What to do in Croatia

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Croatia is a hugely popular country in Europe for traveling, especially in the summer where millions of people visit it. These are some of the cities that are often visited in Croatia.

A little bit about Croatia

Croatia, located in the Balkans, is now one of the top tourist destinations in Europe. Just like the rest of the continent, the country boasts of a rich share of medieval ruins and historic cities but what makes Croatia stand out from the rest are the stunning natural attractions - the Adriatic coastlines and the innumerable gorgeous islands. Take a look at three popular cities in Croatia along with their sights and attractions.

Zagreb

Many travel experts compare Zagreb to good old Prague which is not a surprise really. The city is perfect for a short break as it has lots of sights, restaurants, a vibrant nightlife and decent shopping options although you will not get any bargains here. You can take a stroll through the Upper Town and see attractions like St Marks Church, Kamenita Vrata and Lotrscak Tower. If you have time in hand then do take a walk through the Lower Town and the main square.

There are a number of galleries and museums here and you will always come across some form of exhibitions and events taking place at these venues. The main square is dotted with numerous cafes and it will be a sin not to try a cup of very strong coffee of a glass of refreshing beer. If you like nightlife then you will not be disappointed as there are a number of bars and clubs in the city to keep you busy at nighttime.

• The city of Zagreb is full of medieval statues of snakes and dragons all around.

• Zagreb has more museums per capita than anywhere else in the world.

• The city centre is Zagreb offers free WiFi for all.

Šibenik

Šibenik, long regarded as the surprise find of middle Dalmatia, offers the unique combination of Mediterranean architecture, island beaches and a festival culture that is at par with other notable cities like Dubrovnik and Split. The city is famous for the St James Cathedral which has been included on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Everywhere in the city is within walking distance. It takes only 5 min to walk from the bus station to the old city center. You can see all attractions on foot and the farthest point of interest is only with a half an hour walk. Apart from the cathedral one should visit the Bunari which is a complex of water reservoirs built in the 15th century to supply water to the city. The St Lawrence Monastery Garden is another notable site of attraction. It houses a huge variety of plants specially those which are used in pharmacy and as spices.

Even though Sibenik matches the beauty of Split, Zadar, Dubrovnik and many other exquisite cities in Croatia, real estate Sibenik is much cheaper compared to those cities, that is why many tourist who visit it sometimes decide to buy/rent homes for next time they come.

• Šibenik is the oldest Croatian city on the Adriatic coast.

• It has a rich collection of old church organs.

• Medieval Evenings are arranged at the Monastery where you can sample traditional cuisine.

Rijeka

The location of Rijeka is exceptional – just at the point where the Adriatic Sea enters the European Coast furthest inland. It is the 3rd largest town in the Republic of Croatia and the city is known for its hospitality. The influences of various nations and cultures are evident in the town and till date, Rijeka is a wonderful symbol of tolerance and co-existence.

Most of the attractions in Rijeka are located in or near the city center. The notable attractions in the city include City Tower, The Lady of Trsat Sanctuary and at the main city market in Placa. Although you can see most of the city on foot, there are some places which are located at a fair distance from the town and hence you need some sort of transport to get there like renting a car or taking the bus. Trsat Castle, for example, is not near the city center and hence you need to drive down here. GPS Navigation is available for directions which is a great boon for tourists.

The first Croatian film was made in Rijeka in 1909.

The 1st TV aerials were placed on the top of the roofs of the houses in Rijeka.

The 1st kidney transplant in former Yugoslavia was performed in Rijeka in 1971.

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Croatia, Rijeka, Sea, Sibenik, Travel, Zagreb

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