What to See in Croatia

By | July 18, 2022

Croatia has a rich history, and therefore a lot of interesting places to visit.

In the northern part of Croatia, at the very border with Slovenia, the most developed tourist region of the country is located – the Istrian peninsula. With its green hills, picturesque small towns and landscapes, it resembles a French or Italian province. The Istrian peninsula is the most popular tourist region in Croatia due to its rich history, many architectural monuments, the cleanest sea and great opportunities for recreation. The most popular cities located on the peninsula and which deserve the attention of tourists are: Pula, Umag, Porec, Rovinj. In Pula, monuments of ancient Roman architecture have been perfectly preserved. The most famous of them is the Arena amphitheater. The Arc de Triomphe, the Roman Theatre, the Gates of Hercules, the Colosseum, which currently hosts various performances, have been preserved. In the old part of the city of Umag, many architectural monuments have been preserved, of which the Church of St. Rok, built in 1514, can be distinguished. Ancient Roman temples, medieval fortress walls and towers are well preserved in Poreč. The most popular excursions: the Roman Forum and the ruins of the temples of Mars and Neptune (1st century AD), the mosaics of the Euphrasian Basilica of the Byzantine Empire, the Chamber of the Priest and the Two Saints of the Romanesque period, Gothic and Baroque palaces. In the city of Rovinj, the town hall, the church of St. Euphemia, the chapel of the Holy Trinity, the Franciscan monastery, and the city museum are interesting. Venice and Trieste, if you have a Slovenian visa, you can go to the Alps (two hours by car). From the peninsula, you can visit two of the seven national parks in Croatia – Plitvice Lakes and the Brijuni archipelago.

According to Top-mba-universities, Croatia.the sixteen lakes of the Plitvice Lakes National Park are connected by 92 different waterfalls. This amazing place arose about four thousand years ago, and, perhaps, thanks to its beauty, the Croats got the custom to get married under a waterfall. The Plitvice Lakes are included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

The Brijuni archipelago is a group of islands located in front of the western coast of Istria. This is the former residence of President Tito, and other heads of state and even crowned persons have chosen this piece of paradise.

From Istria an excursion to the capital of Croatia – Zagreb is organized. This thousand-year-old city spreads over a vast expanse, descending from the foothills of the Zagreb Mountains into the vast valley of the Sava River. It was formed from two twin cities, Kaptol and Hradec. The center of Kaptol is St. Stephen’s Cathedral, and the center of Hradec was the Church of St. Mark. Much of medieval Zagreb has survived to this day. The appearance of the city is characterized by straight, flat streets with multi-storey buildings, an abundance of greenery and numerous monuments of art of past centuries. In Zagreb distinguish between the Upper City (north-eastern part) with old buildings and the Lower – the modern part of the city. It is best to start your acquaintance with the Croatian capital from the Old Town, surrounded by thick walls in the Middle Ages. From the central square, Ilitsa shopping street originates with hundreds of shops and small bistros. Here you can visit Nama and Ilica department stores, buy souvenirs and gifts that keep the indescribable spirit of antiquity, as well as clothes, shoes, cosmetics and other pleasant little things. Not far away is the National Theater and the Zagreb Tretyakov Gallery – the Mimar Museum. Be sure to visit the Archbishop’s Palace, built in the Baroque style. The Lotrscak tower offers a great view of the city. To the right is the Church of St. Catherine, to the north and to the right are stone gates of the 13th century with a wonderful image of the Virgin Mary. Capital Croatia is famous for its art and music institutions. Here are the Croatian National Academy of Sciences and Arts, a university founded in the 17th century, a Croatian folk theater and film studio, a number of research institutes, including the Institute of Nuclear Physics. Walking around the city, it is worth seeing and visiting: a variety of museums and art galleries according to your desire and taste, the Botanical and Zoological Gardens, the remains of fortifications of the XII-XVIII centuries, Gothic churches, the Town Hall, the Late Gothic Cathedral, Baroque and Classical palaces, the theater building (end of the 19th century, eclecticism) and the stock exchange (1920s).

Resting in Central Dalmatia, you can make a trip to the following places. The city of Split is the second largest in Croatia. It is located on a peninsula between the cities of Zadar and Dubrovnik – a major port, the second in the country after Rijeka. During the 17th century, a unique mixture of styles arose here – the sublime Renaissance and bizarre baroque in the frame of majestic Romanesque architecture.

A trip to the national park “Krka”, the national park “Kornati”, the island of Hvar (the island of pine forests and lavender, the sunniest place in Croatia), the island of Brac – one of the most beautiful islands in the country.

Resting in South Dalmatia, it also makes sense to get acquainted with the sights of these places. First of all, this is a sightseeing tour of Dubrovnik. Dubrovnik – one of the most famous cities of the Adriatic – a visiting card of Croatia. It owes its fame, first of all, to the perfectly preserved, fabulously beautiful medieval fortress, against the walls of which sea waves beat. This is a city-museum with a rich history and amazing architecture. Here it is worth visiting the Maritime Museum, the Ethnographic Museum, the Church of St. Blasius – the patron saint of the city, the fountains of the famous Italian architect Onofrio de la Cavi, the oldest Synagogue in Europe, the Art Gallery, as well as visiting the islands of Cavtat, Plat and Mlini. Noteworthy are the islands of Korcula and Mljet, located in South Dalmatia. Korcula island – one of the most beautiful islands in Croatia – bays and bays, centuries-old pine forests, lush Mediterranean vegetation, completely covering the island. The hot summers soften the mistral wind, creating ideal conditions for surfing. Korcula is the island where the great traveler Marco Polo was born. There is something to see here: the monastery sacristy, paintings by Leonardo da Vinci, a rich collection of icons and much more. On the island of Mljet, in its northwestern part, there is a National Park founded in 1960. Its main attractions are two salt lakes, Big and Small. On the Big Lake there is an island of St. Mary, where a Benedictine monastery was founded in the 12th century, which has survived to this day. There is a wide variety of corals on the seabed near the island.

What to See in Croatia