Where to Go in Croatia on a Holiday
Choose amongst Croatia's top 10 holiday destinations
Croatia is country of wonderful destinations, making it hard
for travelers to choose the best places for holiday. You can browse through Croatia's travel brochures and even
decide where you want to go. But it's not going to be an easy decision, as there are numerous holiday destinations
Don't just fall for your travel agent's idea of a great
holiday in Croatia. Do some online research and inform yourself about best destinations in Croatia. Then you can make an
informed decision and pick the best place in Croatia that suits your likes and budget. To help you out, here's our
choice of Croatia's top 10 holiday destinations.
By now, just about any traveller knows that
Dubrovnik is the obvious destination in Croatia,
owing to its media exposure via celebrity visits and through the likes of TV series
Game of Thrones being filmed in Dubrovnik. It's a jewel that cannot be missed. On your visit to Croatia,
you can easily dedicate a few days to explore this stunning city.
It often gets crowded during the summer months, due to its
recognizable brand. But if you choose quieter periods and out of season holiday, you will find yourself probably
enjoying the place much more. Bell Tower, Roland's Column, Sponza Palace, Pile Gate, and Old Port are but a few
places you could visit in Dubrovnik.
Natural History Museum is a great place to learn more about the city. You can also visit the nearby islands, such
as Lokrum island, Elafiti islands group, and resorts like Cavtat.
|Croatia's top holiday
destination, Dubrovnik, has plenty to offer to its visitors,
including walking tours of the old city walls.
Another great destination is Plitvice National Park, one of
the eight national parks in
Croatia. This is a World Heritage site, which has grown increasingly
popular with the international visitors and nature lovers, attracting over one million visitors annually. The
Park is popular for its nature treks throughout the park and the magnificent cascaded, interconnecting
sixteen waterfalls. The largest of them, Veliki Slap (The Large
Fall) is the highest of the waterfalls, reaching some 70 metres (230 feet) height.
Visit the Scrub Lake or Gypsy’s Lake to enjoy the view. Each
of these lakes have their own stories to tell. There are boat tours if you want to explore the lakes. The boats are
quiet, running on electricity, so as not to disturb the fish, which abound in the lakes' crystal clear
waters. You could hike your way around the
park, or there are buses that run regularly. Park is open year-round but during winters nearby ski resorts are
perfect for family holidays.
|Croatia's top and the
oldest National Park, Plitvice Lakes, offers nature walks, boat tours,
and spectacular views of its cascaded waterfalls.
Istria, locally known as Istra, is the largest peninsula in
the Adriatic Sea. It's one of the world's top holiday destinations, having received praises from the likes of
Lonely Planet, National Geographic Traveler, Fodor's, USA Today, Travel & Leisure, and more. It's known as one
of the world's top olive oil producing regions, amongst best wine regions, and a food and wine
region is well connected to all means of transportation. Most
European visitors drive straight down to enjoy their holidays here, with Istria being closest to the likes of
Italy, Austria, France and Germany. The peninsula is dotted with colourful towns along its coastline, all of which
are holiday destinations in their own right. Umag, Poreč, Rovinj, Pula, Medulin, Labin, all the way to Opatija, to
name the best known.
Itria's main attractions are its small villages. Motovun is
known for its annual film festival, while Buzet is known for its truffle autumn. You should also try and visit the
smallest town in the world, Hum, which has a population of only 17 inhabitants. The town dates back to the early
12th century and features many old buildings, including a bell tower built in the 16th century. No matter where you
go to Istria, you will find this an interesting and a beautiful region.
|The town of Poreč is just one of
the many popular towns on the Istrian peninsula
that attract returnee visitors year after year.
Zagreb is becoming an increasingly popular
destination, attracting visitors all year around. It's a great destination for those who want everything in one
place. It has great sights, good food, active nightlife, public transport, and great shops. It's also very well
connected to all major cities in Europe by roads and air.
As Croatia's capital, it's a great place to start your
holiday. Spend a few days here, then make your way to any other parts of Croatia, be it inland or going down to the
coast. There are many places of interest in Zagreb, such as St. Mark's Church, Lotrščak, Jarun lake, Kamenita vrata
(Stone Gate), Trg Bana Jelačića (Jelacic square), and many other town squares and parks. For art lovers, there are
many art galleries and museums in Zagreb. Make sure you take some time off to enjoy coffee in the city's main square. Croatians are
well known for their coffee culture.
|In addition to city buses,
Zagreb's blue trams are recognizable and popular mode
of public transport in Croatia's capital.
Hvar is a popular holiday destination for celebrities and one
of the sunniest and most beautiful islands on Croatian coastline. Hvar town is the island's hub and the busiest
destination, attracting numerous visitors. Originally a Greek colony named Pharos, the island is located between 3
other popular and large islands of Brač, Vis and Korčula.
Hvar landscape is known for its lavender plants that grow in
the wild, providing an aromatic and beautiful island atmosphere. Apart from the main town of Hvar, visit the small
towns around the island, such as Šućuraj, Stari Grad, and Jelsa to experience the local traditions and food. You
can also hire a yacht and sail in style to the nearby islands of Pakleni otoci, perhaps one of the prettiest
archipelagos on Hvar riviera (seen at the top of the picture
|One of the oldest towns in the
region, one one of Croatia's largest islands, Hvar is a popular mecca for international tourists
and celebrities alike.
Makarska is a great destination for a family holiday, where
you can play with your children. There are numerous resorts and private apartments of all kinds, sizes, and price
range. As there are no nightclubs, parents can spend a great deal of time on soaking up on Makarska's great
beaches. Among more popular places on Makarska riviera are
Brela and Baška Voda, both featuring beautiful beaches.
If you want to do something different, the islands of Brač
and Hvar are not far away, where you can get via ferries. Or for those who are more adventurous, go hiking on the
nearby Mount Biokovo. It has great hiking trails, but hire someone experienced to avoid getting lost or
|The beautiful Makarska riviera,
located further south from the city of Split,
attracts numerous visitors, as one of the most popular holiday destinations in
Most pictured beach in Croatia is the Zlatni Rat Beach (Golden Horn) of Brac Island, named after its horn-like shape that changes with sea
currents. The beach lies next to the line of pine trees and it's extremely popular during summer season with
bathers and wind surfers.
Brač island is known for its small towns. The popular Zlatni
rat beach is located near the town of Bol, which is also home to Croatia's annual Bol Tennis Tournament. Milna is a
beautiful, picturesque harbour town, situated on the west side of the island. The town of Supetar is the largest on
the island, with ferry harbour connecting to the mainland city of
Split. To get the best view of the island, you can walk to the highest
peak of Vidova Gora, 780 metres (2.550 feet) high, from where you can see the town of Bol and its Zlatni rat
|As one of the largest islands on
Croatian island archipelago, Brač island is an attractive
tourist destination that features a few small interesting towns along its coastline.
Located on Korčula island, the town of Korčula is a beautiful
old fortified town, not too dissimilar to Dubrovnik, only smaller. The town has preserved its culture and heritage
and features many old buildings, such 15th century Franciscan monastery, the Cathedral of St. Mark built in
Romanesque-Gothic style, Town Museum, Icon Museum, the palace of the former Venetian governors, and many city fortifications.
Being the birth place of the famous adveturer and traveller,
Marco Polo, the town also houses Marco Polo Museum, where you can see in an entertaining way the significance of
Marco Polo's travels to uniting the East and West in the 13th century.
The island of Korčula is known for its greenery, vineyards,
and olive groves. Apart from the main town of Korčula, there are many small towns around the island, such as Blato,
Prigradica, Lumbarda, Smokvica, and Vela Luka (Big Harbour). There are also numerous small beaches and quiet coves around the island. Ferries connect Korčula island with another large island of Mljet, as
well as the city of Dubrovnik.
|An attractive holiday
destination in its own right, Korčula town, on Korčula island, is best known as the birthplace of
the world famous explorer of Croatian origin, Marco Polo.
The island was used as base for navy during the era of
Yugoslavia and was completely shut for the outer world. After 1989, it was developed for tourism.
Place is perfect for those you seek solitude in their holidays as place hardly gets crowded. You can rent a car to
explore its roads. This is best way to explore the island. Popular attraction is Bisevo’s Blue cave, which has no human settlement. You can
easily hire boat for Biševo and other nearby islands.
|Croatia's most protruding large
island in the Adriatic Sea, Vis island is signified
by the traditional Dalmatian architecture and its natural beauty.
A group of several islands near Dubrovnik, three of which are
the only ones inhabited: Šipan, Lopud and Koločep. These are amongst most peaceful islands on earth because there
are hardly any vehicles and their settlements count only several hundreds of inhabitants. Elafiti islands support only a modest tourist industry, so you will find them largely untouched by mass
Šipan island is the biggest in the group, where you can find
the accommodation and other necessary amenities. It has two settlements with just over 400 inhabitants in all. All
three islands connect daily via ferries to Dubrovnik. So, whether you stay on the islands or in Dubrovnik, you will
find it easy to explore the both via daily excursions.
|Located just off Dubrovnik,
Lokrum island is one of the cluster of islands known as
Elafiti islands, home to many exotic plants brought here from around the world.
Getting to Croatia
Croatia is a great holiday and travel destination, which is
perfect for families, singles and honeymooners. It is very well connected to most of the cities in Europe via air,
as well as great, modern road system. Most of the main roads are tollways, but for those who like to explore the
country, there are many old roads that are well kept and toll free. There are also good ferry connections from
Ancona in Italy to the city of Split.