Discover the museums
Croatia is bursting with history and so many museums are available to teach you all about it. Zagreb is the place for museums, and they’re in a class of their own. The Archaeological Museum is home to almost half a million artefacts and monuments from the prehistoric era to the mediaeval ages – that’s 2.5 million years!
Where else outside of California in the USA can you visit the Museum of Broken Relationships? It’s a collection of items, from trinkets to handmade dolls, each with a story of lost love to tell, from the profound to the comical. This isn’t quite illustrating the history of Croatia but is still super fascinating to have a browse, and closer to home than California.
For art lovers, the Croatian Museum of Naive Art is another museum in Zagreb and it’s the first museum to display this kind of art. Simply put, naive artists are those who are self taught or didn’t go to any form of art school. It started out as showcasing art of the working class and was founded as the Peasant Art Gallery but in response to criticism has since been renamed as the Museum of Naive Art.
Beach days and watersports
Zlatni Rat Beach is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful in the world, and is certainly one of the biggest attractions for holidays in Croatia. It’s an odd-looking stretch of beach, sometimes referred to as the ‘Golden Cape’ or ‘Golden Horn’, as, from above, the white pebbles are V-shaped and cut by a similarly-shaped grove of trees. The shape changes, however, based on the tide. Back into the trees, you’ll find the remnants of a Roman ‘villa rustica’, a large countryside estate leftover from ancient times.
Alternatively, if you’re looking for that classic tourist spot with all the facilities, Bacvice Beach in Split will attract you. Awarded Blue Flag status for cleanliness, you can enjoy beach days with sun beds and parasols, as well as nearby bars and restaurants for refreshments and snacks. Bacvice is also the original home of the beach game known as picigin, which is still frequently played on the shores today. The object of the game is to keep a small ball from touching the water, but the trick is, like volleyball, players bounce the ball in their hands instead of catching it – you’ll have to give it a try!