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Things to do in Croatia

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Welcome to Croatia

Croatia combines a spectacular, island-dotted Mediterranean coastline with ancient history and farm-to-table cuisine. Sun-and-sand seekers can find pebbled beaches lined with pristine waters along the Dalmatian Coast from Split, while those in search of luxury hotels, fine dining, and chic parties should head for Dubrovnik or the island of Hvar, arguably Croatia's glitziest beach destination. But the coastal towns are not without their cultural highlights; in Split, the ruined Diocletian's Palace makes up half the town and boasts ancient Roman monuments every bit as impressive as those in Rome. Meanwhile, the compact Old City of Dubrovnik is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Walking tours of these historic sites cover the main highlights while providing insider information from a guide. Plus, in the capital, Zagreb, sightseeing tours lead travelers through neighborhoods such as Donji Grad (Lower Town) and Gornji Grad (Upper Town) to landmarks including Jelacic Square and St. Mark's Church. Nature lovers can visit Plitvice Lakes National Park, a forest reserve containing 16 interconnected lakes, on a day trip from Zadar, Zagreb, or Split. And adventure-seekers thrill at the hiking, rock climbing, rafting, and biking opportunities available in the inland Dinaric Alps, craggy karst peaks that stretch from Italy to Albania. For a true taste of Croatia, take a day trip to the wine-producing Pelješac peninsula or Konavle Valley (both around an hour's drive from Dubrovnik), where much of Dalmatia's wine, olive oil, and fresh produce is harvested.

Top 15 attractions in Croatia

Elafiti Islands (Elaphites)

A cluster of 14 islands along Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast, the Elafiti Islands (Elaphites) are one of the country’s most popular destinations and a popular day trip from nearby Dubrovnik. The archipelago’s largest three islets—Kolocep, Lopud, and Sipan—are the focal point of island-hopping tours.More

Pakleni Islands (Paklinski Islands)

Just minutes offshore from fashionable Hvar Island along Croatia’s Dalmatian coast lies the Pakleni archipelago (Pakleni Otoci). It’s the perfect destination for an island-hopping tour with 17 beautiful islands fringed by pebble beaches and lush pine forests.More

Dubrovnik Old Town

Located at the southern tip of Croatia, perched above the rocky coastline of the Adriatic Sea, the enchanting city of Dubrovnik attracts visitors with its medieval architecture and labyrinth of limestone-paved streets. Its Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, remains surrounded by 14th-century fortified stone walls.More

Dubrovnik Ancient City Walls

With their imposing watchtowers looming over the medieval city and dramatic fortifications edging the sea cliffs, Dubrovnik’s ancient city walls are an impressive sight and deserving of their star-attraction status. Dating back to the 10th century, the remarkably preserved walls—among the finest in the world—mark out the perimeter of Dubrovnik’s Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and offer magnificent views over all corners of the city.More

Bisevo Blue Cave (Modra Spilja)

With its startling blue light and luminescent waters, it's easy to see how the Bisevo Blue Cave (Modra Spilja) earned its name. The natural wonder is hidden in the sea cliffs along the coast of Bisevo Island and is made even more enticing by its remote, difficult-to-reach location. The effort is rewarded with stunning scenery and endless photo opportunities.More

Dolac Market

At Zagreb’s beloved indoor-outdoor Dolac Market, all kinds of foods and products from the fertile farming regions of Croatia are displayed in stalls. The capital city’s premier market has been bustling for 80-plus years and attracts a crowd of grocery-shopping locals and hungry visitors. It's also an excellent people-watching spot.More

Pula Arena (Pula Amphitheatre)

Built under the reign of Emperor Vespasian between 27 BC and AD 67—around the same time as Rome’s Colosseum—Pula Arena (Pula Amphitheatre) is one of the largest Roman amphitheaters in the world. Today, it’s the best-preserved ancient monument in Croatia and is still used as a performance venue that accommodates up to 20,000 spectators.More

Elaphite Islands

Go island hopping during a trip to Dubrovnik with an excursion along the Dalmatian Coast to the Elaphite Islands (also known as the Elafiti Islands. The archipelago consists of 14 islands–including the three most popular destinations of Kolocep, Lopud, and Sipan–and is a popular destination for swimming and sunbathing.More

Budikovac Island (Veliki Budikovac)

Mostly uninhabited and untouched, pristine Budikovac Island (Veliki Budikovac) is an ideal place to experience Croatia’s natural beauty. The island, off the coast of Split, is a great destination for getting out of the city and relaxing, thanks largely in part to its quiet bay, clear turquoise water, and pebbly beaches.More

Dubrovnik Cable Car

Dubrovnik’s distinctive orange cable cars speed 2,500 feet (778 meters) in about three minutes, from the lower station just north of the city walls to the top of Mount Srđ. During the ride, you can enjoy peerless views of Dubrovnik’s terracotta rooftops, the coastline of Dalmatia, and archipelagos sprinkled across the Adriatic Sea.More

Lokrum Island

Just 600 meters (1 kilometer) from Dubrovnik, the car-free island of Lokrum makes a peaceful escape from the city. At its center is a medieval Benedictine monastery complex that’s surrounded by botanical gardens planted with exotic trees, flowers, and bushes. Picturesque swimming spots abound on the island’s rocky shoreline.More

Sea Organ (Morske Orgulje)

Visitors to the Croatian city of Zadar are inevitably drawn to the melodious sounds emanating from the city’s most popular sight: the Sea Organ (Morske Orgulje). This massive underwater instrument, designed by architect Nikola Bašić, plays musical notes generated by the sea. The constantly shifting waves never play the same tune twice.More

Ban Jelacic Square (Trg Bana Jelacica)

The social and geographic center of Zagreb, Ban Jelačić Square (Trg Bana Jelacica is a lively gathering place where locals and visitors alike gather to shop, dine, and enjoy seasonal markets. Free from traffic, it's a popular place to stroll among historic monuments against the backdrop of elegant and arcaded Baroque buildings.More

Zagreb Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

With its towering spires and magnificent neo-Gothic design, the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary (or simply Zagreb Cathedral) is one of the Croatian capital’s must-see attractions. The imposing twin spires are 354 feet (108 meters) high, making the cathedral the tallest building in Croatia.More

Diocletian's Palace

Built in the fourth century as a retirement complex for the Roman Emperor Diocletian, this vast, fortress-like compound still dominates Split Old Town. After the palace was abandoned in the sixth century, locals flooded into it. Now, the 220 Roman-era buildings within the palace boundaries house homes, shops, bars, and other businesses.More
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Top activities in Croatia

Five Island Speedboat Tour Featuring the Blue Cave and Hvar
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Full-Day Catamaran Cruise to Hvar & Pakleni Islands with Food and free Drinks
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Private Tour: Montenegro Day Trip from Dubrovnik
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Montenegro Full-Day Trip from Dubrovnik
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Plitvice Lakes National Park Guided Day Tour from Split
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People Also Ask

What is Croatia known for?

Croatia is known for its spectacular coastline, which stretches more than 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometers). Hubs like Split and Zadar, plus islands like Hvar, cater to vacationers, while Dubrovnik is a major sightseeing stop (and Game of Thrones filming location). Other highlights include the capital, Zagreb, and inland national parks.

What should I not miss in Croatia?

If you’re going to Croatia, don’t miss the Dalmatian coast. It’s worth spending several days visiting hubs like Split (built around Diocletian’s Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and Dubrovnik, as well as island-hopping. Many visitors also prioritize natural attractions like Plitvice Lakes National Park and Krka National Park.

How many days do you need in Croatia?

Depending on your interests, it’s worth setting aside at least one or two weeks to explore Croatia. You could spend several days each in major coastal hubs like Zadar, Split, and Dubrovnik—plus additional days for island-hopping, visiting the Istrian peninsula, and seeing the capital of Zagreb.

What is the nicest part of Croatia to visit?

Croatia boasts spectacular scenery across the country, from the coast of the Adriatic Sea to inland mountains and national parks to the rugged scenery of Istria. Most vacationers prioritize the Dalmatian coast, with islands, postcard-perfect beaches, and hubs like Split and Dubrovnik that feel like a little slice of paradise.

Do they speak English in Croatia?

Yes. Although Croatian is the national language of Croatia, English is spoken relatively widely, particularly in major tourist destinations like Split, Zadar, and Dubrovnik, and in Zagreb, the country’s sophisticated capital. It may be useful to learn basic Croatian phrases if visiting destinations that are less frequented by tourists.

Is Croatia cheap to visit?

That depends. The cost of living is relatively low in Croatia, and it is generally cheaper to visit than other nearby tourist destinations, such as Italy. However, Croatia still can be expensive to visit during the summer high season. If traveling on a budget, consider visiting during the shoulder season.


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