The Old City of Dubrovnik came 51st with 53,000 searches cementing itself as one of the most popular historic towns in the world. Known as the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’ Dubrovnik became an important Mediterranean Sea power from the 13th century onwards. Now, the town is a popular tourist destination with plenty to do such as walking the ancient city walls, exploring the cathedral and kayaking around the base of the city.
Arguably, Game of Thrones helped catapult Dubrovnik to popularity and made it a household name for a new generation of travelers. Due to this, there are many guided tours you can take to explore the filming locations of the fantasy hit. Just don’t forget to explore all the hidden nooks and crannies that tour guides won’t take you to.
Although Dubrovnik is the only UNESCO site in Croatia to rank in the top 100, there are many that fly under the radar and are great options for off the beaten track experiences.
One of these places is Split, the second-largest city in Croatia. This site has a fairly modest search volume at 24,000 but the fact that it isn’t on the tip of every traveler’s tongue makes it that more appealing. While the city of Liverpool will forever be bustling, Split will provide travelers with a more relaxed atmosphere giving them the opportunity to explore the historic palaces, sample traditional Croatian food and stroll the promenade at their leisure.
Another site is the Plitvice Lakes National Park with 15,000 searches. The forest reserve is famous for its chain of 16 terraced lakes which are joined by waterfalls. This under the radar site is only visited by those who want to venture away from the populated cities. Once away from these tourist hotspots, travelers will be treated to the rugged landscape of Croatia which few ever get to see. The national park offers endless hiking trails into the forest and the crystal-clear lakes are great for a dip in the heat.