Are you visiting Croatia? Here’s what you need to see
Ah Croatia, the country you must see. With its 1244 islands and 5835 km of coastline, this beautiful country has a lot to offer to a visitor. This article could be a checklist for you to print out and tick the things you’ve visited while you make plans to visit other beautiful sights.
Old city of Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik, a medieval sea power, has managed to preserve its amazing Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque places, even after the big earthquake of 1667. What you must not miss within its magnificent fortifications and the colossal gates to the city are the Franciscan Monastery in Baroque style from the 14th century, the Town Hall from the 11th century and the real pearl among the magical religious objects, the Dominican Monastery which was rebuilt after the earthquake. Beyonce thought they were amazing.
The Palace of Diocletian in Split
It really is amazing when you find the ruins of Diocletian’s palace from the 3rd century A.D.,while strolling peacefully throughout the city. It makes you contemplate history and life as you know it now. Surrounded by many other palaces in Renaissance and Baroque style, topped with Romanesque churches from the 12th and 13th century, and Gothic palaces from the 15th century, Split will enchant you completely.
Plitvice Lakes National Park
The Plitvice Lakes are just magical. Just imagine travertine barriers, which have been deposited over centuries and have created amazing caves, lakes and waterfalls. Surrounded by acres of forests with fresh air and wildlife : rare birds, wolves, deer, bears and more, Plitvice National Park’s beauty is well recognised and under UNESCO protection.
Historic City of Trogir
The Historic City of Trogir is a true example of how architecture evolved over time. Its roots date back to the Hellenistic period, and being ornamented later on with many bespoke buildings and fortifications by its rulers, this city is an amazing work of time. Let us just mention the glorious Romanesque churches surrounded by buildings from Renaissance and Baroque periods while Trogir was under Venitians and you may see why this beautiful city has found its place on our checklist.
Episcopal Complex of the Euphrasian Basilica in the Historic Centre of Poreč
Why is the Episcopal Complex of the Euphrasian Basilica so important? Because it is the only one of its kind that is so magnificently preserved. Even though Christianity was accepted in Poreč in the 4th century, this complex has all of its basic components well preserved: the memorial chapel, basilica, episcopal palace, atrium, church and baptistery. All of them are glorious examples of outstanding religious architecture, with basilica combining classical and Byzantine elements. A must see.
The Cathedral of St James in Šibenik
Croatia has a rich history behind it. Its territories being ruled by various Italian republics has left its mark on the architecture, and a glorious example of it is The Cathedral of St James in Šibenik. Constructed by three architects, Francesco di Giacomo, Georgius Mathei Dalmaticus and Niccolò di Giovanni Fiorentino, its beautiful structure, built entirely from stone with its illustrative, decorative elements depicting the sculpted faces of its inhabitants, shows us why this beautiful Cathedral is under UNESCO protection
Stari Grad Plain on the Adriatic island of Hvar
This natural reserve has remained virtually intact since it was first colonized by Ionian Greeks from Paros in the 4th century BC. Its agriculture still centers on olives and grapes, the landscape has kept its ancient stone walls and we can even see the way the ancient Greeks have parted the land with its geometrical system, left almost intact over many centuries.
Called the Ibiza of Croatia, Zrće beach is the ultimate party beach with great music, huge cocktails and a lot of young people enjoying themselves. This gravel beach and lovely warm Adriatic Sea, topped with great music from many festivals held at its most famous discotheques is one of the reasons why there are many t-shirts with the caption “What happens in Zrće, stays in Zrće”.
There you go. All you need know is to do now is to print out this article and start ticking the boxes.
p.s. While you’re here, you might as well look at some accommodation options