Croatia is a former Yugoslav republic on the Adriatic Sea, across from Italy and bordering Hungary, Slovenia & Bosnia. It is about the size of West Virginia.
It is known as one of the safest countries in Europe and less expensive. Croatian hotels are high level and a 4-star hotel in Croatia will be more luxurious than 4-star hotels elsewhere.
Croatia is a perfect destination for beach-goers, wine enthusiasts, foodies and adventure lovers. The country boasts 8 national parks, 11 nature parks, 1,244 islands (!) and history going back as far at the 9th century.
Dubrovnik has been a popular cruise port for many years, but Croatia is so much more.
Imagine a series of 16 lakes on top of the mountain. That's the beauty of Plitvice Lakes in Croatia. The lakes were formed from travertine, a distinct kind of limestone that gathers from calcium carbonate-rich surface waters on the surface of living moss. It then forms growing barriers and eventually creates a chain of lakes
and waterfalls. Located in the Lika region of Croatia, amid the Dinaric Alps, the lakes are the main attraction of the town; however, the whole region of Plitvice is a national park. The 16 lakes are divided into two, 12 are called the Upper Lakes (Gornja jezera), and the other four are the Lower Lakes (Donja jezera).
In Split, the ruins of Diocletian's Palace is now the heart of the city – the Old Town of Split with shops & cafes located in the old buildings on narrow streets. The town of Split is the second-largest city in Croatia and the largest city in the Dalmatia region. The city was built around the Diocletian’s Palace (a fortress-like palace built for the retired Roman emperor Diocletian) – now the heart of the city and the Old Town of Split. Here you’ll find narrow streets with shops & cafes located in the old fortress buildings.
Are you a fan of Game of Thrones? Dubrovnik is the lovely city where the production of the show takes place. The essence of the show is everywhere in Dubrovnik. As you walk the streets you will surely recognize details and signature scenes from the series.
These 5 places are top attractions for fan visitors:
The Jesuit Stairs – These famous Baroque stairs appeared in Season Five of the series during the infamous 'Walk of Shame' scene. The stairs extend from Gundulic Square to St. Ignatius Church and embrace Spanish architecture. The iconic scene catapulted the location's popularity and has become a frequently visited landmark. The view from the top is charming and gives you a great view of the city.
Fort Lovrijenac – This area is often referred to as St. Lawrence Fortress and is a theater located on the outskirts of the western walls of the Old Town in Dubrovnik. The interior of the fortress is used for filming the halls of the 'Red Keep' while the exterior captures Blackwater Bay. Visitors are welcome to navigate the fort and experience the ancient history that lies within.
City Walls – The amazing City Walls of Dubrovnik were a major deciding factor with producers when selecting Dubrovnik to shoot this beloved series. Countless scenes feature the Medieval style walls, including scenes near the Narrow Sea and many private walks taken on the show. You can take a tour of the walls for a small fee. There are three main entrances, and while taking the tour, you will get a chance to see Lovrijenac Fortress and capture beautiful views of the Adriatic Sea.
Tresteno Arboretum – This site is a major filming location, known as the Kings Landing and Red Keep's Garden on the show. It's located 10 miles from Dubrovnik. The park is stunning and encapsulates the privacy that's represented in the series. It's one of the oldest arboretums in the world, and the hedges combined with the floral selections are immaculate.
Island of Lokrum – This island is located 600 meters from the city and is home to the popular 'Iron Throne.' The throne is housed in the Visitors Center and is free for spectators. You are welcome to pose and snap a few pics sitting on the throne if you'd like. Other Game of Thrones points of interest in Lokrum include the botanical gardens (located off the coast) featured in the city of Quarth as well as the monastery.
Even if you’re not a GOT fan, you will love Dubrovnik and all it has to offer.
What else can you do in Croatia?
Put these on your bucket list:
Go hunting for truffles in Istria
Zipline in Omis
Visit the Famous Blue cave
Swim underneath Krka Waterfall National Park
Experience dinner in the sky
Canyoning by the Cetina River
Wine tasting in all 3 of Croatia’s wine regions – all different!
And for photography buffs - here are just a few of the many beautiful hot spots for amazing photos:
Krka National Park
Jasenovac Memorial Site
Old Dinaric fortress
Diocletian’s Palace, Split
Roman ruins in Pula