WHAT’S NEW! Croatia gets its first Michelin star restaurant in Rovinj–Monte.
2017 Split/Central Dalmatia Agency-Tour Guide!
This June, with the support of the Split Tourist Board and the Central Dalmatia Tourist Board, we’ll be publishing a free, 140 page full color guide of more than 100 different activities you can enjoy from here in Split.
We’re an American/Russian couple that live and work in Split and Sightseeing Croatia is our way of sharing this wonderful country with you…Croatia maps, Croatia tours, Croatian food, Croatian islands, Croatian national parks, Split, Dubrovnik and Zagreb as well as the most important Croatian villages.
Just click on the cities, towns, islands and destinations that seem interesting to you to read our personal commentary and click on our favorite links. You can also go to our most frequently asked Questions and Answers page and ask us a question. We don’t accept paid listings, so if you like something you see, just click and be inspired!
Natasha and I are also the publishers of the only English-language free newspaper for tourists here in Split, as well as sister annual publications for the islands of Korcula and Hvar, which you can download free on the link above.
OK, let’s begin! Croatia is finally getting the recognition it deserves as a marvelous country to discover–the New York Times even selected Varazdin as one of its 52 “must see” destinations for 2014–the only Croatian city, town or village on the list! The fact is that for thousands of years Croatia has lured royalty and ragamuffins alike because of its spectacular 5,800 mile Adriatic coastline, amazing natural beauty, subtle Mediterranean ambiance, wonderful sailing, food and wine….and a history and culture that is endlessly fascinating and intensely celebrated.
If you come through Zagreb, the country’s capital and largest city with just over a million people, you’ll experience a superb walking city with Baroque charm. Head inland and you can go all the way to the Danube through gorgeous rural countryside and some of the best wine growing areas in Europe. Running like a spine down its coastline, the Dinaric Mountains define Croatia in spirit as well as geography. On one side the glorious sea and islands, fabled cities like Dubrovnik, Zadar, Split and Salona, the 3rd C capital of the Roman empire in Dalmatia teeming with 60,0000 people, today, a mostly un-excavated historic site. On the other side of the mountains, a quieter way of life that has endured for centuries here; ancient fortresses perched on rocky outcroppings; picturesque villages, endless valleys and Croatia’s most spectacular natural wonder, Plitvice Lakes National Park, one of seven UNESCO World Heritage sites here.
All the way up the coast, just two hours from Venice, is the Istrian peninsula, “the new Tuscany”.. Everything from truffle hunting and dreamy medieval hamlets to the faded elegance of Austrian royalty in coastal cities like Opatija.. The offshore islands here are wondrous. Wind your way south from the Venetian walled city of Zadar, through seaside towns that dot the coast on your way down to Split, you’ll see, feel and taste why Dalmatia is so spectacular.
We love Split for its terrific open air Green Market and fish market, a harbor that’s humming with ferries to take you the islands, its amazing 1700 year-old Diocletian´s Palace, Summer Festival, Marjan, Bacvice beach and the special ambiance that all Splitcani cherish!
If you come to Split and would like to experience the city and surrounding area like we do, take a look at Our Unique Tours, a suite of private touring programs we have created with friends who are professional guides. Enjoy our site, our newspapers and our blog….and write to us, we love to meet people from all over the world!
Welcome to Croatia!
Robert and Natasha Aronson
(and special thanks to Lucy Slavinsky for making our site so gorgeous. Contact her at Greentendency.com)