9 Reasons to visit Croatia. Where Game of Throne’s King’s Landing was filmed
If the streets of Meereen or King’s Landing in Game of Thrones haven’t convinced you yet to visit Croatia, here are 9 more reasons why you should pack your bags and head to this small, quirky country on the Adriatic, from beguiling ancient walled towns and stunning national parks to fashionable islands and a thriving cultural scene.
- The Coast:
From glamorous party hotspots to pristine Robinson Crusoe-like islets, there are over a thousand islands sprinkled over the bright blue Adriatic Sea of Croatia. With a nightlife scene that rivals that of Ibiza and a gorgeously preserved walled town at least as beautiful as Dubrovnik, Hvar is the country’s sunniest and most fashionable island. Famous for its long winemaking tradition and unspoilt natural beauty, Vis is a mecca for foodies and outdoor enthusiasts, while Brac – with its illustrious Zlatni Rat beach – is a paradise for watersports adventurers. Other exciting destinations include the lush Mljet Island, half of which has been declared a national park; Korčula – the birthplace of Marco Polo; and Rab, with its particularly mild climate and alluring sandy beaches (a rarity in Croatia).
- The Festivals
Over the last decade, Croatia’s music festival scene has experienced an unprecedented boom. And with their perfect combination of stunning locations, boat parties, lively crowds, and glorious sunshine it’s not hard to see why. Some of the most highly regarded summer events include the Garden Festival (Tisno), Hideout Festival (Pag Island), Sonus Festival (Pag Island), and Dimensions Festival (Pula) – all featuring superb settings and the best electronic music Djs. For those willing to experience the country’s rich culture, Dubrovnik Summer Festival (August) offers everything from theatre and ballet to classical music concerts.
- The Food & Drink
As diverse as its rich land and twisted history, Croatia’s flavorful cuisine is a draw on its own. While the coastal regions abound in fresh, top-quality seafood and Italian flavors, the inland bears strong Central European influences, with hearty meat dishes dominating the menu. Moreover, Dalmatia prides itself with a long wine-producing tradition and delicious risotto dishes; Istria is a foodie’s paradise with its own olive oil route and excellent homemade pasta, and the country’s Adriatic islands are particularly known for their incredibly tasty lamb.
- The Sailing
One of the best ways to discover Croatia and its beautiful islands is by boat, which is why sailing is a favorite pastime for both locals and summer vacationers. The country’s crystal clear seas, well-appointed marinas, and reliable winds allow for a variety of sailing experiences, from island hopping to cruising along one of Europe’s most spectacular coastlines. Whatever itinerary you decide upon, your trip will certainly involve beautiful sun-kissed beaches, hidden coves, and quaint coastal towns full of history and character.
- The Natural Beauty
Much of Croatia’s appeal lies outdoors, in the beauty and diversity of its landscapes. And there’s much more than its breathtaking island-studded coastline to be experienced. One of the country’s most praised natural treasures is Plitvice Lakes National Park – a UNESCO Natural Heritage site which astonishes visitors with its exceptionally azure lakes and cascading waterfalls. Further spectacular natural attractions include Modra Spilja (Blue Cave) on the island of Bisevo, Krka National Park, the Kornati archipelago with its 147 beautiful uninhabited islands, and the scenic Paklenica karst river canyon in northern Dalmatia.
- The Living History
Nature aside, Croatia is home to some fascinating historical sites that range from intact medieval old towns to gorgeously preserved Roman ruins. Among the most distinguished are the mighty Diocletian’s Palace in Split, Pula’s striking 1st-century amphitheater, and the UNESCO-protected walled old town of Dubrovnik. Trogir, Zadar, Split, and Stari Grad on Hvar Island are as well destinations where history comes alive through extraordinary monuments and perfectly maintained ancient architecture.
- A Mélange of Vacation Types
For such a relatively small country, Croatia packs a punch in terms of tourism. You can go sightseeing in Dubrovnik; discover its magnificent islands; step back in time while exploring its ancient treasures; or party like there is no tomorrow on its sun-kissed Adriatic shores. So, if you’re up for a relaxed, hassle-free holiday experience in Croatia, where all you have to do is have a good time, then consider opting for package holidays that include everything from flights and accommodation to food and drink.
- The Climate
The pleasant Mediterranean climate that characterizes the coast of Croatia makes it one of the most sought-after destinations in this part of Europe. Winters are mild, and the dry hot summers last longer than in most neighboring countries, ensuring a constant flow of visitors all year round. On the other hand, central Croatia, including the regions of Zagreb and Slavonia, enjoys continental climate conditions with sizzling summers and cold, wet winters. Skiing is also possible in mountain resorts such as Platak and Sljeme.
- The Prices
Although Croatia’s soaring popularity has led to higher travel costs, it still offers good value for money compared with other Mediterranean countries. Top destinations such as Dubrovnik and Hvar have the highest hotel rates, especially in high season (July and August). Food, drink, and transport are averagely priced.