With Croatia recently making its way from the amber to the green list, we take a look at places to visit in this gorgeous country.
The Blue Cave is a magical grotto located on the island of Biševo in Croatia. Named for the distinctive blue glow it is swathed in at certain times of day, the cave is an attraction that shouldn’t be missed if you’re visiting Croatia. Depending on the season, the ideal time to visit the cave is between 11am and 12pm. At this time of day, the sunlight filters through the water of the cave and bathes it in aquamarine light. There are a plethora of boat tours to the cave, as it is a popular destination for sightseers, but Blue Cave Travel offers a trip which also visits the surrounding Hvar islands, and takes you inside the cave on smaller boats.
Dubrovnik is known as the ‘pearl of the Adriatic’ and for good reason. This seaside city is full of history and stunning views both. Between the distinctive old town and the encircling 16th century walls, Dubrovnik feels like a city lost in time. There’s so much to see here, and one of the best ways to see it is by a walking tour through the city. Learn the city’s history with Vidokrug Tours and be guided by all of the major talking points. The tour begins with the forts outside of the city walls before entering the town and exploring the Republica Ragusa, Onofrio’s fountain, a Franciscan monastery, and the cathedral. The walk will end at Luža Square where you can see Rector’s Palace, St. Blaise Church, and Sponza Palace.
The Krka waterfalls are a truly stunning location just an hour’s drive away from the coastal city of Split. The waterfalls sit within Krka National Park and are known for their striking beauty. There are many ways to view this exceptional location and countless things to see hidden within the park. Follow a hiking trail, take a guided tour, cycle through, or take a boat trip. The park offers guided tours and boat rides
to specific attractions such as the prominent waterfalls, a hidden monastery, and even a roman amphitheatre. Or you’re more than welcome to set out on your own, following the marked trails to each of the attractions and taking in the gorgeous surroundings of the park.
Zagreb is Croatia’s capital city but is often overlooked in favour of other destinations in the country. The city has a long history, dating back to ancient Roman times, and is perfect for those who want to wander on foot. Gornji Grad, literally ‘upper town’, is a maze of cobblestone paths and red-tiled roofs, and is home to the Dolac Market, St Mark’s Church, and the Museum of Broken Relationships. If wandering on foot isn’t your style then Zagreb hosts a hop-on, hop-off style tour bus with audio in 10 different languages, which will take you around all of the different attractions and allow you to jump on and off at will if you want to explore further.
Kornati National Park
This national park is an archipelago of more than 80 islands just off Croatia’s coast in the Adriatic Sea. Tourism only began to come to the islands in the 1970s, not long after the area was declared a national park. Now, it’s a hub for all manner of aquatic activities, including diving, snorkelling, and sailing. Visiting by boat is the obvious choice when it comes to getting a look at the islands up close. Daily tours are available, contracted by the park. Tours are captained by locals, and who better to show you everything the islands have to offer?