Few countries are as varied as Croatia: beautiful cities such as Dubrovnik and Split, a shimmering coast with numerous idyllic islands, some of the most beautiful nature reserves in Europe and Mediterranean towns and harbors.
Dubrovnik was once just as important a city-state as Venice and Genoa and you can see that in the streets. Dozens of churches, palaces and other buildings compete for your attention but the attractions are the city walls that give Dubrovnik its typical appearance. A full walk on the parapet takes about 2 hours but offers beautiful views over the roofs of the old town, the forts, the hidden inner squares, the stair alleys, the flower-decorated terraces and the massive watchtowers. The main street of the old center (Stradun or Placa) is a drained canal. Today the pedestrian is king and you can enjoy the beautiful facades while strolling.
Plitvice Lakes National Park
The Plitvice Lakes form the most beautiful national park in Croatia. It consists of 16 consecutive lakes that are formed by natural limestone dams. When the sun shines, the minerals and algae in the crystal clear water produce green and azure shades. The lakes were already recognized as a national park in 1949, but did not become known until the 1970s when various adaptations of Karl May books were recorded. The typical fauna is seldom noticed around the lakes, but in this park there are bears, wolves, wild cats, deer, wild boar, badgers, martens and polecats.
The Diocletian's Palace is the most intact Roman palace that has been handed over to us. It was built in the fourth century by order of emperor Diocletian, who eventually abdicated to withdraw here. After the fall of the Roman Empire, the impressive palace complex fell into disrepair, but in the 7th century people moved in again.
This is how the city of Split was born. Dozens of shops, restaurants, bars and houses are located in the old Roman buildings and everywhere you will find Roman remains (and two Egyptian sphinxes).
The town of Korcula, on the island of the same name, boasts that Marco Polo was born here. No one can say for sure whether that is correct, but it is here that the explorer was imprisoned and dictated his famous memoirs. The car-free town is located on a peninsula, completely surrounded by the sea. Getting lost is impossible due to the ingenious herringbone motif of the street plan. Be sure to visit the St. Mark's Cathedral with its impressive church treasure and the All Saints Church with its icons.
This island off the coast of Split is also called 'lavender island'. It is a beautiful island with spectacular beaches, green vineyards and lavender fields that spread a wonderful scent. The town of Hvar is also worth seeing: 13th-century walls, gothic palaces, beautiful churches, an impressive old fortress and the famous Hvar theater built in 1612, and thus the oldest in Europe. Hvar can boast most sun hours in all of Croatia and attracts many jet-setters.
Paklenica National Park is the most visited climbing area in Croatia and the park is extra special because it is so close to the sea that you can combine climbing with water sports. The park is very popular with speleologists, alpinists, hikers, hikers and herb collectors.
In the park you will find a number of cycle paths that are also used as educational routes:
The Velika Paklenica Educational route is the most visited route in the park, from the Velika Paklenica Gorge to the Mountain Hut. The route has 10 educational signs with information about the natural elements in the park and cultural features of the area.
The third largest island of the Adriatic Sea (40 by 13 kilometers). It lies just off the coast of Split and according to the residents the sun shines there 260 days a year. The sandy beach with pine trees on the edge is particularly famous. Tourists visit the island mainly for the beaches, in terms of culture and nature Brac has a little less in store.
Everything seems blue in Zadar because of the reflection of the Mediterranean sky in the water of the sea. The 3000 year old city on the Dalmatian coast was once the capital of Croatia. This long history can be seen in a mix of Roman ruins including a large forum, medieval architecture and many beautiful churches including the St. Donatus Church, a pre-Romanesque church from the ninth century.