Located in Eastern Europe, Croatia is rapidly attracting all kinds of travellers. While still not labelled as a backpacker’s paradise, Croatia continues to be inexpensive compared to Western Europe. With so many euphoric locations in its kitty, Croatia is already on the bucket list of many avid travellers. We try to list down what’s it that making people flock this European country.
Croatia is a heaven for party animals. With so many exotic party locales around the country, coupled with inexpensive beer, Croatia attracts a lot of people from Eastern Europe. Add to that, the country hosts a series of magnificent music festivals. While during winters, the party hotspots are in Zagreb, Split, Zadar, and Rijeka; during winters, the party crowd migrates mainly to Hvar and Peg islands. The pricing for most parties are also minimal, ranging from 50 to 100 KN (8 to 15 USD).
With over a thousand islands in its arsenal, Croatia is graced with a bevy of ethereal beaches. Most of the beaches in the country are covered with pebbles. Where Dubovica on the island of Hvar, and Stara Baska on the island of Krk
are two of the most secluded and pristine beaches, Zlatni Rat is the most gorgeous of them all. There are also some gorgeous hidden treasures. The best of them is Nugal Beach, which is located south of Makarska.
Game of Thrones
Since 2014, Croatia has been flocked by tourists, mainly comprising of Game of Thrones (GoT) fanatics. Why? Because Dubrovnik – a city in Southern Croatia – is set up as King’s Landing along with a few other places in Game of Thrones. Locations in Dubrovnik such as Fort Lovrijenac is used as Red Keep, Baroque Staircase was used for the infamous shaming scene of Cercei, Minčeta Tower was used as House of The Undying, etc. Other Croatian places featured in GoT are Split, Sibenik, Krka, and Klis.
Adhering to the backpacking standard, Croatia is a little expensive. However, smart planning can bring down the cost considerably. While the basic accommodation and transportation cost remains pretty cheap, food and drinks become more expensive the further south you go within the country. As thumb of rule says, visit Croatia during the off-season.
Popular Places of Interest
- Although mentioned previously, Dubrovnik is a MUST visit place in Croatia. It is, by far, the most beautiful destination in the country, closely followed by Split.
- A visit to the Blue Cave would be the highlight of your trip to Croatia. Opened recently to public, the Blue Cave offer a stunning view of the sea inside the cave when the sun rays peek in.
- Croatia is blessed with eight incredible national parks. The list includes Plitvice Lakes and Krka, which are listed as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.
- If you are lucky, you can spot a pod of dolphins if you can keep your eyes glued off the western coast of Istria.
- You can also spot a German warship which was used in the second World War. No, you do not have to visit a museum. Just get your snorkeling gears, for it is now a wreck beneath the Zavratnica Bay.
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