If you’re planning to spend your summer vacation in Croatia we have good news – there are numerous landmarks, attractions or activities you can do to make your holiday truly an unforgettable and memorable experience. Swimming and sunbathing are fun, however, if you’re staying for a week or two you might want to consider other activities or excursions to complete your holiday experience. Here are some ideas How To Spend Holidays In Croatia?
Croatia is a country of many natural attractions and places of untouched nature under some degree of protection. Croatia has 8 national parks, which represents the highest degree of protection for natural attractions and if you spend your holiday somewhere on the coast, you will surely have at least one national park or another protected area somewhere near you so if you are nature lovers don’t miss a chance to visit. The most famous national park in Croatia is, of course, Plitvice Lakes which due to its location in central Croatia, makes an ideal stop for tourists traveling from the north of the country to the coast. With its easy and accessible walking trails, boardwalks suspended over the turquoise water, magnificent viewpoints and beautiful waterfalls, this is the type of place which is perfect for visitors of all ages. It is also convenient to visit Plitvice Lakes on a day trip from coastal cities such as Zadar, Šibenik, Split or Trogir. Sure, you will have to spend some time in the car/bus but the beautiful scenery and perfect pictures you will have as a reminder of your visit to Plitvice Lakes will undoubtedly make it worth it.
If Plitvice Lakes is not quite on your way, Krka Waterfalls national park presents an equally stunning choice. Krka national park encompasses nearly 27,000 acres along the Krka River in central Dalmatia and is easily reachable from the towns of Split, Trogir, and Šibenik. In addition, unlike Plitvice Lakes, national park Krka still allows swimming in selected areas inside the park.
If your holiday takes you somewhere near Split, the second biggest city in Croatia and the capital of Dalmatia, don’t miss a chance to explore its old city core – with the palace of the Roman emperor Diocletian in its center, around which the city of Split was formed and which is now declared UNESCO World Heritage Site. Split is the cultural center of the region and a vibrant place that perfectly blends ancient and modern. The palace is the perfect start point for exploring Split – whether you just want to wander between the ancient walls and soak in the history or carefully explore the landmarks and attractions – such as the Temple of Jupiter (originally a Roman temple later converted to a baptistery in the 11th century), Cathedral of St. Domnius (originally built as Diocletian’s mausoleum) the Bell Tower (which visitors can climb and enjoy in the fascinating view of Split from bird’s perspective) and the Peristyle.
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When you think of Croatia, one of the first associations is Dubrovnik – the pearl of Adriatic, one of the most beautiful coastal destinations not only in Croatia but in Europe as well. Dubrovnik is famous not only for its walls and fortifications but also as the King’s Landing from Game of Thrones, which surely contributed to its word wide popularity in recent years. Don’t miss the city’s white limestone streets, the lovely old town of Stari Grad or scenic Mount Srđ (take the cable car to the top for some magnificent views). Dubrovnik is also very easily reachable if you’re staying in Split or Trogir – there are various tours and organized day trips to visit this magnificent old town.
Trogir is a charming medieval town on the Dalmatian coast which is often overlooked due to it’s much bigger neighbors- the cities of Split, Zadar, and Šibenik. Nevertheless, due to it’s a historical and cultural value which dates back to ancient times, it is not only worth visiting but is also a great starting point for exploring natural, cultural and historical attractions Dalmatia has to offer. From Trogir, you can easily reach Split, Krka Waterfalls, Šibenik, and Zadar – even Mostar in the neighboring Bosnia and Herzegovina is just 2 and a half hours of driving away.
One of the best ways to explore Croatia is to book an organized boat excursion which will take you to nearby islands – after all, Croatia is famous for its many islands and islets (over 1000) and what better way to see as much of them as you can than hopping on a speedboat which will show you the best nearby landmarks and natural wonders? For example, if you find yourself around Split and Trogir, some of the most popular boat tours are the so-called Three island tours and Five island tours which will take you to explore the archipelago of nearby islands – Drvenik, Šolta, Vis, Hvar, Pakleni islands and so on. If you decide to book a Five island tour, you will have a chance to visit one of the most popular natural attractions – the famous Blue Cave on island Biševo.
Here are some more activities you can do in Croatia!
Looking for a more exciting holiday? Don’t worry, Croatia has more to offer than just beach, sun and sightseeing – take one of the more adventurous tours such as rafting, zip-line, quad/buggy tour or scuba diving tours. Adventure activities are perfect for those looking for a more active vacation – and you will definitely have something to talk about once you return home. If you are inexperienced, there is nothing to worry about – most of these activities are suitable for beginners or have options that are meant for those with less experience. Just make sure to check if there are any health or age restrictions you should know about beforehand.