Released: Tue Aug 02 2022
Croatia — Top 12 Attractions for 2022
The aroma of barbecue is in the air. Whether the scent emanates from the restaurants or it’s just the tourists roasting in the sun remains a mystery.
What is certain is that the sights in Croatia encourage you to expand your range of motion a little.
Huge waterfalls, massive palaces, ancient ruins — there’s something for everyone. The must-sees on a Croatia vacation — a summer romance. Watch out, we’re getting started.
Golden Horn of Brač
Many visitors agree that the Golden Horn on the island of Brač is the most beautiful beach in Croatia.
Zlatni Rat, as it is called in Croatian, juts hundreds of meters crescent-shaped into the Adriatic Sea. Depending on the current, the shimmering headland even changes its inclination.
The entire island is a highlight of Croatia and is perfect for anyone who wants to relax on the beach on vacation, but also a little hiking and be out in nature.
You can easily reach the popular vacation island by boat from Split. Tickets and more can be bought in advance here.
It is the second largest city in Croatia and is also called the “capital of Dalmatia”. A special highlight is the beautiful old town of Split with its cobblestone streets and beautiful old buildings.
The origin of Split is about 1700 years ago and the cityscape is characterized by Greeks, Romans, Venetians, Ottomans and the influences of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
The center of the city is Diocletian’s Palace. It was built around 300 AD and served as the retirement residence of the Roman Emperor Diocletian. The monumental complex is one of the most impressive sights of Croatia. The palace and the old town of Split have been UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 1979.
Other popular attractions in Split
One really wonders why Zagreb is not yet overrun by masses of tourists. The coastal regions on the Adriatic seem to have so much drawing power that it’s easy to forget about Croatia’s capital.
Perfect if you want to get away from the typical sights of Croatia. Zagreb is a lively big city, which nevertheless inspires by surprisingly favorable travel costs.
The city with its approximately 800,000 inhabitants is located in the north of the country. The architecture of the large city, which was influenced by the Austro-Hungarian Empire in the 18th and 19th centuries, is characteristic. Ban Jelacic Square is the central meeting place in the Croatian capital.
Another sight of Istria is Hum. There is a persistent assumption that Hum is the “smallest town in the world”.
The medieval alleys are quickly walked. The entire town is smaller than a soccer field. Only 20 residents have come to terms with the huge streams of tourists who amusingly flood over the cobblestones.
Their path often leads them to the Church of the Assumption, built at the beginning of the 17th century. Inside there are five richly decorated marble altars and paintings. The sacral building was built on the foundation of the previous church from the 13th century.
Biokovo Nature Park
You can find Biokovo Nature Park in the region of Dalmatia.
Mountains, caves, caves and ice pits dominate the region. Although at first glance the landscape doesn’t seem particularly green and diverse, it is quite varied and home to a variety of animals.
Seven protected amphibian species, 21 reptile species, over 100 different bird species and 13 protected bat species live here.
A special highlight is the Amfora Grotto, which is the fourth deepest grotto in Croatia at 788 meters. Throughout the park you will find historical monuments, small churches and shepherd’s huts. In the park you can also practice sports. Marked climbing routes are at your disposal, as well as cycling paths over hills and through valleys.
If you want to go especially high, you can also paraglide at various points.
This unique natural spectacle can be found on the island of Bisevo, southwest of the Croatian island of Vis. You can book a day trip to the Blue Grotto and see the experience for yourself. The cave is located on the east side of the island and is 24 meters long and between ten and 20 meters wide, up to 15 meters high and a maximum of 16 meters deep.
The entrance to the cave can only be reached by paddle or rowing boats.
The special thing about the Blue Grotto is the play of light between the sunlight and the water surface, which you can observe here on sunny days and when the sea is calm.
The sunlight enters the cave through an opening below sea level and colors the interior of the cave a soft but intense blue.
Plitvice Lakes National Park
It is the largest and oldest national park in Croatia and probably one of the most beautiful in Europe. The Plitvice Lakes National Park is located in the northeast of Croatia and is an absolute must for most Croatian vacationers.
The many lakes lie uniquely beautiful between the steep and green overgrown slopes of the karst landscape of central Croatia. Between the lakes small footbridges lead through the national park. In this way you can get uniquely close to the beautiful natural landscape.
The region has not only been a national park since 1949, but has also been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979.
Jama Baredine is one of the most famous sights of Croatia. The stalactite cave in Istria is located about nine kilometers outside Poreč. The cave has been open to guests and visitors since 1996.
However, the Cerovac Caves are the largest cave complex in Croatia. They are located in the Velebit Mountains in the north of Dalmatia.
In the spaghetti hall of Jama Baredine are stalactite formations called Slate Tower of Pisa, Snowman, Madonna in the Figure Hall or the high curtains with a total height of about ten meters.
In the cave system there are also two underground lakes with a large population of grotto elms.
Some of these animals also live in the part of the cave accessible to visitors and you can observe them.
Kornati Islands are an archipelago off the coast of Croatia and include 89 islands and reefs. It has been a nature park since 1980. In the warm spring and summer months, the Kornati islands turn into a popular sailing area.
If you don’t have your own sailing boat, then of course you can book boat trips to Kornati islands or charter sailing boats.
Sights on Kornati include the Tureta fortress from the time of Byzantine rule, Illyrian ruins and the Opat lookout point.
On land, you can expect quite sparse vegetation on the Kornati islands.
In the past, in order to open up new areas for cattle breeding, the vegetation was burned. Until today, the flora could not recover from this.
The “Pearl of the Adriatic”, that is Dubrovnik. The uniquely beautiful old town is unparalleled and attracts countless tourists every year. Whether you plan a city trip to Dubrovnik or take a vacation home on the coast in Croatia, you are guaranteed to have an unforgettable time there.
The city walls of Dubrovnik are especially worth seeing. They are 1940 meters long and up to six meters thick.
For an entrance fee you can even walk the city walls.
Other highlights are an old pharmacy from the 14th century, the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary and the Roland Column as well as the Sponza Palace.
The car-free old town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The alleys and walls have served as a backdrop for blockbusters such as Game of Thrones and Star Wars.
The sixth largest amphitheater in the world can be found in the city of Pula on the Istrian peninsula. It could seat about 23,000 people and was built around 177 by the Romans, who conquered Pula in that time and made it a Roman colony.
Where once the bloody gladiator fights of the Romans took place, today you can experience concerts and film events.
Also stars like Elton John or Julio Iglesias already performed here.
The amphitheater has been preserved in large parts in its original height of about 32 meters.
Thus, the amphitheater is still an impressive testimony to the architectural work of the Romans.
In the basement of the building today a museum shows the history of the Romans in Pula, of viticulture and the ancient trade relations of Istria.
Can’t decide between a city break or a beach vacation in Croatia? You won’t have to when you visit Croatia’s Zadar in Dalmatia. Here you can combine the benefits of a historic city and a beach vacation. The historic old town is one of the most beautiful in Croatia.
It is separated from the rest of the city on a peninsula and offers you a time travel through the exciting 3000-year history of Zadar. Walk between Roman buildings, medieval city walls and modern sights.
It is especially nice to sit in the evening hours in the alleys of Zadar in one of the many restaurants and enjoy the beautiful atmosphere.
Directly by the sea you can also enjoy the sunset and experience the breathtaking view over the Adriatic Sea.