Magnificent scenery, great weather, deep cultural roots, marvelous beaches, fascinating historical architecture and seafood galore are just a few things that make Croatia perfect as a vacation destination. This is why so many people make traveling here a pilgrimage of sorts and return year after year. However, first time travelers to Croatia may not exactly understand or appreciate just what it is about this lovely country that makes it such a draw for people from all over the world. First time Balkan travelers may also be overwhelmed about how best to enjoy the many amenities that this part of the world provides. If this describes you, fear not. We have gathered together a few tips for first time travelers to Croatia.
The Best Time to Visit
First of all, knowing nothing about Croatia first time travelers may wonder what the best time to visit here is. Well, the majority of travelers head to Croatia during the summer months of June, July and August to take advantage of the weather. However, those who wish to avoid crowds may wish to travel here during the “off season” of May, September and October to take advantage of cooler weather, (and for the time being) fewer travelers, and better rates. Fortunately, since Croatia is near the Mediterranean, the weather is not uncomfortable during these months and can be quite lovely. Our luxury adventure travel company accommodates visitors who wish to travel during any part of the year, and our expertise can help find the best accommodations and services in any month.
First Time Visitor Must Dos
Croatia’s beaches are some of the country’s biggest lures. Take advantage of your time here by visiting some of our beaches and doing a little island hopping. Sakarun Beach on the island of Dugi Otok, for example, is one of the country’s most beautiful beaches. It is a favorite among travelers yet never gets too crowded. While you are enjoying your first time on one of our beaches you can indulge in activities such as windsurfing, beach volleyball and even yachting.
Next, if you are any kind of foodie you must experience Croatia’s cuisine for yourself. The dishes here, many of them seafood based, are a mixture of Mediterranean, Austrian, Hungarian and Italian cuisine. Try dishes such as Pašticada (a slow cooked beef stew), Maneštra (minestrone style soup of beans, vegetables and prosciutto) and Crni rižoto (fresh black squid risotto). Finally, you can explore out-of-the-way hamlets in places like Dubrovnik, Split, Omiš, Šibenik, and Trogir. All throughout these cities first time visitors will find limestone streets and buildings, quaint walkways and Romanesque, Gothic, and Baroque architecture. Croatia’s diverse history and influences of their kings and rulers created a building landscape of so many different influences, but the limestone from the Brač island quarries is a constant element throughout, regardless of architectural style.
In the end, there are so many things for first time visitors to do and places for first time visitors to see. We can only scratch the surface of these sights, sounds and experiences in this one post. As you travel Croatia, be prepared to interact with its friendly peoples, see its grand architecture and partake in some pampering by our travel company.