Located in the heart of the Peljesac Peninsula, Ston is a well-preserved town that is famous for its salt works and seafood. The town is surrounded by ancient stone walls that are much longer than the protective structure that encircles the city of Dubrovnik. It’s a fact that Ston’s 14th century defensive walls are the longest in all of Europe! The salt works of Ston were established in the 13th century and still produce salt in the traditional way. During the summer you can have a go at harvesting. To dine on the Catch of the Day oysters and mussels, visit the quaint village of Mali Ston, which is linked to Ston by the historic Walls of Ston.
Stari Grad, Hvar
Hvar Island’s Stari Grad was originally founded by the ancient Greeks and is one of Europe’s oldest towns. The charming pedestrian-only town was once the island’s capital and features a stunning protected bay. There are no crowded beaches or streets packed with cafes, shops and restaurants here. Instead you can meander through the peaceful ancient streets and squares and discover hidden gems at your own pace. Visit the Stari Grad Museum and admire the collection of historic archaeological artefacts that date back to the 5th-8th centuries BC. St Stephen’s Church, and its separate bell tower, is another popular local attraction to add to your sightseeing itinerary.
Founded over 1000 years ago, Šibenik is affectionately known as the gateway to the Kornati Islands, and the national parks of Krka and Kornati. The Dalmatia city boasts many fine examples of historic landmarks and distinctive architecture, and also stunning views from its beautiful bay. St James’ Cathedral is one of the largest Gothic-Renaissance cathedrals in the region, and is made entirely from the iconic white stone that is quarried on neighbouring Korčula and Brač islands. Visit the enchanting Medieval Monastery Mediterranean Garden to admire the award-winning formal garden layout designed by landscape artist Dragutin Kis. Wander through the narrow backstreets and alleyways to discover hidden gems like the 17th century Rector’s Palace, which is now home to the Šibenik City Museum. From the top of St Michael’s Fortress you can enjoy fabulous panoramic vistas of the ancient city and Krk River.
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