Month: November 2016

10 Best Places And Activities to Visit in Croatia

Krka National Park

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Located in Central Dalmatia of Croatia, the Krka National Park is a protected area of spectacular natural scenery, wildlife and historic sites. Situated along the Krka River within Sibinik-Knin County, the national park is best known for its numerous gushing waterfalls and natural pools of clear, blue-green waters. Easily reached from Split, the national park offers well-maintained walkways and boat excursions for getting around. Many trails lead right around the waterfalls, presenting fabulous photo opportunities. Some of the falls plunge into natural pools, which are great for swimming

Zagreb

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The capital and largest city of Croatia, Zagreb is a vibrant metropolis packed with both historic and modern attractions. Located in northwestern Croatia, the city dates back to the 11th century when a diocese was first established by Hungarian King Ladislaus. Today, Zargreb is a sprawling cosmopolitan city and the heart of Croatian culture, academics and government. The city is divided into an Upper and Lower Town, with Upper Town being the historic core where tourists can walk down cobblestone streets and visit old, medieval churches and towers.

Korcula

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Best known as the alleged birthplace of the famous merchant traveler, Marco Polo, Korcula is a 30-mile (50 km) island located off Croatia’s Adriatic Coast. Korcula is comprised of lush green forests, vineyards, olive groves, sandy beaches and charming villages. The island’s main town, Korucla Town, is a historic, walled town with Venetian Renaissance architecture, colorful markets and plenty of tourist facilities.

Pula

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Located at the southern tip of the Istria peninsula in the Adriatic Sea, Pula is a popular destination that has been attracting tourists as far back as ancient Roman times when fans flocked the city’s amphitheater to watch gladiator fights. Having been ruled by various government powers over the centuries, Pula today belongs to Croatia, and is best known for its wealth of Roman ruins and mix of cultures.

Zadar

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A three thousand-year old city situated on a beautiful coastline rich in history is sure to draw tourists. Such a city is Zadar, located on Croatia’s northern Dalmatian Coast. Zadar could be called the ideal tourist getaway because it offers plenty to see and do without all the crowds of other popular destinations in Croatia. At the heart of the city is its Old Town which offers fantastic sightseeing attractions including Roman ruins, medieval architecture and numerous old churches. Besides the Old Town, tourists will find a string of beautiful beaches all along Zadar’s coastline where they can sunbathe, swim and relax.

Rovinj

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Located on Croatia’s Istrian peninsula in the Adriatic Sea, Rovinj is an archipelago of 20 islands with its Old Town set on a small peninsula. Narrow streets of cobblestone, stairways, arches and other interesting architecture make the Old Town a sightseeing adventure. Some of the Old Town’s historic gems include seven medieval city gates, the 12th century town clock and St. Euphemia’s Basilica, an imposing baroque church packed with many stunning art works. Also worth seeing are the scenic harbor, Carrera Street with its many shops and art galleries, and Grisia Street, which is lined with artists and souvenir vendors.

Split

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Nicknamed the “Mediterranean Flower,” Croatia’s second-largest city, Split, is located on a peninsula off the Dalmatian Coast. The city’s main attraction is its historic core of beautiful Gothic and Renaissance architecture of which the Diocletian’s Palace is the crown jewel. Built between 298 and 305 AD, this Roman Emperor palace complex is more like a small city itself with a maze of marble walkways and buildings containing shops, cafes and bars. Outside the historic center, tourists will find plenty to see and do including strolling along the seaside promenade, shopping at the lively Green Market and swimming at Bacvice beach.

Plitvice National Park

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One of the most beautiful natural wonders in Croatia and all of Europe, the Plitvice National Park consists of several breathtaking lakes, waterfalls and lush forest. The park’s most notable features are the 16 interconnecting lakes that are divided into upper and lower clusters. Formed by natural travertine dams, the lakes range in distinct colors from turquoise to blue, green and gray. Visitors can explore the lakes and surrounding area by walking along the assortment of wooden walkways as well as by boat.

Hvar

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One of the most popular places to visit in Croatia and in the Adriatic Sea, Hvar is a beautiful Croatian island off the Dalmatian Coast, favored for its landscapes of spectacular beaches, lavender fields and lush vineyards. Hvar’s main city, Hvar Town, is an attractive city, featuring 13th century walls, marble stone streets, Gothic palaces, stunning churches and an imposing old fortress. The town square is one of Croatia’s largest and most beautiful, surrounded by many historic building like the 17th century Arsenal and the Cathedral of St. Stephen. The natural beauty of Hvar offers plenty of outdoor recreation, from hiking in the cliffs to swimming in the secluded coves and beaches.

Dubrovnik

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Nicknamed the “Pearl of the Adriatic,” the old city of Dubrovnik is one of the prominent places to visit in the Mediterranean. Located at the southern tip of Croatia off the Adriatic Sea, Dubrovnik was established in the 7th century on maritime trade. With orange rooftop houses sitting in contrast to the blue sky, Dubrovnik presents many sightseeing treasures. The historic district, the Old Town, is stuffed with many historic features such as the old, defensive walls, cobblestone streets, magnificent palaces and stunning churches. Just outside the Old Town are popular beaches like Banje and Lapad, while the nearby island of Lokrum offers even more beaches.

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The 5 Bigest Zoos And Aquariums In Greece

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The Attica Zoological Park in Spata is spread over an area of 200 acres and is home to more than 390 animal species , 60 mammals , 300 birds and 30 reptiles with a total population of 2000 animals. The operation began in May 2000 , initially as a Bird Park, having the third largest bird collection in the world ( 1100 ) . In the marine part of the park, there is a specially designed area with pools and rig 1100 people , where you can watch shows with dolphins and sea lions perform elaborate tricks .

Opening hours : Daily from 9: 00p.m until sundown

Telephone : 210 6634725

Ticket Prices:

Adults : € 15,00

Children 3-12 years : € 11,00

Under 3 : Free

Student : € 11,00

Elderly (over 65): € 11,00

Cretaquarium, Κρήτη

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Thalassokosmos located in Gournes Crete 14 km from Heraklion . It opened in December 2005 and is part of the largest research centers, technology and recreation in the Mediterranean. It grows in an area of 60 acres and contains about 200 species of fish and 2000 organizations. The variety of aquarium ranges from microscopic organisms to large sharks .

The marine world unfolds in 60 aquariums with a total volume of 1.7 million liters of creating 100 different observation points to 2.500 Mediterranean and tropical organisms. Modern audio-visual systems in nine languages , handhelds , microscopes and projectors enhance the living experience of the visitor.

Opening hours:

Winter session : from 16/10 to 30/4 , Monday to Sunday ( and holidays) , opening hours 10: 00-17 : 30

Summer session : from 1/5 to 15/10 , Monday to Sunday ( and holidays) , opening hours 09 : 00-21 : 00

Telephone : 2810 337786

Ticket Prices:

Adults : € 12,00

Children 5-17 years : € 7,00

Under 5 : Free

Student : € 7,00

Elderly (over 65): € 7,00

Aquaworld, Crete

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Aquaworld located in chersoniso of Crete and was the first aquarium exhibits fish and marine animals from the seas of Crete. Created in 1995 and aim to Aquaworld is people’s interest for marine life and reptiles in general, but especially for marine life and reptiles of Crete.

Opening hours : Daily from April 1 to October 31 10.00 to 18.00

Telephone : 28970 29125

Ticket Prices:

Adults : € 6,00

Children : € 4,00

Aquarium of Kastoria

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The aquarium of Kastoria is the largest freshwater aquarium in the Balkans. It consists of 49 tanks a simulation of Kastoria and one river Aliakmonas. The aquarium is designed to provide information to the public about the diversity and habitat of fish.

In the aquarium hosts 38 species of freshwater fish, many endemic and indigenous species of rivers and lakes of Greece, and a large number of alien fish species and organisms that live in the lakes of Greece. The pride of the aquarium, however, is a rare sturgeon fish known for its eggs, of which produced the expensive black caviar.

Hours: Daily except Mondays, from 9:00 to 17:00 .

Telephone : 2810 337786

Ticket Prices : € 4,00

Hydrobiological Station of Rhodes

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The Aquarium of Rhodes was founded in 2003 and operates as Aquarium – Museum and Research Unit of the Greek Marine Research Centre. The building housed is classified as a historical monument and was built in 1936 by Italian architect Armando Bernabiti. The Y.S.R aims the development and dissemination of scientific knowledge on the marine environment and the protection thereof.

The aquarium has 28 tanks of sea and freshwater. The Aquarium represents an undersea cave corridors are made of limestone, decorated with natural shells which gives the visitor the impression that is below sea level.

Opening hours:

Winter session : from 1/10 to 31/3 , daily 9: 00-16 : 30

Summer session : from 1/4 to 31/9 , daily 09 : 00-20 : 30

Telephone : 22410 27308

Ticket Prices:

General admission : € 5,50

Reduced ticket : € 2,50

Preschool children : Free

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