From sailing the Adriatic in summer to skiing the chilly slopes in winter, find out when you should plan your visit to Croatia for the best experience. When is the best time to visit Croatia? Any time, depending on where you want to go and what you want to do, from sailing the Adriatic in summer to skiing the slopes in winter.
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Once a secret destination of in-the-know travelers, Croatia is bursting upon the international scene. And for good reason: This small country on the shores of the Adriatic Sea has more than its share of natural wonders, beautiful coastline and picturesque islands.
Highlights of Croatia include beautiful Plitvice Lakes, the historic cities Dubrovnik and Split, and its more than a thousand islands along the beautiful Dalmatian Coast including Hvar, Korcula and many others. Whether you're into local cuisine, natural wonders, history, nightlife or active adventures, Croatia has lots to offer for travelers who seek unique experiences.
From the "Pearl of the Adriatic" of Dubrovnik, through the islands of Korcula and Hvar, to the 1600-year-old city of Split: this 7-day itinerary presents the highlights of the Dalmatian coast. Depending on your available time this trip can be made shorter (down to 4 or 5 days) or longer.
This one week itinerary in Croatia will let you see the highlights of this beautiful country. Starting in Zagreb, the capital, and making your way down south to Dubrovnik, stopping to see Plitvice National Park, the ancient port cities of Zadar and Split, then spending a few days relaxing on the beach on the island of Hvar before ending your trip back in Dubrovnik.
Southern Dalmatia is a sailor's paradise, starting in Dubrovnik sailing past miles of secluded coastlines and several don’t-miss islands. Korcula, Mljet, Lopud, Hvar, Brac, and Vis just to name a few of the islands. You'll find some of the best kayaking and windsurfing in this region. We put together a list of Southern Dalmatia's most popular areas to sail to on your next trip.
Plitvice Lakes National Park is Croatia’s most popular attraction with over 1.1 million visitors in 2015 and even more visitors expected this year. Its popularity is no surprise, since Plitvice is a unique natural wonder with its 16 terraced crystal clear lakes and 90 waterfalls. In the summer months the park and its trails can get busy, but with the tips in this article you can avoid most of the crowds.
Known for it’s year round beautiful weather, great wines, clear turquoise waters, rock climbing, summer parties and chic hotels, Hvar has become one of the most visited islands in Dalmatia. Although Hvar is considered the party island, it is still surrounded by stunning scenery and is rich in culture (it is the only island in the world with four UNESCO World Heritage Sites) where one can easily escape and find the perfect relaxation they need.
A bustling port city with its Old Town built into the alleys of the 1600 year old Diocletian’s Palace, Split is full of cafes, restaurants and galleries. Split is 2nd largest city in Croatia, and its history and atmosphere make it a one of a kind place to visit.
Fairytale like, Dubrovnik is a charming coastal city known as ‘The Pearl of the Adriatic’. A UNESCO World Heritage site, it is one of the most photographed cities in Croatia. With its ideal location (in southern Croatia) overlooking the clear blue Adriatic, with unspoiled beaches, casual bistros serving top notch seafood, it makes Dubrovnik one of the most unique walled cities worth visiting in Croatia.
Catch a wave, walk in the woods, climb a cliff. Shoot the rapids, explore a cave, bike and hike, then bike some more. With hundreds of miles of Adriatic coastline, eight national parks, lush islands, soaring mountains, abundant wildlife and more, Croatia is the Promised Land for active travelers who love the outdoors.
Little known fact: Korcula is known for it’s white wine. Grk wine is a white wine grape variety found in the village of Lumbarda. To take in the Korcula scenery and drink some wine at the same time, join John (who moved to Korcula with his wife Rachael 6 years ago from the UK) on a 4-5 hour tour cycling through Lumbarda. Taste the different wines while getting the local intimate experience which you will not find anywhere else.
Croatia’s coastline runs more than 1,100 miles; add the shorelines on 1,185 islands plus its inland lakes, rivers, lagoons, and waterfalls, and it’s clear that the country is a paradise for watersports enthusiasts.
In Croatia, food is the star of most any social situation. Whatever the main course, expect it to come with a helping of history and cultural tradition as a side dish.
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Hi! We'd love to spend the week doing some island hopping. We love seeing some culture, eating great seafood and having a bit of beach time on secluded beaches. We'd rather avoid the touristy areas and discover some beautiful places
— Traveler looking to visit Croatia in August 2016
Traveling with a girl friend. we both like active travel - hiking biking My idea is that I would fly into Zagreb on Sept 10th and fly out of Dubrovnik on the 18th. How does that sound? As far as hotels we don't need the super luxury- maybe mid range....
— Traveler looking to visit Croatia in September 2016
I am trying to plan a trip for my family from in May. We would like include Cres and Krk because my husband's side of the family is from there. I will have 5 adults and 1 child, and would like to stay in apartments instead of hotels. I have arranged nothing...
— Traveler looking to visit Croatia in May 2016
I'm looking to travel to coastal Croatia at the end of June 2016 with my husband. Interested in all of the different islands and what Split and Dubrovnik have to offer. Looking forward to a chance to explore the options, here!
— Traveler looking to visit Croatia in June 2016
I have 3 boys ages 14,12,7. My husband and I have always wanted to visit Croatia and we love the ocean and nice food. We would like to see the waterfalls and to swim in the beaches. Also love to visit the islands by boat. Where would you recommend to base...
— Traveler looking to visit Croatia in August 2016