4 Sensational Croatia Bucket-Listers

06/06/2024

It´s time to start thinking about that sensational summer trip, but choosing where to go this time can often be a dilemma. Adventure, fun, culture – or some combination of all three? One European destination which ticks off all the boxes is Croatia, most famous for its beautiful beaches – and more recently as an evocative setting for Game of Thrones

Dubrovnik, the “Pearl of the Adriatic”

Zagreb, Split, Zadar, Dubrovnik… It may seem like a lot to visit, but we assure you that you’ll have no regrets. Start your grand tour in Dubrovnik, very popular with tourists and known for its historical and cultural heritage. Start at Pile Gate, visit the buildings around Luza Square, where the medieval market was located, and stroll along Stradun Street.

If you’re a Game of Thrones fan, don’t miss the Jesuit Stairs, site of one of the most iconic scenes in the series, and Fort San Lorenzo, known as the Red Fortress, perched on a cliff more than 120 feet above sea level.

To continue enjoying series lore, visit the Game of Thrones Museum in Split. Croatia’s second-biggest city also offers an impressive historical and cultural heritage, including Diocletian’s Palace, St. Domnius Cathedral and Marjan Hill.

Zagreb, the vibrant capital

If you prefer to stroll in an elegant setting with plenty of green spaces, head for the Strossmayer Promenade, near the Lotrščak Tower in Zagreb. You can also visit the Green Horseshoe, an area surrounded by eight parks and gardens, and the Botanical Garden, with paths surrounded by vegetation and a small lake crossed by a Japanese-style bridge.

Have you thought about where to grab a bite? On Tkalčićeva Street you’ll find countless bars, restaurants and shops to enjoy the best Croatian vibe. You also can’t miss the Dolac Market, a huge open-air market where you can find all kinds of products.

Zadar, a Croatian gem 

Want to know why you shouldn’t miss Zadar? This city combines history and modernity in a unique way. The Sea Organ is an architectural marvel that produces relaxing sounds as it’s “played” by the waves of the Adriatic sea. Nearby, the Greeting to the Sun offers an impressive light show at night.

Don’t miss the Church of Saint Donatus, the Roman Forum, the Cathedral of Saint Anastasia and the Museum of Ancient Glass. To enjoy the best restaurants and bars, visit Kalelarga Street, the buzziest street in Zadar, teeming with shops, cafes and restaurants.

Dream beaches on the Dalmatian Coast

Croatia has a splendid location, with a long coastline along the Adriatic Sea that is home to numerous stunning strands. Zlatni Rat Beach, also known as Golden Horn Beach, is the most famous in the country, with a distinctive shape that makes it a beach lover’s dream come true.

Punta Rata Beach in Brela, ranked as one of the best in the world, offers crystal-clear waters, fine sand, and rocky areas and vegetation, creating an idyllic landscape. Stiniva Beach on the island of Vis stands out for its cliffs that form an entrance to the sea, only accessible on foot or by boat, a true refuge for nature lovers. On the other hand, Banje Beach, near the walls of Dubrovnik, offers views and an unparalleled experience in one of the most emblematic and beautiful cities in the world, in addition to having an excellent restaurant area.

If you’re looking for an unusual paradise, we recommend Paradise Beach on Rab Island, noted for its shallow waters and a variety of water sports. Also, Pasjača Beach in the Konavle region, reached via a path cut into the rock and known for its intimacy, offers turquoise waters and a unique sense of adventure. These beaches are true hidden treasures worth discovering.

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