For those who are looking for something a bit different for their holidays this year, the options are growing endless. Depending on what you like to do, how exotic you want to go and both the time at your disposal as well as your budget, you might be considering somewhere close by but different enough to entertain you for a week or so. One such European destination that has been progressively picking up steam in the last few years has been Croatia. With so much to see and do, and quite literally a thousand small islands to choose from, it’s easy to see why this has become the it spot for holidaymakers. Check out the rest of this article for five great ways to absolutely rock a week in this great Mediterranean country.
Island Hop Your Way South
Croatia is a country that is inherently full of islands, over one thousand to be exact. Island hopping from north to south is one way to really enjoy the beauty of the coast of Croatia, along with all the subtle nuances in regional or island-specific dishes, wines and more. Kick back on the beaches and enjoy the sun, sea and sand of Croatia’s beautiful and extensive coastline.
Plitvice and Krka National Park
Plitvice and Krka National Parks are two stunning, inland national parks in Croatia, which boast beautiful waterfalls, warm natural pools of water ideal for swimming in all surrounded by lush, extensive forests and woodland. Perfect for a day out or for those who like to camp overnight. With a number of great campsites in the areas, camping has never been more enjoyable. Plitvice is a bit further north and quite inland, while Krka is nearer to Split and a bit closer to the coast – perfect for a day trip from your coastal hideaway!
Dubrovnik and Split – Getting Out Among The Crowds
The two main cities in Croatia aside from Zagreb are Split and Dubrovnik – both stunning, coastal cities that have both a combination of modern and ancient history on offer amid their backstreets with cobbled pathways, quirky bars and cafes with terraces offering stunning views or opportunities for people watching, and both are well-connected by road and air to other areas in both the Balkans and abroad. Catch a show, visit museums depicting the history of the country and check out the nightlife – these cities will keep you coming back for more.
History and Culture – Among other things
While you’re traversing the length and breadth of the country be sure to take in some of the rich history and culture on offer. The region has a varied and storied history as well, having seen conflict a number of times throughout its history, all of which is recorded in museums and the fabric of the nation.
For those seeking adventure, Croatia is the perfect place for things like rock climbing, sailing, diving and water sports in general, as well as hill walking, hiking and camping. There’s something for everyone – from the history buff to the outdoors-man in your group.
Food, Drink and the Myriad of Desserts
It’s said that Croatia lacks in some areas of food such as in the fast food department for true Croatian fare, but it makes up for this shortcoming by providing a large myriad of different desserts and other goodies to try. That’s not to say that the famous golden arches or pizzas won’t be found – they will be, but Croatian fast food is seemingly almost non existent. Croatia, like many other nations these days, prides itself on regional varieties of other things such as craft beers, breads, and general dishes to try, so make sure you try something new every day. Paprenjaci, a cookie, is said to be a perfect culmination of Croatian history, mixing pepper and honey – sometimes the only things you could find during the war.
So there you have five ways to really rock a week in Croatia – from outdoor activities, to a stroll through its history in way of museums or its beautiful towns filled with historical sights and stories, island hopping or relaxing alongside waterfalls in Krka or Plitvice, Croatia will have something for every traveller, and awaits you with open arms and a welcoming tipple or two.