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Which is the most visited destination in Croatia in 2016? Dubrovnik, that is correct! With three million 468 thousand 888 overnight stays, Dubrovnik took the title of the most attractive destination in Croatia! This is not surprising given the reputation that Dubrovnik has in the eyes of tourists from Europe and the world. Here’s a list of ten Croatian destinations that recorded the greatest number of overnight stays, we will start in ascending order:

 

10) Novalja (Island of Pag) – 1,777,034 overnight stays

 

Novalja in recent years has become one of the main places of entertainment to which, before all, the young people come. Along with the city of Hvar, Novalja has become a major destination for young people in Croatia during the summer. Festivals of club music on the beach Zrće attract young people from Europe and the world and this is exactly what many young people want in the summer – to relax with dance and music on one of the most beautiful beaches on the Adriatic. If you want to move away a little from the noise, I recommend a beautiful remote beach Ručica near the place Metajna. The Pag cheese and lamb is what will appeal to most. The centuries-old olive trees near the place Lun are very impressive to see and are a true rarity. About one thousand and five hundred wild olive trees are protected and declared a botanical reserve.

HOTELS IN NOVALJA

 

Photo credit: Tourist Board Novalja

Photo credit: Tourist Board Novalja

Photo credit: Tourist Board Novalja

 

9) Zagreb – 1,952,125 overnight stays

 

The largest city and the Croatian capital Zagreb, in recent times, is becoming increasingly interesting to tourists. Tourists ever more often incorporate it into their wish lists when visiting Croatia and neighboring countries.

For the second year in a row, Zagreb was awarded Best Christmas Market. Zagreb as a city of about 700 thousand residents without doubt is one of the destinations that have the best year-round offer in Croatia. Gornji grad (Upper Town), Ban Jelačić Square, Tkalčićeva Street, Maksimir Park, Mirogoj Cemetery, Zrinjevac, St. Mark Church, Zagreb Cathedral (Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary), Donji grad (Lower Town), Zagreb Eye, Kamenita vrata (Stone Gate), Dolac Market, Croatian National Theatre, Funicular Railway are the most visited points in the Croatian capital.

HOTELS IN ZAGREB

 

Photo credit: Tourist Board Zagreb

Photo credit: Tourist Board Zagreb

Photo credit: Tourist Board Zagreb

 

8) Funtana – 1,983,560 overnight stays

 

Funtana is located on the most indented part of the Istrian peninsula and abounds with bays, islets, reefs and shoals. This small fishing and tourist village with more than fifty-year-long tradition in tourism and with only a thousand inhabitants achieves really big numbers when it comes to overnight stays. One hotel, a resort and several camps, one of which naturist, and a marina are strong accommodation capacities of Funtana. And at the same time, to children and adults it can be very interesting and they can have a lot of fun in two aquaparks nearby, Istralandia and Aquacolors, theme park Dino park, Aeropark, cave Baredine… And when we add to this the Istrian cuisine in restaurants and taverns in Funtana, emphasizing truffles, it is clear to us from where the high figure comes.

HOTELS IN FUNTANA

 

Photo credit: Tourist Board Funtana

Photo credit: Tourist Board Funtana

Photo credit: Tourist Board Funtana

 

7) Crikvenica – 1,983,743 overnight stays

 

A diverse landscape of the inland forest regions, through the fertile valley of Vinodol, to the coastal area and beaches with the crystal clear Adriatic Sea. Crikvenica had the first hotel more than 125 years ago. Hotels, private accommodation, hostels and camp sites in the neighboring places Selce and Dramalj are offered to guests. For the adventurous, there is a possibility of paragliding (Paragliding Kvarner) and going down by the first European zip-line over the sea. The zip-line Kačjak near Dramalj has two routes: one ends up on the opposite side of the mainland, and the other in – the sea! Lovers of marine life will enjoy the Aquarium. In Crikvenica pets like dogs come into their own: Crikvenica has a special beach for dogs – Monty’s Beach Bar.

HOTELS IN CRIKVENICA

 

Photo credit: Tourist Board Crikvenica

Photo credit: Tourist Board Crikvenica

Photo credit: Tourist Board Crikvenica

 

6) Mali Lošinj – 2,196,207 overnight stays

 

Holidays on one of the Adriatic islands is particular in relation to the land. The small town of Mali Lošinj is situated in a natural bay with typical Mediterranean houses, and above them the green hills. The pebble beaches Čikat and Sunčana uvala (Sunny bay) on the south side of the island, with walkways and old pine trees, attract thousands of tourists. Among the pines of Čikat in the 19th century the wealthy elite of Vienna and Budapest built villas and hotels for vacation on “healthy air” of Mali Lošinj. The top places to visit are certainly thematic lookout Providenca offering a view of the small town of Mali Lošinj and the entire island of Lošinj, and the museum Apoxiomen where the antique statue extracted from the Lošinj underwater is exposed. South of the island of Lošinj there is a very interesting small island of Susak, the only island of sand on the Adriatic. On the Susak there are no cars and traffic and it is known for its shallow sandy bays.

HOTELS IN MALI LOŠINJ

 

Photo credit: Tourist Board Mali Lošinj

Photo credit: Tourist Board Mali Lošinj

Photo credit: Tourist Board Mali Lošinj

 

5) Umag – 2,358,679 overnignt stays

 

The beaches with clean sea are one of the main advantages of Umag: Katoro, Kanova, Polynesia and Stella Maris. One of the interesting attractions of Umag for all ages is the Squirrel Park (Park vjeverica) near the hotel Melia Coral. Squirrels are very widespread in the area of Umag, which encouraged local activists to set up this ecological park. Istrian wines and superb olive oil are worth tasting. Wild asparagus, Istrian smoked ham, truffles and shells St. Jacques scallops, or “Kapešante” as the locals call them, attract culinary-oriented tourists. In Livade, 35 minutes away location by car, in the inner Istria, there is the most famous place in Istria and Croatia for enjoying the taste of truffles. It is the restaurant Zigante.

HOTELS IN UMAG

 

Photo credit: Tourist Board Umag

Photo credit: Tourist Board Umag

Photo credit: Tourist Board Umag

 

4) Medulin – 2,701,585 overnight stays

 

Medulin is located on the very south of Istria and was once a fishing village, today completely devoted to tourism. Numerous beaches, extremely rugged coastline, close to Brijuni National Park and the Roman amphitheater in Pula, modern accommodation capacities, hiking trails and bike routes are one of the reasons of a big number of overnight stays in Medulin. Recommendable is a visit to a nearby small island Levan where you can swim and enjoy coffee or beer, take a trip by a wooden boat and see up close the lighthouse on the small island Porer or sea caves. If you are an active tourist, you will enjoy kayaking across the Medulin archipelago, parachuting in two, diving on the southernmost point of the Istrian peninsula Cape Kamenjak or the panoramic flights by sport aircrafts.

HOTELS IN MEDULIN

 

Photo credit: Tourist Board Medulin

Photo credit: Tourist Board Medulin

Photo credit: Tourist Board Medulin

 

3) Poreč- 3,096,094 overnight stays

 

Poreč is a small town of 11,000 inhabitants that boasts a cultural heritage under the UNESCO protection. It is the Euphrasian Basilica from the 6th century. In addition to the valuable basilica, tourists can admire the old town center whose foundations were set up by the ancient Romans. Also worth seeing are certainly street Decumanus, Round Tower, Romanesque House, Pentagonal Tower, Marafor Square from the Roman era, Zuccato Palace, House of Two Saints and the North Tower. If you like tractors, especially your children, go to the Tractor Story, a museum of the tractor. The Parenzana Train is a narrow-gauge tourist train that takes you through the central Istria from Vižinada to Motovun. On the way, you taste autochthonous dishes and drinks, and these lines in the past connected Trieste and Poreč. Among natural beauties in Poreč, it is advisable to see the pit cave Baredine. It’s nice to walk the paths through the Poreč lagoons – Blue Lagoon and Green Lagoon. Near Poreč there are two known aquaparks: Istralandia and Aquacolors. In restaurants and taverns it is good to taste, for example, the meat of Istrian cattle „Boškarin“, the Istrian truffles, smoked ham or Istrian types of pasta: fuži, ravioli, posutice and macaroni. Poreč is becoming increasingly popular among young party-goers, so that the discotheque Byblos so far hosted prominent electronic sound artists such as David Guetta, Erick Morillo, Umek, Sander Kleinenberg, Sharam, Axwell, Paul Oakenfold, David Morales…

HOTELS IN POREČ

 

Photo credit: Tourist Board Poreč

Photo credit: Tourist Board Poreč

Photo credit: Tourist Board Poreč

 

2) Rovinj – 3,418,062 overnight stays

 

The first association at the mention of this Istrian tourist pearl is a picturesque medieval peninsula, formerly an island separated by a channel, from which a baroque church of St. Euphemia rises. The other is, of course, more than a hundred years old protected Park Forest Zlatni rt (Golden Cape), also known as Punta Corrente and Cap Auero. Rovinj is a town of serried houses, narrow streets and small squares. It is a town with about 14,000 inhabitants, a rich fishing tradition and 22 islands, islets and rocks. It is advisable to visit the old town, the Golden Cape, the town harbor, the church of St. Euphemia, the island of St. Andrew, Brijuni National Park and the island of St. Catherine. Do not forget to climb up to the bell tower of St. Euphemia church and enjoy the breathtaking view. For swimming and sunbathing the best are the rocky and sandy beaches and coves: Baluota, Mulini, Zlatni rt (Golden Cape), Lone, Škaraba, Kuvi and the beaches on the island of St. Andrew and St. Catherine. Rovinj has plenty of hotels with four stars, two of them with five.

HOTELS IN ROVINJ

 

Photo credit: Tourist Board Rovinj

Photo credit: Tourist Board Rovinj

 

Photo credit: Tourist Board Rovinj

 

1) Dubrovnik – 3,468,888 overnight stays

 

Dubrovnik, the Croatian champion in number of overnight stays for the year 2016, is a frequent choice of places to travel to of many most influential world media. So, this year The New York Times ranked it among the 52 places in the world which it recommends to visit in 2017. Because of the amazing and attractive city walls and preserved old town, Dubrovnik is a place of shooting the world famous TV series “Game of Thrones”, the eighth installment of the series “Star Wars“, and currently the film about Robin Hood “Robin Hood: Origins” is being shot. This a thousand and four hundred old town does not attract only the movie producers. On the contrary, Dubrovnik is a magnet for tourists from around the world. It used to be a strong maritime-commercial center of the Adriatic and the Mediterranean. It is situated in a favorable geographic location at the entrance to the Adriatic Sea and is the first by islands protected point of the maritime route from east to west, and by the valley of the Neretva River it is in a fastest way linked to the hinterland.

Take the cable car from the center of Dubrovnik up the hill Srđ where you can enjoy a really beautiful view. Go through the main street Stradun, walk the walls and enter the cathedral of St. Blaise (Sv. Vlaho), the patron saint of Dubrovnik. I would recommend a visit to the island of Lokrum, War Photo Gallery, and, of the beaches, Banje and St. Jacob. They both have views to the city walls and the port. For those who like to return briefly to Dubrovnik’s history, I recommend a trip by replica of the Dubrovnik merchant ship Karaka (Carrack) from the 16th century. Those who like movement and action will choose kayaking up to Lokrum or adventurous ride by buggies above the Srđ hill.

HOTELS IN DUBROVNIK

 

Photo credit: Tourist Board Dubrovnik

 

Photo credit: Tourist Board Dubrovnik

 

Photo credit: Tourist Board Dubrovnik


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