Croatia is Destination of the Year 2016. Here is why....

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This year’s readers' choice winner for Travel + Leisure’s Destination of the Year is CROATIA!

Croatia captured 28 percent of the vote in an online poll. In a close second, with 24 percent of the vote, is Portugal, which T+L editors chose as the top destination for 2016. In third place was Pittsburgh, which has undergone a cultural renaissance and earned the nickname Robot City, thanks to its tech-start-up scene.

A Mediterranean favorite, Croatia is a jewel in the crown of the Adriatic—the medieval cities of Split and Dubrovnik have long been ports of calls for large-ship cruises—but further inland you’ll discover one of the last unspoiled stretches in the region, where sheep roam the countryside to graze on wild sage, and locals sell homemade olive oil and cheeses.

The arguably biggest draw of Croatia in 2016? The success of HBO's Game of Thrones series. Tourism has boomed in recent years as fans of the show have sought out its stunning landscapes and well-preserved historical architecture. Walk the ramparts of the Lovrijenac Fortress (the Red Keep in King’s Landing) in Dubrovnik and you'll recall the tournament scene from King Joffrey’s name day celebration. You need to visit Diocletian's Palace, one of the most popular sandy beach in Split- Bacvice. It is also good choice to drink a coffe or whatever you want in various clubs on the beach. Or you can just sit on the sand with guitar in the evening and play and sing with locals. Don`t forget to watch bride stars in the sky above the sea and this visit will be in your memory forever. 

Plitvice lakes are MUST TO SEE!

Why? Not just because of the hospitality of the locals, not just because of amazing, tasteful dish, not just because of the stunning beauty of this Nation Park, but because you really can`t have any good reason to miss this gem of the nature in such a small country like Croatia. 

The Plitvice lakes National Park belongs to Dinaric karst area and due to its specific geology, geomorphology and hydrology it truly is one of the most impressive karst entities in the world. Apart from dolomitic rock, mesosoic limestones with dolomite inserts prevail. The ratio between less porous or water-retaining dolomites and porous Jurassic limestone sediments in the karst has influenced the landscape of the overall area today. Specific hydrology properties of rock have enabled water retention on Triassic dolomite rocks, as well as canyon formation by water cutting through Cretaceous limestone deposits. Tufa barriers are a phenomenon enabling water to remain inside the lakes.

The Plitvice Lakes National Park is open to visitors all year round. The touring and sightseeing zone mainly covers the area around the lakes and the waterfalls. There are many hiking trails and two educational trails.

This is a country you need to explore. Such variety of life, people and customs, are amazing in every corner of the Croatia. 

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  • About Croatia



    Language: Croatia
    Currency: Croatian Kuna (HRK) Convert
    Capital: Zagreb
    Time Zone: UTC+1
    Unit system: metric
    Driving side: right
    Electricity: 220V


    Meal, Inexpensive: 5.87€/8.10$
    Meal for 2: 26.10€/36.02$
    Meal at McDonald's: 4.57€/6.30$
    Dom. Beer (0.5L): 1.70€/2.34$
    Imp. Beer (0.33L): 1.96€/2.70$
    Cappuccino: 1.23€/1.70$
    Coke/Pepsi (0.33L): 1.63€/2.25$
    Water (0.33L): 1.18€/1.62$
    Water (1.5L): 0.81€/1.12$
    Public Transport: 1.57€/2.16$
    Taxi Start: 1.96€/2.70$
    Taxi 1km: 0.65€/0.90$


    VISAS: Citizens of the U.S., the U.K., EU countries, Australia and New Zealand do not need visas to visit Croatia. For other countries visa requirements, you can check the website of Croatian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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