There is Croatia before and after Game of Thrones. As the setting for the series, the country became a must-see for anyone traveling to Eastern Europe. But the country does not live only as a representation of the Dark Ages. Sunny Croatia offers beautiful beaches bathed by the Adriatic Sea, paradise islands, ruins of a Roman palace, a park with dozens of lakes and fluorescent waterfalls, friendly towns, spectacular cuisine, and tasty beer. In this article, we will tell you what are the four best things to do in Croatia.
Croatia is one of the most developed republics of the former Yugoslavia. Located in Europe, it is bordered by Slovenia, Hungary, Serbia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina, and is bathed by the Adriatic Sea. The country is inhabited by about 4.4 million people. Zagreb, the national capital, is the most populous city with 690,000 inhabitants.
Croatia possesses natural beauties that will fascinate you. With paradise islands, caves, and lush beaches, it is no wonder that this destination has been discovered by tourists from all over the world.
But it is not only its landscapes that should motivate your trip to Croatia. The cities, especially in coastal areas, are home to historic buildings, walls, fortresses, monasteries, and very old churches. As such, the country is a perfect union of history and lush natural scenery.
The best time to enjoy the Croatian beaches is summer, between December and March. But, because it is high season and the vacation period in the continent, the beach regions are full of tourists, especially Europeans. In the fall and winter, it is also possible to go sightseeing, but it is good to be prepared because the cold in Europe is always very rigorous. If you prefer, spring is a good moment to go. With mild temperatures, sightseeing becomes very pleasant.
Now that you know you need to visit Croatia, you must be wondering how many days to stay there. In general, a 10-day itinerary is the most adequate, since the country has many attractions. Want to know where to go? Read on.
The 4 best things to do in Croatia
Rich in history, with lush coastal regions and full of beautiful people, you will fall in love with this country, which has become very popular with tourists because it is a cheap destination. Check out the four best things to do in Croatia.
The medieval city of Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik is the setting for Game of Thrones and is one of the most beautiful and well-preserved medieval cities in the world. Its two kilometers of walls are home to an impressive collection of streets, buildings, churches, monuments, and fountains dating back to the 12th century, built between the Mount of St. Sergius and the infinite blue of the Adriatic Sea.
To explore the city, you can stay within the walls and explore the alleys without worrying about time.
Admire the Onophrian fountains, the Church of the Holy Savior, and the Franciscan Monastery. Go the Pile and Ploce gates, the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin, the Rectors’ Palace, the Sponza Palace, the Orlando Pillar, and the Stradun or Plaque, the city’s main thoroughfare.
Banje Beach in Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik also boasts a beautiful beach. The strip of sand is a short walk outside the walls and go to the East-West restaurant. You are drooling over the landscape even before going down the stairs because the blue sea makes a surreal contrast with the medieval walls in the background.
The beach has a restaurant, beach club, and sun lounger rental, but those who want more affordable food and drinks can buy them at the kiosk or mini-market just up the road.
Plitvice Lakes National Park
The Plitvice Lakes National Park is home to 16 lakes interconnected by numerous waterfalls. It is divided into two parts: the low lakes and the high lakes.
The low lakes are the most beautiful. There, you can admire four lakes that are adorned by rock walls up to 40 meters high. There is also the Great Waterfall, Croatia’s largest waterfall. The high lakes encompass 12 lakes, all connected by numerous waterfalls.
The park is located in central Croatia, 133 kilometers from the tourist city of Zadar and also 133 kilometers from the capital, Zagreb.
Tkalciceva Street in Zagreb
Zagreb is the best place to eat and drink in Croatia. There you will find Tkalciceva, a street dedicated to bohemia. It is located in the lower part of the historic center and lies between several of the city’s attractions, with the Stone Gat’ to the north, Ban Jelacic Square to the south, Zagreb Cathedral to the east, and Lotrscak Tower to the west.
Once on Tkalciceva, just browse through the lively bars, restaurants, and cafes until you find the one you like best. Ozujsko Pub Tkalca is one of the most famous and offers great local cuisine.
So, what do you think of our choices? Do you have a favorite place in Croatia? Tell us in the comments.