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Primošten

During the Ottoman invasion in the 16th century, the small island where Primošten is located was connected to land by a drawbridge. When the Ottomans withdrew the bridge was replaced by an embankment and the village got the name Primošten (which roughly translates as “bridged”). That is how an island became an inviting peninsula. On the Primošten peninsula all roads lead to its top where the Church of St. George is located. That spot has a fantastic view of Primošten's sev...

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Primošten

During the Ottoman invasion in the 16th century, the small island where Primošten is located was connected to land by a drawbridge. When the Ottomans withdrew the bridge was replaced by an embankment and the village got the name Primošten (which roughly translates as “bridged”). That is how an island became an inviting peninsula. On the Primošten peninsula all roads lead to its top where the Church of St. George is located. That spot has a fantastic view of Primošten's seven islets and the clear blue Adriatic Sea. Looking towards the land, you will notice vineyards divided into countless small land lots separated by dry stone walls, making it seem as if the grape vines are growing out of stone itself. This site is so impressive that it has been included in the UNESCO World Heritage List as a protected cultural landscape, and a photo of it hangs at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Right outside of Primošten, you will also find Raduča, one of the most beautiful beaches in Croatia.

Red Lake and Blue Lake

Red Lake and Blue Lake are unique karst lakes in the vicinity of the town of Imotski in central Dalmatia. They are popular outing spots among the locals. Red Lake is among the deepest lakes in Europe, with its deepest point located six meters below sea level. It was named after the red, almost vertical cliffs that surround it. Blue Lake has an elliptic shape, and it owes its name to its intensely blue colour. What is specific about it is that in the winter it can be as deep as 100 meters, while in the summer it often dries out, allowing its bottom to be used for the traditional football match between the local amateur teams Vilenjaci (Fairies) and Vukodlaci (Werewolves).

Šolta

Situated just 16 km from Split, the island of Šolta is a true little heaven. This idyllic oasis was once known as a safe harbour, and today prides itself on its untouched nature, which has served as a source of inspiration to many. The extremely rich flora and fauna are Šolta's symbols, and the sea surrounding it is rich in fish, making it extremely popular among fishermen. The little čuvita owl, whose hoots are a common background sound on the island, has become the symbol of the island, lending its name to many of the local associations. The most popular tourist destination is Nečujam, due to the fact that it is located by the largest cove and the most beautiful sandy beach on the island.

Biševo

The favourite destination of tourists visiting the island of Vis is the nearby island of Biševo, located opposite the town of Komiža. It has an area of less than six square kilometres, but is home to many significant natural and historical sites. The most famous among them must surely be the Blue Cave. The magical play of light and shadow gives this world-renowned cave a truly spectacular feel. Biševo is also home to the distinct geomorphology of the Monk Seal Cave – 160 metres long; it is accessed by way of a 30-meter-tall crevasse in the cliffs. Throughout the year life on the island centres on agriculture, but in the summer the island comes to life with tourists, especially on the popular and idyllic turquoise-coloured Porat beach.

Palagruža

The remote Palagruža archipelago, which is today a part of Croatia's Natural and Cultural Heritage, is situated in the middle of the Adriatic Sea. It is believed to be the site of the shrine of Diomedes, the famed Greek hero of the Trojan War. The biggest island in the archipelago, Vela Palagruža, is a nature reserve with endemic plant and animal species and at the top of the island stands the biggest lighthouse on the Adriatic. Two lighthouse keepers take shifts living there, and it also provides accommodation for tourists. The island of Galijula, the southernmost point of Croatia, is also a part of the archipelago. The sea around Palagruža is the richest fishing area on the Adriatic, but diving is prohibited.

The Neretva River valley

The Neretva Delta is a labyrinth of armlets and swamps, elevations and lakes, beaches and lagoons, which cover an area of almost 20,000 hectares. It is a unique landscape that stretches from Metković and Opuzen down to Ploče, where the Neretva flows into the Adriatic Sea. The magical valley of the Neretva River forms a part of the delta, with five separate protected areas and reserves: the Neretva estuary, Modro oko, jezero Desne, Orepak, Podgrede and Prud. This fertile valley, known as the “Croatian California”, is famous for its agricultural products, and in particular its Mandarin oranges. The main tourist attraction is the famed Neretva Boat Marathon, an amateur race of old boats that takes place between Metković and Ploče, and is held annually on the second Saturday of August.

Elaphiti Islands

A famed Dubrovnik archipelago and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Elaphiti Islands are a popular excursion site for both the local population and the numerous tourists. This extraordinarily beautiful archipelago consists of thirteen magnificent islands arranged in sequence across from Dubrovnik. Three of them – Koločep, Lopud and Šipan – are inhabited and have good transport connections to the town, and are therefore the most visited. The name of the archipelago comes from the ancient Greek word for the deer that used to inhabit it. Its reputation today is built on its breathtaking natural beauty. A true oasis of peace in the very south of Croatia and a vivid representation of life on the Adriatic, the Elaphiti Islands are perfect for cruises and an escape from the everyday urban bustle.

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