Such are the Croatian Split and Dubrovnik

Split – for lovers of history and island jumping

Located in the middle of the Adriatic Sea, Split, Croatia is a popular city destination. The absolute number one attraction of the city is the historic Diocletian’s Palace in front of the seafront promenade, which is why the city is a particularly interesting destination for history lovers.

Diocletian’s Palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site built in the 30th century, which is practically the Old Town of Split. Surrounded by walls, the area is full of restaurants, cafés and souvenir shops, as well as a museum in the palace area.

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Split’s promenade is right in front of Diocletian’s Palace.

Just outside the walls of the Old Town is Split’s seafront promenade, full of cafés, bars, restaurants and kiosks. The area comes alive in the evenings, but the elegant promenade is also worth experiencing during the day. The port of Split is also right next to the promenade.

Split is a great base for tourists who want to make day trips to the islands off the city. The islands of Brač, Hvar and Vis, for example, are well connected by road from Split.

There are also interesting day-trip destinations on the mainland, with the short-distance town of Makarska, the Biokovo Mountains and small seaside villages within a short drive. Krka National Park with its waterfalls is located less than a hundred kilometers from Split.

The city also has shopping opportunities, but the best shopping venues are located outside the city center in shopping malls.

Dubrovnik – for travelers who appreciate stunning scenery and want to combine a holiday with many countries

Situated on the Dalmatian coast in southern Croatia, Dubrovnik is an elegant holiday town offering stunning scenery, an atmospheric old town and the opportunity to visit neighboring countries.

One of the most famous destinations in the city, like Split, is the Old Town, which is quite different from the Old Town of Split. A hit series Game of Thronesin Dubrovnik, which served as a filming location, fascinates more than historically or architecturally – most want to see with their own eyes the place where their favorite characters have ventured.

In addition, the walls of Dubrovnik’s Old Town offer a great location for the city, the Adriatic Sea and the islands off Dubrovnik. Services in the old town are varied, and there are plenty of atmospheric squares in the area.

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The walls of Dubrovnik’s Old Town offer a magnificent view.

The strength of Dubrovnik is a short distance to the neighboring countries, as the Montenegrin border is only about 40 kilometers from the city. Most visitors to Dubrovnik also combine a visit to Kotor, for example.

Like Split, there are islands in front of Dubrovnik, and easy destinations for tourists include the island of Lokrum right in front of the city and the lush Mljet, a lake within the island.

Dubrovnik is a cruise destination, and thousands of cruise tourists arrive at the city’s port every day during the holiday season.

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Text: Inka Khanji
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