CNN recommends autumnal cruise along Dalmatian coast

ZAGREB, 19.9.2010.
The American global television network CNN has recommended an autumnal cruise along Croatia's Dalmatian coast in its monthly sailing programme "MainSail", aired this past week.

"For visitors looking for a more quiet time, Fall, after the summer crowds have left and the weather remains warm, is when the Dalmatian coast really comes into its own," CNN said, offering a five-day itinerary from "historically beguiling Split and fashionable Hvar, to the picturesque island of Korcula and the inimitable walled city of Dubrovnik."

"Hollywood stars Sean Connery, Gwyneth Paltrow and Pierce Brosnan have all professed their love for the region, while Clint Eastwood and Sharon Stone are said to have sought their own private islands there."

MainSail praised the Croatian coast for its medieval stone towns, Roman ruins, picturesque ports and crystal clear waters which "attract a bevy of superyachts to its shoreline during the summer months -- as well as a growing number of international tourists."

Describing the destinations on its itinerary, CNN singled out Split's Roman and Renaissance-era monuments, and an array of modern cultural events, including the Split Film Festival in mid-September.

Hvar was described as a "jet-set haven" and "Croatia's answer to Saint-Tropez", and Korcula as an intriguing island said to be the birthplace of 14th century adventurer Marco Polo.

MainSail recommended a visit to Bishop's Treasury of Korcula, which houses a remarkable collection of fine and sacral art by Renaissance artists from both Croatia and Italy, including sketches by Raphael, and the Moreska dance -- an ornate display involving two groups of dancers engaged in a mock battle over the fate of a young veiled woman.

The itinerary also included a visit to the island of Mljet, with its National Park "awash with clear lakes, quiet beaches and colorful cycling paths".

The journey ends at the walled city of Dubrovnik. "With its baroque churches, ornate palaces and winding cobbled streets, this UNESCO World Heritage site is considered to be one of the most exquisite historical cities in Europe -- earning it the nickname 'Pearl of the Adriatic'."

Noting Dubrovnik's distinctive charm in September, CNN recommended a walk along the top of the city walls, the Julian Rachlin and Friends music festival or Le Petit Festival de Theatre. (Hina)