Croatia is best known as a summer destination. I had therefore not thought to visit Zagreb in winter. But after seeing the city, the surrounding region and Advent Zagreb (#adventzagreb)...
Croatia is a country that has become increasingly popular as a holiday destination in recent years. And frankly, that's absolutely right. There are more than a thousand islands along the coast in Croatia, most of which are uninhabited. There are more than 350 species of fish off the coast. And did you know that the famous explorer Marco Polo is originally from Croatia? This Balkan country with its extensive history has everything it takes to become a top European destination. Sun-drenched beaches, phenomenal nature reserves and stately cities, you name it! The country that was once part of Yugoslavia has been an independent state since 1991 and now has its feet firmly rooted in the Croatian soil.
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Zagreb, capital of Croatia
The capital of this country that borders, among other things, Hungary and Slovenia, has grown into a modern metropolis with trendy shops, a thriving business center and top universities. Zagreb never stands still, almost every week there are parties, events and swinging festivals here. But there are more cities that capture the Croatian imagination. Old Dubrovnik and dreamy Split are two cities where you can walk around for hours without getting bored. Also Porec with its green surroundings and Rovinj with winding narrow streets are perfect calling cards of this beautiful country.
Nature Attractions in Croatia
The nature in this country is simply overwhelming. Travel to Dalmatia and discover the Adriatic coast. Or visit Slavonia, the historical area in the east of the country. Istria is perhaps the most beautiful part of Croatia. Wonderful beaches, authentic villages, the rugged coastline; once you arrive, it will take you a lot of effort to turn your back on this excellent area.
Culture and History in Croatia
Besides beautiful nature you will also find a lot of culture and history in Croatia. Croatia has a rich history. You will therefore also see this in the various historical remains that you will find throughout the country.
The Basilica of Euphrasius is an impressive building that you definitely want to visit as a backpacker. The basilica is located in Porec. The building consists of an atrium, a baptistery, a basilica with the palace, the bishop's chapel and several historical layers. You will find different floor mosaics in this basilica. This is an impressive place to visit.
Diolecian's Palace is the best preserved historic building in Croatia. This palace is made entirely of the stones of the island of Brac. The palace is located in the city of Split. The palace is located right in the center of Split. Today, you can find several art exhibits in the palace.
Best time to visit Croatia
It is best to travel to Croatia in spring or autumn. This is because around this time there are not so many tourists and the weather is not too hot. If you like to go out, it is best to go in the summer. Then there are regular festivals.