Croatia's extraordinary island-speckled coastline is indisputably its main attraction. The first thing that strikes you is the clarity of the water. When it's set against a dazzling white pebbly beach, it sparkles with a jewel-like intensity in shades of emerald and sapphire. There are long sandy and shiningly stretches too – perfect for lazy days spent lounging and devouring trashy holiday novels.
Things to see and do
The capital of the Republic of Croatia, Zagreb grew from two small medieval settlements, Kaptol and Gradec, which now form the old Upper Town, and it is a city teaming with both history and culture. Take a walk through the city and admire the churches and cathedrals and old stone buildings, resting alongside modern shops and quality restaurants.
Zagreb is located at the foot of the popular ski destination, Medvednica mountain, and some of the city’s major attractions include the ancient Medvedgrad, Lotrščak Fort, Croatian National Theater building, Meštrović Pavillion, Maksimir Park and the Mirogoj Arcades.
Dubrovnik is located on the Adriatic Sea, in the region of Dalmatia and is one of Croatia’s most popular tourist destinations. The history of the city dates back to the 7th Century and today, it is still surrounded by well-preserved medieval walls that are 1940 metres long. These are the city’s greatest attractions and are the reason the town has been under UNSECO protection since the late 1970s.
Dubrovnik is a coastal city that is filled with gothic and renaissance buildings that are sure to delight. Often referred to as the Pearl of the Adriatic, it has a rich cultural and historical heritage and is often referred to by visitors as being similar to a “fairytale”.
As well as visiting the city’s walls, some of the city’s most popular tourist activities include the Dominican Monastery and Museum, a cable car ride from the city walls to Mt Srd, a sea kayak tour in the crystal waters, exploring the 15th Century Rector’s Palace and visiting some of the islands to explore the national parks or cruise through the waters.
Split is the second largest city in Croatia and it is best known for its beaches, as well as the Diocletian's Palace, which is a UNESCO world heritage site that was built by the Roman emperor in the 4th century. It is the largest city on the Adriatic coast and whether you’re planning to stay a while, or just stopping by for short break on your way to and from the islands, there is plenty to see and do in Split so be sure to take your time.
Tourists can experience a mix of cultural heritage and special charm, with attractions including the Town Museum which recounts the history of Split, the Museum of Croatian Archaeological Monuments, Mestrovic Gallery where you will find works from Croatia's most renowned modern sculptor Ivan Mestrovic, along with beautiful beaches, fantastic markets and a range of festivals held throughout the year.
In Zadar, you will encounter an interesting mix of history and present – from the old Roman ruins and medieval churches, to the modern cafes and high quality museums. Visit the Old Town and you will discover a world of archaeological treasures, as well as see a number of monuments to ancient, medieval and Renaissance periods in time. You can also experience contemporary lifestyle through shopping and restaurants, as well as a variety of events held throughout the year.
You will find a range of beaches in Croatia, from family beaches along the Adriatic coast; to naturist beaches, including Punat and Baška on Krk, Koversada and Valalta in Istria or Lokrum beach near Dubrovnik; sandy beaches on the island of Susak and Orebić and Kukljica on the island of Ugljan; and more modern beaches like Zrće on Pag.
When the Yugoslav federation collapsed, 8 of the finest national parks became part of Croatia, covering more than 960 kilometres square. In these parks you will find stunning scenery, including waterfalls, forests and mountains. The Plitvice Lakes National Park includes 16 crystalline lakes and heavy forest. The waters are mineral rich and you will find yourself immersed amongst 18 kilometres of wooden footbridges and pathways. Krka National Park stretches from the foot of the Dinaric Range to the ocean near Sibenik and includes the 73 kilometre Krka River and an abundance of waterfalls, canyon and limestone hills.
Must do Activities
Dubrovnik Old Town
Fort of St. John
Convent of St. Claire
Great Onofrio Fountain
Dubrovnik Archive (Sponza Palace)