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One look at the map and location of Croatia and you will know for sure that here lies a slice of magnificence. The elegant elongated strip along the Adriatic Sea is littered with tiny islands, whereas the northern sections are brimming with forests, highlands and crossed over by the Dinaric Alps and a peninsula.
This seemingly small country is home to eight national parks and comprises of about thousands of islands. The turquoise waters that stand at contrast to the dark green coastal foliage and the clear blue skies or the unspoilt beaches and the jagged cliffs that plummet downwards the coasts, Croatia will win your heart in whichever region you are.
Croatia can be divided into the following regions for a better understanding of its geography and topography.
Istria – The peninsula region in northwest Croatia
Dalmatia – This is the strip of land between the Adriatic Sea and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Kvarner – Highlands and seashore north of Dalmatia.
Slavonia –The areas of Slavonija and Baranja, northeast areas of fields and forests bordering the surrounding European countries of Serbia, Hungary and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Central Croatia – Zagreb the capital of the country is located in the central region. The topography of this region consists of highlands.
How to reach
Zagreb the capital is well connected by air to all major cities of the world.
What to see
The country is rich in natural beauties.
- The most prominent national park of Croatia is the Plitvice Lakes National Park and is included in the UNESCO Heritage sites. This is a network of sixteen lakes that are connected by waterfalls snuggled comfortably between the Mala Kapela and Pljesivica mountains. One can explore the meadows, the oak trees and the absolute pristine and wondrous landscapes here by walking or the electric train or boat.
- Krka National Park is another precious gem in the natural wilderness of Croatia. The park is known for its fabulous seven waterfalls as much as for the beautiful karst topography.
- Some of the other natural parks here include the stunning Kornati, the cliff hangers at Limski Channel, the pristine wooded island of Mljet, Neretva the river forming the largest canyon in Croatia and Elafiti a known tourist hub.
- Though not parks, there are areas that are natural hubs too. Some of these are the Telascica park on Dugi Otok Island, Biocovo Mountain a huge rock sheltering the botanical gardens, Lonjsko Polje a wetland with oak forests and fish and bird reserves and the Papuk Mountains.
- Havr Island is one of the many astounding islands of this nation, but deserves special mention because of its perfect blend of the natural, historical and cultural aspects of tourism. The vineyards, olive trees and lavender fields will make your spirits sway in the light sea breeze that easily blows you over.
- The clear azure waters lapping the gravel, stone and sandy beaches of Croatia are crowd pullers for their perfectly charming landscapes. Some of the alluring beaches include Rabac or pearl of Kvarner, for its white pebbled shores, Porec for the many bays and beaches, Biograd shaded in the pine forest cover, Bacvice in Split for its games, Zlatni Rat in Bol for its shifting nature and of course Dubrovnik beaches like the Banje and Lokrum Island for the warm waters.
- Finally, there are those emerald islands that dot the Adriatic Sea and an important component of the natural landscapes that define the country. Some islands are known for their beaches, some for the nature parks, some for the culture and history. However, what runs common between all of them and connects them together as the sea does, is the naturalness, wilderness and gorgeous landscapes. Some islands that spell bind you are the Sipan, Lokrum, Lastovo Islands known for its overflowing abundance in flora and fauna, Korcula, Vis, Brac, Cres and more.
Day 1 – Arrive in Zagreb and check into the hotel. Explore the city and its history, culture and natural wonders.
Day 2 – We start visiting some of the national parks today, such as the Plitvice Lakes and Krka National Park.
Day 3 – The island of Hvar beckons us today and we spend the entire day exploring its wonderful features.
Day 4 – We engage in visiting some of the islands that are known for its beaches, natural wonders, waterfalls and pristine beauty.
Day 5 – Continue our quest for natural wilderness by visiting more of the surrounding islands.
Day 6 – We reach Dubrovnik, a picturesque city and explore its facets thoroughly.
Day 7 – Arrive at Zagreb and proceed for your onward journey.