Besides beautiful sea and cities rich with history, Croatia also boasts 7 cultural and 1 natural location inscribed in the UNESCO heritage site list. First UNESCO listed sites from Croatia were added in 1979 and the latest one in 2016. Below is the list of UNESCO heritage sites in Croatia and you’ll surely visit at least one during your stay in Croatia!
Episcopal Complex of the Euphrasian Basilica in the Historic Centre of Poreč (added to the list in 1997)
The group of religious monuments in Porec, where Christianity was established as early as the 4th century, constitutes the most complete surviving complex of its type. The basilica, atrium, baptistery and episcopal palace are outstanding examples of religious architecture, while the basilica itself combines classical and Byzantine elements in an exceptional manner.
Historic City of Trogir (added to the list in 1997)
Trogir is a remarkable example of urban continuity. The orthogonal street plan of this island settlement dates back to the Hellenistic period and it was embellished by successive rulers with many fine public and domestic buildings and fortifications. Its beautiful Romanesque churches are complemented by the outstanding Renaissance and Baroque buildings from the Venetian period.
Historical Complex of Split with the Palace of Diocletian (added to the list in 1979)
The ruins of Diocletian’s Palace, built between the late 3rd and the early 4th centuries A.D., can be found throughout the city. The cathedral was built in the Middle Ages, reusing materials from the ancient mausoleum. Twelfth- and 13th-century Romanesque churches, medieval fortifications, 15th-century Gothic palaces and other palaces in Renaissance and Baroque style make up the rest of the protected area.
Old City of Dubrovnik (added to the list in 1979)
The ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’, situated on the Dalmatian coast, became an important Mediterranean Sea power from the 13th century onwards. Although severely damaged by an earthquake in 1667, Dubrovnik managed to preserve its beautiful Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque churches, monasteries, palaces and fountains.
Stari Grad Plain, Hvar Island (added to the list in 2008)
Stari Grad Plain is a cultural landscape that has remained practically intact since it was first colonized by Ionian Greeks from Paros in the 4th century BC. The original agricultural activity of this fertile plain, mainly focusing on grapes and olives, has been maintained since Greek times to the present. The landscape features ancient stone walls and trims, or small stone shelters, and bears testimony to the ancient geometrical system of land division used by the ancient Greeks.
- Stari Grad Plain can be accessed from Hvar Town (30 min drive) or Split (2 hours’ ferry ride) – See our offers
Stećci Medieval Tombstones Graveyards (added to the list in 2016)
This serial property combines 28 sites, spread across 4 countries, the 2 of them that are located in Croatia are in Cista Velika and Dubravka villages. The cemeteries, which date from the 12th to 16th centuries CE, are laid out in rows, as was the common custom in Europe from the Middle Ages. The stećci are mostly carved from limestone. They feature a wide range of decorative motifs and inscriptions that represent iconographic continuities within medieval Europe as well as locally distinctive traditions.
- This UNESCO site(s) can be accessed from Split (Velika and Mala Crljivica, Cista Velika, < 1hr drive) and Dubrovnik (St Barbara church, Dubravka, <1 hr drive) – See our offers from Split and Dubrovnik
The Cathedral of St James in Šibenik (added to the list 2000)
The Cathedral of St James in Šibenik (1431-1535), built by three architects who succeeded one another in the construction of the Cathedral – Francesco di Giacomo, Georgius Mathei Dalmaticus and Niccolò di Giovanni Fiorentino – developed a structure built entirely from stone and using unique construction techniques for the vaulting and the dome of the Cathedral. The form and the decorative elements of the Cathedral, such as a remarkable frieze decorated with 71 sculptured faces of men, women, and children, also illustrate the successful fusion of Gothic and Renaissance art.
- Šibenik can be accessed from Split in combination with a visit to Krka National Park and Waterfalls – See our offers
Plitvice Lakes National Park (added to the list in 1979)
The waters flowing over the limestone and chalk have, over thousands of years, deposited travertine barriers, creating natural dams which in turn have created a series of beautiful lakes, caves and waterfalls. These geological processes continue today. The forests in the park are home to bears, wolves and many rare bird species.
- Plitvice lakes can be accessed from Split or Zagreb. Visit to Plitvice Lakes is included in some of our packages – See our offers
Unforgettable Croatia offer tailor-made twin-centre holidays in Split and Dubrovnik and we also organise a wide range of day trips to various national parks and towns. Speak to one of our Croatia experts about your next holiday on 0208 004 2345.