Croatia overview

Croatia has been improving for the last decade as an excellent tourist destination. The country offers the amazing Dalmatian coast and spectacular medieval cities. The capital, Zagreb, is best seen by foot; the city is home to the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which gives you an insight to medieval and Renaissance artefacts.

Best places of Croatia

Zagreb – capital of Croatia

Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb is the capital of the country located in the central part of country. It may not attract as many visitors as the Adriatic coast with coastal towns of Rijeka or Trogir or Split or Zadar or Šibenik or Dubrovnik but is well worth a visit. There are many museums in town and at night there are lots of things going on.

Coast of Croatia

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik, Croatia

The Croatian coast is among the most beautiful in the world. It has unique cities like Split with its Diocletian palace from the 4th century (Roman period) or Dubrovnik which was the rival of Venice for centuries, great beaches and more than 1185 islands to choose from.

Other places

By one hour ferry from Split, you can reach the island of Hvar – the sunniest island of the Adriatic, which has also been elected one of the 10 most beautiful islands in the world by the traveller (edition 1997).

Don’t forget a visit to Cavtat and the Konavle Valley. Cavtat is an ancient Epidaurum city just south of Dubrovnik, near the airport. Stone houses go up from the picturesque bay. A great place to base your trip to Croatia. Konavle Valley is rich in farming and folk culture. Sundays are a chance to visit the village of Cilipi, renowned for their traditional folk dances. Visit the towns of Ston and Mali Ston famous because of ancient saltworks, shell farming (the best oysters and mussels in the region) and the longest stone wall (in the total length of 5 km). Visit the Elaphite Islands situated in the vicinity of Dubrovnik and Mljet Island (the national park).

Hvar, Croatia

Hvar, Croatia

Plitvice is Croatia’s most famous National Park. Its many lakes and waterfalls are ideal for hiking or trekking around. The Dalmatia region is full of untouched nature and thousands of islands. The island of Ciovo is only 25 kilometers from Split and is connected with a bridge to Trogir, a small town under the protection of UNESCO. You might wish to visit this fantastic town, as many celebrities did before you (Bernie Ecclestone, Albert Grinaldi, Gwyneth Paltrow, Armani and many others).

Plitvice National Park in Croatia

Plitvice National Park in Croatia

Don’t forget Fazana and the islands of Brioni! Just a bit north of Pula… You may not see them on a map, but it was the summer home of Tito (his choice of all Yugoslavia) and farther back the Caesars during the Roman empire (even farther back, stone age man and before him dinosaurs. You can still see the footprints in stone!) Think about it… with all of Italy why choose to live here? That’s right!

Accommodation in Croatia

Accommodation is plentiful. It comes in various forms. There are upmarket hotels located in the capital and other big cities. The smaller towns and islands offer smaller hotels and there are also many guest houses that are run by families. The large hotels are priced highly and the guest houses reasonably.

Croatia Airport

Getting to Croatia could not be easier. Many flights from Europe and the UK arrive at Zagreb International Airport. A reliable train service from Slovenia, Yugoslavia, Italy, Germany, Austria, and Bosnia-Herzegovina also services Croatia for those who are travelling overland in Europe. You can catch a ferry from Greece and Italy to arrive at the coastal towns of Split and Dubrovnik.