Summer is around the corner. It’s time to shrug off the winter heaviness, slip into something pastel and conjure up new holiday plans. But before you spend hours hunched over maps and on the internet, here’s an idea: this summer travel to Croatia . And if you’re looking for a convincing argument to help seal the deal, well, here are ten.
As the Croatia Tourism slogan suggests, this truly is the Mediterranean as it used to be. With sunny beaches and clear blue seas, Croatia is the perfect destination for beach bums. Some of the best beaches to catch a tan are Zlatni Rat, Lopar, and Mlaska.
Seafood and Truffles
Croatia is a gourmet’s dream come true. The seafood platter alone will keep you busy for a better part of your day. While you’re at the table, also try the seafood pasta; it comes with a generous sprinkling of truffles.
Experience the unspoilt natural brilliance of Croatia – green forests, cascading waterfalls, jade lakes, and rich wildlife. Indulge yourself by hiking, biking, swimming, scuba diving and much more. Highlights include the Plitvice Lakes National Park , Kornati Islands National Park , and Krka National Park.
Croatia has a rich and diverse history. The Greeks were here, as were the Romans, the Slavs, and the Austro-Hungarian monarchs. Each left reminders in the form of medieval towns, ruins and ancient churches. Some great historical sites include the walled city of Dubrovnik , the Amphitheatre of Pula , and the Diocletian Palace in Split.
Croatia has more than a thousand islands scattered over the Adriatic Sea. For this alone, Croatia should be on your list of places you need to see. Hire a boat or jump on to a ferry and island hop across Hvar, Korchula and Pag.
Arts and Festivals
From artists’ colonies and street carnivals to moonlit jazz concerts, from art museums and galleries to museum towns, the summer here is full of artsy extravaganzas. Be sure to stop at Groznjan, Trogir and Rab for a fresh coat of culture.
There is nothing more rewarding than unwinding at a cosy local café; sipping at your latte and watching people walk by. Sipping at your latte and watching people walk by. Sipping at your latte and watching people walk by.
Wine and Liqueur
The Croats have a number of excellent wines and liqueurs to offer. From the sparkling red Plavac to the fruity local brandy known as Rakija. The best way to quench your thirst in these parts is to find the nearest Konoba (local taverns) and ask for the house wine or the local specialities.
Croatia is on the verge of an EU membership. Once it enters the Union, prices will shoot up, as will the crowds. Authentic little Croatian spots will make way for international chains. It’s best to come see Croatia, before things change.
Last but not least are the wonderful people of Croatia. Warm and enthusiastic, they’ll offer honest opinions, advice and a round of the local speciality. This summer, learn a few Croatian words – dobar dan (good morning/day), hvala (thank you) and the local favourite, nema problema (no problem) under the blazing Adriatic sun.
Written By Neha Puntambekar for EuropeUpClose.com
Saturday 16th of May 2009
All great reasons! The local wine variety, Malvajia, is excellent! Another great historical site, the Ephesian Basilica, can be found in the port city of Porec (as can a great little pizza place called Dali). If your headed to Istria I'd recommend stopping by the small town of Motovun. Its a wonderfully picturesque hill top town between Porec and Livade (truffle capital of croatia & where you can eat at the restaurant of the guy who found the worlds largest truffle). I have a review of the 17th Century Palace turned hotel in Motovun at noambit.com