Now You Can Visit Croatia With Schengen Visa

Now You Can Visit Croatia With Schengen Visa
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From January 1, 2023, onwards, Schengen visa holders will be able to visit the coastal country for a genuinely off-beat European experience

OT Staff
December 13 , 2022
02 Min Read
If you have been on the search for an off-beat European holiday, Croatia is calling! Apart from sun-kissed beaches with glinting blue ocean, incredible historical sites that transport you to a fictional world, and exhilarating nightlife, there's another reason why you should head here next. 
The European Union recently announced that the country had been included in the region's borderless area of Schengen. This means if you hold a Schengen visa, you can visit Croatia without applying for a country-specific visa. This will come into effect from January 1, 2023. 
With a Schengen visa, travellers can stay for up to 90 days over 180 days. Since Croatia shares borders with other countries in the Schengen region, such as Italy, Hungary and Slovenia, a great European road trip should be on your bucket list. 
In case you have already started planning your holiday to Croatia, here's a list of all the places you must visit
Enlisted as UNESCO World Heritage Site, the city is steeped in history. It is resplendent with the best examples of ancient architecture. Some have also lent their beauty as a setting for many TV shows, such as "Game of Thrones." The historical city, also known as the "Pearl of the Adriatic," houses several churches, palaces, and monasteries featuring a unique blend of Gothic and Baroque architecture. 
Known as the "Island of Lavender," Hvar is home to many vineyards and lavender fields stretching to the horizon. There are also a few remnants of the Renaissance, especially a century-old Tvrdalj Castle and cathedral. If the art of acting entices you, visit Europe's oldest public theatre here, which was constructed in 1612. 
Croatia's capital Zagreb presents an enticing mix of the historic and modern. The old town is brimming with museums and art galleries, whereas the Upper Town is where all the fun stuff is–swanky cafes, busy eateries, and happening pubs. But true to its character, the city does not come without its chapters from history–King Tomislav Square and Zagreb Cathedral are the most popular historical sites. 
If you want to relax on a secluded beach all day, with beer breaks in between, head to Split. This port city boasts the most stunning white sand beaches with turquoise waters. In addition, it also has many lively bars and wineries where you can spend all day trying local, homegrown spirits. 
The best time to visit Croatia is during summer, from June to September.  

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