14 Reasons to visit and return to Croatia

Reasons to visit Croatia, by Packing my Suitcase.

On my first visit to Croatia I had no specific reasons in my mind to go there. I didn’t Google “reasons to visit Croatia”, the sea was already enough for me to go there. Though, after my second visit I realized that the sea wasn’t the only reason of my return, there were many others, and I am sure that after the next, and the next visits (yes, I do hope to return at least a few more times) I will discover some more to add to the list.

In the meantime, here are 14 reasons to visit and return to Croatia…

The Food

Reasons to visit Croatia, by Packing my Suitcase.

I have never ordered food in Croatia that I didn’t like. It seems to me that no matter where you go, the food will always be good. Pasta, meat or seafood, I have tried them all.

The Croatians

Street in Pula

Street in Pula

The Croatians are one of the nicest people I have ever met on my wanderings around the world. They are not only friendly and smiley, but also helpful and the kind of people dedicated to work and family.

The price

Croatian Kuna

Croatian Kuna

I am not sure how long it will last after becoming part of the EU, but the price in Croatia is unbelievable. From food to accommodation, the price is always fair, even in bigger and more touristic cities.

The nature

Biserujka Cave, Krk Island

Biserujka Cave, Krk Island

Croatia is blessed with nature. Caves, sea, lakes, mountains and waterfalls, you can see it all in the country.

The islands

Island near Brjuni Island

Island near Brijuni Island

There are over 1000 islands in Croatia and only 47 of them are inhabited! This is a paradise for islands lovers like me.

The History and Culture

Vrbnik, Krk Island

Vrbnik, Krk Island

Croatia is not only land of 1000 islands; it is also land of 1000 years of history and culture. The country was once inhabited by ancient Greeks, Romans, Slavs, and even Austrians, which resulted in a mix of culture that plays an important role in its art, music, education, gastronomy and more.

The turquoise sea

Brjuni Island

Brijuni Island

Can’t afford the Maldives? Well, there is Croatia, its clear and turquoise Adriatic Sea, and of course, its thousand islands. Snorkeling, diving, sunbathing, you name it!

The sunrises and sunsets

Sunrise in Baska, Krk Island

Sunrise in Baska, Krk Island

I have seen sunsets and sunrises in Croatia to never forget. They are no doubt among the most beautiful I have ever seen.

The climate

Baska, Krk Island

Baska, Krk Island

When Germany is getting cold, Croatia is still warm, and when Germany is getting warm, Croatia already is, which makes this country the perfect escape from the cold European countries. Did I mention how sunny it is? Even during winter?

Pet friendly

Enzzo in Baska, Krk Island

Enzzo in Baska, Krk Island

I am always happy to take Enzzo to Croatia. People are always friendly with dogs, there are specific beaches where you can take them, and they even can do boat tours!

The wines

Wine in Vrbnik, Krk Island

Wine in Vrbnik, Krk Island

Some regions of Croatia are wine producers for over 2000 years. The main wine produced is the white, followed by red and rosΓ©. In 2012 the country was the 21th largest producer of wine worldwide. I have tried their white wine in Krk Island, and I loved it… I still crave for some once in a while!

Diving

Reasons to visit Croatia, by Packing my Suitcase.

Croatia is where I did my first dive and got my Open Water Diver certification. Some people have no idea that it is possible to dive there, but rest assured: it is possible and it is a place I can highly recommend for beginners.

The architecture

The Amphitheater in Pula

The Amphitheater in Pula

In consequence of all the previous inhabitants of Croatia, there is a beautiful mix of architecture in the country. Roman and Greek ruins predominate. Simply breathtaking; no wonder it was chosen by the producers of the famous series Game of Thrones to serve as one of its scenarios.

The views

The Adriatic Sea seen from Baska

The Adriatic Sea seen from Baska

From above, on the ground, underwater, Croatia offers unique and unforgettable views. Beautiful landscapes of mountains and sea, lakes and waterfalls… does it sound like paradise to you?

Sunset in Baska, Krk Island

Sunset in Baska, Krk Island

Do I really need to find more reasons to convince you to visit Croatia?

 

 

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About Allane

A Brazilian living in Germany. Married to W. mommy to a baby girl and a Golden Retriever. Traveler, writer, aspiring photographer, diver, wine appreciator, Formula 1 fan, avid reader of historical and young adult fictions books. City girl, nature lover, believer of a better world, one little change at a time.

  • I was in non-coastal Croatia last October (incl Zagreb and a castle near Slovenian border) and it was ok. I definitely need to check out the coastal areas, particularly Rovinj. Also, I’ve heard that the sunsets are indeed incredible – I wonder why there…

    • Ohhh next time you really need to go to the coastal towns! Rovinj must be amazing, I went by pretty close but didn’t stop to check it out… next time I hope πŸ˜€

  • Places People Stories

    Very good reasons! I love Croatia, and would love to travel back one day as well! It is a really wonderful place!!!

    • Awwnn I hope you do go again πŸ˜€ I think it’s always good to return!!

  • Nihar Pradhan

    Yes, Allane, you rarely get countries with such diverse culture and rich history, beautiful landscapes and people so friendly. 1000 years old and 1000 islands, just few are inhabited plus a country once inhabited by Greeks and Romans, has to have a very rich culture. It must be a nature lover’s paradise…so many islands to explore plus the underwater diving and lovely sunset and it seems for the food lover it is equally a paradise. Also, good gateway from Germany when it is cold and bask in the glory of warm sunshine, and enjoy the wine in such romantic places…Wine in Vrbnik, Krk Island, the twin glasses looks stunning.
    Hope you are really enjoying your visit to Croatia.
    take care…
    πŸ˜€

    • Yes Nihar!! Croatia is certainly one of the best places to visit in the world. The country has a lot to offer, and the fact that it is so beautiful, which such nice people and cheap, it attracts lots of people. I love it that Munich is not far from there… πŸ˜€

      • Nihar Pradhan

        The way you have shared your thoughts, it must be one of the best place to visit, so many things it has got to offer. Yes, being close to Munich, you have the reach and the flexibility to do many other things are get there quickly…
        hope you are having a great weekend…
        πŸ˜€

        • It is a great place!!! I hope you visit it one day Nihar.. I love Croatia πŸ˜€
          I hope you had a lovely weekend, mine was very nice thank you!

  • You will love it!!! I hope you visit it sometime… I’m sure you will have a great time too πŸ˜€

  • Vlaaaad you have to go!!! You will love this country… I hope next year your road trip can work out.. I’m also hoping to go there again next year again!! πŸ˜€

  • Awwwwnnn thank you so much dear!!
    I saw that you shared it, I am very happy to know that you liked it πŸ˜€ I loooove that place!!

  • Yaaaaay now you will have to go soon!! I have no doubt whatsoever that you will love this place πŸ˜€ <3

  • hahaha πŸ˜€
    Ohhhh you must go next year Emily! It is one of my favourite places… Croatia is amazing πŸ˜€

  • Yaaaaay, no it doesn’t hurt that you love your own country, in fact I find this awesome! Besides, you surely have enough reasons to love your country… πŸ˜€
    I hope you go and visit your country soo πŸ˜€

  • You really don’t need to find more reasons to convince me to go! Next 2 years for me is a definite!!

    • yessss you need to go!! I find it exactly the kind of place you and Monkey will enjoy πŸ˜€

  • Gin

    I agree with you, Croatia is awesome ! I would love to go back !! The National parks and the food was awesome over there. Maybe a bit too hot (we went there in July/August)

    • I have also been there on August once and it was very hot indeed hahaha… happy that I was near the sea, where I spent most of the time hahaha πŸ˜€

  • hahahahaha yaaay you’re back!!
    I can tell that you had a great time in Croatia πŸ˜€
    Writing this post also made me want to go back asap!!
    Glad that you liked it!!

  • Mabel Kwong

    That is quite a lot of reasons to visit Croatia! Such an amazing sunrise you captured there. Stunning. That is always a good start to the day. And since there are so many islands and beaches, that means plenty of space for Enzzo or your pets to run around, and I’m sure they won’t get bored πŸ˜€

    I don’t know if this is true, but in Australia we hear quite a few horror stories about Croatia, like pick-pocketing :/

    • Yes!! Croatia is amazing… it’s becoming very popular in the past few years πŸ˜€ I love it there.
      No noo, I feel safe when in Croatia, never had a bad experience there. Of course some pick pocketing might happen there (even though so far I haven’t heard about it) but nothing compared to places like Paris and Rome!

      • Mabel Kwong

        So good you love it! I hear that is an affordable place to travel to πŸ˜€ That is good you feel safe. Maybe Australians are just over-worrying when it comes to traveling there. Or I am the one who worries to much πŸ˜€

        • hahaha don’t worry too much Mabel, life is beautiful πŸ˜€ just kidding, but really Croatia is not like that. Worry with Paris but not with Croatia πŸ˜‰

  • Ohhh I hope you go there!! Croatia is simply amazing!!
    Thank you so much, I’m happy to know you liked my photos πŸ˜€

  • Awwwwn really? How sweet!
    Coincidence or not, it was the first place I traveled to after getting married πŸ˜€

  • Yesss you definitely need to give it a go.. you won’t regret! Croatia is simply amazing πŸ˜€

  • hahaha awwwnn I’m so jealous!!
    You will love it πŸ˜€

  • Yess do it!! Croatia is a paradise for any kind os traveller… such a wonderful place!!
    The wine definitely doesn’t hurt hahaha πŸ˜€

  • You just found a reason to come back to Europe asap πŸ˜€ I hope you visit it someday!!

  • Hi Jess!! I hope you get to visit it sometime soon, you won’t regret it! Croatia is a magical place, I’m sure you will love it πŸ˜€

  • I have to agree with you Phoebe!! I still haven’t been to to Plitivice yet, but it definitely is on my list for next time!! I heard great things about it πŸ˜€

  • Hi Sabrina πŸ˜€
    Thank you, happy that you liked the photos and happy that you plan to visit Croatia… I hope you do it, you will love it πŸ˜€

  • I hope you do πŸ˜€ Croatia is an amazing country, and has lots to offer in many ways… and if you love the ocean, you will love Croatia πŸ˜€

  • How amazing Cindy!! Sailing there must be amazing.
    I hope you do go back many times… I too plan to go back again πŸ˜€

  • How cool!!!! I hope he does take you there some time soon, I’m sure you will have a wonderful time there… Croatia is simply amazing!

  • I am glad I made you add Croatia to your list, and once you visit it I’m sure you will be glad you did πŸ˜€

  • Hi Katja!! Wow, island hopping in Croatia sounds like a dream and something I would love to do someday!!
    I hope you get to return to Croatia sometime πŸ˜€

  • Yaaay, I hope you visit it sometime soon!! πŸ˜€

  • hahaha awesome!! I’m happy that now you are considering going there… I guarantee: you won’t regret πŸ˜€

  • Ohh I also would love to visit Split, and also Dubrovnik… and so many others, oh my! There are still so many places I need to visit there… such a lovely country πŸ˜€

  • yesss it was πŸ˜€

  • It’s a sign!!! You need to go πŸ˜€

  • Ohh I believe you!! Both cities are on my list for next time I visit Croatia πŸ˜€

  • Definitely πŸ˜€

  • Thank you dear πŸ˜€
    Happy to have convinced you, with the wine part hahaha I hope you go sometime soon, you won’t regret πŸ˜€
    And I’m happy to know that you are enjoying #MondayEscapes I’m happy to have you on board!

  • hahaha I hope you do go someday!! πŸ˜€ I love Croatia, and I;m sure you would love it there too!!

  • hahaha yaaay πŸ˜€

  • hahaha yaaay πŸ˜€

  • Hi Anja,

    Thank you so much for the lovely comment!!
    I LOVE your country! And guess what? I’m going again in August, this time we will visit Zagreb, Zadar and the places around it πŸ˜€
    Any tips you have on any of these places would be awesome… I can’t wait to go again!

  • hahahaha yess!! On my contact form your message goes straight to my inbox πŸ˜€
    Let’s keep in touch! Can’t wait to go to Croatia again, we were already making a few plans over the weekend!