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Croatia, officially the Republic of Croatia, is a sovereign state at the crossroads of Central Europe, Southeast Europe, and the Mediterranean. Its capital city is Zagreb, which forms one of the country's primary subdivisions, along with its twenty counties. The region was settled by Liburnians and Illyrians, while the first Greek colonies were established on the islands of Korčula, Hvar and Vis. In 9 AD the territory of today's Croatia became part of the Roman Empire. Emperor Diocletian built a large palace in Split when he retired in AD 305.

During the 5th century, one of the last Emperors of the Western Roman Empire, Julius Nepos, ruled his small empire from the palace. The period ends with Avar and Croat invasions in the first half of the 7th century and destruction of almost all Roman towns. Roman survivors retreated to more favourable sites on the coast, islands and mountains. The city of Dubrovnik was founded by such survivors from Epidaurum.

In addition to the content articles, we publish blogs on many topics. Follow the links indicated. Please click here to our theme-related blog articles with more pictures about our explorations to Croatia.

The ancient amphitheatre of Salona
Boat tour on Cetina River next to Omis
New contacts in Shkoder, Omis and Salona
Arrival at Omis and first exploration hike
Exploration hike Omis - reverse trail
Adventure on the Zip Line high above Cetina River
New archaeological concepts in Siculi
Narona - Roman colony and trading town at Neretva River
Hike to the medivial fortress of Starigrad
Descent from Starigrad passing old stone houses

Archaeological Excavations of the settlement of Siculi in 2015

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Archaeological Excavations of the settlement of Siculi in 2015

We had learned and appreciated Robert and his team as part of our project journey "A journey of Intimacy and Culture along the Roman Roads" and within his conception to the creation of a truly genuine archaeological cultural tourism so far hardly explored environment in cooperation with the competent authorities, organizations, museums and archaeologists as new perspective for obtaining cultural property that can really create new ways.

Excavations in Siculi - Magna Grecia Part 2

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Excavations in Siculi - Magna Grecia Part 2

For several days, we now dwell in the region around the ancient Salona, take part in the archaeological excavations in Siculi, a first excavation carried out with archeology tourists within an excavation project, which we will continue to support.

Porta Caesarea - a city gate of Salona

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Porta Caesarea - a city gate of Salona

During our second visit to Solin we were again visiting the ancient ruins of Salona near Split together with Robi, this time our main focus was directed to Porta Caesarea and to the still existing parts of the Roman Road in front of the remains of the city gate including the Roman bridge.

On the road through the former Republic of Poljica for Omiš

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Republic of Poljica for Omiš

For traffic reasons Robi had chosen the route through the Valley of Poljica to Omiš, just to escape from the tourist traffic at the coast. The valley runs almost parallel to the coastline of the Adriatic, is predominantly used agricultural until today and slowly arises outdoor tourism, although offering interesting mountains and forests for hiking and mountain biking.

Rafting adventure on river Cetina at Radmanove Mlinice

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Rafting adventure on the river Cetina close to Radmanove Mlinice

After a few hiking tours, it was now time to relax a little and even enjoy the pleasure of "daily" life: we wanted to participate in one of the well known rafting tours on Cetina river. We probably do not need to tell anyone of our readers what is going to happen during this so much popularized recreational sport, if, at all, the customer / us usually uses wild water of different levels of difficulty.

Impressions from Croatia - Jesenice and Dugi Rat

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Impressions from Croatia - Jesenice and Dugi Rat

What in the high season between Omis and Split on the coastal highway 8 creates lot of stress for traffic, is now in early autumn quite enjoyable because of silence and serenity: small idyllic coastal villages such as Jenice and Dugi Rat lined up like pearls on a string.

Sinkholes - Red and Blue Lake next to Imotski

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Sinkholes - Red and Blue Lake next to Imotski

As an extremely interesting day trip destination Željka from Camp Galep had recommended a tour to the sinkholes at Imotski, probably among the most impressive, geological natural sites in the world.

Tomb stones - Stecci at the wayside of Imotski

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Tomb stones - Stecci at the wayside of Imotski

We were coming back from Imotski on the way for camping in Omis on the open fields when we met a collection of stones that immediately took all of our interest.

Another day trip to Imotski Dolines

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Another day trip to Imotski Dolines

During our first stay to visit the two sinkholes in Imotzki we had not found the time to concern ourselves with the place itself.

Narona - Roman colony and trading town on the Neretva

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Narona - Roman colony and trading town on the Neretva

Again and again you meet interesting people on the go, so there was now again an encounter that resulted in a joint trip to the ancient Roman Narona, a former colony and trading town in Dalmatia.

Day trip to Vid - Roman trading post Narona

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Day trip to Vid - Roman trading post Narona

Once again we were on the road to follow some directions to places of interest. Coming from Omis along the coast, we first wanted to visit the newly built museum at the ancient Roman market town Narona, as well as the village Vid itself, which has arisen on the ruins after leaving the trading venue Narona.

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