My Fun Filled Adventures In Rijeka, Zagreb And Split
This is an article about 3 cities in Croatia and how much of a fun you can have there.
If you're considering planning a Croatian getaway, it's well worth visiting three of Croatia's largest and oldest cities, Rijeka, Zagreb and Split. All of which I'd visit again in a heartbeat!
My adventure in Rijeka:
As well as being one of the largest cities in Croatia, Rijeka is also home to Croatia's primary harbor. On my first day in Rijeka, I charted an inexpensive yacht and spent the afternoon sailing around Rijeka's luxurious bays. I'll be honest, whilst sailing around Rijeka's bays, I must've spotted at least 20 grand mansions that I'd move into if I won a lottery.
On my second day in Rijeka I decided to take in some of Rijeka's cultural sites, an example of which was Trsat Castle. Trsat Castle is one of the oldest fortified buildings on the Croatian Coast and will give you a sense of what Rijeka would of looked like several hundred years ago. Another example of Rijeka's medieval architecture is the City Tower, which once served as an entry point into Rijeka, which was originally a heavily fortified town.
My adventure in Split:
If you're a self confessed history buff, make sure to head to Split, a breathtaking city which was built around the Diocletian Palace. The Diocletian Palace which is now over 1,500 years old was originally built as a retirement home for the Roman emperor Diocletian and can be found in the heart of Split's city center. After touring the grand Roman palace, which is amazingly well preserved I climbed the nearby Campanile Bell Tower, which offered stunning views over Split.
As I had worked up quite the appetite, I took a local woman's advice and headed to the famous Green Market, where I was able to buy a piece of Soparnik. Soparnik is a local style of crepe which is filled with onions and Swiss chard. After lunch, I decided to make the most of Split's sunshine and headed to Bacvice, Split's most popular beach, for an afternoon of sunbathing.
My adventure in Zagreb:
Zagreb is a bustling medieval city which boasts a population of over 800,000. However, don't worry, I found Zagreb extremely easy to navigate as it offers an effective 24 hour tram system, that makes getting from a to b, simple. As an example, I caught a tram to Stossmayer's Walkway. Stossmayer's Walkway is famous for it's market style stalls, where artists and local craftsmen sell their wares.
If you're keen to visit Zagreb in Summer as I did, make sure to head to Lake Bundek. As all summer long, Lake Bundek offers a wide array of events such as free concerts, fireworks displays and fairs. Alternatively, you can also choose to visit Jarun Lake. One of my highlights of my trip to Zagreb was definitely my windsurfing lesson at Jarun Lake. Renting a charter boat in Croatia is easy and there are many places where you can do it, Better yet, after my lesson, I found a lakeside bar that was packed with friendly locals.
So what are you waiting for? If you're interested in exploring all that Croatia has to offer, it's well worth starting off by exploring some of Croatia's largest and oldest cities Split, Rijeka and Zagreb. All of which offer a rich history and beautiful, world class bays and harbors.