When you seek a summer destination, normally the Mediterranean coast appears first on your list, isn’t it? However, most of the people aren’t aware of a European destination, where one can enjoy the beautiful weather, perfect beaches and crystal blue sea, all without the tourist hordes and best of all, it is also located by the Mediterranean, that place is Croatia.
Croatia is located on the Adriatic Sea, on the Dalmatian Coast. It is a very interesting destination due to the great diversity of its cities. History, culture, nature and exquisite, are just some of the highlights of this young Balkan country. In addition, you’ll be surprised with its affordable prices, which is another relevant advantage.
Zagreb, Croatia’s capital, is a vibrant city of around 800,000 inhabitants. Well-known because of its beautiful architecture, and charming narrow medieval cobbled streets, Zagreb is a perfect city to enjoy shopping and nightlife entertaining. It is simply the best choice for urbanites.
Although Zagreb is the capital city, the most famous city in Croatia is Dubrovnik. Known as ´The Pearl of the Adriatic´, Dubrovnik is a picturesque walled city that has survived many attacks throughout its history, but which has been able to keep its essence. Its beautiful palaces, its walls and its beautiful old town have led the city to become a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Dubrovnik also has perfect beaches to enjoy during the summer time, season in which the cultural agenda of the city attracts people from all around the world. As for the gastronomy, you’ll be delighted with Croatia’s traditional dishes at Nautika restaurant, which is considered by many as the best restaurant in the world, not only because of its delicious food, but also because of its breathtaking views.
If you have troubles deciding between Zagreb and Dubrovnik, perhaps you could better head to Split, which is the second largest city in Croatia. Its old town and beaches, perfectly complement each other. This is the perfect destination for those who want to enjoy cultural activities, as well as the powerful experience of swimming in the crystal clear waters of the Adriatic. Split also has many traditional restaurants and a vibrant nightlife. For lovers of the cities that face the sea, Split is the perfect choice.
Finally, Croatia also has a large number of islands, among which you’ll love Hvar. You’ll be able to get to this elongated island by ferry from Split. Hvar is a mountainous island, with spectacular natural beauty, perfect for hiking and adventure sports. The island itself contents a small, very charming old town, where you’ll find fresh fish restaurants that will enchant you with their flavors. Around the port area you’ll see luxury yachts and bars with beautiful terraces, perfect to sit outside and admire the landscape while enjoying a delicious meal or a cocktail. Its rocky beaches are no impediment to get into its turquoise waters and admire the cliffs around. If you are looking for natural beauty, Hvar is undoubtedly your best destination.
Renting apartments in Dubrovnik is a great and affordable way to explore Croatia; a country that offers perfect destinations for the traveler in search of sun, beach, good food and culture. Its diverse cities offer attractions for all tastes. Check out our Dubrovnik apartments directory !