Lord Byron, the English poet, had once described the Croatian city Dubrovnik as the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic.’ You don’t have to be a Picasso to fall in love with the picturesque country that Croatia is. From its amazingly beautiful coasts to the colorful baroque buildings to the stunning city walls, everything in Croatia seems like a magnificent model of a city from a fairy tale. If you haven’t visited Croatia yet , then here are seven reasons why you must:
If you are a history buff then you should start your journey of Croatia from the historical city of Pula. This coastal city houses the Temple of Augustus where you can see the Gate of Hercules. The Gate of Hercules stands between two medieval towers and has a carving of the head of the legendary warrior Hercules. In fact the Roman name of Pula contained this landmark in its name Colonia Lulia Polencia Herculanea. Next visit the Amphitheater in Pula .This Roman amphitheater is the 6th largest amphitheater. Standing by the seaside the building was once 32.45 M tall before it started leaning towards a hill to its East.
Situated on the coast of the Adriatic sea Dubrovnik is a very popular getaway in Europe. The beautiful baroque buildings with the magnificent architecture serves as an inspiration to all visitors. If you feel like tasting some mouth-watering seafood, then head to the Korcula Island on a boat and try out the sea-food eateries over there. You can also indulge in biking and cable car riding in Dubrovnik.
Visit the town hall situated in the central town square in Sibenik. The town hall was destroyed during the second World War but was rebuilt and restored to its previous glory after the war ended. The Saint Michael’s Fortress sitting on the top of a pyramidal hill is another tourist attraction in Sibenik. At one point of time this fortress used to be the court of Petar Kresimir IV which is why it is still known by the name of Kresimir’s town.
If you are interested in architecture this is the Croatian city you must visit. Zagreb boasts of beautiful buildings with conical tops. Just like it’s Hungarian an Austrian neighbors zagreb too has many Gothic Cathedrals. Don’t miss Saint Mark’s Church while in Zagreb. This emblematic building was built in the 13th century and is covered by a colourful tiled roof. The Lotrscak Tower situated in the old part of Zagreb known as Gradec gives a beautiful view of the city.
Split is one of the port cities of Croatia. Visit the remarkable Diocletian’s palace in Split which is considered to be the most valuable ruins from the Roman era and contains many buildings that were intended for the military Garrison in that era. Hop on a boat from Split and explore the beautiful Hvar and Brac Islands.
Rijeka is situated in the Northern part of Croatia. Visit the Trsat Castle, one of the oldest fortifications present on the Croatian coast. The Trsat castle sits on a hill that is 138 m above the sea level. In the present day the castle serves a gallery for art exhibition and holds open air concerts. The promenade is where the locals gather to watch the beautiful sunset as they have coffee in the cafe bars lining the street.
View cover is a small city present on the Eastern parts of Croatia. It is situated on the banks of river Danube. While in Vukovar, you can visit the Vucedol cultural museum and the municipal museum. Explore the city by taking a walk through the gorgeous countryside. If you were to cross the river from Vukovar then you would leave Croatia and reach Serbia.