Croatia, a jewel on the Adriatic Sea, offers a unique blend of rich history, colourful landscapes and pristine beaches. As you explore this appealing country, you’ll find a spectrum of attractions suitable for all kind of travellers. Here are our selection of top 10 must-see attractions in Croatia:
First, immerse yourself in the past as you walk through the ancient walls of Dubrovnik’s Old Town. Dubbed the “Pearl of the Adriatic,” this UNESCO World Heritage Site is famous for its marvellous architecture. Walk down the main street Stradun and visit the Rector’s Palace, a Gothicand Renaissance marvel.
Next, submerge yourself in the natural beauty of Plitvice Lakes National Park, also a World Heritage Site. There are 16 cascading lakes in this park, connected by a series of waterfalls and surrounded by luxuriant forests. Walk along the boardwalks and marvel at the turquoise waters and abundant wildlife.
In Split, make your way to Diocletian’s Palace, a sprawling Roman complex dating back to the 4th century. Explore the palace’s underground cellars, peristyle and Temple of Jupiter. Don’t forget to climb the bell tower of St. Domnius Cathedral for a fantastic view of the city.
Island of Hvar
Next, set sail for the island of Hvar, an oasis of crystal clear waters, charming towns and fragrant lavender fields. Discover the vibrant nightlife in Hvar Town or relax on the pristine beaches of Jelsa and Stari Grad.
Head north to Istria to visit the Arena of Pula, one of the best-preserved Roman amphitheaters in the world. Built in the 1st century AD, this ancient building was once the site of gladiator fights and still seats up to 20,000 spectators for concerts and events.
Krka National Park
Another natural wonder to explore is Krka National Park, home to spectacular waterfalls, including the famous Skradinski Buk. Take a refreshing dip in the crystal clear pools or follow the hiking trails to admire the park’s diverse flora and fauna.
Are you looking for a touch of romance? Then head to Rovinj, which is one of the most lovely coastal town in Croatia in our opinion. Stroll the cobblestone streets, explore the lively artistic scene, and admire the panoramic view of the Adriatic Sea from the Church of St. Euphemia.
The Sea Organ and the Sun Salutation of Zadar
In the historic city of Zadar, be sure to experience the unique combination of art and nature in the Sea Organ and Sun Salutation installations. Listen to the melodies of the Sea Organ produced by the waves and observe the solar-powered light installation of the Sun Salutation at night.
Island of Korčula
Next, come to the charming island of Korčula, considered the birthplace of the famous explorer Marco Polo. Wander through the medieval old town, sample local white wine, and visit the Marco Polo Museum if you want to learn more about his life.
Last but not least, explore Croatia’s vivid capital, Zagreb. The city is an enticing destination that combines historic charm with modern urban energy. In the heart of Zagreb, you’ll find the historic Old Town divided into two parts: the Upper Town (Gornji Grad) and the Lower Town (Donji Grad). If you explore the Upper Town, the old center of the city, you’ll see delightful old buildings. One of them is the renowned St. Mark’s Church with its bright, patterned roof. Another one is the Lotrščak Tower, from which you can delight a spectacular view of the city. Meanwhile, the Lower Town is bustling with excitement and a contemporary vibe. You’ll find lively squares and green spaces to relax in, as well as lot of museums and galleries to step by during your visit.