With a scenic, island-dotted Mediterranean coastline and stunning medieval architecture, this country is considered one of the most beautiful in Europe.
Croatia offers soul-stirring natural scenery, historic fortresses and a gorgeous coastline for sunbathing and watersports. Hike up to towering lookout points to take in the breathtaking sea views, before putting on your swimsuit to jump into the crystal-clear waters.
Known for its polished marble streets and postcard-perfect Adriatic setting, the city of Dubrovnik is one of Croatia’s most-visited destinations. Take a walk on the city walls to enjoy views across the jewel-toned Adriatic Sea. Ride a cable car up to the summit of Mount Srd to gaze over the red terracotta roofs of the old town. Just off Dubrovnik is Lokrum, a forested island with superb swimming spots.
The metropolitan capital of Zagreb balances medieval charm with modern business buildings. Marvel at St. Mark’s Church, identifiable by its stark white façade and towering spires. Spend time in local museums dedicated to Croatian culture and history. The Croatian Museum of Naïve Art is an impressive fine art gallery, while the Museum of Broken Relationships offers a quirky look at human relationships and heartbreak.
One of the most popular tourist destinations is the coastal town of Split. Get an overview of the city and coastline from Marjan hill, which sits on a peninsula at the western side of Split. Climb down the hill to relax on beautiful beaches backed by pine trees. Take a tour of Diocletian’s Palace, an ancient palace built by a Roman emperor and visit the golden-hued Cathedral of Saint Domnius, a former Roman mausoleum.
Croatia’s weather is at its best in July and August when the sun shines almost constantly. For a different perspective, visit in the winter when accommodation prices are low and atmospheric Christmas markets spring up in squares.
All three main airports (Zagreb, Split and Dubrovnik) have their own airport bus or shuttle to transport you into the heart of the cities they serve. Choose domestic air travel over train travel to hop between cityies, or rent a car to travel at your own pace.
In addition to exploring Croatia’s mainland, stay a few extra days to discover some of the hundreds of islands off its coast.