Highlights

  • Key features of erosion and deposition
  • Coastal areas as a valuable economic and environmental resource
  • Coastal management and conservation
  • Distinctive coastal landforms 

The Adriatic coastline is Croatia’s number one natural treasure and home to an extraordinary historical, cultural and architectural legacy.   Fought over by a steady succession of empires its turbulent history bears witness to the importance of its strategic position, trade links and economic potential.  More recently its mild climate, beautiful scenery, healing spas and crystal clear waters helped to usher in the age of organised tourism in the mid 19th Century which is still a mainstay of the Croatian economy today. 

The Adriatic climate and geomorphology bounded by the Dinaric Alps on one side and the sea on the other is a distinct Mediterranean biogeographical region no more than 50kms deep at its widest part.   Its deeply indented coastline and 1,244 mainly uninhabited islands provide a fascinating destination for geographers wishing to study coastal landforms and the management and conservation challenges presented by tourism.   Significant features include karst habitats, submerged karst, tufa barriers and underground habitats.  Students will also observe the best example in the world of submergent landform, the eponymous ‘dalmatian coastline’.   

Our recommended programme also includes aspects of our Coastal Mountains offer:

  • Visit to The Plitvice Lakes National Park,  a UNESCO World Heritage Site.   Its karst geology has given rise to spectacular waterfalls, limestone caves and a remarkable cluster of 16 lakes separated by natural dams of tufa
  • Kuterevo Bear Sanctuary in the Velebit Mountains 

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