With pristine beaches, jewel-like lakes, ancient ruins, and more than 1,000 islands, Croatia is one of Europe’s hottest tourist destinations. Like much of Europe, Croatia boasts its share of medieval cities and historic ruins, but what makes this country exceptional is its wealth of stunning natural attractions and charming old towns throughout the entire coast. Here are the Perfect Places to Visit in Croatia during your stay in Croatia:
When you think of Croatia, one of the first associations in Dubrovnik – the pearl of Adriatic, one of the most beautiful coastal destinations not only in Croatia but in Europe as well. Dubrovnik is famous not only for its walls and fortifications but also as the King’s Landing from Game of Thrones, which surely contributed to its word wide popularity in recent years. Don’t miss the city’s white limestone streets, the lovely old town of Stari Grad or scenic Mount Srđ (take the cable car to the top for some magnificent views). Dubrovnik is also very easily reachable if you’re staying in Split or Trogir – there are various tours and organized day trips to visit this magnificent old town.
As the second-largest city in Croatia and the capital of Dalmatia, Split is the cultural center of the region and a vibrant place that perfectly blends ancient and modern. Split has a rich history dating back to the Roman times when Split was chosen as the retirement residence of the Roman emperor Diocletian who built his magnificent palace around which the city of Split formed and which is now declared UNESCO World Heritage Site. Surrounded by the mountains, the sea, and Marjan Forrest Hill, Split is truly a gem that is slowly transforming from the transportation hub through which the visitors breeze on their way to the other parts of the country to an ideal holiday destination with a lot to offer.
Along with Dubrovnik, the second location which pops up to mind when thinking about Croatia is Plitvice Lakes National Park, the oldest and most notable national park in Croatia. With its easy and accessible walking trails, boardwalks suspended over the turquoise water, magnificent viewpoints and beautiful waterfalls, this is the type of place which is perfect for visitors of all ages. Due to its location in central Croatia, it is an ideal stop for tourists traveling from the north of the country to the coast, but it is also convenient to visit Plitvice Lakes on a day trip from coastal cities such as Šibenik, Split or Trogir. Sure, you will have to spend some time in the car/bus but the beautiful scenery and perfect pictures you will have as a reminder of your visit to Plitvice Lakes will undoubtedly make it worth it.
Everybody heard of Plitvice Lakes, but there are many other national parks much closer to the coast and equally stunning. One of these parks is the National park Krka – with fascinating waterfalls and beautiful cascades, Krka national park encompasses nearly 27,000 acres along the Krka River in central Dalmatia, easily reachable from the towns of Split, Trogir, and Šibenik. In addition, unlike Plitvice Lakes, national park Krka still allows swimming in selected areas inside the park.
Trogir is a charming medieval town on the Dalmatian coast which is often overlooked due to it’s much bigger neighbors- the cities of Split, Zadar, and Šibenik. Nevertheless, due to it’s a historical and cultural value which dates back to ancient times, it is not only worth visiting but is also a great starting point for exploring natural, cultural and historical attractions Dalmatia has to offer. From Trogir, you can easily reach Split, Krka Waterfalls, Šibenik, and Zadar – even Mostar in the neighboring Bosnia and Herzegovina is just 2 and a half hours of driving away.
Here are the Top 10 places to visit in Trogir, Croatia.
The tiny islet of Bisevo, located only 5 nautical miles southwest of Komiža on Vis Island, would hardly be noticed at all if there wasn’t for its remarkable Blue Cave (Modra Špilja), a natural phenomenon which is definitely worth seeing. Between 11 am and 1 pm on a sunny calm day, the strongest rays of the sun passing through an underwater opening illuminate the cave with a luminous blue light while objects beneath the surface shimmer in silver and pink, creating an unearthly and spectacular effect which will surely be carved in your memory. Just keep in mind that it is a popular destination and if you decide to visit during high season, you will most probably have to queue to enter the cave.
If you decide to see Blue Cave, don’t miss a chance to visit the town of Hvar located on Croatia’s sunniest island of the same name. The city walls and the ancient Fortica fortress were the main reason Hvar was one of the most important naval bases of the central Adriatic throughout history. Today Hvar is no stranger to the spotlight and is known for welcoming the hottest international celebrities and world-class yachts, though behind its prestige is a charming, humble, and ancient town waiting to be explored.
On your way from the island of Hvar don’t miss a chance to enjoy the panoramic view of the amazing archipelago of Pakleni islands – set of 14 islets and the oldest and the most famous Hvar’s resort with a spacious lagoon with shallow sandy beaches, surrounded by pine forest, rosemary bushes, and various exotic plants.