Best Tourist Destinations in Croatia

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The Plitvice Lakes
Plitvice Waterfalls
Croatia has great tourist destinations offering a 1,773 kilometer coastline, 1,246 islands, the longest cave, Kita Gaćešina, in the Dinaric Alps at 20,656 meters and lakes of which the largest, Lake Vrana located in the northern Dalmatia, is about thirty square kilometer.
The Plitvice lakes, a system of sixteen lakes with waterfalls connecting them over limestone and dolomite cascades, are the most popular lakes in Croatia and well-known for its distinctive colors, ranging between mint green to turquoise, blue or grey. The lakes are located within the boundaries of the Plitvice Lakes National Park at 53231, Plitvička Jezera, at the national route D 1 Zagreb. The park’s phone number is +385 53 751 015.
Plitvice Lakes National Park is heavily forested with fir trees and beech. The park is also home to a great number of wild brown bears and a wide variety of bird species. More than 150 species of birds have been counted in the area of the lakes, and around seventy species breed there. Some of the animals that exist in the park include the European pond turtle, Eurasian Eagle-owl, Alpine Newt and wolves.
The names of the Plitvice lakes each has a legend or story to tell. Legend has it that a gypsy drowned in Ciginovac (Gypsy’s Lake) while fishing and Prošćansko jezero tells the story of the Black Queen. Rumor has it that the early farmers prayed and asked the black Queen for water. Apparently the people craved for water and as a result of the queen’s magic, the lakes emerged.
Other lakes in Croatia include Lake Dubrava near Varaždin, Peruća Lake on the Cetina River, Lake Prokljannear Skradin and Lake Varaždin near Varaždin.
Krka National Park
Skradinski BukThe Krka National Park is located within Šibenik-Knin County, a few kilometers north of Šibenik in central Dalmatia. The Skradinski buk is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the park with its high waterfalls and natural pool. The waterfalls are spectacular and the quantity of water and the lush green surroundings are perfect for some amazing photos. Roški Slap, located near Miljevci, is the second most popular attraction of the Krka National Park.
The park is characterized by an abundance of varied fauna and flora. The park boasts various species of birds, approximately two hundred and twenty, such as the Golden Eagle, Lanner Falcon, Osprey, Griffon Vulture and the Peregrine Falcon. The Krka River is home to eighteen species of fish, including brown trout. More than eight hundred species and subspecies of plants have been identified within the Krka National Park.
Inside the park is the Island of Visovac. Visovac was settled by Augustinian monks, who established a small monastery and church dedicated to the Apostle Paul in the 14th century. The beautiful building is situated in the area of the lower flow of the river Krka between two waterfalls in Krka National Park – the Roski waterfall and Skradinski buk.
The Krka National Park also offers sightseeing tours, hiking trails, boat trips, restaurants, a museum and souvenir shops. You can contact the park at phone number +385 (0)22 201-777. For information about all the parks in Croatia you can phone +385(0)21 271 870 or 0800 94 22 if you are in Croatia.
Explore the Cities of Croatia
Map of Croatia

3 map_of_croatiaCroatia is located in part of Central Europe, Southeast Europe and the Balkans. The country is bordered by Montenegro and the Adriatic Sea in the south, Hungary in the north, Slovenia in the west and Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina in the east. Croatia can be divided into five travel regions, namely: Istria, Kvarner, Dalmatia, Slavonia and Central Croatia. Istria borders Slovenia and lies in the northwest of the country. Central Croatia covers the north central highlands and Slavonia includes the northeastern area bordering Serbia, Hungary and Bosnia. Kvarner is the coastline and highlands north of Dalmatia, including the Bay of Kvarner, Lika and Gorski Kotar. Dalmatia is a strip of mainland and islands between Bosnia and the Mediterranean. Zagreb is the capital city and located in central Croatia.
Experience Zagreb – The Capital and Largest City in Croatia
The City of Zagreb

MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAZagreb is home to a charming medieval old city, Upper Town, with cobbled streets and remarkable architecture. The Donji grad (lower town) and Gornji grad (upper town) are the commercial, religious and cultural hubs of the city. The Upper Town, or Gornji grad, developed as two separate towns: Kaptol, the seat of the Bishop, and Gradec, the “free” town where artists and tradesmen lived. In the summer Strossmayer šetalište (walkway) is a great scene for musicians, painters and performers. At this popular meeting place you can enjoy concerts, food and drinks.
Zagreb is home to several historical and educational museums, such as:
• Kuća za ljude i umjetnost Lauba – People and Art House Lauba at Prilaz baruna Filipovića 23a: The museum boasts a large collection of contemporary and modern Croatian art.
• Arheološki Muzej – Archaeological Museum at Trg Nikole Šubića Zrinskog 19: The museum is home to a large and famous Egyptian collection, including the Zagreb mummy with the oldest inscription in the world.
• Muzej prekinutih veza – Museum of Broken Relationships at Sv. Ćirila i Metoda 2: This museum takes you on a journey of love leftovers collected from around the world. You can contact the museum at +385 1 4851 021.
• Umjetnički Paviljon – Art Pavilion at Trg Kralja Tomislava 22: A neo-classical exhibition.
Make sure to visit the GEA Gallery on Radićeva Street 35 for a wide range of handmade souvenirs. Millennium at Radićeva Street 9, just off Jelacic square, offers the most beautiful costume jewelry, pottery and crystal gifts. The flea market at the outskirts of Zagreb, Hrelić, is an interesting place to shop for cheap clothes, accessories, woodwork and food on Sundays.
On the end of Savska street and beginning of Horvaćanski zavoj, at Baschiera 2, Selska cesta 215, you can order (+385 1 3698-999) great pizza. For one of the most popular sandwiches, ensure to visit the Sandwich Bar Pingvin at Nikole Tesle 10 and order the toplo/hladno (hot/cold), a grilled chicken and vegetables sandwich.
Many bars are located around Cvjetni trg (Flover square), Trg Bana Josipa Jelačića (the main square), Preradovićeva, Tkalčićeva, Radićeva, Bogovićeva, and Gajeva streets. If you enjoy live bands, you can try the Taban bar at Tkalčićeva 82 (+385 1 5533 527) for a great night out. For a lounge and cozy atmosphere, you can visit the Finest at Tkalčićeva 50, and phone: +385 99 3864 720. A popular student bar is the KSET at Unska 3. This bar serves beer only and smoking is prohibited indoors. The Močvara, Prisavlje, often hosts movie nights, concerts and caters for indie, metal, rock and punk lovers.
Visit the Historic Coastal City – Dubrovnik
5 dubrovnik Croatia2Dubrovnik is a city on the Adriatic Sea coast in the extreme south of Croatia and is often referred to as the “Pearl of the Adriatic.” The city boasts spectacular churches, monasteries, museums, and fountains and is well-known for its stunning architecture and sculptural detail. Walk on the two kilometer-long City Walls around the old town and enjoy the magnificent views. There are 3 entrances to the City Walls: by fort Saint John’s, at the Custom’s House gate and on Stradun by the Pile gate.
To view the third oldest pharmacy in the world, you have to visit the Monastery with a Baroque Church at Franciscan Monastery, Placa 2 and phone: +385 20 321 410.
On an elevated square in close proximity to the southern edge of the Old Town, are the beautiful Church of St. Ignatius and the Jesuit College. The Church was built between 1667 and 1725 by architect Ignazzio Pozzo.
One can view the exceptional valuable historic complex of the Dominican Monastery between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. daily. Pravoslavna crkva i Muzej ikona (Serbian Orthodox Church and Museum of Icons) was built from 1865 to 1877 and boasts icons such as Byzantine and Cretan.
Make sure to visit the Lazareti at Frana Supila 8, just outside of the east entrance to the Old Town. You can phone to confirm the events or get more information at +385 20 324 633. The place used to be an old quarantine hospital and is now serving as a cultural centre for workshops, concerts, exhibitions, film, and theater and night clubs. The concert bar is cozy and provides great sound.
Elaphite Islands
6 elaphite1Dubrovnik provides excellent opportunities for exploring the southern Adriatic coast, including the Elaphite islands, Korcula, Pelješac and Mljet. There are many charter agencies where you can charter a sailing or motor yacht which are based in Dubrovnik. The majority of the agencies operate from ACI marina Dubrovnik, based in Komolac.
Visa Requirements for Croatia
Requirements for the procurement of a Croatian visa are subject to change but application requirements include the need to show proof of sufficient funds to cover duration of stay, proof of pre-paid accommodation or documentation regarding the purpose and means of travel, such as a return or onward ticket, details of holiday arrangement et cetera. Most destinations, including Croatia, require that you have adequate unused pages in your passport, allowing for any necessary stamps upon arrival and departure.

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