What To Do in Croatia?
Croatia is one of the more recently popular gems among exotic destinations which offer one of a kind travel experience. Choose between partying in exciting town Hvar, relaxing on the virgin beaches of beautiful Mljet, or slip into your bikini and sunbathe on the amazing Zlatni Rat beach. If the summer days are too hot, head out to the natural paradise of the Plitvice Lakes, climb the mountains of Paklenica or hide under parasols in one of the restaurants serving Mediterranean cuisine. Go and have a holiday of a lifetime!
If you are interested in partying:
Definitely go first to Novalja, which many call the Croatian version of Ibiza. The amazing Zrce beach hosts some of the wildest and finest parties in Europe. There are many night clubs and some of them also include a swimming pool. The fun is not just reserved for the night. During the day you can do some water sports, try out bungee jumping or get your adrenaline pumping with a roller coaster ride.
Summer music festivals are on the rise so don’t forget to check out some of the increasingly popular events like FOR festival (Hvar island), INmusic festival (near Zagreb), or Hideout Festival (Zrce Beach, Pag Island), all happening during late June/early July.
If you are interested in history:
If there is one historical location that you really must visit during your stay in Croatia it is Diocletian’s Palace in Split. It is one of the most impressive Roman ruins existing today. Contrary to what you might imagine this isn’t a traditional museum or a palace. It is the heart and soul of the town Split. The labyrinthine alleys are full of people and packed with bars and restaurants. It covers 31 000 square meters, it is a fortress, emperor’s residence and a fortified town, all in one. Another town offering fabulous sights is Dubrovnik. Walk around its fantastic city walls and experience their rich history.
If you are interested in nature:
Your splendid trip to Croatia is not complete if you don’t visit the magnificent watery paradise of Plitvice Lakes. Try to count all the different waterfalls and we bet you’ll lose your count. The water is beautiful turquoise and reminiscent of an unspoilt Garden of Eden.
After that head out to Krka National park and enjoy the view of canyon which is up to 200 meters deep and showcases the beautiful water and cut limestone scenery. Another option is to go to Paklenica Natural park or if you are ready to experience some of that maritime Adriatic nature go to Kornati islands. In total 147 mostly uninhabited islands and islets packed with grottoes, rigged riffs and caves will enchant all your senses.
If you are interested in shopping:
The best place for some shopping while on your vacation in Croatia is definitely its capital, Zagreb. Not only will you find many well-known brand’s shops, but also flea and collector’s markets and many second-hand shops.
Zagreb Rush Hour
If you were looking for some present to take back home with you as a memory of the beautiful Adriatic, go for food and wine and you won’t make a mistake. Good Croatian wines are not hard to find in well-supplied super markets but also you can visit one of the specialized wine shops called vinoteka. Search also for fruit-based spirits, rakija. You can also buy as a gift preserved figs or other fruit, various pates or prosciuttos. Most souvenir shops also offer stunning embroidery and lace with folk motifs or fragrant soaps made from olive oil. Affordable accommodation can be found here
If you are interested in resting:
If you are interested in pure relaxation, we recommend you visit some of the amazing camping spots or resorts in Croatia. Nearly a fourth of its accommodation capacities go to campsites and for a reason. With so many natural beauties, rich historical and cultural treasures, and cordial local people, Croatia is nothing short from camping paradise.
Camping site Cikat – Istria
Visit Umag camping spots in the scenic Istrian region. Travel to Croatia’s best hidden secret of Kvarner Bay and sleep under clear sky in Camp Slatina. Or choose a camp which is situated in Dalmatian hinterland (Camping Strasko) and continental Croatia (Camping Slapić). Interested, we’ve written about Camps in Croatia on our blog
If you are interested in sports:
Ride the wind, trek to distant mountain peaks or jump on a sailing boat! Croatia is more and more popular as an attractive destination in adventure tourism. Scuba diving in Adriatic is one of the things you simply cannot miss. If you have your hiking boots with you we suggest you head out to Mount Medvednica and the Samobor hills which are both conveniently near to Zagreb, but perfect for an isolated day trip nevertheless. Climb the Dalmatian peaks Kozjak and Mosor or if you are feeling up to the challenge climb Velebit mountain range. Other adventure sports that are on offer are cycling, rafting, diving, windsurfing, sea kayaking.
A view of Velebit from Pag
If you are interested in gastronomy:
There is a varied range of food that you can enjoy in Croatia and this is thanks to its position between two cuisine traditions: maritime and fish tradition of the Mediterranean and more hefty, meat and carbs based meals in Central Europe. The most important meal of the day is lunch and dinners are more likely to be light with a glass of good wine. Lunch starters almost always include prosciutto and cheese (paški sir from the island of Pag is the most famous). Another local specialty is kulen, a spicy sausage. On the coastline you’ll enjoy some of the most delicious seafood dishes you ever tasted. Try octopus salad, lobster or mouthwatering fish, baked, grilled or boiled. Finish a tasty meal with some of the finest wines, dry white Malvazija, Traminac, Pošip and Rukatac or reds Teran and Plavac.
If you are interested in festivals:
We already mentioned some of the most popular music and DJ festivals in Croatia but that list is incomplete without Seasplash, Outlook and Dimensions festivals, all taking place in vibrant city of Pula. For all lovers of good old rock and roll music there is Terraneo music festival near Šibenik. What is equally interesting are Croatia’s various cultural and traditional and folk festivals. The International Folklore Festival is the best place to get familiar with songs and dances from all over the country. Also don’t miss one of the pre-Lenten carnivals. Don a funny mask and enjoy the colorful procession through the town streets.
Look at this lovely setting of Pula film festival
Lastly, if you are interested to know some basic tourist information:
Croatian National Tourist Office is an excellent source of tourist information. If you are outside and ready for some exploring, go first to one of the tourist offices (turistički ured) where you can get valuable information or tourist brochures from friendly staff. Croatia is not a cheap travel destination and prices tend to go up during the season in July and August. Plan that you are going to spend at least 60 EUR daily per person. With comfortable accommodation, eating out in nice restaurants and going to an evening party – your wallet could be short 100 EUR each day. However, don’t worry, the single biggest expense will be your accommodation and we can help you with some affordable options. Food and drink is relatively cheap and the natural beauty offers more than anything else money can buy.