See yourself as a connoisseur of Croatia? Holidays there starting to become slightly repetitive? All of us at Prestige love nothing more than discovering the lesser-known gems of a seemingly familiar destination; surely that anticipation of exploring new places is what makes travel so appealing in the first place. So here’s our guide to three UNESCO World Heritage Sites which, despite their standing and eminent beauty, have still yet to draw in the crowds of Split and Dubrovnik.
ŠibenikThe Cathedral of St James in the medieval city of Šibenik is one of the country’s most attractive sites, a view shared by a couple who had been there recently with Prestige – they told me it deserves to become a firm fixture in all Croatia holidays. Both externally and internally, the cathedral astounds. The barrelled roof and cupola, held together in breath-taking fashion by interlocking stone slabs, dominate the skyline of the Old Town, while within lie medieval and Renaissance treasures, such as the 71 stone head sculptures that line the walls. For a contrast, we also recommend visiting the Medieval Mediterranean Garden at the St Lawrence Monastery: its orderly rows of medicinal plants and herbs are arranged in the shape of a cross.PorecReminders of Roman rule in the region remain visible to this day, and no more so than in the town of Porec. Walk around Marafor Square, and you’ll notice the preserved pavement of the old Roman forum as well as the remains of temples to Mars and Neptune.