Tucked somewhere between eastern and western Europe, Croatia has something to offer every type of traveler. Its 3900-mile-long Adriatic coastline dotted with over 1200 islands and islets delights beach and sun lovers; its eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites amaze lovers of history; its eight national parks attract nature enthusiasts; and its many picturesque towns and cities full of Roman and Byzantine ruins, vestiges of Venetian times, and Austro-Hungarian buildings charm fans of art and architecture.
Many tourists visit Croatia to explore the blissful Dalmatian islands, of which the most fashionable is Hvar. Here, trendy Hvar Town is home to some of the country’s top hotels and best seafood restaurants. Dating back to the years spent under Venetian-rule (1420-1797), its car-free old town is made up of a spacious main square overlooked by a 16th-century cathedral, a pretty fishing harbor, and a hilltop fortress.
The island of Mljet is one of the larger islands off the coast of Southern Croatia. With 72% of the island covered by forests and the rest dotted by fields, vineyards and small villages, Mljet is a perfect place to relax. The island contains two salt lakes, Veliko and Malo Jezero, that are located at the western end of the island. In the middle of Veliko Jezero, there is a small island with an old Benedictine monastery.
Plitvice National Park:
One of the most beautiful natural wonders in Croatia and all of Europe, the Plitvice National Park consists of several breathtaking lakes, waterfalls and lush forest. The park’s most notable features are the 16 interconnecting lakes that are divided into upper and lower clusters. Formed by natural travertine dams, the lakes range in distinct colors from turquoise to blue, green and gray.
The Diocletian’s Palace forms the ancient city of Split, a Croatian harbor city. The Palace was named UNESCO world cultural heritage and was built from 295 till 305 AD. The Palace is rectangular and surrounded by walls. Today the Diocletian mausoleum, the Jupiter Temple, the pillars and the gateway are highlights of the building. Numerous museums and galleries inside the Palace make history become alive and show how everything has looked in the past and what functions the Temple had.