What places should I visit in Croatia? Where to stay? That's a common kind of questions that many people who want to explore Croatia and its destinations ask. We will give an overview of the places that are worth mentioning according to our opinion.
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Split, Croatia is the highest growing Croatian tourist destination. The number of Split's visitors doubled in the last five years. No wonder, because Split has many attractions that appeal to all generations. It would be enough to mention spectacular Diocletian's palace, beaches Bacvice and Kasjuni or hill Marjan. Furthermore, Split is the host of Ultra Europe Festival, one of the most prominent European music events.
What must be said is that the excessive attendance of Split during high summer season also has negative sides. During July it is hard to walk freely on Riva. It is difficult to find a place for your towel on the beaches. That's why I recommend visiting Split outside the high season, which means avoiding months July and August. In my opinion May, September, and October are currently perfect months to spend time in Split.
In addition to visiting Split, it is worth to take a day visit to nearby historical towns: Solin and Trogir.
Just like Split, Sibenik is another high growing destination. A lot of money has been invested in Sibenik's tourism in recent years. Fortresses St. Michael and Barone have been completely revitalised. Fortress of St. Nicholas has been reconstructed thanks to money from European Union funds. Furthermore, that fortress was included into UNESCO World Heritage list. In 2019. the only way to visit the fortress is to take the boat trip from Sibenik Waterfront.
Alongside fortifications, Sibenik Features St. James Cathedral, a UNESCO protected Renaissance monument built entirely of stone. The landscape of river Krka and St. Anthony's channel represents an exceptional natural beauty of Sibenik.
There are a few luxury hotels located in or near Sibenik. Hotel Bellevue, currently the best accommodation option, was constructed on Riva in 2018. Other hotels worth mentioning are the Solaris and D-Resort Sibenik.
Do you want to listen to the sea playing music? Doesn't that sound fascinating? You can experience it in Zadar. The sea organ, located at Zadar Riva, plays music produced by sea waves. You can notice many people enjoying sounds produced by this unique instrument.
There are more interesting things to see and visit in Zadar. Sacral objects from Romanesque and Gothic period have been preserved. Cathedral of St. Anastasia is a Romanesque masterpiece of art. Just a few meters away from the Cathedral, there is Church of St. Donat, another Romanesque sacral object.
Dubrovnik is the most famous Croatian destination. The main attractions of Dubrovnik are the old city and city walls. Dubrovnik also features imposing history. It was not conquered for hundreds of years despite numerous enemies. It's unbelievable how such a small city could preserve its independence for such a long time. The main reasons for that were good diplomatic skills and amazing walls all around the city.
Minimum visit to Dubrovnik would include taking a walk on the main city street - Stradun, and tour of city walls.
Dubrovnik is today the destination of the world elite. Recently, Christiano Ronaldo was noticed in Dubrovnik in April 2019. Another interesting fact is that a few Game of Thrones episodes were recorded on the city walls.
If you look for a quiet yet lively places in Croatia, then you should consider Makarska Riviera. It consists of a few pearls of Croatia tourism: Brela, Baska Voda, Makarska, and Tucepi. Each of these destinations features exceptional coast with pebble beaches. Makarska is a little more lively place, while Brela, Baska Voda and Tucepi are more intimate.
The most attractive Croatian island is Hvar. The beauty of the Hvar's coast, the beaches, and the Mediterranean atmosphere will hardly leave anyone unimpressed.
The most common way of arrival to Hvar is a ferry line from Split. During the summer season ferries operate few times a day in both directions. After arrival to Hvar ferry port, you need to take bus or taxi to Hvar town.
Minimum visit to Hvar town would include climbing to the fortress Spanjola, taking a walk on amazing Riva, and sightseeing of the old town. The most prominent building is Cathedral of St. Stephen, located just 100 meters away from the bus station in Hvar town.
Plitvice Lakes is the most famous Croatian attraction. It is hard to find a Croatia travel plan which would not include at least a day visit to Plitvice. Many visitors decide to stay overnight, because one day may not be enough for enjoying all the experience that this National Park can provide.
A typical day in Plitvice includes boat and train rides, walking around the Lakes, and enjoying beautiful Lakes views.