Are you looking for a reason why to visit Croatia ? Keep reading and you will find many; starting from must-sees to hidden gems and insider tips to enjoy Croatia.
Are you dreaming of golden shores and blue water?
There are many beautiful beaches in Croatia. If you have been dreaming about sunny beaches and cobalt water all year, then you should really pack your suitcase and try Kupari, just south of Dubrovnik, we promise you won’t be disappointed. Feeling like stretching under the sun on a remote Mediterranean island? We really recommend Susak, a tiny Croatian island composed almost entirely of sand. If your idea of a beach is a golden strip of sand that stretches away towards the sky, then go visit Nin, an amazing beach just about 15 km from Zadar. If you want to savor local life and history of Croatia, Lovrečina Bay is perfect for you. One of the many beaches on the island that exceeds the expectations of travellers, with a sandy shore bordering intense cobalt waters, and a ruined medieval church among olive trees in a dreamy Mediterranean landscape.
If you want to run away to charging your batteries than you have to discover one of the best place in the World, small but enough brilliant Croatia.
The region of Croatia covers a large number of historical and geographical regions. The most famous Croatian region is Dalmatia, lying along most of the Adriatic coast with its 1244 islands offer many peacful beaches where you can relax end enjoying specific smell of Dalmatian herbs and pines far away from fast way of life and pressure.
Numerous toursist and lovers of Dalmatian nature will be able to visit amazing beaches and lakes, cold caves and national parks, forests and mountains.
Croatia has 8 national parks with untouched nature: Brijuni in Istrian peninsula, Islands Kornati and Mljet in Dalmatia, Waterfall Krka near by Sibenik in the central Dalmatia, Plitvice Lakes (around 100 km far away from Zagreb, Capital town of Croatia), Paklenica, Risnjak and North Velebit, mountains in Dalmatia.
In Croatia there are UNESCO destinations which represent significant value of this beautiful heart of Europe:
- Plitvice Lakes National Park
- Dubrovnik Old Town
- Diocletian’s Palace Split in the central Dalmatia
- Jacob’s Cathedral in Šibenik
- Starigrad Field on the island of Hvar
- Historical nucleus of Trogir
- Euphrasius Basilica in Poreč
Among a lot of attractions what you are able to see there are top 5 of them which you should definitely visit and explore in Dalmatia which will give you amazing memories and desire to come back again.
Dubrovnik is an amazing Croatian city on the Adriatic sea, in the region of Dalmatia, which joined the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.
Town has nearly 2 kilometer long walls, built in the 15th ct. for protecting the town from the Turks. On the north side there is Minčeta tower, built in the 15th ct. On the eastern side of the walls there is a Revelin tower. Dubrovnik is considered by many to be one of the most popular towns in the Mediterranean.
A wide main street Stradun stretches through the center. During the day and evening, many entertainers, artists and traditional craftsmen gather here in order to show the guests what their town was like in the old days.
The Sponza Palace is one of the most amazing gothic-renaissance palaces in Dubrovnik.Town Culture-Historical Museum is placed in gothic palace with renaissance and baroque additions.
The famous Church of St Blaise is located centre of the town. This wonderful baroque church was built in the 18th ct.
While you are in Dubrovnik, a trip to the Lokrum islet is something you must no’t miss while you are visiting Dubrovnik. This piece of paradise is just a ten-minute boat ride away in to nature reserve, and there is also a botanical garden.
Each year traditional Dubrovnik Summer Festival takes place in Dubrovnik. From July 10th to August 25th the entire Old Town becomes a stage for many music, drama and dance performances.
Makarska is second largest town in Central Dalmatia.There is a beach in the center of the town which stretches several kilometers to the north which offer park for children, water sports and many oher activities and equipment on the beach.
There are several places to visit. Seashell museum with numerous sea shell specimens in the 500 year-old Franciscan monastery. Here you can see over 3000 shell species from the Adriatic Sea. At the central town square there is a Church of St Mark. It is building, started in 1700, but never really finished.
During July/August there are a lot of entertainment such as Guitar project, Fisherman’s Night, Summer Carnival, Folk festival, Festival choir with mandolins and guitars, etc.
Hvar (town on the island Hvar) is popular jet-set destination in recent years.
Hvar Town is a favorite nautical destination because it is located in a beautiful bay at the western part of Hvar Island. Hvar port is packed with expensive breathtaking yachts, a true attraction for many tourists.
The beach by the popular Hula – Hula club is a place with non-stop parties and world famous DJs in the summer season. Many young party people and jet set come here. Here you can enjoy cocktails, great food and excellent wines and champagne.
Opposite from this beach is Beach Bonj, known as the most expensive beach in Croatia.
Hvar theater is one of the oldest theatres in Europe, founded in 1612.
Franciscan monastery, built in 1461. Offers amazing monastery museum treasure and an excellent collection of paintings of the old masters.
One of Hvar’s most interesting products is agave lace that is made by the Benedictine abbey nuns.
In June, July and August there are many entertainments such as St. John’s Bonfire Night, Klapa concerts, Preservation of tradition and Dalmatian values, St. Lawrence Day, etc.
Split is 1700 year old city and it’s the cultural and main center of Dalmatia. It is included in the UNESCO list of the World heritage sites because of its numerous archaeological, cultural and historical monuments, especially Diocletian’s palace.
There are also many other historical monuments such as the Iron Gate, Golden Gate, Benedictine Monastery of St. Euphemia, Diocletian’s mausoleum, etc.
Split has wonderful beaches such as Bačvice, Žnjan, Firule, Kaštelet and Ovčice.
During the summer city’s squares become a large stage with rich cultural and enertainment offer. You can find many organize trip on canoe safari on the river Zrmanja or Cetina.
Culinary enthusiasts can enjoy many restaurants with excellent sea food, famous wine, delicious deserts and friendly staff which are professionally oriented to the guests.
One of the best are Perivoj, Konoba Lucac, Konoba Otprilike Ovako, La Regina Del Formaggio, etc.
Near by is airport in Trogir (aprox 15 km far away from Split).
Sibenik is located in Dalmatia and it is one of the oldest towns in Croatia. The most beautiful and most famous building in Šibenik is the monumental St. Jacob’s Cathedral which was listed in the UNESCO list of world cultural heritage. Building of the cathedral began in the 15thct. It is unique in the world because it was built exclusively from stone without using any binding materials. On the hilltop above the town there is a magnificent Fortress of St. Michael.
St Nicholas Fortress was built at the entrance to the St. Ante canal and it served as the main point for defense from the Turkish navy. On the top of the 115 meters high hill there is another fortress, St. John Fortress. It was built in the 17th ct. for mainland defense from the Turkish attacks.
The Central town square is surrounded by most magnificent buildings in Šibenik, the Cathedral, the Town Hall, small Loggia, Duke’s and Bishop’s palaces and a complex of patrician palaces.
In Sibenik there are a lot of cultural events and enertainments such as International Children Festival in June, Off Jazz & Blues festival, Salsa Beach Splash Festival, Šibenik Dance festival, Evening of Dalmatian song, etc.
Highly recommendation is impressive restaurant “Pellegrini” which quality received Michelin Star award.
Near by Sibenik is National Park Krka with Skradinski buk waterfall which is one of the best known natural beauties of Croatia.
The Skradinski buk can be reached from the Lozovac entrance, with free parking, while from April to October free bus transfers for individual visitors are available from the entrance to the Skradinski buk. The other entrance is in Skradin, where from April to November visitors to the waterfalls are transported by boats of the Krka National Park. Nature lovers and fans of hiking can reach the Skradinski buk along a 875 m trail from the Lozovac entrance or from Skradin, along a 4 km trail that is also a bicycle path. Excursions can be taken by boat from the Skradinski buk to Visovac Island and the Roški slap waterfall.
Events not to miss in Croatia
The INmuisc Festival
If you love indie music you can’t miss The INmuisc Festival, one of the best indie festivals in Croatia. Zagreb’s seminal city fest INmusic promises two days of big indie fun. Indie rock, heavy metal and electronica artists will perform on Youth Island, right in the middle of the lake. The Prodigy, Franz Ferdinand, Alice in Chains, Billy Idol and Arctic Monkeys are just some of the names which have performed over the years.
Hideout Festival has earned a reputation as one of Croatia’s most happening festivals, returning for the seventh year of dancing fun and boat parties. Hideout’s electronic waves break on the shores of Zrće Beach for a week of awesome beach parties and a stellar mix of DJs and artists will delight dance music devotees of all kinds.
Ultra Europe Music Festival
Split and its Ultra Europe Music Festival, have become the favorite destination of party animals. Every year during July more than 100 000 people come to Split to party for 7 days – 4 in Split and the rest on islands of Brac, Hvar and Vis.
Spring Break Island
The perfect mix of wild parties in the ultimate summer holiday location, Spring Break Island is two weeks of electronic beach parties, club nights, boat parties and crazy sports contests. This year it will be held from 31 May – 3 June & 14-17 June 2018, in Novalja.
The Soundwave is an opportunity to make a trip to the idyllic Dalmatian coastline and savor some of the world’s finest live artists and DJs from across broken beat, hip-hop, soul and much more.