Exploring Croatia: Europe’s newest tourist hotspot

When people think about going on holiday to Europe, their minds will often be instantly drawn to well-established tourist destinations like Italy, Greece, Spain and France. But a country that has been experiencing a tourism boom in recent years is Croatia. With miles of coastline to be explored and interesting historical attractions up and down the country, there is plenty to enjoy in Europe’s newest tourist hotspot. Let’s take a look at a few of them here.

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Zagreb

The capital of Croatia is nice and small, so you can easily walk around to see many of the top attractions in a single day. As well as the historical churches and statues, one of the main sights that has been drawing people in recent years is the Museum of Broken Relationships, a sometimes sad and sometimes funny look at break-ups of all kind. Overall, it is a friendly place and a good starting point for a Croatian holiday.

 

Plitvice Lakes National Park

With cascading waterfalls set against green hills, there is a lot to marvel at and enjoy in Plitvice Lakes National Park. There are plenty of easy walking trails that take in much of the scenery, so decide how much time you have and how far you would like to go. There are also boats that ferry you around so you can cover the distance in a quicker and very scenic way.

 

Split

Croatia’s second city is in a lovely coastal location, and it has a wonderfully Mediterranean feel when you are wandering by the sea. In the heart of the town, the mighty Diocletian’s Palace dominates the area. Rather than just being a historical landmark, it is still a working town where there are plenty of shops, bars and restaurants. Just outside of the centre of town, you can walk up hundreds of steps to get a stunning view over the city and surrounding area.

 

Hvar Island

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While you are in Croatia, you will certainly want to visit at least one of the islands, and you could do so with a company like The Big Sail. And if you are only going to go to a single island, Hvar is the most well-known, though it has become something of a haven for the super-rich. There is still plenty to enjoy on a budget, including sailing out to some of the smaller surrounding islands by water taxi.

 

Dubrovnik

The setting of King’s Landing in the hugely popular TV series Game of Thrones, Dubrovnik is fast-becoming one of Europe’s most popular tourist towns. And with its historic walled city set against the rocky coastline, it is no wonder it has become so popular. Still, you shouldn’t let this put you off coming and there is still plenty to enjoy, particularly if you visit in the colder months when it is a lot less crowded and you are more likely to find a little corner of the city all to yourself.

There is a whole lot to love in Croatia, and these five places give you a good starting point if you are planning a holiday here.  

 

Disclaimer – this is a collaborative post.

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