Croatia, the Adriatic’s shining star, is unlike any other European destination with a diverse mix of old world European charm, easygoing Mediterranean lifestyle, stunning coastline dotted by more than 1,000 islands, islets and reefs, fascinating history, rich culture, delectable cuisine and breathtaking natural beauty. With ten UNESCO World Heritage sites and eight magnificent National Parks, considered to be some of Europe’s most well-preserved, Croatia is an incredible destination for those seeking an experience of a lifetime.
Croatia is home to more than 100 castles and fortifications, with the most famous located on the country’s second largest peninsula of Peljesac. The Walls of Ston with structures that include 20 remaining towers (of the original 40) and five fortresses was built to protect the city of Ston and the Republic of Ragusa from conquerors in the 14th and 15th centuries. Peljesac’s connection to the Adriatic Sea has made it a destination for those who enjoy active adventure such as, hiking, biking, diving, windsurfing, kite-surfing, and sailing. Food and wine enthusiasts can explore the area’s rich history of winemaking and oyster harvesting, which is considered to be the tastiest in the world.
Croatia is brimming with cultural events year-round from museums and gallery exhibitions to festivals and cultural events, all drawing influences from its rich Western, Eastern, Central European, and Mediterranean history to modern. The Pula Film Festival, held in July is the oldest film festival in Croatia and one of the oldest in all of Europe.
If music is more your groove, Croatia has become the destination for music festivals, especially during the summer months. Check out ULTRA held in July in Dalmatian hotspots of Split, Hvar, Vid and Brac, attracting celebrities, music and sun worshippers alike.
Croatia’s charming capital city of Zagreb is full of history and culture with architecture reflective of significant periods of its rich history. This is evident in the bright yellow Croatian National Theatre building built in the 1800’s that is the heartbeat of the city reflecting the Viennese style, to its neoGothic cathedral and St. Mark’s Church built in early 13th century, iconic red umbrellas of open-air markets, and lush greenery of its public parks and gardens. It’s also a city of contrast with old and new architecture, upper and lower towns, modern and traditional events and festivals and emerging food scene grounded in centuries of deep traditions with new modern approaches. Zagreb is a destination with activities and attractions to suit every visitor.
Croatia’s Dalmatia Coast is one of Europe’s most sought-after destination and dramatic coastlines lined with vineyards, olive oil plantations, natural beauty and the crystal clear Adriatic Sea. Evidence of Roman and Venetian influence can be seen in coastal towns full of rich history, medieval architecture, islands, and award-winning beaches, world-class diving and snorkeling, awe-inspiring sunsets, and delectable cuisine and regional wines. Explore Zadar’s renowned art installations the Sea Organ and Sun Salutation, discover Sibenik’s UNESCO treasures of Cathedral of St. James and St. Michael’s Fortress, stroll through UNESCO protected Trogir, see why Roman Emperor Diocletian retired in Split and his Palace and famous Riva, take the ferries to islands of Hvar (the country’s sunniest), or mysterious Vis (the farthest.) Of course, a must on any list is Dubrovnik and its white marble streets, historic 16th-century battlements and surroundings and learn about the country’s multifaceted cultural heritage.
Croatia is brimming with cultural events year-round from museums and gallery exhibitions to festivals and cultural events, all drawing from influences from the West, East, Central European, and Mediterranean.
The Pula Film Festival, held in July is the oldest film festival in Croatia and one of the oldest in Europe.
Croatia is the destination for music festivals, especially during the summer months. Check out Hideout Music Festival on Zrce Beach on Pag Island is a premier music festival attracting music and sun worshipers alike.
The biggest and most well-known summer festival, ULTRA held during July in Dalmatian destinations of Split, Hvar, Vis and Brac. Experience Dubrovnik’s Summer Festival that’s full of music, theater, dance, and other various cultural events among the backdrop of the Old City’s iconic white marbled streets.
If it’s the local experience you want, visit Dalmatia’s Lastovo island, a haven for food and wine lovers with plenty of churches and surrounding islands to explore – and don’t miss carnival season when local residents dress up in beautiful folk costumes, or in mid-August when the Lastovo music festival celebrates jazz, soul, fund, rock, blues and reggae.
During the holidays, Zagreb is the destination to get into the spirit of the season, as winner of Best European Christmas Destination for Third Consecutive Year.