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A guide to Croatia – culture, history, unspoilt landscapes, rugged islands and incredible nightlife

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Stretching across the Adriatic Sea and bordering Slovenia, Hungary, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Montenegro, Croatia is home to over 1,200 islands, seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites, numerous wine regions and a whole lot of natural beauty. Visitors flock to this Mediterranean hotspot every summer to bask in the sun and enjoy some of the cleanest waters in Europe. 

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Island hopping, trendy nightspots and pebbly beaches may be what this country is famous for, however, the capital city of Zagreb; Dubrovnik, the main-coastal hub Split, newcomer Zadar or the traditional tourist destination of Pula should also have your passport twitching.




Swanky bars, numerous historical landmarks and quirky museums are just a few of the things you can expect to see when visiting the sleepless city of Zagreb. Home to one of the most popular historical masterpieces in Croatia, Zagreb Cathedral is not only stunning architecturally but also the tallest building in the country. Another significant landmark in the city is the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus while Mirogoj Cemetery, named one of the top ten cemeteries in Europe, bustling Ban Jelacic Square and Saint Mark’s Church are just a few more sights not to be missed. Zrinjevac Park offers up some greenery amongst the cultural backdrop while the trendy bars, luxurious lounges and stylish clubs come to life as the sun goes down.




Split is a city so beautiful that the Roman Emperor Diocletian decided to make this coastal destination his home building a stunning palace at the turn of the fourth century. Today the remains of Diocletian’s Palace can be seen throughout the old city center of Split. Take a walking tour to learn about the interesting facts hidden in the walls. Located just outside of the city of Split lies the quaint city of Trogir; a haven for culture craving enthusiasts Trogir embraces beautiful Renaissance, Baroque and Roman architectural masterpieces.




Known for its ancient city walls that span almost 2,000 meters across the old core of Dubrovnik, it would be hard to know where to begin when creating a list of historical and cultural landmarks this city beholds. From ancient churches, intriguing museums, stunning sculptures, forts and fortresses this destination is bursting with cultural offerings. Step inside the city walls and discover Onuphrius’ Fountain, the Rector’s Palace, the Franciscan Monastery, Saint Blaise’s Church and Sponza Palace.




The Great Amphitheater of Pula is one of Croatia’s most remarkable architectural masterpieces, originally built in the 1st century. The Pula Arena, as it is often called, was originally the setting for gladiator fights and Roman games but is now home to numerous concerts and sporting events. Other cultural attractions in Pula include The Temple of Augustus, the Triumphal Arch of Sergi – Golden Gate, The Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the small amphitheater.




Home to Saint Donatus Church, a beautiful sacral building dating back to the 9th century, Zadar has its share of history and culture. If visiting during the summer months, be sure to enjoy the symphony concert which takes place in the church every year during the ‘Musical Evenings in St. Donat’. While Saint Anastasia’s Cathedral, Saint Simeon’s Church and the City Walls and Gates of Zadar are essential on your cultural wish list. Venture outside the city and you’ll find the region awash with charming villages and beaches. If you make it to the nearby island of Pag, make sure you try their delicious local cheeses.




The city of Opatija is one of Croatia’s oldest tourist destinations and so it’s no surprise that it has become notorious for culture, hospitality, and an influx of intrigued tourists. The cultural offerings are not only vast they are also breath-taking; Villa Angiolina, Saint Jacob’s Church, the historical promenade, the Maiden with the Seagull Sculpture are just a handful of the endless array of sacral buildings, sculptures, and museums.


The islands of Croatia


For many, Croatia is a mecca for island hopping and soaking up the rugged landscapes and clear blue waters. There are over 1,200 to explore, from the trendy island of Hvar to popular Brac, where you can laze on sandy Zlatni Rat beach. Krk, Rab, Cres and Lošinj, Vis and Korcula are just some of the islands that await your discovery.