Croatia is at the crossroads of Central Europe, the Balkans, and the Mediterranean. It is located on the Adriatic Sea just across from Italy, just above Greece. It boasts more than a thousand islands to explore. There are iconic cities like Dubrovnik and Split, the most easy to get around capital city in Europe-Zagreb as well as many hidden treasures all around. This new country ( founded only in 1991), with 10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, has become a top favorite of mine since my 2018 visit. This is a destination for those who want history, stunning natural beauty, and the right to say you have been somewhere more unique than the more known European countries. Please allow me to share handful of my favorite areas I explored that make it my new top pick.
Are you a nature lover? Plitvice Lakes National Park is the largest national park in Croatia, famous for its turquoise-colored lakes (20+) and waterfalls.
Are you a history buff? Pula Arena is to Croatia as The Colosseum is to Italy except it is even more preserved amphitheater than the one in Rome.
Island vibes perhaps? Hvar is an island off the coast of Split. Take a day trip with a ferry ride over and back, explore the port, enjoy a tour inland passing lavender fields and lunch at a small local winery. You are welcome to stay longer.
Game of Thrones Fan? Old Town Dubrovnik is like a post card or like walking through history. Narrow streets and intact fortified walls that go on and on. Shops and restaurants within the beautiful buildings. Film set for many movies.
Croatia is not typically on the top of world travelers minds but it very well should be. I found very friendly locals ( English is widely spoken) as well as amazing wines and food for nearly half the cost of Italy. And, while I never made it up for a sunrise, the sunsets were amazing each and every night. I’d be happy to share so much more with you and even send you there to experience this beautiful jewel for yourself. I’ll leave you with this video: Visit Croatia