You are planning vacation in Croatia but want to know more about our country, its history, the culture, best places to visit, most interesting towns, top islands, beaches and national parks? Great¸ you are at the right place. People usually prefer destinations considered exotic or romantic. That being said¸ Croatia can give you both as well as much more.
If you're arriving from Europe¸ you won't find it difficult to travel to Croatia since the country is located in the Central Europe across the Adriatic sea¸ opposite to Italy. Thanks to its favorable geographic position¸ you can visit Croatia and other nearby countries such as Italy¸ Austria¸ Hungary¸ Bosnia and Herzegovina or Montenegro. It would be like vacation tour but let's go back to the topic¸ vacation in Croatia.
Although Croatia is a small country with only 4 milion people¸ distinct differences between its regions provide diverse excotic¸ romantic¸ exciting¸ adventurous and above all unforgettable experience for people of all ages and from all walks of life. The country is geographically and culturally divided in 5 different regions:
Despite being a small country¸ Croatia's climate ranges wide depending on where in the country you are. However¸ on average, we have moderate winters and hot¸ dry summers. Because of the climate and the seasons¸ coastal part of the country is the best suited for spring and summer vacation¸ while Zagreb is the best for winter holidays. If you're planning vacation in Croatia during summer¸ stock up on sunscreen¸ water and don't forget the sunglasses.
If you like mediterranean cuisine¸ you will love Croatian food. As any mediterranean cuisine¸ the menu is comprised of fruits¸ vegetables¸ olive oil¸ fish and wine. That being said¸ there are a lot of meat based meals but the ones you must try¸ if you like meat¸ are ćevapi and meat pie.
On the other hand¸ you have Soparnik which is authentic Croatian meal made of spinach¸ garlic and olive oil as the main ingredients. So¸ whether you're are a meat eater¸ vegetarian or vegan¸ you will find a place for you. Thanks to development of tourism¸ there are all kinds of new restaurants opening every summer which not only have the diverse menu but they also provide a romantic atmosphere for unforgettable vacation in Croatia.
Sun, sea, beaches and the islands are the main selling point of Croatian tourism, especially when we are talking about summer season. Accordingly, you will see plenty of small boats, speedboats and yachts cruising from island to island, if you visit Dalmatia or Istria and Kvarner. Not only that you can choose which islands, caves and beaches you want to visit but you can also choose places that offer more privacy for you, your friends and family.
That being said, you can take a ferry to some of the islands, book private tour or rent a boat. With private tour you get a boat with the skipper which will drive you wherever you want. On the other hand, you can also rent a boat without the skipper, if you have a skipper licence. Regardless of your choice, don't skip the islands.
Plenty of sunny days and stunning beaches are one of the main reasons why vacation in Croatia became so popular. With over thousand islands and more than 1700 km of coastline there are more than enough sandy beaches, secluded beaches, pebble beaches and party beaches to choose from. Just pick the ones that suit you.
Croatia boasts over two millennia worth of history, thanks to which it has rich collection of monuments, museums, castles and fortresses. Much of it is incredibly well-preserved. What is even better, you have entire towns which are centuries old. Besides Zagreb, Varaždin and Ozalj, there are even better towns for sightseeing on the coast. While you have Rovinj, Poreč and Pula with its roman colosseum in Istria, in Dalmatia you have old town of Šibenik, Primošten, Omiš, Korčula, Ston and especially Hvar, Trogir and Zadar.
However, two of them are in a league of their own and top locations for your summer vacation in Croatia. I am talking about Split and Dubrovnik. Split is capital of Dalmatia with massive 1700-year old Diocletian's Palace located in town centre. The Palace was emperor's vacation resort, built during Roman empire which was also used to film some scenes for Game of Thrones. Along with its outskirts such as fortress of Klis, 7 castles of Kaštela, ancient ruins of Salona and charming old town of Trogir, Split is invaluable historical and cultural center.
Old town of Dubrovnik, surrounded with fortified walls, is maybe the most beautiful city in Europe. Thanks to its stunning architecture, Dubrovnik has turned into one of the top modern tourist destinations in the world as well as desirable set for filmmakers. It is known as King's Landing in Game of Thrones and as glamorous galactic city of Canto Bight in Star Wars franchise.
If all that wasn't enough for awesome vacation in Croatia, you can also enjoy in wine tasting, adrenaline tours, dive on stunning locations, explore picturesque national parks or hike to the mountain peaks to experience amazing view of the Croatian coast and its islands.
If you like adrenaline tours, you can try exhilarating Zipline experience, located near Omiš in a beautiful canyon of Cetina river. Besides Zipline, you can enjoy in rafting and kayaking on that same river. On the other hand, if you want to try bungee jumping, take your shot of adrenaline from Šibenik bridge which stretches above the gulf.
When it comes to snorkeling and scuba diving, it is not only popular beacuse of the shallow sea, thousand islands and amazing dive spots but also due to numerous shipwrecks, caves, underwater cliffs, rich marine life, giant mussels and the fact that it is very safe as it is closed sea, not an ocean.
However, people that want to stay on the shore during their vacation in Croatia, can also visit National Park Plitvice, N.P. Krka or go hiking to the top of mountain Biokovo near Makarska, Mosor near Split, Vidova Gora on island of Brač or to Paklenica National Park. Whichever place you choose, expect stunning panoramic views which will leave you speechless.