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Best places to visit in Croatia

Going to Croatia has become a very fashionable thing to do. It is easy to see why. With its hundreds of islands and a sunny coastline, this small country in the Balkans is an ideal holiday destination. To find out more, the great Evaneos travellers provide good advice. Follow their detailed guidelines, region by region, on the sites of the country.

Famous for its wild nightlife, Croatia also has pretty historical towns, a genuine hinterland and unique nature reserves such as Plitvice Lakes or Krka .

To get the most out of Croatia, you need to get past the big tourist developments and discover the unknown or remote little gems such as the Blue Cave of Vis on Bi islandševo

If you arrive from Italy by car, you will probably arrive in Istria and the region of Pula, a very popular destination in summer. Along the coast, the towns of Zadar andSplit bear witness to centuries of history. As for the islands, you will be spoilt for choice. For nightlife that lasts until morning, join the jet set at Hvar.

The region of Dalmatia, located on the border between Montenegro and Bosnia, is spread around Dubrovnik. Opening onto the Balkans this beautiful fortified town bathes in sunlight from the Adriatic. 

The regions around Zagreb, the capital and Slavonia in the east are the least populated but are the most typically representative of Croatian daily life, particularly rural daily life.

Whatever you want to see on your travels, you can consult the Evaneos site to discover the pearls of Croatia and create your ideal itinerary by bus or car.

Julie Olagnol
Rovinj (Croatia)
A magnificent coastal city, Rovinj and its historic centre, which has the highest clock tower in Istria as its dominating feature, receives thousands of visitors each year.
A small Baroque city, Samobor is a very nice place to come for a day trip when in Croatia. Spend time exploring the city itself and be sure to try the local speciality: the famous Samobor cake.
A coastal city lying between Split and Zadar, Sibenik, with its quaintly pretty historic centre, is a pleasant and enjoyable place to visit.
Skadar (Croatia)
The largest lake on the Balkan Peninsula, Lake Scutari (or Lake Skadar, Lake Shkodër or Lake Shkodra) and it surrounding area make up a magnificent nature reserve and national park, especially on the Montenegrin side.
Šolta (Croatia)
Šolta: a calm, peaceful island where time seems to have come to a standstill. 
Split (Croatia)
An important town whose historic past has been overtaken by urban planning and the modern town.
Vukovar, or the "Hero City", was the city that suffered most during the war with Serbia. Completely destroyed at the time, it continues to recover a little more with each passing year, though the marks left by the shells can still be seen on its walls.
Lying to the north of Zagreb, Zagorje is a region famous for its wines and natural hot springs, and it is the perfect place to come for those looking to get a real breath of fresh air and experience the Croatian countryside without venturing too far from the capital.
Zagreb (Croatia)
The capital and the largest city in Croatia, Zagreb is located inland and doesn't quite have the same appeal as the coast. But it's a pleasant city to visit while on holiday in Croatia.
A tiny village on Korcula Island, Zrnovo is nestled in the mountains 4km from the coast.
Buzet (Croatia)
Buzet is a little town in Istria that's famous for its truffles.
Dakovo (Croatia)
Đakovo is a quaint and charming little town located not far from Osijek and Vukovar and well worth a visit when travelling in this region.
An archipelago facing Dubrovnik, the Elaphite Islands are great for daytime excursions leaving from Croatia's principle tourist town.
Hvar (Croatia)
A party island and favourite of the jet set, Hvar is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Croatia.
A border town located close to Bosnia, Imotski is a small urban settlement of interest primarily due to the presence of the two magnificent lakes located in the area around it.
This magnificent natural park, a lush forest featuring turquoise waterfalls and lakes, Plitvice is also one of Croatia's most-visited locations.
Lika (Croatia)
A rural, mountainous region in the middle of Croatia, Lika has the incredible Plitvice Lakes National Park at its heart.
Lovran (Croatia)
A seaside resort in Istria, Lovran is an historical tourist destination that offers wonderful views of the coast.
Home to one of the few sandy beaches on Korcula Island, Lumbarda is a small wine-producing village, a few miles from Korcula Town.
The small town of Orebić lies towards the extreme end of the Pelješac Peninsula and serves as the departure point for boats to the island (and town) of Korčula.
If you want to make a detour in your Croatian itinerary between Split and Dubrovnik, this peninsula is a calmer place than the islands and a lovely natural site to find peace and quiet.
Though Slavonski Brod, a city in the Slavonia region of Croatia, is worth a quick visit perhaps, it is definitely not somewhere you should go out of your way to see.
Stari Grad (literally translated as "Old City") is a beautiful place situated on the island of Hvar and comes to life in the summer.
Ston (Croatia)
Ston and Mali Ston are two adjoining towns on the Pelješac Peninsula. 
Trakošćan, or more accurately its castle, is one of Croatia's most visited places. It lies just a few miles from Zagreb.
Umag (Croatia)
The westernmost city in Croatia, Umag is a dynamic, popular and pleasant little port with a charming historic centre.
Located in the northern confines of Croatia, Veliki Tabor Castle is a fine example of a well-restored medieval structure.
Located to the south of Split, Makarska is one of the main summer tourist destinations in Croatia.
Višnjan is located inland from the coast in the northern region of Istria and is home to a large astronomical observatory.
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