Croatia is just beginning to see a rise in tourism. And with its recent runner-up status against France in the World Cup, it has the spotlight more than ever as a tourist destination. The small country of only four million people on the northeastern end of the Adriatic Sea is indeed gorgeous. Wander its centuries’-old cobblestone streets, visit the several UNESCO Heritage sites, or do some island hopping.
Visit one or more of Croatia’s eight national parks
A two-hour bus ride from Zagreb will get you to Plitvice Lakes National Park, said to be the most stunning in the country. While here, trek on wooden plank trails among shimmering waterfalls and above a network of sixteen inter-connected lakes.
The Old Town Walls of Dubrovnik
If you are a fan of the Game of Thrones series, you will undoubtedly recognize this attraction, as it is the set of Kings Landing. Nevertheless, the sparkle of the Adriatic Sea and the terracotta rooftops will surely dazzle you.
Go Island Hopping
The Pakleni Islands off the southern coast of Croatia are a sunbather’s paradise. There are many secluded beaches to discover – dare to go off the grid for a day and just be a water baby in your bathing suit.
Rent a scooter in Dubrovnik
The city has recently introduced an electric scooter share program where you can access these handy little modes of transportation to explore the city. It’s much better than renting a bulky car!
Venture North to Istria
Get away from the crowds of Split and Dubrovnik to the northern part of Croatia, and discover the region’s mouth-watering seafood, amazing wine and picturesque waterfront villages.
Venture inland, away from the allure of Croatia’s coastline and experience Croatia’s capital city. Along with its stunning Baroque architecture, Zagreb also has a vibrant food and craft beer scene, as well as charming farmers markets.
The Cathedral of St. James in Sibenik
Built in the 15th and 16th centuries, it is arguably one of the most significantly monumental buildings in the whole of Europe. In fact, it is the only building in Europe comprised entirely of stone! A very important Renaissance structure, and a UNESCO site.
Go to Zlatni Rat Beach
This white-sand beach is somewhat unique in that it’s a tiny peninsula stretching into the Adriatic Sea on the island of Brac. This coupled with the crystal blue waters make it one of the most beautiful beaches in Europe.
Go back in time in Split
Croatia’s second largest city is number one in terms of history. It originated as a Greek colony in the 2nd and 3rd century B.C. before the Romans took it over and transformed it in their image. The Palace of Diocletian is the centerpiece of Split, and a jewel to behold.
Take the ferry from Split and visit this car-free island, which holds some of Croatia’s best hotels and seafood restaurants. Enjoy the postcard-perfect fishing harbor, 16th century cathedral, hilltop fortress and spacious main square.