Are you planning to visit Croatia on your next vacation ? At the crossroads of cultures , this country bordered by the Adriatic Sea and bathed by a Mediterranean climate , will seduce you. Between pebble beaches , lakes , excursions to the islands , architecture , culture and gastronomy , you will be spoiled for choice. So to be sure to prepare your trip as well as possible and not miss out on what there is to see in Croatia , follow the guide!
Plitvice Lakes: a unique place to see in Croatia
The most visited Croatian national park is listed as a World Heritage Site by Unesco. And for good reason: on a vertical drop of 130 m, this natural wonder has no less than 16 lakes flowing into each other and 92 waterfalls! The crystal clear waters worthy of the Caribbean Sea are a blast to the eyes. But that's not all: this natural park is full of flora and fauna. While walking on the hiking trails and in the forests, you may come across deer, wild boars, wild cats, but also rarer animals, such as wolves or bears. Located between Zagreb and Zadar, it is a magical place not to be missed during your stay in Croatia!
Dubrovnik: a city steeped in history
Dubrovnik, aptly called the pearl of the Adriatic, is a must-see for history and architecture lovers (but not only!). Stroll through its alleys, as well as the long pedestrian street of the Placa to admire the old houses and appreciate the architectural signature of the city. You can also go around the old town by taking the ramparts. You will then have a view of the red roofs of the fortress and the bay of Dubrovnik, where the small island of Lokrum is located. This 2 km² nature reserve has only a 12th century Benedictine monastery and Fort Royal.
If you like religious monuments, Dubrovnik will know how to fill you thanks to the convent of the Dominicans and the monastery of the Franciscans.
Split: the jewel of central Dalmatia
Split is amazing with its architecture. Indeed, the city center is built in the middle of the ruins of the prestigious palace of the emperor Diocletian (who lived in the 3rd century BC). This city ingeniously combines history and modernity: shops and museums rub shoulders with bars and restaurants, and in the evening the atmosphere is festive. Enter the konobas (typical Dalmatian restaurants) and take the time to taste regional specialties such as octopus salad, smoked ham or grilled fish.
Lovers of archaeological sites can go to Solin, at the entrance to the city. It is one of the most important sites on the eastern Adriatic coast. Also to see: the Marjan park, the statue of Gregory of Nin (luck will be with you if you hold his big toe), or the Ivan Meštrović museum (who was none other than Rodin's favorite pupil) .
Located by the sea, you can enjoy its beaches (including Bacvice, the famous sandy beach, located near the city center). Split is also the starting point for exploring the surrounding islands: Hvar, Slota, Drevnik, or even Brac. Renting a private yacht can be the ideal solution for an excursion at your own pace in this archipelago.
Important port of Dalmatia, it also allows to connect by ferry Dubrovnik, Pula, Venice or Greece.
The island of Hvar: famous and unmissable
You can reach the island of Hvar from Split. This long piece of land, which stretches from east to west over 70 km, is very popular with holidaymakers and especially celebrities. We could nickname it the Croatian Saint-Tropez. From modernity and animation to its magnificent landscapes perfect for hiking and swimming, passing through culture and history, the most famous island of the Adriatic Sea is full of assets that are sure to enchant you. ! You can visit the old town of Stari Grad, browse the beautiful bays around Sucuraj, discover the wilder part to the south of the island, and even admire lavender fields in Velo Grablje.
Šibenik: city of culture par excellence
If you want authenticity, go to Šibenik. Much less touristy than Split, Dubrovnik or Zadar, this city is charming. You will discover a Croatian monument listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site: the splendid Saint-Jacques Cathedral. Its construction began in 1431 and lasted over a century. The Palace of the Dukes and the archaeological, ethnographic and history museum, located on the seafront, opposite the cathedral, are also worth a visit. Another UNESCO World Heritage Site: the Saint-Nicolas fortress, erected on the outskirts of the city, is worth a detour. Adorned with pretty squares and small alleys, you will enjoy strolling through the old town. Linger in the evening, because the nightlife is very lively. You will be seduced by this pleasant city.
Take advantage of your Šibenik getaway to visit the Krka National Park and its waterfalls, located 15 km away.
The Kornati archipelago: Croatia seen from the sea
Unmissable visit during your stay in Croatia: the Kornati archipelago. Wild and calm nature are the words that best describe this set of 150 islands and islets, most of them uninhabited. The wildest Croatian archipelago can be reached by boat from Zadar. If you sail with your own boat, you will have plenty of time to wander through the maze of these little bits of land. Drop anchor at your convenience for exceptional bathing moments. The marine fauna is rich: no less than 160 species of fish are listed, turtles and dolphins may also cross your path ... Don't forget to keep your eyes open!
Finally, land walks are just as pleasant for hikers.
Zadar: history and music in the heart of the city
Zadar, located in the region of Dalmatia, deserves to be known. You will discover Roman remains: its forum is dotted with sarcophagi, slabs and columns which bear witness to the life of this city in the first century after Jesus Christ. But Zadar is also a medieval city, with the Romanesque Saint-Donatus church built in the 9th century, a symbol of Byzantine architecture in Dalmatia.
Zadar has a peculiarity that will undoubtedly remain engraved in your memory: its marine organs. Located at the end of the Quais de la Riva, white stone stairs that flow into the sea play organ music. This feat is made possible by the water and wind that enter the pipes positioned in the perforated steps of the stairs. The melody created by the natural elements escapes from these holes to enchant the ears of walkers.
Zagreb: when it's good to stroll through Croatia's largest city
You will have to go inland to reach Zagreb, the Croatian capital. It is an eclectic city by its architecture, its cultural life and its many museums (museum of contemporary art, museum of technique or the museum of broken relations, whose originality particularly appeals to tourists). Totally different from the coastal towns, it has been influenced by the Austro-Hungarian Empire for centuries. Stroll through the streets of the city center to the main square Ban Jelačić. Enjoy a drink at one of the Mediterranean-style cafes, each with a terrace adorned with greenery. Sit down at one of the many restaurants and taste the famous Zagreb schnitzel, a traditional local dish. In short, take the time to savor every moment in the capital of Croatia, you will not be disappointed.
The region of Istria: to immerse yourself in authentic Croatia
This magnificent heart-shaped region is bordered by the crystal-clear waters of the Adriatic. It is the ideal place to visit both the seaside, but also the hinterland and its equally fascinating landscapes. After having explored the magnificent coves, do not hesitate to go inland where you will discover typical villages. Motovun, a small citadel surrounded by medieval ramparts, culminates on a 277 m mountain. This village dominates the valley and offers a breathtaking view of the vineyards and the forest. Motovun has retained its medieval architecture and has many palaces around the town square. Buzet, the village of truffles, will introduce you to the local gastronomy. White or black, the truffle is legion in the city and you will not find a better place to learn the history of this underground mushroom, or to taste it.
These two villages are not the only ones to visit. While strolling in this region, you will discover many other typical cities, each having their own particularity. Do not ignore this magnificent region.
You will be dazzled by the riches that abound in this country. Wealth at the same time natural, cultural, architectural and gastronomic. And to complete your dream vacation in Croatia, how about a high-end rental? You will find many prestigious properties on the Luxtop360 platform: from villas to luxury apartments, including private yachts, you are spoiled for choice. Do not hesitate any longer and plan your future vacation now!