Croatia is a stunning nation bordered by Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia, Serbia, and Hungary. It is dotted with picturesque pebbled beaches and glittering islands.
The crescent’s body, which touches Montenegro at its southernmost point, creates a lengthy shoreline beside the Adriatic Sea.
This little bit physically varied Mediterranean nation is a popular tourist destination with everything from picture-perfect national parks to UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Beautiful beaches, breathtaking waterfalls, hiking routes, and a rich history are just a few of Croatia’s attractions; one visit won’t be enough to satisfy you.
Oddly, Croatia never made it onto my list of things to do, but after spending just a few days there and seeing everything it has to offer, I can’t wait to return!
Here are my top ten things to do in Croatia, including the ones I’ve been to and ones I still want to go to!
1. Wander through Dubrovnik’s Old Town.
The Old Town of Dubrovnik is one of the most well-liked tourist sites in Croatia because of its recognizable red-roofed homes and winding lanes. The “Pearl of the Adriatic” label has been given to it.
Although Dubrovnik has a fascinating past to discover, the Old Town’s enormous City Walls, which have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, are the real draw.
The City Walls or Town Walls, which surround the Old Town for around 1.25 miles or 2 kilometers, provide a panoramic view of the Adriatic and Lokrum Islands. You may experience the sun-drenched terracotta rooftops, which seem straight out of a fairy tale, on a sunrise tour.
Additionally, if you are a fan of Game of Thrones, you will instantly know King’s Landing. As one of the interesting things to do in Croatia, I highly recommend doing a Game of Thrones tour.
2. Observe the Blue Cave on Bisevo Island with awe.
You cannot miss the breathtaking Blue Cave on Bievo Island along Croatia’s Dalmatian coast, which is ideal for a day excursion from Split or Hvar town. The sparkling lake and the glistening silvery rocks, lit by beautiful blue light, are the ideal setting for a love story.
You could find it busy due to its popularity; therefore, it is preferable that you think about taking a visit during the off-season. Keep in mind that only a guided tour will give you access to it!
My top recommendation if you’re in Split is to go on a Blue Cave Tour, which will enable you to go on a guided island-hopping tour that includes Hvar and five other islands in addition to, of course, the Blue Cave.
3. Mljet National Park’s Coastal Hiking is enjoyable.
The country of Croatia has a lot to offer thrill seekers. from mountain climbing to the canyon, woodland, and hill trekking in the interior. The ideal place to get some exercise and experience coastal trekking is Mljet National Park on Mljet Island.
However, the Illyrian era, which is still visible in Greek tombs and fortresses, is only one of the many attractions that the Mljet National Park has to offer.
The Odysseus Cave on Mljet Island, which offers an incredible trekking experience, is one of the numerous areas of attraction.
The trek begins in the village of Babino Polje, and it takes about an hour to get to the edge. The only way to get to the cave from there is to dive into the sea and swim to it.
If you can’t swim or aren’t a fantastic swimmer, I’ll advise you to bring a life jacket.
4. Experience a dreamlike setting at Plitvice National Park.
The largest national park in Croatia, Plitvice Lakes National Park, or simply Plitvice National Park, covers 7,400 acres. With 90 waterfalls and 16 stunning blue lakes, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
It is a protected refuge for a variety of flora and wildlife and is located at the base of the Dinaric Alps, making it the ideal vacation spot for those who enjoy the outdoors. One of Croatia’s eight parks, it has a lot to offer.
This travertine environment has been altered by centuries of geological action into a dreamscape of small lakes and canals reflecting every conceivable shade of blue and green.
You may enjoy electric boat rides on the glass-like water of Kozjak Lake by following the trails, some of which are elevated wooden walks.
Pro tip: For hassle-free return transportation, choose a guided trip to explore Plitvice Lakes.
One of the most memorable day trips you will do in this magnificent nation is to Plitvice Lakes National Park if you are staying in Zadar or Zagreb.
5. Investigate Krka National Park.
Similar to the Plitvice National Park, the Krka National Park is one of the most amazing parks in the country and is home to many breathtaking waterfalls. It was a fantastic day excursion from Split.
I’ll advise you to set off from Skardin, hire a boat company, and cruise down the Krka River admiring the wonders of nature as you pass awe-inspiring waterfall after stunning waterfall.
You have more than enough excuses to spend days exploring everything that nature has to offer thanks to the acres of lush vegetation, tranquil lakes, and picturesque boardwalks.
Similar to Plitvice, Croatia’s Krka National Park is a favorite destination for geologists, photographers, and outdoor enthusiasts.
6. Visit the Broken Relationships Museum.
Consider visiting the Zagreb Museum if you want to travel to Croatia. It debuted in 2010 and goes under the moniker “Museum of Broken Relationships.”
The goal was to display sentimental objects that showed strained bonds, whether they were interpersonal or romantic in nature.
It started out as a wandering collection but quickly settled down in Zagreb. However, if you have any sad memories, be ready for an emotional rollercoaster before you enter.
Everything in the museum represents love and loss. If you’re a little emotional, you may feel the grief creeping over you because there is plenty in the museum to make you want to cry.
However, you may indulge in Brokenships Bistro’s food and wine to drown your sorrows or go shopping for something comforting.
7. Zlatni Rat Beach is a place to celebrate nature’s architectural prowess.
It is ideal in every way! The Zlatni Rat Beach has a lengthy golden pebble tip that is sometimes referred to as the “Golden Horn” or the “Golden Cape.”
The Croatian government has won the right to safeguard this geomorphological monument. You will be mesmerized by the stunning simplicity of aquamarine pools blending into navy blue waves.
The beach appears to be a typical stretch of sand from a distance, but it is actually a stretch of pebbles that can accommodate up to 10,000 people simultaneously.
You have the option of lying in the sun and letting the gentle waves caress your feet, or you can choose to go windsurfing, kayaking, boating, or diving.