7 Reasons To Visit Croatia
Some places you keep in your mind and in your heart for a long time because you fell in love with the local cuisine or that unique wine texture you could not find anywhere else. Others you remember for the nature that was so stunning you felt small yet part of something much greater. Certain places transported you to a different era, with their buildings, landmarks and charm from days long gone. Geography and history can make a place immensely alluring – Croatia is definitely one such place! There are many reasons to visit this beautiful European country – here are just some of them!
1. Long coastline and beautiful beaches
The Croatian coast is one of the most beautiful coastlines in Europe, with its turquoise water, white pebbled beaches and more than 1244 islands. Over more than 1777 km of coastline there are numerous historical cities, like Dubrovnik, Split or Zadar, long Croatian beaches with rivas (promenades) and secret coves, some of them only accessible by boats. The best way to discover the Croatian coast is by boat, since sailing is very popular both among locals and tourists. You may be surprised to find that that there are also party hotspots with festivals and open-sky clubs just a few hours away from deserted islands, where you can enjoy peace and quiet as you recharge your batteries.
2. History and culture
A country that is located on the crossroads of East and West has to have had a turbulent history. This can be seen in the culture, literature, music, philosophy, architecture and the general worldviews of its inhabitants. In Croatia you have a rare opportunity to visit a Roman amphitheater from 1st century AD, a Diocletian palace from 4th century AD, the medieval walled city of Dubrovnik, castles with moats in the middle of the forest, and cities with medieval cobbled streets alongside contemporary steel and glass buildings. Be sure not to miss the performance of Split’s klapa singers!
One more area where different influences created something unique! Italian and Mediterranean influences are clearly visible along the coastline, where you will taste some of the most delicious seafood ever. Don’t miss the opportunity to try Istrian wines, homemade pasta and olive oil. In Dalmatia remember to order risotto dishes, especially black risotto, prepared with squid ink. Continental Croatia gravitates more towards Central Europe and its cuisine is based on meat and tasty lamb is one of the best culinary delicacies you will encounter on the whole Balkan Peninsula. Warmest recommendations go to ‘Pršut’, dry-cured ham served with cheese and olives and ’Maraschino’, liqueur from Zadar obtained from the distillation of Marasca cherries.
4. Pristine nature
From vast Pannonian planes on the east to the high mountain peaks suitable for skiing and winter sports in central Croatia and Adriatic coast on the West, it offers a wide range of landscapes. No wonder Croatia is home to natural wonders like National park Kornati, group of 174 uninhabited islands, Paklenica karst river canyon, Krka National Park and Blue Cave, water-logged sea cave, rare natural phenomenon. Plitvice National Park with its waterfalls, cascades, endemic flora and fauna is considered to be one of the most beautiful in Europe.
Mild winters and dry hot summers are characteristic climate traits of the coastline region. Croatia has a large number of sunny days and visitors flock to the littoral region from early spring to late autumn. Central Croatia has sizzling summers and cold wet winters, typical for continental climate, therefore perfect for skiing – check out Sljeme resort!
Due to the recent large influx of tourists, prices are not as they used to be, but they are still much lower when compared with other Mediterranean countries. Croatia is definitely good value for money!
7. Music festivals
Whether you are a music aficionado or simply a party person, Croatia in the summer is simply tailored for you. From concerts of classical music in Roman Amphitheaters, stadium rock concerts and punk gigs in squatted buildings to rave and techno parties on islands, you will definitely find something that will suit your music taste. Be sure to check out Electro Dance Madness, Inmusic festival, Croatia Rocks and Seasplash festival!
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