Can’t decide what to do in Croatia first? We’ve got you sorted with our top Croatia bucket list essentials and the best places to see in Croatia.
Discover the Medieval Charm in Zagreb
Get your walking shoes on and get going in Zagreb. You can spend hours exploring the medieval church spires and cobbled streets of the Upper Town, while the Lower Town is dotted with art deco and grand baroque buildings. Dig a little deeper on your Zagreb trip and you’ll find colourful pockets with street murals and buzzing cafes.
Immerse Yourself in the Lively City of Split
Savour the sun-soaked glory of coastal Split. Medieval meets ancient Rome, This seafront city stretches from the golden beaches to the ancient streets of Old Town. Kickstart your Split tour with a visit to the stunning Diocletian's Palace, then hit the town for a traditional Croatian dinner and some beachside dancing.
Explore the Sun-drenched Shores of Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik is crowd-pleaser, with plenty of UNESCO sites for history lovers, dozens of Game of Thrones filming locations for TV buffs, and gorgeous beaches and cliffside bars for those who want to soak up the Adriatic. Complete the scene with sunset over an apéritif and plate of fresh octopus. Simply magical.
CROATIA TAILORED BY YOU
You’ll get to tailor your dream Croatia trip with our range of Optional Experiences. Choose from adventures like exploring the historic village of Kumrovec and cruising to the stunning island of Hvar.
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Kayak Around the Dubrovnik Old City Walls
Dubrovnik is now one of the most famous destinations on the planet, thanks to Game of Thrones. To see the city from a different perspective, hop in a kayak and make your way around the Old City walls, which tower over you from the water and give a real sense of how powerful Dubrovnik would have been as a fortress in its hay-day. If you get tired along the way, there are plenty of hidden coves and caves to explore.
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Stroll Down the Tkalciceva Street in Zagreb
Once a creek that separated two towns: Kaptol, and Gradec, Tkalciceva Street, or Tkalca as locals call it, is a cute pedestrian street lined with cafes and small shops on both sides of the street. Many of these are housed in small historical houses of different colours, which just adds to its charm - very photogenic! The street starts just behind the main Jelacic Square and goes all the way to Kaptol Center, make sure to check it out when you are in Zagreb.
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Cruise to the Jewel of the Adriatic
I loved our beautiful boat trip to Hvar, one of the most stunning islands in the Croatian archipelago. We set sail from Split harbour across the Adriatic Sea, then explored the historic Hvar Old Town on foot, and finished with some fresh seafood by the beach. You can even head to the Venetian hilltop fortress to soak up the gorgeous views!
WHAT TO EAT & DRINK IN CROATIA
What to eat in Croatia? You don't have to ask us twice. We’ve got the hottest tips on where to find the best dishes like boškarin beef, deep-fried fritule, and the inky crni rižot.
Black Risotto (Crni Rizot)
Don’t let the tar-like appearance put you off - this Dalmatian seafood risotto is simply delicious. Crni rižot is cooked with rice, squid or cuttlefish, red wine, garlic and olive oil. It’s also got a healthy dose of squid ink, which gives the dish its distinct jet black colour and intense flavour, so don't let its appearance put you off.
If you want to try gourmet Croatian cuisine, look no further than boškarin beef, from the white-grey long-horned cattle of Istria, it's found fame as one of the most famous delicacies in Croatia. You’ll love a juicy boškarin steak or boškarin salami, or try it with a bowl of handmade pasta.
Craving something sweet? These donut-like balls or fritule, are made with flour, egg yolks, raisins, lemon zest and a dash of local schnapps, then deep-fried. Topped with chocolate sauce and powdered sugar, sweet-tooths will love this addictive street food.
WHEN IS BEST TO VISIT CROATIA
There’s something extra special about Croatia in the warm sunny days of summer, autumn and spring. From April to October, it's all about beach days and island hopping.
Best Time to Visit Croatia’s Beaches
If you’re dreaming of taking a dip in the Adriatic Sea, the best time is anywhere from May to October. The summer months are perfect for lazy days at the beach.
Best Time to Explore Croatia’s National Parks
Dreaming of exploring national parks like Plitvice? Get going in the shoulder months of April and May or September and October for fewer crowds and great weather.
Best Time to Go Sailing in Croatia
The best time to get your sea legs and sail Croatia is from June to September, when the weather is at its finest and sailing conditions are just right.
PACKING TIPS FOR CROATIA
HOW TO TRAVEL RESPONSIBLY IN CROATIA
Leave No Trace
Whether you’re going on a Croatia cruise or exploring the national parks, you can help keep Croatia beautiful. Never leave any rubbish behind and don’t disturb the wildlife.
Waste disposal is a big issue for Croatia, but you can do your part. Instead of arriving with lots of plastic packaging, use reusable bags and bottles that you can take home.
Try the Local Seafood
Head to the local restaurants along Croatia’s coastline to find the freshest seafood caught that same day. You’ll support the local community and leave with a very satisfied tummy.