Historic cities and unspoilt nature are some of Croatia’s top attractions. The vibrant capital city of Zagreb is home to some of the country’s best museums, galleries, restaurants, and shopping. Along the coast, centuries-old harbor towns are packed with Venetian-era stone buildings, while countless pebble beaches offer things to do such as scuba diving, water skiing, and windsurfing. On the Adriatic, Croatia’s blissful islands are a haven for yachters and those wanting to simply relax and enjoy the Mediterranean sunshine.
Dubrovnik Old Town Walls:
Dubrovnik, Croatia’s most glamorous tourist destination, centers on the magnificent old town, contained within sturdy medieval defensive walls and declared a UNESCO world heritage site. Any first-time sightseeing tour of the city should begin with a walk around the ramparts, which incorporate fortresses, towers, and cannons along the way. From high up on the walls, you can enjoy amazing views over the old town rooftops and out across the glistening Adriatic Sea. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring bottled water and a camera.
Plitvice National Park:
Croatia’s most visited inland attraction, Plitvice National Park encompasses steep forested hillsides surrounding 16 emerald-blue lakes connected by a succession of thundering waterfalls. A network of footpaths and wooden bridges criss-crosses the park, and the entrance ticket includes boat rides across the lakes. Thanks to the lush pristine nature, the park is a haven for wild animals, including wolves and bears as well as owls, eagles, and falcons. There are several hotels on the edge of the park should you wish to stay the night. You can visit Plitvice on organised sightseeing tours by bus from Zagreb and Zadar.
Korčula Town, the chief settlement on the island of Korčula in South Dalmatia, sits compact on a tiny peninsula. Protected by medieval walls and towers, its car-free stone alleys are laid out in a herringbone pattern, so as to give shelter from the prevailing winds. It’s packed with centuries-old aristocratic stone buildings, built when the island was under Venetian rule. Main attractions include the Marco Polo house, said to be the birthplace of the renowned 13th-century explorer, and the moreška sword dance, a traditional dance, which is staged for tourists just outside the town walls on summer evenings. You can reach Korčula Town by catamaran from Split or Dubrovnik.
Typical dish from eastern Croatian region of Slavonija, cobanac is a spicy meat stew. This stew is cooked long time, but always on a strong fire and it often contains different meats: pork, baby beef, lamb, and pork hind feet.
Popular throughout Croatia, this tender meat & vegetable dish is also called ispod čripnje – literally food that is cooked under a terracotta or iron lid over burning embers. Peka can include octopus, lamb, veal or chicken, and is often accompanied by potatoes.