Top 3 Croatian Cities You Must Visit
If you’re looking for a gorgeous and unique country to visit, you really should put Croatia on your list. With beautiful nature, tons of history and plenty of picturesque villages to take in, Croatia has become one of the Mediterranean’s fastest growing tourist destinations. Traveling around the country is quite pleasant. Croatia is simple to navigate and it’s relatively easy to take in a few different cities during a short trip. If you are looking for the best of the best when in Croatia, we’ll introduce you to the top three cities of this wonderful country.
Often called “Little Vienna”, Zagreb is Croatia’s northwestern capital and features tons of gorgeous 18th and 19th century Austro-Hungarian architecture. If you’re interested in sight-seeing, you can visit the twin-spired Zagreb Cathedral or ancient St. Mark’s Church, then stroll along Tkalciceva Street among its numerous outdoor cafés. Zagreb is an incredibly relaxing city to live in, with its slow pace lifestyle and focus on family and friends. Take advantage and ask locals of their favorite places in town, and be assured you’ll get some amazing recommendations. Hospitality of locals is on the high levels and they will show you everything, from places to go – to food to taste. And speaking of food – it is one of the kind mixture of Austro-Hungarian, Turkish and Italian cuisines. It has a unique flavor to it and it’s generally really tasty.
With plenty of culture, arts, music and everything else, you’ll could feel overwhelmed. If so, you can relax on “Jarun Lake”. It is an active swimming place and park of nature. And if you are there during summer time, you might catch a concert or two.
Being one of the most popular holiday destinations in Central Europe, Opatija impress with elegance and breathtaking beauty. Located on the banks of the Adriatic Sea, the city’s tourism industry dates back more than 150 years, and features one of the first hotels built along the Adriatic Sea. A historic haven for scholars and dignitaries, Opatija’s mild climate and unparalleled scenery makes an ideal place to relax, rest and rejuvenate.
As with most cities in Croatia, Opatija is simply made for sight-seeing with its historic architecture, lush gardens and unique shops. You’ll also be treated with one-of-a-kind culinary dishes, local wine and plenty of cultural events. Definite must see for any visitor is the town park Angiolina, which is a home for plethora of exotic plants from all over the world. Because of its ecological importance it has been placed under the protection of the state since 1968.
The “Pearl of the Adriatic”, Dubrovnik is a visually-stunning seaport and a very tourist-friendly city. One of the most beautiful cities in the Mediterranean, Dubrovnik has a long tourist history. Over the years it has been visited by some of the world’s most famous people. From George Bernard Shaw to the late Pope John Paul II, the “who’s who” of the world have discovered that Dubrovnik is a destination to see and experience. With a multitude of churches, museums, monasteries and fountains, Dubrovnik is an architecture-enthusiasts dream come true. If you get bored in the city, which is unlikely, you also have the option of visiting numerous neighboring towns and islands that are just a quick trip away.
One of such is Lokrum island, a lush green resort that is often regarded as a perfect destination for relaxation among the locals. Cars are not allowed there in order to preserve peace and natural beauties. Island is just 600 meters away from mainland and it can be reached by taxi boats or some of the yacht charter services along the coast.
If you’re looking for beautiful and pristine nature, architectural wonders and unbeatable climate, Croatia should already be on your traveling bucket list. Just make sure to include Zagreb, Dubrovnik and Opatija on your route, and rest assured – you won’t be disappointed.