Check out Diocletian’s Palace in Split, Croatia for an unforgettable night.

While Croatia may not be at the top of everyone’s bucket list, it should be. A land of incomparable beauty and history, there are plenty of things for you to do in Croatia. Instead of digging around the Internet for the best things to try and things you must see, we’ve put together a guide of the highlights for you. You can use it as a sample itinerary, or even just something to get your imagination going. Start planning your holiday to Croatia today and before you know it, you’ll be enjoying all these incredible things in person.


1. Placa Stradun

Stroll up and down the limestone paved main heartbeat of Dubrovnik, taking in the sights and sounds of the town. Grab a bite of ice cream or pop into a centuries-old shop to explore the trinkets.

2. Sponza Palace

This Gothic Renaissance Palace is adorned with columns and arched entryways. Built in the 16th century, this landmark has served many purposes and now stands as the home of city archives.

3. Lapad Beach

The Lapad Beach along Dubrovnik is not as touristy as one might think. Located in a residential area, it is the perfect distance from sea to food. You can relax on the beach, soak up the sun and then head over to a local restaurant or cafe for a quick bite to eat before going back to play in the surf.


4. Maksimir Park & Zagreb Zoo

Maksimir Park is the largest park in Zagreb and the Zagreb zoo has been in business for 85 years. The zoo is a part of the European Endangered Species Programme and a member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Across the street from the park and the zoo, the Stadion Maksimir is where major football matches occur and rock concerts take place.

5. Medvenica and Medvedgrad

Medvenica is the soaring, green jewel peering through the skyline over Zagreb. At over 1,000 km high, you could take in exquisite views of the city. This beautiful mountaintop is great for hiking and biking, though it would be quite a steep climb for even an experienced hiker.

Medvedgrad, called the City of Bears, is the preserved fortress that was constructed after the Mongol invasion of 1242 when the city was burned to the ground. One might want to dress more modestly though, if planning to visit the altar site at the fortress. The Altar of the Homeland memorial is dedicated to the Croatian soldiers who died in the Homeland War.

6. Mimara Museum

For a more educational experience, you can head over to the Mimara Museum and take in the likes of French masters such as Boucher, Chardin, Delacroix, Corot, Manet, Renoir and Degas. There are 3,700 varied works of art and 1,500 exhibits. The permanent holdings range from the prehistoric period up to the 20th century.


7. Diocletian’s Palace

This ancient palace was built by the Roman emperor Diocletian at the turn of the 4th century CE. Though it was meant to be a palace, it more resembles a fortress. Half of it was used for Diocletian’s personal use and the rest housed the military garrison.

8. Riva

Take a stroll along Split’s waterfront or rent a bike and pack a lunch. There are also many cafes located along the waterfront that are perfect for grabbing an espresso or a refreshing salad.

9. Bacvice

For those looking for a beach in Split, the Bacvice is the perfect place to be. Though the water is cold and the concrete waterfront may not be ideal, there aren’t many tourists here. It will make for a very relaxing way to enjoy the rays.

10. Cathedral of Saint Domnius

The seat of the archdiocese of Split-Makarska, is the Cathedral of St. Domnius. This complex of a church was formed from an Imperial Roman mausoleum and also holds a bell tower. It is regarded as the oldest cathedral in the world that remains in use with its original structure. It is the second oldest structure used by any Christian cathedral.

Whether you’re exploring these cities or sailing the coastline on a day trip with a small rental boat, your adventurous spirit will come in handy in Croatia. It’s one of the more underrated countries in the world, but with this guide, you’ll get to see the best of the country with no fuss or muss. As with any international holiday, it’s important to think ahead about how to stay protected, how to keep your belongings safe and how to stay healthy. See how little it will cost to protect your trip with holiday insurance from Cover-More, and then get a quote today.

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