Croatia is fast becoming one of the most popular tourist destinations in Eastern Europe and with good reason. It’s cheap, it’s beautiful and is the 18th most popular holiday destination in the world. There’s a gigantic coastline to explore, beautiful cities and some of the most outstandingly beautiful countryside in the world at Plitvice and other areas. With that in mind we decided to delve a little deeper into Croatia and present the best it has to offer.
We’ll start with Dubrovnik which George Bernard Shaw once described as “The Pearl of the Adriatic” and he wasn’t joking. The city is incredible with high walls surrounding streets of marble and baroque buildings that soak in the beautiful sun. The town is alive with tourists with fantastic nightlife as well as beautiful churches and museums showcasing incredible local and international art. The city is surrounded by woodlands on one side and the beautiful sea on the other. With a chain of beautiful islands and gorgeous beaches lining the sea.
From here we can head to the next most popular tourist spot – the Plitvice Lakes National Park. This UNESCO world heritage site contains deer, wolves, wild boar and a cornucopia of rare birds and plants but it is the sixteen lakes that really draw in the crowds. The lakes are interconnected by a series of waterfalls that descend majestically with blue waters that shine in the sun drenched landscape. It’s hard to do justice to the sheer amazing beauty of these lakes with words but trust us when we say they are one of the most beautiful natural wonders of the world.
Thirdly we come to one of the most impressive Roman “ruins” in the world – Diocletian’s palace. This palace complex faces the harbor of Split and contains over 220 buildings. The site was changed somewhat in the middle-ages but much of the original infrastructure remains exactly as it was and many of the buildings are still in use. The palace plays home to a thriving community of residents and a market of tourist souvenirs and local fare but it is well worth exploring and incredible for its size and the extent of its preservation. There is also a museum within the palace and guided tours that are well worth taking.
Finally then we come to the biggest draw of Croatia – the Adriatic. The Adriatic is simply stunning and the reason that Croatia is so popular with tourists. The sea is translucent and a beautiful clear blue on a sunny day. The resorts here are amazing and many of the towns are picturesque and underdeveloped making them perfect for a getaway. The islands in the sea are beautiful and Hvar town is one of the most popular destinations with its amazing yachting and beautiful marina set in an area of coastline littered with deserted beaches and quiet secluded spots. The more difficult to reach islands such as Kornati provide tourist free paradises to explore making holidays in Croatia just a little more exotic and uplifting.