Top 10 tours of Croatia
Croatia is brimming with top attractions and tours including historic cities and unspoilt countryside. The beautiful sunny Mediterranean coastline incorporates centuries-old harbour towns that are steeped in history. Take a look at the top ten tours on offer:
This is Croatia’s most glamorous medieval tourist destination. It is centred on the magnificent old town which contains sturdy defensive walls and ramparts and is declared a UNESCO world heritage site. The walls incorporate fortresses, towers, and cannons to explore. The higher you walk the more amazing views there are to see. However, do wear comfortable walking shoes and don’t forget to bring water.
Diocletian’s Palace in Split
Split is Croatia’s second biggest city after Zagreb. It was built by Roman Emperor Diocletian, who retired here in AD 305. The palace has four monumental gates, three from the land, and one which originally opened directly onto the water. The old town is pedestrian-only and has also been awarded a UNESCO world heritage site.
This very fashionable town is home boasts some of the country’s top hotels and seafood restaurants. Dating back to 1420-1797, its car-free old town is made up of a spacious square overlooked by a 16th-century cathedral. It has a delightful pretty fishing harbour, and a hilltop fortress. It can be reached by ferry from Split.
Plitvice National Park
Plitvice National Park is surrounded by 16 emerald-blue lakes connected by fantastic cascading waterfalls. Various footpaths and wooden bridges criss-crosses the park and the entrance ticket include boat rides across the lakes. The park is a haven for wild animals, including wolves and bears.
Zagreb’s Gornji Grad
Situated in the upper part of the town is the medieval Gornji Grad. You will see the stunning cathedral with its Neo-Gothic façade and twin steeples; the Croatian Sabor (Parliament), the Church of St. Mark with its colourful roof and the 13th-century Tower of Lotrščak with amazing views.
Sailing Tour around Kornati National Park
The best way to explore these beautiful islets is by private sailing boats (the nearest charter base is in Biograd-na-Moru). You can also visit the Kornati on a day trip excursion by boats from either Zadar or Sibenik on the mainland.
Zadar’s Romanesque Churches
Zadar is another car-free old town. Its top attractions are the fabulous Romanesque churches, built between the 9th and 13th centuries which are filled with religious paintings and ornate golden treasures. There is also the 9th-century pre-Romanesque Church of St. Donatus; the 11th-century Church of St. Mary, the Cathedral of Anastasia and the Church of St. Chrysogonus.
Zlatni Rat Beach
Croatia’s most beautiful beach has to be Zlatni Rat (Golden Horn on the south coast of Brač. It is made up of fine pebbles and runs 500 meters along the coast. It has lots of pine trees offering shade from the sun and is overlooked by the rocky heights of Vidova Gora Mountain.
Protected by medieval walls and towers, this stunning town is packed with centuries-old aristocratic stone buildings. The main highlights include the Marco Polo house, said to be the birthplace of the renowned 13th-century explorer, and the moreška sword dance, a traditional dance, which is staged for tourists just outside the town walls on summer evenings.
Mljet National Park
Mljet is an island with a third being the national park. It is covered by dense woodland and centres on two saltwater lakes, one with an islet capped by a 12th-century Benedictine monastery, which you can visit by taxi-boat. The park offers plenty of things to do and plenty of paths run through the woodland and lakes.