Croatia is a country of great diversity and a wide selection of tourist attractions. But what to see if your time here is limited? Here is our selection of top 7 things to do in Croatia:
1. Embark on the Dubrovnik Game of Thrones Tour
Dubrovnik is the most popular destination in Croatia, thanks to its beauty and well-preserved Medieval fortifications, as well as its cuisine and culture. But the HBO series The Game of Thrones has made Dubrovnik even more recognizable than before. Now you can experience its Medieval past AND visit the sites where the popular show was filmed.
2. Have a tour of the Diocletian’s Palace in Split
The Roman Emperor Diocletian decided to retire in Split; therefore, he built this vast magnificent Palace and came to Split to enjoy the rest of his life in peace.
This Palace is the centre of modern-day Split; right outside of its walls is the popular Riva, the crowded and vibrant promenade, full of cafes, restaurants, bars and – the most importantly – people.
The perfect sightseeing day in Split would be a tour through the Diocletian’s Palace and a lunch or just a simple cocktail (or beer) on the Riva, overlooking the Adriatic sea.
3. Visit the Roman Amphitheatre in Pula, Istria
Sometimes dubbed “the other Colosseum” , this stunning Roman building in Pula is one of the most valuable remnants of the Roman past Croatia has.
Popularly called the Arena of Pula, this place once hosted the gladiator fights. It is believed that the Amphitheatre could seat about 20,000 spectators. Later, in the Middle Ages, various knights tournaments and fairs used to take place here. It was built in the 1st century AD, during the rule of Emperor Vespasian.
Today many summer concerts and festivals take place here – even Joe Cocker performed here in 2013. You can also visit Arena’s underground passages, once used by the gladiators. Today they are home to a regular exhibition of viticulture and olive growing in Istria in Ancient times.
4. Visit the Plitvice Lakes
No need to introduce this one, right? The Plitvice Lakes National Park is probably the most visited tourist attraction in Croatia (apart from maybe Dubrovnik).
Situated in Croatia’s mountainous region of Gorski kotar , Plitvice are not far away from Zagreb nor from the northern Adriatic.
This national park consists of 16 wonderful lakes and many waterfalls, the biggest one 78 m high. This is a perfect destination for a one day trip and a true delight for all photography lovers!
5. Climb the Zagreb Eye
The Zagreb Eye Viewpoint is the newest attraction Croatian capital has to offer. Yes, walking tours are cool and fun, but seeing everything from high above, and enjoying the wonderful view with a glass of fine wine in your hand is even better.
It is located above the Zagreb Main Square, on the 16th flat of a skyscraper, and provides a wonderful view of the Square, the Cathedral and the Medieval town of Zagreb. The Zagreb Eye is open all year round from 10 am till midnight and is definitely not to be missed!
6. Try the local specialities in Baranya Ethno Village
Baranya is a region in the East of Croatia, bordering Hungary. It is also a home to Croatia’s best continental dishes – spicy and tasty. The Ethno Village in Karanac is a unique attraction that leads you back through time as this village looks the way it looked like in the past, a century ago.
Here you can have an insight into the 19th and early 20th century way of life, traditional workshops, the way their homes looked like and of course – the dishes people ate back then. This is both an educational and a romantic escape from the 21st century into the past of our ancestors.
7. Jump off the Maslenica Bridge
The Maslenica Bridge is a 377.6 m (1,239 ft) long arch bridge spanning the Maslenica Strait of the Adriatic Sea, north of Zadar on the Adriatic Coast. It has become a popular destination for adrenaline and sports tourism, as a lot of people do bungee jumping there. So why not try it? Especially if you’re staying somewhere near Zadar, this seems like a perfect adventures for those brave enough to do it!