With gorgeous beaches, sapphire waters, quaint architecture and friendly people, it’s no wonder that Croatia is a popular holiday destination. A stunning Mediterranean paradise, there are so many excellent places to visit in Croatia that offer a multitude of enriching experiences and spectacular sights.
Located on the eastern side of Europe, Croatia is famous for its stretching coastlines. Officially known as the Republic of Croatia, there are more than 1,000 islands and islets off the Croatian coast in the Adriatic Sea.
In addition to its beautiful landscapes, Croatia has an interesting cultural history, making it an ideal vacation spot for diverse groups of people. Here are five terrific places to add to your Croatia travel list:
Zagreb is the capital city of Croatia and is also the country’s largest metropolis. You can see traces of Croatia’s rich historic past whilst also enjoying its energetic vibe and modern way of life. Situated on the northwestern side of the country, Zagreb can trace its roots back to the 2nd century AD. There are old towers and churches, many of which date back to medieval times. Wander along the delightful cobbled streets in the old town and soak up the atmosphere.
Some top attractions in Zagreb include the cathedral, St Mark’s Church, the Old Town Gate, Maksimir Park, Bundek Lake, Jarun Lake, Mirogoj Cemetery, and Mazuranic Square. If you love museums, Zagreb won’t disappoint! You’ll be spoilt for choice, with options such as the Mimara Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Modern Gallery, the Archaeological Museum, Klovicevi Dvori, and the fascinating and unusual Museum of Broken Relationships.
The splendid Kornati Islands are amongst Croatia’s many islands in the Adriatic Sea. A great place for diving enthusiasts, the Kornati Islands National Park is an archipelago of 140 sublime islands. Explore the fascinating underwater world, with plenty of colourful aquatic life and coral reefs. The uninhabited islands are also great for explorers. If you love the sea and a feeling of remoteness, this is a top place to visit when in Croatia.
If the gladiator fights of the Roman era fascinated you, Pula is definitely a place that you should visit in Croatia. Sitting at the southern tip of the Istria peninsula, Pula is well known for its amphitheatre, called the Arena. Drawing in a large number of tourists, Pula offers a mix of Croatian and Roman cultures.
Especially popular in the summer months, other Pula attractions and activities include the Forum, the 17th century castle, Saint Nicholas’ Church, the sailor’s church and cemetery, and the Brijuni Islands. If you want to take more of a journey into the past, head to the Archeology Museum.
Famously nicknamed the Mediterranean Flower, Split is the second biggest in Croatia. You’ll find it on the peninsula off the Dalmatian Coast. The Renaissance and Gothic architecture of the city, makes it is a sight to see.
Diocletian’s Palace, Jupiter’s Temple, Marjan, the Egyptian sphinxes, and St Duje’s Cathedral are amongst the top attractions in Split. Take a stroll through the historic area of Varos and admire the quaint streets and buildings, and chill out at the lovely Bacvice Beach. Sailing is a popular activity in Split, and there are plenty of opportunities for snorkeling too. Observe the local way of life at the Green Market, and bring yourself good luck when you touch the big toe of the Grgur Ninski statue!
Plitvice Lakes National Park
Turquoise lakes and beautifully cascading waterfalls are surrounded by lush emerald forests … Croatia’s Plitvice Lakes National Park is definitely one of the country’s most scenic places! A top destination for lovers of the great outdoors, the UNESCO Natural Heritage Site boasts 16 inter-connected lakes and offers an abundance of outdoor activities. The biggest national park in Croatia, is a certainly a highlight of any trip to Croatia.
With so many excellent things to experience in Croatia, what are you waiting for?!