Serving as the Croatian capital, Zagreb is rapidly catching up in the popularity stakes with its Central European counterparts, Budapest and Prague. Home to more museums per square foot than any other city in the world, it is certainly full of things to do. But if history isn’t your thing don’t worry about it because there are ample other ways to occupy yourself during your visit. The city itself is divided into three main areas – the Old upper town or Gornji grad which is home to most of the aforementioned museums as well as art galleries, the Parliament and the Presidential Palace; the lower town or Dolnji grad which is where you will find the city’s shopping district as well as cafes, parks and theatres; and the post-war part of the city known as Novi Zagreb which is not really touristy consisting primarily of business and high rise buildings.
The second largest city in Croatia, Split is the largest on the Adriatic coast. Originally a Greek settlement which was founded in the late 3rd or early 4th century BC, the remains of the residence built for the Roman emperor Diocletian are the most important thing to see when you arrive in the city. As well as the palace, however, there are several interesting museums to check out including the National Museum of Croatia and the Maritime Museum. And then of course there’s the fact that Split’s harbour serves as the hub for discovering the many islands of Dalmatia which provide the perfect getaway.
Heritage List protected by UNESCO, Dubrovnik has long been a favourite destination among visitors to Croatia and for those of you who might be worried about the damage that was done to the city in the early nineties, don’t. Most of the city’s wonderful art and architecture survived and anything that was damaged has either been repaired or is in places where most tourists don’t visit anyway. And then of course there are the beaches and excellent water sports opportunities which no amount of damage could destroy. Scuba diving is particularly popular and there are many fascinating wrecks which you can explore while you’re down there.
One of the most amazing islands in the Adriatic, Rab is particularly renowned for its greenery compliments of it wonderful pine forests. Combine these with the host of unspoilt sandy beaches and you can see why it’s so special. The entire island only covers ninety square metres and its biggest width is just eleven kilometres so you really can see it all in just a couple of day. The main town is probably the best place to start, however, and is home to many medieval buildings as well as parts of the original wall which surrounded Rab Town.
Porec’s number one industry is tourism so it is home to a combination of both the good and the bad things that come with this. Once you see the former, however, which include a beautiful natural landscape, a milder and more comfortable climate than many other parts of Croatia, endless activities and sports and a collection of wonderful beaches, it is quite easy to ignore the bad aspects of mass tourism. Located in the north west of the country, Porec lies about five hours from Zagreb and is served by six buses daily.