Croatia is divided into five regions that are distinct from each other in terms of geography, food, climate and ecology. Each of these regions is beautiful and versatile in their own ways and will definitely enthrall you. So, go ahead and pick the region, which fits your idea of the dream holiday you have been planning and yearning for years.
CENTRAL CROATIA: A very popular destination for all those who prefer mountains, walks and hikes. The region is continental, hilly and mountainous. This is also the region for viewing the best of Baroque towns and palaces in the country. Also, the Zagorje town has the remains of the Pleistocene (pre-historic) man of the Neanderthal type.
PLACES OF INTEREST IN CENTRAL CROATIA:
PLITVICKA JEZERA, one of the most well known national parks, is surrounded by forests of beech, fir and spruce, watered by various springs of the Korana River. The Park has several caves and flower meadows. Brown bear is found here among other animal species. The Lake areas are lovely and cool in summer, icy and calm in winter, yellow and ochre in autumn, green and fresh in spring.
Also worth visiting are the Risnjak National Park and Sjeverni (North) Velebit, an untamed mountainous ridge located adjacent to the Adriatic.
DALMATIA: Located in the southern part of Croatia, the region includes hundreds of Croatian islands as well as mountains of Velebit, Biokovo and Sveti Ilija on the Peljesac peninsula. The main cities of the area are: Dubrovnik, Split, Trogir, Sibenik and Zadar.
PLACES OF INTEREST IN CENTRAL DALMATIA:
Split is the main city in Dalmatia and is one of the largest cites in Croatia. Many of Split's historical and cultural monuments are located within the walls of the Diocletian Palace. One of them is Peristile, the main open space in the Palace with its colonnade of six columns and the cathedral on eastern side of the square.
Lastovo, located in the Adriatic Sea, is known for its rich and unsullied underwater life. It is also popular among tourists for its wooden covered areas. For anglers, Lastovo is the place to be in with its rich resources of bluefish, lobsters and John Dory.
Pasadur (Island Of Lastovo) is on the western side of Lastovo. This is the farthest inhabited island from the mainland. Diving enthusiasts can explore the magnificent underwater of the island and even see octopuses and schools of fish.
Lastovo Archipelago: This cluster of the rocky islands, surrounding Lastovo, is divided into two groups.
Mljet Island National Park: The national park is located in the western part of the island. The two lakes inside the park are surrounded with dense old pine forest. Walking and cycling are allowed in the Park.
Vis Island: Located in central Dalmatia, the USP of the island are good accommodation in hotels or private apartments, unpolluted environment with the crystal clear sea and marine scenery as well as seafood.
Peljesac Peninsula has neat architecture as well as pleasurable scenery. It is well known for red wines Postup and Dingac.
ISTRIA is triangle-shaped peninsula, located on the extreme western side of Croatia. It is turned out to be a popular destination for tourists because of its geographical closeness to Italy, Slovenia and Austria and it's large coastline, which is full of small and large bays with hundred of places and villages offering tourist services. The beauty of the interiors of the peninsula is enhanced with pretty small towns built on hills.
PLACES OF INTEREST IN CENTRAL ISTRIA:
Brijuni (Brioni) Islands: The island of Veli Brijun was one of the favourite destinations of the elite of Austrian, Hungarian and German aristocracy when Istria was part of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy. Brijuni was also the residence of late President Tito of Yugoslavia and almost every major statesman has visited the islands. The mild climate and the favorable geographical conditions, deep retracted bays and easily defendable elevated fortifications, have secured a continuum in the human activity on the island from a pre-historic age until the present day.
THE KVARNER GULF is one of the closest points in the Adriatic Sea from central and West Europe. It is located in the northern part of the Croatian Adriatic, bordered by the Croatian mainland and the Istrian peninsula. Because of its nearness to the European mainland, the weather is mild and hence it has turned out to be a very popular tourist destination. However, Its popularity as a tourist destination dates back to the Austro-Hungarian Empire in 19th century.