My Balkan Adventure was influenced by other bloggers, I was browsing blogs after blogs and the photos of Croatia is so inviting. My urge to travel Croatia increased when I saw an up loaded photo of Krka Falls. The beautiful falls cascading down on the mountain side and to experience to swim was a bonus, that was it soon I was looking for flights and accommodation. I found a cheap flights from London Stansted to Zadar with Ryanair and I booked myself 3 hostels starting from Zadar - Šibenik - Split all in coastal area, more chance for me to explore Croatia through different cities and to visit beautiful buildings, places included in UNESCO heritage list which I knew Croatia has plenty to offer.
Zadar is the historical centre of Dalmatia, it is on the Adriatic coast, and it is the Roman Diocese in Dalmatia. Starting from Zadar Old Town, you cant miss not to visit the cathedrals - visita Iglesia first stopped at the St. Donatus Church which is the largest pre Romanesque architectural building and the most impressive church in Dalmatia. On the grounds you'll find the Forum and stone artifacts scattered around which was damage overtime. The other famous is the Cathedral of St. Anastacia & Tower which is included in the tentative list of UNESCO World Heritage. The climb up to the tower offers the best view overlooking around the Zadars Old town. A walked towards the bay area will lead you to the interesting Sun Salutation that emits lights at night and the Sea Organ a waves sounds pushes through the pipes that produces low tone melodic sounds.
St. Donatus Church
St. Mary's Church
St. Anastacia & Tower
Zadars City Gate
Šibenik is the oldest town in Croatia, which is located in Central Dalmatia where the Krka rivers flows freely into the Adriatic coast. A stroll along the old town area you'll come across the Cathedral of St.James which is on the UNESCO World Heritage list it is the central church in Šibenik, it was built in both Gothic and Renaissance style. The St. Michaels Fortress is found in the pyramidal hill just above the old town, it is the best place to go overlooking the old town and the Adriatic coast. A day trip to Krka National Park is a must when in Šibenik, the Skradinski buk is the most beautiful part, the waterfall creates natural pool that flows freely along the Krka river, visitors can enjoy a swim or paddle in this area, I personally recommend this activity for all visitors aside from a good walking/ hiking trail around the national park.
St. Michael Cathedral
St. Michael Fortress
Split is the second oldest and largest city of Croatia and Dalmatia Region. It is located on the eastern coast of Adriatic Sea along Marjan peninsula and it is where the Palace of Diocletian's Emperor was built. Aside from getting around the old town, a short trek to the Marjan hill is highly recommended for an overlooking view of the old town and the beautiful coast.
Reenactment of the Roman Emperor
View from the hill
Croatia is so beautiful, starting from the beautiful weather, stunning beaches, magnificent building structures, the list goes on. A place that has so much to offer from culture, to food and gorgeous views surely one day I'am coming back for more.