What to do in Croatia
It would take nearly a lifetime to experience all that Croatia offers, but our Croatian travel experts can help you discover the best, from the stunning lake and waterfall scenery in Plitvice National Park to the hundreds of beautiful islands offshore with their secluded coves and world-famous beaches like Zlatni Rat. You might explore medieval hilltop towns like Motovun with rare truffles in the dense forest at its base, enjoy memorable tastings at family-run wineries, and marvel at centuries-old buildings, including some of the world’s most well-preserved Roman architecture in Split and remarkable landmarks along marble-paved streets in Dubrovnik’s walled Old City.
Best activities to do in Croatia
Croatia has a huge range of outdoor pursuits, history, culture, and food to enjoy. To help you narrow it down we have put together a list of some of our favorites.
Walk the Dubrovnik City Walls
The City Walls are an impressive sight from any vantage point, and you can even walk atop them too. Stretching for nearly 1.5 miles around the historic center, you’ll see centuries-old buildings and marble-paved streets on one side, with the sea and nearby islands on the other. Along the way are outdoor cafes for relaxing with a drink and a view.
Explore Diocletian’s Palace in Split
The maze-like complex known as Diocletian’s Palace was built by the Roman emperor as his retirement residence in the late 3rd century. Exploring the ancient streets of this UNESCO-listed site feels like a walk back through time. A remarkably well-preserved example of Roman palatial architecture, it includes Saint Dominus Cathedral, one of the world’s oldest Catholic cathedrals, built in 305 AD.
Relax in Hvar
Sunny Hvar not only offers plenty of historic attractions and activities like water sports, but it’s also a wonderful place to relax. Visitors can unwind while dining on some of the best seafood dishes in the country, people-watching from one of the outdoor cafes in the lovely main square, or soaking up the sun on one of the idyllic beaches.
Get Lost in Plitvice Lakes National Park
One of the most popular attractions in the country, visitors can walk the extensive network of wooden bridges and pathways that wind through Plitvice Lakes National Park to discover 16 interconnected lakes in shades that range from bright turquoise to deep emerald. They’re highlighted by countless cascading waterfalls and lush greenery, home to wildlife like owls, eagles, brown bears, and wolves.
Visit the Capital
The capital of Zagreb is home to an impressive medieval Upper Town, Gornji Grad, that dates back to the Middle Ages. Walk along the cobbled streets to marvel at the spectacular cathedral with its soaring twin towers and neo-Gothic façade, and the Church of St. Mark with its colored tiled roof making it one of the most photographed in the country.
Set Sail around the Kornati
Made up of 90 islands and islets, the best way to experience the breathtaking Kornati archipelago is on a sailing tour. You’ll wind around the gem-like islands, many of which are practically uninhabited with only a few stone cottages strewn about. Once used as basic shelter by shepherds and fishermen, today they often serve as seasonal seafood eateries or vacation retreats.
See Marco Polo's Birthplace: Korcula
Korcula’s claim to fame is that it’s the birthplace of 13th-century international explorer Marco Polo. Visitors can explore the Marco Polo house/museum while enjoying the Korcula town’s storybook good looks, including magnificent Venetian architecture and defensive stone walls with ramparts and towers. On summer evenings, moreska sword dances, a traditional dance, are performed for tourists just outside the walls.
Cycle around Mljet
Nearly a third of lush Mljet Island is designated as a national park. One of the best ways to discover this densely wooded area is on two wheels. Bicycles can be rented here to ride the scenic paths that will bring you to its two interconnected saltwater lakes, one of which houses a tiny isle topped with a 12th-century Benedictine monastery.
Discover Colorful Rovinj
The colorful seaside town of Rovinj hosts pastel-painted homes surrounding a picturesque fishing harbor. The hilltop church of St. Euphemia overlooks it all – visitors can climb its bell tower for a breathtaking panoramic view before strolling the cobbled streets lined with shops, galleries, and restaurants. Learn about batanas, and wooden boats used by local fishermen, at the waterfront Batana Eco-Museum.
Explore Medieval Trogir
Trogir has a rich history dating all the way back to 380 BC, ruled by everyone from the Greeks and Romans to the Hungarians and Venetians. Like an open-air museum, it’s protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and filled with Romanesque and Renaissance-style architecture, including the Cathedral of St. Lawrence, its crown jewel built between the 13th and 15th centuries.
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