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Croatia
Travel Guide

Lovrijenac Fort featuring general coastal views and a coastal town

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.

Popular cities in Croatia

Botanical Garden which includes a garden and a pond
Zagreb
Known for Seafood, Walking and Tours
Trip time! Discover the museums, cafés, and entertainment in Zagreb.

Reasons to visit

  • Zagreb Cathedral
  • Jarun
  • Zagreb Zoo
Revelin Fortress featuring a coastal town
Dubrovnik
Known for Ports, Scenery and Cultural Activities
Escape to Dubrovnik! Enjoy its oceanfront, UNESCO site, and castle.

Reasons to visit

  • Kotor Bay
  • Lapad Beach
  • Banje Beach
Kasuni Beach showing a sandy beach
Split
Known for Beach View, Ports and Walking
See Roman buildings, walk winding medieval streets and explore some of Croatia’s best museums in this beautiful city on the shore of the Adriatic.

Reasons to visit

  • Diocletian's Palace
  • Bacvice Beach
  • Split Marina
Zadar
Zadar
Known for Beach View, Walking and Relaxing
Explore Zadar: its history, monuments, oceanfront, and more!

Reasons to visit

  • Sea Gate
Krka National Park which includes hiking or walking, a river or creek and rapids
Sibenik
Known for Swimming, Spas and UNESCO Site
This fortified coastal city, home to medieval landmarks, is a gateway to a breathtaking national park and the largely uninhabited Kornati Islands.

Reasons to visit

  • Krka National Park
Mali Losinj
Mali Losinj
Known for Relaxing, Spas and Ports
Explore quaint Mali Losinj: its marina, adventures, aquarium, and more!

Croatia

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