No country captures Old World European romance quite like Croatia. With shimmering coastlines, emerald scenery and countrysides scattered with medieval ruins, this Adriatic country has something for every type of traveler.
Conquered by the Romans in 168 B.C., Croatia is home to a wide array of spectacular Roman architecture. The most notable examples are the painstakingly preserved Diocletian’s Palace in Split and the Arena at Pula (pictured), the sixth largest surviving Roman amphitheater.
Plitvice’s one-of-a-kind waterscapes
Croatia’s largest national park, Plitvice Lakes National Park, is also the oldest in Southeast Europe as well as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Lakes nestle at 16 different levels between Mount Mala Kapela and Mount Plješevica, creating a series of waterfalls and hidden caves.
Miles and miles of dazzling coastline
Croatia is known throughout Europe and the world for its beautiful beaches—try Bačvice Beach in Split for a taste of how the locals relax, or head to Banje Beach in Dubrovnik to see where celebrities head for a dip in the cool Adriatic.
Fresh, sea-to-table cuisine & local wines
With much of the population living on the coast, a healthy amount of super-fresh seafood has naturally made its way onto menus throughout—try the oysters, calamari, octopus salad or cuttlefish risotto for some authentic flavors. The country also produces a wide variety of high-quality wines and brandies, including a handful of richly flavored reds that are often served diluted with still or mineral water.
Have you ever been to Croatia? What was your favorite part?