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London, United Kingdom, 10th of November, 2019 – Croatia is a destination that is on every traveller’s bucket list and is quickly becoming one of the top vacation destinations in Europe. Beyond the medieval streets of Dubrovnik and the sun-kissed beaches of Split, there are numerous quirky cities just waiting to be explored. From the smallest city in the world and the oldest town in Europe, to the lowest island in the Adriatic and the oldest cathedral in the world, Croatia is home to rich, unique and fascinating heritage which makes it an ideal destination for those looking to explore off the beaten track.

Hum: The smallest town in the world

Located in the heart of Istria in the municipality of Buzet, Hum is the smallest town in the world, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, and it is really quite unusual. Here visitors will experience something very different, as Hum is without large buildings, traffic or busy streets. Rather, it is a quaint and petite portion of paradise where travellers can wander the streets and absorb the rich history of this untouched and unmodernised city. Perched at the top of an Istrian Hill, it is enclosed by city walls where there are only seventeen inhabitants, two streets, two churches and one small tavern where visitors can sample the local biska, a Croatian brandy based on a recipe that is centuries old. Even the route to enter the city is fascinating, as tourists can travel through the Glagolitic Alley, a road between Roč and Hum, along which impressive stone monuments are located in the surrounding fields. For those who crave city experiences, but are tired of the hustle and bustle, this is the ideal place to gain a snapshot of Croatian culture that has remained static for hundreds of years.

St Nicholas Fortress: Unlock secrets to a historic Croatian defence system

This unusual island fortress is part of the Venetian Defensive System and has recently been inscribed on the list of World Heritage Sites, making it a must visit for any culture vulture. This impressive fortress was built in the 16th century to protect the town from attacks from the Ottoman Turks, and with its unique and sturdy structure, it became the strongest fort on the Croatian coast. Jutted out to sea, St Nicholas’ fortress makes for an incredible view where travellers can envision it to be busy and bustling with Croatian soldiers waiting for battle. Located in Sibenik, this is a wonderful place to visit for anyone interested in seeing one of Croatia’s grandest pieces of architecture.  

Vinkovci: The oldest Croatian and European city

Nestled along the Bosut River, Vinkovci has been inhabited by locals for 8,300 years and continues to remain a home to many. This city is highly aesthetic, with an array of buildings that are different and quirky colours, making it a wonderful place for tourists to get that perfect Instagram shot. Travellers can delve into the city’s history and heritage as archaeological exploration has shown there to be traces of an older phase of the Starčevo culture from the 7th century BC. Vinkovci is also home to an annual cultural and economic event called “Vinkovci Autumn” which has been occurring for over three decades in the month of September. This festival brings together all those who are lovers of cultural heritage, dialects and old customs, and is highly important to Croatia.

Krapanj: The Croatian Venice

Only 300 metres adrift from mainland Croatia, Krapanj is the lowest island in the Adriatic, set in the Šibenik archipelago. The highest point on the island is a mere 1.25 metres, making it the perfect destination to explore on foot, while discovering everything this ancient island paradise has to offer. Lovers of island life can lose themselves as they amble along the stone streets lined with houses that look like they belong on a film set, or explore a forest that is centuries old. Historically, the island was originally famous for sponge making, and the Krapanj sponges are highly valued all over the world. This idyllic island should definitely be on the bucket list for those who crave the island lifestyle.

The Cathedral of St. Domnius: The oldest cathedral in the world

Dating all the way back to the 4th century, The St Domnius Cathedral, also known as the Cathedral of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, is rich with both history and beauty. Located in the Diocletian’s Palace, it has a towering gothic bell tower, where visitors can climb the hundreds of steps and feast their eyes on breath-taking views over Split city. Travellers who stop by in May can also experience the Flower Festival which is held in the Diolectian Palace’s substructures, making it a fabulous opportunity for flower fans to visit the cathedral and treat themselves to the finest Croatian flowers. Not only is Split a city with ample to offer in terms of adventure, gastronomy and glorious beaches, being home to the oldest cathedral in the world means it certainly isn’t short of culture either.

For further information please visit the Croatian National Tourist Board website: