Hello, friends! We have a guest post today from a writer named Alexa Vega, who has written about some of the wonderful things to see and do in Croatia. I’ve always wanted to visit Croatia and it’s high on my to-travel list, so I’m pretty excited about some of these suggestions. I hope you enjoy the post!
Alexa also writes for TravelingPride.com, so make sure to check it out for more awesome travel writing.
Croatia is one of the most visited tourist destinations in the world because of its rare natural beauty. It has a rich history which dates back thousands of years. It was in 1991 when the country proclaimed its independence from Yugoslavia. Since Croatia is surrounded by mountainous regions and vast forests, it has an alpine climate. Croatia is a haven for sailing enthusiasts because it has beautiful beaches, calm waters and breathtaking views. In Croatian culture, family is the most essential part of their social culture. For food lovers, you will surely enjoy the popular Croatian cuisine which specializes in the most delicious pastas.
Why you should visit
If you’re looking to have a relaxed holiday with your family, friends and loved ones, Croatia is the perfect destination to visit. It has beautiful National Parks which are waiting to be discovered. You can explore the various islands and visit countless historical sites. St. Mark’s Cathedral in Korcula Town is a must visit since it was originally built in the 15th century. It was built in a Gothic Renaissance style and also completely made out of limestone. The Church of St. Euphemia, located in Rovinj, is situated in a hilltop in the middle of the peninsula. It was originally built in 1736 and is the largest baroque structure in Istria.
Korcula, Photo credit: Jeremy Couture (Flickr)
Rovinj, Photo credit: Andrey (Flickr)
Croatians form very close bonds with their families and extended families. They care for their elders instead of entrusting them to nursing homes. They have plenty of traditional songs, dances, rituals, folk tales and costumes which keep their culture alive. The native people of Croatia are called Croats and they make up the country’s major population.
Gregory of Nin, Photo credit: Pablo BM (Flickr)
The Cathedral of St. Domnius is located in Split and it is one of the most well preserved ancient Roman buildings which still remains intact to this day. Originally, the cathedral was built as Diocletian’s mausoleum, who is known as the last persecutor of Christians. Diocletian’s Palace faces the harbour and is Split’s living heart. Its streets are filled with an endless amount of shops, bars and restaurants. The Roman Amphitheater in Pula overlooks the harbor of the old town. It is a magnificent structure which is completely made out of local limestone. It was specifically created as an arena for gladiatorial contests which can seat up to 20,000 people.
Cathedral St. Domnius,Split; Photo credit: Ramón (Flickr)
Amphitheater in Pula, Photo credit: Danny Navarro (Flickr)
Diocletian’s Palace in Split, Photo credit: Diego Sideburns (Flickr)
Perfect Sailing Destination
The main reason why there have been an increasing number of tourists in Croatia for the past five years is because of its incredible beaches. Anyone who loves sailing would surely enjoy the clear blue waters and perfect weather conditions in the country. The most visited cities and islands in Croatia are Dubrovnik, Split, Zagreb, Mljet, Hvar, Pula and Kornati. Dubrovnik is considered to be the most glamorous out of all the cities because its picturesque sightseeing spots. Old town is comprised of towers, fortresses and cannons which are enclosed in medieval defensive walls. It provides the most perfect view of the Adriatic Sea.
Sailing, Photo credit: Ljubo Gamulin (Flickr)
Dubrovnik, Photo credit: John Savage (Flickr)
Split, Photo credit: Carine06 (Flickr)
Hvar, Photo credit: Ramón (Flickr)
With the variety and number of hotels on the rise, plenty of seaside bars and restaurants and many activities to engage in, Croatia’s tourism industry is enjoying a flourishing revival and a reputation as a vibrant hot spot full of excitement, history, and plenty of places where one can sit back and enjoy life away from the hustle and bustle of everyday activities.