Croatia belongs to the top 20 most popular tourist destinations in the world. Over 12 million tourists visit this country every year. Ten UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be found here.

So what brings tourists to this country in the Balkans?

While there are the favorite must-see locations in Split and Dubrovnik, there are also lesser-known but equally beautiful destinations to enjoy in Croatia.

Here’s a list prepared for you by National Geographic Travel.

1. Hvar

The island is the go-to place of celebrities and wealthy tourists being best known as a summer resort. You’ll find 13th-century walls here, a hilltop fortress and a main square, the center of which is the Renaissance-era Hvar Cathedral.

2. Plitvice Lakes National Park

This is a UNESCO Heritage Site. It is known for a chain of 16 terraced lakes joined by waterfalls extending into a limestone canyon. You can explore it by hiking through the walkways and trails that wind around and across the water. There is also an electric boat that links the 12 upper and four lower lakes.

3. Zagreb

It is the capital and the largest city of Croatia. It is also called a city of museums because there are a lot of them in this city. Take the Museum of Broken Relationships, for example. If you visit the place, you’ll find personal objects from former lovers complete with their stories.

Tourists enjoy sitting in cafes here. When they go hungry, they sample Croatian dishes in one of the many restaurants in Zagreb.

4. Split

It’s the second largest city in Croatia known for its beaches and fortress-like complex. At the center of the city is the Diocletian’s Palace built by the Roman emperor in the 4th century. You will find more than 200 old buildings including the Cathedral of Saint Domnius.

5. Zadar

It’s the fifth largest city in Croatia. Coming here is like hitting two birds with one stone. The city is divided into traditional architecture of the walled “Old Town” and the modern industrial city.

A must-see in Zadar is the Morske Orgulje or the “Sea Organ.” It’s made up of 35 pipes under the promenade. As the waves pass over these pipes, you will hear music from the “Sea Organ.”


All your Mediterranean fantasies are waiting to come true on a trip to Croatia.

Posted by National Geographic Travel on Thursday, 20 September 2018



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