Culture in Croatia: These are the top 5 cultural-historical day trips

Dalmatia has a rich cultural history, dating back to ancient times. Greek, Roman and Venetian influences, among others, can therefore be found in abundance here in the cultural heritage. Just like in the rest of Croatia, for that matter. Our beautiful country has ten monuments that adorn the UNESCO World Heritage List for a good reason. Are you on holiday in Dalmatia, and are you interested in cultural trips? Bright Side of Croatia lists the five cultural hotspots for you!

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Did you know that Croatia - as we know it today - was inhabited by Neanderthals in prehistoric times? Archaeologists have found fossils up to 130,000 years old. If we look back a little less far in time, we find ourselves in classical antiquity. As part of Illyria, Croatia fell under the Roman Empire. Dalmatia was created in this period when Emperor Augustus divided the region.

Roman, Greek, French and Venetian influences can be found everywhere in Dalmatia. They give Croatian and Dalmatian cultures great diversity and an extensive list of inspiring sights. Bright Side of Croatia lists a few for you!

Cultural trip to Trogir

About 30 kilometres from Split, you will find the approximately 2,300-year-old city of Trogir. You will find a colourful mix of Roman, Greek, French, and Venetian influences in this beautiful city. The excellently preserved monumental buildings transport you back to a time long past, especially in the old town of Trogir. Since 1997, Trogir has been on UNESCO's World Heritage List for obvious reasons.

The historical centre, situated on a peninsula, offers a great diversity of historic churches. The famous Cathedral of St. Lawrence, which dates back to the 13th century, is also worth visiting. The historical fortress of Kamerlengo, with its unique tower and defensive walls, not only offers you a cultural-historical view of the past. The panoramic view of the surrounding waters is also phenomenal.

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Cultural trip to Split

The charming city of Split is one of the most memorable cultural places in Dalmatia. The second-largest Croatian city, situated on a peninsula, is the perfect destination for an unforgettable city trip offering a wealth of beautiful sights.

Split's main cultural asset is its historical heart, primarily consisting of Diocletian's Palace, built in the 4th century. Not only will you find historic churches and the famous Roman Catholic Cathedral of St. Domnius here, but also many lovely shops and markets. Roman and medieval architecture collide magnificently in this palace. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site for that very reason.

Cultural trip to Zadar

Another remarkable city where many of Croatia's historical influences meet: Zadar! Zadar! The 3,000-year-old port city has changed hands several times. From 1920 to 1947, it belonged to Italy under the name Zara. A cultural trip to Zadar, located on a peninsula, reveals many wonderful treasures.

Here, too, the historical centre - with, among others, the St. Anastasias cathedral, the Roman Forum (old market square) and the St. Donatus church dating back to the 9th century - represents the most significant cultural hotspot. Additionally, the two artworks by Nikola Bašić, set out along the Riva Nova promenade, are definitely worth a visit. The Sun Salutation, for example, offers a spectacular spectacle of different coloured illuminations. The 70-metre long “Sea Organ” treats you to organ sounds produced by the rhythm of the sea. A truly spectacular experience!

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Cultural trip to Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik, founded in the 7th century, is one of the most beautiful cities in Croatia and perhaps the most beautiful city in Dalmatia. The city is considered the pearl of the Adriatic for a reason. This is why the port city is featured in several films and series.

The old, fully walled city centre is special and has been added to UNESCO's World Heritage List. Lovers of hiking will also find plenty of opportunities here. It is even possible to walk on the city walls, where you will not only have a view of the old city but also of the sea. Furthermore, the Blasius Church, the Franciscan Monastery, the Doge's Palace and the Pharmacy are beautiful historical monuments to see.

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Cultural trip to Šibenik

We conclude with the somewhat less well-known but equally beautiful Šibenik. This city counts no less than two monuments that adorn the UNESCO World Heritage List. The Cathedral of St. James, dating back to the 16th century, is characterised by its many stone faces, which look at you from the building. The fortress of St. Nicholas also dates back to the 16th century. Located on the St. Anthony canal, the only way to get here is by boat. Don't let this stop you, as it is definitely worth a visit!

Your local guide to the best culture trips in Dalmatia!

These were our five tips for the most beautiful cultural sights in Croatia. Are you inspired by the ancient and rich culture in Croatia? These are just a fraction of the many fascinating sites on offer. The Bright Side of Croatia property manager will be happy to advise you on the best cultural trips in Dalmatia.

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