Best travel experiences in Croatia

updated 8/2/2021
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To get you inspired for your trip to Croatia, check out our ultimate list of top places and things to in Croatia. To get an even better feeling for this wonderful country, check out the video below.

1 - Hike Plitvice Lakes National Park

A bewitching sequence of foaming waterfalls and turquoise lakes, hemmed in by forest-clad hills - Plitviche Lakes National Park is a marvel to the eye in every season.

One of the most beautiful places in Croatia is Plitvice National Park © Denis Kichatof/Shutterstock

02 - Enjoy at concert at Pula Amphitheatre

Imperial Rome’s greatest gift to the eastern Adriatic, this awesome arena in Pula still serves as the venue for pack-’em-in summertime concerts.

03 - Sunsets in Zadar

Alfred Hitchcock raved about them, and you will be bowled over too, especially now sunsets in Zadar are accompanied by the complimentary sound-and-light effects of the famous Greeting to the Sun and Sea Organ art installations.

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04 - Hvar island

Beautifully unspoiled and pitted with a wealth of bays and coves, the island of Hvar still has what it takes to enchant the seclusion-seeker. Check out our guide to island hopping in Croatia to enjoy most of the beautiful croatian islands.

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05 - The Museum of Broken Relationships

This mould-breaking museum of the human emotions is witty, well designed and wryly philosophical all at the same time.

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06 - Try Sea Kayaking

The Dalmatian coast is often best enjoyed from the water, and what better way to see it than by taking a leisurely paddle.

If you are looking for outdoor things to in Croatia, sea kayaking might be just your activity © lazyllama/Shutterstock

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07 - Cigoc

This bucolic timber-built village in the Lonjsko polje wetlands is the famed nesting-ground of white storks.

08 - Sibenik

Once the ugly duckling of Adriatic tourism, Sibenik’s recent urban makeover sheds new light on its stupendous fortresses, music festivals and medieval gardens.

Sibenik is still one of the lesser frequented places to go in Croatia © Hrvoje Bakovic/Shutterstock

09 Walk the city walls of Dubrovnik

The briefest of trots round the battlements will serve as a breathtaking introduction to the ancient city of Dubrovnik.

Not only since world fame as a Game of Thrones filming location is Dubrovnik one of the best laces to visit in Croatia © SchnepfDesign/Shutterstock

10 - The Kornati Islands

Largely uninhabited and with tourist facilities limited to a handful of shoreline restaurants and the odd yachting berth, the Kornati represent the Adriatic at its most untouched.

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11 - Varazdin

A postcard-perfect Baroque town, complete with opulent squares, crumbling palaces and a unique garden cemetery.

12 - Taste Pag cheese

The uncompromisingly arid, sage-covered landscape of Pag island produces this addictively tangy sheep’s cheese. Visit local dairies to buy your own wedge of yellow heaven.

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13 - Hvar town

The swankiest resort on the Adriatic, Hvar is full of temptations, whether you’re a culture vulture, Mediterranean foodie or cocktail-bar cruiser.

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14 - Skradinski buk waterfalls

Head for Krka National Park to admire this stunning series of waterfalls. Don’t forget to take your bathing costume for a dip.

A great alternative for Plitvice Lake national park, taking a bath at Krka is one of the top things to in Croatia off the coast © ZM_Photo/Shutterstock

15 - Peljesac peninsula

Explore rugged mountain scenery, quiet coves and unspoilt seaside villages in a region renowned for its robust red wines and fantastic seafood.

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16 - Diocletian’s Palace,Split

Taken over by the townsfolk centuries ago, the Roman emperor’s pied-à-terre now forms the chaotic heart of the modern city of Split.

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17 - Summer festivals

Pretty much every genre of music is catered for in Croatia’s summer-long festival calendar, with indie rock at InMusic, cutting-edge dance music at Tisno and dub-to-dubstep extravaganzas at Outlook, near Pula.

If you travel to Croatia in summer, one of the best things to do is going to one of the many festivals with music for every taste © supergenijalac/Shutterstock

18 - Vukovar

Eastern Croatia’s most compelling destination, Vukovar combines state-of-the-art museum attractions with sites commemorating the 1991 siege.

19 - Peka

Slow-roasting lamb, octopus or other local goodies under the ember-covered metal lid known as a peka is the traditional route to a deliciously succulent meal.

20 - Rovinj

Riviera-town chic collides with fishing-port charm in the most Italianate of Istria’s coastal resorts.

Tall sail boat enters the harbor of old Venetian town of Rovinj, Croatia © lnu/Shutterstock

21 - Truffle days, Istria

The start of the truffle-hunting season is marked by festivities throughout Istria in September – especially in Buzet, where the world’s largest truffle omelette is eagerly scoffed by an army of celebrants.

For truffel lovers, Istria is a must place to visit in Croatia in September © Alessandro Cristiano/Shutterstock

22 - Trsteno

Relax in Renaissance gardens in this beautiful coastal village just north of Dubrovnik.

23 - The Elaphite Islands

These easy-to-explore, largely car-free islands offer great hiking, sandy beaches and plenty of peace and quiet.

Lopud island is one of the best places to go in Croatia for calm and relaxing © canvaspix/Shutterstock

24 - Taste local Rakija

There’s nothing like a shot of rakija (grape brandy) to oil the wheels of social intercourse. Try herb-infused travarica or carob-flavoured rogačica for a truly heart- and soul-warming experience.

Don't leave Croatia without trying local Rakija

25 - Walking the Premuzic Trail

Croatia’s most exhilarating long-distance hiking route takes in mountain ridges, dense forests and awesome views.

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