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Croatia The dream everybody should experience

Croatia is, as its tourism slogan states, full of life. Croatia's beauty and rich cultural heritage can be witnessed through its extremely diverse geography: from the wide plains in the continental region to the mountainous areas and the breathtaking indented coastline with more than a thousand islands. It offers spectacular beaches with turquoise waters, incredible national parks, fascinating historical sights, and enchanting and vibrant towns with welcoming and warm-hearted people.

The vintage postcards from Croatia highlight some of the most beautiful cities and their well-known historical monuments. The cities are located along the Adriatic sea.

Pola [Pula]: Arena, 1915, M. Schulz, National and University Library in Zagreb, Public Domain Mark
Pola [Pula]: Arena, 1915, M. Schulz, National and University Library in Zagreb, Public Domain Mark

Pula is the largest city in Istria, Croatia, and the main port of the Istrian peninsula. The city has a long tradition in viticulture, fishery, shipbuilding, and tourism. Its historical features are visible on each corner, in every street, church and museum. The Amphitheatre in Pula (the Arena) is one of the most important monuments in Croatia from ancient times, and one of the best preserved amphitheatres in the world. It is the only remaining Roman amphitheatre to have four side towers and with all three Roman architectural orders entirely preserved. It was constructed in the first century and is one of the only six largest surviving Roman arenas in the world, with a capacity for 23,000 spectators.

Split [Spalato], Vjekoslav Cvitanić, National and University Library in Zagreb, Public Domain Mark
Split [Spalato], Vjekoslav Cvitanić, National and University Library in Zagreb, Public Domain Mark

Split is the largest city in Dalmatia, the second largest city of Croatia. The city was built around the palace of the Roman emperor Diocletian, one of the best preserved and most impressive buildings of the Roman period in Europe. The historic city centre was added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 1979.

Dubrovnik [Ragusa], Tošović, National and University Library in Zagreb, Public Domain Mark
Dubrovnik [Ragusa], Tošović, National and University Library in Zagreb, Public Domain Mark

The city of Dubrovnik, Croatia, can only be described using superlatives. It is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and its Old Town became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979. Dubrovnik has many stunning architectural and sculptural marvels, and boasts spectacular churches, monasteries, museums, and fountains. It is completely surrounded by walls and fortresses, which run uninterrupted for 1,940 metres and are the city’s most recognisable feature.

Discover more postcards from Croatia at europeana.eu.