Croatian vacation

Some lesser-known treasures

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Lidija Crnkic, Editor in Chief

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Ah, Croatia, an ancient land full of both natural and manmade beauties. I was actually born in the capital of this nation- Zagreb. I have family that lives there and in Bosnia and I visit them in the summers, so I can confirm that with my own two eyes I’ve seen how lovely this country on the Mediterranean truly is. Here are only a small few of the many sights.

Plitvice Lakes National Park
This is easily the most beautiful national park in Croatia. It’s composed of 16 crystalline lakes interconnected through a series of waterfalls, cascades, and 18 kilometers (11.2 miles) of wooden footbridges and pathways. It can take six hours or more to explore the park on foot, but two hours can be cut by taking the park’s free boats and buses, which operate from April to October. The tallest waterfall in Croatia, dubbed Veliki Slap, is located here, and is 78 meters (256 feet) tall. In 1979, the park was added to the UNESCO World Heritage register.

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Trakošćan Castle

Now this is a real-life storybook castle if I’ve ever seen one. Surrounded by stunning forests, mountains, and even a river, the scene is set perfectly. Amidst the foliage rises Trakošćan, a castle that dates back to the 13th century. Its bright white walls and orange roofing stands out vibrantly against the landscape. It is protected and preserved as a Cultural Good of Croatia, and is open year-round, so you can see it in a sparkling winter wonderland or a blooming spring paradise.

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Zadar’s Sea Organ and Sun Salutation

In Zadar, the oldest continuously inhabited city in Croatia, are located two breathtaking marvels: the Sea Organ and the Sun Salutation. They’re pieces of art that use nature to produce beautiful sounds and sights. The organ plays music generated by the motion of waves through organ pipes built under the large marble steps. It produces an unpredictable, mystifying stream of sound that never ends. The salutation consists of solar cells under glass panels, and at night, the energy collected will display a series of bright colorful lights meant to represent the motion of the solar system. The movement of the lights depends on the solar energy collected that day and on the power of the waves. It’s the perfect place to watch the sun set over the water.

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