The mountains emerging from the sea and the nature parks, the scattered islands rich in gentle bays, the hidden beaches, the viewpoints and glades, the river canyons, underground caves and natural phenomena can be found in every part of our region.
One of the oldest olive trees in the world can be found in Kaštel Štafilić and is more than 1500 years old! Unavoidable are the Botanical Garden and Bible Garden in Kaštel Lukšić, the Pantan swamp with its mill near Trogir, the Marjan Park Forest in Split, the Vranjača cave, the Stiniva cove on Vis, the Paklinski Islands in front of Hvar, the Cetina river canyon near Omiš. These are just some of the beauties worth visiting.
– Biokovo Nature Park is a unique natural phenomenon that extends over approximately 200 square kilometres of a mountain which long ago was said to have its legs in the sea and its forehead in the lightning. 87 churches and chapels were built in the Biokovo karst whilst the mountain itself has more than 400 pits and caves, some of which are always filled with snow and ice. The highest peak of the nature park is Sveti Jure with its 1762 metres above sea level, while it is the highest peak of the Biokovo mountain range and the third highest peak in Croatia.
– Kotišina Botanical garden on Biokovo, at an altitude of 350 to 500 metres is an integral part of the Biokovo Nature Park. The garden is designed as a “fenced-in part of nature”, where the natural vegetation forms with their autochthonous flora and Proslap canyon with its waterfall of the same name can be preserved. The area is dry most of the year and only comes to life during heavy rains.
– The Blue cave on the islet of Biševo is a natural phenomenon with two openings. A small boat with passengers can get through one of them, whilst the other is 6 metres deep and the sun’s rays of bluish-silver reflection shine through it to the rocks of the cave, making it a worldwide attraction.
– The Red Lake near Imotski is a karst pit filled with water, and according to some data, is perhahps the deepest lake in Europe (281m), created by the collapse of a vault above the pit.
– The Blue Lake is one of the most beautiful karst lakes in Croatia, situated at the very edge of the town of Imotski. The people gave it its name because of the blue colour of its water.
– The Golden Horn beach in Bol on Brač is a cape that extends 400 metres into the sea whilst the peak of the Golden Horn constantly changes its shape depending on the waves and sea currents.
– Stiniva beach on Vis is a protected natural monument. Created in the past, probably due to the collapse of the ceiling of the cave, it has a unique shape and crystal-clear sea. It can be reached either by boat or on foot, along a very steep goat’s path.
One of the oldest olive trees in the world
– dive into history and touch, according to legend, one of the oldest olive trees in the world, that has been living in Kaštel Štafilić for more than 1500 years old! For lovers of nature and authentic beauties, nearby you can find the Botanical Garden and Bible Garden in Kaštel Lukšić, the Pantan swamp with its mill near Trogir, the Marjan Park Forest in Split and the magnificent canyon of the river Cetina near Omiš.
The most beautiful Dalmatian cove
– The underground Vranjača cove is the most beautiful cave in Dalmatia equipped for tourists and situated in the settlement of Kotlenice, just 10 minutes’ drive from Dugopolje. The cave consists of two parts. From the first entrance hall you come through a small natural corridor into a space full of dripstone decorations of various shapes and colours. Vranjača is one of the most beautiful pearls of nature in the karst region and is a protected geomorphologic nature monument with an entire forest of stalactites nestled along a petrified waterfall.
Legend has it that the source of the underground river Betina in the village of Kokorići near Vrgorac has been given aphrodisiac properties. It’s worth checking out!
The most peaceful island of the Mediterranean
The island of Šćedro is said to be the most peaceful island of the Mediterranean, of fierce scenery and untouched nature, vineyards and olive groves that descend into the bays.
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