Croatia… With its alluring turquoise waters, golden sands, all-but-guaranteed sunshine, history and culture. Over the past few years, this beautiful country has crept further up the world’s travel bucket list. Those in search of relaxation and stunning natural environments are booking their flights and allowing themselves time to explore all that this spectacular country has to offer. Discover some of the most outstanding landmarks in the country.
Plitvice Lakes National Park
Plitvice Lakes National Park is one of the most popular sights in Croatia. The beauty of this natural wonder truly must be seen to be believed. With cascading waterfalls, fast-flowing streams, lush greenery and crystal-clear pools of water, you will feel as though you have been transported to another planet. Its sheer beauty will take your breath away, and with 16 lakes and 90 waterfalls located in around 73,000 acres, there are so many sensational sights to discover.
As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Diocletian’s Palace is a historic jewel in Croatia’s crown. The extraordinary Palace is said to be one of the most impressive Roman structures on the globe and still to this day, it wows visitors with its grandeur. It remains the heart of the city of Split, and rather than the Palace being a single structure which you visit, it is instead, a maze of streets, and 220 buildings are within the boundaries. The bustle of people living in this historical structure provides an atmosphere like no other.
Walls of Dubrovnik
The imposing walls stretch for 1,940 meters and enclose the Old Town. They are Dubrovnik’s most celebrated features and were listed as UNESCO World Heritage in 1979. This powerful and intimidating structure was, of course, built initially as defence from enemies heading for Dubrovnik via the sea. Today, they are instead, famed for being featured in the television series, the Game of Thrones.
Found on the picture-perfect island of Brač, Golden Horn is one of Croatia’s most photographed beaches. What makes this coastal spot so fascinating is its interesting shape. Jutting out from the mainland, the golden sanded horn stretches into the sea.
Electric-coloured waters greet you at the Blue Grotto. The unique shade is created by the light refraction, and its beauty is indescribable. A small boat will guide you inside of the cave, and once there, the clarity of the water reveals the wonderful diversity of life in the deep blue. Gaze in awe at the shawls of fish and incredible rock formations while relishing in the tranquillity.
Museum of Broken Relationships
This may be one of the most obscure museums you may visit, but an experience that is both humbling, emotional and memorable will be awarded. At the Museum of Broken Relationships, there is a vast collection of heartbreak stories and items from partnerships which have dissolved. ‘It’s a museum about you, about us, about the ways we love and lose’. Within the collection of items, there are rings and fortune cookies, hairdryers and drawings, dolls and dreadlocks and everything in between. Each story is as unique as the relationship they meant something to.
Being the sixth-largest of its kind, Pula Arena is a fantastic example of a Roman amphitheatre and dates to the 1st-century. The large structure was crafted from limestone and while hosting gladiator fights seated up to 20,000 spectators! Nowadays, visitors can attend film screenings and concerts while enjoying this incredible insight into history.
Cathedral of Zagreb
Dedicated to the assumption of Mary, the Cathedral of Zagreb is also referred to as the Cathedral of Assumption and is formerly known as St Stephan’s. Its iconic twin spires can be admired on the horizon from most of the city as they tower over the surrounding buildings.
A 20-minute ferry journey south of Hvar will take you to the stunning island of Sveti Klement. Gorgeous white pebbled beaches await, with turquoise waters inviting you for a dip. It is an area celebrated for its natural beauty, and inland you will discover exotic trees, a pine forest and fragrant shrubs – perfect for an hour or two taking shade.
Found in the sun-soaked city of Zadar, is the elegant and enchanting Sea Organ. Hidden under the large steps on the promenade is a system of whistles and pipes, which when the sea goes in and out, they release calming and soothing tones. It’s the perfect place to watch the sunset!
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