Heading off the beaten tourist path can sometimes be hard to do, but almost always it is rewarding. You will stumble upon the little things in cities that tour guides just can't get to, and you will have a one-of-a-kind experience. On your holiday to Croatia, there are few hidden gems to try and reach if you can. Unique to this country, the list below is a great starting point for your "do as the locals do" trip.
There is only one sea organ in the world and it is located in Zadar, Croatia. If you will be visiting the country, this is one unusual find to add to your "things to do." The sound will catch you off guard at first, as you try to figure out where the melodic and sometimes sporadically timed music is coming from. Well, it's coming from under your feet!
Built in 2005 by Nikola Basic, the sea organ uses the 35 different pipes to create different tones from the waves that hit the Rover Promenade in Zadar. This natural wind instrument offers a never-ending melody to the passerby and locals who come to the Zadar quay to relax and get in touch with nature. It's a landmark you have to hear to believe!
Contrary to what this museum sounds like, it's an uplifting and cathartic place to go whether or not you have recently broken up with someone—romance, friendship or otherwise. The Museum of Broken Relationships grew from a travelling exhibition that revolved around the concept of failed relationships and their aftermaths.
You can donate personal belongings to become a part of exhibit or simply visit to see the universal patterns that develop and invite us to get comfort from them. The museum was conceptualized in Croatia by Olinka Vistica and Drazen Grubisic, and has since toured internationally, collecting lost love emblems, meaningful memories and symbols as it went. Located in Zagreb, this unique museum is definitely worth a visit.
Just above the Istrian city of Pula is the little town of Vodnjan, where six Catholic saints found their final resting place. Take a tour of the Church of St. Blaise and your guide will take you behind the main altar to gaze upon the spooky remains that were brought to this church during wartime to keep the safe. While this war took place 2 centuries ago, the bodies are still in Vodnjan. In addition to the mummies, this church is also the home of 350 other holy (though slightly frightening) artifacts like a thorn from Jesus' crown and the undecayed tongue of St. Mary of Egypt.
Adventuring is an amazing part of all holidays, and as you and your travel companions venture off the beaten path to witness the six saintly mummies of St. Blaise, or stroll through the Museum of Broken Relationships, or even relax and listen to the Sea Organ, be sure to cover your holiday against the unexpected. Buy international travel insurance with Cover-More Australia and protect your trip to Croatia.
Image courtesy of Flickr user Michał Kołodziejski.