Croatia’s best attractions are its historic cities and unspoiled natural beauty. Zagreb, Croatia’s capital, has some of the most renowned museums, galleries, restaurants and shops in the country. Many pebble beaches are available for water skiing, scuba diving and windsurfing.
Croatia’s beautiful islands, located on the Adriatic, are ideal for both yachters and people who want to relax and take in the Mediterranean sunshine. Check out our top Croatian activities to make the most of your time in this beautiful East European nation.
1. Dubrovnik Old Town Walls
Dubrovnik is Croatia’s most prestigious tourist destination. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage location. For a first time sightseeing tour, you should start with a walk around the ramparts. The entire circuit is two kilometers long and includes towers, cannons, fortresses, and towers.
You will also be able to enter the Old Town via famousPile GateIt was constructed in 1537, and is one of the city’s most iconic structures. Enjoy stunning views of the Old Town rooftops from the highest point on the walls. Also, take a bottle of water with you and a selfie stick.
You can also explore the surroundings. StradunThis is a pedestrian route that extends 300 meters long and is lined with cafes and restaurants. It’s also famous for its white limestone sandstones.
2. Diocletian’s Palace in Split
Split, Croatia’s second-largest city, was founded within the walls of the Roman Diocletian’s Palace (Dioklecijanova Palaca). It overlooks the Adriatic Sea and was built by Roman Emperor Diocletian. He retired here in AD305.
Square in plan – it’s more of a fortress than a palace and actually housed Emperor’s personal garrison. The palace has four monumental gates, three of which are accessible from the ground and one that opens directly onto the water.
You’ll find the Peristyle, an arcaded courtyard, and the Cathedral St. Domnius with the elegant bell tower within the walls.
It’s a great thing to do at night to see the illuminated ruins. During the day, there are concerts and entertainment. The Old Town, which is pedestrian-only, has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
3. Hvar Town
Many tourists travel to Croatia to discover the idyllic Dalmatian Islands. Hvar is the most fashionable. Hvar is the home of some of the most prestigious hotels in Croatia and the finest seafood restaurants. This Old Town dates back to the Venetian-rule period (1420-1797). It is comprised of a spacious central square that overlooks a cathedral from 16th century, a picturesque fishing harbor, as well as a fortress on a hill.
Hvar is very popular among celebrities and yachters as well as with travelers who come to enjoy the beaches and water sports. It can be reached by ferry from Split.
4. Plitvice Lakes National Park
Plitvice Lakes National park (Nacionalni Parc Plitvicka jezera), Croatia’s most famous inland attraction is located on steep forested hillsides. It surrounds 16 emerald-blue, surrounded by thundering waterfalls. The park’s first national parks are connected by a network made up of wooden bridges and footpaths. Entrance tickets include boat rides across the lakes.
The park’s lush and natural surroundings make it an ideal place for wild animals such as wolves, bears and eagles.
If you are looking for somewhere to stay overnight, there are many hotels located near the park. Plitvice can also be visited on guided sightseeing bus trips from Zagreb and Zadar.
5. Zagreb’s Gornji Grad
The main tourist area in Zagreb (the Croatian capital) is the medieval Gornji Grad district. Popular tourist attractions here include the cathedral, with its neoGothic façade, twin steeples and treasury, with its large collection of religious arts; the Croatian parliament (Hrvatski sabor); and the Church of St. Mark, with its famed colored tiled roof. You can also climb the Tower of Lotrscak from the 13th century for stunning views of the city and surrounding areas.
Be sure to catch the Museum of Broken Relationships, which is a favorite of most people.