Tourism is a high contributor to Mediterranean economies, through the number of international and domestic tourists as well as through its positive or negative impacts on the environment and on civil societies. Tourism is at the heart of the Development/Environment issues in riparian countries, and more specifically as regards coastal areas.
This is demonstrated by the fact that, as early as 1970, over 58 million international tourists visited the Mediterranean riparian countries; their number increased to 153 million in 1990 and to 228 million in 2002. According to WTO and Plan Bleu forecasts, levels could reach 396 million by 2025.
Tarragona is an ancient Spanish town on the shores of the Mediterranean, about 56 miles (90 km) from Barcelona and 332 miles (534 km) from Madrid.
Krka, a river in Dalmatia, belongs to the county of Šibenik and Knin. It is limited by Knin-Zadar-Split triangle, whose main route goes through the towns of Knin-Drniš-Šibenik. River Krka springs at the foot of mountain Dinara, three and a half kilometres northeast of the town of Knin at the foot of 22 m high the Topoljski slap Falls, which is deafening in winter and dry in summer. It flows through very craggy part of Dalmatia and like a umbilical cord it closely connects Knin and Šibenik.
That magnificent river abounds in beauty of nature, scientific mysteries, important cultural and historic sights and ways of using its inexhaustible water sources in a rocky and, in summer, dry country.
Thanks to travertine barriers and the constant process of calcification, river Krka today, with its 7 travertine falls, represents a natural Karst phenomenon and in 1985 it was proclaimed National Park.
Kornati is a unique island group in the Mediterranean. The archipelago is situated among the islands of Žirije, Dugi otok and Pašman, and it was named after the biggest island, Kornat, which presents 64% of the total area of the Kornati archipelago.
You will nowhere find so many islands, capes, rocks, coves and bays like in Kornati. Kornati is always the same, yet so different in day and year changes. In the bottom of the sea there are many different shapes, rocks, grottas, tables, caves with red corals, pearly shells, snails and many different species. At the night moon reflection is melting like silver, all like in some fantastic world. Red sunrise is bathing the archipelago in golden and red tones, and strong midday sun creates an impression that the islands are floating between blue sea and blue sky. Sundown in thousands of colours of the sea and sky reminds the man of eternity.
The falcon centre is situated only eight kilometres from the centre of the city of Šibenik in the thick pine forest (Dubrava) and it represents the unique site where the visitors could grasp the mystery of falcons' life.
The pray birds have always impressed a man and hunting with a falcon is as old as the ancient cultures of our planet. The first resources dealing with falcon hunting were found in 5000 B.C. in China from where they spread to Europe across Persia and Middle East. The above mentioned skill flourished in Europe in the period of the Middle Ages. The invention of fire arms diminishes the importance of the falcon hunting. But due to the admirers of that activity the falcon hunting survives and nowadays it experiences a certain renaissance. We are proud to continue the tradition of this noble skill revealing to the visitors the secrets which a falcon master needs to know in order to live in harmony with the wild falcon's nature. For all of those visitors whose curiosity is not satisfied by just one visit, the Falcon centre offers various possibilities meant to get the visitors to know more about the pray birds and their environment.
Just a few kilometres from the beautiful coast, in the rocky mid-Dalmatian outback, you will discover a well-hidden group of some twenty scattered charming stone-built settlements, grouped into two villages named Primošten Burnji and Primošten Južni. Like a string of pearls laid by the river Bojana - the fountain of life for the entire area - these villages are surrounded by fields on which the peasant has for centuries fought one and the same battle with the arid soil to steal from it some grapes, olives, figs and almonds.
Draga, an ethno-village in Primošten Burnji, mentioned in several antique sources, has unique rural architecture and offers the peace of the rural atmosphere, lodgings, rest and ecologically grown food. It is also the site of the known Jurlinovi dvori (Jurlin’s mansion), an old, but rather well preserved farmhouse built in the 16th or the 17th century, and now protected by the state as architectural heritage, that holds an ethno-sacral collection of art, tools and other artefacts. Jurlinovi dvori actually are composed of several simple stone cottages set in circle, that have functions of a typical farm - kužina (kitchen), konoba (tavern, diner), sleeping house, chapel, rainwater tank, and in the centre of it all, under a brunac (a huge wine tree whose leaves have provided shade for the house-owners for two centuries), lies a table surrounded by stone benches.