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Top things to do in Croatia
Top things to do in Croatia
We often meet people who have never been to Croatia and were wondering what this small country has to offer.
Croatia is a peculiar country with century old cobbled streets that you can meander through. Whether you are planning on visiting for a day or a week you should make time in your itinerary to admire and explore Croatia’s coast line.
Croatia must see archipelagos
There’s no doubt about it that Croatia has many things to see but what truly sets it apart is the crystal blue sea. With over 1000 islands to explore it seems almost impossible to see every single one in a lifetime. We do recommend you to book a charter or boat tour if you can because the views from the sea are truly breathtaking. After all, a trip to Croatia without spending some of it on the sea would be, dare I say it, sacrilege. The beaches all around the coast line can compete with that of the Caribbean.
Croatia must see Natural parks
Croatia has a total of eight national parks which are the perfect places to visit with the whole family. It’s a good thing to plan ahead when planning or going on a trip to another country. So we decided to write a bit more in detail over here.
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”. Konoba’s are Croatian rustic restaurants where 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.
Exploring the top towns in Croatia
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. Not giving the town a second thought as you made plans for your vacation. 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 melody 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.
Go on a tour
There’s a whole bunch you can sightsee and explore on your own but if you decide to go on some adrenaline filled tour, Croatia has that also 🙂
Go rafting from Split down rapids, jump off cliffs with deep water solo, go with a zipline in Omiš or a zipline canopy tour in Kozjak at even 65 km/h and many more. If you enjoyed hearing that we have a specially made list of tours over here.
Croatia has a couple of festivals of it’s own. The Ultra music festival being a famous example that’s hosted in Split.
Most other Croatian festivals aren’t as spectacular but they do have their own charm like “Sinjska Alka”. Where Riders try to hit the center of a metallic circle that looks awfully similar to Mercedes’s logo.
Some other Croatian festival is like Halloween called “Maškare”. “Maškare” happens usually during February, a month and a half before Easter. People dress up as various characters, while not as spectacular as Halloween there are a couple of genius concepts.
History of Croatia
Whilst walking around the various architecture you will surely learn to appreciate the history filling the architecture. The ruins of the Old City beautiful to this day but also filled with knowledge. For anyone that enjoys history you will surely enjoy visiting Croatia as most of the main cities possess a so called “Old Town” in it.
Some slightly negative things about Croatia
Croatia isn’t without it’s flaws, the country is certainly beautiful and a great place to visit but we just thought you should know about a couple of negatives:
- Perfect Summer Vacation, but be warned as the temperature can rise to dangerous amounts.
- The sea is incredibly clean and pure, but be warned about walking barefooted as there are a lot of Sea urchins in places.
- It’s a little too popular, with the giant popularity boost thanks to Game of Thrones it has attracted numerous fans, making visiting the country a bit of a hassle to move through large crowds.
Short Summary of top things to do in Croatia
Croatia is a gorgeous country and it’s difficult to name the top things to see without excluding anything. Having a plethora of key features, Croatia isn’t an easy country to name the top things of.
But if you want to see an outsider’s perspective of what they thought about Croatia. Go ahead and check out 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. The blog posts are fun and educational and offer some interesting facts about this 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.
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