6 Reasons You Should Go to Croatia NOW
Croatia is without a doubt one of the best countries I have ever visited. I have been to 22 countries now and Croatia is still top 5. There are so many reasons to love this coastal European country... I've narrowed down 6 reasons (and a bonus) on why you should go NOW. I hope you'll feel inspired!
1. Roman Architecture in Pula
Located on the Istria peninsula of Croatia, Pula is a lovely seaside town most well-known for it's "arena" which is the most well-preserved Roman amphitheater in the world. But that's not the only example of ancient Roman architecture to be glimpsed in Pula - it seems like there's something straight out of the history books around every corner.
2. The Walled City of Dubrovnik
Nowadays, Dubrovnik is most well-known as a setting for King's Landing in HBO's Game of Thrones. The walled city, built in the 7th century, is a seaside fortress of incomparable beauty. You can pay to walk around the top of the walls and peek into the daily lives of those fortunate enough to live and work within the fortress. I also recommend spending a few hours exploring the labyrinthine alleyways within - you never know what you might find!
3. Diocletian's Palace in Split
Built in the fourth century, Diocletian's Palace is a stunning fortress-plaza of shops and cafes in every little marble-lined nook and cranny. Located in Split in the heart of Croatia, it is actually the "world's most complete remains of a Roman palace." How cool is that?
4. All That Rocky Shoreline
Croatia has over 5,800 kilometers (3,600 miles) of coastline on the Adriatic Sea. And it's gorgeous, rocky, crystal-clear water views will find their way into your heart. (And into your camera!)
5. The Fooooood!
Much like it's neighbor across the sea, Italy, Croatian cuisine is very pasta heavy. (Aka YUM). Whether you have truffles in Istria, fresh olives in Dalmatia, or Paski Sir from Pag you will not be disappointed.
After first sampling them in Bosnia, bureks quickly became one of our favorite foods. Bureks are pastries usually filled with meat and cheese but also available in vegetarian options like potatoes with black pepper, spinach & cheese, and just plain cheese.
6. The Outdoor Markets
Markets are the perfect way to experience a new place - people watching, sampling local cuisine, buying crafts - and Croatia is no exception. Two of my favorite markets were Pazar in Split and Dolac in Zagreb. Dolac Market is especially busy during advent, as it was when we were there, when the market expands to become a Christmas extravaganza.
Honorable Mention: Croatian Cats
It seemed like we saw cats in Croatia more often than anywhere else we went. Above is a picture of a strange cat nap-pile I stumbled upon. I counted five but there could have been more? And they're all the same type of cat? Odd...
Anyway, cats are cute and Croatia is full of 'em.