5 Unique Things to Do in Croatia
If you manage to peel yourself off the beach for a few breaks from sun & sea views, there’s more to discover in Croatia. We’ve put together a list of 5 of our most unique suggestions for things to do while visiting Croatia.
We did say unique, right? Froggyland is a museum in Split full of dioramas of stuffed frogs doing things that people do. This strange collection was created by a Hungarian taxidermist in the early 1900’s. While it might sound like a bizarre way to spend an hour, take the time to appreciate the expert level of taxidermy that was necessary to achieve such realistic scenes. The artist never made a single incision in any of the frogs, instead of using a method where cork was slowly and meticulously inserted through the mouth to fill out the bodies. Weird, definitely. Also, pretty fascinating.
Museum Of Broken Relationships
This idea came from the broken relationship of two Croatian artists who had a hard time parting with the physical mementos of their past love. As a way to keep their memories together, even as the people decided to part, they started this museum of relationships past. People from all over the world began mailing their own relationship mementos and you can find them all here. You can visit the museum in Zagreb.
Haludovo Palace Hotel
If exploring abandoned places is your thing, island-hop over to this now abandoned hotel in Malinska, on the island of Krk. Particularly interesting due to the communist-era architecture and decor (or what’s left of it), the palatial hotel is a throwback to what luxury looked like in the early 1970s. It was a hotspot for wealthy tourists of the era and expanded to include a pool, fine dining, and swanky bars with financing from the owner of Penthouse magazine. Its location in former Yugoslavia made it no longer an attractive destination after war broke out in the ’90s, leaving it to decay. You can visit, but be careful, there’s broken glass scattered on the floors and the safety conditions can be a little sketchy.
For a full afternoon of abandoned hotel exploration, head to Kupari outside of Dubrovnik where you can find 6 more former Yugoslav era hotels that have been taken over by nature and graffiti.
The Museum Of Naive Art
Why should the pro’s have all of the glory? This museum in Zagreb highlights self-trained artists in a variety of crafts who didn’t opt for an institutional artist education, instead choosing to guide their craft with their instincts and innate talent. Naive Art is a worldwide movement that began in the late 1800s but was particularly popular in Croatia. It’s located on the 1st floor of the Raffay Palace, and the exhibits rotate regularly from their existing collection.
Endivo Vina Winery
What if you had to scuba dive for your wine? Well, at Edivo Vina in Drace, you do. The owner of the winery is also a scuba diver and thought about how the naturally consistent temperature of the water might benefit his wine. So he started experimenting with storing bottles down below. He believes this unique method makes the wines more smooth and consistent in flavor.