“The most amazing set where I’ve shot ‘Game of Thrones’ is definitely Croatia, in Dubrovnik. It’s such a stunning country with lots of good watersports there as well. Just a beautiful, beautiful place.” – Natalie Dormer
Some of the top attractions of Croatia are historic cities and unspoiled nature. Zagreb, which is the vibrant capital city of this country and is home to some of the best galleries, museums, shopping centers, and restaurants.
There are centuries-old harbor towns here which are packed with stone buildings of the Venetian era along the coast. On the other hand, you’ll be offered countless of pebble beach to do certain activities like water skiing, scuba diving, and windsurfing.
Croatia’s blissful islands are considered a haven for yachters and people simply wanting to relax and enjoy the Mediterranean sunshine on the Adriatic.
Here are six places which should never be missed.
1.Diocletian’s Palace in Split
The split is Croatia’s second biggest city after Zagreb. The Diocletian’s Palace grew up within the ancient walls of Rome. It was built by the Roman Emperor Diocletian who retired here in AD 305 and is known to overlook the Adriatic Sea.
The palace has four monumental gates and is square in plan. Out of four gates, three are from the land, and one directly opened onto the water. There are many things to see within the walls. These include the magnificent arcaded courtyard called the Peristyle. You’ll also find the Cathedral of St. Domnius with its elegant bell-tower in this place. The old town has been proclaimed a UNESCO world heritage site and is pedestrian-only.
Tourists mainly arrive in this country to explore the blissful Dalmatian islands. Out of these islands, the Hvar is the most fashionable one. The trendy town of Hvar is home to some of the top hotels and seafood restaurants of the country.
This car-free old town dates back to the years spent under Venetian-rule (1420-1797) and is made of a spacious main square which is overlooked by a hilltop fortress, a 16th-century cathedral, and a pretty fishing harbor. It is popular with celebrities and yachters. Travelers come here to enjoy the watersports and beaches.
3.Plitvice National Park
The Plitvice National Park is Croatia’s most visited inland attraction. It is encompassed with steep hillsides which are forested. These surround 16 emerald-blue lakes and are connected by a succession of thundering waterfalls.
The park is criss-crossed by a network of wooden bridges and footpaths. There are boat rides included in the entrance tickets. The park is a haven for wild animals, including bears and wolves (you are unlikely to see them are they are timid here), along with eagles, falcons, and owls, thanks to the pristine and lush nature. Should you wish to stay the night, you can easily check-in as there are several hotels on the edge of the park.
4.Dubrovnik Old Town Walls
Croatia’s most glamorous tourist destination Dubrovnik is known to center on the magnificent Old Town. Besides that this too is declared a UNESCO world heritage site and is contained within sturdy walls of medieval defense. If you are about to venture on your first sightseeing tour in this area than make sure that you should begin with a walk around the ramparts (the complete circuit is measured to be two kilometers).
The ramparts incorporate cannons, fortresses, and towers along the way. You can enjoy amazing views over the rooftops of the old town from high up on the walls, and out across the glistening Adriatic Sea. Make sure to wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a camera and water bottle.
5.Sailing Around Kornati National Park
The Kornati National Park is known to spread over an area of sea which is about 35 kilometers long and 13 kilometers wide. More than 80 scattered islets are encompassed by this archipelago. The islets are practically uninhabited, being rocky and arid with very little fertile soil.
Originally built by local shepherds and fishermen as one-room shelters, there are some very basic stone cottages here. These cottages are now used as seasonal seafood restaurants and holiday retreats. The best way you can explore the islets is by a private sailing boat. The nearest charter is based in Biograd-na-Moru.
6.Zagreb’s Gornji Grad
The main sightseeing in Zagreb is the medieval Gornji Grad (Upper Town). There are many attractions you’ll find here. However, these include the twin steeples and the cathedral having a Neo-Gothic façade; the Church of St. Mark which has a colored tiled roof the Tower of Lotrščak of the 13th-century where you can climb to get fantastic views atop the city roof and the Croatian Sabor (Parliament). Also, make sure you don’t forget to catch up on the much-loved Museum of Broken Relationships.
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