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Bordering the Adriatic Sea, in Eastern Europe, Croatia encompasses more than a thousand islands. The beautiful country is located at the cross-section between the Mediterranean, Central Europe, and Southeast Europe, and boasts an interesting combination of varying natural landscapes and climates. Croatia is famed for its historic cities and exquisite natural beauty. While here, visitors must explore the Plitvice Lakes National Park, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to 16 terraced lakes and cascading waterfalls. Top natural wonders in Croatia are Zagorje Region, Mljet National Park, Kornati National Park, Zrmanja River, Paklenica National Park, Zlatni Rat Beach, and Brijuni National Park. Croatia’s two major cities, Zagreb and Dubrovnik are known for their historic buildings from the medieval era. Major historic landmarks in Croatia are the 4th century Diocletian's Palace (UNESCO World Heritage Site), Dubrovnik Old Town Walls, Zadar's Romanesque Churches, Pula Arena, Manastirine Necropolis, Euphrasian Basillica, Trakoscan Castle, Castle Tikves, Stecci Medieval Tombstone Graveyards (UNESCO World Heritage Site), and The Cathedral of St James (UNESCO World Heritage Site).
Popular Destinations in Croatia
One of the most significant tourist destinations in the Mediterranean Sea,
Dubrovnik borders the Adriatic Sea. The extremely popular tv show, Game of
Thrones has been shot in Dubrovnik and fans from across the world continue
to throng Dubrovnik. Also dubbed as 'Pearl of the Adriatic,' Dubrovnik is
renowned for its magnificent seafront location on the Dalmatian coast.
Historically, the seaport city has been prosperous due to flourishing
maritime trade. Dubrovnik’s distinct Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage
Site, is lined with elegant Gothic, Baroque, and Renaissance monasteries,
churches, and palaces. Major attractions in Dubrovnik include St. Blaise
Church, Sponza Palace, Rector’s Palace, St. Lawrence Fortress, Dubrovnik
Cathedral, Dominican Monastery, St. Saviour Church, Franciscan Church and
Monastery, and Lazzarettos of Dubrovnik. The city is an abode to artistic
and intellectual elite of Croatia. Dubrovnik is home to several cultural
institutions such as Museum of Modern Art Dubrovnik, Homeland War Museum,
Maritime Museum, and Ethnographic Museum Rupe. Dubrovnik Summer Festival is
among the city’s most popular festivals.
Capital and the largest city of Croatia, Zagreb is in the northwest of the
country at the southern slopes of Medvednica Mountain, along the Sava
River. Established in the 11th century, the inland city is the
political and cultural hub of Croatia. Zagreb is renowned for its distinct
Austro-Hungarian architecture, neo-baroque, secessionist, and art deco
buildings are found all over the city. Visitors here will come across
several architectural landmarks such as Zagrab Cathedral, St. Mark’s
Church, Lotrscak Tower, Stone Gate, Gric Tunnel, and Croatian National
Theater. The cultural city is lined with several museums, such as Museum of
Broken Relationships, Mimara Museum, Croatian History Museum, Croatian
Museum of Naive Art, Art Pavilion, Archaeological Museum in Zagreb,
Croatian Natural History Museum, Museum of Illusions, Museum of Arts and
Crafts, and Museum of Contemporary Art. Nature lovers can explore Maksimir
Park, Zagreb Botanical Garden, Lake Jarun, Medvednica Mountain, Sljeme
Mountain, and Zagreb Zoo.
Rijeka is the prime seaport and third largest city in Croatia. The city is
positioned on Kvarner Bay, which is a cove of Adriatic Sea. Rijeka is
strategically positioned and boasts a deep-water port. The city has been a
significant transportation and transition hub for centuries and is known as
a gateway to Croatia’s islands. Rijeka’s main promenade, Korzo is lined
with majestic Habsburg-era buildings. The Zajc Croatian National Theatre
has ceiling paintings by Gustav Klimt. The city is lined with churches,
museums, and galleries, such as Trsat Castle, Rijeka Cathedral, Maritime
and History Museum of the Croatian Coast, Our Lady of Trsat, Museum of the
City of Rijeka, Natural History Museum Rijeka, Our Lady of Lourdes, Palace
Modello, and Frankopanski Castle. For panoramic views of the islands of
Kvarner Bay, visitors should make their way to the Trsat Castle Complex.
Rijeka is also known for annually hosting the biggest carnival in Croatia.
Best Time to Visit Croatia
The best time to take Croatia flights weather-wise is from June to August which is also the peak season. For those who wish to avoid crowds and get economical flights, for them May, June, September, and October are the ideal months to take cheap flights to Croatia.
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