Posted on 24/03/2019

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Unspoilt beaches and rugged terrain: here are 10 of Croatia's best sights

Meet Eastern Europe's Riviera: Croatia. Here you can miles of pristine beaches and fantastical landscapes which help explain why most of the Games of Thrones series was filmed here. We have compiled 10 images of Croatia's most wanderlust landscapes.

Plitvice Lakes National Park

Plitvice Lakes National Park

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Welcoming over 1 million visitors every year, this park is one of Croatia's treasures which is why it gained the title of UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. Discover the mother of waterfalls, the Veliki Slap, and during a sunny day you might be lucky enough to see gorgeous rainbows appear.

Zlatni Rat

Zlatni Rat

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This paradise beach is one of the best you can find along the Croatian coastline. Interestingly the tip of this beach is constantly changing due to the influence of waves, winds and sea currents. If you enjoy surfing or wind surfing, this beach has the perfect conditions to indulge in these activities.

Krka

Krka

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This river can be found in the Dalmatia region of Croatia which is also famous for its waterfalls. Imagine taking a dip into the river whilst watching water cascade down the rocks right in front of you. The Skrandinski Buk falls are one of Croatia's most famous sites thanks to their outstanding beauty.

Split

Split

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Although Split appears to be a traditional Mediterranean town, there's a lot more history to this place than what initially meets the eye. Split is the second largest city in Croatia and it is a place where ancient meets modern. Here you can find some of the world best persevered roman ruins such as Diocletian's Palace and Saint Domnius Cathedral.

Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik

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Dubrovnik has famously been described as the pearl of the Adriatic and indeed it is a charming city complete with an old town. In fact, this was the very city where scenes of Games of Thrones was filmed. Feel like you are in the very series yourself, by taking a stroll along the Muralles de Dubrovnik, the city's ancient walls. The Lovrijenac is one of the city's landmarks and this fortress stands tall at 37 meters above sea level.

Northern Velebit National Park

Northern Velebit National Park

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This national park is not just home to some incredible landscapes, but it is brimming with spectacular wildlife. This is the ideal destination for those who enjoy the stillness of natural wilderness and prefer to get involved in activities rather than sightseeing. At this park, feel free to cycle, hike and even get involved in a spot of nature photography.

Rovinj

Rovinj

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This island holds a great history waiting to be discovered. In 1763, the Venetians reclaimed this land. If this is a point of interest, head down to the old town where you will find cobbled streets and twisted stairways sure to make you feel like you have travelled back in time. St Euphemia Cathedral is a great landmark that was built during the takeover by the Venetians. If you head up the campanile you will be delighted with the views as on a sunny day, as you can even see the Alps.

Pula Arena

Pula Arena

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This grand Roman amphitheater can be found in southern Istria. Even though there are still an estimated 230 Roman amphitheaters around the world, the Puala Arena remains unique due to being the only remaining amphitheater with four side towers and is one of the best preserved Roman arenas in the world. This arena is over 2,000 years old so is a must see for travelers who have a passion for history.

Hvar

Hvar

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This island is a true nirvana. A blend of luxury dining and travelling but at the same time it's an island very in tune with nature. Here you can sample some of Croatia's best wine as there are many vineyards on this island. It's also famous for its lavender fields, so if you visit in summer prepare to feast your eyes upon purple land, that smells as good as it looks.

Kingdom of Festini Cave

Kingdom of Festini Cave

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This cave is very much a hidden gem in Croatia. During the summer, this is the perfect place to visit to cool down and appreciate some of nature's creations. Another cave that can be found in Istria which is just as impressive is the Baredine Cave. Expect to do some wildlife spotting here as even animals have made it their habitat.