Croatia is a country blessed with a wealth of natural riches. Boasting almost 2000km of beautiful indented shore and more than a thousand islands, many of Croatia’s areas are blanketed in luxuriant vegetation. It offers a unique combination of breath-taking natural beauty, hot summertime sun, oodles of history, interesting architecture, incredible wine, delicious seafood and very friendly and hospitable people. Yes, Croatia offers pretty much everything a family vacation requires. So what are the most beautiful places in Croatia?
After that sweet introduction, we are pretty sure you would like to visit Croatia. Right, but where to start? What to visit?
Here is a list of the 6 Most Beautiful Places in Croatia:
1. PLITVICE LAKES NATIONAL PARK
Croatia has a total of eight national parks. The most stunning of these is Plitvice Lakes National Park, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site two hours by bus from the capital, Zagreb. Here, you can meander along the wooden plank trails and admire the glistening waterfalls crashing into the ever changing colors of the 16 interconnecting lakes below.
2. ISLAND MLJET
Mljet is one of the most seductive of all the Adriatic islands. According to legend, it captivated Odysseus for seven years. Much of the island Mljet has forests and the rest has fields, vineyards, and small villages. The western tip contains Mljet National Park, where the lush vegetation, pine forests and spectacular saltwater lakes are exceptionally scenic.
3. SUNSETS IN ZADAR
Even Alfred Hitchcock raved about sunsets in the beautiful city of Zadar. And let me tell you, so will you. There is something that gives the sunsets in Zadar what no other city in the world has, and that is the unique sound and light effects of the Sea Organ, which plays music by way of sea waves and tubes located underneath a set of large marble steps. The waves create somewhat random but harmonic sounds. The device was one of architect Nikola Bašić’s masterpieces.
4. PULA AMPHITHEATRE
The Pula Arena was once the site of gladiator fights. It was built in the 1st century AD during the reign of Emperor Vespasian, at the same time as the magnificent Colosseum in Rome. The ground plan is elliptical, with the longer axis measuring about 130 m and the shorter one about 100 m. Gladiator fights took place in the central flat area whichcalled the arena, while the spectators could sit on the stone tiers or stand in the gallery. The Amphitheater could seat about 20,000 spectators.
Today it is the venue for summer performances – such as the Film Festival, Opera Season, Equestrian Festival, concerts. Our recommendation is to just go and experience the atmosphere of the Arena in the summer.
5. DIOCLETIAN’S PALACE, SPLIT
Diocletian Palace is one of the best-preserved monuments of the Roman architecture in the world. The Emperor’s Palace was built as a combination of a luxury villa, with a summer house and a Roman military camp. The Palace is a rectangular building with four large towers at the corners, doors on each of the four sides and four small towers on the walls. The lower part of the walls has no openings, while the upper floor is open with a monumental porch on the south and halls with grand arch windows on the other three sides.
Split is a wonderful city that is famous for amazing beaches. But while you’re on vacation, take the time and go see a historic monument like Diocletian’s Palace. It gives you a whole another perspective on the life, our past, and upcoming future.
The capital and largest city of Croatia, Zagreb is a vibrant metropolis that has both historic and modern attractions. Zagreb is a sprawling cosmopolitan city and the heart of Croatian culture, academics, and government.
So this is it. What are you waiting for? Pack your bags to see the most beautiful places in Croatia!