Ah, Croatia. A country that has become quite a household name in the past few years. The hit show Game of Thrones certainly gave it a boost since several iconic locations were filmed here. However, if you think this Balkan nation is only about King’s Landing, then you are mistaken.
In fact, Croatia group tours are always packed with attractions and experiences that will make you realize that it is more than just a filming location.
Croatia Highlights and Features
Although Dubrovnik is a must-visit city, the perfect destination for those who wish to escape the hustle and bustle of the metropolitan experience is Slavonia. Slavonia is a countryside escape in the most ideal sense. It features oak forests, sprawling meadows, and tales from the Habsburg Empire. But it is also has waterfalls and vineyards, slightly spicy white wines, and local cuisine. Indeed, there is nothing like finding yourself in Slavonia where the possibilities are limitless.
Upon setting foot in the northern peninsula of Istria, one might feel as though one has been transported to Italy. Such a reaction is not unusual, especially since Istria used to be part of Italy. However, this little gem has charm of its own. Head over to the seaside town of Rovinj, with its church tower perched above alleys and lines of seafood restaurants along the harbor. Inland features karst rock formations and what could possibly the best wine in Croatia. Visit the family-run winery Villa Dobravac or stay in a quaint vineyard hotel at Meneghetti with access to a private beach. Of course, among Croatia’s travel destinations, Istria is famous for truffles, especially those from the hilltop town of Buzet, aptly called the City of Truffles. Culminate your visit with a hearty meal of pasta with grated truffles and a good wine. Sounds about right.
If you need a destination that leans more towards the sea, then Zadar is the place for you. It features a similar mixture of history and architecture as Dubrovnik, but with more quirky attractions. And food! Bistro Kalelarga has perhaps some of the most delicious spider crab and pasta around. Then head over to La Bodega for local wines. Your choice of activities includes a hike in the national parks of Plitvice Lakes and Paklenica; or renting a boat to go around the Kornati islands for an unmatched Mediterranean experience. When in Zadar, it is worth making a trip to see the unique seaside audio installation — the Sea Organ. The waves from the sea create beautiful tunes that are never quite the same. If you were to listen to the sound of the waves, they will most probably tell you that you have chosen the best destination to visit.
4. Photographing Croatia
Our memory often fails us and although it feels enough to take a mental image of the places we visit, sometimes some places beg to be photographed. Such is the case with Croatia. When on a Croatian photography adventure, be prepared with extra batteries and storage space because you will need it. When possible, begin your adventure in Dubrovnik, at the very heart of King’s Landing (from Game of Thrones). Then the waterfalls of Plitvice National Park, with its yellow, orange, and red foliage in autumn. Be it landscapes or cityscapes, Croatia prides itself for being photogenic.
Indeed, joining Croatia group tours could possibly be the best choice you will ever make.