Ten Reasons Why Croatia Should Be Your Next Travel Destination
Why Croatia cannot be missed while planning for Europe Trip
If being under the shade of ancient walled towns and taking bath in sapphire waters is on your bucket list, you must visit Croatia, for it has everything to turn your Mediterranean fantasies into reality. Not many people are aware of the fact that Dalmatian dog breed is a gift from Croatia to the rest of the world. Inexpensive in comparison with the countries in Western Europe, Croatia is one of the first countries that comes to my mind when I think of a vacation to Europe. With a bevy of ethereal destinations in its arsenal, Croatia is attracting a lot of travellers. Following is a list of ten reasons why you should consider Croatia to be your next travel destination:
1. Blue Cave
Arguably the most stunning phenomenon that takes place in Croatia is the Blue Grotto ( also known as Blue Cave). Located in the middle of the Dalmatian Archipelago, barely five kilometers from the island of Vis, the cave is known for its illuminated blue water which appear at certain times of a day when sunlight falls in. One can avail a boat ride that would take you inside the cave.
With more than a thousand beautiful islands in its kitty, there are many pristine beaches Croatia is gifted with. Albeit a majority of them are covered with pebbles, pretty much all its beaches are worth a visit. Amongst the secluded ones, Stara Baska Beach on the island of Krk, and Dubovica Beach on the island of Hvar, are the best. However, in terms of overall beauty, Zlatni Rat Beach is right at the top. If you want to visit a pristine beach that is off the tourist radar, head to Nugal Beach, nestled south of Makarska. There are places in the southern part of the country where one can spot Dolphins. The most popular place of them all to spot a pod of dolphins is the western coast of Istria.
3. Edge of Empires
Gracefully poised in between Central Europe and the Balkans, modern day Croatia has survived kingdoms, empires, and republics for eras. As a result, Croatia has been graced with a rich cultural legacy that has been left behind by each one of them. Napoleonic forts, Venetian palazzi, Roman monuments, Slavic churches, and Viennese mansions fill the country with magnificent gamut of architectural beauties.
4. Game of Thrones
A large number of Game of Thrones fans (especially the hardcore ones) have been visiting Croatia since 2014. Why? All because of the shooting locations, comprising mainly of Dubrovnik in South Croatia. For the uninitiated, the city is shown as King's Landing in Game of Thrones. Some of the popular shooting locations in Dubrovnik include Fort Lovrijenac, which is used as the Red Keep; Baroque Staircase, which became the Stairs to the Great Sept of Baelor; MinAeeta Tower, which became House of The Undying; et cetera. One can, in fact, go on a Game of Thrones tour in and around Dubrovnik to get a better view of all the filming locales. Apart from Dubrovnik, places such as Split, Klis, Krka, and Sibenik have also been used as prominent locations in the mega series.
5. Parties and Festivals
If you happen to be crazy about parties and dance or music festivals, Croatia is no less than a heaven for you. The country has a lot of exotic party locales. No wonder, a number of Europeans flock to Croatia to attend a series of dance and music festivals. During winters, the hot spots are distributed in and around places like Split, Zagreb, Rijeka, and Zadar; during summers, the young crowd migrates to islands of Hvar and Peg.
6. Overall Pricing
As mentioned earlier, Croatia is not as expensive as other European countries such as Spain, Italy, or Germany. Having said that, it is not inexpensive either. However, proper planning can bring the overall costing down by a considerable margin. Going by the thumb rule, do not visit Croatia when the tourist season is at its peak. Also, prices differ across the country. While the capital, Zagreb, and other places in the the mainland are relatively inexpensive, the further south you go, the prices increase, especially on the islands.
7. National Parks
The country is blessed with eight National Parks that are incredibly beautiful. Two of them - Krka National Park and Plitvice Lakes National Park - are listed by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites. Both of them look like a fancy set of a high budget Hollywood movie. These natural landscapes should not be missed.
Plitvice Lakes National Park - At 295 square kilometers, Plitvice Lakes National Park is the largest national park in Croatia. Known for its chain of 16 lakes, which is joined by multiple waterfalls. Located in Central Croatia, the jungle reserve extends into a canyon of limestone.
Krka National Park - Located along the Krka River in the Southern part of Croatia, Krka National Park is popular for its seven waterfalls. There are many attractions within the National Park, which includes Roski Slap, Skradinski Buk, and Visovac.
8. Scuba Diving and Snorkeling
If you want to dive back in history, Croatia is the place for you. As Croatia shares its coastline with the Adriatic Sea, there are many shipwrecks near its shores. You no longer have to visit a museum to observe a warship. Just arrange for diving equipments, and go diving at the Zavratnica Bay, for it is the home to a German Warship that sank during the second World War.
Another reason why Croatia would make a perfect visit is because you can see one of the places where the Roman Gladiators fought - The Arena in Pula. Safe to say, it is one of the most historic amphitheatres on the planet. Scattered all over the country, you can spot numerous ancient monuments and forts. Diocletian palace in Split, the Cathedral St. James in Sibenik, Eufrazijeva Basilica in Porec, Old Town on the island Hvar, the Roman town of Trogir, et cetera, are some of most highly rated monuments in the country. The capital city of Zagreb attracts history buffs in abundance, for it houses some of the best Croatian monuments.
10. Foods and Drinks
Albeit it is a relatively small country, Croatian cuisine varies from its region to region. Where the mainland cuisine is similar to that of Hungary and Turkey, the coastal cuisine is similar to that of Greece and Italy. Pasta, soups, stews, and meat are the most integral part of a typical Croatian meal, with each region having its own variant. Croatian meal is generally incomplete without a desert. As for drinks, there are two main wine regions - Kontinentalna (Continental) and Primorska (Coastal). Croatia is popular in Europe for its coffee as well as for the quality of its drinking water.
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