Explore Croatia’s forgotten Roman City of Salona

Croatia

The former Dalmatian Capital and Diocletian’s Birthplace near Split

Among the most famous and spectacular historical draws in Croatia today is the finely preserved and UNESCO protected Diocletian’s Palace in Split, a C4th Roman marvel

However, of lesser fame and often overlooked by traveller’s visiting the Dalmatian coast is a site without whose existence we would not be able to marvel at Diocletian’s great work of art today.

The remains of the city of Solin – known to the Romans as Salona – lie just a few miles north-east of modern day Split. Solin belonged to the Illyrian Delmatae tribe before being drawn into the rapidly expanding Roman empire as it reached out across the Adriatic.

Travelling the Adriatic Highway

Sunset

Cities and Landscapes of the Croatian Coast

The Adriatic highway snakes its way down the Croatian coast, linking historic towns and fine landscapes.

The Adriatic highway is a marvellous road to drive or bike, though risky – its serpentine twists and turns sometimes ornamented by skidmarks leading to a hole in the crash barrier, the sea hundreds of feet below. It’s a route of dramatic karst scenery, with clear blue water to one side, and the view of islands in the distance.

Trogir, Unesco Heritage in Croatia

Cathedral

World Heritage Architecture and Amazing Seaside Fort Near Split

An ideal day trip from the major Dalmatian Coast city of Split, Croatia’s Trogir is a village of Romanesque and Renaissance architecture settled onto a tiny island.

Take your holiday pace down a notch with a relaxing day in tiny but gorgeous Trogir. Just an hour by bus from busy Split, you can enjoy classic architecture, good views and great seafood without having too far to walk for any of it.

Zagreb, Capital of Croatia, City of Statues

Zagreb Art Pavilion

Gracious Town Ideal for Walking With Museums, Churches, and Gardens

Zagreb, capital of Croatia, has the relaxed atmosphere of a large provincial town. It’s an ideal walking city, with parks, gardens, quirky statues and plenty of cafes.

Any traveller to Zagreb will be spoilt for choice – there’s plenty to see and do in this lovely city, with it’s gracious wide streets and parks giving way to narrow laneways crammed with cafés serving teas and cake throughout the day and well into the night.

There are plenty of great museums, a thriving market area, and interesting churches. And all around, awaiting discovery, are lots of quirky statues and other curiosities.

Dubrovnik in Croatian Summer

Dubrovnik

Dalmatian Coast City Delight in the Balkans

Dubrovnik on the Croatian Dalmatian Coast is famed for its high city walls and photogenic red roof landscape.

Dubrovnik is a place for writing fairytales. Steep red castle walls dropping into a perfect bluegreen sea, winding alleyways and hidden staircases criss-crossing the inner city, and a happy-go-lucky holiday atmosphere make it one of my favorite parts of Croatia.