Do’s And Don’ts In Croatia
Here are just a few of the many reasons you need to book a holiday and travel to Croatia! We’ve got something for everyone – see if you can get to the end without finding a reason…
To Read A Book
There are many beaches and parks to relax and enjoy reading your favorite book. This lady has the right idea!
To Get Lost
Just be sure to tell someone where you’re going. You can find this maze in the North Velebit National Park. Just be sure to tell someone where you’re going.
To Take A Leap Of Faith
Adventurers take note: you can go bungee jumping, skydiving, and whitewater rafting across Croatia. We’ve got Maslenica Bridge (pictured) which is 56 meters high on our radar for this summer. I bungee jumped Zrce Beach back in 2010. What a rush!
To Try The Local Transport
Embrace a donkey, hold your breath and go. The yearly donkey race is held on Dugi Otok (Long Island) each August.
If a donkey race is not your thing, then do like we did, and jump in a raft and enjoy a sweet ride along the Cetina River near Omiš in Central Dalmatia. Or, if you’re near Zadar, then go rafting along the Zrmanja River.
To Take A History Lesson
History has never looked so beautiful in Croatia. Admire 2000-year-old architecture while sipping coffee or shopping at the Roman Ruins, known as The Forum in Zadar.
To Travel Beyond The Coast
There is a side of Zagreb that will be sure to surprise you. Despite being Croatia’s capital city, Zagreb is often overlooked as a destination in its own right. Yet this city has remained at the forefront of history and culture in Croatia since medieval times. There is always something happening in Zagreb – especially in winter.
To Fly Without Wings
Not for the faint-hearted. Be freeeeeeeeee and go zip lining in Croatia.
To Rock Out!
Find a hidden spot underground. Manita Pec cave in Paklenica National Park is an exceptional place to start. So too is Biserukja Cave, on Krk Island or Strasna Pec on Dugi Otok. Locals say that this cave served as a makeshift habitat for early human inhabitants on the island. Cool huh?
To See The Wildlife
There are several ranches in Slavonia to get up close and personal with horses. Here are just a few you might want to check out.
To See The Architecture
Head to Stapina, the biggest rock formation in North Velebit National Park.
The Velebit mountains are what divides the Adriatic coast from the continental part of Croatia. The Velebit makes for a gorgeous backdrop for photos, often looking like a fake Hollywood movie backdrop.
To Meet the Locals
We’re all very friendly, come to say hi. When you are staying in Dubrovnik, go and meet Šime and his parrots – just watch your fingers; I can’t vouch for the friendliness of those little guys.
To Make Your Mark
To Reach For The Stars
The Adriatic’s azure clean waters are simply amazing. Dive in!
But, how do you choose where to swim in the sparkling azure Adriatic? After all, there are over 1,000 islands, inlets, and isles stretching across 6,000 kilometers of coastline in Croatia – here, try one of these beaches.
To Let The Kids Run Free
Croatia is one of the most family-friendly destinations in the world. We made a list of ideas for fun things to do with kids in Croatia – and this is just the start of fun things kids can enjoy in Croatia.
To Defy Gravity
Ready. Set. Go.
I must admit that it took me a few minutes to pluck up the courage to do this, but here we are, jumping off rocks along the Cetina River near Omiś.
To Visit Kings Landing
Die-hard fans of the HBO TV series Game of Thrones will appreciate the thrill of visiting the filming location of Kings Landing – located in our Pearl of the Adriatic – Dubrovnik.
To Fall In Love
In the Zadar Region, you’ll find Galesnjak island – hard to pronounce and heart-shaped. Nawww, ain’t she pretty?
To Spear a Pig
Not for the faint-hearted, and definitely not for vegetarians. Startup a massive fire, add the skewered swine and turn constantly and slowly until it’s roasted to perfection. Known in Croatian as a Ražanj, you’ll find them all over the country.
The great news is you can buy it everywhere, and they also roast lamb the same way. It’s delicious!
Spear A Fish
If a piggy isn’t for you, maybe you’d enjoy this traditional style of cooking fish in Slavonia.
To Walk The Plank
No trip to Croatia is complete without a visit to the oldest national park in Southeast Europe. You must walk the wooden planks of Plitvice Lakes National Park. This UNESCO site has sixteen lakes linked together with a series of waterfalls that’ll fill up your memory card in a jiffy.
Anyone familiar with the popular HBO television series Game of Thrones will undoubtedly recognize this spot without even knowing it. It’s Dubrovnik, and it’s the pearl of the Adriatic for those of you who don’t know. There are a bunch more Game of Thrones filming locations across Croatia – how many do you know?
To Chase Tail
Croatia has 1777 km of coastline and 1246 islands and islets, meaning there is no shortage of places to dive and chase tail!
To Just Hang Out
To Go Clubbing
In the city of Krapina, around 70 neanderthal remains were discovered. They have a museum in Krapina dedicated to the story of the Neanderthals, which is one of the oldest archeological sites where the remains of Neanderthals were found in Europe.
To Get High
Why not take to the skies and get an aerial view? Try paragliding, skydiving, or fly between islands on a seaplane.
To Walk With The Dead
Mirogoj Cemetery is one of the largest cemeteries in Europe and is also recognized as one of the most beautiful. Mirogoj Cemetery is actually more than a cemetery. It is a place where architecture, art, and history come together in beautifully landscaped gardens.
To Go Fishing
To Take A Ride In An Electric Car
The car race of the future. The Nikola Tesla Electric Vehicle Rally in Croatia has taken place for five consecutive years, and in 2014 the LA Times dubbed the race the “quietest and most beautiful race in the world.
While You Are On Vacation In Croatia, Be Sure NOT To…
We have a lot of reasons to come visit us in Croatia – but, we warn, you NOT to try any of these (wink, wink!).
Don’t Mess With An Alka Knight
Don’t Stop Eating
Don’t Get Caught By A Pirate
In the 12th century, the Pirates of Omis were among the most powerful and fearsome pirates on the Mediterranean Sea. Nowadays, you will see a replica pirate ship or two, but the Omis Pirate spirit lives on!
Don’t Get Caught With Your Pants Down
But if you must, make sure it’s on one of Croatia’s many nudist beaches.
Don’t Miss A Sunset
Take your pick of any one of these 41 photos of sunsets in Croatia, all of which are guaranteed to spark your wanderlust.
Don’t Forget To Go To The Beech
In the Paklenica National Park, you’ll find this Beech forest. Can you believe Paklenica is just 40kms from Zadar?
Don’t Let The Slippery Ones Get Away
A true delicacy in some parts of Croatia. Will you dare try snails?
Don’t Get Sunburnt
Be sure to stay sun-safe, or you’ll end up looking like this lobster we ate at Konoba Opat, Kornati Islands. Konoba’s are scattered all over Dalmatia and typically serve local meals prepared using traditional techniques.
Don’t Split Without Visiting Split
Split is Croatia’s 2nd largest city and the largest in Dalmatia. The city is centered on the famous 1700-year-old Diocletian’s Palace, which sits right beside the Adriatic. Spend hours at a café on the Riva and watch the world go by.
Don’t Get Into A Fight
Or you may have to face your opponent at the Arena! Kidding.
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