Situated in Eastern Europe, Croatia is located on the east side of the Adriatic Sea to the east of Italy. This popular coastal country shares borders with Slovenia, Hungary, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Montenegro. Home to several popular waterside as well as inland cities, Croatia attracts visitors from Europe and far beyond. Here are some of the best places to discover when visiting the Croatia.

Where to Go in Croatia

1. Plitvice National Park

Plitvice National Park is one of the most beautiful parks not just in Europe but in the entire world. The park encompasses several beautiful lakes that are surrounded by picturesque waterfalls and lush forests. Its 16 lakes, which are interconnected, make for a beautiful backdrop for a day outdoors. Visitors can explore the lakes by boat or by hiking around the park. Boasting stunning views, there’s no better place for outdoor enthusiasts to explore in Croatia.

2. Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik is one of the most popular cities in Croatia for tourists, full of rich history and culture. With prime access to the Adriatic Sea, the city it popular among beach goers and boaters. Make sure to check out the Ancient City Walls lining Old Town, which houses the Rector’s Palace and the Cathedral of the Assumption. For a day spent on the sand in the sun, visit Banje Beach, or venture off to the Island of Lokrum for a fun outing. There’s even great kayaking and snorkeling opportunities in Dubrovnik.

3. Hvar

Hvar, a beautiful island off the Dalmatian Coast, is another popular destination among tourists. With pristine beaches and beautiful, lush landscapes, it’s easy to see why. Hvar town boasts 13th century city walls and marble stone streets as well as beautiful architecture. Tour the main town square to see its stunning buildings as well as the Cathedral of Saint Stephen. Those seeking some more physical activity can hike the neighboring cliffs.

4. Split

The second largest city in Croatia, Split is home to beautiful Gothic and Renaissance architecture. Its main attraction is Diocletian’s Palace, which was built around 300 AD, is a beautiful Roman complex complete with great marble walkways. Check out the shops, cafés, and bars in the surrounding area. For continued shopping and eating, visit Green Market and when the weather is nice, head to Bacvice Beach to sunbathe and swim.

5. Krka National Park

Krka National Park is another beautiful natural gem in Croatia. The park, which sits along the Krka River, houses many beautiful waterfalls and hiking trails, making it a choice destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Bring your swimsuit, as there are natural pools below waterfalls perfect for a refreshing dip.

6. Rovinj

Rovinj is a picturesque Mediterranean town located on Croatia’s Istria Peninsula in the Adriatic Sea. This beautiful destination is an archipelago comprised of numerous islands. The popular downtown area of Old Town, located on a small peninsula, has narrow, winding cobblestone streets with many buildings and residences crammed together throughout the town with delightful town squares as well. While exploring Rovinj, make sure to visit the Church Of St. Euphemia, the crown jewel of the city.

This article was written by Cameron Lafontaine.