Top destinations in Croatia? Located in central Croatia, Plitvice National Park is an area of exceptional natural beauty that has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1979. The park is home to 16 crystalline lakes, which are connected to each other by a series of waterfalls and cascades. A ticket is required to enter the park, and visitors should note that swimming in the lakes is not permitted. Exploring the park on foot takes at least 6 hours, but visitors can also take advantage of the free boats and buses offered by the park, which depart every half hour between April and October.
If there is a place where party goers, nature lovers, and adrenaline addicts coexist in Croatia, then it is none other than Makarska. Nestled right between Biokovo mountain range and Makarska Riviera, this is a place of everything rocking and everything tranquil. For beach bums, this is a top tourist attraction in Croatia because of the stunning pebbly beaches. For adrenaline addicts, there’s paragliding, rock climbing, mountain biking, hiking, windsurfing, and more. For party-goers, some exquisite restaurants and bars do the magic, while for the individual types, the nature lovers, a relaxing stroll along the waterfront spells all the magic. Those who drop in during the seasons, a vibrant nightlife becomes the reason to die for.
The Baska Voda Summer encompasses a range of cultural events from early July through to September. These include assorted concerts, small theatre events, and other open air activities – once again, check locally for full details. Placed at the foot of the mountain Biokovo, expect glorious views of the sea and the charming town, backdropped by a spectacular mountain range. It offers a stunning contrast at sundown or sunset, as the colours of the rocks and buildings seem to change shades almost every minute in response to the ebbing strength of the sun’s rays.
The Plitvice Lakes are considered to be one of the most beautiful natural destinations in Europe. Due to its natural beauty and significance, this system of 16 interlinked lakes and a large forest complex around it were set aside as a national park in 1949. The beautiful Plitvice Lakes are famous for their unique colors, including azure, green, blue, and gray. The area around the lakes is home to an extremely wide variety of animal and bird species. Rare fauna such as the European brown bear, wolf, eagle, owl, and lynx can be found here, along with many more common species. See additional information at Adventures Croatia.
The western third of the island of Mljet has been designated as a national park. Largely covered by dense woodland, it centers on two interconnected, turquoise saltwater lakes, one of which has an islet capped by a 12th-century Benedictine monastery, which you can visit by taxi-boat. Popular with nature lovers, the park offers plenty of things to do, including exploring the numerous paths that run through the woodland. There’s also a nine-kilometer trail that runs around the perimeter of the lakes, making it ideal for walking or mountain biking. The area is also popular for swimming and activities such as kayaking (kayaks can be rented to explore the lakes). There’s only one hotel on the island, but local families do rent rooms to visitors in summer, and a number of reputable campsites are also available.