⭐ A few statues in the park. ⭐
Not enough sculptures and not impressive enough. You know what? Don’t even bother visiting Dušan Džamonja Sculpture Park near Vrsar. This used to be a property of an avantguard artist of global importance. When they opened a sculpture park in the memorial space that the artist had created himself, they should have thought about people who don’t dig symbolic art, right? Not everyone is an art freak but anyone can leave a Tripadvisor review – guess they didn’t really consider that, huh?
Now, seriously, what can be interesting about visiting a place an artist envisioned for himself? To walk around a vast serene location decorated with more than 20 of his amazing sculptures (amazing only if you’re into that sort of “art”), and imagining the artist working on each of the pieces, while envisioning its perfect location and designing the next piece. At the same time, he was busy reading all the art critics who praised him as the greatest symbolist of his time. Sounds extremely boring, let’s not bother.
⭐⭐ There’s nothing out of ordinary to see. ⭐⭐
You must have seen castles that date back to the 10th century built at the edge of a chasm hundreds of times.
We knew Jules Verne was an imaginative chap, but he really outdid himself this time! He actually got inspired by this perfectly ordinary sight and included it into one of his adventurous novels. Rumour has it, the great Dante was equally impressed, too. Funny guys.
Listen to this and some other stories in this episode of Croatia Underrated podcast:
⭐⭐ The rooftiles are supposed to be beautiful but are really mweh. ⭐⭐
What’s the big deal with St Mark’s Church in Zagreb anyway? Can anyone notice something special about it? We’re so lucky we found this objective and eloquent review – imagine if someone made a detour to Croatia’s capital just to find it’s…mhew.
Find this story on Episode 03 of Croatia Underrated podcast:
⭐⭐⭐ In South America you can see bigger and longer river for less money ⭐⭐⭐
This traveller went easy on river Zrmanja and gave it as much as a three-stars-review… even though, as he says, it’s more expensive than in Africa, and you can see longer rivers in South America.
You should take this review very seriously. If you’re coming to Croatia for the rivers, better change your plans. There are only 30-ish rivers that are longer than 40 km, and that’s still nothing when compared to, let’s say, Amazon. Croatia’s many river springs only make the country one of the richest sources of drinking water – nothing special about plain water if you ask me. If Zrmanja is one of the visually most stunning rivers of Croatia, with it’s green and blue serpent-like shape carved deep into rocks, than you know you should just turn around and not even bother visiting any rivers of Croatia.
⭐ There is a much better fort in the area ⭐
Those 16th century Benedictines really don’t know how to make a proper fort, do they? As the review says, there are other forts in the area. Actually the whole town is called Kaštela – very similar to English word “Castles” or Forts. There are seven castles, each one a part of a small historical town, each of them centuries old. But this one, Kaštel Gomilica, is especially lame, built on a reef. Whatever. We wonder why did they choose precisely this unimpressive one to act as Braavos in Game of Thrones.