Be sure to visit
SPLIT (25 km from Villa Natalie)
Split is the main urban, cultural and transport center of Dalmatia. Split is a 1700 year old city and is included in the UNESCO list of world heritage sites because of its numerous archaeological, historical and cultural monuments, especially Diocletian’s palace, which is the center of the city. It has all the attractiveness and wealth of a modern Mediterranean city and it lives in a slow rhythm which is very easy to get used to. The first citizen of Split was Emperor Diocletian who had the famous Diocletian’s palace built, by which we recognize the city today. Apart from the palace, there are also many other historical monuments in Split, such as the Iron Gate (this is the only gate through which life passed for 17 centuries), Golden Gate (Emperor Diocletian entered through this gate on June 1st, 305), Silver Gate (less decorated than the Golden Gate, its multilayered history was crowned by the passing of Pope Wojtila through it in his popemobile), Brass Gate (completely different from the other three gates, secured seaside escape in case of attack on the palace), Cathedral of St. Duje (cathedral is located in the oldest building in Europe - Diocletian’s mausoleum), main court (meant for appearances of Diocletian where his people would bow to him and kiss the hem of his cape), basements (the best maintained ancient complex meant for raising the level of the Emperors apartment), vestibule (empire’s foyer), Benedictine Monastery of St. Euphemia (first pre – Romanic church ever built along the walls of the palace in the 11th century), Chapel of St. Martin above the Golden Gate, late Antiquity church of St. Theodore above the Iron Gate and many other cultural monuments.
MAKARSKA (35 km from Villa Natalie)
Makarska is one of the most popular tourist destinations of the Croatian coast which is attractive because of its natural and climate characteristics and diverse tourist offering. It is one of the most beautiful pearls of the Adriatic and is the center of the region better known as Makarska Rivijera. It is settled at the bottom of Biokovo Mountain and is comprised of a Mediterranean – style old town and a newer part with hotels, restaurants, shops and others. The first known inhabitants of Makarska were the Illyrians. The first proof of the ancient settlement Inariona dates back to the first half of the 4th century. In the official records of the Salona Parliament of the year 533, Mucurum is mentioned as a town where a diocese was formed. This city has gone through a long history and resisted many conquerors, making it one of the most beautiful destinations of the Adriatic. This city has several historical monuments and museums. If you wish to get better acquainted with its history, you can visit the Franciscan monastery (houses a pinacotheca, library, unique Malacological museum and the “Mountain and Sea Institute”), churches of St. Mark, St. Peter and St. Philip, city museum and others. The multiple kilometer long beaches are well known for their clean sand, quiet of the pine tree woods and clear sea. One of them is home of the well known “Buba” beach bar which is a favorite destination for party-goers and where you will always encounter an upbeat atmosphere and lots of young people. The younger generations can also find entertainment in the following bars and clubs: “Art Caffe”, “Deep” (currently the most popular summer outing), “Marineta”, “West”, “Petar Pan”, “Escape” and others. For those who do not feel the desire to party until the dawn, can enjoy the Makarska Cultural Summer which offers plays, classical and popular music concerts, Dalmatian choir concerts, exhibits in galleries and museums, poetry readings, folklore performances, Fishermen’s Evening, summer carnival and the evenings of Kalelarga.
KRKA NATIONAL PARK (100 km from Villa Natalie)
The lakes of this Karst beauty, River Krka, are peaceful and silent while its numerous cascades are blaringly loud and playful.. The beauty and diversity of this river resembles a magnificent orchestral symphony under the direction of the Creator himself. For thousands of years Krka has obstinately hollowed out its path through rock and has created its remarkable waterfalls.
The peculiar travertine cascades of its waterfalls are extremely rare in the world. In the year 1985 its remarkable beauty was recognized and placed under protection proclaiming the 46 kilometres of the Krka River flow which occupy 111 square kilometres a national park.
MEĐUGORJE - SHRINE (120 km from Villa Natalie) - If you are looking for spiritual encouragement, we offer you the memorable experience of Međugorje, world-renowned place of pilgrimage, situated 120 km away from Krilo Jesenice in the federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and very close to Croatian border.
Međugorje is a unique experience in the modern world. In the past 20 years, it has attracted around 20 million pilgrims from all over the world.Here, they find their peace of mind again and their humanity and they get back in touch with God again. They witness truth, love and peace.