20 Top Places to Visit in Croatia
How to choose best places to visit in Croatia? The best places to visit in Croatia are many and it is difficult to choose, but once when you get to Croatia you’ll want to come back again. Let’s go work and make a list for few Croatian places that are worth to visit.
Zagreb is the capital of Croatia. Due to its history and significance, Zagreb is rich in monuments and architecture. The center of Zagreb is the historic district of the Upper Town and Kaptol, and Lower Town, which has an exceptional diversity of architecture from Baroque to the present day. Besides its rich historical heritage Zagreb has the best offer of nightlife’s, fun and recreation. And not to forget, Zagreb will delight you with its cuisine in restaurants that can be found literally on every corner.
Daruvar was an important settlement in Roman times thanks to the warm water springs. Bathing-health resort function of the city was rebuilt in the second half of the eighteenth century, when the count Antun Jankovic raised storey castle with park and bathing building. Daruvar is the centre of the Czech minority in Croatia. Czechs cherish their language, customs and folklore, and it is particularly interesting harvest festivities, which is held every two years in the other Czech resort. Rich gastronomic offer includes specialties of Czech and Italian cuisine, fine wines (Daruvar Riesling) and local beer (Starocesko).
North of Zagreb to the border with Slovenia stretches a picturesque Zagorje, in which is dotted with medieval castles and vineyards, and on the hilltop are thermal springs. If you are in Zagorje be sure to visit the historic city of Krapina and traditional wine cellar, visit the fairytale castle Trakoscan and walk through picturesque highlands.
Osijek is an interesting tourist destination. Osijek is a city with a rich cultural and historical heritage, a city that has a number of natural and geographical, historical, cultural, economic and other features that make it interesting and attractive destination.
In the late 20th and early 21st century tourism is expanding in Sisak, particularly thanks to the protected wetlands of Lonjsko Polje, very rare rural wooden architecture, Sisak Old Town and attractive centre of the city along the Kupa and the archaeological park “Siscia.” It should be mention and hunting in the surrounding forests.
From a humble medieval city, Cakovec has grown into a modern European city of the Central Croatian. The tourists besides the historical core of both the Old Town, and the castle Zrinski and Franciscan Monastery can enjoy in the excellent gastronomic offer.
The centre of the town of Koprivnica was built on the site of the former Koprivnica fort; today at the site of the fort is a beautiful park with a pavilion. In Koprivnica adventurers can enjoy in traditional hunting, fishing, hiking or cycling, while those less prone to adventures have a great selection of restaurants that cherish Podravina kitchen.
The city of Karlovac is situated in the heart of the Croatia at the confluence of four rivers, and it is an attractive destination for relaxation and fun. Karlovac is an example of the city based on the leading architectural ideas of his time. Beautiful view on the Karlovac is provided from Old Town Dubovac. From historic sites in Karlovac are Vrbanic Park (Botanical Garden) and the main town square, Miljokaz.
Plitvice Lakes National Park
Wildlife of his azure blue lakes, beautiful waterfalls and forested mountains makes Plitvice Lakes National Park, writes Huffington, one of the most famous national parks in Croatia. Plitvice Lakes are under UNESCO protection.
The biggest attraction of Dubrovnik-Neretva County is the Old Town of Dubrovnik. Surrounded by a large and long walls and beautiful sea attracts tourists. Every stone in the city is monument. In 1979, the city of Dubrovnik joined the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.
Peljesac Peninsula and Ston
Peljesac Peninsula is a narrow thin cape that extends from the mainland to Korcula, Peljesac Peninsula is known as the region with the best wines, which produces high-quality varieties such as Dingac and Postup. After exploring the region, visit the traditional winery and enjoy in the oysters and mussels in Mali Ston, later you can go to catch the waves in Viganj. Ston is also one of the attraction of Dubrovnik-Neretva County. After Great Wall of China Ston has the largest walls in the world, but they are highly weathered and old. It has the oldest salt works in Europe, too.
The largest city in Istria County is Pula. Don’t forget to visit National Park Brijuni when you are in Pula. Pula is best known for the Arena, which is in the era of building served as the main entertainment place of the ancient Romans.
City of beautiful cultural and historical monuments, perfect example of gardening and cleanness, is a favourite target of European tourists in Croatia. The most important cultural monument of Porec left Byzantium. Euphrasius Basilica from the 6th century was included in the World Heritage List under UNESCO protection in 1997.
Hvar is the island with the most hours of sunshine in Europe – 2700 hours per year. Hvar is an island of purple lavender fields. From the first little bush planted in Velo Grablje, the most of Hvar’s fields is covered by this plant. Lavender blooms in June, July and August.
Town of Hvar is one of the Adriatic’s best-preserved historic towns, and also one of its most glamorous. Stari Grad Plain is under UNESCO protection because of its exceptional archaeological value and parcelling fields preserved since ancient time.
Another top attraction on the Dalmatian coast, the second largest city in Croatia is an important starting point if you want to go to the islands, cruises and day trips. A magnificent Diocletian’s Palace is on the list of the UNESCO’s World Heritage, and besides historical monuments, Split offers plenty of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors, rafting, hiking and sailing.
Trogir is also under protection of UNESCO. Besides the well-preserved town walls, towers and town gates, here you can see the beautiful town palaces, many churches and monasteries, as well as cathedral with a unique portal. Apart from cultural tourism, Trogir provides culinary delights and the ‘real’ summer tourism – clear waters and beautiful beaches.
Besides this year’s nomination for the best European destination, Zadar is one of the most popular Croatian tourist destinations, which is according to the London’s The Times “entertainment centre on the Adriatic” and to The Guardian says for Zadar that Zadar is “the new Croatian capital of cool”.
Zadar is a beautiful starting point to the south and the north. Surrounded by five national parks, with Ravni Kotari in the hinterland and the Velebit which hangs over him, and with Kornati islands scattered in front of Zadar.
While most of the other cities on the Adriatic coast are founded by the Illyrians, Greeks and Romans, the town of Sibenik was founded by Croats. Krka National Park is located just a few kilometres north of the town of Sibenik. The National Park Kornati is located west of Sibenik and covers of 150 islands, islets and reefs which all together create a landscape of exceptional beauty. Cathedral of St James is the central church in Sibenik and since 2000 is on the UNESCO list of world heritage.
Making the Cathedral even more magnificent is the fact that it was built entirely with stone, without using any other materials. The form and the decorative elements of the Cathedral are decorated with 71 sculptured faces of men, women, and children.
This list hasn’t some special order of importance for places to visit in Croatia, except dividing on continental and coastal places of Croatia. The importance and beauty of these places is in the eye of the observer.