Croatia serves as a bridge between Central and Southeast Europe. It borders the northern part of the Caribbean, east across the sea from Italy. The Plitvice Lakes are one of the candidates for the Seven Natural Wonders of Europe and serve as a highlight wonder for Croatia.
Discover the natural wonders of Croatia below:
Plitvice Lakes National Park
Considered as Croatia’s most popular attraction, Plitvice Lakes National Park was already granted by UNESCO a World Heritage status in the year 1979. It is located approximately halfway in between Zadar, located on the coast, and Zagreb, the capital city. The lakes are certainly a must-see spot in Croatia.
The real beauty of the park lies in sixteen lakes that are interconnected by various waterfalls that is set within deep woodlands that are populated by bears, boars, deer, wolves, and also rare bird species. Plitvice National Park covers an area of 300 square kilometers, totaling a distance of 8 kilometers.
The altitude differs as its highest point is measured at 1,280m, and the lowest measured at 380m, though the overall difference in height between all the lakes is only about 135m. The Plitvice Lakes National Park offers fantastic tours that are filled with stunning scenes.
Mijet Island in Croatia is a highly forested paradise wherein many legends and stories originates. Stories about Apostle Paul and Odyssey, as well as Benedictine monk stories, and many more, all took place on this island that is only 30 km or 15 miles from Dubrovnik.
Mijet is Dubrovnik archipelago’s largest island, it is elongated in shape, with a length of 37 km and an average width of only 3 km. In the island’s northwestern part, an area measuring to 5.375 hectares that are mainly protected land (Mljet National Park).
The national park in Mijet is a very scenic area that boasts with unique charm that features two salt lakes that are connected. This is why it is considered by many as one of nature’s masterpieces, like the Great Lake with an overall area of 145 hectares, and a depth of 46m and also the Small Lake that covers an area totaling to 24 hectares and a depth of 29m.
Brac Island is central Dalmatian group of islands’ largest island and the third largest of the Adriatic islands. Its overall area is 394.57 square kilometers with a population of 13,824. From the mainland, the island is parted by the Brac Channel, and from Solta Island, it parted by the Splitska Vrata, and from Hvar Island, by the Hvar Channel.
The island’s highest peak, Vidova Gora or Vitus’ Mount, is measured at 778 m, and also all of Croatian island’s highest peak. Its coast’s limestone area is steep and rocky, while the rest is low and sandy, specifically on the island’s southern area from Bol to Farska, and also in the northern area from Supetar to Sutivan.
Brijuni Island is located in Istria’s southwestern coast, were proclaimed as a national park in the year 1983. It covers an area totaling to 2,700 acres that consist of fourteen large and small islands, wherein the largest are Mali Brijuni and Veliki.
The Brijuni National Park is considered by many as an oasis that boasts with magnificent harmony between humans, animals and plant life. It’s considered by many tourists a very pleasant health resort due to the area’s 700 different plant species added to almost 250 different bird species, and the island’s mild Mediterranean climate.
Traces of dinosaurs, antiquity remain, and also achievements of times can be seen in the area. Its resort is gaining much popularity not just in Europe, but all over the world. Train tours take visitors through different natural beauties, a safari park, a residential Roman villa and many interesting sights.
Zlatni Rat Island
The Zlatni Rat Island, or referred to also as the Golden Horn or Golden Cape, is a land located almost 2 kilometers or 1 mile from Bol‘s west a harbour town located on Brac Island’s e southern coast, in the Dalmatia region. Its boundaries extend to the Hvar Channel in the Adriatic Sea that is in between the Brac and Hvar islands. The island’s landform is composed of white pebbles, and also a Mediterranean pine grove.
Beaches on both sides extend to about 634 meters or 2,080 feet altogether, but the island’s shape and overall length vary depending on the tide, current, and also the wind. The island’s far end, often shift towards the west depending on weather conditions, especially during strong southeasterly Sirocco wind.