Not sure where to start when planning a trip to Croatia? Then, you’ll love this Croatia travel guide!
You will find this beautiful country in Europe on the Adriatic Sea. Croatia is home to incredibly well-preserved medieval towns, pristine beaches, and spectacular natural landscapes. In recent years it’s easy to see why Croatia has become an increasingly popular tourist destination.
It’s an ideal destination for couples and families seeking a holiday with something for everyone. I have put together all the resources you need to plan the perfect Croatia trip in this Croatia travel guide.
When is the best time to visit Croatia?
The best time to visit is from June to September when the temperature is warmer. For outdoor activities such as kayaking or hiking, try April, May, or October for cooler temperatures. September and early October is grape and olive harvest time.
Getting around Croatia
Depending on your travel itinerary, you will need to rent a car or hire a private driver. Taking an organized tour in Split, for example, is easy. In Dubrovnik, you can experience the majority of activities by walking.
The currency in Croatia is the Kuna (HRK). See exchange rates here.
Most people traveling with a passport to Croatia will not need to apply for a Visa. For updated requirements on Croatia, see here.
Top things to do in Croatia
Year-round, Dubrovnik bustles with life. With crystal-clear blue water surrounding the city walls of Dubrovnik, clean beaches captivate visitors.
Step back in time with a stroll around the Old Town of Dubrovnik. Our day in Dubrovnik guide covers things to do and the best places to eat.
The best time to visit Fort Lovrijenac is in the evening when the sun illuminates the beauty of the old town. There is not much to see inside the fort, but we think the views here are exceptional.
Split is a must if you want to see beautiful waterfalls like in Krka or Plitvice National Park. Or perhaps a boat trip to Hvar Island for its iconic beaches.
Diocletian’s place, a UNESCO site not to be missed, was built by Roman Emperor Diocletian in the 4th century. There are a variety of cafes, restaurants, shops, and entertainers in this area.
If you love adventure activities, then a trip to Omis is for you. This off-the-beaten-track town is a short drive from Split. There are thrill-seeking activities here, like ziplining, hiking, and canyoning.
Zagreb, the capital of Croatia, is a must for most travelers. There’s the famous gothic cathedral, unique architecture from the 18th & 19th century to discover, and many cafes & shops lining the streets.
Read more: Things to do in Split & Zagreb
Hvar The most visited of all southern Dalmatian islands is Hvar Island. Travelers are drawn to this city by the elegant old buildings and majestic St Stephens Square, reminiscent of Venetian architecture.
Lavender Fields Did you know that Croatia produces and exports lavender? Harvesting happens in July and August when the flowers are in bloom. It’s true; visiting a lavender farm is a great way to learn about the harvest. On the island of Kvar is where you’ll find the most abundant lavender.
Spanjola Fortress If you are looking for an activity in Croatia that gives you unbeatable views, history, and a workout, then climb to the Spanjola Fortress. Initially constructed in the 16th century, this fortress protected the country. Four circular bastions, a tower, and walls with battlements can still be seen. The hike will take about 20 minutes from the town to this fortress.
Zadar Croatia’s international airport in Zadar serves as a gateway to the country. With its modern looks and ancient history feel, it is an excellent place for fine dining and sunset watching.
Explore the historic center of Zadar Stroll through Croatia’s 5th largest city, discovering Roman ruins, medieval churches, and a sea organ on a private walking tour.
Museum of Ancient Glass Among the most important collections are the Roman vials, goblets, cups, and flasks on display in this museum. Visitors can watch the glassmakers in their workshops during the week and on Saturdays.
Best places to stay
Stay in the Old Town for convenience at The Pucić Palace, an 18th-century baroque palace. The Palace Suites Heritage Hotel is ideally positioned next to Diocletian’s Palace in Split. If you’d prefer proximity to the beach, check out the Palace Judita Heritage Hotel. Stay at the Falkensteiner Hotel & Spa Ladera in Zadar for tranquility and relaxation.
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