Today we launch a new destination in TravelEchoes. Located in the Balkans, Croatia is one of Europa’s top tourist destinations. Croatia boasts its share of medieval cities and historic ruins and stunning natural attractions such as the Plitvice Lakes, the spectacular Adriatic coastline and the multiple gorgeous islands. Zagreb is also an interesting city. The Upper Town with its cosy medieval alleyways, churches, funicular railway and fine views, is clearly the loveliest part of Zagreb.
Istrian port towns are notable for their stout walls, church towers, and medieval houses in cobbled alleys leading to picturesque harbours. The prettiest one is Rovinj, but Poreč and Pula with its 1st-century Roman Amphitheatre have the main attractions. Opatija boasts a great seafront promenade with grandiose hotels. The greatest natural wonder in Croatia is the Plitvice Lakes National Park. Lakes, cliffs, forests and falls offer a magnificent natural landscape. The island of Rab is one of the most exquisite islands in Kvarner Bay.
Frequent ferry services make Dalmatia’s archipelago of islands easily accessible to visitors: lavender-scented Hvar; medieval Korčula prettily fortified by the Venetians; and unspoilt, pine-covered Mljet , with its quiet coves and picturesque lakeside monastery. The walk round the walls at Dubrovnik above roofs of the old town is amazing, as is Diocletian’s Palace in Split, a sample of Roman, Renaissance and Baroque architecture. Quaint Trogir, a historic town on an island, is also another highlight. Krka National Park also offers spectacular natural scenery, wildlife and historic sites. Zadar, on Croatia’s northern Dalmatian Coast, has a great Old Town which offers fantastic sightseeing attractions.