Croatia has established a rich reputation for itself as one of the most visited summer destinations; boasting recording breaking music festivals and sunny beach island parties. But did you know that this magical country is just as exciting during the colder months as it is in summer…okay, not entirely. This country is also known for captivating natural views and snow-capped mountains during winter where you can go on a skiing adventure. The following are some of the top winter destinations in Croatia.
It might seem unconventional to tour the city Dubrovnik during winter given the number of tourists that throng this place in summer. However, this amazing destination still receives a good share of visitors even in these sub-zero temperatures. The famous ancient city walls remain an all-time attraction and the views of the sea become even more dramatic in the bleak winter light. The city never gets dull despite the cold, given the colorful Winter Festival which occurs between November and March. The old town gets quite busy as Christmas approaches with magical lights, as stall lines emerge in the streets. New Year’s Eve is also marked by an open-air celebration in the main square featuring a double dose of festivals.
Croatia’s most renowned national park maintains its sweeping natural beauty even in the colder months of the year. In fact, the park gets to be more dazzling in winter; buzzing with natural life and a variety of panoramic sights and sounds. A good example is the cascades gushing down into the blue-green lakes. As the lakes freeze over while the waterfalls turn into ice, the place turns into a spectacular scene. It’s the closest thing to Narnia you are ever going to see.
Istria might just be the best destination in Croatia during winter. There is a lot to see and experience in this verdant peninsula defined by coastal resorts and customary hilltop villages sandwiched between mainland Croatia and Italy. Once ruled over by Rome, Istria still maintains some Italianate influences when it comes to the architecture of its Croatia property and cuisine. It is the perfect destination for your winter walks as you enjoy an array of breath-taking views. The local wine industry is also vibrant, as well as gastronomy and rural accommodation.
This hilly nature park is another popular destination where picnickers, skiers, and hikers converge in heart of the winter season. On its highest peak- Sljeme, you’ll find a world-class hub for winter sports where a number of World Cup events have been held in the past. If the slopes are too much, you can always enroll in a beginner’s course in snowboarding and skiing. The woods surrounding Sljeme are lined with trails and scattered cabins where guests can get accommodation or sample the local cuisine including mlinci pasta with turkey.
This attractive town is frequently visited all year round but the highlight comes during the autumn and winter seasons. Hikers hit the surrounding hills and descend upon this picturesque community with a wealth of attractions. Cozy cafes dot this amazing land, serving the region’s signature cream cake, locally known as samoborska kremsnita.