Where to go and what to do in Croatia.
Croatia is one of the most diverse, inviting, and stunning countries that Europe has to offer. Sitting in Balkans in the southeast of the continent, Croatia is a country of rocky coastlines, luxury villas, pristine beaches, ancient cities, glistening lakes, and untouched nature with vibrant cultural hubs sprinkled in throughout.
It’s a destination that promises something for everyone, regardless of age. Whether you love water, beaches, mountains, or culture and nightlife, you’ll find something to do in this beautiful country.
But where should you go on your trip to Croatia? The following is a guide of some of the country’s top destinations to get you started.
Split is the second-biggest city in Croatia and sits on a peninsula in the south of the country on the Adriatic Sea. Often dubbed the “Mediterranean Flower” by proud locals and enamored visitors, Split is a city of orange roofs, ancient stone buildings, and winding lanes. When in Split be sure to appreciate the wide array of different architectural styles, ranging from Roman to Gothic to Renaissance that’s anchored by Diocletian’s Palace, a beautiful Roman complex that is over 1,700 years old. Then walk down to the Riva waterfront and sip some wine at the seaside cafes as you watch the sunset. Outside of the city, enjoy hiking up at Marjan hill, which is as big as Central Park, for an outstanding view of the Adriatic Sea, and walking along the sands and admiring the crystal clear waters at Bacvice beach.
Split is also an excellent jumping off point for visiting many of Croatia’s islands, such as Hvar. While there, you can also visit the fantastic island of Vis and its surrounding islands, such as Istria and Ionian islands. Vis is home to the exquisite Wooden Palace, an architectural masterpiece. To get from Split to Hvar, just take the ferry, which costs a mere $19 and takes four hours.
Dubrovnik, the “Pearl of the Adriatic”, deserves a slot on any traveler’s itinerary. The city was founding all the way back in the 600s and grew as a trading hub linking the ocean-faring civilizations of the east and west, eventually becoming one of the prime cultural hubs in the world. The Old Town of Dubrovnik is one of the most fascinating places on earth, with its 80-foot high walls shooting straight up from the sea. Dubrovnik was built in the 13th century, and everything about it looks like a movie set from medieval times (in fact, parts of Game of Thrones was filmed here), from the cobblestone streets to the shear stone walls of all the buildings. So get a bottle of wine and stroll down Sradun street, stopping at curio shops and snacking from cafes. Outside of the Old Town are the staple of coastal Croatia: beautiful beaches, such as Lapad and Banje.
The beauty of this small but charming country is that it’s perfect for tourists of all tastes. You can find plenty of different activities to fill up your days. So break out of your quarantine slumber and start planning your trip to Croatia today. Helpful sites like Bookaway.com can help with the planning and logistics.
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