Mention Croatia, and most people think of the popular Game of Thrones series. Yet, this beautiful Eastern European country with its spectacular Adriatic coastline brims with possibilities. Known for its breathtaking national parks and magnificent historical sites, Croatia is simply a traveler’s paradise. Here are the main reasons to visit Croatia.
Croatia is divided into three climatic areas: the plains of the continental North, the central Dinaric Alps region, and the Adriatic coast. Although Croatian winters can be wet and snowy, the stunning summers along the southern Adriatic coast will captivate your senses.
There, the Dalmatian region boasts the mildest of winters and the most outstanding summers, perfect for sightseeing expeditions and shopping excursions. In January, Dalmatia’s winter temperatures hover around 7° C (45° F), while the summers will see average temperatures between 20° C (or 68° F) and 30° C (86° F).
Beautiful, Crystal Clear Waters
Croatia’s scenic coastline and pristine waters will surpass your expectations. If you’re planning a visit, you’ll want to explore the exquisite beaches and lakes of Croatia, from Plat Beach to the awe-inspiring Plitvice Lakes. In Croatia, the Adriatic Sea is called Jadransko More, and it’s always blue, untarnished by detritus or environmental pollution. Croatia’s waters are perfect for swimming, snorkeling, and water-skiing.
The Wonder Of Infinite Islands
It may surprise you to learn that Croatia is home to more than 1,000 islands. Of these, only about 50 have been inhabited. Many of the islands are famous for their unique attributes. For example, the island of Rab is home to 100-year-old agave plants and upwards of 300 freshwater springs.
Meanwhile, the mysterious island of Goli Otok is home to Marshall Tito’s legendary gulag from the 1950s. Another island, the extraordinary Solta, is known for its Tvrdic honey, Olynthia olive oil, Dobricic grapes, and rosemary honey. The options are endless, and you’ll be astounded by the treasures you’ll find on any one of Croatia’s infinite islands.
A Nature Lover’s Dream
Croatia is also home to the most beautiful national parks in the world. The most popular parks include Plitvice Lakes Park, Brijuni National Park, the Kornati Islands National Park, Krka National Park, and Paklenica National Park.
Croatia’s national parks are filled with miscellaneous species of unique wildlife, lush waterfalls, abundant hiking paths, and luxuriant foliage. The most popular, Plitvice Lakes National Park, is known for its dazzling blue to turquoise lake colors, filled with vibrant trout, klen, and pijor. It’s also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Intricate History & Culture
If you’re the cerebral type or you just appreciate history, Croatia is a wonderful destination. Its spell-binding historical sites and diverse regional cultures will capture both your heart and imagination.
If you are planning to visit Croatia, you’ll want to explore the stunning Euphrasian Basilica in the Historic Center of Poreč, a World Heritage Site and breathtaking example of Byzantine architecture. You’ll also want to see the inimitable Diocletian’s Palace, one of the most formidable Roman ruins in the modern age, and the Pula Amphitheater, which constitutes the sixth largest surviving Roman arena in the world and the best preserved historical site in Croatia.
If you’re a cultural enthusiast, you’ll be excited to know that Croatia is home to three main regional cultures: Dinaric, Pannonian, and Adriatic. Each is known for its unique agricultural, pastoral, and craftsmanship pursuits. Regional feast days, festivals, and celebrations such as Carnival, the Sinjska Alka knight’s tournament, and the Festival of St. Blaise will pique your interest and thrill your senses.
A Bastion of Eno-gastronomic Delights
Croatian food is like no other in the realm of Eastern European cuisine. When you travel with us, you’ll experience the full range of eno-gastronomic delights Croatia has to offer. The enlightened eno-gastronomic traveler is a discriminating foodist, invested in the connection between food and how it fits into a particular region’s cultural context.
Together, we’ll celebrate the diverse cultures that provide us with such eno-gastronomic pleasures such as the delectable Dalmatian Crni Rizot (risotto usually made with cuttlefish, octopus, or squid), the fragrant Adriatic Coast mussel buzara, or the succulent Brac Island Vitalac.
An Economically Smart Option For The Discerning Traveler
And if you still need more reasons to visit Croatia, it also offers exceptional value in terms of price and experience. At Bella Vita Travels, we take your preferences into consideration and design custom itineraries that include luxurious, first-class accommodations and unparalleled cultural experiences.
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