When you picture Croatia, chances are you're thinking of Dubrovnik and the Dalmatian Coast first. But this popular area is only one of the country's five regions, each one of them worth a trip on its own. From mountains and national parks to beaches and islands, from cities to tiny villages, here's where (and when) to get the most out of Croatia.
Best of Istria
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The Istrian peninsula doesn’t quite feel like the rest of Croatia, and there's a good reason for that—it's been part of the Venetian Republic, Italy, and the Austrian Empire, depending on the century. History has given it many faces, and that’s good news for visitors. You can cycle through its cities, towns, and natural areas to take in Roman architecture, pristine beaches, and singular cuisine—sometimes all in one day.
Croatia's distinct shape, coastal location, and dynamic history have created a unique and diverse culture. So, whether you're hunting truffles in Istria's countryside with its Italian vibes or castle hopping near Zagreb with its Austro-Hungarian grandeur, there's an abundance of cultural activities to enjoy. Dive deep into the country's culture by meeting with the locals, taking day trips to smaller towns and cities, and eating traditional cuisine.
Istria is Croatia's largest peninsula, sitting in the country's northwest corner near Italy and Slovenia. Throughout the centuries, it's been ruled by the Venetian Republic, Italy, and the Austrian Empire, to name a few. With so many different cultural influences, you have a unique and scenic landscape filled with olive groves, vineyards, forests with truffles, beaches, Roman ruins, grand villas, fishing ports, national parks, and more.
Croatia is a family- and kid-friendly destination, filled with hiking, paddleboarding, castle hunting, and plenty of beach time. The country's culture works well for families of any age, as it's slow-paced with tasty cuisine and activities that you can adapt to your interest. Discover waterfalls in national parks, go truffle hunting in Istria, or explore one of the numerous islands that dot the Croatian coastline. End each day with ice cream and a sunset.
Croatia's culinary traditions boast influences from many other cultures, including Italy, Austria, Hungary, and the Balkans. You'll find rich foods in the north, truffle-infused fare in Istria, and seafood along the coast. Zagreb is a haven for markets and contemporary cuisine, and distinct wine regions cover nearly the entire country. You can go truffle hunting, taste olive oils, or shuck oysters, all while sipping unique heritage wine varietals that thrive in Croatia's harsh soils.
To visit Croatia is to become part of its landscape of natural wonders. Its national parks may be the country’s best known conservation areas, but even in the nation’s capital, Zagreb, visitors are surrounded by protected regional parks, forests and even a mountain.
Croatia's Istrian peninsula is the ideal destination for winding cobblestone streets and long, leisurely dinners, especially in the fishing port of Rovinj. Wander Venetian-influenced architecture and lounge alongside the Adriatic before you retire to one of these elegant hotels that marry the city's history with contemporary influences.
One of the most popular activities in Croatia is sailing, which should come as no surprise considering the country's long and narrow shape hugs the Adriatic Sea. With over 3,000 miles of coastline and more than 1,000 islands, the country is a prime spot for sailing excursions. So whether you're looking for day trips to the archipelagos or an entire itinerary sailing from spot to spot, you can find it in Croatia. Discover islets, caves, lagoons, and rugged coves all by boat.
Pedal through the vineyards, olive groves, and lavender fields of Istria's rolling landscape on this week-long cycling tour. Reminiscent of Tuscany, this part of Croatia offers a slower pace of life with its medieval hilltop villages, charming seaside towns, and rich, flavorful food. You'll sample wines and olive oils, visit ancient Roman ruins, and bask on sunny pebble beaches between tranquil rides through the countryside.
This trip focuses on the cultural and culinary delights of the Istria region in Croatia, starting with a road trip through the hilly medieval villages of Grožnjan and Motovun. Enjoy a boat trip to the islands of Brijuni National Park, explore the coastal cities of Rovinj, Pula, and Opatija, and discover the untouched scenery of Cres and Lošinj Island. Along the way, you'll explore the region's culinary scene with visits to a regional winery and a local distillery, as well as an eco goat farm, an olive grove, and a wool museum.
Spend six days touring Croatia's magical Istrian Peninsula, starting and ending in the dynamic capital of Zagreb. Soak in the stunning beauty of the romantic countryside as you work your way to the Venetian-influenced city of Rovinj on Istria's coast, your base for the next three nights. You'll discover nearby medieval hilltop towns of Grožnjan, Oprtalj, and Motovun, as well as visit the small fishing town of Fažana, explore Brijuni National Park, and tour Pula's famous Roman ruins.
Explore Croatia's "Tierra Magica," a compelling region chock-full of vineyards, olive groves, stunning Venetian-style coastline, and medieval hilltop towns. You'll spend eight days discovering the romantic Istrian Peninsula as well as spend time in the vibrant capital of Zagreb and enjoy a full morning exploring the beautiful Plitvice Lakes National Park. Try a meal with pilchards in Fažana, visit the once-infamous White Villa on Brijuni Island, and tour the dramatic coastline of Cape Kamenjak.
Get a glimpse of Istria on this quick 5-day tour. Starting from Croatia's capital, Zagreb, you'll make the scenic drive to Rovinj, one of Croatia's most charming coastal cities. Besides discovering Venetian-influenced architecture, you'll take a day to explore the heart of the peninsula with a visit to the nearby medieval hilltop towns of Grožnjan, Oprtalj, and Motovun, capping off your stay with a day in Pula to check out its notable Roman remains.
The perfect week-long tour of Croatia's Istrian Peninsula starts and ends in Zagreb and includes a visit to Plitvice Lakes National Park. You'll have three nights in the charming coastal town of Rovinj, a great jumping-off point to explore its romantic countryside. Venture amid a sea of hills and valleys decorated with vineyards, olive groves, and medieval hilltop towns before discovering more of the coast, like the port village of Fažana, Veli Brijun island, and Istria's largest city, Pula.
Enjoy nine days immersing yourself in Croatia's Istrian Peninsula, starting and ending in the vibrant capital of Zagreb. You'll spend four nights in the coastal Venetian-style town of Rovinj, a great base to explore the romantic landscape of nearby vineyards and olive groves, medieval hilltop towns, and dramatic coastline. Stroll Opatija's Lungomare for pretty views of the Kvarner Gulf, drink Istrian wine and eat truffle-infused dishes in Motovun, as well as discover the lush beauty of famous Plitvice Lakes.
Often referred to as "Tierra Magica," you'll set out to explore a romantic land full of vineyards, olive groves, stunning Venetian-style coastline, and hilltop towns leftover from the Middle Ages. This complete 10-day itinerary includes four nights in Rovinj with the added bonus of visiting Zagreb, Zadar, and Plitvice Lakes National Park. You'll wander amid Venetian influenced architecture as you pass under archways, through alleyways, and up stone stairwells in Rovinj, visit Tito's former home on Veli Brijun, and dine on fresh seafood in Premantura.
Experience Croatia's charming capital and coastal cities, medieval hilltop towns, and peaceful islands with this complete 9-day itinerary. You'll discover the best attractions starting from Zagreb as you venture throughout the Istrian Peninsula, through stunning Plitvice Lakes National Park, and down the Dalmatian coast to end in historic Split. Explore Pula's famed Roman Arena, wander amid the Roman and Byzantine ruins of Brijuni National Park, and listen to the music of Zadar's sea organ.
Explore Croatia's top cities and cultural sights on this 10-day Best of Croatia tour. Start in Zagreb, the country's capital, before moving on to explore the Roman ruins, Venetian-style architecture, and medieval hilltop towns of the Istrian Peninsula. After spending a night in stunning Plitvice Lakes National Park, you'll work your way down the Adriatic coast to visit Zadar, Šibenik, and Split, as well as enjoy a fun day of sailing to the quaint island of Šolta.
Enjoy this 11-day itinerary from Rovinj to explore the romantic countryside of the Istrian peninsula before continuing down the Dalmatian coast to end in Dubrovnik, the "Pearl of the Adriatic." You'll also spend five relaxing days aboard your personal sailboat for total island immersion from the larger, more populated islands of Hvar and Korčula, to the nature-focused Mljet. Drink Istrian wine and eat truffle-infused dishes in Motovun, marvel at Split's stone sphinx brought back from Egypt 3,500 years ago, and discover the 16th-century stone walls of Dubrovnik's Lovrijenac and Revelin fortresses.
This 7-day getaway is a short and sweet solution for travelers looking to discover the best of Croatia from cultural attractions to breathtaking scenery. Start in the country's lively capital for museums, art galleries, and historical buildings, then head to the Istrian Peninsula to explore Pula's Roman ruins, Rovnij's network of medieval streets, and the stunning hilltop towns of Grožnjan and Motovun. End your trip discovering the ancient coastal cities of Dalmatia from the unforgettable sunsets of Zadar and the impressive fortresses of Šibenik to Split's famous Diocletian's Palace.
Spend 11 days exploring the best of Croatia's attractions from the charming capital of Zagreb and the castle-laden hills of Zagorje down to the ancient coastal city of Split and the nearby stuck-in-time Šolta Island. You'll venture across the romantic countryside of Istria to discover Roman ruins, Venetian-style architecture, and medieval hilltop towns before moving on to stroll the wooden boardwalks of the famous Plitvice Lakes National Park. The trip culminates with a tour along the Dalmatian coast to end in Split, stopping first to visit underrated Šibenik and trendy Zadar.
Enjoy eight days of cultural exploration around Croatia. You'll begin in the colorful capital of Zagreb, tour the romantic landscape of Istria, visit Plitvice Lakes National Park, and venture along the Dalmatian coast from Zadar to Split. Along the way, explore ancient Roman ruins in Pula and Split, sip Istrian wine and eat truffle-infused dishes in Motovun, catch an unforgettable sunset in Zadar, and admire Šibenik's architectural masterpiece, the grand Cathedral of St. James.
This 15-day family-friendly vacation focuses on a few great locations and kid-friendly hotels to keep everyone entertained from Zagreb to Dubrovnik. Enjoy a day at the beach on Cape Kamenjak, kayak from Šibenik to explore the island fort of St. Nicholas, wander the ancient Diocletian's Palace in historic Split, and take a speedboat to discover the villages, hidden caves, and cliffs of the Elafiti islands.
Experience the best of Slovenia and Croatia on this in-depth tour. Beginning in Zagreb, you'll work through Slovenia from relaxed Ljubljana to its pristine lakes and rugged mountains of Triglav National Park, before turning your attention to Croatia's Istrian Peninsula and the Dalmatian Coast. You'll wander ancient Roman ruins and medieval town centers, dine on fresh seafood and traditional Central-European fare, and climb centuries-old ramparts and parapets.
Bring the family and spend 12 days exploring Croatia's top historical and cultural sites, featuring two nights at the kid and parent-friendly Hotel Amarin outside Rovinj. You'll begin in the capital of Zagreb before working your way around the charming Istrian peninsula from Motovun and Pula to Rovinj and nearby Park šuma Zlatni Rt. Then it's off to discover the Dalmatian coast: listen to Zadar's Sea Organ, visit an emperor's palace in Split, and swim in an emerald-green lagoon at Krka National Park, ending your stay amid secret stairwells, imposing walls, and the gleaming streets of Dubrovnik.
Spend two weeks exploring Croatia with the family on this packed 14-day itinerary. Stroll the pedestrian-friendly streets of Zagreb's historic neighborhoods, hunt for mushrooms alongside truffle-sniffing dogs in Istria, then continue down the Dalmatian coast to spend time in the ancient Roman city of Split and the famous island town of Hvar. Let the kids peer off Dubrovnik's imposing fortress walls and wander tucked-away stairwells and alleys and if they're up for it, enjoy a horse (or pony) ride at charming Honey Valley.
Go from medieval hilltop towns in vineyard-covered Istria to charming coastal cities of the Dalmatian coast over the course of this 13-day trip. You'll begin in the art-forward capital of Zagreb before venturing to the romantic landscape of the Istrian peninsula where you'll hunt for truffles, tour fortressed villages, and relax on pebbled beaches. Carry on down the coast after spending the night in breathtaking Plitvice Lakes to watch a sunset in Zadar, visit your own personal island off of Korčula, and explore the rugged beauty of the Pelješac peninsula.
From Zagreb's cobblestone streets to Dubrovnik's monumental encircling walls, this 13-day trip is the perfect family-friendly Croatian adventure. Discover the Roman ruins of Pula and the wonderful amenities of Hotel Amarin just outside Rovinj in Istria, then venture south along the Adriatic coastline to Zadar, Krka National Park, and the coastal city of Split with two nights spent along the Hvar Riviera. Finish in the "Adriatic Pearl," and let the kids roam the limestone-paved streets and climb the centuries-old stone ramparts of the city's many fortresses.
From ancient Roman ruins to kayaking the Pakleni Islands archipelago, this 9-day itinerary is perfectly crafted for your next family adventure and features a mix of cultural, historic, and active pursuits. Explore the capital city of Zagreb before discovering remains of the Roman empire in Pula and the delights of the Istrian peninsula's west coast. You'll then tour Dalmatia with stops in historic Zadar, Split, and Hvar Island, ending your stay in Dubrovnik, a stone kingdom worthy of a child's imagination.
This multi-activity holiday will showcase Croatia’s highlights over an 8-day period and keep you active through various daily excursions. Visit some of the most beautiful parts of Croatia, beginning in Dubrovnik and traveling north towards Split, Zadar, and Rijeka. See Korčula, one of the most beautiful islands in Croatia, kayak and canoe on the Trebizat River, and cycle in Krka River National Park. You will also visit Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia’s neighboring country.
Taking you through some of the best places in Croatia and Slovenia, you can say hello to culture, beaches, art, and genuine central-European hospitality. Go truffle hunting with a local in Ljubljana, experience the beauty of "Croatia's Tuscany" in Rovinj, and see the world's smallest town Hum, with only 17 inhabitants. Travel back in time to different historical periods, visit impressive UNESCO-Heritage sites, and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the waterfalls in Plitvice Lakes National Park. You will visit the charming capitals Ljubljana and Zagreb, and enjoy city views from mountain tops.
Set out to explore the hidden gems of Croatia on this extensive two-week itinerary from the romantic vine-covered hills and Venetian-style coastline of Istria to the ancient coastal cities of Dalmatia. From Zagreb, you'll immerse yourself in the Istrian Peninsula exploring medieval hilltop towns, seeking out prized white truffles, and dining on fresh-caught seafood in top-rated restaurants before experiencing the delights of the Dalmatian coast. You'll take in an unforgettable sunset in Zadar, discover cascading waterfalls and emerald-green lakes in Plitvice Lakes, sail in and around the nearly-barren islands of the Kornati, and enjoy views over the Adriatic and historic saltpans from a parapet walkway in Ston.
This complete 15-day family vacation covers Croatia's highlights from the dynamic capital of Zagreb to the fortressed city of Dubrovnik with an exciting focus on activities sure to keep the children entertained. From one end of the country to the next, you'll explore the charming hilltop towns and Venetian-influenced cities of the Istrian peninsula, travel down the length of the sunny Dalmatian coast with two nights spent on Hvar Island, and discover the delights of the hinterland beyond the ancient city of Split. You'll spend two relaxing nights at Hotel Amarin—a haven for families, work together as a team to solve puzzles and clues to "escape" a room in Split, and kayak the Adriatic Sea to the Pakleni Islands archipelago.
This 10-day itinerary highlights some of Croatia's more popular attractions, including the medieval hill town of Motovun and the "Adriatic Pearl," Dubrovnik, with a unique twist. For example, you'll venture into the romantic Istrian peninsula to seek out the prized truffle and explore Dubrovnik's limestone-paved streets on a private tour of two of the country's most esteemed artists. You'll also discover trendy cafés in Zagreb, marvel at Plitvice Lakes' enchanting beauty, listen to Zadar's Sea Organ, and visit famed Diocletian's Palace in Split.
Enjoy this 10-day family adventure highlighting the top attractions that will delight both parents and children. From Zagreb, you'll transfer to the romantic countryside of the Istrian peninsula to check out Pula and its Roman ruins before settling in Hotel Amarin for two nights just outside Rovinj. Next, you'll explore the coastal cities of Zadar and Split and kayak from Hvar Town to the Pakleni Islands, capping off your holiday with time spent in Dubrovnik, the "Pearl of the Adriatic," and a child's playground.
Explore the best of Croatia on this 15-day itinerary, from Zagreb's edgy museums and architectural treats to the imposing fortress city walls in Dubrovnik. Spend three days enjoying the captivating Istrian peninsula and its gastronomy scene, then head to the travertine lakes of Plitvice before journeying down the Dalmatian coast to the historic cities of Zadar, Šibenik, and Split. You'll kayak amid the wooded Pakleni islands off the coast of Hvar, drink Grk wine in Korčula, Marco Polo's hometown, and venture through the rugged wilds of the Pelješac peninsula.
Explore Croatia's stunning coastline from Venice, through Istria, down to the popular islands of Dalmatia. You will see breathtaking views of the Adriatic, cascading waterfalls and emerald-green lakes while sampling some of the country's best wines and delicacies. This well-balanced itinerary of cultural and natural sightseeing is a wonderful introduction to the best of Croatia.
If spending 11 days traveling with the kids in tow through Croatia's top cities and historic sites sounds perfect, then this complete itinerary is for you. You'll explore the charms of the Istrian peninsula from Pula's mini-Colosseum to the Venetian-inspired architecture of Rovinj before spending three nights in the ancient coastal city of Split discovering nearby Krka National Park and the stunning landscape beyond the coast. End in Dubrovnik and let the kids' imagination run wild as they tramp through the centuries-old streets, climb towering walls, and "sail" through the air up to Srđ Mountain.
From the romantic countryside of Istria to the charming coastal cities along the Dalmatian coast, this complete 11-day journey covering the best of Croatia has it all. The trip begins in the bustling capital of Zagreb and then takes you to Pula, Rovinj, Poreč, and Motovun with Roman ruins, historic churches, and medieval hilltop towns waiting to be explored. You'll catch an unforgettable sunset in Zadar, wind your way through labyrinthine streets in Šibenik and Trogir, ride a bike across Hvar Island, and walk the ancient fortress walls of Dubrovnik, the "Adriatic Pearl."
Experience the highlights of Croatia as well as the less-frequented hidden gems on this comprehensive 21-day tour. Start in the dynamic capital of Zagreb and cover the rolling hills and castles of the Zagorje, the hill towns and Venetian-era villages of Istria, and the unspoiled nature of Cres Island in the Kvarner Gulf before returning to the mainland. You'll explore the stunning Dalmatian coast with its ancient coastal cities of Zadar, Šibenik, Trogir, Split, and Dubrovnik along with discovering Adriatic islands, Korčula and Mljet, the rugged beauty of the Pelješac Peninsula, and the exquisite Bay of Kotor on a day trip to Montenegro.
Explore the best of Croatia on this comprehensive 16-day trip from the dynamic capital of Zagreb to the "Pearl of the Adriatic," Dubrovnik. Immerse yourself in culture, history, and stunning landscapes as you tour the romantic countryside of the Istrian peninsula, overnight in Plitvice Lakes National Park, and drive along the Dalmatian coast. You'll roam the tightly-woven network of cobblestoned streets in historic Rovinj, walk Split's 1,700-year-old stone-paved streets, leftover from Roman times, and feast on fresh-caught oysters and mussels in Ston after sampling wine native to the Pelješac peninsula.
This thorough 12-day self-guided tour covers Croatia's best, from cultural stops in Venetian-infused cities to the exploration of ancient Roman ruins. Explore medieval hilltop towns, lively markets, historic fortressed cities, and glittering salt pans. You'll sip local wine native to Korčula, ride through vineyards and olive groves across Hvar Island, and relax on Split's inviting Bačvice beach.
This 14-day adventure covers the highlights of Croatia, from the north to the south and the Dalmatian Coast to the inland national parks. You'll leave no stone unturned as you stroll the cobbled streets of ancient cities like Split and Dubrovnik. You'll also discover the culture and history of the country on a tour of Zagreb, partaking in a cooking class, and visiting the stunning waterfalls at Plitvice and Krka national parks.
With a balmy coastline stretching over 4567 mi (7350 km), 1246 islands (including one of the world's few naturally heart-shaped isles) and an abundance of medieval towns seemingly untouched by time, Croatia turns honeymooners eyes with its tantalising shores, well-preserved history and divine seafood. Here are the best destinations for a honeymoon in Croatia, and the best things to do in each.
Get ready for an immersive 14-day itinerary that will take you through almost every region in Croatia. It begins in the culturally rich capital of Zagreb, continues through the Istrian Peninsula, and finishes with an epic journey down the beautiful Dalmatian Coast. You'll end the trip in Dubrovnik, one of the most awe-inspiring ancient fortress cities in Europe.
Head off on an unforgettable adventure as you cover the best of Croatia and Slovenia in two weeks, starting in Zagreb. You'll cross borders to overnight in the capital of Ljubljana before venturing through the breathtaking scenery of Triglav National Park, the Soča Valley, and the Karst region. Your trip culminates along Croatia's Adriatic coast, from the Istrian Peninsula in the north through to the fortressed city of Dubrovnik in the south as well as Plitvice Lakes, Split, and Hvar in between.
Explore Croatia's Istrian Peninsula and be mesmerized by medieval fortress towns, discover the beauty of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and look upon stunning coastal views as you make your way from Rovinj to Hvar. Board a private sailboat and be dazzled by Croatia's islands as you make your way across the Adriatic Sea to Dubrovnik. Feel the spirit of the Mediterranean on this 12-day adventure.
Explore the highlights of Croatia as you cross the country starting in the Istrian Peninsula in the north and working your way down the Dalmatian Coast to the "Adriatic Pearl", Dubrovnik. Along the way, you will explore ancient Roman ruins, medieval fortressed towns, and beautiful national parks. You will also bike, hike, kayak, and zip-line on this tour that highlights both adventure and cultural discovery.
Create unforgettable memories with your little ones on this 8-day family-oriented holiday as you cover Croatia's highlights. You'll begin in the dynamic capital of Zagreb, explore the straight-out-of-a-storybook Istrian peninsula and Rovinj, and discover the Adriatic-fueled melody of the Sea Organ in Zadar, Roman emperor Diocletian's Palace in Split, and the rugged island terrain of Hvar. The kids will love peering over Dubrovnik's towering city walls, riding the cable car up Srđ Mountain, and meeting the animals of nearby Honey Valley.
A great route to discover Slovenia and Croatia over 16 unforgettable days. Starting in Croatia's dynamic capital, you'll first head into Slovenia to discover charming Ljubljana, the popular Lake Bled and Lake Bohinj, as well as the captivating Soča Valley and Kobarid. Then, continue into the romantic Istrian peninsula discovering the walled hilltop towns and thickly wooded landscape before working your way to stunning Plitvice Lakes and then on to the Dalmatian coast ending your stay in medieval Dubrovnik.
This grand luxury tour features the lively capital of Zagreb, the romantic Istrian peninsula, and the coastal cities and island towns of the picturesque Dalmatian coast from the ancient Roman city of Zadar to medieval Dubrovnik. You'll navigate the network of cobblestoned streets in historic Rovinj, feast on fresh-caught seafood from a world-class restaurant in Zadar, tour the Lumbarda vine-covered countryside on Korčula, and learn to cook like a local on a family-run estate in the Konavle.
From the energetic capital city to the peaceful Konavle villages, explore Croatia's cities and Dalmatian coastline on this comprehensive luxury tour. Starting in Zagreb, you'll discover the stunning architecture and historic landmarks on a guided walking tour. Then head to the coast for a decadent spa treatment in Opatija and tour the travertine lakes at Plitvice Lakes National Park. You'll sample the country's best cheese on Pag, visit Lumbarda wine country on Korčula, and cap off your trip in the medieval city of Dubrovnik.
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