Croatia is situated along the southeastern edge of Europe; one end faces the Adriatic Sea and the other is adorned with almighty mountains, offering a variety of experiences to travelers. Croatia has glitz and glamour in its culture and a certain mystery and peacefulness as well; while you can experience the coldest winters and the hottest summers in Croatia, the sea softens all the seasons to merge smoothly together towards the coastal end.
For travelers looking for a Europe experience but can afford to travel to only one country, Croatia is an excellent choice since it is so diverse. Just the diversity of geography in Croatia is one of the many reasons to consider Croatia as your next destination. Croatians are very hospitable and friendly people, and they cook simple and delicious food from the freshest ingredients they get from both land and the sea. Cities like Split and Pula boast Roman architectural wonders that stand in the same league as those in Italy and Turkey. Dubrovnik, the “Pearl of the Adriatic”, the stunning Plitvice Lakes, Pula Arena and Euphrasian Basilica are some of the most popular tourist attractions in the world.
- Explore the history of Dubrovnik
- Hike the mountains of Northern Velebit National Park
- Shop for fresh produce at the Dolac Market in Zagreb
- Walk around Trogir’s St. Lawrence (St. Lovro) Cathedral
- Take the ferry to Lokrum Island
- Drink your way through IloÄki Podrumi, one of Croatia’s oldest wine cellars
- Visit the ‘Kingdom of Feštini’ cave in Istria
- Don’t make the mistake of sticking to Dubrovnik! Croatia has many beautiful towns and islands to visit.
- Consider your transportation options. Croatian drivers can be aggressive and some coastal roads don’t use barriers. Consider opting for public transit instead of renting a car. While train links don’t cover the entire country, buses are a reliable option.
- If traveling from another European country, get ready to carry multiple currencies. Croatia is part of the European Union but continues to use its own currency: the Croatian Kuna.
- Croatia is perfect for a beach holiday but be sure to pack a pair of water shoes as the coasts are quite rocky.
- If you decide to travel off-the-beaten-path, keep a keen eye out for unexploded minefields leftover from Croatia’s war in the early 1990s.
- Never raise your thumb, index finger, and middle finger together, even when raising your hand to order a round of drinks at the bar. This is a sign of Serbian nationalism and is considered taboo in Croatia.
Croatia has seasonal weather so make sure you check up on the best time to visit Croatia before planning your tour. And if you’re still hunting for more things to do and places to explore in Croatia, do check out our Croatia Travel Guide for more information.