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Best Places To Visit In Croatia

    

If the idea of your vacation is to jump into the clearest waters of the Mediterranean with ancient towns in the backdrop, Croatia is the place to turn this into reality. Located in the Balkans, Croatia has become popular among tourists in the recent years for amazing summer vacations. From Venetian palaces and Roman columns to Napoleonic forts, Croatia has its share of historic ruins, rich culture, and medieval cities but what makes Croatia stand out is the abundance of natural beauties, lovely landscapes, turquoise water, breathtaking views, beautiful Adriatic coastline with rocky coasts and more than 1,000 idyllic islands.

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Why visit Croatia?

Sun and Sea. Croatia is well-known for its rich history, colorful cities, and exceptional food and wine, but the majority of the tourists travel this Adriatic haven for the beaches, sun, sea, and sailing. Croatia’s extraordinary island-speckled coastline is truly its main attraction.

Food Heaven. Exactly what you expect from a European country. Croatia has plenty of delicious dishes to try, and when along the coast, one cannot pass up the fresh seafood. If you enjoy good food made with fresh, homegrown, and seasonal ingredients, washed down with premium local wines, Croatia is the right place to visit.

Nature. Mountains, hills, meadows, forests, caves, caverns, and the blue Adriatic Sea, the small country of Croatia has everything. Croatia has 8 National Park, and you should definitely visit at least one of them. You can expect an abundance of fresh air with the sound of the waterfalls in the distance and places where more than fifteen lakes interconnected at one place!

Rich Culture and History. For a small country like Croatia, having 10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites speaks about its well-preserved history and architecture. Stroll the centuries-old cobbled streets and explore the architectural marvels which are influenced by the Romans and the Venetian.

Where to go and what to see?

Here’s a list of best places to visit in Croatia.

1. Dubrovnik

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The most popular city of Croatia, Dubrovnik is known as the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic Sea’ for all the good reasons. Nestled in a sea of orange rooftops and intriguing cobbled streets lies the Old Town. Dubrovnik’s Old Town is a UNESCO world heritage site, surrounded by mighty walls which have history written all over them. The historic district, the Old Town, is stuffed with many historic features such as ancient stone buildings, enticing labyrinth, magnificent palaces, and stunning churches. Along with marvelous history and architecture, the city also has amazing beaches and great food.

For the Game Of Throne fans, the city must sound familiar. GOT fans will recognize Dubrovnik as King’s Landing. Game Of Thrones tours is one of the most popular things to do in Dubrovnik.

Top attractions of Dubrovnik are- City Walls and Forts, Cathedral of Assumption of Mary, Rector’s Palace, and Stradun.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik City Walls. The walls encircle the entire Old Town quarter and take at least an hour to explore. It offers a spectacular view of the old town, the harbor, and the Adriatic sea.

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Cable car to Mount Srd. It’s a must for anyone who visits Dubrovnik. It leads you to the best place to enjoy a panoramic view of Dubrovnik’s ancient city.

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Game of Thrones tour. Fans of the TV series “Game of Thrones” will recognize sections used as settings for the show’s capital city of King’s Landing. Take a three-hour tour around the old town to see where most of the filming took place.

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Try a slice of Dubrovnik Rozata. Its name come from the Dubrovnik liquor Rozalin, which gives the cake its aroma. The delicious custard pudding can be found in almost every menu in Dubrovnik’s restaurants.

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2. Split

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Croatia’s second largest city dates back to Roman times. Indulge yourself in 1700 years of history, fantastic cuisine, buzzing nightlife and a gorgeous coastline anywhere you look. The city’s main attraction is its historic core of beautiful Gothic and Renaissance architecture of which the Diocletian’s Palace is the crown jewel.

Top attraction of Split- Diocletian’s Palace, Marjan, St. Domnius Cathedral and Riva promenade. Things to do in Split

**Explore Split’s Old Town.** Split’s Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979. Diocletian’s Palace is its most prominent landmark. The town is pedestrian-only which makes exploring easier. Other places to look out for are the temple of Jupiter and the Cathedral of Dominus. Later, you can head out to The Riva- Split’s famous harbor-front promenade. A spot to relax and cool down with some gelato.

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Go to the beaches. Split is famous for its sandy beaches. Bacvice Beach is among the popular beaches, with many cafes along the seawall. The vibrant seaside nightlife can be experienced after sunset. Other beaches are, Firule Beach, Kasuni Beach and Jezinac Beach.

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Explore Marjan Hill. Popular among locals for hiking, cycling, and rock-climbing. It’s a forest area, a serene place to escape from the noises of the cities.

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Day trips from Split. Split is a perfect base for one-day trips to small beautiful islands like Brac and Hvar. A must visit place from Split is the Krka National Park which is famous for its amazing waterfalls.

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3. Zagreb

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The capital city of Croatia is famous for its vibrant culture. The history and architecture are influenced by the Mediterranean as well as the Austro-Hungarian empire. The cobblestone roads going to the upper town holds the historic core of the city. Zagreb like all famous European cities has museums, galleries, theaters, churches as well as a lively music scene and nightlife.

Top attraction of Zagreb- The Museum of Broken Relationships(no jokes here, it exists!), St Mark’s Church and Zagreb Cathedral, Lotrščak Tower and the Grič cannon. ,Things to do in Zagreb

Visit the Museum of Broken Relationship. A museum dedicated to breakups is a fun and quirky places to visit.

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Plitvice National Park. It’s only two hours drive from Zagreb. With its extensive maze of lakes and waterfalls that gleam in brilliant shades of green and blue, the soothing sound of the waterfall and the birds chirping as you walk the trails and tracks of this beautiful national park is a very relaxing experience.

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Explore the Old Town Square. You can take a funicular ride or just walk past beautiful buildings and amazing restaurants and cafes. It is the best place to feel the local vibe.

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4. Zadar

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Located in the Northern Dalmatian region, Zadar is less touristy than the other coastal cities of Dubrovnik and Split, but it’s no less. Zadar is a vibrant city with a happening nightlife and numerous places to explore. The city boasts an old town of Roman ruins, medieval churches, modern cafes, and great museums. Situated on a small peninsula that juts out into the Adriatic sea, the city of Zadar still preserves old labyrinth of narrow lanes and a Roman forum dating back to the first century AD. Zadar gives you a very different vibe than a typical Dalmatian tourist destination and is being called nowadays as Croatia’s capital of cool!

Best places to visit in Zadar- Sun Salutation, Sea Organ, Roman Forum, St. Donatus’ Church, St. Simeon’s Church, Museum of Ancient Glass, Narodni Trg and St. Anastasia’s Cathedral.

Things to do in Zadar

Walk through the Old Town. Explore the top attractions of Zadar on foot or opt for a segway tour. Drink coffee in 2000 years old Roman forum and wander the narrow streets where you’ll find a mixture of Roman, Venetian and modern architecture.

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**Watch the sunset from Zadar’s amazing waterfront promenade.** The Sun Salutation light installation here is at its best during sunset and the Sea Organ, well that can be enjoyed at any time of the day, Relax by the Sea Organ, and enjoy the sound of the waves creating euphonious music, as they push air through the underwater pipes.

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Day trips from Zadar. It is a key transport hub, with great ferry connections to the surrounding islands. Visit the quiet and calm island of Dugi Otok or head out to explore the Krka National Park.

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5. Istria County

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Istria County is the westernmost county of Croatia which was once a part of Italy, and you’ll still see some Italian culture imbibed in the culinary and architecture of this place. Here, you’ll find Medieval hilltop towns, like Motovun, and treasure trove town of Novigrad, which is getting fame as the ‘new Tuscany’. Other gorgeous coastal towns are Rovinj and Pula with its huge Roman amphitheater.

Best places to visit in Istria County

Pula. It is the biggest town in Istria. Although Pula is a commercial city, it has some of the best beaches in Istria. The most popular attraction in Pula is a well-preserved Roman amphitheater. The Ultra Europe Music Festival is also happening in Pula from 12th July to 14th July this year.

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Rovinj. It’s a beautiful coastal town with colorful houses, cobblestone streets and a tall church rising from the highest point, located on a picturesque oval shaped peninsula. The old town is full of lively bars and art galleries.

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Motovun. It’s the most popular town of continental Istria. Motovun is perched on a hill overlooking Mirna river and valley. The town is ideal for a slow-paced vacation and to enjoy the authentic vibes of Croatia.

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