Marco Polo’s list of the top 10 things not to be missed in Croatia! Our best recommendations – from the top down – help you to plan your tour of Croatia’s most important sights.
The ‘Queen of the eastern Adriatic’, with its palazzi, churches, museums and imposing defensive walls and fortresses, takes you back to that glorious era when it defiantly held Venice at arm’s length.
2. PLITVIČKA JEZERA
Tumbling waterfalls, turquoise-coloured lakes, luxuriant vegetation and dazzling travertine stone create a fairy tale-like landscape.
The palace of the Roman Emperor Diocletian forms the heart of this bustling port. This is where Ancient Roman gods rub shoulders with Christian saints and trendy cafés with Roman remains.
Striking mosaics catch the eye in the Euphrasian Basilica, a unique ecclesiastical building from the early days of Christianity.
This little port’s historical splendour is omnipresent in the Old Town. The magnificent cathedral portal, with its countless figures, is a highlight of Early Gothic stonemasonry.
6. NACIONALNI PARK KRKA
The Skradinski Buk waterfall is a popular attraction in this national park but there is much more to discover: secluded monasteries, shady walks and lush vegetation.
The international jet set congregates on the island of Hvar; the scent of lavender and the romantic town of the same name attract the rich and the beautiful to Hvar.
Aromatic white wines and unusual sword dances are the trademarks of this southern Dalmatian island. The attraction of the bewitchingly beautiful main town is its narrow alleyways, Venetian palaces and rustic taverns.
Modern and ancient architecture in harmony. This bustling harbour town boasts a number of exquisite treasures from Antiquity – an amphitheatre, the Temple of Augustus and a triumphal arch.
The sun, its beaches and the wind are the three plus points of this island that is one of just a few in Croatia that has a fine pebbly beach.
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