5 Places to Visit in Croatia
Today we’ll be travelling to the eastern part of Europe, to a country with long coastlines on the Adriatic Sea where Game of Thrones Kings Landing is located (Dubrovnik). The country that invented parachute, mechanical pencil, fountain pen and also the alternating current built by the Croatian-born inventor, Mr. Nikola Tesla. Yes, we are talking about the 127th largest country in the world, known as “Croatia”.
Had enough of facts? Now, let’s take a tour in this article. Let it be known the 5 Places to Visit in Croatia!
This famous attraction in Croatia is first on our list. And not only first in this list, but also the most beautiful natural wonder in Croatia and all of Europe. This park consists of several breathtaking lakes, waterfalls and lush forest. Though the most visited is the 16 interconnecting lakes that are divided into upper and lower clusters. The lakes give a contrast of distinct colors from turquoise to blue, green and gray. We are pretty sure, you would admire how the “Veliki Slap” looks like during winter season.
Tourists can see face to face this natural wonder and surrounding area by walking along the assortment of wooden walkways as well as by boat.
The Pula city is located at the southern tip of the Istria peninsula in the Adriatic Sea. For this city is popular for its rich ancient Roman times view of the arena (well-preserved Roman amphitheatre found in the heart of the city). This will take you as far back as when fans flocked the city’s amphitheater to watch gladiator fights. Though we all know, during those times various governments ruled by power over centuries. No worries, because Pula belongs to Croatia today. Aside from Roman ruins and mix of cultures, the city is also has a long tradition of winemaking, fishing and shipbuilding.
“I’m not a princess, this ain’t a fairy tale
I’m not the one you’ll sweep off her feet,
Lead her up the stairwell
This ain’t Hollywood, this is a small town.”
– Taylor Swift|White Horse
Taylor Swift was right about that. This Trakošćan Castle, ain’t a fairy tale or Hollywood. Because the most amazing Croatian castle is sitting atop a hill in the small town of Varaždin. How old is the castle? It dates back to the 13th century. The man-made lake built on the foot of the castle makes the Trakošćan Castle a total package. In 1953, the castle was opened to the public as a museum till now. Here, have a 360° look at the Trakošćan Castle: http://www.trakoscan.hr/360/virtual-tour2/
Now, let’s go to the star attraction of the northern Istrian peninsula. In the 5 Places to Visit in Croatia, Rovinj is actually one of the most visited. Why? It is also known as a traditional fishing village. Discover the verdant islands hike through the woodlands of the Golden Cape or seek out a little known sunbathing spot along the coast. This archipelago of 20 islands has an old town set on a small peninsula. Just by imagining that, it feels like you are personally on a one of a kind island where narrow streets of cobblestone, stairways, arches and other interesting architecture are found. Some of the world-renowned structures in the city are the 12th century town clock and St. Euphemia’s Basilica.
This place will actually fulfill two of your wish lists, travel to see a prestigious lighthouse and swim on clear sea-water. This active lighthouse serves as a specific landmark of the village (Veli Rat). Veli Rat Lighthouse is frequently visited by guests from all over the world since the lighthouse’s location is dense or surrounded by pine trees, beautiful bays and pebble beaches, is considered one of the most beautiful, popular vacation destinations in the Adriatic.
How old is the lighthouse? It was built in 1849 during the Austro-Hungarian rule and was used by seamen by then. The 40-meter (130 feet) high lighthouse now serves as a tourist attraction. How is it maintained? The lighthouse keeper and his family live in the lighthouse, so expect a warm welcome with every visit.
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