Where to go in Croatia
Considering the rich and diverse offer of holiday locations in Croatia, the steadily growing number of tourists choosing it as their holiday destination does not come as a surprise. Varying between those known world-wide and lesser known though equally stunning locations, the small country has a lot to offer within its borders.
Whether you are planning a family vacation or a fiesta with friends; are in search of a passive holiday in a picturesque village or an active one in a bustling city or better yet, are interested in giving the island style living a go, you will surely find something for yourself. Each Croatian region provides a unique offer of attractive places and things to do. We have taken it upon ourselves to put together a selected list of locations in different regions which will make the difficult task of choosing where to go in Croatia a bit easier for you.
Where to go in Croatia if you are a nature lover
A true treasure in Croatia are its national parks, delighting both locals and tourists with stunning scenery and unspoiled nature. There are altogether 8 national parks in Croatia and all of them are worth a tour: Brijuni Islands, Kornati Islands, Krka, Mljet, Plitvice, Paklenica, Risnjak and Northern Velebit. Wherever you choose to stay in Croatia, there is always a national park nearby, and whichever you choose to visit, you will not be sorry. Visit the islands Mljet, Kornati and Brijuni where you can spend hours upon hours exploring the captivating flora and fauna. Feast your eyes on the majestic waterfalls of Krka or Plitvice Lakes or fill your lungs with fresh air on a lengthy but spectacular hike through Risnjak, Paklenica and Northern Velebit. These places truly are paradise on earth.
Where to go in Croatia if you are in search of historical sights
If you, a family member or a friend is a history buff, do not miss out on visiting Zadar, Šibenik, Trogir and Split whose rich history and various historical curiosities will leave you in awe. Influenced by Greeks, Romans and Venetians through time, these cities now represent a combination of antique appearance and modernist features whilst housing numerous old churches and cathedrals, museums, palaces and ruins. Known today as the symbol of the Zadar, the pre-Romanesque church of St. Donat is a wondrous building and the most well know of all Zadar monuments as well as a wedding venue with growing popularity. In Split you have to chance to visit the Diocletian’s Palace which is one of the best preserved monuments of Roman architecture in the entire world. As these cities are only a two hours’ drive away from each other, with cultural diamonds Šibenik and Trogir in-between, it is of no greater importance which one you choose as a base. However, if you are in the mood for Istria, Pula with its amphitheater, known as the Pula Arena, is another great holiday destination.
Where to go in Croatia if you want to party
When it comes to partying, the resort Novalja on the island of Pag is a great pick. Zrće beach is considered the ultimate party destination in Croatia. This lengthy pebble beach is filled with bars and discotheques which are open around the clock during the summer season. For party people who are into trance and house music, Zrće is the it-place to be as it hosts internationally known DJ’s and festivals for which tickets are sold months in advance. The Garden Resort in Tisno is another great place for partying, as it has become the base for crazy boat parties as well as disco and house festivals from June until the end of August. Don’t miss out on your chance to meet new people whilst listening to some great music and dancing the night away.
Where to go in Croatia if you are looking for luxury
The gorgeous city Opatija in the Kvarner Region has always been a synonym for luxury. Exuding culture, the city captivates you with its stunning coastal promenade. Due to its proximity to the sea and mountains combined with a mild climate, Opatija has always been known as wellness destination and a fashionable retreat for the elite. This brings us to the southern-most part of Dalmatia and the stunning city of Dubrovnik. Due to its majestic appearance and gorgeous sites, Dubrovnik has become sought-after filming location where the members of the Hollywood elite also like to spend their vacation. However, luxurios villas and apartments, both modern and rustic can be found in any location along the beautiful Croatian coast.
Where to go in Croatia if you want to explore the island life
For those among you who are interested in making their well-deserved holiday memorable and above all romantic, we recommend any of the Croatian islands as a suitable holiday destination. With many of the islands being easily accessible from the mainland via shorter or longer ferry rides, choosing one for your own holiday is just a matter of personal preference. Alongside Hvar and Brač, which are labelled as the most popular, the following islands are a great choice for anyone who wants to be surrounded by the sparkling Adriatic Sea. The island Cres is accessible by ferry from Rijeka and offers you magical views and pristine sandy beaches; Šolta is close to Split and features some of the finest vineyards and olive groves; as one of the largest islands of the Croatia cost Dugi Otok is known for its tremendous cliffs, views and fantastic sea food while Krapanj is the smallest of the inhabited islands, located merely 300m away from the mainland, featuring great food and hospitable locals. Considering there are more than 1000 islands in the Croatian part of the Adriatic, you have much to choose from.
Whatever location you choose, a spectacular time awaits you!