Looking at holiday destinations is great fun because there are so many fantastic ones to choose from. When it comes to a place that isn’t too far away, has something for everyone and doesn’t cost a fortune, then Croatia is definitely worth checking out. Here’s a few ideas why.
If you like to vacation somewhere with real history that you can visit and enjoy, then Croatia definitely fits the bill. From the ancient Greek colonies around the Dalmatian coast to the Roman ruins all over the place, there is plenty to see.
The Roman Emperor Diocletian thought the place was good enough to retire to and his palace in Split is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It even has a real Egyptian sphinx that he brought from the then-Roman province of Egypt.
Croatia was also a kingdom in its own right at one time, the first kind being crowned back in 925. The city of Vinkovci in the east of the country is the oldest city in Europe and has had residents for over 8,000 years continuously.
The city of Dubrovnik also has a memorable boast – it was the first medieval palace to have sewage systems. Its walls are also one of the biggest and most intact around the continent.
Finally, there is the Roman amphitheatre in Pula which is the 6th largest in the world and the only one that can say it has three row completely intact.
Croatia has a stunning coastline along the Adriatic Sea that is known as the Dalmatian Coast – the popular breed of dog is named for it. The coast has recently become famous for its use in filming the popular Game of Thrones series so fans will want to check it out – there are even new tours to catch the main GOT sights. But it was famous well before that too – it was the location for the 12th Night, a play by Shakespeare.
Dotted along the coast are lots of beautiful islands and some truly amazing beaches. One example is Susak, and island composed nearly entirely of sand with a wide and shallow bay ideal for a little wading.
Nin is known for the quality of its sand and the smattering of quality bars along its length but is also a great place to relax as there is little else there to interfere with your time. It is also known for the therapeutic quality of the mud just off the beach and people often take a dip.
If you love to be in the urban sprawl and enjoy the city life, then Croatia has places to go to as well. Zagreb is the largest city in the country as well as the capital and blends history with modern attractions.
Split is the second largest city and also sits on the Dalmatian coast so ideal to combine beaches and city. As well as its Roman history, the city is also known for its shops, cafes and bars as well as a historic city centre packed with modern shops. There is a seaside promenade and a market as well as the nearby Bacvice beach, ideal for a spot of swimming.Read More