Croatia, a Small Paradise on Earth

Story by: Karla Males     Date: 12 May 2021    Image by: Unsplash | Miha Arh

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With more than 1000 beautiful islands, untouched nature, rich history, delicious cuisine, great beaches and clear sea, Croatia is certainly one of the most attractive tourist destinations in Europe. And I’m not just saying that because I’m from Croatia. I’ve visited a fair number of countries and even though they all have their charm – Croatia is still my absolute favourite.

If you are looking for some new and interesting places to visit, this article will introduce you with top 4 great locations, unique and special in their own way!

Plitvice Lakes National Park

#1 National Park Plitvice Lakes

Is there a place in Croatia with more natural beauty? A place where shades of green are created in a way you could’t even imagine, and where the scenery is similar to the Amazon rainforest?

With its 16 emerald lakes, waterfalls and an unlimited amount of greenery, the Plitvice Lakes National Park is not only the pearl of Croatia, but also of the entire region. This is the first national park in Croatia, opened on April 8, 1949. Today, Plitvice is part of the UNESCO cultural heritage, inhabited by various animals and with over 160 species of birds.

The best time to visit the park would be spring when everything is in bloom. But if you’re a fan of winter and white cover, you will also enjoy the frozen lakes in all their beauty.

Hvar, Croatia

#2 Island Hvar

The island of Hvar was named after Greek name Pharos. It is famous for a large number of monuments from the Venetian era, purple lavender fields and beautiful Renaissance harbor with boats.

The island also has the oldest theater in Europe, founded in 1620.

If you asked the locals what makes their island so recognizable, most of them would probably mention that this is the sunniest of all the Croatian islands, with over 2700 hours of sunshine during the year. It’s a real paradise for body and soul. I would say that this is perhaps one of the best places for a comfortable life, because its mild winters and warm summers, along with healthy Mediterranean food and a relaxed lifestyle, make Hvar the perfect place for a long and happy life.

One fun fact about Hvar is that there is a rule that tourists in hotels pay half the price if it rains all day, and do not pay for anything if it snows.

Split, Croatia

#3 Split

If you asked what my favorite city in Croatia is, I would tell you Split without a doubt. Split is the second largest city in Croatia. The city is filled with historical monuments, museums, art galleries and natural parks.

Its main attraction is UNESCO cultural heritage, Diocletian’s Palace, a 1,700-year-old Roman building located in the heart of the city. Emperor Diocletian, as a great admirer of Egyptian culture, brought many sphinxes from Egypt to Split during his lifetime. Twelve have been found so far, and the most famous two are on the Peristyle and in front of the Temple of Jupiter.

You may not have known, but this is also one of the largest sports cities in the country where many famous faces were born.

Dubrovnik, Croatia

#4 Dubrovnik

In the 19th century, Bernad Shaw said: “Whoever seeks paradise on earth should visit Dubrovnik”.

Dubrovnik is without a doubt one of the most popular destinations on the entire Adriatic and a place that attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists every year.

The city center is dominated by Stradun, the most famous and most beautiful street in Dubrovnik. 300 meters long and paved with marble, Stradun connects the eastern and western city gates, and on both sides you can see important historical buildings, museums, squares as well as numerous cafes and restaurants.

This city has the oldest pharmacy in Europe and one of the oldest in the world, founded in 1317 in a monastery. The story describes that it all started when priests started making herbal drinks. Some of these ingredients can still be found in certain modern medicines in Croatia.

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