Three must-see places in Croatia

 

Fast becoming one of the most popular short-haul destinations in Europe, Croatia is a country steeped in history, culture and beauty. From the glistening waves of the Adriatic Sea to the traditional Croatian architecture, Croatia is truly a part of Europe that is like no other. Looking to fall in love with one of the most beautiful countries in the world? Here's a few tips regarding some of the must-see cities and places.

Dubrovnik

Nicknamed the 'Pearl of the Adriatic', Dubrovnik is a city that has to be seen to be believed. Situated on the southern-most point of the country between the Adriatic and the Dinaric Alps, Dubrovnik is a paradise for those looking for a traditional coastal experience in Croatia. The city was hit hard by bombing during the Balkan war but restorers have managed to piece the city back together, returning it to one of the best-loved destinations in Europe. Now, the city is famous for its orange terracotta tiles and 14th Century ramparts alongside its various religious monasteries and historical architecture. Furthermore, a walk to the top of the old town walls  delivers some of the most stunning views in Europe. A vista of the sea and the beautiful town is a sight you won't be forgetting in a hurry.

Split

Another slice of Croatian history comes in the city of Split, located at the opposite end of the coast to Dubrovnik. Diocletian's Palace, built by Roman emperor Diocletian in the 4th century, remains one the world's most complete remains  of a Roman Palace and forms the city's entertainment centre. Many rooms in the palace have been converted into shops and bars, with other areas of the quarter populated by museums and galleries. Holidaymakers are also offered the opportunity to stay in a boutique hotel or apartment within the Palace's walls - it's not everyday you can tell your friends and family that you've stayed in a Roman Palace! Plitvice Lakes National Park is also a stone's throw from Split and is famous for its lakes arranged in cascades. Home to around 16 lakes, many of them have their own distinct colour - from green, grey, azure and blue - due to the angle of sunlight and the quantity of minerals in the water.

Hvar

A short ferry trip from Split lays Hvar, the longest of Croatia's many islands. Hvar is a maze of cobbled streets, villas and bays that date as far back as the Neolithic period.  Known as the island of lavender due to the abundance of the plant that grows in the island, Hvar is a gorgeous island with a climate that helps produce high-quality wine; good for those who like a decent glass every now and then! Hvar is also home to Stari Grad Plain, a landscape that is  also a UNESCO World Heritage Site , and it is one of the best preserved ancient Greek landscapes in the Mediterranean. Farmers still cultivate grapes and olives on the same parcels of land marked out by the original Greek surveyors. Overall, Croatia is a gorgeous country with more than a handful of places to visit and discover. These are just three of the places you should be marking on your map; there are hundreds of other locations just waiting to be explored. About the author Written by Atlas Choice . We specialise in car rentals, hotels and travel insurance.