In our new Globe Trotter series, Viral Travel reviews all the best places to see, eat, and stay at, in every country of the world!
This week we visit: Croatia
A few years ago, there was a marketing campaign that spoke of Croatia as “Mediterranean as it once was”, and really, this is perhaps the best description of this small but stunning European country that has seen its share of tumultuous history, some of which very recently. Despite being a relatively small country, it features so many places to see that we really struggled choosing just a few for our article.
One place we just could not forget is Dubrovnik, a coastal town in the very south of Croatia. This medieval city is surrounded by walls and riddled with tiny streets that hold indescribable charm. To paint a picture of how unique Dubrovnik is, just remember it stood in for King’s Landing in Game of Thrones.
Another place of unique beauty in Croatia is the Plitvice Lakes National Park, a breath-taking area with so many waterfalls and natural pools of crystalline clear water that you will think you are in a fantasy movie. If you want to see something truly spectacular, visit Plitvice Lakes during winter.
Istria is a region in Croatia which borders with Italy and Slovenia and despite its small size, it is just packed with things to see and experience – from one of the best preserved Roman amphitheaters in the world in Pula to the gorgeous town of Rovinj; from Tuscany-like scenery to some of the best nudist beaches you can find.
Then, there are the islands, oh so many islands. They say that Croatia has more than 1,200 islands and trust us when we tell you that most of them are worth seeing. There are the Kornati islands – an archipelago with innumerable tiny islands. There is Hvar and its incredible nightlife. There is Brač and one of the most beautiful beaches in existence. There is Korčula with its beautiful old town. And there are many, many others.
If you (somehow and for some reason) get bored of all the Mediterranean beauty and feel, you can head to the Zagorje region for something completely different. This area has a totally different feel, with numerous castles, gorgeous French-style vineyards, thermal springs and rolling hills as the eye can see.