Founded on the ruins of the Roman Empire, Croatia has an incredible coastline that combines with mountainous ranges and plains to form a unique harmony rarely seen in the nature. The country also boasts great history and has begun the process of becoming part of the European Union (currently in negotiations). Here are the top 5 things to do in Croatia:
Dubrovnik is commonly called the pearl of the Adriatic and is a city that’s walls have never been breached. The Venetians and Ottoman Empire tried and failed and the most recent attempt came in the 1990’s when Croatia’s neighbors laid siege to the city and failed. It is the best preserved wall city in the Mediterranean and has incredible beaches, countless historical sites, great people, and an incredible climate that attracts tourists by the thousands in the summer.
The Dalmatian Coast –
With over 1,000 islands off the coast of Croatia there is an abundance of beaches (many of them nude), diving opportunities, and adventure trails all throughout the area. Crystalline-blue Adriatic waters, forested islands and rugged coastline, red-tiled towns and villages, and friendly Croatians, everything you need to experience in life.
The most European city in Croatia’s arsenal and the country’s political and economic hub, this is the city that is leading Croatia into the European Union. The city has an immense about of culture with an abundance of museums and is easily the country’s largest city approaching 1 million inhabitants. A gorgeous national theater and cathedral, cobblestone streets, and parks line the city will easily steal your heart during your stay.
Split & Trogir –
It has the largest coastline of any city in the country and residents of Split have a big heart for their city centered around the remarkable Diocletian’s Palace. The Palace was built by a Roman Emperor in anticipation of his retirement. Make sure to see the other historical sites in the city.
Trogir –A cultural paradise with yaghts lining the waters, cafes lining the streets, and a medieval fortress. There are also unique beaches, plenty of green areas, and islands to view.
Mountains & Central Croatia –
Gorgeous castles sit on top of hill after hill and monuments line this area of Croatia as well. Varazdin is the best preserved urban complex in the entire country; Medieval buildings, Gothic architecture, and important pilgrimage sites. After that you can scour the coast for hiking and climbing adventures and get great views of the mountains right along the coast.