Top things to do in Croatia

Croatia is a wonderful country famous for its pebble beaches, crystal clear Adriatic sea, more than a thousand islands, mountainous coastline (creating lots of opportunity for stunning views), sublime food, and great wines. We also love it for its friendly people, small sleepy villages, safety, and cleanliness (this country is extremely clean; you can literally eat from the floor wherever you go).

Things To Do In Croatia | Croatia Travel Guide
Things To Do In Croatia | Croatia Travel Guide

Croatia has so much to offer to its visitors and choosing only ten things to do in Croatia is a hard task to do. Croatia has been developing its tourist offer rapidly, and today, regardless whether you are an outdoor enthusiast looking for adrenalin pumping activities,  a couple in search of romantic places filled with culture and history, or a family traveler looking to relax and enjoy kids friendly activities, Croatia won't disappoint you.

You'll find here interesting architecture, excellent food and wine, tons of historical, cultural and natural sites to take your breath away (7 Unesco World Heritage sites, and 8 national parks), great beaches, and loads of activities to do: from rafting, kayaking, sailing, kite-surfing, to zip-lining, truffle hunting, paragliding, and rock climbing.

What to do in Croatia: things to do in Croatia

Hit the beach

Obvious?! Certainly, but this is not a list of the less popular things to do in Croatia. This is the list of the top ten things to do in Croatia. Sunbathing and swimming are still the number one reasons people visit Croatia. Thus, keep reading!

Top 10 things to do in Croatia:
Things to do in Croatia: Hit the beach

The best beaches in Croatia, you'll find in Dalmatia (Croatian coastal region from Zadar to the north to Dubrovnik to the south), and more precisely you'll find them along  Makarska Riviera. Turquoise crystal clear sea, hidden coves, and miles of white pebble beaches lined with fig trees and olive groves are ultimate reasons for so many tourists to visit Croatia every year. The most popular beaches in Croatia are Zlatni Rat Beach (Golden Horn) in Bol, on the island of Brač, and the Punta Rata beach in Brela.

While we love Croatian pebble beaches (yes, we love them more than sandy beaches!), we understand that many visitors to Croatia still prefer sandy beaches. No worries 'cause Croatia also has sandy beaches if that's what you are looking for. However you won't find them everywhere, and they aren't white sandy beaches as you might imagine them. But the rest is assured: sandcastles, shallow and warm water, beach bars, a game of volleyball or picigin (a local game played in shallow water with a small ball), and windsurfing. Since these beaches aren't so easy to find, we put up a list of sandy beaches in Croatia to help you start your quest for a perfect Croatian sandy beach.

Go snorkeling and scuba diving

Croatia isn't the most famous place in the world for snorkeling. The Adriatic Sea is not the Red or the Caribbean Sea. I'm not going to kid you; the Adriatic Sea is not full of colorful fish or coral reefs. As a matter of fact, this photo below is not even taken in Croatian waters. Yet, tourists and locals enjoy snorkeling and diving in the Adriatic Sea. And we'll tell you why. We'll tell you what makes snorkeling and diving in Croatia so interesting.

Top 10 things to do in Croatia: Snorkling & Scuba Diving
Things to do in Croatia: Snorkeling & Scuba Diving

First of all, don't forget that the Croatian coast is mostly rocky, and the beaches are pebbly. This kind of seabed gives really good underwater visibility and makes it perfect for snorkeling or diving. The second reason that puts us at ease when snorkeling and diving in Croatia is the fact that in the Adriatic sea you won't find dangerous sea creatures (like sharks, or barracudas). The third reason you'll really enjoy the underwater world in Croatia, and even more so if you go scuba diving, is the fact that there is a long seafaring history in the Adriatic dating back to ancient times.

All along the Croatian coast, you can witness historical seafaring through many shipwrecks, underwater in situ museums, cargo loads like ancient amphorae used for transport of olive oil and wine. There are 8 in situ underwater museums in Croatia with remains of ships and cargo dating back to 1st century BC. Besides shipwrecks from the ancient times, you'll also find lots of war shipwrecks like  Baron Gautsch shipwreck off the coast of Rovinj, or Taranto shipwreck near Dubrovnik.

As for the reefs, caves, and walls there are some really popular diving sites in Croatia. Te Vega Sea Lake is on the island of Susac southwest of Korcula. You can reach this sea lake by an underwater tunnel. Bisevo Cave near the island of Vis is also known as Blue Cave. It offers an amazing dive. Off the island of Hvar, there is a reef coated with green, brown, and red algae and yellow coral.

Impressed? Read our detailed guide on snorkeling in Croatia.

Go sailing

Here, Croatia rocks! It’s a paradise for sailing holidays. Sailing is actually the best way to see the coast and to enjoy fully its beauty. You can rent a sailing boat with or without crew if you don’t already own one. Many charter companies offer sailing boats, motor yachts or catamarans to rent. Rent is usually weekly, and the prices vary according to the season, a type of boat, and additional services you might need (a skipper, a cook, or entire crew). For a 12 m long sailing boat for 6 people expect to pay a weekly rental anywhere between 1.700 € (off-season) to 3.200 € (high season).

Things to do in Croatia: Sailing
Things to do in Croatia: Sailing

However, you don't need to be filthy rich to experience Croatia from the sea. There are also many companies offering gulet cruises along popular sailing routes in Croatia. Rent a cabin on a gulet and enjoy a sailing week in Croatia.

Discover hidden coves, beautiful bays full of lavender scent, and deserted islets with ancient olive groves. Enjoy fresh seafood and exquisite wines in local restaurants in the remote bays. Or just anchor anywhere and soak in the Adriatic.

If you are new to sailing around Croatia, maybe our introduction guide on yacht charter in Croatia can give you a better idea of what to expect.

Go on a wine tour

Wine is an important part of the Croatian lifestyle, and it has always played an important role in the country's economy. Viticulture in Croatia dates back to times of ancient Greek colonists. They were the first ones to bring vine to the islands of Vis, Hvar, and Korcula.

Top 10 things to do in Croatia: Wine Tour
Things to do in Croatia: Take a Wine Tour

Many indigenous grape varieties are still found in Croatia (like red variety Plavac mali or white variety Istarska Malvazija). The winemaking history in Croatia was somehow turbulent (as many things in Croatia are). During the communist rule, the wine was mostly produced in large cooperatives, all belonging to the State. One wouldn't say that the quality really mattered back then. However, since the mid-1990s, a new generation of winemakers in Croatia decided to make quality Croatian wines. And this quest has never stopped since.

Today we can say that Croatia has a long history of winemaking, a wide range of indigenous grape varieties, and lots of geographically defined wine regions. All over the country you can visit gorgeous wine cellars and tasting rooms, neatly planted vineyards (some with amazing views over the sea; particularly areas of Dingač, Postup, and Komarna in Dalmatia), and find your way around driving on Croatian wine routes (each one will inevitability bring you to yet another winemaker).

Either book a wine tour or just hop in the car and explore wine cellars on your own. You’ll have lots of fun. And you won’t stay thirsty. Here is my list of Istrian winemakers to help you plan your ride on Istrian wine routes. You can also read about  top five wineries in Istria worth a visit. You’re welcome!

We've also had a post on Wine tasting on the Peljesac peninsula, as well as in-depth posts on our visits to Saints Hills Winery, Milos Winery, and Rizman Winery.

P.S. This is my kind of activity. And I practice it often. But I shouldn't be telling you about that. Croatia is definitely the land of wine.

Island hopping

I've already told you that Croatia has over 1.000 islands. That’s a lot. Islands are special. And everything about the islands makes me dream. Each of them is like a country for itself.

The way of life on Croatian islands is stunning, at least for me. Sometimes, it feels like the time has stopped. And I mean in it in a good way. Roads are narrow. You’ll see goats and sheep grazing, old women with scarfs around their heads, men playing bocce. It looks like a novel and not real life. Of course, not all of the islands are the same; neither all the towns on the same island are the same. Some offer peace and quiet, others offer 24-hour parties.

Things to do in Croatia: Go island hopping
Things to do in Croatia: a wonderful village on the island of Brač

Some of the most popular Croatian islands are the island of Brač, famed for its gorgeous beaches, food (particularly olive oil, sheep cheese, and mandarins), and white stone; the island of Hvar, a popular playground for rich and famous; the island of Korčula, a home to Marco Polo; and islands of Krk, Cres, and Lošinj to the north. However, you don't always need to follow the steps of every other visitor to Croatia. Check the small island of Silba, off the coast of Zadar; the Elafiti islands, off the coast of Dubrovnik; or undiscovered gems like the islands of Vis and Lastovo.

We recently spent a weekend on the island of Brač. And we've enjoyed it so much.

The best way to discover Croatian islands is to go Island hopping. You can hop between the islands on the ferries, catamarans, and passenger boats, on your own sailing boat, or booking an island-hopping cruise.

Things to do in Croatia: visit islands
Things to do in Croatia: Arrival to Split with a ferry boat

However, hopping from one island to another using ferry, with or without your own car, needs to be carefully planned. You need to check ferry schedules and plan with crowds (don't just assume you'll appear in a port and board the next ferry). While traveling from island to island on a boat can be easier without a car than with a car ('cause there are many passenger boats and catamarans connecting one island with another), to move around an island without a car can be very difficult.

A little bit of planning is needed, but you'll enjoy the Croatian islands a lot. That, I am quite sure!

Eat your way through Croatia

Let me tell you this: food in Croatia is awesome! We are always looking for a new place to eat, new olive oil to taste or a new recipe to try out at home. Croatians mainly use seasonal ingredients, their food is influenced by many neighboring countries, but yet it's original in its own way. At the coast Croatian cuisine is a typical Mediterranean cuisine with lots of veggies, fish, and other seafood, and one of the best olive oils I have eaten in my entire life. If you are in Croatia, particularly in Istria, you need to taste olive oil. We wrote about olive oil tasting in Rabac, at Belic family, but we also highly recommend to you Chiavalon, Cuj, and Kabola Estate (in that order!).

Things to do in Croatia: eat your way through Croatia
Things to do in Croatia: eat your way through Croatia

Traditional dishes include crni rižot (black squid risotto), pršut (dried and sometimes smoked ham), seafood served with blitva (chard), brudet (spicy fish stew), mišanca (stewed wild veggies like wild cabbage, fennel, sow thistle, etc.), homemade pasta (especially in Istria).

In continental Croatia food is a bit heavier, based on meat, and heavy (but yummy) sauces. Specialties include štrukli (cheese-filled boiled or baked pastry), kulen (spicy pork sausages), game meat (particularly in the area of Gorski Kotar), fiš paprikaš (spicy stew made with river fish), and alike.

Here are our posts about traditional Croatian dishes, and Istrian dishes you don't want to miss.

The best restaurant experiences we had in Zagreb, Istria, Dubrovnik and Split. But basically every village, every town has its best places to eat that won't disappoint you. You just need to do your homework, eat where locals eat and you can't go wrong. We covered lots of Istrian restaurants on this blog, as well as restaurants in Split, restaurants in Zagreb, and restaurants in Dubrovnik. If you are a foodie, just stick around for a bit longer, you'll find quite good information on restaurants in Croatia, here on our blog. Happy reading!

Explore Continental Croatia

Croatia isn't just a pretty coast, it has so much more to offer. Start with Zagreb, the capital city of Croatia. We highly recommend you find time to visit Zagreb. Zagreb is a vibrant city, full of lovely cafes, restaurants, events, parks, street art, and performances. Regardless of the season, there is always something going on in Zagreb. Christmas time is especially nice when the entire town turns into a stage. Downtown is relatively small and easy to explore on foot. The upper town is gorgeous, and home to many museums and galleries. The restaurant scene in Zagreb is particularly exciting, and definitely the best in the country. Zagreb green markets are very popular and the best way to experience a local vibe. We've also put together a post on top things to do in Zagreb if you'd like to read further. And one of our favorite posts about Zagreb includes two great Zagreb itineraries for travelers, not tourists.

Things to do in Croatia: Explore continental Croatia
Things to do in Croatia: Explore continental Croatia

Another interesting place to visit in this part of Croatia is a baroque town of Varaždin.  Even New York Times named Varaždin as one of 52 places to visit in 2014. Varaždin's town center is filled with architectural gems: baroque churches, palaces, and villas, and the oldest City Hall in all Europe. The best time to visit Varaždin is during the Špancirfest, a festival of good vibes. This is the most popular street festival in all Croatia. It takes place at the end of August for ten days, and it attracts more than 200.000 visitor.

Other places of interest in the continental Croatia are: Kopački rit nature park, Ilok wine-growing region, Zagorje with its rolling hills, and thermal waters, National park Risnjak, and castles of northern Croatia.

Get active 

Croatia, with its rugged mountains, fast rivers, karst topography, and Adriatic sea, has a lot to offer to outdoor enthusiasts. From rock-climbing, free-flying, paragliding, speleology tours, zip-lining, kite-surfing, kayaking, rafting, windsurfing, and other adrenaline-pumping activities, you'll have plenty to choose from in Croatia.

I love hiking (as long as the surface is flat). And Croatia is an awesome place if you love it too. With its mountain ranges, canyons, hills, and forests it will not disappoint any hiking enthusiast. Hiking paths are normally marked with red and white dot. As long as you keep following them, you should be OK finding your way.

Things to do in Croatia: get active
Things to do in Croatia: Great views wherever you go in Croatia

The most popular coastal hiking destinations are Mljet national park on the island of Mljet, Lopud Island, Velebit Mountain and Paklenica National Park, Biokovo and Ucka natural parks. In Continental Croatia, the most popular hiking destinations are Medvednica Mountain near Zagreb and Risnjak national park.

Croatian mountains are very popular among rock climbers. They are part of the Dinaric mountain range. Thus, they are deep karst mountains with very little vegetation and lots of sharp shapes. These mountains can be tricky. They don't seem high enough to fear them. But many climbers get surprised by the power of these mountains. They are as demanding as much higher mountains. The most popular climbing destination in Croatia is Velebit mountain, especially Paklenica National Park.

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Things To Do In Croatia | Pin Me For Later!

Kayaking is getting big. You can actually discover the Croatian coastline on a kayak. And why wouldn’t you?! I mean the entire kayaking holidays. Awesome! We haven’t done it yet, but fellow bloggers over at The PlanetD have done it. And we loved so much their experience that we want to do it the following summer. We should really start making money with this blog, so we can just go around and enjoy all those great activities.

White water rafting in Croatia is a very popular activity among locals and tourists. Croatia offers great white water rafting sites, from Karlovac to the north, Gorski Kotar to the west, and Dalmatia to the south.

Kite-surfing is popular at the estuary of the river Neretva. The best windsurfing is in Viganj, on the peninsula of Pelješac. Zip-lining you can enjoy in Omiš, and in Istria.

And if you aren't into this kind of activity, but you still like to get your adrenaline high, visit Istralandia, a brand new water park located near Novigrad in Istria.

Visit Waterfalls

Croatian waterfalls are awesome. Plitvice lakes are the most popular ones. Seriously, they are some amazing lakes and waterfalls. They consist of 16 interconnected lakes separated by many waterfalls. And the color of the water is just spectacular; you can see all the imaginable shades of blue and green.

Things to do in Croatia: Visit Waterfalls
Things to do in Croatia: Visit Waterfalls

Krka Waterfalls are other popular waterfalls in Croatia. You can visit them by car or by boat. Boats leave from the small town of Skradin. There are three main sites for the visitors, beautiful walking trails and footpaths. Within the lakes, there is a small island with a monastery.

We visited Krka Waterfalls last September. There weren't many tourists around, and we had a chance to take lots of nice photos. Post on that is coming soon.

Discover history

Bring it on, history aficionados. Here, Croatia really delivers. I mean, just think about all the cultures that left their traces here: Greeks, Illyrians, Romans, Venetians, Turks, Austrian-Hungarians, to mention just some of them.

Top 10 Things To Do in Croatia: Discover History
Things to do in Croatia: Dubrovnik Old Town

Six historical sites are UNESCO World Heritage sites: old city of Dubrovnik, historic city of Trogir, historical complex of Split, the Cathedral of St James in Sibenik, Episcopal Complex of the Euphrasian Basilica in Porec, and Stari grad plains. Each of them is worth visiting.

What are your favorite things to do in Croatia? Let us know in the comments below.

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63 thoughts on “Top things to do in Croatia”

  1. Hi
    I am trying (and feeling a bit over whelmed at the moment) to plan a 2 week holiday this August in Croatia with my husband, 2 sons (12 and 16 so both at ages where they easily get bored) and my parents. I definitely want to spend a couple of nights staying at one of the national parks with the lakes and waterfalls. I was thinking we could do this after picking up a hire car at the airport. We then want to travel somewhere where we can enjoy the sun, relax, have activities for the boys and admire croatia. Should we fly into Zagreb and travel south, or vice versa? A friend has highly recommended Dubrovnik. I’m also very keen on having some down time on a beautiful Croatian Island, but there are a lot to choose from! Is Mljet the prettiest? Is there stuff there for my boys to do? I’m struggling to plan this at the mo, but I have only just started looking into it and your blog is so informative. Thank you. Just wondered if you could offer me some more specific guidance!?

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  2. Thank you for the tips, I plan to travel Croatia in September – October time frame.

    Could you please advise on which island is safe (per migrants crisis) to visit?

    I am asking it particularly as a female who travels alone (by expensive car) and would like to avoid potentially dangerous places.

    Cheers on World Cup!

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  3. We will be leaving for Croatia on April on the 25th of April and only having having until the 29th leaving on a boat and bike trip in the Dalmation Islands..returning on the 6th and having until the 5th before we leave to continue. Is there anything you can recommend in that time as far as classical music or opera that we can attend. Our time in not as long as we would like, but that time is still unplanned for.

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    • Hi Lisa,
      thanks for stopping by. Where will you be staying? Theater scene is only strong in larger cities, like Zagreb, Rijeka, Split, Dubrovnik. Your best guess is to check a theater program for the town you are staying in. You can check this on tourist board websites, or directly on a particular theater website. Let us know if we can help with anything else.

  4. Hi there. Currently planning our honeymoon which includes flying into Dubrovnik and out of Split. Approximately a week there! We aren’t really sure where to start. It’s been recommended that we visit Hvar, but other than that we have no idea what to do and where we should be looking to stay. Should we plan on renting a car? Thanks!

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    • Hi Janelle,
      thanks for reaching out to us. Traveling by car is by far the best option when in Croatia. Especially if you plan to get out of towns. It really gives you freedom to go and stop wherever you like. However, if you only plan to stay in Dubrovnik, and Split, and then do day trips (let’s say to Hvar, or Brac island) then you’ll just keep the car parked for nothing (and besides, you’ll need to pay a parking). Maybe you can rent a car for days you plan to go out. Check the best options – sometimes a week rental can be much cheaper than a day here or there. You can easily reach Hvar from Split by catamaran or car ferry. But without car you can only experience island’s port towns. It all depends what you plan to do, and also if you prefer to take it easy or rush to see as much as possible in a short time there.

  5. This is day 1 of research for our trip to Croatia and this post is perfect! Yes, I want to do all your Top 10. We were originally planning to explore Croatia for a few weeks but now we will have to extend our visit to a month or 2. Thanks so much for all the information. I can’t wait to read more….

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  6. Frank, we will be attending our son’s wedding in Porec in On Labour Day 2016. My thoughts are to fly to Zagreb from Canada, spend 4 days sight seeing and then working our way to Porec. Would you suggest driving or taking a bus? Are there any must see stops along the way? We do like to hike but will only have running shoes(hiking boots too heavy to pack). Our adult daughter will be with us. My daughter and husband are avid photograhers.

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  7. Hey Frank I’m planning an awesome honeymoon to Croatia, im thinking of starting in Dubrovnik, then…… I will be there for seven days. While we are there I want to see waterfalls and awesome views and beautiful architecture. Any brief suggestions for an itenerary? Thank you!

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  8. I didn’t realize you have so great snorkeling in Croatia, Frank. We’ve seen colors like that only in New Caledonia, at the Grand Barrier Riff. Not even Hawaii has crystal clear waters like that… Fabulous!

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  9. Hi Frank,
    I’m coming to Croatia at the end of June this year (what would the weather be like?!), but I’m worried as I’m not the kind of person who likes to sit around the pool for 7 days. The company I’ve booked my holiday with don’t have a lot of excursions for the Split area, I’m staying in Makarska/Igrane area. I was wondering if you could suggest any local agents I can book things with whilst I’m there? I’m also a major Game of Thrones fan so a trip to Dubrovnik is essential, can you recommend any what so ever?
    Thanks!
    Victoria

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    • Hi Victoria, thanks for stopping by. Guys from Tempet Makarska contributed to our blog with their tips on best beaches on Makarska Riviera, so maybe you can check their daily tours. Around that area, interesting things to do are: island hopping (a visit to Brac, Hvar or Korcula); activities in Omis like ziplining and rafting; a visit to Biokovo nature park; day trip to Split (where they also filmed Game of Thrones), Trogir (pretty medieval town), and Dubrovnik. Let us know if we can help with anythibg else. Have a nice holiday in Croatia.

  10. Hi Frank,

    Great to see your wonderful job in this blog. Im from Brazil, living for 4 years now in Brela. My husband is Croatian, and my grandmother was Croatian as well, so we start our guesthouse in this little gem. As our guests love to connect with us before coming, to know about some informations we decided to create our own blog. Not so professional and good as the ravellers blogs as yours and many others out there, but its a way to stay connected and exchange information. :) Today I was looking for relevant posts about Croatia to write a post with cool informations to my guests and I found you blog so complete, so I mentioned you there. Wish you like it. If by any chance you come to Brela sometime, lets connect!
    Wish you all the best,
    Ana

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  11. What is a good time to travel to Croatia? I am planning for the month of May 2015. Is this a good time of the year? Thanks

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    • Hi Leona, yes May is great. The only down side is that the sea won’t be warm enough for swimming. But you’ll have less crowds, lower accommodation prices, and weather should be warm enough. Have a nice time in Croatia.

  12. What a great post! I never knew it was possible to scuba dive in Croatia (well, in reality one can scuba dive anywhere there’s water – but never knew it was so beautiful).

    Thanks for sharing – and whetting my appetite even more. The more I see and read, the more I need to plan a trip!

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  13. We’ve done two trips to Croatia in the past two years, but have only ever stayed in two cities, both for only a couple of days.

    Maybe it’s time we returned and did a little more from this list?

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    • Hi Dave, thanks for your comment. ANd if you do return, make sure to give us a shout. We would be happy to help with information, or anything else regarding your trip here.

  14. Hi Frank
    Just discovered your site this evening, while doing some last minute research about Croatia! We’re off there on Wednesday 27 August with our three children (aged 13, 8 and 4) to visit Dubrovnik and then spend some time on Brac (Splitska). Any particular recommendations about Croatia with kids?
    Steph x

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    • Hi Steph, thanks for stopping by. Sorry for my late reply. Hope you are still in Croatia, and few of my tips can still come handy. When in Split you can visit Dinosaur park in Omiš (it’s more suited for smaller children), a visit to the Krka Waterfalls is also a great way to spend a day (you can swim in the lakes). In Dubrovnik, you can take a kayaking tour around the old town, spend an afternoon on the island of Lokrum, go for a day to the Elafiti islands (nice sandy beach Sunj, on the island of Lopud), then in the village of Popovići, south of Dubrovnik, you can go horseback riding. Have a great time in Croatia!

  15. Excellent recommendations, Frank! Croatia is such an amazing country, one of the best in Europe if might say so myself. Really hope that more people start getting out of the Western Europe bubble and discover the Balkans! Great job you’ve done here getting the word out :)

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    • Thanks for stopping, Ryan! I’ve been following your Balkan adventures, but couldn’t figure out if you are staying in Croatia this time, or just passing by. Happy travels!

  16. HI Frank, such a great post – love the things to do in Croatia! I think the one big problem is which one do you pick! hmmm I think wine and beach – or no wine and waterfalls – LOL all of them look great! Love that you always have such great and informative posts!

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  17. Well, I’m hoping to visit a winery just outside our village here in Kent, but somehow I get the impression it won’t be quite as good as visiting those vineyards! Wonderful post, thanks for another of your lists :)

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  18. Coming that way in June/July for a 8 days greece trip and then 13 day drive down the coast of Croatia…starting in Zagreb and ending in Montenegro. Any fun ideas that we shouldnt miss?! Theres 2 of us, we arent on a schedule and will probably be by car. Loved reading about your top 10 and will def take advantage of them! Whats the best bang for the buck on wine tours, snorkling….well, really anything! Any specific ideas are appreciated:) YOLO! Kerry

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    • Hi teachers :), thanks for stopping by. We like a lot Trogir and the Krka Waterfalls (for us more interesting than Plitvice). Split is a must-visit, but canget really crowded during the summer. When you aproach Dubrovnik, in the village of Slano climb up to the old Napoleon raod (it runs parallely with the main road) for the awesome views. If you like a seafood, particularly sea shells, stop for a lunch in Ston. The best wineries are in Istria, and the best way to visit them is on your self-guided tour. However if you are only visiting Dalmatia, the best wineries are: Bibic near Skradin, Saint Hills & Korta Katarina on the Peljesac peninsula, and Kataman near Dubrovnik. Tour company Art of Wine from Split has some interesting tours if you fancy organized visits. Let us know if we can help with anything else.

  19. Great list Frank. Croatia is somewhere I’d like to visit some day and this list means it would be a very trip. Also with as you mention so many islands I could be tempted to spend days just island hopping.

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    • Sure, great wines! Thanks for stopping by, Lisa. And if you make it here, we’ll be happy to introduce you to Croatian wines :)

  20. Frank,
    What a great blog! It is very helpful as I am reading and anticipating going to Croatia in June for 10 days. It’s a special sisters get-to-gether. My two sisters are coming from Ireland and I am living in America but will be coming from Prague. We’re staying in Cavcat. Is it easy to rent a car so that I can do some of the top ten things on your list?
    I would love to hear from you via e-mail.

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    • Hi Sara, Cavtat is a great choice for your stay in Croatia. it should be very easy yo rent a car in June (August can be tricky). Cavtat is a charming little town, but with lots of things to do in the vicinity.

  21. My mother’s mentioned Greek Island hopping – I might have to try and talk her into Croatian Island hopping instead :) Seems like there’s something we can all enjoy!

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  22. Hey guys,

    This is a great list and so representative of all Croatia has to offer. We were there a couple of years ago and loved it to bits. Our favourite bit was the waterfalls and the drive along the coast :)

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  23. Wonderful list! I visited Dubrovnik last year and absolutely loved it. The water was so clear and beautiful, and I loved walking the Old City Walls. Enjoyed yummy seafood and great wine (and Ozujsko Pivo too :p). But I know there’s so much more to explore in Croatia as you have said, and hope I get a chance to return again sometime :)

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    • Thanks, A Southern Gypsy! How did you like your sea kayaking experience. We are planning to visit Vis this summer and experience it for ourselves.

  24. Now that is one amazing top ten list! I love the fact that most of the activities on the list has to do with nature and enjoying the outdoors. Going on a wine tour sounds like a lot of fun!!

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