Read This Croatia Travel Guide Before You Go

 

If you’re planning an epic trip to Croatia, there are some places to explore that you won’t want to miss. This Croatia travel guide will help you gain some insight to visiting this popular European destination.

 

Many people know Croatia for their prowess in football, especially since they came so close to bagging the World Cup in 2018. Apart from their incredible talent, the country has so much more to offer. If it is not already in your destinations bucket list, then you should add it as soon as yesterday.

 

Croatia Travel Guide, Rovinj

A beautiful building in Rovinj

Home to many historic ruins, medieval cities and a plethora of stunning natural attractions such as the Plitvice Lakes and coastlines, Croatia is travel cnady for the modern day wanderluster.

 

Did you know you can enjoy ferry rides in-between places such as a ride from Hvar to Split. This Croatia travel guide will help you learn about tips like these and some of the must-visit spots in Croatia.

 

 

A Croatia Travel Guide for the Modern Day Wanderluster

 

Explore Zagreb, Croatia

 

croatia travel guide, zagreb

A cathedral in Zagreb

 

Zagreb is the capital of Croatia, so you know it’s got plenty of culture to offer as a result of its metropolitan nature. It is home to thousands of people who boast of fantastic street art and food.

 

For broken-hearted singles who want to purge their hearts of their past relationships, the Museum of Broken Relationships is a definite must. 

 

Rovinj, A Magical Old Town of the Adriatic Sea

 

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The storybook alleys of Rovinj.

 

Rovinj is part of an archipelago of about 20 islands on the Croatian Istrian Peninsula in the Adriatic Sea. The Old town of Rovinj sits on an even smaller Peninsula. Its narrow streets of cobblestone, stairways and some fascinating ancient architecture make the old town a sight to see.

 

Its historic gems include several medieval city gates, St. Euphemia’s Basilica which is a baroque church with incredible artworks and a town clock from the 12th century.

 

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The breathtaking watersaide of Rovinj

 

Rovinj also has quite a scenic harbor and the epic Carrera Street with many shops and art galleries. Don’t forget to grab a couple of souvenirs from Grisia Street where vendors provide you with a wide range of options

 

The 3,000 Year Old City of Zadar

 

Zadar Church

Church in Zadar

 

Sitting on the coastline, Zadar is a 3,000-year-old city which often captures the attention of tourists. The place offers quite a lot to see without the crowds of many other people as compared to the other towns.

 

Its attractions here include the Roman ruins, numerous old churches, and medieval architecture. The coastline is also quite ideal for sunbathing, swimming and relaxing. It’s a must visit fro this Croatia travel guide if you’re looking for sun and sand.

 

Must Visit Destination, Split

 

Split, Croatia

Cityscape of Split

 

If you’re reading this Croatia travel guide for the scenery (which there is plenty by the way), then Split, Croatia’s second-largest city, is the place for you. The location is so stunning that Game of Thrones filmed here.

 

The main attraction of the town is Diocletian’s Palace, a Roman emperor who built it about 1700 years ago embracing Gothic and Renaissance architecture. The city is easily accessible with a ferry from Hvar to Split that gives you 1 hour, 38 minutes of pure adventure.

 

Pula, the Roman City of Croatia

 

Pula, Croatia

Amphitheater in Pula Croatia

 

It sits at the most southern tip of the Istria Peninsula in the Adriatic Sea. Since Roman times, Pula attracted tourists from all over the world to watch gladiator fights at the Amphitheatre.

 

The area has seen different governments from several sovereign countries, but today it belongs to Croatia. The buildings are from the Roman Empire and have seen a mix of cultures over the years.

 

Korcula, Home of Marco Polo

 

 

Korcula, Croatia

 

The Magical city of Korcula 

You’ve heard of the famous merchant traveler, Marco Polo. Well, Korcula is where he was born. It is home to lush green forests, olive groves, vineyards, sandy beaches, and welcoming villages.

 

Korcula Town has quite a lot of history to give us as well. From the ancient wall designs to the Venerian Rennaissance architecture, to colorful markets and other tourist facilities, it is a place worth visiting.

 

Krka National Park for Wildlife, History and Landscapes

 

Krka National Park, Croatia

Relax by the falls in Krka National Park

 

This national park is a protected area within Central Dalmatia of Croatia. It offers tourists a myriad of natural scenery, wildlife, and historic sites. The park has numerous waterfalls and pools of clear, blue-green waters flowing into the Krka River within Sibenik-Knin County.

 

There are boat excursions available to get around and well-maintained walkways for you to strut and explore the area. Plunge into the pools for swimming and do not forget to take photos of your memories.

 

Plitvice National Park Offers Some Of the Most Breathtaking Scenery in All of Croatia

 

Plitvice National Park, Croatia

Plitvice National Park, Croatia

 

If you’re reading this Croatia travel guide for the most breathtaking sceneries in Croatia, then you want to visit Plitvice. Home to several lakes, lush forest, and beautiful waterfalls, it’s a magical place to explore.

 

Croatia Travel Guide, Plitvice

A lake in Plitvice

 

The most outstanding features of it are the interconnecting lakes carefully divided into upper and lower clusters. You are free to roam the area by strolling on the wooden walkways or by the boats made available at a fee.

 

The Ancient City of Dubrovnik, Home of Game of Thrones Filming Location

 

Dubrovnik

The ancient city of Dubrovnik, Croatia

 

Dubrovnik is another famous tourist city. It offers you mindblowing history, spectacular landscapes, and an adventure of a lifetime. If you fancy a little history, then visit Rector’s Palace from the 14th century.

 

For the adrenaline lovers, kayaking is available at the place to Lokrum Islands which has idyllic landscapes to offer you. What’s more, Game of Thrones filmed in  Dubrovnik’s old town.

 

The White Sandy Beaches in the Magical City of Hvar

 

Hvar, Croatia

Ancient Hvar, Croatia

 

Hvar is an island off the Dalmatian Coast with white sandy beaches and lavender fields. For those planning a destination wedding, put this in your ‘to review’ list. 

 

Hvar Town has retro 13th-century walls, Gothic Palaces, and old fortresses. The beauty of Hvar and its town offers a perfect location for outdoor recreational activities such as hiking in the cliffs to swimming in the sandy blue beaches and secluded coves. Take it further by taking a ferry ride from Hvar to Split to continue the adventure.

 

Vis, Venetian Architecture, Beaches and Seafood

 

Vis, Croatia

Old church in Vis

 

The filming of Mamma Mia 2 movie happened here. Cool right? The historical Venetian architecture of the buildings here offers a great place to shoot the scenes. However, there are so many more reasons to visit this island, such as great beaches and enjoying some excellent seafood. The restaurants here have the best food in all of Croatia.

 

The Musical Culture of Varazdin

 

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Fortress in Varazdin, Croatia

 

If you’re going to visit Croatia, you might as well exhaust the place. Many people overlook this small town which is just 80 kilometers north of Zagreb. The area has many baroque-type buildings and a musical culture that is to die for.

 

I hope you’ve found some inspiration in this Croatia travel guide. In conclusion, Croatia is rich in culture and as we have seen, history. Years and years of preserved history. Is it in your travel bucket list yet? If not, what are you waiting for?

 


About Christa Thompson

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Christa Thompson is the Founder and Senior Editor of The Fairytale Traveler. Christa has been traveling the world since 2003 when she attended a summer abroad study at the University of Cambridge in England. Since then, her wanderlust has been fierce. Her three passions in life are her son, traveling, and being creative. The Fairytale Traveler brand gives Christa the opportunity to do all of these things and to live intentionally every day. "It's never too late to believe in what you love and to pursue your dreams." -Christa Thompson

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