Croatia Week: The City

Croatia has so much to see and offer. Today I’ll be discussing the four biggest cities and what they have to offer and tomorrow I’ll be discussing the countryside and islands of Croatia before creating an trip plan on Thursday and introducing some helpful hints on Friday. If you get lost, check this map of Croatia’s big cities to get an idea of the lay of the land:

View Croatian Cities in a larger map


The entire city of Dubrovnik is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The city sits inside of walls and borders the Adriatic Sea. Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw once said, “those who seek paradise on Earth should come to Dubrovnik and see Dubrovnik” and he’s also famous for giving the city its nickname, “the pearl of the Adriatic.”

Old Town Dubrovnik, Croatia

Don’t miss:

  • Old Town Dubrovnik: This part of town has Gothic Renaissance palaces, legacies of the Croatian War of Independence, forts, and an old port. If you’re short on time, at least take the cable car for a view of Old Town.
  • City Walls: These walls were constructed between the 12th and 17th centuries as a protective measure. You’ll want to walk the walls early in the day but you’ll get a breathtaking lap of the beauty of the city.


Like I mentioned in yesterday’s post, Split is famous for its palace built for a Roman emperor. In fact, the city was built around it. Like Dubrovnic, Split is on the Adriatic coast and is Croatia’s largest Adriatic city. The city merges old and new with both historic sites and as Croatia’s top sports city.

Wzgórze Marjan

Don’t miss:

  • Diocletian’s Palace: A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this palace was built in the 4th century and is remarkably well-preserved.
  • Cathedral of St. Dominus: Also known as Split Cathedral and Cathedral of St. Duje, this building includes both a church and a bell tower. Inside you can look at artwork or even go up in the bell tower for views of the entire city.
  • Marjan: Consider walking or renting a bike to climb the 178 meter tall (or 580 ft) hill Marjan. You’ll have beautiful unobscured views of the city and nearby mountains because no houses are allowed to build here.


People have been hanging out in Zadar since the Stone Age (true story) so really, it seems like the kind of place you’ll want to be. Even the Ancient Greeks, Phoenicians, Etruscans, Liburnians, and Romans spent time trading and conquering this city. Most of this city is based on history and the coastline so this is the perfect place to walk around or take a bus to see all you can.

Church of St Donat, Zadar

Don’t miss:

  • Church of St. Donat: This is a 9th century church that is remarkably well-preserved. It’s built in the shape of a circle with a dome, an oddity of the era. Inside you’ll find ancient carvings and intricate columns.
  • Sea Organ and Sun Salutation: The sea organ is really a series of pipes that play music as the waves come in and hit them. Right next to it you’ll find the sun salutation, a big solar panel that collects sunlight during the day so it can display beautiful lights at night. Check out this video from Lauren at Never-Ending Footsteps:


Zagreb is the capital city of Croatia and also the largest city. While the other places I’ve mentioned in this post tend to be along the coast, Zagreb is inland and near Slovenia. Zagreb is the classic Eastern European city with its historic architecture and mountains nearby. Zagreb tends to be the cultural center of Croatia and is full of museums, universities, and concerts.

Museum of Broken Relationships

photo credit: Museum of Broken Relationships

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I'm Julie, I love to travel, I'm very hyper and I like to "hype" things and from that, TravelHyper was born. I'm a Missouri native and I cover St. Louis travel ideas as well as my own travels. I also like to focus on places I want to visit and budget travel ideas by creating trip plans. There's so much world out there and I hope you'll find that it's worth seeing and that vacation doesn't have to be out of reach to you.

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