Exploring Croatia during Winter 2018
It’s always a mystery what you can do in a country when the main attractions would be the crystal blue and clean beaches. Croatia being one of the countries that have one of the most purest beaches in the world, but Summer isn’t the only season this country shines in.
One of the common mistakes people make whilst travelling is that they always pick the busiest and most active places in a country. Croatia being almost always full and a bit on the pricier side as tourists explore the numerous islands and architecture; the so called “High season” where you can’t really admire the architecture due to so many people.
Winter doesn’t have that kind of problem. You can go explore the architecture and admire various sights at an easy pace throughout, not having to worry about missing anything due to a huge line, etc. So why don’t you get here and see what Croatia has to offer during the cold season? 🙂
As the temperature drops the smell of hot coffee, tea and hot chocolate fumes fill the cold air with a pleasant and delicious fragrance. The christmas markets are bustling with activity as locals gather around to celebrate Christmas and the New Years. Croatians have a couple of festivities and rituals as the end of the
planet year approaches.
Croatia’s main cities start filling and bustling as musicians start to sing festive songs, Christmas stands start opening up selling various foods and beverages, wooden children’s toys and numerous other knick knacks across town. That’s how you know the Christmas fare has started.
As the cold embrace of winter approaches, what better way to stay warm than by eating in a cozy warm environment.
Wherever you go in Croatia you are bound to find something delicious to treat your taste buds. Whether you are a sea food lover or not we urge you to try any kind of fish in a “Konoba” (Croatian rustic restaurants) where the chef’s know how to grill a fish to perfection. But the fish won’t suit everyone, but mostly all Croatians have a taste for the sea life.
But if fish isn’t your thing Croatia has a wide assortment of foods ranging from “Peka’s” to more dessert oriented meals like “Štrukle” to satisfy even the most pickiest of eaters (Me being one of em 🙂 ). The culinary scene is after all one of the most delicious parts of a trip to a lot of travelers.
Enjoying the stay
One of the perks you won’t get by visiting Croatia during the Winter is how quiet and surreal it could feel to wake up snuggled in a blanket only to hear silence and/or very faint footsteps in the alleyway nearby in the morning. Unfortunately you can’t go swimming due to the low temperature but enjoying the peace and quiet of the various towns more than makes up for it; offering quite a relaxing stay in all cities (Not to mention a lot cheaper also).
If you were worried about missing out on some tours, thinking they were only available during the summer time you are surely mistaken as you can still visit the Krka Waterfalls and Plitvice Lakes; maybe even get to see them beautifully frozen 🙂
There’s a plethora of towns across the country but they all are different in some way so you don’t feel like you are walking the same streets on your trip. If you are a fan of walking and just meandering around than you will have a great time exploring all the towns Croatia has to offer. 🙂
- Zagreb – You probably landed/arrived here and immediately departed for the Dalmatian coast without a second thought about the city you were in. The capital of Croatia along with the largest city, Zagreb hosts many seasonal activities; the most famous one being the Christmas fair that is hosted every year across many towns in Croatia, the biggest one being in Zagreb of course. There’s also a couple of museums and parks around Zagreb that are lovely places to explore either on foot or with a tram, visit museums like the “Museum of broken relationships” or “Museum of Illusions” to take a breather from history and experience some quirky fun things along the way.
- Split – Resting on the eastern coast of the Adriatic, Split is the second largest and one of the oldest cities in the region of Croatia’s Dalmatia. This beautiful gem of a city is a prime tourist spot attracting several thousands due to it’s historical architecture, excursions and tours. The Diocletian palace in Split is the most popular attraction the city has to offer, the narrow maze like paths opening up to big squares inside the palace make it a rather interesting and popular sight to see; the basements being a filming location of the popular hit tv show Game of Thrones where Daenerys kept her dragons.
- Zadar – If you are seeking for peace and relaxation Zadar is full of it. Take a scroll on Zadar’s prominence and say “Hi” to the sun (Yes, there’s a monument to it. No, we aren’t crazy) whilst listening to the music of the waves as they hit the Sea Organs.
- Dubrovnik – You might recognize this town immediately upon seeing it since it is the filming location of Game of Thrones; the city being King’s Landing in the tv show. The walls around Dubrovnik being used to defend the town back in the day but now a famous tourist location and also providing some great photographic opportunities to brag to your family and friends when you get home 🙂
There are many towns decorating but these are just a couple that you can visit and explore. Trust us when we say that Croatia is full of hidden gems that we don’t even know about.
Croatia really is a particularly gorgeous country and it’s difficult to name the top things to see without excluding anything but we tried to cram some of the key features of Croatia into one place. Whether you are visiting Croatia during the burning hot season which is Summer or during the freezing cold embrace of Winter, you will manage to see incredible sights and scenery 🙂
But if you want to see an outsider’s perspective of what they thought about Croatia we urge you to check JetSettingFools, having several travel blogs revolving around Croatia from Top 10 things to see in Split, 2-week itinerary of Croatia and a whole blog post about the Diocletian’s Palace in Split that are a fun and educational view of this lovely country. They were beyond lovely guests that we had a pleasure meeting 🙂
All in all it’s always best to explore the town on foot and visit places that are often left out of most guides and tours, even more so if you are visiting during the off season like Winter.
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