Croatia is a beautiful and enchanting country whose wonders and natural beauty never cease to amaze people. It is a country situated in the Balkans and in Central Europe. With attractions ranging from sun-drenched beaches and cliffs around Dubrovnik to the dense forests around Plitvice, makes it one of the best-known tourist destinations. Unfortunately, like so many treasures of great value, Croatia has been fought over time and time again, often finding itself in the middle of dangerous political divides and deadly ethnic tensions. The friendly and upbeat country demands to be seen at any cost.
Geographically it has diverse flat agricultural plains along the Hungarian border (Central European area), low mountains and highlands near the Adriatic coastline and islands.
All the Mediterranean regions are beginning to be overrun with tourists coming from everywhere to enjoy the beach.
Famous Sightseeing and Attractions:
1. Kvarner & Highlands
The entire Kvarner gulf provides striking sceneries, with tall mountains right next to the sea, overlooking a dozen large islands.
The rare Eurasian lynx can be found in the highlands. The interior regions Gorski kotar, Velebit and Lika have vast stretches of virginal nature, with mountain peaks, forests and fields, many animal species including bears, and the national parks of Risnjak and Plitvice Lakes.The Plitvice Lakes National Park is the most popular park in Croatia.
Zadar is a mix of medieval architecture, Roman ruins, and beaches. Wander through the traffic free marble streets of the historic city centre and see the St Donat church. This region is a yachting paradise. The Kornati National Park has hundreds of mostly uninhabited islands. The interior has mixed plains and mountains, with the impressive Paklenica canyon as the main attraction. Paklenica National Park is the most visited climbing site in Croatia, and the largest in Southeast Europe. The close proximity of seawater gives this climbing site a special charm, making Paklenica Riviera an ideal place to combine climbing, hiking and water sports.
The island of Pag
The island of Pag has one of the biggest party zones in Europe in the town of Novalja and Zrce. These beaches are well-known Croatian summer destination for partygoers, with several all-hours discotheques and beach bars operating during summer months.
This is another popular yachting region, dotted with islands, and centred around Šibenik and its famous cathedral, the Cathedral of St. James. Several fortresses, remnants of the Renaissance era can be seen surrounding the city. The interior has the Krka National Park with its waterfalls and religious monasteries.
The coastal city of Split is also the second largest city in Croatia, and is well known for its unique Roman heritage, which includes UNESCO-protected Diocletian's Palace. Split is a mix of splendid old architecture and modern industry.
The Makarska Riviera is a stretch of coastline known for its pristine beaches and is popular destinations among sunbathers for its beaches, clubs, cafes, kayaking, sailing, and hiking along the Biokovo range. The island promotes itself as "the sunniest spot in Europe
The Gallery of Modern Art in Hvar is located in the Arsenal building, in the lobby of the historic Theatre of Hvar.
Gracing the shores of the Adriatic is the beautiful city of Dubrovnik. Explore the churches, fort, palace, monuments, shops, and restaurants in the historic city centre.
The finest Renaissance highlight is the Sponza.The St. Saviour Church is another remnant of the Renaissance period, next to the much-visited Franciscan Monastery.
Mljet island -Further along the Adriatic is the untouched forests of Mljet Island. Its geological structure consists of limestone and dolomite forming ridges, crests and slopes. A few depressions on the island of Mljet are below sea level and are known as blatine ("mud-lakes") or saltine ("salt-lakes").
6. Central Croatia
The most interesting part of this large region is the north, with the hilly area of Zagorje, dotted with castles and spas, and the old city of Varaždin. Varaždin, with its unique monuments and artistic heritage, represents the best-preserved and richest urban complex in continental Croatia. The Old Town (fortress) is a beautiful example of medieval defensive buildings. The south has some natural highlights, such as the nature park Lonjsko polje, where it covers the area of the former Jasenovac concentration camp.
Tourism in this region is just developing, mostly with spas. The area of Baranja has the national park of Kopacki rit, a large swamp with an incredible variety of fauna and birds. It is one of the most important, largest and most attractive preserved intact wetlands in Europe.
The Croatian capital is the country's largest cultural centre, with many museums and galleries.
Zagreb is a city of parks and a great place to experience the culture. Some of Croatia's best museums and galleries are located in the city. Ethnographic Museum, Archeological Museum, Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Samobor and Stone Gate are a few. Many Zagreb restaurants offer various specialties of national and international cuisine.
Things to do in Croatia
Cilipi Folklore Tour
Enjoy a visit to famous Cilipi Village which still retains its quaint charm and every Sunday morning the village come alive with traditional folklore, music and dance. See the villagers performing local folk dance and singing traditional songs. This unique practice is prevalent since the medieval ages and passed through generations. Experience the rich heritage of traditional folk culture of Croatia and admire the rich culture, folklore and beautiful national costumes. Visit the local wine cellar or attend a mass in the local church and enjoy a leisure stroll in this historic village and find out more about the local customs, culture, food, homemade products, local art and crafts. This tour will be a great memorable tour for you and you will enjoy the morning in this picturesque Cilipi Village which becomes alive with vibrant folk culture and exuberant ambience.
Dubrovnik Old Town Walking Tour
Dubrovnik is a charming city located in Southern Croatia. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations of the Mediterranean and is renowned globally for its pristine beauty, charming red tile roofs and rich heritage. Dubrovnik has also been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979 and is nicknamed “Pearl of the Adriatic”. The old town of Dubrovnik is rich with cultural and historical heritages. On this tour you will enjoy a walking tour accompanied by a local guide and will discover the secrets of this old town. The rich history and culture coupled with heritage buildings, narrow alleyways, cobbled streets and amazing architecture will charm you. Enjoy the tour and learn about the glorious bygone days, its struggle for survival during the troubled time in the Balkan states and learn why Dubrovnik is fondly called “Pearl of the Adriatic”.
Charming Mostar City Tour
Mostar is an important city of Bosnia and Herzegovina and is one of the premier cultural and historical cities of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Mostar is renowned as the city of poetry, city of stone and sleepy, narrow winding streets. Mostar because of its geographical position in the Mediterranean is a crossroad between the North and South and has a combination of Turkish, Bosnian, Adriatic, Mediterranean, Greek culture. The city is renowned for its beautiful dwellings and monuments which exist harmoniously over the centuries because of favourable geographic and sound economic conditions. Enjoy a sightseeing tour of this historic city accompanied by a local guide who will share his knowledge about this historic city. Enjoy leisure stroll in the city’s old lanes and browse the old craft shops or simply spend time relaxing in a picturesque local restaurants.
Into the Countryside Tour
Visit the Konavle Valley known for its rich natural resources like pure olive oil, green honey, sweet-smelling herbs and embroidery and its traditional way of lifestyle makes this region of Croatia one of the fascinating destination. See how the medieval period old mills located on river Ljuta once used to grind corn and produce fine quality flour and fine processing of cloths. See a live demonstration of this old traditional technique and enjoy a welcome drink and snacks. Visit the old town of Cavtat which once in the antiquity used to be a roman town; nowadays it is one of the charming and picturesque settlements present along the Adriatic Coast. You will enjoy a short sightseeing in this town accompanied by a guide and will get free time for your own exploration and lunch. You will visit the Mountain Viewpoint which offers spectacular panoramic view of the entire landscape and the surrounding islands.
Taste of Dalmatia Tour
Enjoy a great day in the beautiful Dalmatian region of Croatia known for its beautiful landscape, Mediterranean culture, wine production and sea food. You will visit the picturesque and charming village of Orasac and see how the olive oil is produced in the traditional way where the mill is still driven by a horse. You will also enjoy homemade cheese, smoked ham and wine in an old fashioned house which still retains its quaint charm. Visit Ston town and see its spectacular medieval period walls and is known as a notable feat of medieval architecture. Ston is also famous as the oyster capital of Croatia. Here you will enjoy sea food platter and other local specialities. You will also visit the Peljesac Peninsula renowned for its excellent wines. You will enjoy wine tasting here. Enjoy the tour and have a great day savouring the cuisine and wine of Dalmatian region.
Northern Croatia has a temperate continental climate whereas the central and upland regions have a mountainous climate. The entire Adriatic coast has a pleasant Mediterranean climate. Spring and autumn are mild along the coast, while winter is cold and snowy in central and northern regions.
Croatian cuisine isn’t restricted to fish; they have many delicious meat dishes too. Grilled pork and roasted lamb are common dishes, and beef too, which is often cooked in a delicious tomato sauce meats cooked in bread crumbs, goulashes served with stuffed cabbage, and a dish called sarma, a winter delight of a rare excellence.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Croatia is between the warm summer months of April–September.
September is the ideal month to visit owing to the favourable weather.
How to Reach
Scheduled flights to the capital Zagreb from almost all international airports one can be taken, where one can transfer to inland flights. Croatia Airlines and several international airliners fly to Zagreb daily.
Croatia Airlines has scheduled international flights for: Amsterdam, Berlin, Bruxellois, Duesseldorf, Frankfurt, London, etc.
The types of train services that operate in Croatia are: Euro City, Intercity, express, fast, local and accelerated trains.
There is a railway network connecting all major Croatian cities except Dubrovnik. There are direct lines to Slovenia, Hungary, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Slovakia, France, Germany, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Yugoslavia. There are indirect lines to almost all other European countries.
The Croatian coastal towns and cities are served by ferry and ship services. The inhabited islands are linked with the mainland.
The Croatian Tourist Board has divided Croatia into eight distinct tourist regions: