Going Pokemon Hunting? Here’s What You’ll Discover in Croatia
Pokemon Go game has taken over the world. It is one of the rare games that moves people away from the computers and takes them outside, to explore the sights.
For those of you who don’t know, you can find more information on how to play Pokemon Go here, and then return to this text to find out more about the scenery you will discover while playing it in Croatia.
Pokemon have been spotted in Zadar, near st Donatus Church, The symbol of the city of Zadar and the most famous monumental edifice in Croatia from the early Middle Ages (9th c.). This lovely church, a hideout for red Pokemon, is a round, pre-Romanesque church, originally named Church of the Holy Trinity until the 15th c., and from that time on carries the name of Saint Donat, by the bishop who had it built. If you want to see it and catch all those Pokemon, you can stay here.
Another Pokestop is in Trogir, near Ciovo bridge. Ciovo bridge is connecting Ciovo Island with the UNESCO protected town Trogir. If you are visiting Trogir, you can stay at Ciovo which is a very popular destination in the summer, gaining in popularity over the last 5 years.
Don’t forget Osijek, the heart of Slavonija. This lovely city harbours many Pokemon ( most often Pidgey, Rattata, Spearow) near Tvrđa the 18th century Baroque citadel. This citadel was constructed in the immediate vicinity of medieval Osijek after the defeat of the Ottoman forces in 1687, due to Osijek’s strategic importance, and is still very beautiful. Apart from Tvrđa, they are hiding near Trg Ante Starčevića and next to Drava river.
One lovely spot for chasing Pokemon is Hvar. The island of Hvar is often considered as a crown jewel of the Croatian Dalmatian islands. Why? A few things come to mind: Its important strategic and nautical position, its rich history and its culture. Warm winters and glorious summers attract many guests to this lovely island who are attracted by the Mediterranean nature, rich tradition, architecture and nightlife. It’s not a surprise that this island hosts a lot of water Pokemon. The analogy is apparent! Feel free to look up some affordable options for accommodation if you choose to visit this part of Croatia.
The last but not less important Pokemon sighting is Pula. This lovely Istrian city, which used to be called Polensium, stands out among the other Croatian cities because of its well-preserved Roman amphitheatre in the centre of the city, which is a frequent venue for summer concerts and festivals. Modern Pula is a busy commercial city which still has its „small town“ appeal, supported by the lush beaches fragrant pine groves, seaside cafes and a clutch of good restaurants. A lot of Pokemon can be found further south, at the Premantura Peninsula which hides a spectacular nature park, Kamenjak. We would suggest you stay at one of these places regardless of your reason to visit Pula.
Searching for Pokemon can be a lot of fun, but it can be dangerous as well. The Croatian Mountain Rescue Service (HGSS) published on its Twitter profile a request asking tourists visiting Velebit and Biokovo, not to hunt Pokemon on them. This has been accepted as a joke, but having in mind that many tourists are climbing mountains in flip-flops, without hats, sunscreen and water, it can also be viewed as preventive action.
We are sure that you will take every precaution to be safe when Pokemon hunting, and we can only say: “Enjoy exploring Croatia”.