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5 Places to Visit in Croatia
5 Places to Visit in Croatia-Croatian
Since then, Croatia has tried to build a new identity, combining both its natural and cultural heritage with a clear vision of the future. “The Mediterranean as it once was,” says the Croatian National Tourist Board motto, with a 21st-century nod towards respect for the environment and sustainable tourism. Let’s take a tour in this article. Let it be known the 5 Places to Visit in Croatia!

1. Plitvice Lakes National Park
5 Places to Visit in Croatia-Plitvice Lakes National Park

This famous attraction in Croatia is first on our list: and, not only first on this list, but also the most beautiful natural wonder in Croatia and all of Europe. This park consists of several breathtaking lakes, waterfalls, and lush forest. Though, the most-visited are the 16 interconnecting lakes that are divided into upper and lower clusters. The lakes give a contrast of distinct colors from turquoise to blue, green and gray. We are pretty sure, you would admire how the “Veliki Slap” looks like during winter season.

Tourists can see face-to-face this natural wonder and surrounding area by walking along the assortment of wooden walkways as well as by boat.

2. Pula
5 Places to Visit in Croatia-Pula

The Pula city is located at the southern tip of the Istria peninsula in the Adriatic Sea. This city is popular for its rich ancient-Roman-times view of the arena (well-preserved Roman amphitheatre found in the heart of the city). This will take you as far back as when fans flocked the city’s amphitheater to watch gladiator fights. Though, we all know, during those times, various governments ruled by power over centuries. No worries, because Pula belongs to Croatia today. Aside from Roman ruins and mix of cultures, the city also has a long tradition of winemaking, fishing, and shipbuilding.

3. Trakošćan Castle
5 Places to Visit in Croatia-Trakošćan Castle

“I’m not a princess, this ain’t a fairy tale
I’m not the one you’ll sweep off her feet,
Lead her up the stairwell
This ain’t Hollywood, this is a small town.”
– Taylor Swift|White Horse

Taylor Swift was right about that. This Trakošćan Castle ain’t a fairy tale or Hollywood. Because, the most amazing Croatian castle is sitting atop a hill in the small town of Varaždin. How old is the castle? It dates back to the 13th century. The man-made lake built at the foot of the castle makes the Trakošćan Castle a total package. In 1953, the castle was opened to the public as a museum until now.

Here, have a 360° look at the Trakošćan Castle: http://www.trakoscan.hr/360/virtual-tour2/

4. Rovinj
5 Places to Visit in Croatia-Rovinj

Now, let’s go to the star attraction of the northern Istrian peninsula. In the 5 Places to Visit in Croatia, Rovinj is actually one of the most visited. Why? It is also known as a traditional fishing village.  Discover the verdant islands, hike through the woodlands of the Golden Cape or seek out a little-known sunbathing spot along the coast. This archipelago of 20 islands has an old town set on a small peninsula. Just by imagining that, it feels like you are personally on a one-of-a-kind island where narrow streets of cobblestone, stairways, arches, and other interesting architecture are found. Some of the world-renowned structures in the city are the 12th century town clock and St. Euphemia’s Basilica.

5. Veli Rat Lighthouse
5 Places to Visit in Croatia-Veli Rat Lighthouse

This place will actually fulfill two of your wish lists: travel to see a prestigious lighthouse, and swim on clear sea water. This active lighthouse serves as a specific landmark of the village (Veli Rat). Veli Rat Lighthouse is frequently visited by guests from all over the world since the lighthouse’s location is dense or surrounded by  pine trees, beautiful bays, and pebble beaches; it is considered one of the most beautiful, popular vacation destinations in the Adriatic.

How old is the lighthouse? It was built in 1849 during the Austro-Hungarian rule and was used by seamen by then. The 40-meter (130 feet)-high lighthouse now serves as a tourist attraction. How is it maintained? The lighthouse keeper and his family live in the lighthouse, so expect a warm welcome with every visit.

5 Places to Visit in Croatia-flag map This combination of timeless unspoilt nature coupled with beautifully-preserved centuries-old architecture and a lively contemporary cultural scene, including an ever-growing number of electronic and alternative music festivals, promises rewarding memories for anyone who wishes to explore it now.

Pro Tip: If you’re planning to fullfill the 5 Places to Visit in Croatia, make sure to do your research first; also try looking to book your flights using online travel agencies as they tend to, on average, reduce airfare costs by about 43%, a few good ones being Flighthub.com, Travelocity.com, JustFly.com or Expedia.com.

 

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Croatia Airlines Reviews

The government-owned national airline of Croatia traces its roots back to August 20, 1989 as “Zagal” (Zagreb Airlines) with a single Cessna 402. But initially they only provided cargo services for UPS. Though after the democratic elections in 1990, the airline was rebranded to “Croatia Airlines”. A McDonnell Douglas MD-82 was added to the fleet in 1991, when Croatia Airlines had an agreement with Adria Airways. However, due to the Croatian War of Independence, the airline was forced to suspend operations.

In 1992, when the airline had finally commenced operations, they acquired three Boeing 737 from Lufthansa. By then Croatia Airlines had became the national airline of the newly-independent country and made its first inaugural flight from Zagreb to Frankfurt.
Croatia Airlines Reviews-aircraftNow, the airline is still fully owned by the government of Croatia while being managed by their president and CEO, Krešimir Kučko. Carrying the company slogan “Više od udobnog leta” which means “More than a comfortable flight,” Croatia Airlines had been a member of Star Alliance since November 2004. They operate flights to 27 destinations (for the list, click here) with 12 aircraft.

Flying with Croatia Airlines
Croatia Airlines has two types of services classified as Economy and Business Class. Passengers are offered free food and beverages which vary depending on the class of travel, the flight duration and the part of the day. Business Class travellers are served with snacks and a cold/warm meal while, in Economy Class, international flights, passengers are offered with variety of snacks though they can freely choose something from their selection of meal with beverages.
Croatia Airlines Reviews-on board
For special occasions, the airline offers cake and wine at 25-30€ on board.

Croatia Airlines Reviews-attendantFor entertainment, travellers has the option access their inflight magazine or go for online shopping. Though the only form of video system is equipped with video systems used to broadcast instructions for emergency situations.

Their frequent flyer program, Miles&More, lets travellers earn miles while flying with them. These miles can be redeemed in due time for several travel related discounts, upgrades and other type of airline accommodation.

Official Website and Mobile App
The overall impact and functionality of their page is easy to navigate. Everything is simply organized and understandable. The official page lets customers search and book flights online, check flight status and timetable. Apart from that, travellers can also book for a hotel reservation and car rental services. The page doesn’t seem useful but believe me it’s loaded with information such as news, policies, services and newsletter services.
Croatia Airlines Reviews-page
Croatia Airlines has a mobile version of these services available in iOS and Android devices. With the mobile app, customers can book a flight, download mobile boarding pass or receive it via SMS. Manage bookings, obtain all relevant information they need to prepare for their flight and even contact details of the airline’s offices.

Croatia Airlines Reviews of Passengers
Though the services are broad, the review are just average. I wonder why? Let’s check them. According to 58 Croatia Airlines reviews, the airline had gathered a 6/10 rating score on Skytrax. On a positive note the recent feedback are mostly positive. To be safe let’s just consider the Croatia Airlines reviews as mixed, yet overall average.
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How To Reach Them?

  • Website URL:                         www.croatiaairlines.com
  • Contact Number:                   +385 1 667 65 55
  • Contact Email:                       contact@croatiaairlines.hr
  • Fax Number:                          +385 1 616 01 52
  • Head Office Address:             Croatia Airlines d.d. Bani 75b, Buzin 10 010 ZAGREB HRVATSKA

Conclusion
Croatia Airlines might not be at the top, but the country’s attractions sure had top the record internationally. They just need to work their travel accommodations properly starting with their own flag carrier. We believe that in time Croatia Airlines will sure be part of the major airlines on the top list. Because they deserve it.

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