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
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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