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Hey, off-season adventurers, the chilled charm awaits in Croatia! Think the Croatian coast is only for sun-seekers and summer enthusiasts? Think again!... Read More
Croatia is a popular destination for tourists, especially in July and August so check out our tips when travelling in Croatia.
Croatia has become a top European holiday destination, drawing more travelers each year with its islands, islets, national parks, and beaches. To prepare for your first trip, here are some tips and advice for the best possible experience when travelling in Croatia.
Croatia is a popular tourist destination, especially in July and August. Accommodations are booked months in advance, unlike a decade ago when travelers could easily find a place upon arrival. Being spontaneous today might leave you without a place or force you to exceed your budget for last-minute options.
During high season, don’t expect to find affordable accommodation in the first, second, or third row from the sea. Plan ahead and book in advance for a variety of quality options at affordable prices while travelling in Croatia.
In July and August, popular spots like Plitvice, Dubrovnik, Split, Zadar, or Istria face crowds and traffic. Travel off-season, from mid-April to late October, to enjoy the mild Mediterranean climate on the Dalmatian coast. Explore landmarks, attractions, and beaches without the crowds. Off-season trips often come with cheaper prices.
Smaller businesses, restaurants, bars, and most private accommodations often accept only cash. Have some cash on hand. Check for a credit card sticker; it indicates card acceptance. If unsure, ask before ordering. If you prefer not to carry much cash, ATMs are plentiful along the coast—look for the ones with the best exchange rates.
Croatia, though small, has numerous attractions and popular destinations. Don’t rush; take your time to explore during your stay. If it’s a two-week trip, consider splitting your time between different locations like Split and Dubrovnik. Plan visits to national parks, islands, or other attractions accordingly.
Explore beyond the most popular destinations. Smaller towns like Trogir (30 km from Split) and Šibenik (halfway between Zadar and Split) are charming starting points for discovering other cities. There’s more to see than just Dubrovnik, and Plitvice Lakes isn’t the only national park. Diversify your exploration!
Croatia, renowned for its islands, offers exciting coast exploration through island hopping. However, without renting a sailboat or booking an organized cruise, it can be challenging. Not all islands are ferry-connected, and schedules vary. Larger cities have better ferry networks, but frequencies may be limited. Check schedules carefully and contact ferry companies if needed. If not opting for a sailboat or yacht, consider smaller-scale island hopping with day trips like Three Island or Five Island tours.
Croatia has many beautiful beaches but if you imagine you will find sandy beaches everywhere – don’t get your hopes up, most of the beaches in Croatia are rocky or pebble. So come prepared – good water shoes that you can swim in make all the difference. In addition to comfort, water shoes protect against the occasional sea urchin that may loiter near the water’s edge (just keep in mind that sea urchins are usually the sign of a clean sea!). Don’t worry, there are still some sandy beaches available in Croatia (the most notable one being Zlatni rat on island Brač), just don’t expect the golden sand like in the Caribbean.
While Croatia boasts an extensive highway network, coastal cities are often ancient or medieval, leading to less planned infrastructure. Expect narrow and steep streets, particularly in cities, rather than wide boulevards. For shorter distances, consider buses, boats, taxis, or renting a scooter for a convenient way to navigate the city without traffic jams.