Have you been dreaming of visiting Croatia this summer? Well, Summer is approaching fast presenting you the opportunity to realize your dream of visiting this greatly sought-after Adriatic gem.
With over 1200 islands, azure sea waters and scenic villages; Croatia boasts as one of the best tourist destinations in the Mediterranean. It attracts visitors with its adventure sports, pristine game reserves and UNESCO recognized world heritage sites such as the medieval Town of Dubrovnik. Traveling in the country is pretty simple. However, here are a few tips to help you get the most out of this country’s sundry offerings.
1. Think outside the hotel box and consider authentic accommodation Croatia style
For a more exquisite experience, why not get authentic accommodation Croatia style. Airbnb will make it easy for you to unearth hidden accommodation gems close to major attraction sites at very affordable prices, a double twin room or Quint located a few meters from the Diocletian palace will only cost you 40 dollars.
If you are the adventurous type who like walking or using taxis to move around, you will be in a better position discover better places where you can pitch your camp.
2. There is more than just Dubrovnik
If you are a fan of Game of Thrones, you will surely enjoy exploring the backdrop of the kings landing. However, you will quickly find out there is more than just Dubrovnik. You will find the island of Hvar relaxing. It is located a few miles from Dubrovnik. On this island, you will be able to enjoy panoramic views of the countryside fortress hilltop.
If you are planning to stay for more than a week, why not visit Plitvice, Zadar and the country’s capital city of Zagreb for a round out taste of what this magical country has to offer.
3. Move around in style but remember Taxis can be overpriced
Travel options are numerous in Croatia. Many of its destinations are connected by ferries, for instance, Hvar and Dubrovnik. You will also find trains and buses connected several other destinations. If you enjoy moving around and don’t mind how long you take on the road, you will train travel to be more relaxing and entertaining. After all, that’s what’s you are looking forward to! Trams and city buses are also handy ways of moving around. Uber is also available, a perfect way to avoid overpriced taxis.
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4. Enjoy traditional dishes
If your interest is in food, Croatia offers an excellent mix old school and contemporary cuisine. If you are the experimental type, why not try traditional dishes like the Peka which is basically a blend of sprinkled meat, vegetables and herbs baked in pots under thrust fireplaces? Octopus and lamb are also traditional favorites you might want to try.
If you get the chance to visit Dubrovnik try out their Gelato and pizza. You will get a handsome amount of gelato for only ten Croatian Kunas which translates to roughly 1.6 dollars. You will find it a perfect way to cool you down after strolling around the place.
Lastly, if you get a chance to visit Zagreb, don’t fail to visit Dinara and Pekarne bakery. This place offers a wide variety of baked foods at very affordable prices. This bakery is located outside the Dolac market, next to the Zagreb Cathedral. Make sure you look out for it.
5. Shop at a local green market
People in Croatia enjoy shopping and selling in open air markets. If you have never gone out shopping in an open-air market, you will enjoy the experience in one of Croatia’s open air and fish markets. These markets are located in every Croatian city. This is a perfect way to experience the town while you also watch the locals go about with their daily work.
6. Book Ahead or Wait Until Fall
There is no doubt that summer is the best season to visit Croatia. Considering the popularity of this destination, it is important to make your reservations in advance because most scenic places could fill up if you are not quick enough. At such times, the cost of visiting the place can skyrocket. However, it doesn’t imply that you can’t visit the place if you are on a strained budget. Wait one or two months and visit the place in September or even early October. The weather will still be pretty warm and you will enjoy lower accommodation costs and some degree of solitude.
By now, I am sure you’ve learned a thing or two about Croatia. It is my hope that these tips will make your stay in this wonderland an experience to remember for the rest of your life.