There’s no denying it; Croatia is one of my favourite places I’ve ever been. I absolutely love it there. But it’s still very much an up and coming destination, so many of you might not be too familiar with it yourself. If you’re stuck for ideas on where to go on your next holiday, then I can highly recommend visiting this breathtakingly beautiful country. Aside from gazing in awe at the stunning scenery all around you, there are lots of different things to do in Croatia that I think you’ll love. Here are just a few of them.
One of the great things about Croatia holidays is that you don’t just have to stay in one place. It’s so easy to jump on a boat and indulge in a bit of island-hopping, which allows you to see so much more in one holiday. Whether you island-hop for one day or book a twin-centre holiday where you get to stay in two different places, it’s well worth exploring some of the picturesque and charming islands that Croatia’s home to. A particular favourite of mine was the luxurious island of Hvar with its wonderful marina. Be sure to keep your eye out for any celebrity spots while you’re there.
2) Visit the national parks
Croatia boasts some absolutely incredible national parks, so if time is on your side, you should definitely make the effort to head out and explore at least one of them while you’re there. If you had to choose just one, I would suggest the magical Plitvice Lakes National Park, with its glistening waterfalls, crystal clear lakes and its lush green setting. It’s the largest national park in Croatia and a UNESCO World Heritage Site too. If that’s a little too far away, then Krka National Park can certainly step up to the mark as an alternative.
3) Spend the day in Dubrovnik
No trip to Croatia would be complete without visiting the wonderful city of Dubrovnik. I can’t imagine anyone who wouldn’t enjoy it there; it’s got something for everyone. With its fascinating history and amazing architecture, you’re bound to fall in love with it just like I did. Take a walk around the walls of the terracotta old town, with its incredible views of the city and harbour. Or, if like me you’re a massive Game of Thrones fan, you can go on a tour that takes you to all the key film locations in the area. You’ll feel like you’re actually in King’s Landing!
4) Enjoy a historical tour of Split
Split is a fascinating seafront city to walk around, but with so much history to discover, you’ll benefit most from going on a walking tour or an historical tour of the city. It’s all well and good seeing the impressive architecture, but it’s so much better when you can gain an in-depth knowledge of what you’re seeing from a local expert. The city is like a living museum, so take the time to explore all the ancient and medieval sights, such as Diocletian’s Palace and the Cathedral and Bell Tower of St. Domnius. There are even some Game of Thrones locations here too.
5) Soak up the sun at Zlatni Rat
I’ve already mentioned island-hopping, but when I was in Croatia, I actually stayed on the beautiful island of Brac Island. It’s in a great location; just a short ferry ride from Split on the mainland and it’s easy to explore the other islands from here, as well as go on a day trip to Dubrovnik. But one of the best things about Brac is Zlatni Rat Beach in the resort of Bol. Perhaps the most famous beach in all of Croatia, the pristine pebbly sand forms a teardrop shape out into the sea and changes formation depending on the tide. The scenery around here is breathtaking, so it’s well worth the waterfront walk from the resort centre.
6) Wine tasting
When it comes to enjoying excellent wine in Croatia, the hardest thing is deciding which of the huge range of vineyards and wine tasting tours you want to go on. But hey, why stop at one? We all love a nice drop of wine with our food, especially when we’re on holiday. But there’s nothing better than seeing where it all comes from and sampling a glass, fresh from the vine. There are lots of vineyards and tours in the Split region of Croatia, as well as Dubrovnik, Hvar, Pula, Zagreb… Everywhere, basically!
7) Music festivals
If you’re big into your music, then you’ll love nothing better than getting tickets for a summer music festival. But why not go one better than your friends and head to a music festival in a whole new country? There are some great music festivals in Croatia, where you can get lost in your favourite music while basking in glorious sunshine. Sounds perfect, right? Some of the most popular festivals are Ultra Europe, Outlook Festival, Sonus Festival and Hideout Festival, with its awesome beach and boat parties.
Croatia is a hugely popular destination for lovers of the sea. Whether you want to join an island-hopping excursion or charter your own yacht to explore the country’s stunning natural beauty in your own time, there’s no better place to feel the wind in your sails. If you’re really keen, there are a number of different yachting festivals and sailing weeks in Croatia throughout the year, with everything from regattas to music festivals on boats.
Have you ever been to Croatia before? What was your favourite thing to do? Or maybe you’d really like to go now? Let me know in the comments below.