Top 10 places in Croatia. The beauty of megacities and nature
The most interesting ancient cities, beautiful beach resorts and natural wonders of Croatia. Plitvice Lakes, Dubrovnik and more places in Croatia that should not be missed
I have long dreamed of going on a trip to Croatia . I had heard about beautiful cities such as Dubrovnik, Croatia’s unforgettable beaches and islands and the natural wonders of Plitvice Lakes.
My itinerary for Croatia included the main attractions and resorts of this beautiful country. And a few other less popular places, which were a pleasant surprise for me.
It’s just like with people with cities: you can tell at once if you like it or not. As for provincial Zadar and Pula, everything became clear to me at once. But the capital of Croatia, Zagreb, made a very pleasant impression.
Zagreb already feels like a big city. But not a megalopolis; the usual quiet unhurried atmosphere of Croatia was preserved here. Very nice and cozy historical center. “Upper Town,” which offers a beautiful view of the tiled roofs and towers of the cathedrals.
I hadn’t planned to stop by Zagreb at all. And I’m very glad I did. But there was very little time: one evening and one morning. Enough to walk around the center, climb the observation deck, try the traditional Zagreb shtrukli and check out the Museum of Broken Hearts. Strukli is a dish of thin dough and cheese. It tastes like dumplings with cottage cheese baked in the oven. I chose the most original version – with truffles, but even in this form I was not particularly impressed.
And I had heard about the Museum of Broken Hearts in Zagreb many times – and could not pass by. Ordinary people have donated to the museum all sorts of items left by their former lovers, and have told their stories of romantic relationships and breakups. Sometimes it was touching, sometimes funny, sometimes sad. And most importantly, close to everyone.
For the next time we had to leave the parks (they say, beautiful), Nikola Tesla Technical Museum and the cemetery of Mirogoj, which is considered one of the oldest and most beautiful in Europe.
Zagreb is certainly not love and not a long-lasting friendship, but quite a pleasant acquaintance, which you could someday be happy to renew.
Rovinj is a charming little town on the coast. It has narrow streets with paving stones polished by millions of feet. Colorful houses with wooden shutters. Tower of the cathedral towering above the city. The aromas of the restaurants on the waterfront. The lapping of the waves. Vespa scooters. Crowds of tourists. It’s like Italy.
Only by some misunderstanding, Rovinj is in Croatia. The city has a very long history. Founded somewhere in the III – V centuries, Rovinj has had time to visit the Byzantine Empire, the Venetian Republic, under the Austro-Hungarian, French and German rule, several times was destroyed and restored.
Rovinj is very popular as a holiday destination. In addition to picturesque views, there are many beaches, located very close to the historic center. The coast is stony, but the water is clean and clear. There are both equipped beaches and quite comfortable for swimming the long coast of the park.
In general, the beaches in Croatia usually look like this. Clean sea, stony shore and coniferous trees that create shade and fill the air with a pleasant fragrance. Beautiful! And no sun beds and umbrellas: here, the closer to nature – the better. (By the way, Croatia is the world center of nudism).
In Rovinj everything is beautiful. Except that it’s not in Italy. Don’t get me wrong: I’m not a fan of Italy, although I love the country tenderly. But just imagine: a city that looks exactly like Italy. And yet completely devoid of Italian flavor. This is some kind of deception, some kind of mistake and complete absurdity, you must agree. And immediately you start to miss the unique Italian atmosphere.
In general, do not do as I did. Do not come to Rovinj after Italy, or instead of Italy, or with an unquenched thirst for Italy. Look at this city with fresh eyes and enjoy all that Croatia has to offer, and this country knows how to surprise.
Plitvice Lakes in Croatia is a true wonder of nature and one of the top 10 most beautiful cascade lakes in the world. Absolutely magical place in the enchanted forest, where you should visit at least once in your life. Read more in the article about Plitvice Lakes.
I traveled around most of Croatia, including the most popular beach resorts in the country. And Split seemed to me the perfect place to vacation in Croatia.
It has a very interesting historical center, a long promenade with yachts and a large park with an observation deck and paradise beaches. And most importantly, Split is in the center of Croatia, at a reasonable distance from the Plitvice Lakes and Dubrovnik. Read the article about Split.
On the island of Brač, near the town of Bol, is one of the best beaches in Croatia – Zlatni Rat (“Golden Horn”). Mountains, coniferous forest and the cape far into the sea is very beautiful. Even on a windy day on one side of the cape the sea is always calm. And the color of the water is just unforgettable. Photos and videos of the beach “Golden Horn” look here.
Makarska is a resort town in Croatia, the center of the so called Makarska Riviera: there are many kilometers along the coastline, small towns and villages with beautiful beaches.
Calm and clear water, fine white pebbles and dense coniferous trees. Those typical Croatian landscapes, which I have already loved with all my heart.
From the architectural and cultural point of view Makarska is not very impressive, especially compared to Split and Dubrovnik. What really strikes the imagination here is the surrounding landscape.
The city is nestled at the foot of the mountain massif of Biokovo. The altitude of the highest point is 1762 m. And this whole range – from sea level to 1762 m – can be viewed from different points. The city seems to be a toy.
Very impressed by the walk to the beach Nugal . However, I did not get to the beach itself, deciding to limit myself to the view from the observation deck above (especially since the beach is nudist).
But the road to the beach passes through a magical forest: conifers, large white rocks and breathtaking views of the sea on one side and the mountains on the other.
Dubrovnik is probably the most beautiful city in Croatia to fall in love with. but something went wrong. Something was missing. Probably the atmosphere.
There are narrow streets and strong fortress walls that offer stunning views of tiled roofs and the blue-blue sea. Many scenes from Game of Thrones were filmed in Dubrovnik. There is also one of the oldest pharmacies in the world – the pharmacy at the Franciscan monastery.
But Dubrovnik is very touristy. Perhaps too much. Everyone who comes to Croatia considers it a duty to visit here. As a consequence, Dubrovnik is a very expensive city. For example, a ticket to the fortress wall costs 200 kuna (about 2,000 rubles).
Nevertheless, you should visit Dubrovnik at least once in your life. A couple of days will be enough. The historical center, included in the UNESCO World Heritage List, is quite small but very picturesque.