10 Reasons Croatia Is so Hot Right Now
If it seems like everywhere you look someone you know has been toâ€”or is going toâ€”Croatia, youâ€™re not alone. A hotspot for the famed Yacht Week, itâ€™s become one of the top tourist destinations in the world.
If youâ€™re wondering why, check out these 10 reasons to see for yourself.
With nearly 3,600 miles of coastline, Croatia offers no shortage of beautiful locales in which to swim, sun, and relax. If youâ€™re looking for a local family beach, you canâ€™t go wrong with BaÄŤvice, located in popular Split. The expansive, shallow bay full of bathers is surrounded by cafĂ©s and shops, making it easy to enjoy a full day out. There are scores of picturesque, laid-back options as well: Zlatni Rat, the distinctive horn-shaped coast on the southern tip of the island of BraÄŤ, as well as the Pakleni Islands, which are a short boat ride from Hvarâ€”home to its own gorgeous coastline.
Croatiaâ€™s climate ranges widely depending on where in the country you are, but on average has dry, warm summers and wet, moderate winters. The Adriatic Coast, specifically, features a Mediterranean climate, so in the summer months youâ€™ll want to stock up on sunscreen and waterâ€”and those beachside beverages will have an extra refreshing effect.
Croatia has a party and nightlife scene for just about everyone. The capital city, Zagreb, itself has a wide range of choices, from the lively pub atmosphere at the Bulldog Pub on Bogoviceva in Lower Town to KSet for live music and DJs with a hip crowd. If youâ€™re in Split, Po Bota in Old Town offers a chill environment for a casual drink while the Vidilica cafĂ© on Marjan Hill lets you take in stunning views while sipping on a wide range of well made drinks. In Dubrovnik, you can keep an eye out for the stars while enjoying a drink at 360Â°, one of the countryâ€™s finest restaurants with a cocktail bar that overlooks the beautiful harbor.
Croatiaâ€™s culinary revolution has turned it into an international destination for foodies. In Zagreb, Rougemarin is where to go for amazing burgers, while Mundoaka is a street-food paradise thatâ€™s worth the bustling crowd it attracts. In Split, an excellent traditional, homemade dinner awaits at the family-run Konoba Hvaranin (provided you book ahead). In Dubrovnik, you canâ€™t go wrong at the aforementioned 360Â° or the stunning ambiance and equally-memorable menu offered at Nautika.
Croatia boasts over two millennia worth of history, much of it incredibly well-preserved. In Split, the 1,700-year-old Diocletianâ€™s Palaceâ€”essentially the emperorâ€™s (massive) retirement homeâ€”attracts thousands of daily visitors. While Dubrovnik has turned into one of the top modern tourist destinations in the world, you donâ€™t have to strain to see its ancient roots. Constructed in between the 1300 and 1400s, the old City Walls withstood the great earthquake of 1667 and still stand as a time capsule of the cityâ€™s rich history. Finally, in Pula stands one of the most well-preserved ancient Roman amphitheaters in the world; itâ€™s still a venue for live shows, and is frequented by thousands of history buffs daily.
Croatiaâ€™s coastline is beautiful from above the water, but itâ€™s just as incredible below, and there are ample places to do a little underwater exploring. Some of the clearest water is just off Cape Kamenjak, just south of Pula. For the super adventurous, the underwater caves and corridors offer unforgettable places to go sightseeing. The water off Mljet Island is home to lots of amazing sea life, and the Odysseus Cave is not only great for getting an up close look below the surface, but leaping off and plunging into the water too.
Game of Thrones
In Dubrovnik, you might find yourself thinking, â€śI swear Iâ€™ve seen this before.â€ť If youâ€™re a fan of Game of Thrones (and letâ€™s be honest, who isnâ€™t?) thatâ€™s because you have. The city has been used extensively for scenes in and around Kingâ€™s Landing. Youâ€™ll see famous spots used for everything from the Battle of Blackwater Bay to Lady Olennaâ€™s gardens to the House of the Undying.
Tours of Dubronvik are available to make sure you get your GOT fix before winter comes.
All throughout the summer, the Adriatic Sea off of Croatiaâ€™s coastline is dotted with amazing yachts. Of course, there are multiple ways to enjoy this including Yacht Week, now scheduled for multiple periods throughout the summer, which attracts partygoers from around the globe. Or you can opt to splurge on a private excursion of your very own and take in the Croatian views from a slightly different perspective. You can even just look out over the coast from the shore, guessing which celebs and high rollers are in the stunning vessels.
Croatia has fast become one of the canâ€™t-miss wine destinations of the world. Both the coastal and interior regions boast a â€świne country," with wineries and bars that serve the best local offerings. Istria offers a vice and palette very close to neighboring Italy, while Central and South Dalmatia, specifically Kastela, is the birthplace of the zinfandel grape.
Coffee lovers, rejoice! Zagreb is a java paradise, with endless charming and chic spots to get you going. Divaâ€™s cafĂ© bar is located in an old fashion boutique, and the sidewalk patios at Express Bar are a perfect place to sip on craft offerings of coffee and teas. And the Victory Art CafĂ© may momentarily make you think youâ€™ve somehow teleported into Paris.