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Travel Croatia: A Massive List of Top Things To Do in Croatia

I’m often asked what should we do while on holidays in Croatia?. There are so many ways to experience the magic of Croatia. Meander the warrens of centuries-old cobbled streets, discovering UNESCO sites as you go. Spend a day or maybe weeks mesmerised by the turquoise waters of the Adriatic Sea as you sail the many Islands of Croatia (we love like Korcula Island) or,  perhaps you’d like to hike, cycle or raft along one of the eight stunning national parks? And, that’s just for starters. Creating a list of must see places in Croatia has almost no end. Before making the trip make sure you have all the essential travel necessities to make your Croatia vacation that much more comfortable.

As someone who lives in Croatia, here are my tips for things to do in Croatia – consider working some into your itinerary!

1. Sail The High Seas

When a country has over 1,000 islands and one of the richest archipelagos in the world, don’t miss your chance to sail along the coast. Spending time at sea is must see in Croatia. I’d dare to say that a Croatian vacation without any sea action would be sacrilege – even you can only spare a day.

You can combine the best of Croatia – both sea & land, by spending your time sailing the Adriatic Coast, making stops along your tour to explore the mainland. For help choosing a sailing route, we compiled this Guide to Sailing Croatia.

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While sailing, we recommend you try Konoba Opat, a restaurant where they only serve you fresh fish caught by local fishermen. Once you anchor your vessel and take a seat, your eyes will be drawn out to the blue bay that seems to go forever. Mr. Chasing the Donkey claims it to be one of his best food experiences in Croatia.

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2. Explore Croatia’s National Parks

Croatia has a total of eight national parks, and you should make sure you see at least one of these while on holidays in Croatia. Of all of the best things to see in Croatia, the national parks are certain to satisfy the whole family. Many agree that the most stunning out of these is Plitvice Lakes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site two hours by bus from Zagreb. Here, you can meander along the wooden plank trails and admire the glistening waterfalls crashing into the ever changing colours of the 16 interconnected lakes below.

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Mljet National Park – Photo Credit SailDubrovnik

Not far from the Dalmatian port city of Split, you can take a day trip to the Krka National Park. Krka is complete with medieval fortresses, waterfalls and boat excursions. The other six national parks also make great additions to your what to do in Croatia checklist. Especially Paklenica National Park, just 40 kilometres from the low-cost carrier airport, Zadar. Paklenica National Park is home to Croatia’s largest mountain, the Velebit, which rises sharply from the edge of the sea and is a mountain climbers paradise.

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Plitvice in Fall – Photo Credit Leonardo Uzeda

 

3. Tick Off UNESCO Sites

Still not sure what to do in Croatia? Well, for a small country of just over 56,000 square kilometres, you may be surprised to know that there are seven (yes that’s right seven!), Croatian UNESCO World Heritage sites you can experience.

If you’d rather not brave the masses in peak season, you could also visit some of the lesser-known Croatian sites that have been submitted to the tentative UNESCO list. These include:

  • The Episcopal complex in Zadar, which is just a two-hour bus ride north of Split.
  • The fortified walls and salt pans in the towns of Ston and Mali Ston, which are less than an hour from Dubrovnik by car.
  • The Istrian hilltop town of Motovun.
  • The historical nucleus of Varazdin, north of Zagrebwhich the New York Times named as one of the top places to visit in Croatia

While visiting Croatia, don’t forget to check out the Unesco Intangible Cultural Heritage list while you are travelling Croatia and learn about Croatian Culture as you travel.

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4. Find a Konoba

While on holidays in Croatia, no matter where you are, you’ll find something to treat your taste buds.

When in Dalmatia, make sure you order any fresh fish that you see on offer. Trust us, a Dalmatian chef knows how to grill fish to perfection, so it’s something well worth sampling.

A unique Croatian dish you’ll want to try is a black risotto made from cuttlefish called crni rižot. If you are not a fan of seafood, be sure to order pašticada, a traditional beef dish, which is marinated for 24 hours in garlic, wine and herbs. Pašticada has a rich dark sauce and is served with homemade gnocchi, and best enjoyed with a glass of the Dalmatian Plavac Mali red wine.

Other must-try foods are octopus saladkrafne and burek.. ..just don’t blame me for your expanding waistline.

Local tip: don’t let the abundance of pizza ovens seduce you! Although the pizza in Croatia is indeed fantastic, you also need to be on the lookout for small, often family-run local restaurants called konobas.

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5. Discover Zadar

One of the best things to do in Croatia is to visit the historic old towns. One such place that I always recommend is the seaside town of Zadar. By day, you can drink coffee in the 2,000-year-old Roman forum or wander the narrow streets enjoying locally made ice cream, from the parlour Donat Sladoled. Once night falls, you can enjoy the sounds of the Musical Nights Festival, A classical music festival that runs from July to August each year, bringing the 9th century Saint Donatus Church and Roman Forum to life.

What to see in Croatia gets no better than the music and lights that are found along Zadar’s promenade. Thanks to architect Nikola Basic, who added a modern dimension to Zadar with his design of the Sea Organ and Greeting to the Sun. Relax by the Sea Organ, day or night and enjoy the sound of the waves creating music, as they push air through 35 underwater pipes.

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After enjoying all that Zadar, has to offer, stay a few extra nights and make use of the convenient location to take day trips to the national parks and to sail along the Adriatic Coast. One of our favourite day trips in Zadar is cruising around the Kornati Island National Park, add it to your list.

We’ve shortlisted accommodation options for you in Zadar

6. Explore Istria

When you think of Croatia, you’ll be forgiven if you only think of beaches along the 1,000 out-of-this-world Islands of Croatia. There is a part of Croatia to the north-west that you should visit while you’re in the land of the red & white checkers. It’s known as Istria.

In Istria, you’ll find medieval hilltop towns, and gems like the town of Novigrad which some describe as being the ‘new Tuscany’, an array of food festivals and some of the region’s best olive oil, wine and the famous white truffle. Many visit Istria and wonder if they haven’t just stumbled into small-town life in Italy.

Something else you might want to consider while on holidays in Croatia is cycling. Istria has some of the most scenic routes geared for cyclists. Amateurs through to professionals will each find a trail lined with breathtaking views and plenty of places to stop and enjoy a coffee.

Plus in Istria, there now is now an Aquapark, which is one of the fun things for kids to do in Croatia that we recommend.

We’ve found some excellent accommodation choices for you in Istria

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7. Don’t Skip Zagreb

I often hear from travellers to Croatia that they land in Zagreb, collect their bags and race off to the Dalmatian Coast – they hardly give Zagreb a second thought on their Croatia itinerary. I cannot blame them for doing so, of course, but my advice is not to rush off so quickly.

There are so many things to do in Zagreb,  including a unique exhibit of trinkets people keep that remind them of broken relationships. At the Museum of Broken Relationships. Along with museums and galleries, Zagreb also has a wonderful boutique fashion scene that you won’t find anywhere else in Croatia. Best of all, you can zig-zag across Zagreb without fuss, as the city is a walker’s paradise and has a great tram network.

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Esplanade Zagreb Hotel – Photo Credit Zagreb Tourism

If you are adding Zagreb to your things to see in Croatia wish-list, then we recommend Hotel Esplanade. It is worth every penny. If you want to take our lead and rest your head in this 5-star hotel, our tip to you is to be sure to ask for a park facing view! Or you can also stay at the Zagreb Hilton, and eat at Oxbo Bar and Grill – we rate both those too.

Zagreb has a thriving food scene, with a mix of upscale restaurants including fusion, international fare, and those serving truly authentic meals.  Tkalčićeva Street is the place to eat and drink: wander up the 800-meter paved street and take your pick at where to enjoy coffee or a cocktail.  My favourite spot here is number 18 Tkalčićeva street, where you can drink with the locals and try many flavours of the Croatian liquor known as rajika.

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Allow time to wander about the city admiring the architecture, which dates back to the Austro-Hungarian Empire.  Some of the buildings have a raw beauty while others are very well maintained, as in the main square of Ban Jelacic.

Zagreb is a place for all seasons, especially December. Here you can escape the crowds that flock to the bigger European Christmas Markets, and plan your stay around the Advent in Zagreb festival, where you can drink mulled wine, eat street food and buy trinkets at the open air markets.

Here are some affordable accommodation options in Zagreb

8. Visit Croatia’s Best Beach

That would have to be without a doubt Zlatni Rat Beach, which has a long golden pebble tip that stretches out to the Adriatic Sea like a hand reaching out for more wine (or beer, you choose).

The shape of the half-kilometre beach continually changes (albeit ever so slightly), forming the most unusual shape. Zlatni Rat is sometimes referred to as the Golden Horn or Golden Cape beach and is regularly named as one of the most beautiful (and strangest) beaches in the world. Zlatni Rat beach is on Brač Island just four kilometres from the attractive town of Bol, Croatia.

Sleep in the best accommodation on Brač, just like we did or view a list of accommodation prices on Brač Island.

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9. Get Outdoors, & We Don’t Mean The Beach

Croatia has some magnificent beaches and makes for an ideal place to kick back and relax. But why not mix it up with some fun outdoor adventure sports too? Two things to add to your list are Zip Lining and Rafting on the Cetina River. We can suggest an excellent adventure holiday itinerary to get you started.

The zip line in Omiš is the fastest one in Croatia and goes a whopping 65kms an hour – now that will get your vacation started!

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10. Hike to Fabulous Heights

Not just beaches and extreme sports opportunities, Croatia also boasts marvellous options for hiking. Particularly inland Dalmatia, with its beautiful karst landscape. Part of the Dinaric Alps, it boasts a priceless wealth of flora and fauna.  It is one of the last sanctuaries of wildlife in Europe. These unspoiled natural beauties and all its secrets are yet to be discovered.

Climb magnificent mountains and enjoy its scents, sounds and colours boasting unforgettable panoramic views. Hiking in Croatia offers the possibility to enjoy the freedom of its wildlife; a flying falcon, the howling of wolves, rock climbing chamois (a type of goat). And is a blend of sea, islands, shores and wildlife of inland Dalmatia make it a unique, small region of great opportunity and diversity. Check out these five hiking trails – not all of them for serious hikers.

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One of the keys places for wine in Pelješac. Photo Credit Korta Katarina

11. Love Wine? Head to The Pelješac Peninsula

Though it is only home to about 8 thousand people, the Pelješac peninsula is now coming into its stride as a travel destination. This region has long been known for its delicious shellfish, dry red wines, and gorgeous beaches and is the key place to take a real adult holiday. Wine aficionados should stop at Korta Katarina Winery in Orebić as well as check out this list of things to do in Pelješac for more ideas. 

12. Rent a Car And go on a Road Trip

If you are not sailing on the Adriatic, the best way to travel Croatia is by car. It makes sense that with so many magical hilltop towns in Istria and rustic villages across the country only accessible by car that you hit the road. Hiring a car in Croatia is so much easier than you think, and with panoramic view hugging roads along the coast, you’ll explore Croatia in ways you can’t by bus or train.

Our rental car company of choice is RentalCars.com. They have an easy to use search system (as seen below) and great customer service

13. Get Spiritual

I’ve never heard anyone outside of Croatia tell me that they plan to go to Marija Bistrica. Never has anyone asked me about how to get there or what to do there. This town holds a unique charm and sense of divine healing that I’ve not yet felt anywhere else across Croatia. Be sure to take a look for yourself.

Stay in the towns only four-star hotel in Marija Bistrica, just like we did.

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Best things to do in Croatia – Photo credit: Davor

14. Eat All Types of Food & Wine in Croatia

Okay, that’s a given. But where? Food in Croatia is diverse and glorious. Foodies should head to Istria – here are just two ideas.

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15. Attend a Festival

Whenever we travel to new places, (and we’ve been to 25 countries and have lost count of the cities now!) we love to find and plan our trips around local festivals. It’s at festivals that you experience what a place is really about – especially when it’s a food festival! We have not been to enough festivals in Croatia but plan to go to many this year – and so we’ve combined a list of just a few of the many festivals in Croatia.

16. Have a Full Family Adventure

You can find family activity holidays that take care of food, accommodation and activities on the Dalmatian Coast – these package holidays are especially great when traveling with teenagers!

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17. Korcula Island

We’ve already said we loved Korcula Island (pronounced KOR-chu-la). It is also known as the Emerald Isle and is one of Croatia’s many islands. Located in Southern Dalmatia, this small, 279 square km island is a favorite among travelers. A place of culture, history, beauty, and charm the island of Korcula offers a variety of activities and unique traditions all surrounded by the stunning Adriatic sea and excellent Korcula weather. Here is our guide to Korcula Island – what to do on the island, what eat and how to get there.

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Local Tips

Come in The Off-season

Prices drop at least 30%, there are far fewer people, and you’ll get to meet the locals. Winter in Croatia is by far the least busy time of year and is always overlooked. Granted the Dalmatian Coast is all but a ghost town, and the Adriatic Sea is freezing cold – but you have skiing, spas and many festivals to keep you busy. Shhh, don’t tell anyone, but, Croatia in September is amazing.

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Croatia With Kids

Now that you know where to visit in Croatia, you’ll need to decide if Croatia is the right choice for your family using the guide to Croatia for families and also top things for kids to do in Croatia.

Travelling to Croatia with children is a no-brainer if you ask me. You’ll just fall in love with Croatia’s old cities & the raw coastline on your visit, and it’s my guess that you’ll need two more trips (at least!) to experience all that is on offer for your family. There are loads of Family Resorts & Hotels For Family Holidays in Croatia that’ll accommodate your family without any problems.

Bonus: We have a superb idea when flying with children- take a peek – it’s FREE.

Accommodation in Croatia

There are numerous options for where to sleep while on your vacation in Croatia. There is an abundance of hotels, motels, camping grounds and apartments. We keep updating our guides with the best ones here. Once you’ve decided what to see in Croatia, use this guide to find a great deal.

 

Currency in Croatia?

The official currency in Croatia is the Kuna. 1 Kuna is equal to 100 lipa’s. You can find foreign currency exchange centres throughout all cities and towns. Currency exchange is also provided in banks, some post offices as well as some tourist agencies.

Are there any other top things to do in Croatia that you loved that we missed off this list? Are there any places to see in Croatia that we need to add on? Let us know.

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  1. Isabel says

    This article is really helpful to me. I planned to trip next holiday on Croatia. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Marina says

    Hey there, I really Love your Blog you just describe things very real😄 Do you know Juri and his Family, having their little place to rest at the Vrana Lake between Pakostane and Drage? We really love it there. Best Wishes from Germany

  3. Debbie says

    Trying to send info on the “Need help” page. It keeps saying my date format is invalid…. What is the correct format? I’ve tried everything I can think of!!
    Thanks

  4. LYNNE BINDEMAN says

    I have now subscribed to your newsletter. I always wanted to visit Croatia.
    I reside in South Africa in the Capital of the Western Cape which is Cape Town.
    I have visited a lot of European and Asian countries. My father was born in the Czeck republic so in 2012 my youngest son and myself went to Olrichhov von Hajick to take his ashes. And then we travelled through Prague, Austria, Vienna and Italy and left Europe once again! Croatia has been on my wishlist for many years.
    Last year in September I travelled to Ubud, Bali to a Women’s Retreat! This was outstanding because also of the people who are so humble and poor. It really broke my heart.
    But I want to travel to Croatia in 2017. You say in your blog that September month is the best to travel. That for me is also September.
    O yes! I also went to Dubai in September on my way back.
    But not one of my friends can actually travel with me. I am retired and South Africans’s currency are really bad now. I will have a look at yours and decide if I can afford to visit Croatia.
    Keep up the good work!
    Kind regards.
    LynneB.

  5. Delia Boone says

    Croatia is an amazing country. Unfortunately it is not so famous. I moved to live here 1 year ago. I am glad with my choice. The nature is worth killing for. Greets!

  6. Tammy says

    Thanks for this big list, we can’t decide what to do. Do you have a suggestion for a travel agent in Croatia who can help us?

  7. Elena says

    Very informative site, thanks! Not sure if you do this, but could you suggest a 7 night route in September from Zagreb to Zagreb? I’m with my daughter and son 19 and 21 who like a bit of adventure, cute towns, great scenery, lots of water and beaches. I’m not too interested in Zagreb, would like to drive to Plitvice and Krka parks, Hvar island and ziplining in Omis and maybe some kayaking somewhere. Would love to see Dubrovnik but it seems too far. Does this sound about right? Missing something amazing? Would appreciate any input on scheduling this. Thanks!!

  8. says

    Thank you a lot for so awesome blog about Croatia. My friend and I are going to visit Croatia at the end of August and now I know where to read about this amazing country.

  9. says

    What a great rundown of things to do and see in Croatia. Definitely worth saving, as you know Croatia is my summer destination! I didn’t know black cuttlefish risotto was a Croatian dish. We also have it in Italy and I LOVE it!

  10. says

    Thanks for this list! Great resource :) I will leave for a road trip through Croatia very soon (probably tomorrow 😉 ) and try to figure out where to go and what to do…

  11. says

    This list helps me to plan my trip for this summer. I’m from France but it’s too far to go there by car, I think I’ll rent a car. I just hope it’s not dangerous to drive there.

  12. Katica says

    I love almost every place on Adriatic coast in Croatia. Nature is so beautiful and those little islands just amazing. I’ve been to Brijuni several times and Plitvice, you have to see it. The best city for my vacation is Makarska.

  13. Beograd says

    Good day! Your blog shows off so many wonderful places from my homeland and we love looking at it for idea. Appreciate it!

  14. Netty says

    Now i’m grateful that i stumbled onto your website! We are planning a trip and i have so many new places to think about going now.

      • Peachie says

        Thank you very much for this very informative blog you have about Croatia. It’s full of ideas and things to do. Would you suggest booking tours online while still in UK or would it be cheaper to do it locally once we’re in Croatia? We are a party of 3 adults and will staying in Split for only 5 days. Will definitely go to Diocletian Palace as suggested and also the old town. We’re also thinking of visiting Vis. I heard about the blue cave but not too sure if the trip would be suitable for my 68 y/o mum (this short holiday is actually a birthday treat for her (^_^)). Any advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!

  15. Shelley says

    This is a large selection of things to do and now i think that our 1 week vacation wont be enuf time. Wish we had more time.

  16. says

    The national parks look gorgeous! I never considered going to Croatia before, but after these pics…most definitely!!! Added to my list and thanks for the fun info on what to see!

  17. says

    So much to do, Croatia always seemed so magnificent. I remember being in college and I met some tourists from Croatia, from then on I made screaming “Croatia!” part of a drinking game, I have yet to come and all the posts are so helpful! I hope once I get additional flight benefits I’ll make it, Delta doesn’t fly there yet!

    • Kristina says

      Hey Angelica! I flew from Croatia to NY and back with Delta just recently so…pack your bags! :)

      Of course, there are Paris, Frankfurt, Muenchen, Amsterdam for (short) connecting flights but miles still work!

  18. Tam Gamble says

    Seeing this post just highlights why we need to visit Croatia. It has been on our list for so long but for some reason it keeps getting replaced with other destinations. Time to change that I feel.

  19. Sarah Ebner says

    I went to Croatia years and years ago, but you have sold it brilliantly here. Those views are absolutely fantastic (and I definitely fancy the fresh fish restaurant!)

  20. Jennifer Abel says

    What a lovely place you live in, I am now seeing how easy it is to fall in love with Croatia, I am enjoying your site, thank you

  21. says

    Loved this – some great information and easy to digest. Loved your photos. Wish I’d found your blog before we travelled to Croatia this year – but you’re giving me good reason to plan another trip. Thank you!

  22. Kristen Bor (Bearfoot Theory) says

    The more I read of your blog, the more I want to visit Croatia! All the photos you post are amazing. The beaches and national parks sound incredible!

  23. Julie Dawn Fox says

    I had no idea how beautiful Croatia really is. It’s one of the countries that’s been lurking on my wish list for some time but after reading this, it’s shot towards the top. I especially want to try the beef dish you mentioned.

  24. says

    Such a great resource and fabulous tips for Croatia – I’ll be bookmarking this for when I finally make it there!

  25. Sisi says

    I have been to Rovinj, Istria this May and Plitvicke lakes, and they are both Fantastic!!!
    I want to visit Croatia in end of August and enjoy the seaside, but I am hesitating between Dubrovnik (1), Split + Hvar (2) or Zadar (3)…..
    Can someone recommend?
    If I have a week where is better to go?
    And does it worth to make the 3 places in 1 trip?
    I want something with the charm of Rovinj, but also with great turquoise (and sandy) beaches….
    Thanks.

  26. Cabbage says

    The Museum of Broken Dreams, while unique and interesting, is slightly over-rated as a must see venue.

  27. Aga says

    Red and a Blue lakes in Imotski, Vranjaca cave, sunrise in the mountains of Dalmatia with the sea view :) breathtaking

  28. Agness says

    I’ve been hesitating for some time if I should go to Portugal or Croatia this summer and after reading this post I can’t skip Croatia, that’s for sure. It seems so beautiful and yet affordable. The National Parks are impressive and I would definitely do some hiking there.

  29. says

    I only knew of Dubrovnik before I started reading your blog but now I can gladly say I know a whole lot more about Croatia and can’t wait to visit. I just love all the variety of things to do and the gorgeous landscape. I’m leaning towards the National Parks and the UNESCO sites.

  30. yvedsers says

    I loved Croatia especially Zadar but Plitvice was awesome and Dubrovnik made it all worthwhile. If it was warmer in winter I would spend three moths there. Very safe country and very nice people.

  31. says

    This is all spectacular. I am salivating at the prospects, except that the Euro appreciated against the ruble by about 25% in just 3 months, and a Shengen visa might very hard to get at the moment due to my job… >.<

  32. Jess says

    You know, I’d never planned on visiting Croatia before I started reading your blog – now I have a month’s worth of things I want to do there!

  33. Gabor Kovacs says

    It seems clear that our Southern neighbors have awful lot of amazing places to visit,and I have been to only a bunch of them. I will definitely look up this post the next time I plan travelling there!

  34. Travis says

    Great post…we totally agree with all of this (even though we haven’t been to Zadar yet!). Croatia is such a diverse and interesting countries – especially as you move from region to region! Safe travels!

  35. says

    Can I recommend venturing further north in Croatia, and visiting some of the beautiful castles and wine cellars in Hrvatsko Zagorje? ;). Also a trip to Kras, the chocolate factory is a must!

  36. jenny_atasteoftravel says

    You’re a wonderful ambassador for Croatia SJ! We loved every minute of our time there and did a lot of the things you mention..except visit Istria! We’ll definitely be back!

  37. voicinggray says

    We definitely need to get to some of these locations. We have been having a great time exploring Zagreb & look forward to seeing more.

  38. says

    First of all, congratulations on your nomination for a Bloggie Award! I can see why you’re on the list. Considering that I didn’t know anything about what there was to do in Croatia before following Chasing the Donkey and Frank about Croatia, you are really making a good case for me to go there for a visit. On the above list, Istria and Zagreb appeals to me the most whereas I think my kids would chose one of the National Parks.

  39. Dave says

    Thanks for putting together the must-see’s for Croatia. I agree that people only see Zagreb in transit are missing out on a lovely experience. The parks and low-key cafes were really enjoyable when I was there several summers ago.

  40. Phoebe Thomas says

    We visited Croatia last summer on a road trip from southern France taking in Croatia, Montenegro, and Bosnia Herzogovina. It was amazing and yet I feel we only touched the surface. We went to Plitivice (gobsmackingly gorgeous), Split, Dubrovnik (hairs stood up on my arms as we walked through the gates it’s so beautiful) and spent some time on the beach at Tucepi. Zadar is definitely on the wish list for next time as are more of the islands and Zagreb. You are lucky living close to all this wonderous stuff!

  41. frankaboutcroatia says

    Great list of things to do! Love Leonardo’s photos. Just had a bit difficulty with describing Istria under Northern Croatia. But I guess for the travelers, it won’t make a difference. We, locals, always consider area north of Zagreb, as Northern Croatia, and Istria we think more of as Western Croatia. But as I said, for a traveler the point is clear – visit inland Istria :)

  42. says

    Great post with so many diverse things to do. You know you just keep selling Croatia to me. I wouldn’t even know where to start with all the wonderful things to do and see. I wish I was going sometime soon (like this year). Every post just keeps inspiring me and it looks absolutely beautiful.

  43. The Dessert Engineer says

    We have never been to Croatia, and among our friends only one couple has made it there. I would love to visit the beautiful beaches and national parks, and of course try Croatian cuisine.

  44. Jon Dunn says

    How marvelously refreshing to read a travel blog on the very wonderful Croatia where Dubrovnik only gets a passing mention. Beautiful though it undoubtedly is, I do feel it (and Hvar island) take all the plaudits – whereas the entire country is a magical experience of sights, sounds smells and tastes. And best of all, I shall be back there in nine weeks time 😀

  45. says

    Hello, great to visit you, we are living parallel lives, sort of. I’m in Sydney with a FIFO husband too, also in oil and gas, currently 28:28 in an office in Kurdistan, due home next Friday! Now then, I have never been to Croatia which is just silly… your photos are luscious and make me want to jump on a plane. My sister sailed her boat there for weeks and weeks a couple of years ago and Sydney pals visit often: on the list!!

  46. amerikanka says

    Diving into the Adriatic from a sailboat is simply divine, I have no other word for it. So is climbing cliffs straight from the sea and just falling back down into the warm clear water. The cliffs continue straight down under the surface, so it’s safer than it might sound. Kayaking is great, too – and I’m going to do paddle boarding next time I’m there. But the first thing I tell people not to miss is the Blue Grotto of Biševo!