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By Alex Dragas
Croatia is a country with no shortage of great places. Its historical towns, natural beauties and hundreds of islands made it a tourist’s favorite.
But there are sites, which are so impressive that they should not be missed by anyone who visits Croatia. Here are the country’s six most spectacular sights.
Lučice Bay, island of Brač – This clover shaped bay is adored by yachtsmen as its arrangement provides an excellent shield against all kinds of winds. The sea of the bay is crystal clear, and the entire eastern side is one long pebble beach. The Bay is a great place for a relaxing afternoon, as there are several cafes and restaurants hidden in the shades of the surrounding pine forest. Divers often come to the bay to explore the interesting underwater cave it hides in its western tip.
Skrivena Luka, Lastovo – The largest bay on the island of Lastovo. The name “Skrivena luka” means “Hidden harbor” in Croatian, and the etymology of the name is pretty simple to figure out once you learn that it’s impossible to see it from the open sea. Located in the island’s southern tip, the bay is mostly sheltered from heavy winds and features its own camping site (“Kamp Skriveni”). It is seven kilometers away from the largest settlement on the island, Lastovo Town, but the two are connected by road. Skrivena Luka is popular for its natural attractions and olive groves. Fun fact: it’s the location of one of the oldest lighthouses in the Adriatic (built in 1839), which is a tourist attraction nowadays.
Lastovo also has a carnival called Lastovo Carnival Poklad based on a Lastovo history when pirates wanted to attack the island.
Brijuni National Park – The Brijuni are an archipelago consisting of fourteen islands, known for their scenic beauty. Many endemic plant and animal species live on the archipelago, and its natural beauties made it an attractive tourist destination. The islands have several luxurious tourist resorts, but the protection of nature is imperative as the archipelago holds the status of a National Park. The largest of the islands, Veli Brijun, features a safari park, the only one of its kind in Croatia. It was formed in the 70s, and plenty of exotic animals such as zebras, llamas, antelopes and elephants now live on the island. Interestingly, there are several archeological sites as well, dating from Roman times and the Neolithic. But perhaps the most astonishing fact about the Brijuni is that over 200 dinosaur footprints have been discovered on Veli Brijun, most likely from the Mesozoic Era!
Plitvice Lakes – The oldest national park in the country is located in its interior. Consisting of sixteen lakes intertwined by streams, Plitvice are internationally famous for scenery, beautiful landscapes, walking trails, and colors of the lakes, varying from crystal blue to emerald green. More than a million people visit the park each year, and it was included on the UNESCO World Heritage decades ago: the park and its walking trails are so large that it can be hardly explored in a single day, which is why many hotels and restaurants were built in neighboring towns. The Park is located near the D1 motorway connecting Zagreb and Split, which makes it easily accessible from both cities.
Krknjaši Bay, Drvenik – Another beautiful hidden bay is located near Drvenik, south of Split. Families with children often visit it as kids adore its sandy shoals and small coves. The water is shallow, which makes it a very safe place. It’s also the location of a well-known top class restaurant Krknjaši, which offers Dalatian delicacies. This makes Krknjaši Bay a great site for enjoying a beautiful beach plus trying out best of what the Dalmatian cuisine has to offer.
Blue Cave, Biševo – Biševo is an isolated islet just off the larger island of Vis. With only about 50 inhabitants, it’s a quiet place featuring one of the Adriatic’s most beautiful secrets – the Blue Cave. It’s a sea cave which can be only entered through a man-made opening. The sunrays illuminate the entire cave, reflect on the sandy bottom, creating a spectacular visual effect. Due to this exciting game of light, and it being an interesting site in geomorphological terms, the cave is a destination of many diving excursions, with tours heading there from as far as Split. The best thing about it is that the dive is not demanding and even beginners can enjoy its beauties.
About the Author:
Alex is a young guy looking to become full-time travel blogger in the future. Alex also enjoys meeting new people, eating foreign foods, listening to great music and enjoying life overall. Alex’s travel blog link is here.