Are you in Croatia on holiday and are pondering how best to spend your time in a country surrounded by beauty at almost every turn? Well, here are a couple of excellent destinations sure to do the trick. From staggering national parks to hidden away towns, the following should be on your to-do list without a doubt:
1) Plitvice Lakes National Park
There are a total of eight national parks in the country each appealing in its own way but Plitvice stands out in the collection like a diamond among pearls. Vibrant vegetation overlooking ashy limestone cliffs await as does a breathtaking lineup of 16 freshwater lakes and numerous waterfalls that’ll have you thinking “this must be what heaven looks like”. Strutting charming waters are serene hiking trails across crowds of spruce, fir, pine, and beech trees complemented by fringe wood walkways traversing streams and books. This UNESCO World Heritage Site leaves little to the fairytale imagination.
Herald as the place for lovers and general romantic escapades, Rovinj is the town that receives the most visitors in Istria i.e. the western region of Croatia. Venetian-style palaces gather around colorful buildings confined to a waterside circular peninsular thereby ensuring Rovinj rivals the likes of Paris for that out worldly romantic flare. Within the presentation, St. Euphemia’s iconic bell tower rises 197 feet off the ground offering the icing on a cake that is just as exemplary on its own. You can also look forward to splendid works of art by the natives, delicious seafood, souvenir shops, pebbled streets, and beguiling cobblestoned galleries.
You might remember this walled medieval city from “King’s Landing” in the HBO blockbuster “Game of Thrones” with its commendably intact centuries-old towers, gates, and walls ensuring the magical city’s rustic charm hasn’t gone unnoticed. Its 10th-century fortification has earned it a place in UNESCO records availing legendary si
tes such as Rector’s Palace, St Blaise Church, Onofrio Fountain, and the Franciscan Monastery just to name a couple. Securing residence on the island itself might be hard if you’re looking to settle down by the Adriatic, but you are certain to get a good houses for sale in Croatia not too far away from the action.
A Christmas hub over winter and a sun-kissed city over summer, Zagreb impresses with its eccentric street era, secluded courtyards, silence-filled parks, colorful socialist-era buildings, and its general blend of Astro-Hungarian themes. Notable highlights frequented by locals and tourists alike include the Museum of Broken Relationships, Zagreb City Museum, and Dolac. The latter being a popular vegetable and fruit market on the opposing end of a 19th-century upper town.
This coastal city’s striking harbor ensures you are well-placed at the entry of a massive and beautiful collection of islands- such as Vis, Korcula, Hvar, and Brac- brimming with history, nature, sandy beaches and lots of special adventures. Within the town, is the famous UNESCO World Heritage Site of Diocletian’s Palace, the unforgettable cathedral of St Domnius and an irresistible seaside promenade that will leave you awe-struck.
The fun doesn’t stop there with Croatia also offering plenty of other vacation options for you to enjoy so be sure to make a date and get that ticket asap.