Best Sightseeing Attractions in Croatia
Croatia is an up and coming tourist destination, as more and more visitors flock to the country each year. The country caters to every type of tourist and there are a variety of sights to see within the capital city and beyond.
Dubrovnik is a city that most will be familiar with and this city has a fantastic sightseeing area, just outside its parameters. The Old Town Walls were erected to protect the city from maritime attacks and have stood for hundreds of years. They’re a designated UNESCO world heritage site and visitors can walk around the ramparts to view the Old Town and the sea.
The Plitvice National Park is an ideal site for nature lovers and is the most visited land based attraction. This idyllic location is covered in lakes, rivers and waterfalls for visitors to wander around on. These are crossed by footpaths and bridges, which makes this location one of the most photogenic locations in the area. Lucky visitors may even catch a glimpse of some of the wildlife that this area is home to. This ecosystem supports majestic animals such as the Golden Eagle and the Lynx, which can sometimes be seen by visitors.
Zadar is the fifth largest city in Croatia and is home to many historic churches. Many years ago it served as the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Zadar, which still exists to this day. The old town of Zadar is a car free zone and this makes it the ideal area to stroll around and view the churches. These include the Cathedral of Anastasia, which is the biggest church in the area and home to a number of relics.
Diocletian's Palace was built at the start of the 4th century and has enjoyed a media spotlight in recent years. This was a filming place for the Game of Thrones television show and has become more popular since then. This historic structure was built for the Roman emperor for which it was named and was intended as retirement area for the powerful figure.
The Pula Arena is another must see for any fans of Roman history, as this was the main colosseum in Croatia. This area featured gladiator fights and public executions, until the former was outlawed by Emperor Honorius. Through the middle ages it was also home to jousting and tournaments undertaken by the Knights of Malta. In the more modern day this area is a venue and has featured performances from the likes of Luciano Pavarotti and Placido Domingo. The oldest film festival in Croatia also takes place here and has done so since 1954.
One of the most beautiful areas in the country is the port town of Rovinj, where visitors can take a boat offshore. Residents of the town catch and sort fish in the town’s port, giving restaurants here some of the freshest seafood around. The town is filled with pastel coloured housing and friendly residents, so it’s a brilliant place for a day out.