Did you know that in 2018 Croatia was second-most searched destination? And while we leave 2018 behind us slowly, your exploring of Croatia only begins!
There are numerous reasons why you should include a visit to Croatia to your New Year’s bucket list. However, we will tell you the five most important reasons why you should add it to your bucket list!
Nature will take your breath away!
There are several things Croatia is known for – the beauty of the Adriatic coast is one of them! The most important, some would even dare to say. Yes, the Croatian coast is simply divine, especially when one considers the natural beaches, easy access to the sea, the ability to hide in the shadows or to bathe under the sun’s rays, and a variety of artificial facilities that are willing to take on the role of your fairy godmother and take care of all your needs. You can enjoy this service, which is offered by Mother Nature and the famous Croatian hospitality on land and sea – you can admire this special view while relaxing on a yacht, which is cradled by the pleasant waves of the Adriatic.
Or you can dig deeper. Croatia has 8 national parks and 11 natural parks, all offering a perfect combination of relaxation and adventure. You can sleep in a wooden treehouse in the middle of the Plitvice Lakes, swim in the Krka waterfalls, conquer Paklenica or take a walk by the European Amazon. Discover the Croatian nature and wildlife while hiking on Risnjak, take stunning photos of white rocks in Telašćica or make a film-like drive on the Brijuni.
No mediocre dimensional holiday more for you!
If you do not come because of nature, you come for the food! The Croatian chefs dominate everything from world-famous recipes to traditional, country-specific recipes. The Croatian cuisine is quite meat orientated, but each region has its own taste.
Dalmatians and Istrians love their seafood – squid, octopus salad, mussels and shrimps on the menu. Croatian brudet (fish stew) and Buzara (garlic, olive oil, parsley and white wine sautéed mussels), both famous for Dalmatia and Istria, while the Istrians are proud of their “Fuži s Tartufima” – elite mushrooms with traditional Istrian pasta.
– Inland Croatia is orientated mostly on different types of meat. Zagrebački steak, various kinds of Goulash (rabbit…) and stews (chicken; fish), Kulen and similar meat products. Those who are not that much into the meat can try the famous “štrukli” (boiled or baked pastry filled with cottage cheese and covered with sour cream). Enjoy!
Do not worry, even the desserts are popular here! Rožata (pudding from Dubrovnik), kroštule (crispy fried pastry popular in Dalmatia and Istria), Međimurska gibanica (layer cake with apple, poppy seed, walnut, and cottage cheese from Međimurje), traditional cakes from the island of Rab – bear paws, Makovnjača and Orehnjača (rolled sweet bread with poppy seeds or nuts) as well as the Croatian donuts which can be enjoyed throughout the year!
A country where island hopping is one thing
Croatia has a total of 1,244 islands, islets, reefs and ridges. Some of them, such as the islands of Krk and Pag are connected by a bridge to the mainland, while others, such as the islands of Rab and Korčula, accessible only by sea. Croatia has 1,244 islands, islets, reefs and ridges in total.
Most of the islands are quite close to each other, especially by sea, which makes Croatia the ideal place for island hopping. This allows visitors during their holiday to stay mobile and see as much land as possible. This activity is ideal for groups or families who can use public transport, either their own.
The people living on these Croatian islands will welcome you with open arms and warm hearts!
Drive down the magical wine routes
Traminac from the old wine cellars of Ilok was served to the British royal family during the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, as well as on the wedding ceremony of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
In Croatia, there are plenty of old wine cellars – from the depths of Dalmatia and Istria to the beautiful landscape of Slavonia and Baranja. They are connected by corrugated wine roads, surrounded by vineyards. The wine cellars which are private, offer wine tours and food tasting.
Discover historic castles
Kings, counts, dukes, viceroys, and nobles are part of the longstanding Croatian history, and their families have left traces of their power in the country.
Castles in the historic core; hidden on the outskirts; simply fed through the landscape; located on cliffs and other surveys. Whether large or small, dark or bright, canned or in ruins, Croatia has everything to offer.
You must visit the Trakošćan castle, a neo-gothic building on a steep hill, which is converted into a museum. Veliki Tabor castle in Zagorje, a guardian of a doomed love story; The Mailath caste located between the city center of Donji Miholjac and Hungarian border. Stara Sušica, hidden deep in the forests of Gorski Kotar.
You googled it already, right?
Holiday in Croatia is like a ball Cinderella has been waiting all her life – where the fun doesn’t stop when the clock strikes midnight, but when it starts.