20 Must-Visit Attractions in Croatia

Dubrovnik | © Ivan Ivankovic/Flickr
Dubrovnik | © Ivan Ivankovic/Flickr
Photo of Peterjon Cresswell
2 August 2017

Stunning national parks, historic cathedrals and Roman palaces are among the essential attractions to be found in Croatia, from Zagreb to Dubrovnik. Displaying striking natural or man-made beauty, some were created in relatively recent times, adding to Croatia’s current status as one of Europe’s prime tourist destinations.

Krka

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Krka National Park
Krka National Park | © Hotice Hsu/Flickr
With its crashing cascades and plentiful wildlife, Krka National Park is a stunning attraction near Šibenik. Accessible by boat or boardwalk, it draws nearly 1 million annual visitors, who marvel at the waterfall of Roški slap, the island monastery of Visovac and the lagoon of Skradinski buk.

Zadar’s Sea Organ

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Here, hearing is believing. Many walk up to the Sea Organ on Zadar’s waterfront expecting some mysterious instrument. Instead, this creation by local artist Nikola Bašić is built into the paving stones, 35 pipes whose bizarre sounds are created by the waves themselves, lapping over the steps.

Dubrovnik’s City Walls

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Dubrovnik City Walls
Dubrovnik City Walls | © Ivan Ivankovic/Flickr
A tour around Dubrovnik’s City Walls offers unsurpassable panoramic views of the Adriatic beyond and hillsides behind, as well as a close look at the craftsmanship of the medieval architects and masons who created them. Paid admission allows you to explore them at your own pace.

Kornati

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Kornati is a string of 140 islands in northern Dalmatia, most uninhabited and uncultivated, 89 forming a unique national park. Organised boat tours allow you to appreciate Kornati’s peculiar beauty and marine life of sponges and coral. Fishing and scuba diving are the only sign of human activity.

Museum of Broken Relationships

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Display at the Museum of Broken Relationships
Display at the Museum of Broken Relationships | © Robert Nyman/WikiCommons
Zagreb’s most talked-about tourist attraction started out an art installation. The Museum of Broken Relationships displays unusual souvenirs, personal letters and strange artefacts, debris from someone’s doomed romantic liaison. Conceived by a former couple, the concept struck such a chord that a permanent home was found in Zagreb’s Upper Town.

Salona

When Diocletian’s Palace was being built in nearby Split, Salona was a thriving community of 60,000 under Roman rule. What is left today after Salona was sacked by hostile tribes are the base of the amphitheatre, trunks of columns and gravestone carvings scattered around an extensive archaeological park.

Roman City Ruins, Solin, Croatia

Trogir Cathedral

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Trogir Cathedral
Trogir Cathedral | © Gilles/Flickr
Dominating this historic island town, Trogir Cathedral dates back to the 1200s. You can tell, because ‘1240’ was carved into its elaborate portal by its creator, Master Radovan. The rest of this overpowering construction, built over 400 years, shows various ages of Dalmatian ecclesiastical architecture, Romanesque intertwined with Gothic.

Cathedral of St James

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Cathedral of St James
Cathedral of St James | © Serial Hikers/Flickr
Italian and Croatian masters created the Cathedral of St James in Šibenik in the 1400s. A Renaissance landmark and UNESCO World Heritage site, the cathedral is topped by a magnificent dome visible across the city centre. The fine detail on each portal has been brought out by extensive restoration.

Rector’s Palace

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Rector's Palace
© Jennifer Boyer / Flickr
A historic monument and fascinating city museum, the Rector’s Palace by the main square in Dubrovnik combines Venetian-Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque styles. Artefacts belonging to the elected Rector include sedan chairs, robes and clocks, set at quarter to six, the time when Napoleon’s troops entered the city in 1806.

St Mark’s Church

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St Mark's Church
St Mark's Church | © Dennis Jarvis/Flickr
Centrepiecing the prominent square of the same name in Zagreb, St Mark’s is known for its roof of red-white-and-blue chequered tiles and the coats of arms of Zagreb and Croatia. Dating back to the 1200s and given a Gothic makeover 150 years later, St Mark’s still hosts regular Mass.

Museum of Contemporary Art

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Museum of Contemporary Art
Museum of Contemporary Art | © JasonParis/Flickr
Known by its Croatian acronym of MSU, Zagreb’s Museum of Contemporary Art is the largest and most significant cultural landmark to open in Croatia for over a century. Pieces by abstract-geometric artists from the 1950s are a particular highlight, along with computer art from the early 1970s.

Zagreb Cathedral

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Zagreb Cathedral
Zagreb Cathedral | © Mr.FF9900/Flickr
The neo-Gothic twin towers of the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Holy Virgin Mary provide Croatia’s capital with a visual identity. Rebuilt after an earthquake in the late 1800s, Zagreb Cathedral is also known for its relief by Ivan Meštrović, marking the resting place of Archbishop Alojzije Stepinac.

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