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Although it might be known as the party capital of Europe during summer, Croatia is actually brimming with rich culture and tradition. If you’re looking to skip the party scene this summer, be sure to experience the following sights and scenes if you’re in the country – or just add it to your future bucket list!
Where: Dubrovnik Sea Kayaking and Snorkelling
Since Croatia is located on the coast, it is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the entire world. If you love being outdoors, water sports are extremely popular in Dubrovnik, especially if you’re into kayaking and snorkelling. Most sessions last for 3 hours and the small group tour is essential if you want to socialise and meet new people on your trip.
Where: Minceta Tower
The ancient city of Dubrovnik is known for its defensive stone walls which protected inhabitants during the early 7th century. Today, the city has joined the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites and still continues to be a hit with travellers all over the globe. Minceta Tower is a must-see since it overlooks the entire city and is the highest point of Dubrovnik.
You don’t have to be with the party scene to sail Croatia, but it is highly recommended if you’re visiting between the months of June until September. The Adriatic Coast is a must-see for tourists since it is truly stunning during the warmer months of the year.
Where: Konoba Opat
There’s no denying that Croatia is known of its Mediterranean flair, and Konoba Opat is one restaurant you must try. Their speciality is fresh fish which is caught by locals just hours prior. Pair with a crisp white wine and you’ve got the perfect combination.
Where: Plitvice Lakes
Get outdoors and explore many of the national parks spread throughout the peninsula. One of the most popular areas has to be Plitvice Lakes which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, easily accessible through Zagreb.
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Dubrovnik is one of the most popular Mediterranean destinations, listed since 1979 as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This beautiful walled city overlooking the serene blue Adrian Sea Coast is a magnificent location for a Croatian holiday.
Its charming European character is as clear in person as on a postcard, with year round visitors coming to explore the attractions and marvel at the mouth watering seafood on offer. Dubrovnik attracts A-list celebrities due to its outstanding resorts and hotels, though it does have up-market flair this shouldn’t discourage budget travellers either, with numerous hostels spotted around so everyone can experience its wonder.
Old Town is the most commonly visited place in Dubrovnik; most things worth a look are viewable within, and on top of its walls. The city centre, built within 15th Century fortifications, originally to protect the Croatian people from the Turkish, are now the perfect two-kilometre full circuit walk.
The walk will take you some time to get around the battlements, but you will find food available and adorable stands with local produce being sold on along journey. If you are there in summer, be sure to take your stroll at sunset, not just too avoid the heat during the day but for once in a lifetime photo opportunities as the sun falls onto the water.
Within the walls of Old Town you will find souvenir shops filled with sailor uniforms, a great idea is to grab yourself a captains hat, bottle of one wine and hire a local to drive you to a secluded beach on their boat. For the day, it is not too expensive and if you are unsure where to hire one out, head down to the harbour, where you will instantly see stalls of local Croats’ eager to provide you with an unforgettable day in the sun.
One of the most enjoyable parts of Dubrovnik is the Cliff Bars, known as a Buza, the drinks are refreshing and cheap, and the view will make you speechless. Looking out over the cliffs to the glistening sea is a faultless afternoon, and if you are in need of a cool down, walk along the stone staircase and hop in the crystal water.
This city will literally take your breath away with its natural beauty, impressive man made structures and Dalmatian style cuisine.
By Amy Miller