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Top 8 Most Popular Destinations in Croatia

Bird's-eye view of a boat entering the old harbour of Dubrovnik © Lucian Petronel Potlog / Unsplash

Officially known as the Republic of Croatia, Croatia is located on the Adriatic Sea at crossroads between Central and Southeast Europe. Bordered by six other countries including Serbia, Slovenia, Bosnia, Montenegro, Hungary and Herzegovina, it is situated just across Italy on the map.

With a population of a little over 4 million, it is a beautiful country with a ton of tourist destinations that can leave one in awe. Listed below are the eight most popular destinations in Croatia:

1. Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik – popularly known as Croatia’s jewel – is a magical old town with numerous sights to see. If you are a tourist heading towards Dubrovnik, you are likely to need two to three days to explore the entire place and hence should plan your trip accordingly.

The town is used to a lot of tourists during the summer especially due to cruise ships lining up its coast. If you aren’t fond of crowds, you should plan your trip during the quieter months. As the town is used to tourists, it features a variety of accommodation options suiting every budget from hostels, to bread-and-breakfast, to luxury hotels.

2. Plitvice Lakes

You might have heard about the sixteen interconnected waterfalls in Croatia, and they exist in none other than the Plitvice Lakes National Park. Other than its famous waterfalls, the park is known for its variety of flora and fauna, and it’s unimaginable landscape.

The park features numerous trails for hiking lovers, a shuttle bus service for those not really fond of hiking and a boat tour around the entire area. While the park is open all around the year, it sees most of its visitors around the summer season. In the winters, the park also boasts a nearby amateur ski resort.

3. Island of Hvar

The Island of Hvar is considered to be one of Croatia’s upmarket islands, and is a popular spot for many Hollywood celebrities and other famous personalities. The island is known for its beautiful weather, mesmerizing landscape full of lavender, and an overall romantic feel.

If you are vacationing in Southern Croatia, you can take a ferry from Split to Hvar. The island has numerous sights and a beautiful harbour where visitors are known to spend the entire evening simply yacht-watching.

4. Istria

Istria is home to numerous resorts that are all wildly popular among tourists. The city boasts a well connected transportations system, and even buses that connect it to Venice, Italy.

Other than it’s obviously beautiful resorts, the city also features a number of hilltop towns, villages and a gorgeous inland landscape. One of these towns include Motovun, which is gaining popularity due to its annual film festival, which boasts beautiful landscapes and multiple tourist locations.

5. Zagreb

Zagreb is often compared to Prague owing to its numerous sights, beautiful landscape, multitudes of good restaurants and a happening nightlife. The capital of Croatia is home to a number of events and shopping destinations, in addition to it being naturally beautiful and rich in nature.

It is easy to reach owing to its great transportation system, and is located at only a two hour flight from the United Kingdom, which makes it a great getaway for the weekend.

6. Island of Brac

The Island of Brac is home to the Zlatni Rat beach which is a white beach with numerous pine trees, and is an extremely popular tourist destination. The beach is known to change shape every now and then due to the tides and winds. It is Croatia’s largest island, and is wildly popular during the summer. While there isn’t much of culture that you can enjoy as a tourist, you can spend time sight seeing the beautiful resorts, laying down on the beaches, or taking ferry rides to and from Brac.

7. Makarska Riviera

Makarska Riviera is known as a getaway for many prominent figures in the media and for rich families alike. The riviera is home to a number of luxury and well-priced resorts, beautiful beaches, and is located nearby the Island of Brac.

Just behind the riviera is located Mount Biokovo which is great for those who are fond of hiking. Quite frankly, other than the luxury resorts and hiking trail, there aren’t many sightseeing options available in the riviera itself, but if you are a fan of all things fine, this would be the place for you.

8. Vis Island

The island of Vis used to be closed to the general public up until 1989, and is a great place to visit if you are looking to experience Croatia’s culture but aren’t fond of crowds.

However, the island has gained popularity in recent times due to it being a popular filming location for many Hollywood movies. The popular sights worth seeing include the Blue Cave and Komiza.

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