UNESCO names new world heritage sites in Sibenik & Zadar

Three historic sites on Croatia’s Dalmatian coast and Lika-Senj County have been named as UNESCO World Heritage Sites at the 41st meeting of UNESCO’S World Heritage Committee.

Davor Strenja Zadar, Croatia

One of the most famous sights in Sibenik, St. Nicholas Fortress, and Zadar’s fortified city walls and gates have been confirmed as UNESCO protected World Heritage sites, contributing to eight UNESCO sites in Croatia.

Beech tree forests in Northern Velebit and Paklenica National Parks were also named as new world heritage sites. The decision was made recently at the 41st meeting of UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee in Krakow, Poland.

Both Zadar and Sibenik have become popular tourist hubs on the Croatian Adriatic coast.

Ivona Grgan, director of the UK Croatia National Tourist Office said: “According to e-visitor information from January to 10th July this year, Zadar witnessed record numbers of overnight stays from the UK, amounting to 82% rise, while Sibenik continues to attract tourists and marks over 20% increase in comparison to the same period last year. The numbers of UK visitors for 10 days in July speak for themselves: Sibenik peaked with 93% of overnight stays, while Zadar surpassed 98 % in comparison to the last year’s period.”


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