Unique Croatian sightseeing spots worth visiting!
Croatia is a great country to visit since there is a wide array of tourist attractions to explore. The interesting capital city of Zagreb entices you with some of the most impressive museums, local restaurants, and shopping venues. But at the same time, along the coast, you can discover centuries-old harbor towns, national parks, and even adrenaline activities sites. The following sightseeing spots from Croatia are some of the top-rated things to do in Croatia!
The wonders at Plitvice National Park
Maybe one of the most visited areas in Croatia, the Plitvice Lakes National Park is a top destination for nature lovers. It consists of 16 emerald-blue lakes linked by astonishing waterfalls. But at the same time, a visit to Plitvice will get you access to interesting footpaths and wooden bridges to stroll upon. Also, you can enjoy several activities here, including hiking, biking, or admiring the local flora. And the best part about Plitvice National Park is that it is easily accessible and packed with interesting accommodation options. We guarantee you will enjoy your stay at a rustic all-inclusive villa!
The intriguing Diocletian’s Palace
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When you talk about Split, you automatically think about the famous Aqua Park available in the area. And Split is the second-largest city of Croatia and the largest city in Dalmatia. But did you know that this town is known in Europe for an intriguing architectural piece? Well, the Diocletian’s Palace attracts yearly plenty of tourists in Split, as it is one of the fascinating European attractions you will ever see. This palace was constructed for the Roman emperor Diocletian, and it was well-preserved during the passing time. Overall, it is a complex listed in the UNESCO World Heritage site due to its authentic architectural approaches. You can easily observe the legionary forts similar to those on the Danube while looking at its floor plan. And the best part about your visit to Split is that you will get access to additional tourist attractions, amenities, and services, including a professional golf course. We recommend you consider a villa for rent in Split, as it will come with both privacy and all the services you might need during your stay.
Dubrovnik’s well-preserved old town and walls
With so many villas to rent in Dubrovnik, you might wonder what else has this town to offer. And we can tell you from our experience that this place will leave you speechless. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site due to its impressive old town area. Also, the city centre stands out due to the compelling medieval defensive walls, especially by the popular Pile Gate. During your stay here, you can admire the old-time rooftops and architecture. But we recommend you take the time to try some authentic Croatian foods at the local restaurants available in Dubrovnik. Some other interesting activities one can enjoy in Dubrovnik, including a stroll on the Stradun, a 300-meter-long pedestrian area packed with cafes, restaurants, and shops.
The tallest building in Croatia: Zagreb Cathedral
Zagreb has plenty of things to offer for all tastes. Hence, you can spend the day exploring the old city centre, you can visit a museum, or you can simply indulge in a wine tasting session. Still, when travelling to this Croatian city, you should add to your itinerary a visit to Zagreb Cathedral. Located on the Kaptol, it is a Roman Catholic site, one of the tallest buildings in Croatia. It stands out due to the powerful Gothic Style, which you won’t find anywhere else in the area. An interesting fact about the Zagreb Cathedral is that it is home to a treasury of metal vessels, liturgical vestments, and books collected throughout the years. Some of the main attractions of this cathedral include the medieval St. Ladislaus cloak, the ivory Plenarium and the baroque bust of King Saint Stephen. And the best part about this site is that it is home to one of the top ten finest organs in the world! Besides this, the Zagreb Cathedral is the site of burial for important Croatian personalities, such as Ivan Antun Zrinski, Petar Zrinski, or Fran Krsto Frankopan.
The world’s remaining Roman jewel: Pula Amphitheatre
Maybe one of the most popular European attractions, the Pula Amphitheatre, stands out as the must-see local attraction in the city of Pula. It is the only remaining Roman amphitheatre to have four side towers. And we can say from our experience that the three Roman architectural orders were preserved accordingly. It is one of the world’s six largest surviving Roman arenas, yet it is not part of the UNESCO world heritage list. As for today, a visit to Pula in Croatia might get you the chance to attend a concert or similar live performance straight in the amphitheatre.
Church of St. Donatus in Zadar and the surrounding architectural wonders
Zadar’s Romanesque churches attract plenty of tourists yearly. And we can say from our experience that this destination is a rather unique site in Croatia. The car-free Old Town will allow you to explore the architectural wonders freely, while the wide array of Romanesque churches constructed between the 9th and 13th centuries will leave you speechless. Besides the famous Church of St. Donatus, you can admire in Zadar the Church of St. Mary, the Cathedral of Anastasia, and the Church of St. Chrysonogonus. So, a visit to Zadar is a good opportunity to relax in a picturesque landscape such as the one at Kolovare Beach.
The stylish Hvar
One of the most visited destinations in the Dalmatian Islands, Hvar, is rather fancy. First of all, you can find a wide array of private villas to rent, all of which come with plenty of amenities to keep you comfortable during your stay in Croatia. Secondly, the Old Town in Hvar is car-free, allowing you to enjoy the interesting main square, along with the 16th-century cathedral, the fishing harbour, or the hilltop fortress. Overall, this is a good travelling destination in Croatia for those looking forward to a stylish stay and access to shops and similar amenities.
Kornati National Park and its quietest accommodation options
The Kornati National Park protects the islands and the marine environment in the area. Mainly, it consists of 109 islands of all dimensions, being the go-to destination for those travelers looking forward to relaxing. And we can say that this is one of the quietest places in Croatia, being great for practicing some outdoor activities. We recommend you consider renting a villa with a pool in the area, as the quietness and calmness of the park will make you feel like you’re in heaven. There are several trails to explore, which is why we recommend you keep a close eye on local flora and fauna.
The otherworldly Zlatni Rat Beach
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If you were attracted by the villas available to rent in Brac, you should know that this accommodation option is great for those looking forward to exploring the Zlatni Rat Beach. It is one of the most photographed and visited sites in Croatia since it looks otherworldly. This beach is on the south coast of Brac, and it stands out due to the unique landform consisting of fine pebble and attractive coastline. And the best part about staying near the Zlatni Rat beach is that it is backed up by a pine tree forest and an impressive view over the Vidova Gora Mountain. There are several activities one can enjoy here, such as discovering local producers for olive oil or indulging in adventurous activities. Some of the main attractions on this beach include paddle boats, kayaks, and catamarans. Keep in mind that you can access Brac by ferry from Split.
Mljet National Park and its outdoor activities
The Mljet National Park is the heavenly destination in Croatia for outdoor enthusiasts. It consists of an impressive dense woodland, interconnected by two saltwater lakes. And the best part about it is that one features an islet capped by a 12-th century Benedictine monastery! Anyhow, since Mljet is famous amongst outdoor enthusiasts, you can easily discover compelling activities here. Hence, you can explore the hiking or biking paths, or you can swim or do some kayaking on one of the lakes. Besides, you can easily find some rustic villas to rent in the middle of nature so that you make the best of your Croatian experience. Keep in mind that this national park can be accessed by ferry from Dubrovnik.
The Venetian-like town of Rovinj
Northwest Croatia stands out due to the impressive areas that have a powerful Venetian-era vibe. And the city of Rovinj is one of the most representative. We all know the pastel-colored houses and the fishing harbour that made this city popular on the globe. And what we like most about Rovinj is that there are plenty of activities you can enjoy here. A stroll on the pebble beaches, a visit to the Batana Eco-Museum on the seafront, or a delicious meal at a local seafood restaurant – all of these are meant to give you the authentic Croatian feel. We do recommend during your stay in Rovinj you try some local dishes at one of the numerous local restaurants that still follow traditional Croatian recipes.
The beautiful scents at Brijuni National Park
Another important national park in Croatia, Brijuni, gained a lot of popularity amongst tourists, as it is open all year-round. Located in the Istrian peninsula, it consists of an archipelago surrounded by pine islets. So, staying neat, Brijuni National Park will get you a beautiful landscape and scent at all times. and the best part about this national park is that it is home to a wide array of local flora and fauna. Make sure you retrace the steps of the dinosaurs within the park! Our tip is to take the time to check the golf course and the ruins of a Roman villa available in the area.
The UNESCO World Heritage Site at Trogir
If you ever talked with someone about the Dalmatian Coast, you most likely discussed Trogir. And since its rich history dates back to 380BC, Trogir was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Site back in 1997. Overall, there are several fun things to enjoy here, along with top-rated restaurants and accommodation solutions. What we like most about Trogir is that several old buildings were preserved by following their original architectural approaches. Also, the town walls date back to the 1400s, which we can say it will make your stay in Croatia one of a kind. If you pay close attention to all the buildings in Trogir, you will discover influences from the Greeks, Romans, Hungarians, and Venetians. We recommend you take the time to visit the Trogir Cathedral, the Cipiko Palace, and the Church of St. Peter.
The less crowded town of Šibenik
Even though Sibenik is not so popular amongst tourists, this Dalmatian city is one of a kind. It is rich in history, and you can quickly observe some influences from the 11th century. And the best part about travelling to Sibenik is that you won’t have to worry about tourist crowds. This is one of the few Croatian destinations that doesn’t get too busy with tourists. Also, you have plenty of things to explore, including the well-preserved historic Old Town Centre with its 15th and 16th-century architecture. Make sure you allow some time to admire the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Sibenik, the Cathedral of St. James. It was built back in the 15th century, and it is one of the most beautiful churches in Croatia. Also, we encourage you to visit the remains of St. John’s Fortress and the St. Michael’s Fortress. Both are known for their traditional cultural performances organized yearly in open-air.
The bottom line
So, these are the unique Croatian sightseeing spots worth visiting at least once in a lifetime. All of these destinations have something unique to offer, ranging from ancient architecture to remote natural landscapes. But no matter what you opt for, we believe you will benefit from an outstanding travelling experience.