Are you planning on visiting Croatia?
The beautiful country located along the coastline of the Adriatic Sea holds over a thousand islands and a range of different landscapes. From mountainscapes to seascapes it is considered an Eastern European gem. This article highlights just a few of the remarkable places to visit in the stunning country.
The traditional city of wine making, fishing and shipbuilding, Pula is a city full of culture. Most famous is the arena once used during Roman times. Other monuments include the temple of Augustus with its long pillars. A nice place to take pictures is the arch of the Sergii, a triumphal arch commemorating three brothers who fought successfully in the Battle of Actium. Additionally, Pula has many beautiful beaches for relaxation and swimming. The city also holds an annual film festival, one of the oldest film festivals in the world attracting celebrities from across the globe.
Korcula is the sixth biggest Island in Croatia known for its dense pine forests. People refer to it as Little Dubrovnik due to its medieval style architecture churches and squares. It is one of Croatia’s least visited islands as it is far from the mainland however this does mean it is therefore not so crowded. It is believed that explorer Marco Polo was born on the island although it remains a mystery, the Marco Polo house is worth a visit. When visiting Korcula you can climb the Revelin tower for beautiful views or visit the St. Mark’s Cathedral built in the 15th and 16th century. Opposite the cathedral is the town’s museum. If you are lucky, in the summer you may catch the performance of the famous Moreska Sword Dance, a dance that displays the war between the Christians and the Moorish, telling the tale of a stolen bride.
Rovinj, known for its cobblestone allies that lead to a range of sights. Enjoy the restaurants on the water’s edge and uncrowded beaches, 13 to be precise. Here, you can visit the Rovinj heritage museum dedicated to the work of local artists displaying a variety of cultures and eras. The Lim Fjord, a ten-kilometer-long river canyon is the ideal spot to go hiking or biking. If you look hard enough on a clear day you can see the alps towards the north.
The city holds a rich history and is home to one of the best preserved ancient Roman buildings, the Octagonal cathedral, still in a marvelous state. More popular is the Diocletian’s palace built out of white stone in the 4th century. When exploring north of the town there is an archeological museum displaying jewelry and artifacts dating back to the Iron Age.
Plitvice National Park
Visit one of the oldest and largest national parks in the country, a UNESCO world heritage site where 16 lakes come together. There are walking tours however you can also explore on your own. It is advised to stay 1-3 days for the full experience. The national park holds unique species of animals and is beautiful throughout the seasons, each with its own touch of magnificence.
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