Top Destinations for 2016: Northern Croatia
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Following on from our sojourn in the often-overlooked enclave of Montenegro, we’re hoping across the Balkans to its better known neighbour – Croatia. And more specifically, Northern Croatia: a stretch of land that includes national parks, lakes and private islands where you can lap up the sun to your heart’s content. Oh, and it’s home to some of the most unique museums you’ll ever encounter. Day trip to the Museum of Broken Relationships, anyone? Northern Croatia is split into various provinces, including Slavonia, inland and known for its food, architecture and raw beauty, and the central region which houses capital city Zagreb. Where to go Your top port of call in Croatia proper - and with new flights opening from Heathrow, probably your landing location - is the country’s capital, Zagreb. With more museums than hotels, a funicular to whisk you above the speckled orange rooftops into the heart of the church-filled old town, and numerous foodie hotspots to boot, you’ll be glad you made the time to visit. An hour and a half south of Zagreb is the UNESCO-listed (since 1979) Plitvice Lakes National Park – Croatia’s number one tourist attraction, according to the Croats themselves. Located between the capital and the coastal city of Zadar - a worthy spot in itself, but slightly too Dalmatian for our Northern Croatia guide - Plitvice does exactly as its name suggests: 16 lakes over 300 square kilometres, connected via waterfalls (the highest, the wonderfully named Veliki Slap, is 70 metres high) and wooden walkways. If you’re in doubt about whether to include it on your Northern Croatia itinerary, we direct you immediately to Google Image search. Slavonia is much less geared towards tourists than its neighbouring northern Croatian regions, but is likely to still be worth a visit if you’ve got extra time, or are feeling particularly like you want to get off the well-trod path. The area is known for its food, and its largest city is Osijek – the fourth largest in the country. What to do
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