Croatia sits in the middle of Europe, between Slovenia and Hungary. The Adriatic Sea divides it from Italy. Positioned incredibly close to the rest of its European neighbors, Croatia takes on a diversity of culture.
While it is known for its thousands of islands, it too crosses the Alps, making its geography as diverse as its culture. In each region, a traveler can find different points of intrigue to explore. The history of Croatia is also worth exploration, as some costal towns saw the Renaissance Era in full swing, Gothic buildings stand, still in tact.
Plitvice Lakes National Park
For beauty admirers and nature lovers, this national park is exceptional. The mineral-filled waters of these crystalline lakes tumble into one another through a series of waterfalls cascading over anciently carved rocks. It is worth a walk around; keep in mind, seeing the entire park will take 6 hours on foot, so if you enjoy hiking, this is a perfect day trip for you. Otherwise, you can take a ride by bus or boat, in season, for free after paying park entry. This is truly a spectacular attraction.
Known as old town Croatia, the region was settled between 13th and 15th century, by Venetian, who built communities during the medieval era. A traveler can find gothic structures encased in stone city walls. More relaxed than Split, the much larger, nearby city, it is a perfect place to hide away for a few days. By day, tour the old medina encompassed cathedrals, and by night, enjoy drinks on the beach at local restaurants and cafes. It is a breath of fresh air and an inhale of history.
Paklenica National Park
If you love to climb, hike, trek, and enjoy nature, this is a perfect place for you. For the natural yogi who wants to have a day of walking meditation, Paklenica National Park gives you a space to breathe deeply. If you are a wildlife admirer, think about coming here; there are eagles flying overhead, deer eating their afternoon snacks, and thundering bears, who will hopefully keep their distance. You must keep eyes open and watch for the abundant beauty within rock formations and black-pine forests.