10 Best Places to Visit in Croatia – Most Beautiful Attractions To See, Things to Do

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Plitvice Lakes National Park is 90 miles southwest
of Zagreb. Plitvice is Croatia’s best-known natural
wonder. The park’s 16 crystal-clear, turquoise lakes,
and countless waterfalls put on a great show. The lakes flow into one another and tumble
over deposits of travertine creating waterfalls that drop a few feet or plunge as much as
210 feets. All this beauty is set in a dense forest accessed
via footpaths and populated by bears and wild boar. There are two entrances to the park, Ulaz
1 and Ulaz 2 each of which has a tourist info office, gift shop, and snack shop. Tickets are roughly $ 13 per day for adults
and $ 6 for seniors and kids 7 to 18. Children 6 and under are free. Plitvice is a hikers’ paradise, but even
couch potatoes can see most of the park’s features by combining walking with riding
on the Plitvice ferries, and buses. To get to Plitvice by car from Zagreb take
the Zagreb-Rieka autocesta to Karlovac. Trip should take about 2 hr. You can catch a bus from the main bus station
in Zagreb from 8:20 am to 1:45 am for $8 to $12 one-way depending on the time of departure
bus line and other factors. Hollywood’s most creative designers would
struggle to build a set as perfect as Dubrovnik. This “city made of stone and light” is
as dazzling as the sunlight and moonbeams that ricochet off its 14th-century ramparts. It’s known for its distinctive Old Town encircled
with massive stone walls completed in the 16th century. Its well-preserved buildings range from baroque
St. Blaise Church to Renaissance Sponza Palace and Gothic Rector’s Palace. Dubrovnik was the main filming location in
Croatia for King’s Landing, the capital of the Seven Kingdoms in Game of Thrones HBO
TV show. Fans of the Game of Thrones will understand
the thrill of visiting the real-world filming locations of its scenes set in Dubrovnik. Roofs with orange terracotta tiles impressive
stone and wild seas it seemed perfect posing as King’s Landing with high-rising cliffs
and a stunning ancient city wall overlooking the Adriatic sea. Reaching Dubrovnik by any means except air
can be inconvenient and expensive. Driving is challenging, because of the city’s
position between the mountains and sea . Ferry routes to Dubrovnik often include multiple
stops at various islands and train service is nonexistent. Build in extra travel time, when you plan
a visit to Dubrovnik. Split, is Croatia’s second-largest city
and home to some of the best-preserved Roman ruins in the world. Split is a transportation hub for the Dalmatian
coast which makes it a busy crossroads. Today Split is the source of an extensive
transportation network and it is one of the most accessible cities in Croatia. Most of Split’s best sights are within the
walls of Diocletian’s Palace or nearby. The walled city is limited to pedestrians
even the street skirting the Riva immediately outside the palace walls is closed to motorized
vehicles. There are a few sights worth taking in outside
the historic core the Meštrović Gallery in Marjan the public beach at Bačvice and
you can reach those via bus or taxi. With 226 mile drive from Zagreb you can reach
Split in 4 hours. Split is well served by local national and
international buses and the station is conveniently located next to the ferry port. Split’s main train station is next to the
main bus station near the town center. It runs between Split and Zagreb, Knin, and
Šibenik. There is also an overnight train between Split
and Zagreb. Split’s ferry port directly across the street
from the Riva and palace is the busiest part of town. International local and island ferries move
in and out of the area Brač, Hvar, Vis, Korčula, Lastovo, and Šolta. Hvar a Croatian island in the Adriatic Sea
is best known as a summer resort. Highlights of the port town Hvar include its
13th-century walls a hilltop fortress and a main square anchored by the Renaissance-era
Hvar Cathedral. The island also features beaches such as Dubovica
and inland lavender fields. Boat excursions serve the nearby Pakleni Islands
which have secluded beaches and coves. Hvar’s principal towns are Hvar Town, Stari
Grad, Vrboska, Jelsa, and Sucuraj though Hvar Town seems to be the center of current interest
in the island. Jadrolinija operates car ferry service between
Split and Stari Grad and some runs also stop at Korčula and Dubrovnik. Hvar Town is St. Moritz with surf, instead
of snow. It’s Hollywood meets Nice, Milan sophistication
melded with Mediterranean relaxation and the Las Vegas Strip transported to Tuscany. Hvar Town is a magnet for rock stars, tycoons,
and the hip beautiful people drawn to their blazing orbits. Kirk Croatia’s largest island is also the
country’s most developed especially in the north where the island is connected to the
mainland via a mile-long toll bridge. The 5th-century Krk Cathedral in the town
has a marble altar and stone Corinthian columns engraved with Christian symbols. Overlooking the sea is Frankopan Castle with
centuries-old stone passages and a bell tower. In a small bay to the east tiny Košljun Island
is home to a Franciscan monastery. Ferries leave from Valbiska on the west side
of the island for Cres and Lošinj while another ferry line makes regular runs between Lopar
– Rab and Baška on Kirk’s southern end during the summer months. Kirk Town is well served by buses from Rijeka
and so are the nearby towns of Omišalj, Njivice, Malinska and Punat which are stops on the
same route. Even if you don’t have your own car you
can see all of Kirk’s main sites. Buses run regular routes between major towns
and connect with less frequent local lines. There is a new spirit in Zagreb a city that
travelers once regarded as a stopover rather than a destination as far back as the days
of the Orient Express. The city of Zagreb is nestled between Mount
Medvednica and the Sava River. It is a sprawling metropolis but almost every
attraction of note is within 2 miles of Bana Jelačić the city’s main square commonly
known as Jelačić. The area north of the Jelačić, includes
Gornji Grad the Upper Town and its Gradec and Kaptol neighborhoods which are perhaps
Zagreb’s most picturesque areas. Donji Grad the Lower Town, south of Jelačić
includes Zagreb’s famous Green Horseshoe and runs south to the main train station. Croatia Air the national airline company connects
Zagreb with several major European hubs as well as with other cities in Croatia. Frequent bus connections link Zagreb and all
of Croatia’s main cities which in turn hook up with local lines that run to virtually
every village in the country. International connections link Zagreb to an
increasing number of European cities. The Zagreb train station is close to bus and
tram connections into the city center. Driving in Zagreb can be stressful and sometime
nightmare. Pula a seafront city on the tip of Croatia’s
Istrian Peninsula is known for its protected harbor, beach-lined coast and Roman ruins. The vast Roman Pula Arena well-preserved amphitheater
constructed in the 1st century is still used for events today. Pula has other worth seeing vestiges of Roman
occupation including Temple of Augustus, Forum and Arch of the Sergi. The Pula Cathedral dates to the 5th century
with even older foundations. Built in 1630, Pula’s hilltop star-shaped
castle houses a historical museum. On a group of islands offshore Brijuni National
Park has dinosaur footprints, Roman ruins and a golf course. Besides its cache of Roman artifacts, the
city is home to a graceful Gothic Franciscan monastery erected by the monks when they arrived
at the end of the 13th century. Rovinj is one of the most photographed cities
in Croatia. From the air its location on a promontory
makes it look like a fairy-tale village suspended on a pillow of bright blue sea at ground level
it looks like the quintessential Italian fishing village. Today Rovinj’s Old Town is a protected monument
and one of Istria’s most visited sites. The old town stands on a headland with houses
tightly crowded down to the seafront. A tangle of cobbled streets leads to the hilltop
church of Saint Euphemia whose towering steeple dominates the skyline. South of the old town is Lone Bay one of the
area’s pebble beaches. The Rovinj archipelago’s 14 islands lie
immediately off the mainland. There is more to the island of Korčula than
the walled city of Korčula Town. In the less than 30 miles between the picturesque
walled city at the eastern end of the island and the Vela Luka at the other end you’ll
find vineyards and wineries hills and hiking trails and quiet towns like Lumbarda Smokvica
and Blato with out-of-the way beaches along the coastal areas between. The island is twinned with Rothesay in Scotland. Korčula is linked to Split by speedy catamarans
and ferries, each of which makes the round-trip at least once per day. Korčula’s main attraction is the medieval
Korčula Town and its walls where you will find several historic churches museums and
other points of interest. Korčula Town likes to promote a once nondescript
stone edifice as the birthplace of Marco Polo, but there is no credible documentation that
the great explorer ever set foot on the island. Trsteno is a district of Dubrovnik in southern
Croatia. It is located on the magistral road between
the Orašac and Slano. Trsteno Arboretum located about 15 miles from
Dubrovnik was used as the setting in the Game of Thrones Seasons 3 & 4. It is mostly associated with the scenes involving
the powerful family from the Reach the Tyrells which made it earn the famous nickname the
Tyrell High Garden. Aside from its Game of Thrones appeal the
Arboretum is truly a hidden gem well worth a visit in case you happen to be in Dubrovnik. Spanning over 70 acres with over 450 species
of plant life the Trsteno Arboretum is the oldest and biggest monument of garden architecture in Croatia.


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