Blue waters, stunning architecture and warm people – Croatia has all this and more. This beautiful country needs at least a week to be explored… maybe more, if you have the time. If you are planning a Croatian sojourn, here are the top 5 cities that must be on your itinerary:
Many travellers make their way to Croatia just because they want to visit Dubrovnik, which is also known as the Pearl of the Adriatic. With its fortifications and red tiled roofs, the Old Town of Dubrovnik will take your heart away. The little island of Lokrum, 15 minutes away from Dubrovnik, makes an excellent picnic spot to get away from loads of tourists who crowd the town during peak summer months. If you are a Game of Thrones fan, you will know that this is where King’s Landing was shot. Dubrovnik will possibly be the highlight of your Croatian vacation.
Split is home to the UNESCO World Heritage site – the Diocletian Palace. Walk through the palace and experience the ‘live history’ concept, where you are accompanied by a team of narrators, dressed up as royalty from centuries gone by, narrating their everyday life in the palace. And while you are in Split, do make time to visit the Marjan Hill and explore the numerous churches that dot the area.
If you want to the party animal in you to come to life, head to Hvar and make it your home. This is the sunniest island in Croatia and is pulsating with life during the summer months. The island sure does offer stiff competition to Mykonos and Ibiza! If you want some quiet time, head to the hills in Hvar and watch the lavender blooms sway gently in the breeze. Alternately, rent your own boat and find a little cove at the neighbouring Pakleni Islands to make a perfect ‘beach day’.
For those who want peace of mind, stunning sunsets and beautiful beaches, Zadar is the place. The town has one of the two wave organs in the world that plays music, which will echo in your ears for years to come. Zadar is an ideal base to explore surrounding towns and attractions including Plitvice National Park, which has some of the most beautiful waterfalls on the planet.
The capital of Croatia is a lively city that will let you experience Europe without drilling a hole in your pocket. Affordable and friendly, this city has plenty of quirky places to keep you occupied for a few days; tere is the ‘Museum of Broken Relationships’ and ‘Solar System’ with planets all around the city – a mystery for you to solve. Known for its coffee culture, Zagreb is the perfect city to get your coffee fix as you watch people go by.
Best time to visit: Summer months of June, July and August, when the waters of the sea are warm and perfect for swimming.
Croatia has over 1000 islands, of which less than 50 are inhabited.
Travel tips: Start at Dubrovnik and make your way up North to Zagreb, or the other way round. During the summer months, there are plenty of festivals held throughout the country – make sure you book your tickets online to avoid disappointment.
Author: Sonia Sahni
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