Croatia Travel Essentials

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The Istrian peninsula coastline hugs the Adriatic Sea
Best Time of Year to Visit Croatia

Are you into water sports? Visit Croatia from June to September when the Adriatic Sea is warm. Do you want to hire a guide and his dog to go truffle-hunting or join a grape harvest in Istria? The season for that is autumn. Whether you’re itching to hike up Istria’s Mount Ucka or just inhale the intoxicating scents emanating from the budding birches, shrubs, and flowers that line Lenuci’s Green Horseshoe in Zagreb, in Croatia, there’s a season for that.

The Diocletian's Palace in Split, Croatia
Map of Top Regions in Croatia
Top Regions in Croatia

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.

The Cathedral of St. Euphemia towering over the town of Rovinj in Istria
Map of Going Off the Beaten Path in Croatia
Going Off the Beaten Path in Croatia

Dubrovnik is Croatia’s indisputable hotspot, but the rest of the country is rich with wonders waiting to be discovered. Here is a glimpse of Dubrovnik, as well as lesser known but still spectacular spots beyond its medieval walls.

Map of 8 Places Most Travelers Miss in Croatia (But Shouldn't)
8 Places Most Travelers Miss in Croatia (But Shouldn't)

It’s easy to follow the crowds in Croatia, but that doesn’t mean you should. Although the Dalmatian Islands, Dubrovnik, and Split rightfully receive many accolades, it can pay off to forge your own path—especially in crowded peak season. Try Istria's best seafood in a sleepy fishing village, find hidden culinary delights on an island known for nightlife, and encounter the country's past through historic architecture and monuments.

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How kimkim Trips Work in Croatia

Croatia is becoming increasingly popular for travelers, especially the southern Dalmatian Coast with its medieval cities of Dubrovnik and Split. Yet Croatia offers much more than its famous highlights — it's the perfect place to hike, bike, enjoy some of the world's best wine and food, or relax on an island getaway. Our local specialists will help tailor the perfect trip based on what activities and places interest you the most.

Port on the Dalmation Coast
Croatia FAQ

With over 3,000 miles of coastline, geography that ranges from mountains to beaches, culturally rich cities to tucked-away villages, and multiple languages and identities, Croatia can feel like ten countries in one. If you’re planning a trip to this multi-layered destination, read on to have all your questions answered—including how to get around, what to eat, how much to tip, and more.