DOZ Issue 41 March 2019 - Page 9

Currency: Croatian Kuna. Visa: You will need a valid passport or if you are from Europe, a valid ID card. No visa is required if you are going to stay for a short stay to visit the country and you are not interested in staying for longer to study or work there. beaches are also found in Pasman, along the coast of the Zadar Riviera, near Pula. But the real spectacle is the rocky beaches whether it is rocks with deep sea or stretches of white pebbles: do not miss the Kamenjak Park near Pula, favorite destination for divers, the Dugi Otok Stene, Rovinj and then the spectacular stones of Dubrovnik, the Makarska Riviera and the shingle of the island of Brac. Visit one of its national parks: Croatia’s national parks are the perfect place to reconnect with nature and explore some hidden natural gems like waterfalls, unique scenarios and relax. Explore the historical cities: In Croatia there are 7 UNESCO protected sites that document the rich and turbulent past of this region, between Roman and Byzantine conquests and a lively artistic Renaissance. Among the places to visit there are, in addition to the Plitvice National Park, The Diocletian Palace complex in Split, the city of Dubrovnik with its white walls, and the Episcopal complex of the Basilica of St. Euphrasius in Porec. There is also, the historical center of Trogir, the cathedral of St. James in Sibenik and the plain of Stari Grad on the island Hvar. Have a sports adventure: For adrenaline lovers, there are several possibilities: rent a jet ski and allow yourself to evolve on the water’s surface. Practice bungee jumping from one of the country’s breathtaking bridges, practice windsurfing, and kite-surfing or try rafting on the river Cetina, on the Kupa, on the Krka. Even kayaking in Croatia can give great satisfaction, whether it is practiced at sea, discovering the bays, or being practiced on one of the turbulent rivers of the region. Culture: Fully immersing yourself into Croatian culture is a must and, eating like you used to do at home, it’s a bit sad! Especially when you have first-class fish and seafood, fresh vegetable garden vegetables, excellent meat dishes and the chance to experiment, to taste, to be adventurous and create your optimal menu! You should try the Dalmatian ham, the salted anchovies, the island Pag cheese, the fantastic local olive oil, but also the honey, the home- made grappa, the dried figs that you will surely have seen to dry out at the sun (and that combined with honey and nuts are a wonder!) and a range of sweets fit for a king! Conclusion: A trip to Croatia is fantastic to enjoy all the incredible highlights this beautiful country has to offer between history and nature for a trip to remember. 9 DOZ Magazine | March 2019