Croatia: ten of the best

13/08/2015 20:43

Written by Piers Letcher

Plitvice Lakes

Plitvice Lakes Croatia by Croatian Tourist Board© Croatian Tourist Board
 
Much-hyped, these 16 lakes interconnected by waterfalls never fail to impress, and deserve their UNESCO classifi cation as a World Heritage Site. 
 

Diocletian’s Palace, Split

Diocletian's palace Split Croatia by WitR, Shutterstock© WitR, Shutterstock
 
Spreading out from the peristyle, the streets of the old town of Split were once palatial corridors and the houses huge reception rooms for the former Roman emperor in retirement. It’s difficult not to be captivated. 
 

Risnjak National Park

Risnjak National Park Croatia © marge, Wikimedia Commons
 
Situated within the confines of Gorski Kotar, and featuring Croatia’s biggest diversity of fl ora and fauna, this is the perfect park for mountaineers and naturalists alike. 
 

Šibenik Cathedral

Sibenik Cathedral Croatia© Anton, Flickr
 
Šibenik itself is lovely, but the 15th-/16th-century cathedral here – Croatia’s most important Renaissance monument – is terrific. 
 

Roman amphitheatre, Pula

Roman amphitheatre Pula Istria Croatia by Croatian Tourist Board© Croatian Tourist Board
 
It may look like a cliché on a postcard, but the world’s sixth biggest extant Roman amphitheatre is a wonderful monument all the same.
 

Zagreb

Zagreb Croatia by joyfull Shutterstock© joyfull, Shutterstock
 
My number one European capital city; a happening mix of bars and alfresco terraces, lovely architecture and excellent museums and galleries. 
 

Trogir

Trogir Croatia© Croatian Tourist Board
 
The traffic-free old town of Trogir is one of the most charming on the whole Adriatic coast. A medieval island settlement, it’s astonishingly well preserved and well deserving of its classification as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 
 

Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik by Croatian Tourist Board© Croatian Tourist Board
 
Clichéd, over-busy and over-priced (relatively speaking, anyway), there’s still nowhere else on earth like Dubrovnik, and I keep going back, and miss it when I’m away. 
 

Rovinj

Rovinj Istria Croatia by Anna Moores© Anna Moores
 
The site that has graced a million postcards is Istria’s jewel. The organically medieval historic centre of Croatia’s most Italian town stands on a former island, with red-tiled roofs crowned by a Venetian campanile.
 

Mljet

Mljet Dubrovnik Croatia by OPIS Zagreb Shutterstock© OPIS Zagreb, Shutterstock
 
Lush vegetation, an abandoned monastery on an island on a lake on an island, Europe’s only wild mongooses and relatively few visitors make Mljet a treasure not to be missed.
 

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