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.
Located in Central Dalmatia of Croatia, the Krka National Park is a protected area of spectacular natural scenery, wildlife and historic sites. Situated along the Krka River within Sibinik-Knin County, 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.
Krka National Park
Best known as the alleged birthplace of the famous merchant traveler, Marco Polo, Korcula is a 30-mile (50 km) 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.
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 amphitheatre 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.
One of Croatia's southernmost islands, Mljet Island and its National Park are well worth the journey. A span of greenery, punctuated by glittering saltwater lakes, dense pine forests and shaded lagoons, Mljet is a paradise for the lovers of outdoors. Once you've tackled the many hiking and biking trails, enjoy kayaking on the lake, discover the eerie Odysseus's cave or go wreck diving off the coast.
Mljet National Park
One of the most beautiful natural wonders in Croatia and all of Europe, the Plitvice National Park consists of several breath taking lakes, waterfalls and lavish 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.
Plitvice National Park has lots of waterfalls and the biggest is of height 70 metres.
The Northern Velebit National Park which also contains Paklenica National Park is recognizable by its preserved biodiversity, richness of the natural phenomena and experience of untouched wilderness. It is a space for gaining new experiences and the stronghold of sustainable development for the surrounding local communities, based on traditional practices.
I has two main peaks of the range are the Rozanski and Hajducki kukovi peaks. The most remarkable feature of Hajducki kukovi is the extraordinary Lukina cave. With a depth of 1431 metres, it is the eighth deepest cave in the world and only few have been explored. The northern Velebit is the least accessible of Croatia's national parks. Road access is via Otocac, not far from Plitvice National Park.
Velebit National Park
Lukina cave is like as under ground Everest of Croatia. Its a depth of 1431 meters 8th deepest cave in the world.
Castle Trakošćan's cultural heritage, is protected as a historical entity, which consists of the castle, the building next to the castle, park and forest park with a lake. Today the castle is one of the few facilities in Croatia with preserved its own constitution, historically closely related to the architectural framework and the life of its owners.
Trakošćan Castle looks like a castle out of a fairytale. Despite its martial background, its position on top of a verdant forest hill has given it a distinctly romantic appeal.
Zlatni Rat on Brac island an unique in its shape, you won’t find anything similar anywhere else in Croatia or Europe. A long pebbly beach stretching 600 m into the sea looks like a horn and feels like an island of its own. It was created by deposits of fine pebbles as sediment around the underwater reef. The very tip of Zlatni rat keeps changing its shape constantly due to the influence of winds, waves and sea currents, making it appear different and repeatedly interesting. This area is also famous for windsurfers due to the strong winds, so if you get bored lying on the beach, you can waste your energy catching wind.
Zlatni Rat Beach
The very tip of Zlatni rat keeps changing its shape constantly due to the influence of winds, waves and sea currents, making it appear different and repeatedly interesting.
The first impression for every visitor to Dubrovnik is the famous city walls. These historic walls have protected the citizens of the city for centuries, standing proudly and imposingly against the background of the Adriatic Sea.
The whole of the old city is encircled by 1.2 miles of thick stone walls which reach up to 25 metres high and six metres wide in places and have been protecting the city for centuries.
The first city walls were built in the 11th century but the shape you see today dates back to the 14th century when Dubrovnik gained independence from Venice. It has four gates to let people access outside through sea and land. You have a spectacular view of Lokrum island from the walls.
Dubrovnik's Ancient City Walls
Spectacular view of Lokrum island from the walls
It is located in the seaside village of Trsteno, just a short ride from Dubrovnik, the arboretum is a place of natural beauty, where the cool greens of antique Renaissance gardens meet the deep blue of the Adriatic Sea.The Trsteno Arboretum covers an area of 25 hectares. It was established near the end of the fifteenth century as a park and summer residence of the patrician family Gucetic-Gozze.
After exploring the gardens, fountain, and residence, visitors can stroll down the steps from the arboretum to the old harbour, where the small wooden boats rock in the gentle waves of the Adriatic, as the sun sets over the Elafiti isles and the more distant Mljet.
It is now a filming location for popular tv series Game of Thrones.
Trsteno Arboretum - Game of Thrones filming location
Trsteno Arboretum Game of Thrones filming location in Croatia
The fort was build over massive block of stones perched 37m over western Dubrovnik as anything other than a fort.The fortress was named after St Lawrence, a much-revered saint at the time of the Dubrovnik Republic, and there was once a church dedicated to him within its walls.
Fort Lawrence has a triangular shape with three levels. The walls facing the sea are up to 12 meters while those facing the city are only 60 cm thick. Such a construction was done on purpose, in case the Fort was taken by an enemy it could easily be destroyed directly from the city walls and fort Bokal facing it.
Inside Fort Lovrijenac also known as St Lawrence Fort
One of the most important part of the palace in the Roman period was the site of Jupiter Temple. It was the most solemn place of all places in the palace, built for worshiping the greatest Roman God and Diocletian itself, considering he was the one who proclaimed himself as direct descendant. This god was highly worshipped during the Imperial era until the Roman Empire came under Christian rule. Emperor Diocletian believed he was a reincarnation of Jupiter and thus positioned this temple directly adjacent to his mausoleum.
Today it contains the copy of the medieval basin that has the first inscription of the Croatian kings and the modern, bronze statue of John the Baptizer.
Temple of Jupiter Split Croatia
Temple of Jupiter beautiful Crafts on wall
Roman sarcophagus and guarding the temple is a headless graphite sphinx from 1500BC
Temple of Jupiter Inside
Peristyle, as the central square of the Palace, intended for the Emperor Diocletian celebrated as the living son of Jupiter, finds its place among many temples. With the construction of a new city square with the town hall (Pjaca) in the 13th/14th century, Peristyle became a religious centre.
The red colour of the granite columns emphasises the ceremonial function after the Emperor Diocletian the colour purple became the imperial colour. It has the beautiful, monumental entrance of the emperors apartment became the light motif of every photo of Split.
Peristil Square Historic Town hall
The Blue Cave, one of the most extraordinary places on the Croatian coast, is located in the Balun Cove on the east side of Bisevo, a small island near to the west coast of Vis island. The only entrance into the cave was to dive underneath the rock wall in just the right spot and now you can visit with a small boat. The bright blue glowing effect is created when the sun's rays enter through the water and reflect off the limestone floor of the cave.
Bisevo blue cave entrance
A narrow path for Bisevo blue cave entry
One of the most unique natural phenomena in the world, the Blue Cave on island Bisevo in Croatia will be a highlight of your holiday. Its silvery-blue color, created by light refraction of sunlight entering through a crack in the stone.