Croatia – You’ll Never Forget the Heavenly Experience
Croatia is too huge and too wonderful to enable us to count its attractions in a few words. However, we certainly can try to enlist some of its outstanding attractions that will evoke an intense urge to visit it in an ardent traveler. So, here is such an effort.
If a country has more than 1,000 islands and is one of world’s richest archipelagos, island hopping is a must-do activity. Spending at least some time in the sea is a must in Croatia and by sailing on the Adriatic Sea you can combine the best of Croatia, both land and sea, by taking halts to explore the mainland too. Enjoy the tastiest seafood fare at the local restaurants by grabbing a seat from where you can enjoy the view of the endless blue bay rolling ahead.
Explore the Rich National Parks of Croatia
Croatia has 8 wonderful national parks. Make sure to see at least one of them, though the best thing is to see all of them. The most stunning out of these is Plitvice Lakes National Park which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you can roam along the wooden plank trails and get awestruck with the shimmering waterfalls plunging into the 16 interconnected lakes below that keep changing colors.
Another is Paklenica National Park, just 40km from Zadar Airport, which hosts the largest mountain in the country, the Velebit, a mountaineers’ paradise.
Explore UNESCO Sites in Croatia
You may be surprised to know that a small country like Croatia spread over only 56,000 sq km has seven UNESCO World Heritage sites. Here they are:
- Plitvice Lakes National Park
- Historic City of Trogir
- Episcopal Complex of the Euphrasian Basilica in the Historic Centre of Porec
- Historical Complex of Split with the Palace of Diocletian
- Stari Grad Plain, Hvar
- Old City of Dubrovnik
- The Cathedral of St. James in Sibenik
Don’t get overwhelmed with the number of sites because you can visit Croatia and rent a car to see most of it.
Here are some highlights:
- The towns of Ston and Mali Ston have got fortified walls and salt pans. The towns are less than an hour from Dubrovnik by car.
- Visit the Istrian hilltop town of Motovun.
- Visit the historical center of Varazdin, north of Zagreb, mentioned as one of the top places in Croatia by New York Times.
Enjoy Croatian Delicacies
Croatia is a foodies’ country; so, if you are a foodie too, this is a heaven for you. Make sure to enjoy fresh fish grilled to perfection in Dalmatia. Another must-eat is crni rizot, a black risotto made from cuttlefish. One more is a traditional beef dish, named pasticada, marinated in wine, garlic and other herbs for 24 hours and served with homemade gnocchi and the Dalmatian Plavac Mali red wine.
Octopus salad, burek and Krafne are other dishes you must try.
The best places to enjoy Croatian food are konobas i.e. family-run local restaurants.
Visit Historic Towns
If you are fond of getting lost into the medieval era with those cobbled alleys, Croatia is the best place for you. Visit the historic towns here including the seaside Zadar. Daytime is for drinking coffee in the 2000-year old Roman forum or roaming through the narrow cobbled paths relishing locally made ice cream, while nighttime (in July to August) is for enjoying the Musical Nights Festival, held in the 9th century Saint Donatus Church and Roman Forum. Also don’t miss the Sea Organ and Greeting to the Sun designed by architect Nikola Basic.
Plus there are Zagreb, Istria, Zlatni Rat Beach, Peljesac Peninsula and so many other places you should visit in Croatia! Try to make the most of your trip in this beautiful country by renting a car from www.novarentacar.hr and you’ll never forget the heavenly experience.