11 unusual places worth visiting in Croatia.
The country of Croatia is full of strange sights worthy of attention. From passenger wrecks of Titanic times to traces of brontosaurs. Some of these interesting places are located on land, some under water.
Sunken ship “Baron Gauch”
The story of how the elegant Baron Gauch passenger liner went under water during World War II partially recalls the fate of the Titanic. The ship began its last journey from Kotor, Montenegro, heading to the port of Trieste. The ship was transporting refugees and military personnel. The fate of the vehicle is very tragic and associated with a stupid mistake: while the ship’s captain was sleeping, his deputy was having lunch, an inexperienced intern ignored the warning about the minefield laid down by the Austro-Hungarian troops. Killed 147 people. The liner crashed 40 kilometers from Brijuni Island. This place is popular with divers Pula and Porec.
Blue Cave, Bishevo
On the sparsely populated island of Bishevo, located near Vis, is a bright and impressive natural wonder of Croatia. In summer, boat trips are conducted here, in particular from the neighboring resort Komiza. Accessible only from the sea side, Bishevo Blue Cave is a limestone grotto with a hole in the floor through which the rays of the sun penetrate at noon. The effect lasts for two hours, while giving the impression that the cave glows blue. To experience the beauty of the place, visitors also explore the underwater part of the cave. The tour includes a picnic on the nearby beach.
The private holdings of the postwar leader Tito, Briuni Island, are strangely attractive. The Fanage Archipelago, near Pula, forms part of the Brijuni National Park of 14 islands. On the largest, Veliki Briuni, rare treasures are found: dinosaur tracks, Roman and Byzantine ruins, and even Europe’s first golf course. Tito later created his own safari park: there are elephants, zebras, and other animals that were presented by national leaders of European countries. Some animals still live free, and the rest as stuffed animals became exhibits of the museum nearby.
Ecocenter Kaput Insula
Located on the pristine island of Cres, the Kaput Insula Ecocenter is both a unique nature reserve and volunteer center. This institution specializes in protecting and controlling the population of rare vultures that nest nearby. These birds almost died out in continental Europe, and are found in some areas of Crete, Sardinia and Guernsey.
Walk along nature trails through Tramuntana, watching vultures, peregrine falcons and other rare birds.
The strangest attraction in the capital of Croatia, Zagreb, is the Grik tunnel under the fortifications of the Upper Town. A 350-meter tunnel was created during the Second World War as a bomb shelter. By the time construction was completed, the destructive bombing of Croatia had ceased. In the early 1990s, the place attracted DJs and ravers, who began to throw parties here. Recently it was reconstructed and soon the Museum of Senses will be opened in the tunnel.
Gulf of kandarola
Follow the path of the heir to the British throne, hiring a boat on the embankment of the island of Rab. Arriving in Kandarola Bay, tourists find themselves in a place where Edward VIII and his scandalous lover Wallis Simpson spent time together in 1936. The press captured celebrities absolutely naked, which established nudist traditions on the beach. Today popular with nudists, Kandarola Bay Beach attracts adventurous travelers.
Mongoose on the island of Mljet
Now about 1000 inhabitants and thousands of mongooses live on the island. This animal was brought from Asia over a hundred years ago to fight poisonous snakes. After defeating the aspids, the mongooses replaced the mammals that hunted birds. Now the island is recognized as a national park. When exploring Mljet along a single highway, it is difficult to avoid meeting these animals from the Jungle Book.
Museum of Divorces
The Divorce Museum began as a one-day project, but unexpectedly fell in love with tourists. The museum explores the mysterious experience of ending romantic relationships. This exhibition was invented by the artist Dreisen Grubizik and Olinka Vistika. Here are the heartbreaking souvenirs, notes, letters and trinkets that remain after parting.