Discover Croatia

Many of you have visited Croatia and have seen for yourselves the congress opportunities offered by our country. Even more numerous are those who have heard about it from their friends, acquaintances and business partners. And with good reason. With each passing day Croatia is becoming an increasingly attractive host to numerous congresses, meetings, sporting and cultural events, incentive trips… Every season and every corner of the Croatian coast and islands can spin a remarkable tale about this unique Mediterranean country. Your stay in Croatia will give you the opportunity to discover the places and events behind the tales. The following pearls are a must-see during your stay to further enjoy in Croatia's beauties.

Istria is the largest Croatian peninsula, unique and magnificent, around which the Adriatic Sea has deeply etched itself into the land, sprinkling its jagged coastline with a thousand lagoons and islands, andsurrounded in the northeast by the Ćićarija and Učka mountains, Istria is prepared to reveal its thousand years of history to the chance traveller. In Istria there are numerous destinations to discover.

Motovun is a medieval town that grew up on the site of an ancient city called Kastelijer. It is situated on a hill 270 m (886 ft) above sea level with houses scattered all over the hill.On the inner walls are several coats-of-arms of different Motovun ruling families and two gravestones of Roman inhabitants (dating from the 1st century). In the 10th and 11th centuries it belonged to the Bishop of Poreč. From 1278 it was taken over by Venice and surrounded by solid walls which are still intact today, and used as a walkway with unique views over the four corners of Istria. All three parts of the town are connected by a system of internal and external fortifications with towers and city gates containing elements of Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance styles, built between the 14th and 17th centuries. It is a typical example of Venetian colonial architecture. In Motovun is also traditionally held the International Summer School of Architecture. Tradition and Creativity - Summer School in Motovun International Summer School of Architecture has been a part of the Study Centre of the Faculty of Architecture in Motovun since 1981. Its objective is research, evaluation and creative interpretation of the architectural tradition which has left in Istria through century’s rich cultural, architectural and urban heritage. The school promotes creative ideas and is a source of theoretical and practical knowledge in the field of contemporary planning, building construction and space design. It plays an important role in the evaluation of cultural heritage and environmental protection and improvement. A number of professionals, teachers and students from foreign countries (Europe, the USA) take part in the school sessions as well as faculties and colleges (Padua, Vienna) that have signed a contract of the inter-faculty collaboration. At the end of each summer session, final exhibitions and public presentation of works are organized in Motovun. Additionally, exhibitions regarding school activities have been regularly put on in Zagreb. In 2001 Padua was the host of one of these exhibitions as well. During the summer sessions in Motovun, participants are taken on interesting tours. Head of International Summer School of Architecture is Professor Ljubomir Mišćević who is also the topic chair of this Conference for the solar architecture topics.

The Brijuni Archipelago National Park comprises the islands of Veli Brijun, Mali Brijun and twelve smaller isles. These islands have been an oasis of rest since the times of Antiquity. Consequently, quite apart from their natural beauties they are also the setting for interesting historical sites. On the largest of the islands there are tracks and trails ideal for cycling along, while the smaller ones are best explored by kayak.

Colonia Pietas Iulia Pola, name given to Pula by the old Romans, has been writing its history for 3000 years. The city built at the end of a beautiful bay and on seven hills reveals many lovely and interesting stories. According to the legend, it was founded by the Colchidians, after the pursuit of Argonauts and their leader Jason who stole the precious Golden fleece from the Colchidians. Today the city lives in many colours and sounds, perfectly interlacing the variegated exciting past with modern times of its inhabitants and visitors. It boasts perfectly preserved amphitheatre, the largest amphora site in the world, Temple of Augustus, many churches, monasteries, Venetian and Austro-Hungarian architecture, excellent various food specialities and wine in its many restaurants, rich museums, galleries, concert events, great nightlife and many other beauties located in this famous city. The Amphitheatre – monument, which was once the site of gladiator fights. It was built in the 1st century AD. The ground plan is elliptical, the longer axis measuring about 130 m and the shorter one about 100 m. It is believed that the Amphitheatre could seat about 20,000 spectators.

The City of Poreč - The peninsula on which the Poreč's rich old city developed and was preserved has been inhabited for thousands of years and is today often called a cultural landmark.  The historical centre, once encircled by walls and towers is today conserved in valuable remains. By strolling through the city seek out the Northern Tower along Peškera Cove and continue southwards towards the Five-Starred Tower at the entrance to Decumanus Street and the Circular Tower with a view of the waterfront.  Inside the former city walls you can visit the cathedral complex of the Euphrasiana, the House of Two Saints and the Romanic House while you can seek out evidence of life during ancient times near the oldest square, Marafor.  You see, Poreč is proud to be home to the largest Roman shrine in Istria, the Mart Temple, to the north of which are the remains of the Temple of Neptune. On your way back, at the intersection of two streets, Decumanus and Cardo, the gothic Zuccati, Manzinin and Leone Palaces were built as well as the baroque Sinčić, Polseni and Vergottini Palaces.  Upon leaving the old city make sure to observe the elegant, neo-gothic style of the Municipal Palace. The most valuable cultural property in Poreč, the Euphrasian Basilica, was registered on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1997.  The early-Christian compound is the only complete landmark in the world preserved from that period. Built during the time of Bishop Euphrasius in the 6th century it includes atrium, baptistery, bishop's palace, mosaics and remains of sacral buildings dating from the 3rd to the 4th centuries.  The mosaics which decorate the inside and facade of the church are considered a valuable bequest of Byzantine art, and thanks to the floor mosaics and preserved writings the periods of its construction and renovation can be read.

The island Lošinj is an integral part of the Cres-Lošinj cluster of islands. The Lošinj cluster includes, besides Lošinj, the islands Unije, Ilovik, Susak and Vele Srakane as well as many other little islands, which in the summer months represent a real haven for romantics and those who want to enjoy the beautiful beaches and sunshine. The whole coast is practically buzzing with very attractive creeks and beaches. Mali Lošinj is the largest destination on the island with also the largest port. It is situated right at the bottom of the bay. In the past Cres and Lošinj were the same island, but since the man made canal at Osor failed the island split in two and are now connected via a bridge. The Cres-Lošinj was once called Apsyrtides during the roman times, the name is linked to the mystical hero Apsyrtu. Over the last century in these parts, every breach made by smaller or larger clans has left its mark in history. The island was almost completely barren up until the middle of the 13th century, and since then towards the 19th century it developed into one of the biggest nautical forces, and the town Mali Lošinj became the most important port on the Adriatic, after Triest of course. The people of Lošinj were famous as the best mariners on the Mediterranean. The natural wealth of the Cres and Lošinj archipelago provides the basis for the rich and healthy Mediterranean cuisine, simply a haven of gastronomic delight...

The Plitvice Lakes National Park - Croatia's first National park established in 1949 covers 296.85 km2 of breathtaking natural splendor becoming with it the largest among the eight national parks of the country. Ranging in altitude from 367 m (Koranski most) to 1279 m (Seliški vrh) above sea level. The park was inscribed on the UNESCO's World Heritage List in 1979, in recognition of its "outstanding natural beauty and undisturbed production of travertine (tufa) through chemical and biological action". The park represents a phenomenon of karst hydrography.  The park harbours a grand collection of waterfalls, gallery of lakes, forest and diversity of animal life. The lakes are renowned for their distinctive colors, ranging from azure to green, grey or blue. The colors change constantly depending on the quantity of minerals or organisms in the water and the angle of sunlight. The sixteen lakes which are formed by natural dams of travertine are separated into upper and lower lakes. About eight km of pathways and wooden walking trails around lakes are accessible to visitors. Trails are descending from an altitude of 636m to 503m above sea level. The Park is situated at 44°51N 15°37E, 44.85°N 15.62°E, in central Croatia, in the eastern part of the mountainous region of Lika-Seni county. The National Park is also home to 4,000 inhabitants. The local economy is based on tourism and farming. Plitvice lakes are recognized as an astonishing natural monument for the benefit and enjoyment of the people now and for the generations to come. Today, 60 years after its establishment, Plitvice Park continues to provide inspiration for visitors becoming nowadays one of Croatia's biggest attractions. Thousands of people from all over the world visit the Park during summer. They come to find peace and relaxation just to experience something different as a getaway from the city. Hiking is a common activity with organized programs for park visitors, other possible activities include: electric boat and train ride, cycling, skiing and rowing. "There are water, lakes, waterfalls and forest elsewhere, but Plitvice Lakes, are unique they simply must be seen!" (Academic, Ivo Pevalek, 1937) Come for a visit and take away the experience of a lifetime.. It is time to get out and enjoy the beautiful outdoor in Croatia!

The City of Zadar, a city of exceptional history and rich cultural heritage, a city of tourism. The particularity of the city is irresistible for those who respect and admire historical monuments and cultural heritage, artists, tourists and its citizens. Zadar is a city monument, surrounded by historical ramparts, a treasury of the archaeological and monumental riches of ancient and medieval times, Renaissance and many contemporary architectural achievements such as the first sea organs in the world. Zadar is a city where huge spaces are left for pedestrians. Using your guidebook, your walk along the cobblestone streets of the city will become a walk through history, and also an experience of the contemporary life of the city. When tired, do try to take a break in one of our restaurants, pastry shops or coffee shops. Enjoy listening to the concerts, visit the theatre, museums, and exhibitions.
The city of Zadar is an easily reached destination by land, sea and air. It has a good traffic infrastructure through which it is directly connected to other bigger cities of the Republic of Croatia: Zagreb, Rijeka, Split and Dubrovnik, with extraordinary accommodation and contemporary service of numerous marinas. Whichever way you want to reach Zadar, the natural beauty of the landscape will not leave you equanimous. The ferry port as well as the new tourist port for cruisers are located on the peninsula itself (old part of the city), and entering Zadar on a ferry or boat gives you a magnificent view of the whole city, making your arrival in Zadar a unique experience (ferry and ship lines with Preko, Zaglav, Mali Lošinj, Pula and Ancona/Italy). Air transport, even though the airport is small it is contemporary (9 km distance from the center), and connects Zadar with bigger cities of the Republic of Croatia and some European capitals.Situated in the heart of the Adriatic, Zadar is the urban center of northern Dalmatia as administrative, economic, cultural and political center of the region with 75,000 inhabitants. The coast is particularly indented, the islands and the untouched nature allures many boaters to this regions. The archipelago counts 24 bigger and about 300 smaller islets and rocks, 3 nature parks - Telašćica, Sjeverni Velebit and Vransko jezero and 5 national parks - Paklenica, Plitvice lakes, Kornati Islands, Krka and Velebit classifying Zadar and its surroundings at the very top of the Croatian tourist offer. After the world-known Sea Organs, Zadar has become wealthier with one more urban installation. On Istarska obala, at the very end of the Zadar peninsula, next to the famous Sea Organs, shines the Greeting to the Sun made by the same architect Nikola Bašić. The Greeting to the Sun consists of three hundred multi-layered glass plates placed on the same level with the stone-paved waterfront in the shape of a 22-meter diameter circle. Under the glass conduction plates there are photo-voltage solar modules through which symbolic communication with nature is made, with the aim to communicate with light, just like the Sea Organs do with sound. Simultaneously with the „most beautiful sunset in the world" the lighting elements installed in a circle turn on, and, following a particularly programmed scenario, they produce a marvelous, exceptionally impressive show of light in the rhythm of the waves and the sounds of the Sea organs. The photo-voltage solar modules absorb the sun energy and then transform it into electrical energy by releasing it into the distributive voltage power network. It is expected for the entire system to produce around 46.500 kWh yearly, being, actually, a small power plant from which energy will be used not only for the Greeting to the Sun installation, but also for the lighting of the entire waterfront. This energy will be three times cheaper than the actual one, and the project itself is a unique example of connecting the use of renewed energy sources, energy efficiency and city space arrangement.


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