10 Best Places to Visit in Croatia – Travel Video

Located in the Balkans, Croatia has become
one of Europa’s top tourist destination again since its War of Independence in the
late 1990s. Like much of Europe, Croatia boasts its share
of medieval cities and historic ruins, but what makes this country exceptional is its
wealth of stunning natural attractions such as the Plitvice Lakes, the spectacular Adriatic
coastlines and gorgeous islands. Here’s a look at the best places to visit
in Croatia. Number 10. Krka National Park. Located in Central Dalmatia, the Krka National
Park is a protected area of spectacular natural scenery, wildlife and historic sites. Situated along the Krka River, the national
park is best known for its numerous gushing waterfalls and natural pools of clear, blue-green
waters. Easily reached from Split, the national park
offers well-maintained walkways and boat excursions for getting around. Many trails lead right around the waterfalls,
presenting fabulous photo opportunities. Some of the falls plunge into natural pools,
which are great for swimming. Number 9. Zagreb. The capital and largest city of Croatia, Zagreb
is a vibrant metropolis packed with both historic and modern attractions. Located in northwestern Croatia, the city
dates back to the 11th century when a diocese was first established by Hungarian King Ladislaus. Today, Zargreb is a sprawling cosmopolitan
city and the heart of Croatian culture, academics and government. The city is divided into an Upper and Lower
Town, with Upper Town being the historic core where tourists can walk down cobblestone streets
and visit old, medieval churches and towers. Number 8. Korcula. Best known as the alleged birthplace of the
famous merchant traveler, Marco Polo, Korcula is a 30-mile long island located off Croatia’s
Adriatic Coast. Korcula is comprised of lush green forests,
vineyards, olive groves, sandy beaches and charming villages. The island’s main town, Korucla Town, is
a historic, walled town with Venetian Renaissance architecture, colorful markets and plenty
of tourist facilities. Number 7. Pula. Located at the southern tip of the Istria
peninsula in the Adriatic Sea, Pula is a popular destination that has been attracting tourists
as far back as ancient Roman times when fans flocked the city’s amphitheater to watch
gladiator fights. Having been ruled by various government powers
over the centuries, Pula today belongs to Croatia, and is best known for its wealth
of Roman ruins and mix of cultures. Number 6. Zadar. A three thousand-year old city situated on
a beautiful coastline rich in history is sure to draw tourists. Such a city is Zadar, located on Croatia’s
northern Dalmatian Coast. Zadar could be called the ideal tourist getaway
because it offers plenty to see and do without all the crowds of other popular destinations
in Croatia. At the heart of the city is its Old Town which
offers fantastic sightseeing attractions including medieval architecture and numerous old churches. Besides the Old Town, tourists will find a
string of beautiful beaches all along Zadar’s coastline where they can swim and relax. Number 5. Rovinj. Located on Croatia’s Istrian peninsula in
the Adriatic Sea, Rovinj is an archipelago of 20 islands with its Old Town set on a small
peninsula. Narrow streets of cobblestone, stairways,
arches and other interesting architecture make the Old Town a sightseeing adventure. Some of the Old Town’s historic gems include
seven medieval city gates, the 12th century town clock and St. Euphemia’s Basilica,
an imposing baroque church packed with many stunning art works. Also worth seeing are the scenic harbor, Carrera
Street with its many shops and art galleries, and Grisia Street, which is lined with artists
and souvenir vendors. Number 4. Split. Nicknamed the “Mediterranean Flower,”
Croatia’s second-largest city, Split, is located on a peninsula off the Dalmatian Coast. The city’s main attraction is its historic
core of beautiful Gothic and Renaissance architecture of which the Diocletian’s Palace is the
crown jewel. Built between 298 and 305 AD, this Roman palace
complex is more like a small city itself with a maze of marble walkways and buildings containing
shops, cafes and bars. Outside the historic center, tourists will
find plenty to see and do including strolling along the seaside promenade, shopping at the
lively Green Market and swimming at Bacvice beach. Number 3. Plitvice National Park. One of the most beautiful natural wonders
in Croatia and all of Europe, the Plitvice National Park consists of several breathtaking
lakes, waterfalls and lush forest. The park’s most notable features are the
16 interconnecting lakes that are divided into upper and lower clusters. Formed by natural travertine dams, the lakes
range in distinct colors from turquoise to blue, green and gray. Visitors can explore the lakes and surrounding
area by walking along the assortment of wooden walkways as well as by boat. Number 2. Hvar. The island of Hvar is a beautiful Croatian
destination off the Dalmatian Coast, favored for its landscapes of spectacular beaches,
lavender fields and lush vineyards. Hvar’s main city, Hvar Town, is an attractive
city, featuring 13th century walls, marble stone streets, Gothic palaces, stunning churches
and an imposing old fortress. The town square is one of Croatia’s largest
and most beautiful, surrounded by many historic building like the 17th century Arsenal and
the Cathedral of St. Stephen. The natural beauty of Hvar offers plenty of
outdoor recreation, from hiking in the cliffs to swimming in the secluded coves and beaches. Number 1. Dubrovnik. Nicknamed the “Pearl of the Adriatic,”
the old city of Dubrovnik is one of the prominent places to visit in the Mediterranean. Located at the southern tip of Croatia off
the Adriatic Sea, Dubrovnik was established in the 7th century on maritime trade. With orange rooftop houses sitting in contrast
to the blue sky, Dubrovnik presents many sightseeing treasures. The historic district, the Old Town, is stuffed
with many historic features such as the old, defensive walls, cobblestone streets, magnificent
palaces and stunning churches. Just outside the Old Town are several popular
beaches, while the nearby island of Lokrum offers even more beaches.