Croatia is a mesmerizing country that offers a colorful cocktail of natural diversity and intriguing culture. Each town, village, and city has a distinct atmosphere and bears unique architectural treasures. This rather spectacular country has sheltered several geographical wonders from the curse of modernization.
These include pristine lakes, majestic waterfalls, and stupendous beaches, which coexist in perfect harmony with some of the best pieces of art and architecture created by man. Needless to say, in the past years Croatia has become one of the most sought after tourist destinations in Europe. For nature lovers, history aficionados, and adventurers alike. So, here are some of the most impressive places that you must see if visiting this interesting country.
City of Dubrovnik
Overlooking the waters of the Adriatic Sea is the enchanting city of Dubrovnik. The city is better known to the fans of Game Of Thrones as the majestic King’s Landing. The rustic architecture and ambience of Dubrovnik will surely take you back in time. This fortified city is sheltered from the world by thick magnificent stone walls that are visible from afar. Beautiful towers and gates that adorn the boundaries of the city speak of the construction skills of the medieval dwellers.
Also, these defensive walls are recognized as cultural treasure and as such have earned its place on UNESCO list of world heritage in 1979. Aptly titled as the “Pearl of the Adriatic”, Dubrovnik offers the perfect backdrop for a leisurely stroll, with tiny cafes that line the winding stone pathways.
Plitvice Lakes National Park
The Plitvice Lakes National Park is the largest national park in Croatia, and possibly the most idyllic. The key highlights of this national park are the spellbinding waterfalls that plunge into crystal clear pools. The mineral-rich water has lead to the formation of natural deposits that act like dams. A bird’s eye view will show you all 16 lakes connected by cascading streams of water that flow down via green slopes.
You can traverse the park on foot, using the wooden footbridges, with hundreds of butterflies and species of birds hovering overhead. However, boat tours are also available for those who enjoy more direct experience on the lakes.
The island of Brac is a unique combination of villages that carry an old world charm and beaches which are ideal for a relaxing getaway. Its most noteworthy beach is Zlatni Rat or the Golden Horn of Croatia. This horn-shaped white pebbled beach pierces the sapphire blue waters of the Adriatic Sea. Furthermore, as you move northwards, the sandy beaches give way to rocky limestone quarries.
These have provided stone for the construction of many famous buildings around the globe. The island also holds history of olive cultivation, which is depicted in the Museum of Olive Oil in the city of Skrip.
Zagreb, the capital city of Croatia, is always bustling with activity and brimming with marvelous art, mellifluous music and awe-inspiring architecture. Be sure to explore the quirky Museum of Broken Relationships to have a look at the memorabilia that remains behind after relationships suddenly end. Also, visit the colorful and vivid Dolac market to indulge in the fresh organic produce of this region. While there, peruse the stunning art at the popular Museum of Contemporary Art, located nearby. However, if you are looking for some peace and relaxation, the lush greenery of the Maksimir Park will rejuvenate both your mind and body.
Hvar island holds the reputation of being one of the best party towns in Croatia. It is equally popular for its expansive lavender fields and olive plantations as it is for its nightlife. St. Stephen’s Square, which is also the main town square, is always thronged by tourists. Open-air cafes along the square subtly lead the way to the magnificent St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Which is rather known as one of the iconic structures of this island.
You can also hike up to the Fortica, a medieval fortress that offers wonderful panoramic view of the town and the adjacent sea. Yachting in Croatia is quite popular, and this especially holds true for Hvar island. Its vivid harbor is now the hot spot for this type of activity.
The spellbinding grandeur of these destinations makes them some of the most coveted locations for a unique holiday. The architecture is reminiscent of the civilizations from the past and the serene natural beauty captivates the soul. These places will make for an unforgettable vacation that will leave you craving for another go.
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