With a combination of natural beauty, rich historical heritage and cultural diversity, Croatia is an amazing destination fit for all tastes. Whether it be swimming and relaxing on the beach, exploring remains of ancient cultures, or enjoying the urban setting of large cities, this country is a rare Mediterranean gem you should definitely visit. Famous for its beaches and long coast with many islands and coastal spots, it is worth mentioning that there is also a number of natural parks to visit, along with cities that have a lot to offer. We bring you the five places that truly showcase the diversity of this European country.
City of Dubrovnik
Situated in the south of Dalmatian region, this stunning, world-renowned destination is a city hidden inside walls. These old defensive walls have become trademark of Dubrovnik and still present a prime example of European medieval fort building. Along with great number of historical and cultural sights, the Adriatic pearl is a lovely choice for an urban experience as well. Be sure to visit Stradun, the main street filled with a number of coffee shops, high-end restaurants and souvenir shops. Stradun is a home to plethora of cultural monuments, with the Assumption Cathedral and Treasury and the City Gates being the most impressive. Enhance the whole experience by having a taste of local wine and delicacies, and enjoy the nightlife.
National Park Plitvice Lakes
Famous for its breathtaking scenery interspersed with a number of free-flowing waterfalls, Plitvice Lakes is one of the oldest National Parks in Croatia. Still, with a place on the UNESCO World Heritage list since 1979, it remains a park of untouched natural beauty. With sixteen cascading lakes situated between green hills and connected by a series of waterfalls offer you a possibility to experience the best of local flora and fauna. Keep your eyes open for deer and rare birds that are enjoying the freedom of their natural habitat.
Being the tallest island in Croatia, Brac offers an incredible view from Vidova Gora – its highest peak at 778 meters above the sea level. Rather perfect for nature lovers and hikers, this beautiful island is most famous for Zlatni Rat beach in Bol Town. This kilometer long beach is a chameleon as it chances color and shape due to changes in weather and currents. So naturally, because of that it can be seen on post cards and TV spots promoting Croatian coast. While strolling through the island you will see world famous white stones of Brac. These stones were used to build a lot of important buildings worldwide, including the White House in Washington.
City of Zagreb
Capital of Croatia and the economical, political and social center of the country, Zagreb is situated in the continental part of the country and offers a diversity of cultural and gastronomical activities. Furthermore, it is an excellent choice for a city-break as you can spend days visiting restaurants, theaters, cafes, museums and galleries. It is a rather lovely place to visit, all year round, as you discover dominant Austro-Hungarian architecture and green parks around the city. Be sure to visit the Upper Town and the Jelacic Square, to feel the true vibe of Zagreb. And let’s not forget to mention Tkalciceva street, an amazing destination for all gastronomical delights and tasty coffee.
Hvar is the longest and the sunniest of Croatian islands, with a number of lovely beaches and bays, famous for its lavender fields, olive trees and vineyards. Untouched nature combined with friendly locals and exquisite cuisine, makes Hvar one the most popular and beautiful choices for a relaxing holiday. Furthermore, the town offers numerous historical and cultural sights, along with elegant hotels and a number of beach bars waiting for you to relax and dance with a cocktail in your hand. Board a vessel and find out why yachting in Croatia is so popular. This way you’ll have a chance to explore many of the secluded beaches of this wonderful island.
Of course, this is just a small selection of what this gem of Mediterranean Europe has to offer. If you are looking for something new and different, than Croatia might be just for you. With its unique fusion of pristine nature and rich cultural heritage, anyone is bound to find something to enjoy. Have fun!