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Croatia is not often on the list of top destinations when people are looking for a getaway that takes them to warmer climates.However, over the last few years, it has started to gain in popularity, and it is easy to see why.There are many fascinating historical sites to see, and the main areas of Split, Dubrovnik, and Zagreb are all culturally vibrant and engaging cities.You will find yourself surrounded by impressive, stunning scenery and witness the power of mother nature at her best.Located in the Mediterranean the country has a vast expanse of coastline which plays host to some stunning beaches, many of which are nestled in coves giving you the chance to tuck yourself away and enjoy some much-needed relation time.
There really is so much to see you will struggle to get everything done in one visit. However, we have a few ideas to get you started.Plitvice National Park is a real paradise on earth.Here you will find a fantastic collection of 16 lakes with some of the most stunning waters you will ever see, the colour can only be described as emerald-blue.There is a walkway consisting of paths and bridges that allow you to roam all over the park.Some lakes offer boat rides, but none are suitable for swimming.The lush green forest that surrounds you plays host to incredible botanic sights and some impressive wildlife including owls and birds of prey.It is home to wolves and bears, but you more than likely won't see them as they are too shy. Zlatni Rat Beach is another popular choice for the tourist, it has a really unusual shape and just out into the sea which boasts gloriously clear water.Towards the land, you will see pine trees and the dizzying heights of Vidova Gore mountain in the background.Head to Dubrovnik if you are looking to steep yourself in history, and you will find a fantastic walled city remains which have, unsurprisingly, been declared a UNESCO world heritage site.The walls run for about 2km and are made up of towers and fortresses.The views are stunning whether you are looking at the sea or back into the city, so make sure you have your camera.It is a bit of a trek but well worth doing if you can.If you enjoy sailing then why not explore the Kornati National Park from the surrounding waters.There are plenty of excursions, and of course, you will dock at various points an explore the areas where you will find some delightful little restaurants as well as even more history.
Where To Eat
Where you eat will very much depend on where you are staying, but all the central regions have a fantastic range of eateries that are sure to impress.There are so many to choose from offering a variety of local cuisine to more tourists appealing delicacies.It would be hard to cover the whole country, but Mala Hiza in Mackovec provides a stunning setting in private gardens.This creates the illusion of being remote and isolated as you enjoy the gastro treats.In Plesivica you will find Karlo which sits overlooking the local vineyards so you can expect some fantastic wine choices with your food.Kod Spilje in Otrusevec has a real family feel dishing up large portions of many local favourites which are sure to satisfy any appetite.360 located in Dubrovnik is set right in the centre of the city and is known for the gorgeous beetroot risotto and their legendary black pork.
Where To Shop
Wherever you choose to stay, you will find a good mix of local and international shopping facilities.From bustling street markets in Dubrovnik to the main square of the Dolac market in Zagreb there is plenty of local cultural shopping available.You will find food, clothing, nicknacks and more but prices do tend to be a little over-inflated - although they are waking up to this and bringing them down to appeal to tourists more.If you are self-catering on your holiday, you will find a remarkable range of local produce, as fresh as it gets so that you can create your own gourmet masterpieces.There are also some delightful boutiques tucked off the beaten tourist track if you are looking for some local items that you will not find mass produced.
•While Plitvice is stunning, there are other national parks worth seeing
•Try smaller restaurants and cafes; most do not disappoint
•Watch for biting creatures - be prepared with repellents
•Guided tours make a great experience
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