Spicy seafood stews, sausages sizzling on the grill, homemade pasta topped with shaved white truffles, cakes made with juicy citrus fruits: Croatia has so much to offer gourmet travelers. Read on to find out about the diverse cultural influences that shaped the national cuisine—and where to try the best dishes.
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Croatia is one of the best sailing destinations in the world for a number of reasons: the islands are close together so you don’t have long distances to cross (meaning it’s safer), the winds are generally much calmer compared to other destinations, and the islands and coastline are lined with ancient historical ruins. You essentially have over a thousand islands and a thousand miles of coastline to explore!
Stroll around the medieval town centers of Dubrovnik, Hvar, and Zadar (especially after midnight). Travel like a local by hitting the hippest spots in Croatia. These are some of the best places to see and be seen--by day or after dark--in cities across Croatia.
Whether you enjoy the adrenaline rush of a whitewater rapid or the sheer face of a rock wall, Croatia can deliver a satisfying active vacation. The destinations below are the source of some of Croatia’s best outdoor adventures.
Croatia is a great place to travel with kids—this is a country full of walkable cities, kid-friendly lodging, and plenty of ways to explore the great outdoors. Give your kids a fun history lesson among the Roman ruins of Istria, or take a traditional fishing trip in the Dalmatian Islands. From Split to Dubrovnik, from national parks to beaches, here’s where to go and what to do with tykes in tow—and some itinerary ideas to help you start planning.
When to visit Croatia
Croatia's first month of the year is also its coldest. But with the chilly weather comes fun snow activities, the start of carnival season, fewer crowds, and lower costs than other times of the year. This is also one of the best winter months for capturing the quiet majesty of Plitvice's frozen lakes and waterfalls. Find out what to do and where to go with this January guide.
February is the last full month of winter in Croatia, offering snowy adventures and massive festivals—as well as fewer tourists and lower prices. A predominantly Catholic country, Croatia gets into festive spirits around Lent and Carnival, kicking off the coming of spring with Mardi Gras celebrations across the country.
Signs of spring are starting to show as the days lengthen, the weather warms, and the snow begins to melt. Tourist numbers are low and prices for accommodation and flights remain attractive, making this an ideal time to see uncrowded popular attractions or head outdoors to hike and bike. Read this monthly guide for more.
Spring is well underway in April, offering plenty of sunny days, blossoming flowers, and festivals—with the entire country coming out for Easter festivities. Tourist numbers are low and prices for accommodation and flights remain attractive, making this an ideal time to sightsee less crowded popular attractions as well as take advantage of outdoor activities. Find out what to do and where to go with this April guide.
May offers the perfect time to visit Croatia. The weather is sunny with little rain and the Adriatic is just about warm enough to swim. There's still a month before the foreign tourist onslaught and shoulder season bargains still apply. Read this monthly guide to learn more.
June marks the beginning of the high season as crowds start to head to the coast, particularly to Dubrovnik. As the sun and sea are inviting, now is a good time for outdoor activities and watersports, though price bargains have all but disappeared. Read on for more tips on where to go and what to expect in Croatia this month.
Without a doubt, July is Croatia's most popular month. The weather is sunny, the Adriatic Sea is warm, and there are a host of fun and lively cultural and musical events that take place throughout the month and all over the country. This monthly guide will tell you what to do and where to go.
August is the last full month of Croatia's lively peak season. The weather is hot, perfect for beach days and sailing ventures, and the party scene continues to go strong. Read on to learn more about visiting Croatia in August.
Outside the height of peak season, September makes for a great time to visit Croatia. The crowds have lessened somewhat, the weather is not blazingly hot, and the Adriatic is still warm enough to go swimming. Let this monthly guide help you find the best places to visit and things to do.
October is an ideal time of year to visit Croatia: fewer crowds and colorful fall landscapes. Though the days are slightly shorter and the weather is a little cooler, the Adriatic is still warm enough for watersports. Let this monthly guide help you find the best places to visit and things to do.
Take advantage of the late Autumn colors in November, a month offering dramatic contrasts between sky and changing foliage, fewer crowds, cheaper accommodation, and world-class wines and truffles. There's even a fun race featuring cycling and wine in the Istrian Peninsula. Read on to learn more.
December attracts Christmas and New Year visitors looking to spend the holidays in Croatia's festive towns and cities. This is a great month to hit the uncrowded slopes, sip hot chocolate while wandering advent markets, and welcome in the New Year with a live performance.