While the popularity of the Game of Thrones franchise has soared during recent years also plunging Croatia- which has provided the requisite ancient architecture backdrop for the series setting- into the spotlight, this winsome country is known for many, many other attributes besides providing folklore background. Statistics have shown that more than one million people have visited the country for the past two years and here are a couple of reasons why that so:
1) Great weather and astonishing islands
Regarded as one of the sunniest spots that all of Europe has to offer, you can look forward to approximately half a day worth of enthralling sunlight between May and August. In terms of accessibility, it’s hard to find another holiday getaway that has so many attractions so close together.
For example, the enchanting islands of Brac, Korcula and Hvar are separated by a distance lasting less than 2.5 hours compared to other exotic destinations such as the Greek islands where landmasses are about four hours apart by plane. To properly explore these mesmerizing islands and the alluring water features around them such as lagoons and caves etc, be sure to get a boat as it affords greater freedom and flexibility over a commercial vessel.
2) Good currency value
Croatia decided to maintain their local currency even after becoming a member of the EU which means that its native kuna has remained relatively unaffected by the slump that has continually degraded the pound and the dollar. Consequently, unlike other EU members where prices have experienced inflation, local amenities remain comparatively cheaper in Croatia. You are bound to get nice accommodation and meals at a fraction of what you’d pay in other European countries.
3) Game of Thrones
HBO’s in demand science-fiction series has also played a role in attracting visitors to the nation with many lining up to get a view of the sceneries that have played host a number of key places such as King’s Landing (which is depicted by the divine Trsteno Arboretum), Red Keep’s garden (played by the intriguing Fortress of Klis) and St Dominic Monastery which doubles up as fictional Meeren.
4) The Roman factor
Italy might be the name synonymous with Roman architecture but Croatia is also blessed with preserved Roman jewels that give Rome itself a run for its money. Diocletian’s Palace exemplifies the well-preserved Roman structures on show throughout the country in towns such as Hvar, Brac, Dubrovnik and Split.
5) Fairytale beaches
Croatia is not imbued with your ordinary stretches of sand next to water, rather the landscape is a combination of beautiful pebbled contours embraced invitingly by turquoise clear waters. Nugal and Makarska are a few examples of such beaches within the mainland with Zlatni Rati proving the most popular of all.
6) Amazing national parks
You have more than 8 alluring national parks to explore all of which boast flora and fauna like nothing else in this world. Krka is the most known of the lot, with this park famous for its watery artwork made of up of seven stunning waterfalls.
7) Scintillating parties and festivities
If you love the adrenaline rush of open-air celebrations, then you are bound to get more than you bargained for as the country is brimming with festivals throughout the summer the most notable of which is the Dubrovnik Summer Festival that brings together a number of international artists.
And the list goes on and on. If you haven’t visited this gorgeous country along the Dalmatian coast yet, then it should undoubtedly be your next vacation destination. It’s as picture-perfect as they come.