Have you already strolled down Dubrovnik’s cobblestone streets and topped up your tan on Croatia’s white, sandy resort beaches?
Never fear, there’s a seemingly unending wealth of experiences to be had here. Here are five attractions that are a bit of the beaten path yet well worth seeing.
- The City of Truffles
Croatian food is well known for its delicious blend of flavours, but you can go to foodie heaven with a visit to Buzet. Positioned in the country’s scenic Istria region, the town hosts a Truffles Weekend every November. Nicknamed “The City of Truffles,” Buzet offers many truffle-themed attractions. You can sample these fragrant fungi in many different dishes, or head into the forest to search for your own.
- The Glowing Cave
Already seen the Kvarner Islands? Hop in a boat and travel to the island of Vis during your stay to see the unforgettable Blue Cave. Also known as the Blue Grotto, this watery cave is unique for its iridescent, blue-tinted water, caused by the sunlight’s refraction through stone. While you’re not allowed to swim or stay for too long, it’s a magical, completely unusual experience.
- The Sea Organ
Zadar is often overlooked in favour of Dubrovnik, but this thriving city offers attractions of its own. Chief among these is the Sea Organ, an art installation hugging the coastline. As waves come in, they create a range of different tones through the Sea Organ’s pipes. The beauty of it is that you’ll never experience the same tune twice.
- The Mummies of Vodnjan
Venture inside Vodnjan’s St. Blaise church, with its imposing Baroque architecture. You can view the mummified remains of six Catholic saints, including the 500-year-old St. Nicolosa Bursa. Visitors come from far and wide as the mummies are fabled to be miracle workers, curing a variety of illnesses. There’s also a thorn on display from Jesus’ crown.
- The Islands of Kornati National Park
One of the best ways to enjoy Croatia’s charms is from the sea. You can book a cheap ferry to Croatia with Ok-Ferry to see it from the water upon approach, and then spend a day exploring the 89 various islands of Kornati National Park. Try your hand at sailing through these placid waters, or book a day tour to enjoy the warm shallows and deserted beaches.