This year’s readers’ choice leader for Travel + Leisure’s Destination of a Year is Croatia, that prisoner 28 percent of a opinion in an online poll. In a tighten second, with 24 percent of a vote, is Portugal, that T+L editors chose as a tip end for 2016. In third place was Pittsburgh, that has undergone a informative rebirth and warranted a nickname Robot City, interjection to a tech-start-up scene.
A Mediterranean favorite, Croatia is a valuables in a climax of a Adriatic—the Gothic cities of Split and Dubrovnik have prolonged been ports of calls for large-ship cruises—but offer internal you’ll learn one of a final untried stretches in a region, where sheep ramble a panorama to graze on furious sage, and locals sell homemade olive oil and cheeses.
But Croatia is most some-more than only a pleasing film set; there’s distant some-more to see than a dual Gothic cities.
Zagreb, a capital, is a bustling civic core along a Sava River with a abounding history, 19th-century architecture, many recorded landmarks and museums, and a smart new pattern district Martićeva. The noble five-star Esplanade Hotel non-stop in 1925 to offer passengers on a Orient Express, though other boutique options have non-stop in new years, including a Hotel Antunović and Hotel Jarun. The grill Zinfandel’s, inside of a Esplanade, is contemporary Croatian dining during a finest.
Croatia has dual inhabitant parks that underline overwhelming lakes, caves, and tiered bluish waterfalls combined by a complicated limestone and marker deposits in a water. Stroll a wooden boardwalk during Plitvice Lakes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The smaller Krka National Park, dual hours south by car, is only as magical.