I can’t believe its already been more than 2 weeks since we returned from our honeymoon in Switzerland, Slovenia, Croatia, and Munich. Today, I’m sharing three of my favorite ways to experience nature in Croatia!
1. See the waterfalls at Plitvice Lakes.
For me, there’s nothing better than coming across a waterfall on a hike. At Plitvice Lakes National Park, you’ll come across MANY. Not only are the waterfalls beautiful to look at, but the science behind them is also pretty cool. The development of the waterfalls, dams, and lakes in the park is caused by a buildup of calcium carbonate (chalk), which sticks to mucus secreted by bacteria and blue-green algae in the water. Because the process is dynamic, the size and location of the waterfalls are always changing (1).
The park has no shortage of incredible views, just be sure to get there early because there’s also no shortage of tourists. Route K is a bit longer and takes you up into the woods, where you’ll find some spectacular views from above. You’ll also avoid most of the crowds.
2. Find a (not-so hidden) hidden beach.
The coast of Croatia can get a little crazy, especially during the summer months. Happily, we decided to make a quick pitstop at a small, peaceful beach on our way from Plitvice Lakes to Opatija. It was the perfect spot to cool off (it was HOT!) with a little swim.
I could lie and say that we worked really hard to find this serene little spot but in actuality, if you’re driving along the Croatian coast, you should have no problem finding your own not-so-hidden beach.
3. Visit the coastal town of Opatija.
Opatija, one of the country’s many coastal towns, was probably our most “traditional” honeymoon destination. (i.e. there are beaches, cocktails, lots of good food…and lots of tourists.) We stayed up in the hills, where we had a peak of the sea below from our garden. The best views, though, can be found by looking back at the city from the sea. (A quick swim had me wishing for a waterproof camera.)
The town definitely has more of a party atmosphere than other places that we visited in Europe and lounging by the sea was a nice change of pace. The water was cool and clear enough to see small fish swimming along beside us. We ended up back at the same seaside bar and restaurant twice, just so we could be as close to the water as possible!
Have you ever visited Croatia? What did you love most about it? Let me know in the comments section below!