12 Incredible Places in Croatia to Visit!


Are you ready to discover 12 incredible places in Croatia? Did you know? This country has a rich historical heritage, with ancient Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Venetian and Austro-Hungarian influences. In particular, the country suffered a war of independence between 1990 and 1995, which took place in near indifference, just after the collapse of the former Yugoslav federation, and which still leaves its mark on the landscape. But it is only recently that Croatia has become a popular tourist destination, largely thanks to the Game of Thrones TV series!

Le incredibles places in Croatia to visit

Zadar

Zadar is a fortified city bordered by the Adriatic Sea and mountains. Its architecture is strongly influenced by the Romans, the Venetians and the Austro-Hungarians. We had a crush on a unique work of art: the sea organs, which generate random sounds from the winds and waves of the sea as they hit the stairs that are punctured with holes.

Land Gate

People's Square

People’s Square

Sea Organ

Sea Organ

Nin

A few kilometers from Zadar lies Nin, the first Croatian capital. With its 1256 inhabitants (2001 census), it is a very small town located on a very small island in the heart of a lagoon, but with a 3000-year history! In the cradle of Croatia and royal city, you can visit the ruins of the largest Roman temple of the Adriatic Sea, as well as the Church of the Holy Cross, which is also the smallest cathedral in the world. The kids enjoyed the sandy beach on the Nin lagoon with an exceptional view over the mountains.

Nin

Nin

Nin

Nin

Plitviče

Among the many national parks that we have had the opportunity to visit, Plitviče Lakes National Park is among the most beautiful. The park is composed of sixteen lakes, linked together by 92 natural waterfalls, and a water of outstanding clarity with a color ranging from emerald green to turquoise blue. It is a true natural masterpiece and a must-see in Croatia. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Plitvice Lower Lakes

Plitvice Lower Lakes

Veliki Slap

Veliki Slap

Plitvice Upper Lakes

Plitvice Upper Lakes

Plitvice Upper Lakes

Plitvice Upper Lakes

Plitvice Lower Lakes

Plitvice Lower Lakes

Split

Founded in the 8th century, the fortress of Klis is truly impressive. From its heights, we were able to admire a superb panoramic view of the city of Split.

Klis Fortress

Klis Fortress

Split, the second largest city in the country, has the singularity of having been built from inside and then around the enormous palace of Diocletian, the Roman emperor. This site is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Diocletian's Palace

Diocletian’s Palace

Diocletian's Palace

Diocletian’s Palace

Diocletian's Palace

Diocletian’s Palace

Trogir

The historic city of Trogir, another UNESCO site, was built on an island and boasts one of the highest densities of churches in the world and beautiful architectural buildings with Roman, Renaissance and Baroque styles.

Trogir Town Hall

Trogir Town Hall

Streets and stairs of Trogir

Streets and stairs of Trogir

Trogir Pier

Trogir Pier

Šibenik

In Šibenik, we were able to visit the Cathedral of Saint James (UNESCO site), a Renaissance (Italian) monument that has the particularity of being built entirely of stone, including the vault.

Šibenik Central Square

Šibenik Central Square

Šibenik Cathedral

Šibenik Cathedral

Novi Vinodolski

Novi Vinodolski is a quiet little town with a breathtaking view over the sea. That’s where we spent our last 4 nights in Croatia.

Novi Vinodolski

Novi Vinodolski

Novi Vinodolski Waterfront

Novi Vinodolski Waterfront

Pula

Pula is a seaside town located at the end of the Istrian peninsula. It is known for its protected harbor, its coastline with beaches and its Roman ruins, including its perfectly preserved and majestic Roman amphitheater.

Pula Arena

Pula Arena

Temple of Augustus

Temple of Augustus

Arch of the Sergii

Arch of the Sergii

Rovinj

One of our favorite cities of Croatia was Rovinj, nicknamed the “Little Venice of Croatia”. Originally built on an island, the city was then connected to the mainland. It offers a sublime panorama and gives the feeling of an Italian city when you walk in it.

Rovinj

Rovinj

Streets of Rovinj

Streets of Rovinj

Selce, Krk, Senj

Finally, in the vicinity of Novi Vinodolski, we enjoyed beautiful beaches with clear, turquoise waters in Selce and on the island of Krk. They were crowded with people like nowhere else in the world but Europe. The Nehaj fortress, which overlooks the sea in Senj, is also worth a visit.

Selce Beach

Selce Beach

Oprna Bay, Krk

Oprna Bay, Krk

Oprna Bay, Krk

Oprna Bay, Krk

Nehaj Fortress, Senj

Nehaj Fortress, Senj

For a better preparation

Itinerary

We used Zadar and Novi Vinodolski as base camps for trips through the coastal regions of Croatia. This is how we were able to visit Nin, Plitviče, Split, Trogir, Šibenik (pronounced chibenik), Pula, Rovinj and the island of Krk (pronounced “kelk”).

Accomodation

We rented Airbnb places in Zadar (6 nights) and Novi Vinodolski (4 nights). In Zadar, we stayed in a beautiful house with a very attentive owner who would treat us to fruits, vegetables and eggs every morning.

The house we rented in Zadar

The house we rented in Zadar

Transportation

In Croatia, we were driving the car we had rented in Italy.

Our Rental Car

Food

Croatian cuisine is very heterogeneous, each region has its own culinary traditions with influences from neighboring countries (Austria, Hungary, Turkey, Italy and the Balkans). The Croats eat a lot of meat. We enjoyed Čevapčići, a dish originally from Bosnia and Herzegovina but adopted by the Croats.

Cevapcici

Cevapcici

As truffle is widespread in the Istrian region, we have often seen it incorporated into pasta dishes.

Pasta with Truffle

Pasta with Truffle

We also saw a lot of Odojak, or roasted suckling pig, cooking along the roads.

Suckling Pig

Suckling Pig

Expenses

Croatia is not cheap but is usually not very expensive either. The cost of our stay for our family of 4 is:

  • 9411 HRK (1448 USD);
  • 1046 HRK (161 USD) per day;
  • 261 HRK (40 USD) per person and per day.

In detail:

Expense Category Amount Spent
Flights 0 HRK (0 USD)
Accomodation 3952 HRK (608 USD)
Transport (including gas, toll, parking) 2749 HRK (423 USD)
Eating out 1317 HRK (203 USD)
Groceries 843 HRK (130 USD)
Activities 550 HRK (84 USD)
Total 9411 HRK (1448 USD)

In a nutshell

Dates 2019-07-10 to 2019-07-20
Number of days 9
Cities we visited Zadar, Split, Trogir, Sibenik, Pula, Rovinj
Inbound Italy by car
Outbound Italy by car
Mode of transport Rental car
Distance travelled (car & foot) 1776 km
Number of photos taken 3530 (392 per day)
Currency The Croatian Kuna (1 USD = 6.5 HRK)

Conclusion

We left Croatia with unforgettable impressions! The quality of life along the coast is incredibly wonderful and the Croatians we met were extremely warm. We would go back there without hesitation, especially since we still have a lot of sites to discover – especially Zagreb, Dubrovnik, as well as the islands of Brač, Hvar, Vis, Korčula and Mljet – but which we hadn’t been able to do because of lack of time.

So much for Croatia! We are now looking forward to Spain!

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