The top destinations in Croatia are often overshadowed by its more popular neighbor, Italy. But this is very good for one main reason: less popular, less touristy. With its temperate climate, breathtaking landscapes and the sheer number of fantastic things to see, Croatia is one, underrated tourist destination in Europe that’s worth adding to your bucket list.
Here are some of the top destinations in Croatia:
Plitvice Lakes. Considered one of the most beautiful natural attractions in the continent, the Plitvice Lakes are one of the must-see destinations in Croatia. This group of interlinked lakes within a large, protected forest are known for their different colored waters, ranging from azure to grey. The surrounding forests are abundant in unique animal and plant life. Meet some of the area’s famous residents, such as the European Brown Bear, Lynx and Eagles, or go bird watching as the area around the lakes are home to a great variety of bird species.
Hvar. From olive groves to a picturesque yacht port, Hvar Island is in itself, is a romantic destination not to miss. Tour around the island, and see the olive groves, the lavender fields and the fruit orchards which make up the dreamy agricultural landscape of the island’s interior, and enjoy an evening stroll along Hvar Town’s yacht port and the surrounding pedestrian-only roads. The old villages also add charm to the island and they’re all worth a visit.
Dubrovnik. Also called Ragusa, this city in the Adriatic Sea is one of the most prominent tourist attractions in the country. The walled city is known to be the only city-state to rival Venice when it comes to a remarkable development during the 15th and 16th centuries.
Historical infrastructures, from churches to fountains dot the cityscape of Dubrovnik. The beaches, too, are absolutely exquisite. The city beach, Banje is a child-friendly destination in Dubrovnik, where they could have fun on the sandy or sometimes pebbly beach, or the clear Adriatic Sea. Dubrovnik is also famous these days as it is the set for Game of Thrones.