Sometimes you don´t have to go far for a road trip or to explore beautiful places. Our beautiful Slovenia itself is real balsam for soul with its wonderful nature. And like that are also our neighbor countries. I have written a lot about Italy, because it is our favorite destination, but today I am going to write about Croatia.
Croatia is very popular with Slovene and other tourists. Peter and I have also been exploring it a lot and driving all over it. Not only once. However, after we discovered Greece, we didn´t go back. Reasons are: cheaper prices, more friendly locals, more beautiful beaches, the sea is more turquoise and we prefer their food. And here in “our” Greece we have never felt as self-evident 🙂 .
Never the less Croatia has some gorgeous places that are worth mentioning. Peter and I have visited all of their UNESCO protected sites, not that we would intend to. Next time you go to Croatia, you shouldn´t leave out some of those places:
- medieval Split and Diocletian palace
- St. Jacob cathedral in Šibenik
- Plitvice Lakes National park
- historical town Trogir
- Episcopal Complex of the Euphrasian Basilica in Poreč
- old part of town Dubrovnik
- field near Starigrad of Hvar
Among listed what we recommend the most are Plitvice Lakes, but not in main season and not during weekend. If there are too many people, part of the beauty is lost; silence and authenticity are harder to be reached. Visiting Plitvice Lakes can be combined with visitng National Park Paklenica, which is near Starigrad and Zadar and is known as climber’s paradise – also for those who just want to enjoy beautiful nature and majestic rocks around them.
Beside Plitvice Lakes we were thrilled by Krka waterfalls – National Park Krka, which is near Šibenik, but you should carefully pick the time of your visit, so it won´t be so crowded. And of course I cannot leave out Dubrovnik, which is located on extreme south of Croatia´s coast and thrilled us despite summer heat during our trip. You can combine exploring of Dubrovnik with any of closest islands – Lokrum, Mljet … or you can go to another country – Montenegro.
Part of Croatia that we especially like is hinterland – Croatian (and Slovene) Istria with wonderful town Motovun, which you can combine with visiting coastal towns Rovinj or Poreč. There is also beautiful Makarska Riviera and wonderful islad Hvar which ofer a lot of beautiful places – but you should go there in May or – even better – in September so you can avoid crowd.
What take away Croatia some of its beauty are crowd and sometimes not so worm neighborly relations and many times those that offer tourist services aren´t as friendly, open, respectful and accessible that of those we have found in Greece. There you are never self-evident, really never.
Parts of Croatia that I still want to see are Kornati National Park and island Silba. Never the less we are driven to other parts of the world at that moment of our lives, you never know – maybe we will come back someday. Never say never 🙂 .