CROA­TIA Europe's his­tor­i­cal gem

Fol­low­ing the pat­tern from last sum­mer, Croa­tia con­tin­ues to be a pop­u­lar choice amongst In­dian trav­ellers. Here are a few rec­om­men­da­tions for that per­fect itin­er­ary cou­pled with the smooth con­nec­tiv­ity with Emi­rates of­fer­ing daily flights to Za­greb from

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His­toric cities and the beau­ti­ful coast­line are some of Croa­tia's top at­trac­tions. This coun­try has been passed be­tween many king­doms and em­pires, adding to its rich yet di­verse his­tory and cul­ture. Along the coast, cen­turies-old towns are packed with old build­ings bask­ing in the glory of the Mediter­ranean sun.

In 2017, 18.5 mil­lion ar­rivals and 102 mil­lion overnight stays were recorded in Croa­tia, mark­ing a dou­ble-digit growth from the pre­vi­ous year. This his­toric tourism growth helps the coun­try reaf­firm its po­si­tion as one of the most up­com­ing and pop­u­lar tourist des­ti­na­tions. Tourism con­trib­utes to over 25 per cent of the to­tal GDP thus re­as­sur­ing the coun­try’s com­mit­ment to the in­dus­try.

The vi­brant cap­i­tal city of Za­greb is home to mu­se­ums, gal­leries, restau­rants and shop­ping. The city boasts of a charm­ing me­dieval old city with ar­chi­tec­ture and cob­bled streets rem­i­nis­cent most Euro­pean cap­i­tals. The main sight­see­ing area is the me­dieval Gornji Grad. Here, at­trac­tions in­clude the cathe­dral with its Neo-Gothic façade and twin steeples; the Croa­t­ian Sa­bor (Par­lia­ment); the Church of St Mark with its coloured tiled roof; and the tower of Lotrš ak. An in­ter­est­ing di­ver­sion from his­tory is the much-loved mu­seum of bro­ken re­la­tion­ships. A unique yet pop­u­lar at­trac­tion is the botan­i­cal gar­den lo­cated in down­town Za­greb. Laid out over five hectares, the gar­den has 10,000 species of plants from around the world, in­clud­ing 1,800 ex­otic ones. A must-try is the pop­u­lar lo­cal veg­e­tar­ian pasta filled with cheese, štrukli.

A two-hour drive away from the city is Croa­tia’s most vis­ited in­land at­trac­tion, the na­tional park and lakes of Pl­itvice. The old­est and largest na­tional park in Croa­tia, ti Pl­itvice Plit i lakes lk are in­ter­na­tion­ally pop­u­lar and part of the UN­ESCO World Her­itage List. Pl­itvice Na­tional Park en­com­passes steep forested hill­sides sur­round­ing 16 emer­ald-blue lakes con­nected by wa­ter­falls. The lime­stone karsts have cre­ated un­be­liev­ably pic­turesque lakes. The thing that strikes you the most is the clar­ity of the water. It sparkles with a jewel-like in­ten­sity in shades of emer­ald and sap­phire.

Croa­tia of­fers an ex­pe­ri­ence full of magic and can take you trav­el­ling through time. The cherry on the cake is the coun­try’s most glam­orous tourist desti­na­tion, Dubrovnik. More pop­u­larly known as king’s land­ing from the tele­vi­sion se­ries, Game of Thrones, Dubrovnik’s city walls and forts are sure to take your breath away. Cen­ter­ing on the mag­nif­i­cent old town, con­tained within sturdy me­dieval de­fen­sive walls, this also has been de­clared as a UN­ESCO world her­itage site. Best ex­plored on foot, the charm of Dubrovnik in­cludes fortresses, towers, and can­nons along the way. From high up on the walls, you can en­joy amaz­ing views over the old town rooftops and out across the glis­ten­ing Adri­atic Sea. Breath­tak­ing and charm­ing, the city is buzzing with love and en­ergy, a must ex­plore place or you might be tak­ing the ‘walk of shame’. For 15 years, Croa­tia pop­u­larly pro­moted it­self with the tagline, the Mediter­ranean as it once was. True to that, Croa­tia is the pic­ture-per­fect hol­i­day desti­na­tion ‘Full of life’.

The cherry on the cake is the coun­try’s most glam­orous tourist desti­na­tion, Dubrovnik. More pop­u­larly known as king’s land­ing from the tele­vi­sion se­ries, Game of Thrones, Dubrovnik’s city walls and forts are sure to take your breath away

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