Croatia is green-eyed since its enchanting shores have taken possession of the pages of the magazines; thus more and more tourists are abandoning the other destinations of the Mediterranean basin to discover the Dalmatian coast. A destination for yachtsmen who sail from island to island on the transparent water, a meeting place for people who have taken up certain islands and seaside resorts. Croatia has already conquered the heart of visitors around the world. Here is presenting the top 10 vacation destinations in Croatia for chilling out.
Split is the cultural, political and economic center of Dalmatia and one of the oldest cities in the world. It is believed that it was 1700 years old and its founder was a Roman emperor Diocletian who in the area of today’s Split built his palace and gradually became a town. Numerous sights and legends that talk about the busty past, the ideal climate, modern development, a specific lifestyle and a rich tourist offer enchant the many visitors all over the world.
The most famous symbol of Split is Diocletian’s Palace which is one of the most beautiful and best-preserved monuments of Roman architecture in the world. Due to its preservation, beauty and numerous sights, in 1979 it was included in the UNESCO World Heritage list. The two main streets, cardo and decumanus, adjoin the palace and combine four entrances: the Golden, the Silver, the Iron and the Bronze Doors. The main entrance, Golden Gate, is on the north side, and it is believed that through them the Diocletian’s car entered the palace.
You can buy local fruit and vegetables at Pazarja, and fresh fish at the 120-year-old Peškari. Feel the special and cozy atmosphere of the city, drink coffee on the Riva, a “Split Living Room”, shop in Marmont Street, and enjoy a pleasant and warm evening for a walk on the newly renovated West Bank.
The town of Korcula is situated on the northeast end of the island of the same name. The town consists of the old town which is located on the oval peninsula and newer parts of the old center. The first information about the existence of this city is by the Byzantine historian and Konstantin Porfirogenet in the tenth century. But there are no leftover of construction from that time
For the inhabitants of Korcula, the case is heard: Marco Polo is a native of the island. There is even the house where the famous traveler was born. Legend or reality, it is none the less true that Korčula was always an island of sailors and merchants, who wanted to make their chief town a rival of Dubrovnik. It remains an attractive medieval city, planted to the east of an island that also offers many attractions.
The whole island of Korcula is the perfect for sports fans and recreation seekers. In this clean and beautiful sea, you can recline almost every forms of water sports like sailing, swimming, surfing, scuba diving, water skiing, and many other activities. The island of Korcula offers great opportunities for entertainment during the summer. Every place on the island is a real program for you to find something and have fun every night.
Unless you arrive by plane, Pula, at the very end of the point, is not the gateway to a trip to Istria. To reach it, it was necessary to cross green countryside, along with the coast, in short, to resist the temptation to postpone the discovery of the largest city of the region. It is worth spending time on the trail of one of the largest amphitheaters in the Roman world, to blend into the bustling streets of the old town, and to have a coffee.
As an important urban center, Pula has a rich offer of exhibits in numerous museums and galleries, that’s why visitors often visit on popular summer destinations such as Vrsar, Rovinj or Umag. Throughout the year, various events are organized in Pula, including the Arenas Film Festival, which is being transformed into the “oldest” cinema in the world during its maintenance. Particularly interesting is the walking tour of the Pula Parks which, with their decorations, reflect the period in which the water and the water travel through the history of the city in the shade of lush greenery. Enjoy sightseeing of the Pula sights and discover how the city of Pula developed!
As Trogir developed on the mainland, the old city centered on its islet remained protected from destruction and modern buildings. Trogir was founded by the ancient Greeks, and with the passage of centuries, it has become the best preserved Romanesque-Gothic city in Europe. It is all the charm of this small medieval city. It is circulated on foot, along winding alleys, to discover of its palaces and a thousand picturesque details which make the visit a step inevitable during a journey on the Dalmatian coast. The old town has been listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 1997.
Apart from cultural tourism, Trogir also offers gastronomic delights and the ‘true’ summer tourism – clear sea and beautiful beaches, which are located outside of the town itself on the nearby island of Čiovo.
One of the most magnificent and pleasing tourist regions in Croatia is the Sibenik area, which occupies part of northern Dalmatia. In its hinterland is bounded by mountain Dinara and the coast stretching from Pirovac in the west to Razanj on the south and encompasses more than two hundred small and large islands and reefs.
The crystal clear sea, authentic fishing villages, vineyards, beaches, islands, and the remains of medieval towns encompassed by walls are just some of the many comeliness of the Sibenik Riviera. Two pearls of nature – the Kornati National Park with its 89 beautiful islands and cliffs and the Krka National Park makes Sibenik very special where the river Krka runs through the narrow canyons to the Adriatic Sea during 72 Km and leaves the fairy tale cascades, waterfalls, and lakes.
The flagship destination of the Dalmatian coast holds its promises. Pearl of the Adriatic for tourist brochures, architectural treasure belonging to the World Heritage of UNESCO, the old Dalmatian city is truly unique: a corset of walls facing the blue of the sea and, inside, A city almost entirely pedestrian where one can wander hours, escorted by palaces, discovering at random a new plot or new prospects, and popular corners in the upper part of the city.
Every stone in Dubrovnik is decorated with many historical stories told in a modern way. The magnificent walls, narrow stone streets with numerous historical sights, cultural events and top gastronomic offerings give each museum a special charm. Take the cable car to Mount Srdj and enjoy an unforgettable view. Simply, Dubrovnik cannot be said in words, in Dubrovnik you just have to visit.
7. Mali Lošinj
Mali Lošinj is located in the bay of Augusta (the largest enclosed bay of this island) on the south side of the bay of Lošinj, and thanks to this position it became a significant maritime and trade center, today a tourist center.
This small town boasts many historical sites that witnesses to its numerous natural beauties. Visit the numerous villas of the Croatian aristocracy, a fountain (two good dolphins in the rock shell dump fresh water, set up in the glory of the arrival of fresh water from Vransko Lake in Mali Lošinj) Kalvarija (in the southern part of the Mali Lošinj), the Miomiris Island Garden (nursery of island herbs in Mali Lošinj), the forest park “Čikat” and many others.
Mali Lošinj is rich with its pleasant beaches and bays like Bojčić, Suncana bay, Kadin, Krivica, Valdark, Borik Beach, Veli Žal beach, Poljana, Pijesak, Engleza, and Zadarski bays where you can enjoy the swim and rest in the shade of pine trees. Sports and active vacation lovers can enjoy water skiing, windsurfing, parachuting, football, biking, jet skiing, underwater fishing, tennis, diving, basketball, panoramic flights, hiking, and many other activities. Mali Losinj will surely have fun with all tourists and visitors.
Zadar is a beautiful Croatian town with a 3000-year history and a great cultural heritage that combines modern ideas and trends in the best possible way. Zadar never ceased to dress his wounds. The bombing of World War II was scarcely healed until the Yugoslav civil war between 1991 and 1995 once again fought in the city. The buildings of the modern part, constellated with impacts of bullets and shells, still bear witness. The old town, heir of the ancient city and corset of a wall, deserves the detour.
It is located in the very heart of the Adriatic and is considered the center of the Zadar County, as well as the whole of Northern Dalmatia, from which everything ‘reaches’ your hands. It is an ideal place to visit all the lovers of indigenous Dalmatian and Mediterranean cuisine, sports enthusiasts as well as historian and culture fans. Not surprisingly, its world travelers and the European Best Destinations website have been awarded the title of the best European destination for 2016.
Baska island of Krk-Baska on the island of Krk has become the best known of the church of St. Lucija in Jurandvor where was discovered Bascanska the oldest Glagolitic monument that mentions the word “Hrvat” (Croatian). At Jurandvor, you have to visit the ethno-house in Funtana, Margaret, the Baska Country Museum and the “Glagolitic alphabet” trail in Baska.
In Baska, you can experience the “Baskanski pir” event where you can participate in a traditional “wedding”, from beginning to end. The day of sailors which takes place at the beginning of August gives you the opportunity to taste the delicacies of fish and other prepared by your friendly hosts.
In Baska, there is the first public beach on the island of Krk, which is why it is rich in beautiful beaches, Vela plaza which carries the Blue Flag being the best known. Even though there are several cafes and restaurants, Baska is not a favorite place for outings, but only 15 kilometers away are Punat and Krk, the popular destination for all night parties.
10. Plitvice lake national park
Halfway between Zagreb and Zadar, this national park is one of Croatia’s most popular tourist attractions. This park, which has been classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 1979, is home to the 16 large lakes of Plitvice, connected by waterfalls and small tormented rivers. The lakes are renowned for their deep and luminous colors that change according to the minerals and organisms found in the water. The largest waterfall, Veliki Slap, is more than 60 meters high and the park is located in mountains with varied wildlife, from brown bears to wolves too many species of birds. Apart from a sign posted path and some facilities; this park is left in the wild.