Exploring Croatia

While Croatia may not have been at the top of your bucket list, it should be now. 

Dubrovnik Croatia
UNSPLASH Spencer Davis

Covid-19 has flipped the world upside down. Being unable to travel or even leave your home has left people feeling cooped up. However, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Covid-19 will calm down soon and international travel will start again. Now could be the perfect time for you to start thinking about and planning your next trip, and where better to start than in Europe? Croatia, specifically, is a beautiful Mediterranean country right on the water, but still close to other European countries. It is a perfect destination for both experienced and inexperienced travellers and has a lot to offer.

Be On the Water

If you are looking for a relaxing vacation surrounded by fresh air and beautiful sights, Croatia is perfect for you. From sailing to taking a Croatia cruise, getting on the water is the best way to take in the beauty of Croatia. Home to both popular beaches and remote beaches, there is a spot for everyone. Some of the best areas of Croatia are only accessible by boat, so if you can get on the water, take advantage of your guide or ask a local for their favorite spots.

Explore the Culture

Croatia has a rich history. It originally was Greek, then Roman, then finally conquered by the Austro-Hungarian Empire. All of this history makes for an incredible backdrop of architecture, sculpture, and artwork. You can visit a Roman emperor’s retirement home or go to the city and take in the wonder of some, more modern, art deco style buildings. Everywhere you turn you can find something new, historic, and beautiful to explore and learn about. Croatia has an obvious deep history that you can feel anywhere in the country.

Dig Into the Cuisine

Although Croatia isn’t particularly known for their food, they are home to rich, delicious cuisine. Being a Mediterranean country, the food reflects that with lots of fish, olive oil, and rice. However, black truffles, an extravagant delicacy, are harvested year-round in Croatia. Prosciutto is also made here and is found throughout the country. The prosciutto in Croatia is so good, it has been rated second only to the prosciutto made in Tuscany. Polenta and porcini mushrooms are also popular as well as hard cheese. Paski Sir is a type of hard cheese made from very salty milk. This cheese is award winning and has been made the same way for nearly 4,000 years. If you are a foodie, Croatia is the perfect spot for you to begin exploring both Mediterranean and European cuisines.

Party at the Festivals

Known for putting on several music festivals throughout the summer months, Croatia loves music. One of the longest music festivals in the world is held here, lasting from the beginning to June to the end of September. It mainly focuses on Croatian musicians and music, so this is a great way to immerse yourself into the Croatian lifestyle. There are also festivals around the country that celebrate other aspects of Croatian life, such as theater or agriculture. The Lavender Festival is one such event. It lasts a couple days and fills the host town with lavender, produce, art, and music.

Relax in Nature

Croatia is home to eight national parks. Plitvice Lakes National Park, the oldest of the eight, is a very popular destination for locals and travellers. You can visit year round and explore the park by land or by water. There is even an option for you to camp at the national park. If you really want to explore the nature of Croatia, this is a great way to do so. It is also a great way to find other local areas to visit. Many visitor centers will have locals working the booths. These people have a wealth of knowledge about everything from the best restaurants to the best hiking trails; all you have to do is ask.

While Croatia may not have been at the top of your bucket list, it should be now. Between its history, food, and sights, it is a beautiful travel destination for anyone looking to get away.

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