Recently Croatia has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Today we present you top 10 amazing travel destinations in Croatia. It is interesting, short insight of places you can visit in Croatia. Just take a pick and you won’t be wrong.
Zagreb, Croatia’s capital, is biggest business, cultural and entertainment center in the country. It evolved from two medieval settlements – Kaptol and Gradec. The old Baroque nucleus consists of an old stone streets and buildings, numerous churches, a magnificent cathedral and much more. You can walk down the longest street in Zagreb – Ilica, visit the Lotrscak tower, St. Mark’s Church or many museums and galleries.
Image: View from the old town
Image: St. Mark’s Church
Image: Main Square
Beautiful town of Varazdin is baroque focus of Croatia. It is a rich cultural heritage, thanks to historic Old Town. There are also many palaces, churches and monasteries dating back from Baroque, Art Nouveau and Rococo periods. The famous cemetery is a monument of landscape architecture and one of the most beautiful in Europe.
There is festival of street performers happening every August/September called “Spancirfest”, which attracts many people and transforms Varazdin into vivid art scene.
Image: The Old Town
Image: Spancirfest manifestation
Plitvice lakes National Park
Plitvice consists of 16 large and many small lakes, which are connected by numerous waterfalls. Due to the natural beauty of the waterfalls, cascades, caves and rocks, sounds and shapes surrounded by high mountain forest terrain, Plitvice lakes and its surroundings were declared a National Park in 1949, and have been under the UNESCO protection since 1979.
Krka National park
Krka National Park was named after the river Krka that it encloses. Besides its natural phenomena, it also has many cultural and historical monuments, the most outstanding one being Franciscan monastery, with a beautiful picture gallery and a church. The old mills, which have been transformed into small ethnographic museums are a popular attraction for visitors. However, the main attraction of Krka National Park are the seven amazing waterfalls.
Pula is most famous by Roman Arena – one of the most beautiful stages in the world. During the summer months, Arena offers some of the most famous names from the world of music. The most renowned event is the International film festival, which is held in the open air.
Rovinj is considered to be one of the most beautiful towns on the Croatian coast, because of its unique appearance and its wonderful natural surroundings. It developed from the small fishing town under the watchful eye of its patron saint, St. Euphemia. For tourists, Rovinj offers walks in the natural surroundings, recreational sports, discovering of the hidden beauties, cultural heritage, archaeological sites, Istrian food specialties and much more.
Makarska was built around a natural port protected by the charming peninsula. The town’s history is best discovered in the Franciscan Monastery as well as through the works of art kept in the sacral buildings of the Makarska Littoral. It also offers an abundance of sports facilities such as paragliding, water sports or mountain biking.
Split has evolved from the magnificent Diocletian’s palace, the historical center of the city and a UNESCO world heritage site. The Cathedral of St. Domnios, the patron saint of Split, is located in the mausoleum of Emperor Diocletian, and its sumptuous interior is a gathering place for many of the faithful and tourists. Split is also economic and sports regional center. The rich offer for tourists, as well as the unique cultural heritage and many cultural and tourist events, give Split a special charm and make it an ideal holiday destination throughout the year.
Image: Diocletians mausoleum
The most popular tourist destination in Croatia is undoubtedly Dubrovnik. It is truly a living museum, surrounded by its famous medieval stone walls, that are preserved in its original form and have been under UNESCO protection since 1979. Dubrovnik is mainly a cultural destination, which asides from monuments of interest, offers a series of cultural events and festivals.
Image: Old town
1244 Croatian islands attract adventurous travelers from all over the world. Many island towns offer antique stone and wood monuments and magical atmosphere. The islands are best seen by taking a hiking or cycling tour, which should certainly include at least some of the largest islands: Losinj, Cres, Krk, Rab, Brac, Hvar, Mljet or Korcula, which are easily accessible by boat. One of the best ways to truly experience the beauty of islands is renting a boat in one of the charter agencies (like this one!).
Image: Island of Brac
You can go on a tour and visit many of the mentioned places at once or you can pick just one destination and visit smaller places in the area. Either way, you won’t be bored because there are so many things you can do in Croatia. For more information visit official page of Croatian National Tourist Board (www.croatia.hr).