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The Adriatic coast of Croatia

The Adriatic coast of Croatia is a truly magical place with crystal-clear waters, picturesque islands, and charming coastal towns. One of the best ways to experience this beautiful stretch of coastline is by boat.

Capuchin Church, Rijeka
Lido Beach, Opatija
View to Senj
Camping at Plaža Spasovac
View along Adriatic coast
View of Zadar
View of Biograd na Moru
View of Šibenik
Trogir from Čiovo
Trg Ivana Pavla II
Carvings Romanesque door cathedral
View from Marjan
View to Marjan Hill
Former Titova Obala
Silver Gate, Diocletian's Palace
Peristyle, Diocletian's Palace
Cathedral of Saint Domnius
Bell Tower , Saint Domnius
Zlatna Vrata (Golden Gate)
Statue of Grgur Ninski
View from cathedral tower
View to Hvar
Approaching Korčula
View from the east, Korčula
Western shore, Korčula
Old city town gate, Korčula
Old town square, Korčula
View to Korčula
View from above Korčula
View of Bay of Pupnat
Climbing the hil, Vela Luka
View, Vela Luka to Ošjak
View of Vela Luka
Frigate, Pelješki Kanal
View to Orebić
Sailing past Šipan

Rijeka, meaning "river", Croatia's principal seaport and third-largest city, was throughout its history fiercely contested, especially between the Holy Roman Empire, Italy and Croatia. In early 1920 it even became the independent Free State of Fiume; Fiume, being its Italian name, also means "river". On the way south, there are old cities like Senj and Zadar (the oldest continuously inhabited city in Croatia and once the capital of the Kingdom of Dalmatia). Further south is Biograd-na-Moru (former capital of the medieval Croatian Kingdom), Šibenik, one of the few cities on the Dalmatian coast founded by Croats and Trogir, a historic town founded in the 3rd century BCE by Ancient Greek colonists.

Split, historically known as Spalato, is the second-largest city in Croatia. In 305 CE, it became the site of the Palace of the Roman emperor Diocletian, who was born in this region; it is still part of the historic core of the city, and a town in itself, with houses and shops. Diocletian was notorious for his persecution of Christians. Therefore, his body doesn't rest in his Mausoleum: it was thrown into the sea, and the Mausoleum became part of the Cathedral of Saint Domnius.

Further south, passing the town of Hvar with its 13th-century walls and hilltop fortress on Hvar island, we reach Korčula, a historic fortified town on the east coast of the island of the same name. Korčula island is almost 47 kilometres long and, on average, almost 8 kilometres wide, just off the Pelješac peninsula on the Dalmatian coast. It is a charming island, with a road leading west to Vela Luka, a small town at the bottom of a wide bay.