EXCURSIONS - Be sure to visit
SPLIT (8 km from the Villa Kamelija) - is the main urban, cultural and transport center of Dalmatia. Split is a 1700 year old city and is included in the UNESCO list of world heritage sites because of its numerous archaeological, historical and cultural monuments, especially Diocletian’s palace, which is the center of the city. It has all the attractiveness and wealth of a modern Mediterranean city and it lives in a slow rhythm which is very easy to get used to. The first citizen of Split was Emperor Diocletian who had the famous Diocletian’s palace built, by which we recognize the city today. Apart from the palace, there are also many other historical monuments in Split, such as the Iron Gate (this is the only gate through which life passed for 17 centuries), Golden Gate (Emperor Diocletian entered through this gate on June 1st, 305), Silver Gate (less decorated than the Golden Gate, its multilayered history was crowned by the passing of Pope Wojtila through it in his popemobile), Brass Gate (completely different from the other three gates, secured seaside escape in case of attack on the palace), Cathedral of St. Duje (cathedral is located in the oldest building in Europe - Diocletian’s mausoleum), main court (meant for appearances of Diocletian where his people would bow to him and kiss the hem of his cape), basements (the best maintained ancient complex meant for raising the level of the Emperors apartment), vestibule (empire’s foyer), Benedictine Monastery of St. Euphemia (first pre – Romanic church ever built along the walls of the palace in the 11th century), Chapel of St. Martin above the Golden Gate, late Antiquity church of St. Theodore above the Iron Gate and many other cultural monuments.
SOLIN (10 km from the Villa Kamelija) - Solin, the cradle of ancient and early Croatian history is located on the Jadro River, also known as the Croatian Jordan. It is the town with the youngest population in Croatia and rich cultural and natural heritage. All of this makes it an attractive tourist destination.
The oldest Marian shrine in Croatia, established by the Queen Jelena more than a thousand years ago, is located in Solin. Its church holds her tombstone and was visited by the Holy Father, Pope John Paul II, in 1998. The ancient Salona lies in the heart of Solin and was once the capital of the Roman province of Dalmatia.
It is the largest archaeological park in Croatia, whose size is attested by the monumental ramparts with towers and gates, a forum with temples, an amphitheater and cemeteries with Salonian martyrs (Manastirine, Kapljuč, Marusinac). Salona was a town with over 60 000 inhabitants and, according to the legend, the birthplace of Emperor Diocletian.
Apart from Salona, your hosts will be happy to show you the remnants of ruins from the era of the Turks, as well as the Gašpine mill from the 18th century where visitors can enjoy a tour of the mill, see old tools and the so-called Hollow Church. It is the coronation basilica of King Zvonimir, where he was crowned in 1076 as the King of Croatia and Dalmatia. Furthermore, Solin has the largest marine aquarium in Croatia situated on the Vranjic peninsula. (www.aquariumsplit.com)
KLIS (19 km from the Villa Kamelija) -The hill of Klis is a connection between the Mount Mosor to the east and Kozjak to the west. Over history it has been a target for many nations, from the Illyrians and the Venetians to the Ottomans who considered it the port of Dalmatia, an open path towards old Salona and Split. At the peak of this hill a village was built which the Ottomans later fortified. The well known Klis fortress is not only a symbol of the village but also of the resistance of united Dalmatians in their fight against the Ottomans. Today too Klis represents a link between the sea and Zagora as both the old and the new roads leading towards the Croatian hinterland pass through here.
TROGIR (30 km from the Villa Kamelija) - Trogir is situated in Central Dalmatia, along the Adriatic coast. The nearness to the Split Airport (5 kilometres) and a fast connection to the motorway (only 15 kilometres) make Trogir with its surrounding ports and islands an inevitable stop during your visit to Dalmatia.
Its naturally protected harbour has become very popular among the yachtsmen from all over the world. There are numerous sights which can be visited within the distance of only hundred kilometres from Trogir, e.g. the towns of Dubrovnik, Šibenik and Zadar, as well as some of the Croatia’s most beautiful national parks.
Trogir was founded by the Greek colonists in the 3rd century BC. Throughout the history it was occupied by the Romans, the Byzantines, the Hungarians, the Venetians and Napoleon. Culture, humanism and architecture flourished here in the Middle Ages; bulwarks and a tower which were built at that time within the ancient town nucleus defined its outlines. Trogir is today on the UNESCO list of World Cultural Heritage as the best preserved Romanesque-Gothic town in Central Europe.
OMIŠ (15 km from the Villa Kamelija) -is a picturesque town with real Mediterranean atmosphere on the estuary of the river Cetina. It is town of Dalmatian Music Bands Festival (klapa) , a town governed by the Omiš Pirates for more than two centuries (from 1221-1444) and a town in the vicinity of which the ancient Republic of Poljica was developed – first of the kind in Europe.
Omiš is situated in the heart of Dalmatia, between the tourist centres Split and Makarska. Upon its wild and interasting history since Roman times and medieval unassailable fortress of the Omiš Pirats, it has become a tourist centre of the extremely beautiful Riviera.
During centuries the River Cetina on its 102 km long way to the sea cut a magnificent canyon. By its stentorian roaling it was bringing sttregth for running the mill wheels, finally its rest in contact with the sea.
Unusual adventures that are remembered for long time on one of the most beautifulrivers of Croatia have become the distinctive sport-adventurous and ecological synonym of the Omiš town, and at the same time innovation in the tourist offer of Dalmatia.
MAKARSKA (45 km from the Villa Kamelija) - is one of the most popular tourist destinations of the Croatian coast which is attractive because of its natural and climate characteristics and diverse tourist offering. It is one of the most beautiful pearls of the Adriatic and is the center of the region better known as Makarska Rivijera. It is settled at the bottom of Biokovo Mountain and is comprised of a Mediterranean – style old town and a newer part with hotels, restaurants, shops and others. The first known inhabitants of Makarska were the Illyrians. The first proof of the ancient settlement Inariona dates back to the first half of the 4th century. In the official records of the Salona Parliament of the year 533, Mucurum is mentioned as a town where a diocese was formed. This city has gone through a long history and resisted many conquerors, making it one of the most beautiful destinations of the Adriatic. This city has several historical monuments and museums. If you wish to get better acquainted with its history, you can visit the Franciscan monastery (houses a pinacotheca, library, unique Malacological museum and the “Mountain and Sea Institute”), churches of St. Mark, St. Peter and St. Philip, city museum and others.
Middle Dalmatian islands - Brac, Solta, Hvar and Vis belong to the Middle Dalmatian group of islands with a maritime lifestyle, while its history and cultural heritage goes way back to the antic times. These islands attract numerous tourists with their natural beauty and tourist offer. Check ferry to the island- www.jadrolinija.hr
The island of Brac is the largest Dalmatian island, third largest in Croatia. Brac I famous for its beautiful pebble beach Zlatni rat in Bol and is one of the most popular destinations on the Adriatic, especially for surfing and kite surfing. Besides Zlatni rat, you will be mesmerized by Vidova gora, desert Blaca, deep coves, olive groves, vineyards, pine tree forests and crystal clear sea. Brac stone is very famous in the world; it is taken from the Brac quarries and used to make the most luxurious houses of the world, including the White House in Washingotn.
The island of Hvar, the sunniest island in Croatia, is the favorite destination of celebrities all around the world because of its authenticity, preserved nature, quiet coves, clear sea and a rich gastronomy offer as well as entertainment. Hvar is considered to be one of the ten most beautiful islands of the world. Throughout history numerous churches have been built, as well as palaces and Villas rusticas. Vineyard tradition, olive groves and lavender fields have too been preserved. The island of Hvar is proud of its unique group of 20 small islands and reefs called Pakleni otoci (Hell islands).
Vis is one of the furthest islands, specific for is charming small places Komiza and Vis with old stone cores, small beaches and pine tree greenery. In the Komiza Fishing museum you can see traditional wooden boats with which the ancestors went fishing to far away destinations. Five nautical miles from the island of Vis, the island of Biseco with its Blue cave are located – a natural phenomenon which offers a special feeling of “glowing sea”.
Solta is an island ideal for quiet and family vacation. The main town on the Island is Grohote, but there are also other interesting places such as Necujam, Stomorska, Maslinica, Rogac, Grohote, Gornje Selo, Srednje Selo and Donje Selo. Numerous coves perfect for bathing, hundred years old olive groves and vineyards are just a part of what makes the island of Solta interesting.
The islands of Brac, Solta, Hvar and Vis, with their sea, natural beauties and authentic life on the island will make your vacation in Croatia unique and memorable.
KRKA NATIONAL PARK (90 km from the Villa Kamelija) -The lakes of this Karst beauty, River Krka, are peaceful and silent while its numerous cascades are blaringly loud and playful.. The beauty and diversity of this river resembles a magnificent orchestral symphony under the direction of the Creator himself. For thousands of years Krka has obstinately hollowed out its path through rock and has created its remarkable waterfalls.
The peculiar travertine cascades of its waterfalls are extremely rare in the world. In the year 1985 its remarkable beauty was recognized and placed under protection proclaiming the 46 kilometres of the Krka River flow which occupy 111 square kilometres a national park.
PLITVICE LAKES (280 km from the Villa Kamelija) - Plitvice Lakes National Park is one of the greatest natural wonders of Europe. Embraced by high wooded mountains, one beneath another lie sixteen beautiful lakes of crystal blue-green water.
Connected to each other by a series of foaming cascades and thundering waterfalls, the lakes are fed by many rivers and streams. Over the millennia, waters of these lakes have dissolved the limestone rock and carved out the valley in which they now lie. Through the process of sedimentation of calcium carbonate and the work of special kinds of algae and moss, tufa or travertine has been deposited, and is still deposited to form the natural dams that separate the lakes.
Since the process is going on today, just as it always has, new travertine barriers, curtains, stalactites, channels and cascades are being built and the existing ones are changing. As it is deposited, the tufa coasts the beds and banks of the lakes, giving the water sparkling beauty and petrifying trees and stones which fall into the lakes. The water keeps breaking through the travertine barriers at different places, so that the entire process of formation of lakes and dams is alive and very dynamic. This is,in fact, a continuous dynamic process of tufa formation, a unique, interesting natural phenomenon.
Nature’s construction work continues in undisturbed ecological conditions. Beside the lakes are some interesting caves in which remains of prehistoric settlements have been found. The National Park covers an area of 29482 hectares, of which 22308 hectares of forest, 217 of lakes and streams, and 6957 of meadow and farm land.
These forests, which in some places seem almost primeval, contain a wealth and variety of animal and plant life. There are deer, bears, wolves, wild boar, wildcats, small game and many kinds of birds. The waters have excellent trout. Hunting, fishing andswimming are not allowed.
There are two entrances to the National Park (Upper and Lower Lakes). On the panoramic map these are marked 1 and 2. Big notice boards at each entrance provide visitors with basic information concerning walking trails through the Park and the locations of viewpoints, car parks, hotels, post office, bus stops, first-aid posts, etc. The trails are also marked on the tickets that visitors buy when enter. All other information (accommodation, food, connections with the coast and the other part of Croatia, traffic information, etc) is provided by the Park staff in the information offices.
DUBROVNIK (200 km from the Villa Kamelija) -is one of the most attractive and well-known destinations in theMediterranean. The city is known worldwide for its cultural heritage and its remarkable beauty. It was added to UNESCO's World Heritage List more than 30 years ago. The many churches and sacred buildings, the city walls, fortresses and museums, fascinate every visitor with its exceptional historical value. Dubrovnik is a city with an incredibly rich tourist offer. Numerous pebble, stone and concrete beaches provide fun and comfort throughout the day and night. With such a variety of beaches everyone can find a spot for himself and for his taste. You can enjoy romantic hidden coves or the luxurious amenities of popular beaches. The most famous beaches is called Šunj, located on island of Lopud, the next is Banja, than Lapad bay and Copacabana. Sports lovers can enjoy swimming, horseback riding, water polo, fishing, sailing, tennis, diving and many other activities. Do not miss visiting Elaphite islands, Mljet National Park and Lokrum (island of love). Take a walk down the street in the evening and discover street singers, Dalmatianharmony-singing groups, minstrels and serenade singers, also visit the many nightclubs. Surrender to the rich cultural program of this city while you enjoy concerts, plays, various festivals and traditional Dubrovnik Summer Festival.
MEĐUGORJE (120 km from the Villa Kamelija) - If you are looking for spiritual encouragement, we offer you the memorable experience of Međugorje, world-renowned place of pilgrimage, situated 120 km away from Krilo Jesenice in the federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and very close to Croatian border.
Međugorje is a unique experience in the modern world. In the past 20 years, it has attracted around 20 million pilgrims from all over the world.Here, they find their peace of mind again and their humanity and they get back in touch with God again. They witness truth, love and peace.
MOSTAR - BiH (150 km frome the Villa Kamelija) - The town was developed on the basis of a small antique settlement, the bridge, its towers and today’s oldest parts of Mostar were build by the Turks during Ottoman empire.
A fortified settlement connected with bridge across the Neretva river was first described and documented in the 15th century.
Mostar was named after its bridge (word "most" = bridge) and two fortified towers on its sides known as "Bridge keepers" (Mostari) Helebija and Tara. The old bridge (“Stari Most”) was a true miracle of architecture of its time, today the bridge dominates above Neretva river from a height of twenty four meters, it is a four meters wide and thirty meters long. The arch of the bridge was made of local stone known as"Tenelija".