Croatia is a truly stunning country and if you’re planning to visit this summer, here are our top picks for the places you absolutely must visit!
With Christmas and New Year all done and enjoyed now, you’ll be looking forward to planning your summer vacation and this would be a great place to add to this year’s itinerary.
1. Plitvice Lakes National Park
The National Parks of Croatia are an essential visit during your stay. The waterfalls of Plitvice National Park are truly breathtaking and certainly the grandest and most beautiful in the country.
The protected area extends over 296.85 square kilometres and sees over 1 million visitors a year. But don’t let it’s popularity dissuade you, it is popular for a reason!
You will see the most beautiful lakes, ranging in colour from azure to green and the deepest blue you will see! The colours of which constantly change depending on the quantity of minerals and organisms in the water and the angle of sunlight!
2. Krka National Park
The Krka National Park in Croatia was named after and created to protect the beautiful Krka River, as seen above.
Your visit to the park allows you a walk through the forrest, showing you some of the most beautiful arial views of the river and it’s waterfalls! An added benefit of Krka is the permission of swimming beneath the waterfall, as shown in the picture. The water is beautifully clear and will be still warm if you visit in the warmer weather.
3. Salt Lake Mir – Dugi Otok, Kornati National Park
The Kornati National Park is really a collection of 140 small islands in the Mediterranean Sea. There are no permanent settlements in the Kornati Islands, only simple houses that are used by those living on the mainland and fishermen. There are several boat excursions which will pick you up from various points along the coast between Pakoštane to Zadar and allow you to visit some of the islands, stopping off for you to swim, explore the island or bask in the sun as you please.
A highlight of the visit is certainly the Salt Lake Mir, shown in the image above. A place that really needs to be seen to be believed. The lake is surrounded by the most beautiful green mountains and the lake has such a high salt content that one can comfortably float in the water!
If getting wet isn’t really your thing, the beautiful little village of Pakoštane is well worth a visit. It has a beautiful collection of small stalls, cafés and bars serving delicious food, beers and ice creams and all reasonably priced. There is also a pharmacy here as well as various small supermarkets for any amenities you might need. The Church of St. Michael, whose steeple you can see in the image above, resides towards the centre of the village and is certainly worth having a little peek inside as well.
5. Zadar Sea Organ
Lastly, we would just like to leave you with the following video. Zadar is certainly a beautiful city, with the ruins of the Roman forum,The Cathedral of St. Anastasia, and the beautiful town hall in the centre, but for us the Sea Organ of Zadar is what rests in our minds the most. It is designed with various pipes that run beneath the promenade and steps so that the movement of the sea pushes the air up through them to play its beautiful, eery tune. See for yourself below.
The header image is from the fantastic Anton Gorlin.