Look forward to exciting times ahead and the possibilities of an adventure through Croatia’s ever-inspiring landscapes. Croatia is cited as one of the safest Mediterranean countries to visit. And with more than 1,200 islands and islets in Croatia, it’s perfect for a sailing trip and is known for some of the prettiest beaches in Europe. But head inland to find tumbling waterfalls, rolling vineyards and lush forests, not to mention towns packed with history. The coastal city of Rijeka, for example, was named one of Europe’s Capitals of Culture for 2020.
CNTraveller has highlighted 10 of the most beautiful destinations in Croatia – from secret golden shores to fortified citadels. Start planning your Croatia bucket list now.
1. The Plitvice Lakes
Two hours from Zagreb, this national park – one of the oldest in the country – isn’t most people’s picture of Croatia. The UNESCO World Heritage site is made up of 16 crystalline lakes (genuinely turquoise in colour as a result of deposits of gypsum, a soft sulfate mineral) surrounded by deep green forest and spectacular waterfalls. Paths are well marked, making this a great trekking destination. Although it is worth noting that you can’t swim in the lakes. Find the best aerial views of the upper lakes from Veliki Slap lookout. Croatia has eight UNESCO sites yet this is one of the only ones that can’t be accessed by boat; the detour inland is a trip we recommend.
[Travel Tuesday: Croatia’s 10 Most Beautiful destinations]