15 Reasons Croatia Should Be Your Next Big Trip
Looking for a European destination that's a little more unexpected? Obsessed with food and wine? Love history? If you answered yes to any of these, you'll want to move Croatia to the top of your must-see list immediately. Unlike other European destinations England, Italy
Walk Dubrovnik's Old Town Walls
Game Of Thrones fans will recognize this ancient walled city as the real-life version of Kings Landing, but even if you're not a fan of the HBO show you'll appreciate the beauty of the terracotta rooftops and sparkling blue waters of the Adriatic Sea from up above.
Drink Croatian Wine
Even though wine has been made in Croatia for centuries, it's widely unknown outside of the country–and we're not sure why, since it's absolutely delicious. Visit Tomi? Winery in the town of Jelsa for a tasting or head to D'vino Wine Bar in Dubrovnik to chat with their knowledgeable bartenders about the different varieties of Croatian wine, from powerful reds like Plavac Mali to fruity whites like Pošip.
Try Dalmatian Cuisine
Greece isn't the only country in the region with amazing seafood. Make reservations at Passarola in Hvar Town or Dvor in Split for some of the best examples of this coastal cuisine—think grilled squid, prawn risotto and fresh lobster pappardelle—in beautiful al fresco settings.
Rent a Villa
There are plenty of gorgeous hotels in Croatia, but if you're looking for a little more space and privacy, consider renting a villa through Airbnb—like a stunning five-bedroom home that sleeps 10. There are hundreds to choose from along the coast for all kinds of vacations, destination weddings and even bachelorette parties (just be sure to select the "suitable for events" filter when you book).
Watch the Sunset
You don't have to fly all the way to Eastern Europe to find a pretty sunset, but there's something magical about watching the sky change from flaming orange to the prettiest shade of purple from the pool of your hilltop villa.
Swim in a Hidden Cover
Ready to go off the grid? Spend a day island-hopping along the Pakleni Islands to discover dozens of secluded beaches that will have you
Drink with a View of a Historical Monument
Rent a Scooter
This summer, Dubrovnik is introducing an electric scooter sharing program so that locals and tourists alike can access less-crowded beaches along the coast without having to rent a car.
Walk Along Split's Waterfront
Instead of posting up at a bar for happy hour, pop
Jump off a Yacht into the Adriatic
While you can book a day cruise or a water taxi in Hvar Town to take you out to explore the Pakleni Islands, getting to jump off the bow of your own private yacht into the crystal-clear waters of the Adriatic Sea is totally worth the splurge–especially if you're traveling with a big group.
Explore Krka National Park
If you don't have enough time to make it inland to Plitvice Lakes, the waterfalls at Krka National Park are just a one-hour drive outside of Split and are equally as stunning. Plus you'll get to take in the view of Visovac Monastery located in the middle of a lake.
Head to North Istria
Most travelers spend all of their time in Dalmatia on Croatia's southern coast, but the Istria region in the north has just as many beautiful waterfront villages, amazing wine and seafood
See the Waterfalls at Plitvice Lakes
Plitvice Lakes National Park is made up of 16 lakes that cascade into each other, forming some of the most beautiful waterfalls you'll see in your life.
Head Inland to Zagreb
It's tempting to spend your entire vacation on the coast of Croatia, but the growing craft beer scene, colorful farmers markets, and elaborate Baroque architecture you'll find in Zagreb make it worth setting aside a few days to explore Croatia's capital city.
Sunbathe on Zlatni Rat Beach
While most of Croatia's coastline can be quite rocky, the soft sand on Zlatni Rat Beach on the island of Bra? juts out into the crystal-clear waters of the Adriatic making it one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.