5 unique Reasons to consider Croatia as your next vacation destination

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Croatia borders several countries, which makes it an excellent starting point for a great European adventure. However, it is also an unforgettable destination, with many attractions to offer. Here are five reasons to visit Croatia.
1. Historic sites
The witness of its rich history, Croatia has five World Heritage sites of cultural and historical interest. The most popular is Diocletian’s Palace in the heart of Split. As implied, this palace was built in the 4th century by the Roman emperor Diocletian, both as a luxurious residence and as a military fortress. Like the first, it has a beautiful cathedral and many apartments with elaborate facades that have been transformed into shops and cafes, and the second has towers that offer spectacular views of the Adriatic Sea, as well as other fortifications. The riverside boulevard is also a nice place to walk, both during the day and in the moonlight.
Other historic World Heritage sites are the ancient cities of Dubrovnik and Trogir, as well as the Euphrasian Basilica of Porec and the Cathedral of St. James in Sibenik. The Medvedgrad Fortress and the Pula Amphitheater are also worth a visit.
2. Museums
To learn even more about the history of Croatia, you can visit the museums, which in themselves are valuable attractions. These include the Split Archaeological Museum, the oldest in the country with a collection of artefacts from different eras, the Croatian History Museum housed in a magnificent Baroque palace and the Archaeological Park of Andautonia. The 13th-century Trakoscan Castle has also been transformed into a medieval museum, while the old town of Zagreb is a large museum with its ancient walls, cobbled alleys and various monuments. For art lovers, you should visit Muzej Mimara.
3. Nature
In addition to World Heritage sites of historical interest, Croatia also has two major natural attractions, namely the Plitvice Lakes National Park and the Stari Grad Plain on the island of Hvar. Plitvice Lakes National Park is the perfect place to enjoy the outdoors, with 16 beautiful turquoise lakes, several caves, majestic mountains, several breathtaking waterfalls and a diversity of birds and wild animals. Apart from the plain of Stari Grad, Hvar is also known for its sunny climate, its lively nightlife and its aromatic lavender fields.
4. Beaches
However, the reason most people visit Croatia is because of the beaches – some sandy, some pebble, but all of them offer wonderful opportunities for recreation and relaxation. The most popular is Brela Beach, as well as the beaches of the beautiful islands such as Rab, Cres, Brac, Korcula and Mljet. There are also naturist beaches, a windsurfers paradise.
5. Kitchen
Croatia also has excellent cuisine, with specialities that are sure to make your mouth water and will keep you coming back for more. Seafood dishes are particularly popular, with generous portions of shrimp, squid and mussels, as well as seafood pasta with truffles and squid risotto. There are also delicious meat dishes, such as roast pork and veal, as well as delicious stews, savoury cakes and delicious desserts. Croatia is also known for its wine, so head to the local tavern and ask for house wine. A taste of Rakija or fruit brandy is recommended.

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