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Croatia: Readers’ Choice Destination of a Year 2016

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.

The arguably biggest pull of Croatia in 2016? The success of HBO’s Game of Thrones series. Tourism has boomed in new years as fans of a uncover have sought out a overwhelming landscapes and well-preserved chronological architecture. Walk a ramparts of a Lovrijenac Fortress (the Red Keep in King’s Landing) in Dubrovnik and you’ll  recall a contest stage from King Joffrey’s name day celebration. Visit Diocletian’s Palace in Split and you’ll find yourself in Daenarys’s bench room.

Destination of a Year Reader's Choice, Croatia
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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.

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