The UNESCO World Heritage Convention exists to recognise places of significant historical and cultural value or outstanding natural beauty and to encourage their conservation.
Croatia has 7 entries on the World Heritage List and many more candidates on the tentative list of submissions. Many of these places are destinations you can stay in or visit on a vacation in Croatia with us.
Historic City of Trogir
Added to the WHL in 1997, Trogir is often referred to as a city-museum, the old centre of Trogir is an island surrounded by city walls influenced over the centuries by the Greeks, Romans and Venetians. We offer a wide range of accommodation options in and around Trogir. Trogir’s Old Town is a good base for further exploration by day trips and the beaches on the island of Ciovo are easily reached by water taxi.
Historical Complex of Split with the Palace of Diocletian
From Trogir we offer a sightseeing tour of nearby Split, with transport, guides and entrance fees included so you can be sure you’re not missing out on seeing the most interesting parts of this 1979 addition to the WHL. Split’s also a great overnight destination if you prefer a livelier scene in the evening.
Old City of Dubrovnik
Another 1979 addition to the WHL, the old city of Dubrovnik is one of our most popular destinations. The pearl of the Adriatic, with stone-walled Old Town jutting out into the azure sea has a labyrinth of alleyways for you to wander in. You can stay in the old city itself, in a cosy hotel or apartment or outside the city at a luxurious villa. Dubrovnik is the ideal base to explore the surrounding area, with excursions to vineyards, and islands as well as day trips to Kotor in Montenegro and Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites themselves and potential overnight stops if you’re prefer to soak up more of the atmosphere of each location without the day-tripper crowds.
Plitvice Lakes National Park
This final member of the class of 1979 is an area of breathtaking beauty. The highlights of the Park are the 16 lakes, all with unique and distinct colours ranging from azure, turquoise, green, blue and gray. We have a small selection of accommodation on the edges of Plitvice if you want to stay overnight and explore the 200 square miles of the National Park on your own (or we can arrange a local guide) or you can visit on a guided private day trip from Trogir, Split, Zadar or the capital city Zagreb.
The candidate entrants
If you want to get ahead of the crowds, the candidate entrants are well worth a visit.
Veliki Tabor Castle
Submitted to the List in 2005, Veliki Tabor Castle is part of a whole day trip from Zagreb to Kumrovec and Veliki Tabor Castle. Kumrovec is the birthplace of the father of communist Yugoslavia, Josip Broz Tito and a visit to the restored village gives a taste of what an early 20th century Zagorje village looked like. From there the tour continues to 16th Century Baroque Veliki Tabor castle.
Lonjsko Polje Nature Park
Also submitted to the List in 2005, Lonjske Polje is another full day trip we offer from Zagreb. This Nature Park is where you’ll find Cigoc, a ‘European village of storks’ where the storks outnumber the human inhabitants of the village’s authentic wooden houses. On the tour you will take in the park’s forests pastures and meadows with a private guide, eat locally produced food and visit a crafts museum.
The historic town of Korčula
Marco Polo’s hometown was submitted in 2007 and as one of the best preserved medieval towns in all of the Mediterranean, we think it’s a shoo-in for full membership. Encircled by old city walls, the red-roofed houses and narrow streets are a postcard perfect. Korcula has been a very popular destination for us over the past couple of years and for accommodation we offer everything from hotels, apartments and villas, if you’re looking for somewhere to stay.
If this has given you the travel bug and a taste for the historical, cultural and natural sites of Croatia, get in touch and we’ll put together a personalized itinerary for you.