Top 12 Countries: Croatia

Plitvice Lakes National Park, photo credit flickr user 29cm


We love Croatia and even did an entire series on the country. For 2012 we think Croatia is a top attraction. There’s so much history in the country and so many different ways to experience it, from national parks to museums to Roman ruins to Mediterranean beaches. We’ll be sharing the quick ways to enjoy the coastal cities later this year.

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The Pula Arena, photo credit flickr user AlexRK

5 Things to Do

  • Explore history
  • Swim in Split
  • Hike
  • Take a ferry
  • Listen to a sea organ

5 Places to See

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Sun Salutation in Zadar, photo credit flickr user deymosD


Zadar While there’s a lot of history in Zadar, I think you’ll really love how the old mixes with the new. Make sure to check out the 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.

Dubrovnik The entire city of Dubrovnik is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The best area to explore are the walls of Dubrovnik. You can walk them yourself or see them up high from a cable car. Dubrovnik was one of the filming locations for the current season of Game of Thrones.

old town of dubrovnik

Old Town of Dubrovnik, photo credit flickr user gari.baldi


Pula Arena Located in a 3000 year old city, the Pula Arena dates to the 1st century and is one of just six major surviving Roman arenas in the world. It once held gladiators and now it’s a tourist attraction and public theatre space.

Museum of Broken Relationships Located in the capital city of Zagreb, the Museum of Broken Relationships is based around “the concept of failed relationships and their ruins.” It might sound rough but it’s fun to see and encourages visitors to share their own failures in artistic form.

Museum of Broken Relationships

Museum of Broken Relationships


Plitvice Lakes National Park The real beauty of the country, you can enjoy 6 interconnected lakes, caverns, caves, waterfalls, and trails at this national park. 1 million annual visitors can’t be wrong.

For more information on Croatia, make sure to visit our Croatia Trip Itinerary and FAQs
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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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  • Chrissy Travels

    I can’t wait to make it to Croatia. spending the Summer in Greece. Fingers crossed I can make it over there.
    Thanks for the info!