Well, hello traveler! Thinking about visiting the Adriatic Coast but you need that last push? Not quite sure what all the buzz is about and whether it is worth it? We have selected five top reasons why you should head to the Adriatic this summer.

Why summer? While it can be quite hot and crowded, these are precisely the reasons why most tourists flock to the Adriatic Coast from May to October, with July and August being the busiest months. This is when international music and film festivals happen under the starry nights in Dubrovnik, Split, Zadar and Pula, or when Salsa dancers from all over the world gather in Rovinj to dance, swim and party for a whole week.

You can escape the heat by swimming in the refreshing and transparent Adriatic Sea, and also find your secluded beach if you follow tips from locals (or us). If you don’t like the crowds and prefer a more low-key vacation and time of the year, we will have a separate blog post for you in a few weeks.

In the meantime, here are the top five reasons why you should visit the Adriatic this summer.

Reason 1: You haven’t visited yet

All of your friends are bragging about their last summer’s trip to Croatia, aren’t they? They probably also speak about that Game of Thrones tour they did in Dubrovnik, don’t they? If you’re still trying to impress them with your stories of how you visited Italy a few years ago but nobody is listening, well, maybe it’s time to book a trip to the Croatian Riviera!

Reason 2: You love history

We know there is an inner nerd in you who can’t wait to hop on that plane and explore over 2,000 years of history in the Adriatic region. From the Roman amphitheater (built between 27 BC – 68 AD) in Pula, to the Diocletian’s Palace in Split (4th century AD), the historic city of Dubrovnik – a UNESCO Heritage Site, and the alleged home of the explorer Marco Polo on the island of Korcula, the Adriatic will not leave history buffs disappointed.

Reason 3: You’re a foodie

Food is important – but for foodies, it’s an essential part of every journey to a new destination. The food in the Adriatic region is very diverse. Many cultures have influenced the culinary habits of the people in this eclectic region. While fish and seafood are very common on the coast, people from the inland love their meat. When it comes to describing what the food tastes like, one could say Italy-meets-Greece-meets-Turkey-meets-Hungary-meets-Austria. Curious yet?

Reason 4: You like nature and staying active

While there are plenty of activities you can do on the coast – like sailing, diving, snorkeling, wind surfing, kayaking or swimming – the inland is quite as interesting in the Adriatic region. In Croatia, you can go river rafting in the Krka National Park, visit the ancient lakes of Plitvice, hike in Paklenica, or if you are in Slovenia, you have plenty of options on their 10,000 kilometers of marked hiking trails.

Reason 5: You love movies and concerts under the stars

In a 2,000 year old amphitheater, if we may add. Or on a hilltop medieval town in the middle of Istria. Or in the atrium of a Renaissance palace in Dubrovnik? People in the Adriatic region cherish life’s simple pleasures, such as spending a few hours in good company under a starry, warm summer night. Add to it some tasty food, a glass of wine and a concert or movie, and it will quickly become one of your favorite memories!

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