20 Facts you didn't know about the Adriatic Coast
1) The Adriatic coast covers the area of 138.600 km2 with maximum width of 200 km and length of about 770km.
2) The Adriatic coast runs mostly along Croatia and Italy, but also lesser parts belong to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania and Slovenia
3) The Adriatic Sea In languages of countries that share the Adriatic Sea:
- Croatian: Jadransko more
- Italian: Mare Adriatico
- Albanian: Deti Adriatik
- Slovenian: Jadransko morje
4) The Adriatic Sea is a part of the Mediterranean Sea, the intercontinental sea connected to the Atlantic Ocean, and located between Europe, Africa and Asia.
5) The Adriatic Sea is calm and clear, offering number of peaceful ports in some of the most magnificent towns of Europe.
6) The Croatian side of the Adriatic coast, consists over thousand islands, islets, rocks and rocks awash altogether.
7) The largest Croatian islands in the Adriatic Sea are Cres and Krk, the smallest is Smokvica Vela, while the highest peak of Adriatic Sea is located on the Island of Brač.
8) There are few islands and areas that are of volcanic origin, those are the islands Jabuka and Brusnik, and the area of town called Komiža on the Island of Vis.
9) In the Adriatic Sea, there is a Croatian island in the shape of heart, the Island of Galešnjak, also known as the Island of Love of the Lover's Island.
10) With number of major rivers joining the Adriatic Sea and their fresh water discharge, the Adriatic's salinity is lower than the salinity of the Mediterranean Sea.
11) Since the Adriatic Sea is so calm, in the last 600 years only fifteen tsunamis have occurred in this area.
12) The sunniest islands of the Croatian coast are islands of Korčula and Hvar, with over 2,700 hours of sunshine recorded over a year.
13) On the Island of Brač, there is the most famous beach in Croatia called Zlatni Rat, which is known for changing its shape depending on the wind and sea currents.
14) The most endangered sea mammal in the world, the Mediterranean monk seal, has been seen several times since 2003 around Croatian Island of Biševo and Opatija.
15) There are numerous different rare species of animals to be found along the Adriatic coast, such as bottlenose dolphins which are frequent visitors around the islands Mali Lošinj and Veli Lošinj.
16) The most popular tv show in the world, Game of Thrones, was filmed in numerous locations in Croatia, the most popular of them being Dubrovnik and Split.
17) In Split’s Diocletian Palace, there is a genuine Egyptian sphinx at the entrance of the Cathedral of St. Domnius, which was formed from an Imperial Roman mausoleum dating back to 4th century.
18) According to Alfred Hitchcock, Zadar is a home to the most beautiful sunset in the world. In Zadar, there can also be found a unique piece of art, world's first sea organ that uses wind and waves to create powerful, beautiful and hypnotizing sounds.
19) The Croatian town Pula is another Adriatic's gem, holding the only remaining Roman amphitheatre that has all four side towers and all three Roman architectural orders completely preserved. It is one of the six largest surviving Roman arenas in the world.
20) The winds of Adriatic are called the bura (the northern wind), that brings cold and dry weather, and the jugo (southern wind), bringing warm and wet weather, prevailing in the winter period. In the summertime, mostly blows the wind maestral, calm and refreshing summer wind that is blowing from the sea onto the land.