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  • Writer's pictureDonna Zabel

Ten Wonderful Reasons to Discover Croatia

Updated: Sep 8, 2022

With real estate coveted for centuries by all the major empires of the western world, Croatia’s identity became obscured, and boundaries often disputed. No longer—and here are a few reasons why you want to put this destination on your bucket list…NOW!

1. Any list of Croatia’s gems starts with Dubrovnik. Byron called it “pearl of the Adriatic.” Shaw called it “paradise on earth.” The stunning architecture of this red-roofed city is reason enough to visit. Walk the path atop the surrounding city walls for incredible views of the entire region, including ships anchored off the stunning coastline. Then dine on succulent fresh fish and delightful wine in one of the outdoor cafes.

2. Croatia has 10 UNESCO World Heritage sites, ranging from Roman ruins and medieval cities to National Parks—more than one trip can cover!

3. Plitvice Lakes, called the “Green Lungs of Croatia” is one of eight national parks to visit in Croatia. The locals say if you make a wish at the waterfalls, it will come true.

4. Zagreb—this capitol city is known for gastronomy, local wine, and museums reliving the grandeur of the Austrian-Hungarian empire. In between visiting all of Zagreb’s sites you can relax in one of the city’s famous coffee houses.

5. Visit Roman ruins—in Pula, without the crowds of Rome. Situated on the tip of the Istrian Peninsula, Pula was occupied by numerous empires and is now known for its Roman ruins and beautiful beaches.

6. Explore the 15th century Veliki Tabor castle. Time your visit to this Gothic castle for the international festival of short films.

7. Explore the Istrian peninsula for its Malvasia wine, olive oil production (did you know 10% of the world’s olive oil comes from here?), and—truffles. Stay in the coastal city of Opatija or hop on a ferry and visit one of the surrounding islands.

8. Looking for world-class cuisine? Stroll the cobblestone streets of Rovinj and dine at the first Michelin starred restaurant in Croatia. Be sure and enjoy the shops and galleries along pedestrian friendly Carrera Street.

9. Experience the ancient and the modern in fascinating Split. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the city center is the palace of Roman emperor Diocletian, while there are modern bars and restaurants nearby. History is even more present in the ancient city of Trogir, only a half hour drive away.

10. Ready to party after all this history, sightseeing, and dining? Check out the clear waters of Hvar and imagine yourself dancing on the nearby beach where Mama Mia 2 was filmed.


For more information about visiting Croatia contact DreamMaker Destinations or call 330-689-1920. Better yet, join us on a spectacular cruise June 4-11 when we explore the highlights of the Adriatic and Dalmatian coast.


Donna Zabel, owner of DreamMaker Destinations, has been helping travelers turn their travel dreams into travel reality for over 20 years. Having explored all seven continents and about 135 countries, she enjoys sharing her travel tales and encourages everyone to find their own story to tell.

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