In this article I will discover the best of Croatia tourism. I’ll give you more than 50 reasons to visit Croatia plus facts about Croatia you probably didn’t know. It may be a small country, but it’s land of diversity.
Regardless whether you are a family traveler, food or history lover, an outdoor enthusiast or a couple in search of romance, Croatia won’t let you down. Unique in so many ways, Croatia is a truly an amazing country worth visiting. Bellow you will find out why.
50+ reasons to visit Croatia
1. Crystal Clean Sea
Croatia is at the top in Europe for its clean sea and that we can rightly be proud of. In the last couple of seasons our swimming water quality was excellent or good in as high as 99% points of measurement.
2. Croatia Beaches
When it comes to reasons to visit Croatia, beaches are definitely number one. There are over hundred beaches and marinas in Croatia coveted with Blue flag status – a symbol of Eco-responsibility, high water quality, preserved and pleasant environment. I’ve written a full post here: Croatia beaches – best beaches in Croatia.
3. UNESCO World Heritage Sites
As of July 2017, there are total of 10 UNESCO world heritage sites in Croatia. How awesome is that?
4. Smallest Town in the World
Hum in Croatia is known as the smallest town in the world. It’s situated in the center of Istria with a population around 20 people.
5. Friendly People
Croatians are very hospitable and friendly people. You can always ask locals for recommendations about food in restaurants, accommodation or sightseeing. Most of them are always eager to help a stranger.
6. Croatian Islands
There are over thousand islands in Croatia, varying in size and character. Each one is unique and beautiful its own way, offering different attractions and sights. Croatian islands are the best reason to visit Croatia. Island hopping ( visiting a couple of islands in a short period of time ) is very popular among tourists.
7. Zrce Beach
Zrce beach ( pronounced Zrche) on the island of Pag is known as „Croatian Ibiza”. It’s one of the most famous beaches in Croatia, because of its paradise surroundings, crystal clean sea and fabulous party offers. Check out: ACOMMONDATION NEAR ZRCE BEACH
8. Croatian Wine
Oh, the wine! When you try Croatian wine for the first time, you will realize why is an essential part of the Croatian life. There is a long tradition of grape-growing and wine production in Croatia. Last few years have been particularly successful for Croatian wines in terms of international recognition. If you haven’t already, make sure to read this awesome guide: Cracking Croatian Wine: A Visitor-Friendly Guide
9. Croatian Food
It’s not just the wine. Croatian food on it’s own is worth the trip. There is plenty of delicious traditional dishes to try. Croatian cuisine offers a unique blend of special ingredients, traditions and cultures.
10. Truffle Hunting
Istria, the home of the second largest white truffle ever found, offers an exciting culinary adventure to its curious visitors – the truffle hunting. Istrian truffles are known as the exclusive Croatian delicacy.
Maraschino is an original Zadar’s liqueur famous for its distinctive sweet taste and aroma. It’s one of the world-famous Croatian products with tradition dating back to the 16th century. Liqueur Maraschino is prepared from a special kind of sour cherry called Maraska.
12. Pag Island Cheese
Calling all cheese lovers! Hard sheep cheese produced on the Croatia you on island Pag has been described as one of the ten best cheeses in the world. Good enough reason to visit Croatia? If not, you can always buy Pag cheese ( Paski Sir ) on Amazon and dream about Croatia from the comfort of your home.
13. Lavander Island
Are you interested in aromatherapy? Lavandin, a hybrid of two lavender types, is traditionally grown on the island of Hvar. This plant and oil derived from it are exceptionally appreciated throughout the world because of its beneficial characteristics. Check out: Mystic Moments | Lavender Croatian Essential Oil – 500g – 100% Pure
14. National Parks
Almost 10% of Croatia is made up of 11 nature parks, eight national parks and two nature reserves.
Need some fresh air? One-third of Croatia is covered in forest.
16. Plitvice Lakes
Because of the cascading waterfalls, 16 interlinked lakes and lush greenery, beautifulworld.com described National park Plitvice lakes as „Croatia’s very own garden of Eden”.
17. UNESCO Intangible Goods
Together with Spain, Croatia have the highest number of UNESCO Intangible Goods of any European country.
18. High Quality Drinking Water
If you been wondering if Croatia tab water is safe to drink, you will be delighted to hear that Croatia’s drinking water has one of the highest quality standards in Europe.
19. Lots Of Sun
Croatia has more then 2700 hours of sunlight recorded per year. That’s more then Sydney, Australia. Islands Hvar and Korcula are the sunniest.
20. Bisevo Island
The island of Bisevo ( pronounced Bishevo ), situated in the middle of the Dalmatian archipelago, has only 13 residents.
21. Blue Cave
The blue grotto ( or blue cave), located on the island of Bisevo , is one of the most beautiful natural wonders of Croatia because of the amazing glowing blue light inside the cave.
22. Dolphin Watching
Have you ever been on a dolphin watching tour? In the marine area of the islands Cres and Losinj, lives a permanent population of about 160 dolphins.
23. Island Of Vitality
Losinj island got a name the island of vitality, because of more than 200 days of sunshine annually, supreme air and sea quality, rich biodiversity and 230 species of medicinal plants.
24. Island Of Red Corals
Zlarin, the small island near the city of Sibenik, it’s famous for it’s red coral.
25. Game Of Thrones
Popular HBO TV show Game of Thrones was filmed on different locations in Dubrovnik and Split. Interested in a Game of Thrones tour for two? Check out : Game of Thrones Experience in Croatia for Two – Tinggly Voucher / Gift Card in a Gift Box on Amazon.com.
26. Golden Horn
Golden Horn beach, located on the island of Brac, changes it’s shape and color depending on the wind.
27. Pearl Of Adriatic
English poet Lord Byron described Dubrovnik as „ The Pearl of Adriatic”.
28. George Bernard Shaw Quote About Croatia
Lord Byron was not the only one fascinated with Dubrovnik. George Bernard Shaw said:
„Those who seek paradise on earth should come to Dubrovnik”.
29. Sea Organ
World’s first Sea Organ,a structure that uses wind and waves to create heavenly beautiful sounds, is located in Zadar, Croatia.
30. Most Beautiful Sunset In The World
According to Alfred Hitchcock, Zadar has the most beautiful sunset in the world. If you are staying in Zadar, get your camera and capture the moment.
31. Walls Of Ston
The Walls of Ston are the longest preserved fortification systems in Europe, right behind the Great Wall of China.
32. Marine Protected Areas
There are seven marine protected areas in Croatia. Adriatic sea is rich in flora and fauna—
33. Love Island
The island of Galesnjak ( pronounced Galeshnjak ) is known as the island of Love, or the Lovers island because of its shape in form of a heart. Isn’t it amazing?
Here is a great Croatian “travel guide” for men solo travelers. LOL. Seriously, this is a bestseller. Need a book to read?
34. Pula Amphitheater
Famous amphitheater in Pula ( Arena Pula ) is one of the only 3 preserved in Europe.
35. Arboretum Trsteno Garden
Arboretum Trsteno is a magnificent renaissance garden located in Southern Dalmatia and it’s the oldest of that kind in this part of the world.
36. Croatia Events & Festivals
There are over 50 entertainment events and festivals held in Croatia every year. Impressive number for such a small country, don’t you think? No matter if it’s a music event ( like the popular Ultra music festival in Split ), food related thing or Adriatic games, Croatian people clearly love to have fun all year long. Myself included!
37. Rijeka Carnival
The Rijeka Carnival is not only the biggest in Croatia but also one of the most popular carnivals in Europe. Rijeka is my home town, and trust me, the carnival is a must-visit masked madness with colorful costumes, music, delicious foods and all-night parties.
The necktie, worn by business people around the world, is invented in Croatia.
39. Retirement Haven
Due to location of Croatia, mild Mediterranean climate, ancient culture, tax breaks for retirees and low cost of living, FORBES magazine ranked Croatia in the top 12 world best places for retirement.
Also, Croatia is a safe country with almost no crime and violence. The Institute for Economics & Peace ranks it higher than the U.S. for safety and security.
41. Romantic City Of Rovinj
One of the best places to visit in Croatia is Rovinj city, known as the most romantic place in the Mediterranean.
42. Museum Of Broken Relationships
Museum of Broken Relationships, located in Zagreb, Croatia, is dedicated to failed love relationships. I personally haven been there yet, but it’s definitely on my bucket list.
43. Green Island Of Mljet
70% of the Mljet island of is covered with forest. Perfect place for a relaxing holiday.
44. Emperor Island
The island of Lastovo was named as the Emperor island by the Romans who were inpressed with its beauty.
45. Picigin Game
Picigin, a traditional ball game from Croatia , is protected as a non material cultural heritage. It’s played in the shallow sea waters mostly on Bacvivce beach in Split.
46. Makarska Collection Of Shells
Makarska, located in the Southern Dalmatia, is the home of the world’s most comprehensive collection of shells and snails.
47. Croatian Olive Oil
Olive oil of Istria and Dalmatia has a long manufacturing tradition. At international exhibitions, Istrian olive oils are often awarded as being one of the best in the world. Try this excellent organic olive oil on Amazon : Virgin Adriatic Extra Virgin Olive Oil – North Dalmatia Organic and Non GMO.
48. Castles In Croatia
There are many beautiful castles in continental part of Croatia. The most famous is Trakoscan ( pronounced Trakoschan ), located in the Northern Croatia. It’s considered to be the most romantic and most attractive castle in country.
49. Croatian Green-markets
There is something special about green-markets. Whatever city in Croatia you may visit, a trip to a local green marketplace can be one of the best Croatian experiences.
50. Neanderthal Museum In Krapina
The Krapina Neanderthal Museum covers a surface area of around 1,200 m² and is one of the most magnificent museums in Croatia and central Europe.
51. Croatian Creation Products
First Croatian chocolate product to be granted the „Croatian Creation” label is Bajadera, Kras ( my favorite sweets! ). These extraordinary pralines are made from fine nougat blended with almonds and hazelnuts. Bajadera has an unique, recognizable taste you’ll never forget. Just like Croatia. Some of the other Croatian creation products are: Paprenjak ( traditional Croatian biscuit ), Dalmatian prosciutto, Slavonian kulen, Grasevina wine, Pelinkovac ( Croatian herbal liqueur ), Vegeta and Plavac mali wine.
52. Delicious ice cream
For me, when it comes to perfect, creamy ice cream, there’s no place like home. Maybe is not famous as Italian gelato, but Croatia has delicious ice cream as well.
There are many more reasons to visit Croatia. There are tons of interesting facts that I didn’t mention here. However, this list is made by my personal choice.
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