Croatia became the 28th member of the EU at the end of June, and the country is a perfect holiday hotspot for hipsters after island hopping and city exploring. Steeped with history, stunning architecture and picturesque coastlines, it’s easy to see the attraction. Read on for three of the most popular stop off points when exploring Croatia.
Zagreb, best for Culture Vultures
The capital, Zagreb, is located inland and is a great place to discover quirky museums and cool bars. Make sure a visit to the Croatian National Theatre is on your agenda, even if only for a photo opportunity; the grand building is a distinct mustard yellow colour and is impossible to miss.
For something totally different, the Museum of Broken Relationships is an ‘emotional’ exhibition of personal items from widows, first loves and break ups. The unusual objects and stories attract many visitors who are looking for a museum with a difference, although if you have recently gone through a traumatic break up yourself then this might not be for you! To cheer yourself up after the heartache of the museum, and to possibly meet someone new however, head to Tkalčićeva street or Cvjetni Trg (also known as the floral square), where you’ll find great underground bars and clubs.
Pag, best for Party People
If outdoor partying around pools and podium dancers is more your thing, make sure you check out Zrce beach. There are trendy bars and nightclubs directly on the beach which are open all day and night, complete with multi-level dance floors and waterslides! This party beach has even hosted Hideout festival for the past few years with names such as Chase and Status and Shy FX headlining.
For something a little more chilled, make sure you check out Novalja Bay, where you’ll find bars, restaurants and market stalls; the perfect place to find yourself a Pag souvenir. Ferries travel from Rijeka to Pag daily and offer great views of the coast, so jump aboard and get the party started.
Dubrovnik, best for City Explorers
Dubrovnik is a stunning harbour city at the southernmost point of Croatia. Take a walk round the Ancient City Walls, where the circuit takes you on a 3 km trip – make sure you save some of your energy though so you can make it up to the high points for fantastic photo opportunities. The impressive walls are 24 meters high and 6 meters thick and were built to defend against the Turks in the 15th century. You might recognise them as a location in the epic TV series, Game of Thrones. Towards the end of the day, make your way to the Dubrovnik cable car, and find a great spot to watch the sunset from. The city holds its own festival in the summer, so don’t miss the celebrations in front of the St Blaise Church.
For great weather, the ability to explore and/or party as much or as little as you want, head to Croatia for your summer holiday. If you have been to Croatia, share your pictures with us and our Google+ community – we’d love to see them!