Sunny beaches, beautiful coastlines, succulent seafood, and beautiful Islands all in Eastern Europe? YES!
Croatia offers thousands of miles of seafront and about more than a thousand islands (which appear and disappear with the changing water level), Croatia’s coastline is Eastern Europe’s Riviera.
Not just this Croatia also offers history lovers some treats from ruined Roman arenas and Byzantine mosaics to Venetian bell towers! past rulers made sure to leave their mark behind.
To have it all, we planned our trip to cover almost every aspect of what Croatia has to offer (though we left Dubrovnik out for our next venture). We had a total of seven days so we started our trip from the cool and calm city of Zadar, located on Croatia’s Dalmatian coast, than we travelled to Plitvice (PLEET-veet-seh) Lakes National Park, and ended our trip in the real and vibrant city of Split.
So we arrived in Zadar, a very interesting and intriguing city. The first thing i noticed was that, this city is not overrun with tourists, which is great for a calm sunny and not so crowded beach day (though all the beaches are pebbly but very clean and calm), moreover Zadar offers its two unique attractions, the Salute to the Sun and the sound-and-light spectacle of the Sea Organ.
Though these two places are not so picture perfect, the experience is what you have to gain. Imagine walking along the picture perfect Adriatic sea listening to a song like you’ve never heard before, one completely unique to the movement of the sea.
With Zadar’s historic old town, Roman ruins, medieval churches, cosmopolitan cafes and quality museums, It was a great start of our trip.
Continue Reading: Zadar and its Surroundings!
Plitvice Lakes National Park
After spending three days in Zadar we made a day trip to the Plitvice Lakes National park, believe me when i say “its an ultimate fairytale destination“.
As we were heading down the beautifully laid zigzag paths, i realized that we just entered a wonderland by leaving the cars and concrete behind.
I tried my best to capture the beauty of this marvelous place but! you can’t do justice with the camera at this place. There’s no denying the park is a natural gem and its definitely worthy of its UNESCO world heritage title, the park is rich with birds and the bluest water and has the most number of waterfalls that I have ever seen in one place.
It’s a beautiful world of waterfalls, lakes, trees and fishes. The lakes are oozing with trouts, these trouts seem to understand that fishing is forbidden here so they can relax and enjoy a nice swim, they’re huge and oblivious to the visitors.
More Pictures: The Plitvice lakes National Park!
Split is actually built on top the remains of the Diocletian’s Palace which was built by the Roman Emperor Diocletian, this palace today forms about half the old town and city center of Split.
The palace plus some surrounding areas mostly the western side, forms the very heart of Split. Many shops, restaurants, bars and apartments for tourists are actually found within the palace, WAOW! Isn’t that amazing? You can actually stay with in the walls and maybe one of the rooms of that palace.
Continue Reading: Inside the Diocletian’s Palace
Soon, it was time to head back to the airpot and return home, our trip had finally come to an end. I don’t know what was more beautiful, the sunny beaches? or the beautiful coastlines? or maybe all those beautiful Islands? it’s hard to pick one. The views were beyond incredible! I will be sharing more soon, so stay tuned!
I hope you enjoyed this virtual tour of Croatia with me. Until next time! keep on traveling :).