Croatia is a great place to visit on a cruise ship. Croatian coast line offers Europe’s most beautiful cruising playgrounds, the spectacular scenery and unique cultural adventure. Here are some details about two Croatian cities split and Dubrovnik:
Situated on the Dalmatian Coast, the cruise to Split is quite a magnificent one as you travel through sparkling turquoise waters dotted with islands of all different shapes and sizes. When you reach your destination of Croatia’s second largest city, the view is equally as superb as the journey there. From the palm tree lined promenade to the array of terracotta tiled houses backed by a mountainous landscape, Split is the perfect mix of traditional architecture and contemporary design.
The Diocletian’s Palace is one of the key sites of Split, in fact it’s depicted on the back of the Croatian 500 kuna banknotes printed in 1993. The columns and pillars of the palace rise up in a manner which looks distinctly grand, even to this day (despite being over 1000 years old!). The palace covers 31,000sqm and measures 215m from east to west and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Once you’re done visiting the Diocletian’s Palace, take a walk along the Riva promenade. This scenic spot is lined with idyllic palm trees and tempting eateries. Restaurants in Split are highly regarded for their fresh seafood dishes and dining here right next to the ocean seems like the perfect place to opt for the catch of the day. If you’re a keen wine enthusiast you might want to sample one of the specialty red wines of the region too. As you enjoy your lunch you can take delight in watching the boats heading out to sea, shipping other explorers to the islands which line the Dalmatian Coast.
Easily recognized due to its distinctive old town, Dubrovnik is quite simply bewitching in its beauty. The Old Town is encircled by mighty walls, which have unsurprisingly become one of the main activities to see and do there. Every year thousands of visitors walk the Old Town walls to get a unique perspective over the town (and also an incredible view out to sea). In most places the grand walls are 2-4 meters thick, giving you plenty of space to stroll – although do take care as the walls can get quite busy with visitors. As you walk you can look down onto the patchwork of terracotta roofs and see some of the most important sites of the Old Town including Lovrijenac Fort, St John Fortress, the old port and Fort Bokar. The walk takes about an hour and there’s not much shelter from the sun so it’s best to go before 11am or after 3pm when it’s cooler.
Much like Venice, but on a smaller scale, Dubrovnik is free from cars and other vehicles, making it a pleasant place to explore. In place of the sparkling canals are smooth, marbled streets and as you meander you’ll happen upon various restaurants, shops and bars, often with outdoor seating areas so that you can sit back and sip a cocktail or two in the sunshine. As you explore you might happen upon some of the Renaissance churches and fountains scattered throughout the city.
If you want to see the best view of Dubrovnik, then there’s no better place than from Mount Srdj. You can get here by cable car from the city. If you catch the number 8 bus from Gruz Harbour (this is where the cruise ship will dock), it’ll take you directly to the cable car station. Just a few minutes into the journey you’ll find yourself 405 meters above sea level, with a breathtaking view looking over the sparkling Adriatic sea and the enchanting Old Town of the city.
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