Croatia: Five Stunning Cities to Visit


Croatia is a beautiful country with a rich culture, stunning scenery, sunny beaches, and sophisticated architecture. All this makes the land an exciting tourist destination in Europe.

One of the best aspects of Croatian tourism is that there is enough vacation activity to keep tourists occupied for weeks while also making it possible to enjoy the country on a city break basis. Its cities are rich with medieval ruins, Baroque splendor, and Byzantine monuments.

In my opinion, Croatia, along with Montenegro, and Slovenia, is the most beautiful Balkan country. Choosing where to go in the country can be difficult. While Split and Dubrovnik have firmly established themselves as vacation magnets, Croatia is much more than its two stars. Here are five gorgeous Croatian cities you should not miss on your next vacation.

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Five Beautiful Croatian Cities You Should Visit

1. Zagreb

Although it has only been the capital of an independent Croatia since 1991, Zagreb has functioned as the nation's cultural and political center since the Middle Ages. The city has a rich heritage rooted in Central European urban culture with a mixture of Balkan and Mediterranean traditions. 

Zagreb offers the Upper Town's Baroque ambiance, the Lower Town's imposing Habsburg-era architecture, beautiful markets, an array of retail facilities, and restaurants of all types and varieties.

2. Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik lies on the Adriatic Sea in the region of Dalmatia, in southern Croatia. It is a cultural and historical city on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Founded in the 13th century, Dubrovnik has remained nearly unchanged until now, with towering walls encircling its Old Town.

The city boasts a vibrant cultural life, including the annual international Dubrovnik Film Festival for the children and youth of the Mediterranean countries and the Dubrovnik Summer Festival of classical music, dance, theater, and folklore, which takes place in July and August.

3. Split

Split is the largest city in the Dalmatia region on the Adriatic Sea's east coast and the second-largest in Croatia (after Zagreb). This beautiful Mediterranean metropolis has a small-town feel, bustling streets, and laid-back residents.

A stroll through Split is like stepping back in time. Every corner echoes the city's eventful, century-old history. All of Split's attractions are within walking distance. If at all possible, avoid the high season. During July and August, an incredible number of visitors visit the city. The best time to see Split is in spring or autumn.

4. Pula

Make Pula your next city break destination. It is an obvious decision after Dubrovnik and Split. The city, located in the southern part of the Istrian peninsula, offers some of the best beaches in Istria.

The Old Town of Pula is also a must-see, as it is one of the most stunning Medieval city centers in Croatia. City tours allow you to visit many different attractions from various historical eras. The architectural mix of Roman, Venetian, Austrian, and Italian monuments is very intriguing.

5. Trogir

Trogir is approximately 30 kilometers (17 miles) from Split. Its Old Town, located on a tiny island with a history dating back to the 3rd century BC, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its Venetian architecture.

The city is not that big. The best way to get around Trogir once you arrive is on foot. Explore Trogir's medieval streets, enjoying the well-preserved Kamerlengo castle and residences and palaces of the Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque eras.

Croatia Map

Is Croatia a Cheap Travel Destination?

Yes, if you compare it to the cost of Western European countries. Still, the expense of living is generally higher in Croatia than in other Balkan countries, and its growing popularity drives the price up even further.

How to Get to Croatia

Major European hubs offer direct flights to Croatia. A train or bus from the UK or elsewhere in Europe is another convenient option. Ferries from Italy are also available regularly.

How to Get Around in Croatia

Croatia's bus services are excellent and reasonably priced. Keep in mind that buses between Split and Dubrovnik pass through the country of Bosnia and Herzegovina, so make sure your passport is handy. The train network is limited in Croatia, and trains are less frequent and slower than buses. Year-round, numerous boats connect the major coastal cities, with increased service during the tourist season.

Have a great time exploring Croatia's most beautiful cities!


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