When planning a trip to Europe, many people instantly think of countries like France or Italy as top destinations. I’ll be honest, those were my first thoughts too when I started looking into a trip overseas. With a little more digging, however, I discovered that there are a lot of options that generally get passed over when people plan their trips. These locations aren’t bad – not at all – but they don’t have the iconic status and fame that typical romantic getaways like the countries we mentioned above have. If you’re not already dead set on a country, I’d encourage you to do some research. You may discover, as I did, that there’s more to Europe than meets the eye. This article focuses on my trip to Croatia. I hope you find the information about the country helpful enough to consider adding it to your list of European travel destinations.
First off, you’re going to want to go to Croatia in the summer, like I did. It’s a beautiful coastal destination, and you’ll want the pleasant weather so you can spend time on the beach and at the water.
Croatia is a relatively small country, so if you take a decent amount of time you can travel to multiple locations in the country and see a varying range of attractions.
I started my trip in Pula. Pula is located in northwestern croatia and has close cultural ties to Italy. This area is the most “touristy” part of croatia, with a lot of towns with good attractions. If you’re looking for familiarity and easy access to both Italy and other parts of Central Europe, it’s a good place to begin.
Pula is known for its Venetian-era port towns, with Poric and Rovinij being the top seaside destinations. If you move a little more inward, you’ll find rolling fields of vineyards and great wine inside a region filled with lush forests. For a great party, consider visiting Istria. The town attracts festival goers from all over Europe and has a thriving electronic music scene.
After experiencing the culture and excitement that Pula had to offer, I headed down to the region of Dalmatia in the south. Dalmatia is much more rugged and sparsely populated, and it’s a great place to really see the beauty that Croatia has to offer and get away from it all. I was especially surprised at how inexpensive real estate is in this part of Croatia, especially in towns like Sibenik.
Enjoy a background of the alps while enjoying Mediterranean weather, and spend some time on the coast of the Dalmatian Islands. This region is also home to some of the oldest buildings in Croatia, so it’s a great place to visit for history buffs.
Although Dalmatia is a little less touristy than Pula, I don’t want to give you the impression that it lacks culture or class. All you need to do is visit an island like Hvar for slick and modern hotels and bustling chic seafood industries. This little string of islands features a wide variety of attractions suited to different tastes, and I’m confident you’ll enjoy Dalmatia no matter what you’re looking for.
That about wraps up my experience in Croatia. It’s a small country with a wide variety of things to do. From Italian influences and wine country in the north to mediterranean nature in the south, I’m confident there’s something for most anyone. I encourage you to consider a trip to the country, and maybe you’ll discover the undiscovered gem that is Croatia!
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