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Things to do in Croatia

If you are in Croatia during the summer, most likely your first destination will be the Adriatic coast with its atmospheric walled cities and countless islands, but Croatia's capital and largest city, Zagreb, as well as other sights in the interior should also be on your list. A few must-sees in Croatia include the following stops:

Plitvice Lakes National Park. There are 16 lakes at this UNESCO site near the Bosnian border, arranged in a series of cascades. Thanks the effects of algae and mineral deposits, they have a dazzling variety of colors from greys to blues.

Dubrovnik. Another UNESCO heritage site, the town of Dubrovnik on the Adriatic peaked from the 15th to 17th centuries, when it was the capital of the independent Republic of Ragusa, a rival of Venice. It retains its medieval walls and streetscapes.

Split. The most famous sight of Croatia's second largest city is Diocletian's Palace, built in the 4th century, but many other buildings reflect the influence of Venice, which rules Split until the end of the 18th century.

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