The list of reasons to visit Croatia is endless. It’s one of the most beautiful countries in Europe and one of the most popular travel destinations. It is a small country, but it is big when we are talking about its rich history, cultural heritage and other landmarks that make it special. You are always welcome in Croatia. It will leave you speechless by its combination of liveliness, luxury, romance, natural and cultural heritage, temper and local hospitality, delicious food and diversity of nightlife. We have picked our top 7 reasons why Croatia is the best place to visit in Europe.
Dalmatian Coast, Adriatic Sea, and Beaches
The long Dalmatian coast backed by mountains and with a lot of islands is a perfect vacation spot. Each part of it (Central, Southern, Northern) and each island have its own character that will leave you wordless. The connectivity between the cities and islands is excellent so you can visit it all in a short time. If you like to have fun and party, you should go to Hvar or to Novalja on Pag. For couples, we recommend the islands of Vis, Korcula, Solta, Mljet, Lastovo or Lopud. There you will find everything that you need for a romantic holiday – beautiful nature, viewpoints, great restaurants, promenades, long and secluded beaches, luxury villas. There are numerous natural beaches. Our favourite Croatian beaches are: Stiniva and Srebrna on Vis Island, Zlatni Rat on Brac Island, Bacvice, Firule and Kasuni in Split, Mala Luka in Omis, Brela, Baska Voda, Pasjaca in Konavle near Dubrovnik, Sakarun on Long Island, Rucica on Pag Island, Vela Przina on Korcula Island and Grebisce on Hvar Island.
Historical and Cultural Sights
Croatia is home to 10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The old city centres of Split and Dubrovnik are the most visited. Historical Complex of Split with the Palace of Diocletian is one of the most preserved monuments of Roman architecture in the world. The Old City of Dubrovnik has 2 km long City Walls which were built for a defence of the city.
On UNESCO list are also Plitvice Lakes National Park, Euphrasian Basilica in Porec, Historic city of Trogir, Cathedral of Saint James in Sibenik, Stari Grad Plain on Hvar Island, Stecci (the medieval tombstones graveyards) in Dubravka – Cista Velika, Venetian Works of Defence in Zadar and Sibenik and Primeval Beech Forests (of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe) in Paklenica and Northern Velebit National Park.
Besides those protected sites there is much more to see in Croatia. Don’t miss to visit Salona (Solin), Klis Fortress, Sea Organ in Zadar, Zagreb Cathedral, City of Krapina (Palaeolithic site with the greatest number of fossil bones in Central Europe), Hum (the smallest town in the world), etc.
Croats are crazy about sport. Croatia has seen success in some of the most competitive sports in the world, especially in football, handball, and tennis, as well as in many others. If you visit Croatia, you will get the opportunity to walk through the streets where were born “golden” Goran Ivanisevic, Blanka Vlasic, Janica and Ivica Kostelic, Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitić, Ivano Balic, Dino Radja, and the others. You should visit the stadium Poljud in Split, Maksimir in Zagreb, Kantrida in Rijeka… Surely, Croats are passionate fans.
This lovely country has become one of the desirable places for those who are in search of the best party destination in Europe. If you are one of them, then you should come to Croatia and enjoy unforgettable parties and festivals. If you are not an intense partier, there are a lot of clubs and restaurants where you can chill and drink your cocktail. From the capital city of Zagreb, right through to popular Novalja, throughout Split, Makarska, Dubrovnik, Hvar you will find your party spot. Cheers!
Food and Wine
The diverse regions have left their mark on Croatian cuisine that is in one word – amazing! We have selected a few dishes that you must try while your vacation – (few kinds of local) lambs, pasticada with gnocchi, black risotto, istarski fuzi and pljukanci (types of pasta), brudet, fritule, Istrian and Dalmatian ham, cheese, strukle, olive oil, soparnik etc. It is known that top-quality food goes with the best wines. If you order dry white wine such as Posip or a red one like Dingac, you will certainly not go wrong. Bon appetite!
Villas in Croatia
Due to its natural beauty, Croatia is a favourite location for buying real estate. It is suitable for those who like a touch of luxury and want to buy or rent villas in Croatia. The list of lovely places is long so you can choose between the coast, islands, and inland. Also, there are different types of villas – holiday houses, villas with pools, luxury villas, etc. Whatever you choose, we are sure that you will forget all your worries and charge your batteries for the next year!
In this amazing country, you will find lots of great natural attractions. Croatia is situated at the cross-section between Central Europe, the Mediterranean, and Southeast Europe. It boasts a unique combination of climates and varying natural landscapes. There are numerous nature parks and adrenaline parks that you can visit in organized arrangements. If you are looking to visit this fascinating country any time soon, this should be on your bucket-list: Plitvice Lakes National Park, Mljet National Park, Kornati National Park, Paklenica, Makarska Riviera, Zagorje Region, Velebit, Rovinj, Cetina River, Krka National Park, Blue Cave on Bisevo, Blue Lake and Red Lake in Imotski…
If you come to Croatia, you will fall in love and come again.