The country with thousand of islands and sapphire waters, Croatia can charm you not only with its natural beauties but also with its vast history. Croatia or officially the Republic of Croatia is a country in Southeast Europe. It has been inhabited since the Paleolithic Age. The country has so much to offer that its hard to capture everything in a single post.
Let’s start wih a few interesting fatacts
- Capital – Zagreb
- Official languages – Croatian
- Size – 56,594 square kilometres (21,851 square miles)
- Population – 4.07 million
- Islands of Croatia – 1145
Nestled between the Adriatic and the Dinaric Alps, it’s an accessible and affordable city break for many European travelers. Also known as the “Pearl of the Adriatic,” the old city of Dubrovnik is one of the unique traveling locations of the Mediterranean.
Few places in the world can master the mixture of youth and modernity with the Middle Ages and Baroque better than Dubrovnik. The village is naturally located around the Old Town – on the inside of the city walls. The sights line up one after the other as you walk along Stradun (the main street of Dubrovnik). The squares are full of bars and restaurants that have outdoor tables, allowing visitors and locals to relax and have a drink in the sun.
Beyond the walls, modern Dubrovnik offers everything you would expect from a Mediterranean destination. In the gardens you will find figs, lemons, oranges and peaches. The city’s architecture reveals very little of the Serbian siege of the city during the 1991-92 war, during which more than 2,000 bombs were dropped on the village. The only sign of this period are the newly built roofs throughout the city, and if you look closely, you can find traces of bullets on some buildings.
The biggest city on the Adriatic Coast, shoreline charm Split has been under Roman, Venetian, Austrian, French, Italian, and Yugoslav control. There is a bounty of cafés and wine basements. Destinations, for example, Diocletian’s Palace and Mausoleum, The Grgur Ninski Statue, and the Cathedral and Bell Tower of St. Domnius legitimize its situation as a UNESCO-assigned World Heritage Site. The city’s inlets offer a few stunning seashores, including focal Bacvice. Ships connect Split to Dalmatian summer resorts.
They also have their own Roman amphitheater in Croatia! Moreover, the Colosseum in Pula, despite its advanced age – more than two thousand years, is preserved much better than its counterparts. So, you have the opportunity to see in detail 4 towers and all 3 architectural lines of this magnificent amphitheater not only on the 10 kuna banknote. And for complete immersion, go down to the underground museum.
This 3,000-year-old town, located on the beautiful coast of the North Dalmatian region, is one of the most attractive tourist destinations in Croatia. In the heart of Zadar is the Old Town, which attracts visitors with its many tourist attractions such as Roman ruins, medieval architecture and many old churches. Apart from the old part of the city, tourists can spend their time on one of the amazing beaches.
Zadar boasts a beautiful coastal boulevard. At its northwestern end is the Zadar Sea Organ. The sea organ is a curious stepped structure, completed in 2005. It is an ideal place to sit and enjoy passing boats while having the opportunity to enjoy a musical spectacle. Under the marble steps are pipes of different sizes and angles. The movement of the sea pushes air and depending on the size and speed of the wave – musical chords are heard. At the end of the bay is another modern art installation – Greeting to the Sun. The installation is a large circle consisting of 300 lamps covered with colored glass, powered by solar panels.
Plitvice Lakes is a national park in Croatia, located in the Lika region, between the mountains of Mala Kapela and Plesivica, and covers an area of about 300 square kilometers, with more than 70% of this area being forests. An interesting fact is that between the upper and lower part of the park there is a significant difference in altitude.
Another interesting fact is that until 1958 the area of the lakes was difficult to access and they can be reached by forest paths.
Plitvice Lakes is located about 130 kilometers from Zagreb, and this distance is taken in about 2 hours. The road passes through Karlovac.