre of Trogir has been included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.
Founded by Greek colonist in the 3rd century BC, Trogir was a major port until the Roman period. After Greek colonist founded the area, the Romans and Venetians soon brought their influences and culture to the small island.
Notable to the island is its well-preserved sites. The historical city core includes 10 churches and numerous buildings from the 13th century, the 17th century city gate and 15th century city walls. Tourist can also the 15th century Fortress Kamerlengo, 13th century Duke’s Palace and much more.
Although tourism is its major source of revenue, the city also is known for fishing and agriculture as well known in the shipbuilding industry.
Adding to your “Places to travel” list, we include the Croatian city of Dubrovnik. Located on the Adriatic Sea, Dubrovnik predates to the 7-8th century with evidence of a Byzantine tracings & Greek origins.
Dubrovnik has been noted as one of the top 10 best preserved medieval walled cities in the world which is clear in the pictures shown above and below. The walls protect over 1 1/4 miles and include a system of towers and turrets which were intended to protect the city.
If the landscape looks familiar, it is! If you are a (HBO television series) Game of Thrones fan, you might notice that Dubrovnik is used as the fictional city of King’s Landing.
Last but certainly not least we are including Plitvice Lakes National Park. Plitvice has been included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites and is one of the oldest National Parks in Southeast Europe. Founded in 1949, the largest national park in Croatia boarders Bosnia and Herzegovina and hosts over a million visitors annually.
The true beauty of this national treasure are the 16 lakes that run through the National Park. The lakes are known for their for their ever-changing colors. The green, grey or blue colors change depending on several factors like direction of the sunlight and the quantity of minerals in the water.
Don’t get too comfortable! Plitvice is also known for its wide variety of animal and bird species. Over 50 species of European mammals have been found at Plitvice including wolves, brown bear and eagles.
Interesting enough, many of the lake have a very interesting story to share. Some include stories of drownings, black magic queens and of course, treasure!
Visiting these 3 cities in Croatia may not be feasible so many but learning about a new city is actually extremely interesting! Purchase a travel guide to get in depth information on history and culture. We can all have a virtual European vacation in 2016!