Trogir’s Old Town, on its own tiny island, one of Croatia’s seven UNESCO World Heritage sites
Croatia has seven different UNESCO’s World Heritage sites! The complete Heritage List includes 878 properties forming part of the cultural and natural heritage which the World Heritage Committee considers as having outstanding universal value. Each site is recognized internationally for its unique cultural and/or historical significance. Heritage status also means that the government agrees to protect each site according to UNESCO standards. Unfortunately, not all government’s fully comply—but for the most part getting World Heritage Status is a rare badge of honor for any country and at the very least, the protected site is kept from any further degradation.
What’s great about UNESCO sites in Croatia is that they are all so easily reached from any major tourist destinations in the country—most in half a day!. From Split for example, it’s two hours to Hvar’s Stari Grad, half an hour to Trogir, less than two hours to Sibenik and about four hours to Dubrovnik. That’s five of the seven! The amazing Plitvice Lakes is between the coast and Zagreb and Porec too will also require a longer trip—but each can be reached in half a day from most anywhere.
A seven day “UNESCO World Heritage Site” tour is a great family vacation—time to swim, relax, get a tan, enjoy this gorgeous country and be awestruck every day!
To link to all UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Croatia:
then you will see each site below, and just click for more information!
Croatia UNESCO World Heritage Sites
- Historical Complex of Split with the Palace of Diocletian (1979)
- Old City of Dubrovnik (1979, 1994)
- Plitvice Lakes National Park (1979, 2000)
- Episcopal Complex of the Euphrasian Basilica in the Historic Centre of Poreč (1997)
- Historic City of Trogir (1997)
- The Cathedral of St James in Šibenik (2000)
- Stari Grad Plain Hvar Island (2008)