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TOP 5 PLACES TO OWN

REAL ESTATE IN CROATIA

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At First Property Croatia, we believe that life is a mosaic of choices. From our point of view, choosing a place to live or to spend holidays with your family and friends plays an enormous role in overall quality of life, because not all places are the same. With its enchanting natural beauty, abundance of historical and cultural monuments, vibrant, beautiful cities and pleasurable lifestyle, Croatia is one of the few places in the world where all of this beauty can be experienced in such a small territory. If you realized that Croatia is the place you want to spend holidays or the rest of your life, or you just want to enjoy healthier, wealthier life, we will be happy to help you settle in your new home.

We present you the top 5 places to own real estate in Croatia: 1) Dubrovnik The most beautiful city in the world. Pearl of the Mediterranean. Living monument. Dalmatian jewel…the list goes on. Of course, all of these are descriptions of Dubrovnik. By most widely accepted theory, Dubrovnik (lat. Ragusa) was founded in in 7th century when the ancient people of Latins fled before the invasion of Avars and Slavs in the rock Laus (Laus → Lausium → Rausium → Ragusium → Ragusa). Later those Slavs built a village on the southern slopes of mount Srđ and called it Dubrava, which grew through time to form the city. Along with its beauty and numerous cultural monuments, Dubrovnik is also famous for its history. Dubrovnik Republic was small but very prosperous and influential city-state, and it existed independently for nearly four and a half centuries in delicate historical times, surrounded by great and powerful monarchies like Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian empire. Being one of the most important maritime and mercantile centers on the Adriatic and a trade spot between the East and West had a positive impact of city’s growth and development in numerous areas. Material prosperity, security and freedom helped the growth of humanist culture, which inspired magnificent urban, architectural and scientific achievements. Although the city and its people were targets of unprecedented savagery during the Serbian aggression in recent war, most of the historical monuments were restored and saved for future generations. Most important (and beautiful) monuments include Dubrovnik ramparts, Placa (Stradun), The Rectors Palace, Sponza Palace, Orlandos Column, Chatedral (of the Assumpion of the Virgin Mary), St Blaise’s church, Franciscan monastery, St Ignatius church, Dominican monastery and many others.

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Thousands of people visit Dubrovnik every day, so one can never be bored here. There are many museums, exhibitions, concerts and various events throughout the year. Of course, the biggest rush hits the city in the summer. Most widely known cultural event is Dubrovnik summer festival, which presents a rich program of classical music, theatre, opera and dance on more than 70 open-air venues over 47 summer days each year.

Dubrovnik real estate is a hot commodity. Due to its popularity and status of a must-see tourist destination and armies of prospective buyers, Dubrovnik real estate / property prices are considerably high for an average buyer. However, there are many attractive locations in the surrounding areas, where you can get valuable and beautiful estate for a reasonable amount of money. If you are interested in buying Dubrovnik real estate or just need some advice, please contact us. We will be happy to help you out!

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2) Split Split is the second largest city in Croatia and economic and administrative center of Dalmatia. Widely spread theory is that the city is 1700 years old and was built around the ancient Roman Palace of the emperor Diocletian (built in 305 AD), although latest archeological findings bind the city for the 6th century BC, as the Greek colony of Aspalathos. Spread over a central peninsula and its surroundings, Split broader area includes nearby towns, and the city lies just in place to take a short trip the beautiful Adriatic islands or surrounding mountains. Diocletian’s palace was constructed on the Adriatic coastline, four miles from Salona which was the capital of Roman province Dalmatia. The palace was built as a massive structure, much like a Roman military fortress. Finest quality white limestone, used to build many remarkable objects within the Palace, was transported from the nearby island of BraÄ?. In November of 1979, UNESCO adopted the proposal and included historic city of Split built around the Palace in the register of World Cultural Heritage.

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In Croatia’s past, Split was often seen by tourists as a transit place before the escape for the islands or other Dalmatia’s beautiful little towns. Nowadays, situation has completely changed. Split has become the true center of Dalmatia’s tourism activities, with its uncountable historic and cultural monuments, museums and all sorts of events and tourist offerings throughout the year. People in Split are very proud of their city and its beauty. If you ask them, they will tell you without hesitation that there is no place in the world as beautiful as their city. The more time you spend in Split, the harder it is to oppose that saying. Split really does easily get under your skin. Palace central square, Peristil, where the Diocletian held its speeches, is surely one of the most magnificent and unique historical courtyards in the world. Today, the Palace still is the lifeline of the city of Split, still inhabited, full of shops, markets and charming narrow streets. Outside the Palace, Split also has a lot to offer. Whether it’s a relaxing cocktail in your favorite beach bar in one of Split beautiful bays, a game of Picigin in Bačvice beach, or jogging and cycling in a beautiful Marjan park-forest. When talking about real estate in Split, the situation is similar to that in Dubrovnik, as both cities consist of Old Town and surrounding areas, with significant variations in price. If you are looking for a property inside the Diocletian’s Palace, you should be prepared to pay some more. Luckily, we have many Split real estates in our portfolio!

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3) Hvar Inhabitated from prehistoric times, Croatia’s sunniest place, island of Hvar belongs to the group of middle-Dalmatia islands, located in Split-Dalmatia County in the middle of surrounding islands, with Brač on its north, and Šćedro, Paklenski islands, Vis, Korčula and Pelješac to its south. With surface area of 299,7 square kilometers, it is one of the biggest Croatian islands and, according to Hanibal Lucić, Croatia’s greatest Renaissance versifier and Hvar noble, the most beautiful island of the Mediterranean. It consists of two towns (Hvar and Stari Grad) and two townships, Jelsa and Sućuraj.

Stari Grad

Stari Grad was (antique Faros; eng Old town) was founded in year 384 BC. It is assumed that it was founded by Greek settlers from the island of Pharos. The town had an interesting history – from his famous habitant, Ilyrrian governor and general Demetrius, through later Roman governance to medieval influences of Slavs, leaving behind rich cultural heritage for today’s tourists and habitants. Stari Grad was the seat of medieval diocese up until 1278, when it was transferred to the New Town, which was later named after the island, Hvar. Many historical monuments include Škor square (ancient shipyard), St. Stephen square and church of the same name, churches of St. Johns, St. Nikola and St. Rok, Petar Hektorović’s tvrdalj and many more. Stari Grad Plain (ancient Hora) is under the protection of UNESCO, as it is the among few cultural landscapes that have remained unchanged since Greek colonization in th 4th century BC. The land is divided with the stone walls and trims and testifies the ancient Greek land division system. Stari grad is an ideal place to spend summer holidays with your family, as there is a lot to do during the summer. Various cycle routes that offer incredible views, wonderful diving locations, Little swimming school, sailing school, diving school, children’s festival and Gitarastra, local guitar school make Stari Grad an ideal place for family vacation.


(City of) Hvar From the earliest beginning of sailing, Hvar’s growth was geared up by excellent nautical position, at the heart of Adriatic sea paths. City of Hvar gained its strength and glory during medieval age, as an important harbor within the Venetian empire. Today, city of Hvar is the tourist center of the island and one of the most visited destinations in Croatia, known as the party capital. Due to such rich history and various cultural influences, city of Hvar holds an enormous amount of cultural treasure. City’s main St. Stephen’s square is the largest square in Dalmatia, and it spreads on 4500 square meters. Originally the whole place was a deep bay with water up to today’s Cathedral. When visiting Hvar, one should not miss to visit the Cathedral, City fortress, Medieval city walls, Rector’s Palace and Croatian Historic Theater, built in year 1612. One monument next to another make you want to dive in into the city’s glorious history. There are so many things one can do in Hvar, especially during the summer. You can visit an take a swim on the Paklenski islands, one of the most astonishing island groups in of Croatia’s archipelago, enjoy numerous lounge bars with crazy parties till dawn, or choose a quiet evening dinner next to the sea in from of the many restaurants with indigenous klapa singing and excellent gastronomical offer.


Hvar real estate / property prices vary due to location, object state and place/ town of the island. The most expensive real estates are ones located in the center of city of Hvar, with prices up to 10 000 Euro per square meter. As you move to the inland, the prices drop. If you are looking or Hvar real estate / property, be sure to check our offer!

4) Korčula Widely known as a birthplace of world’s most famous traveler, Marco Polo, the island of Korčula is located next to the Dalmatia’s shore, in Dubrovnik-Neretva County. Three biggest places on the island are the city of Korčula, Blato (inland), and little town Vela Luka on the west. So as Hvar, Korčula was also inhabited in prehistoric times. The old city is surrounded by walls, and the streets are arranged in a herringbone pattern, allowing free circulation of air while in the same time protecting against the wind. The town’s historic sites include the central Gothic and Renaissance Cathedral of St Mark, the Town Hall and the massive city fortifications. Also, there is the 15th-century Franciscan monastery with a beautiful cloister situated on the islet of Badija and Marco Polo’s birth house. If you found yourself here, you should also visit Korčula’s museums which will tell you a story of this magnificent little town. Among many Korčula’s valuable an intriguing traditions, Moreška takes a special place. It is a knightly combat sword dance originated around the 12th century in the Mediterranean. It was named after the ancient people of Moors, and it is annually presented in Korčula from the 16th century. Moreška is performed by two groups of dancers wearing red and black uniforms, who fight for the affection of Bule, fiancee of White king Osman, who was abducted by the black king Moro. Twelve pairs of “Moreškans” perform dance pieces and fight with swords, accelerating the rhythm of their movements and mutually competing in the art of fencing in seven dance figures, which ends with the victory white king and triumphant lap of his white army.

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Along with cultural and historical monuments and interesting traditions and customs, Korčula is also known for its wines. Due to specific micro-climate factors and a lot of sunshine, Korčula’s wines have a specific quality and aroma. Grk (white wine) and Plavac Mali (black wine) are the two major varieties, mostly planted on sandy soil of Lumbarda, surrounded by the sea on the north and south sides. If you are looking for a beautiful and quiet place to spend your holidays, but at the same time want to have various choices for your free time activities, Korčula is the place you’re looking for. It is ideal to enjoy many sports activities other than swimming and sunbathing. Marco Polo Challenge (Korčula triathlon), cycling all over the island, buggy safari, diving, canoeing and kayaking, windsurfing – you just have to choose from many. Often referred to as the Little Dubrovnik, with its fairy-like, narrow romantic streets, wonderful architecture and crystal-clear sea, Korčula offers unsurpassed comfort and astonishing beauty. If you ever come here, chances are you are going to like this magical island. If you like it so much that you consider buying a real estate or property in Korčula, be sure to contact us for proposals!

5) Trogir Many places in Croatia have some objects within a city or town protected by UNESCO. But there is only one whole city – the marvelous Trogir. Trogir is located in the center of Dalmatia, on Adriatic coast, just 25 kilometers from Split. In the past, Trogir was one of Dalmatia’s cultural centers, which Old town was formed between 13th and 15th century. Among numerous art and architectural masterpieces, special place belongs to the St Lawrence cathedral, which is the home of the many masterpieces within itself. Construction of the cathedral began in 1213 on the foundations of early Christian cathedral, which was destroyed by Saracens. Interestingly, although it was named after St. Lawrence, it is also known as the St. John’s cathedral, after the brave and impeccable bishop, who showed remarkable resistance towards Hungarian king Koloman.

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The cathedral was mostly (up until 1251) built in Romanesque style, while its Gothic arc was built in 15th century. The most astonishing masterpiece that the cathedral holds is the Radovan’s portal, which is the cathedral’s main portal. It is the most significant medieval portal on the eastern Adriatic and in this part of the Europe. It was named after its author, master Radovan and it is the most monumental work of the Romanesque – Gothic style in Croatia. It contains images of the First Sin (Adam and Eve), Redemption, Christological cycle, individual saints and apostles, the months and hunting scenes. Cathedral is also the place of many other masterpieces of inestimable value. Other must-see Trogir monuments are Castle Kamerlengo and the Tower of Saint Marc, Berislavic palace, Cipicic palace, Lucic palace and Trogir City museum, just to mention the few. Trogir is one one of the places that a person cannot visit only once, but has to come back for more. With Croatia’s four national Parks reachable with few hours’ drive, remarkable City of Split just 25 kilometers away, and beautiful Čiovo beaches at the reach of a palm. If you’re interested, we will be more than happy to help you with finding your perfect Trogir property!

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