According to Lonely Planet, Croatia's capital city Zagreb is Europe's top destination this year. After watching their video, I think you'll find it hard to disagree. But hold up, you say, isn't this a blog about yachting in Croatia? What does an inland capital city have to do with luxury cruising in the Adriatic Sea? Well, read on and after Lonely Planet's great introduction we follow up with an explanation of why yacht lovers might want to spend a couple days inland this year, away from the sea, discovering a long overlooked European gem.
So why might a yacht enthusiast want to visit the inland capital of Zagreb, you ask:
1. Why NOT? It's Convenient
Zagreb has a new state of the art airport terminal with daily connections to Croatia's coastal cities like Dubrovnik and Split that are only an hour away, as well as to other major European capitals. It's an ideal destination to spend a quick couple of days without losing hardly any time - a perfect way to start or end a trip.
2. It's Unique
There's so much to do and see in Zagreb, and since it's packed into a small area, you can see it all on a short trip. Visit the old town, multiple museums, a Gothic Cathedral, stroll through long green parks, relax for coffee on a city square, enjoy a meal with world class wine, and stay out late over craft beer or cocktails at any number of bars and clubs. There really is a plethora of options.
3. Great Food. Great Wine. Great Beer
I think the title says it all here. There really is some world class cuisine, wine and beer in Croatia, and Zagreb has it all. But you don't have to take our word for it. Check out world renowned chef Anthony Bourdaine's No Reservations episode on Croatia here:
4. No Crowds
Especially during summer, when locals make an exodus to the coast. Don't get us wrong. It won't be empty. There will be plenty of people out and about, just not so many that you won't be able to stroll comfortably along the main promenades.
In conclusion, there is no reason not to take a quick jaunt over to Croatia's capital if you have the time and desire. It's actually a great way to start or end a holiday on the water.