As nice as Croatia’s beaches are, there is definitely more to the country than just sun, sand and sea. It is steeped in history and you may well be surprised to learn that it is in fact one of Europe’s most culturally rich destinations.
Throughout Croatia, visitors notice the influence s of a number of settlers, including those of the Greeks, the Romans and the Phoenicians. These ‘footprints’ are most noticeable in the architecture of the many Croatian cities. For example, in Split, probably the most famous tourist attraction is the remains of Diocletian’s Palace, which was built in the third century AD by the Roman Emperor, Diocletian, who in fact ended his days there following his abdication.
In the city of Pula Croatia - which lies at the south east of the Istrian Peninsula - culture vultures can visit the wondrous Roman amphitheatre, the floor of which is still used today for outdoor theatre events and concerts.
In celebration of Croatia’s rich cultural heritage, there are a vast number of festivals held throughout the year, from small village celebrations to impressive city-wide extravaganzas. Some of the more famous and impressive events include the Motovun Film Festival, an annual awards event for the international film community, and the Dubrovnik Croatia Summer Festival.
The Dubrovnik Croatia Summer Festival is an annual event, and has been held every year between July and August since it began in 1950. A spectacular music and fireworks ceremony opens the proceedings each year, and is followed by a six-week programme of open air music, theatre and dance.