Croatia is a small country with amazing sea side, one of the most beautiful on Adriatic sea. Places like Split, Dubrovnik, Rovinj, Zada, national parks or some of islands like Hvar or Korcula will leave strong impression on a visitor with its Mediterranean and historical spirit and of course, true stunning beauty. Great coast line that will fulfill all your senses and make you come back again. Croatia is ready to surprise you with its beautiful sea side and some of amazing historical landmarks.
Zagreb is capital of the country that has a hard job attracting guests comparing to its country sea side. The city has to offer various art, cultural, gastronomic and historical landmarks which finally made it to be a popular city brake destination in the region. City is divided in 3 parts: Upper town which is historical with its cobalt stoned streets and goverment fascilities, museums and galleries; Lower town is more vibrant with its shops, cafes, restaurants and theaters; New Zagreb area which is the modern part of the city, built after the second world war. City has kept most of important historical sites and architecture avoiding battles in latest European wars.
Dubrovnik is medieval gem on Adriatic sea, the most popular sea side destination in this part of Europe and certainly one of the most beautiful. Its old town limestone walls, baroque buildings and ancients streets will show you its true beauty and historical significance of the city. Visit the hill above Dubrovnik with cable car for a perfect view of the city and surroundings. If this did not pursue you to visit it, “Game of thrones” world famous show was filmed inside Dubrovnik old town walls, if it was good enough for them, we are sure you are going to amazed as well! Dubrovnik history and beauty found its place in UNESCO world heritage sites list.
Split represents Dalmatia region where people in Croatia are most joyful and hospitable. Also listed in UNESCO world heritage, city still has ancient remainings from Roman time such as well-kept Diocletian palace which stands for 17 centuries now with a titule of main attraction in Split. This full of life city will provide you with excellent sandy beaches, great cultural and social life, vivid amazing night life, good local wine and some of valuable history lessons from Roman time, through medieval ages until today. Let’s not forget Ultra Europe music festival that gathers hundreds of youth every August to listen some of the most famous names in music world. If the bustle in the city is too much for you, visit Marjan hill above the city and fulfill your senses with its nature.
Zadar is located in the heart of Adriatic sea region, another city that combines great coast line and history. London Times pronounced it for “Croatian capital of fun”, and Guardian as “new Croatian capital of cool”. City lives day and night. During day I will occupy you with numerous art, music, cultural and street festivals or with some concerts of worldwide known performers in music world. During the night it offers you variety of bars, restaurants and clubs for all types of fun. As a city monument surrounded by historical walls, Zadar is a true treasury of archeological and ancient monuments from ancient, medieval and Renaissance period as well as numerous contemporary architectural achievements. Alfred Hitchcock named Zadar sunset as the most beautiful sunset in the world. Don’t trust him, check it by yourself. We cannot finish and not mention that Zadars has amazing beaches too!
Sibenik While Dubrovnik and Split have become well-known tourism commodities, other pearls of Croatia’s beautiful Dalmatian Coast remain off all but the most-intrepid travellers’ radars. One such secret is Sibenik, despite the small town having a CV capable of dazzling any travel agent: a Unesco-protected cathedral, Game of Thrones locations, a tree-lined cornice, quaint red roofs, Renaissance architecture, excellent food and impressive shopping. When in Sibenik make sure you visit amazing Krka national park with its series of 17 successive waterfalls, only 30km far. Another must see are beautiful Kornati islands that will close the circle of your Sibenik visit.
Rovinj is one of the most pictures towns in Mediterranean region. City is surrounded with 20 islands which will keep you busy as well as numerous sport and fun activities. It is located in Istra region, famous by its wines and gastronomy. From nature section, Rovinj offers you Golden Cape Park Forest protected site with high botanical value and couple of caves worth visiting and enjoying. Culture and history have their own attractions as well, Rovinj was inhabited even before Romans and was active through different periods therefore offers you variety of monuments as reminders of different eras in the region.
Islands. Croatia’s coast is pure, nearly all 2,000 kilometres and 1,200 islands of it, and is open to all. Verdant islands, bare karst-rock islands, tiny dots of islands with nothing on them but a lighthouse converted to accommodate isolated holidaymakers, naturist islands, islands with just deer and naturists feeding them, islands with cocktail bars attracting the VIP set, islands for windsurfers, islands for sculptors, islands for Tito’s political prisoners, islands for Tito’s collection of safari animals, islands so remote they’re nearer to Italy, islands called home by a family of 120 dolphins, islands of age-old fishing traditions, islands with a particular cave in which the sunlight turns a brilliant blue for an hour each day, islands known for their wine, cheese or anchovy pasties. More than 80 per cent of Croatia’s islands have no people on them at all.
PLITVICE NATIONAL PARK
Plitivice national park is heavily forested consisted of 16 lakes and requires about 6h to explore it by foot or about 2h with boats and buses in the park. You have different routes that you can use, or combine it, as you wish. One thing is sure, you will feel relaxed and reborn in the park, nature will do its mojo and in charm you. The scenery this park shows you will forever engrave in your soul and mind. It is “just” one of spectacular places you need to visit when in Croatia, the ones that give you “wow” effect.
KRKA NATIONAL PARK
Krka national park. The national park is a vast and primarily unaltered area of exceptional natural value, including one or more preserved or insignificantly altered ecosystems. The purpose of the park is primarily to serve science, culture, education and recreation, while tourism activities have also been introduced for its visitors. You can even swim in some of overwhelming waterfalls! It is only 10km from Sibenik, so make sure you combine those two.
Istra region is interesting, kind of all-inclusive peninsula close to Trieste in Italy. It has quite various offer, from islands like Brijuni(Tito’s former residential island), to pictures Rovinj and Pula, the coasts biggest city. Rustic side of the region will show you villages, farmhouses, valleys and vineyards. Reminds of Italy, maybe that is why in Istra Italian language is second language after domestic. Istra is Italian Tusscany, resembles by looks and mentality.
Colosseum. Nope, not the one in Rome, Croatia has got one as well. Colosseum is situated in the heart of Pula, this ancient Roman arena is beautiful and very well preserved. There is an interesting museum in the lower level which will enhance your appreciation of the site. The Pula arena is the sixth-largest Roman amphitheater and one of the best preserved. It is used for concerts, movies, different shows and visitors.
Diocletian palace. Although it resembles more of a fortress having in mind it has about 30.000 square meters and 220 buildings, it is very significant Roman palace from 4th century. Located in center of Split with labyrinth streets and numerous shops, bars and restaurants presents the main landmarks of the city. It is one of the most imposing Roman ruin in the world. It is also inhabited with around 3.000 people living the “Roman life” inside the palace. These days, place is quite vivid and active where most of events and cultural life is performed in the city.
THE SPHINX IN SPLIT
Twelve sphinxes were brought to Split after Diocletian put down a rebellion in Egypt somewhere around the year 297. Unfortunately, only one survived and is now standing at the Peristyle. The sphinx on the Peristyle is made of black granite. It dates back to the period of pharaoh Tuthmosis III who lived from 1479 until 1425 BC. She holds a vessel for offerings in her hands. Just like a major part of the palace itself, the sphinxes were decapitated and destroyed with arrival of Christianity. Why this one still stands remains a mystery. She has been standing here since the 3rd century watching generations pass by. Please have respect for this old lady.