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This Central European splendour has so much to offer. From balmy Mediterranean beaches to historic towns and cities and cultural heritage to stunning natural wonders this country truly has something for everyone.
If you’re dreaming of a sun-drenched adventure here are just a few of the extraordinary places that you must see if you’re thinking of escaping to Croatia once the Coronavirus lockdown is over.
Named after the Krka River in which it’s spread around, this breathtaking national park is known for its series of seven waterfalls.
The national park expands across a vast area of 109 square kilometres meaning there’s so much to explore.
At Krka, you can dive into its refreshing waters and relax on the banks or you can follow the nature trail which passes striking cascades, through watermills and past fantastic flora and fauna. There’s also the mysterious island monastery to be discovered so you can decide exactly how you want to experience the park.
Lozovac, Croatia. It is located along the middle-lower course of the Krka River in central Dalmatia, Sibenik is the closest large town to the park.
Entry fee: 150 kunas (20 euro)
Hvar is known as Croatia’s ‘summer island’ and is an island of natural beauty perfectly placed in the Adriatic Sea.
It gets its nickname from being the sunniest spot in the country, enjoying 2724 sunny hours each year. It’s also the most luxurious beach destination with stylish hotels and tasteful restaurants.
It’s also home to legendary beach bars where you’ll find exquisite cocktails and young party goers dancing on tables.
But beyond the buzzing social scene, the island is famous for its century walls, hilltop fortress with epic panoramic views and inland lavender fields.
If you want to go in search of secluded beaches and coves then hop on a boat and sail out to one of the nearby Pakleni Islands and bask in the ample sunshine.
Hvar is located off Croatia’s Dalmatian coast in the Adriatic Sea just south of Split.
To get to Hvar you will need to take a ferry from Split to Stari Grad (Hvar). Three are several daily ferries and it takes around an hour and 40 minutes.
Plitvice is the largest of the eight national parks in Croatia spanning 295-sq-km. This forest reserve is known for its 16 emerald lakes that are connected by gushing waterfalls.
The National Park was awarded UNESCO World Heritage status in 1979 and you can experience the park’s unspoiled beauty in any way you prefer.
Take a six-hour hike around the lakes by foot or relax and take everything in on one the park’s free boat or bus rides.
Unlike Krka, swimming in the lakes and waterfalls is off bounds at Plitvice, which makes it all the more special. You can witness the pure rumbling waters without disturbance.
Plitvice is located in the middle of the country on the national D1 route between Slunj and Korenica in the vicinity of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
You can get buses or take tours to Plitvice from most main cities in Croatia such as Zagreb, Split and Zadar. It takes around 2 hours from Zagreb and Zadar and 3.5 – 5.5 hours from Split.
Entry fee: 110 –180 kuna
Marjan Forest Park is significantly underrated as an attraction in Croatia and the famous hill deserves more recognition, which is exactly why we’ve added it to our list.
The hillside park, which sits on a peninsula offers both residents and holidaymakers enticing jogging trails, sensational views from its many lookout points, an intriguing botanical garden and hidden beaches such as Plaža Za Pse.
The park is covered in a dense Mediterranean pine forest and is surrounded by the sea. If you want to take a break from the hectic city, head to Marjan and enjoy the serenity from above.
Marjan Park sits on the Split Peninsula and is easily accessible from the city.
From Split, you can access the park on foot or you can hop on bus line number 12 Zvoncac-Bene-Zvoncac.
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