I’ve been road tripping around Croatia for a little over one week and it was definitely one of the most beautiful countries I have ever seen. We have started our adventure in the North of the country with Rovinj, then headed to Pula (funny story: in Romanian it means d***), Plitvice Lakes, Pag Island, Zadar, Split and Dubrovnik.
Croatia is this place where the mountains meet the sea, where the water is crystal clear, where instead of sandy beaches you will find stone beaches and you will love it! The prices are affordable, the food is great, people are friendly so why not book the ticket for one of the places below?
That being said, these are my top 5 favorite places in Croatia:
1. Plitvice Lakes
If you are considering a trip to Croatia, you have definitely heard about this place. Well, I am here to confirm the beauty of this awesome National Park. There are different points of entry to Plitvice Lakes but my advice would be to start from the bottom of the park – Entrance 1 – and make your way up through the amazing waterfalls.
At some point you will get to Kojzak lake where you will have to take a boat to cross it. Right on the other side of the arriving point there is a center where you can rent wooden boats. I totally recommend it as you can get pretty close to the waterfalls!
Also, plan a whole day for the visit and go as early as you can. The later you go, the longer the line will be and you don’t want to miss out the views. Even though there are places with food and drinks, I would advise to bring some with you. If you want to visit the whole park, it will take you about 5-6 hours and you will definitely get thirsty and hungry.
For the Game of Thrones fans, Dubrovnik is the place to be. There are even GoT guided tours. Of course it’s better and cheaper and funnier to research the places where the series was filmed before going to Dubrovnik and then find them by yourself.
But besides Game of Thrones, Dubrovnik is spectacular! Take a scenic walk on the old city walls is a must and it offers the best views over the city and its surroundings. Another must see place is the Lovrijenak Fort. Although the fort itself is not really worth 1000 stairs leading to it, the view is!
There are also many activities you can do in Dubrovnik: taking the cable car for the best panoramic of the city to the Mount Srd peak, visiting nearby islands and my favorite: drinking a good Prosecco!
Rovinj is one of those hidden gems that few people know about. I loved its narrow streets, its colorful houses, its tasty ice cream and its beautiful little stores filled with local handcrafted items.
Rovinj is perfect for a romantic escapade, away from the crowded streets of Dubrovnik or Split.
Split is Croatia’s second largest city and one of the most important ports. The major attraction of Split is the Diocletian Palace which basically comprises the entire old city. What is interesting about the Palace is that people still live in it today and it is very well preserved.
For an amazing view over the city, I recommend climbing the stairs of the tower of Cathedral of Saint Domnius. Definitely worth the effort.
I have also loved Split’s seafront. It is perfect for an evening walk while enjoying a delicious ice cream.
Split is also an important starting point for many day trips. For example, there are trips to: Mostar – Bosnia and Herzegovina, Hvar Island, Dubrovnik, Plitvice Lakes.
Zadar is the oldest city in Croatia which has been continuously inhabited and it is situated at half of the distance between Split and Plitvice Lakes.
One of the biggest attractions of the city is the Sea Organ. Basically under the steps besides the sea there are some empty holes where the water enters and makes noises similar to an organ. It is really relaxing to enjoy the sound of waves!
The best way to visit Zadar giving the fact that the Old City is quite small, is by getting lost. I recommend exploring its narrow streets and hidden corners and you will discover some impressive architecture.
Of course there are many other beautiful places in Croatia which are worth visiting. It all depends on how much time you have. I have spent half a day in Rovinj, half a day in Pula, one day at Plitvice Lakes, one day in Pag, one day in Zadar, one day in Split and two days in Dubrovnik.
If you want to see more places in Croatia, I would recommend renting a car. When driving along the coast line, you will encounter some memorable views! Have a nice journey!
May the travel bug bite you!