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Welcome to Croatia

Croatia combines a spectacular, island-dotted Mediterranean coastline with ancient history and farm-to-table cuisine. Sun-and-sand seekers can find pebbled beaches lined with pristine waters along the Dalmatian Coast from Split, while those in search of luxury hotels, fine dining, and chic parties should head for Dubrovnik or the island of Hvar, arguably Croatia's glitziest beach destination. But the coastal towns are not without their cultural highlights; in Split, the ruined Diocletian's Palace makes up half the town and boasts ancient Roman monuments every bit as impressive as those in Rome. Meanwhile, the compact Old City of Dubrovnik is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Walking tours of these historic sites cover the main highlights while providing insider information from a guide. Plus, in the capital, Zagreb, sightseeing tours lead travelers through neighborhoods such as Donji Grad (Lower Town) and Gornji Grad (Upper Town) to landmarks including Jelacic Square and St. Mark's Church. Nature lovers can visit Plitvice Lakes National Park, a forest reserve containing 16 interconnected lakes, on a day trip from Zadar, Zagreb, or Split. And adventure-seekers thrill at the hiking, rock climbing, rafting, and biking opportunities available in the inland Dinaric Alps, craggy karst peaks that stretch from Italy to Albania. For a true taste of Croatia, take a day trip to the wine-producing Pelješac peninsula or Konavle Valley (both around an hour's drive from Dubrovnik), where much of Dalmatia's wine, olive oil, and fresh produce is harvested.

Top 10 attractions in Croatia

Plitvice Lakes National Park

Plitvice Lakes National Park

With its emerald-green lakes, rocky caves, and cascading waterfalls framed by soaring dolomite cliffs, ancient woodlands, and fields of wild orchids, Plitvice Lakes National Park is the natural playground of Croatia. The UNESCO World Heritage site has over 73,000 acres (20,500 hectares) of unspoiled landscapes, boasting 16 lakes and 90 waterfalls linked by a network of hiking and biking trails.More
Krka National Park

Krka National Park

Krka National Park is one of Croatia’s most enchanting natural wonders, with over 88 square miles (142-square kilometers) of lush woodlands, cascading waterfalls, and travertine cliffs stretching along the banks of the Krka River. Just minutes from the Dalmatian coast and far less visited than Plitvice Lakes National Park in the north, Krka is an idyllic retreat for hikers, cyclists, nature lovers, and just about everyone looking to escape Croatia’s well-worn tourist trail.More
Elafiti Islands (Elaphites)

Elafiti Islands (Elaphites)

A cluster of 14 islands along Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast, the Elafiti Islands (Elaphites) are one of the country’s most popular destinations and a popular day trip from nearby Dubrovnik. The archipelago’s largest three islets—Kolocep, Lopud, and Sipan—are the focal point of island-hopping tours.More
Bisevo Blue Cave (Modra Spilja)

Bisevo Blue Cave (Modra Spilja)

With its startling blue light and luminescent waters, it's easy to see how the Bisevo Blue Cave (Modra Spilja) earned its name. The natural wonder is hidden in the sea cliffs along the coast of Bisevo Island and is made even more enticing by its remote, difficult-to-reach location. The effort is rewarded with stunning scenery and endless photo opportunities.More
Pakleni Islands (Paklinski Islands)

Pakleni Islands (Paklinski Islands)

Just minutes offshore from fashionable Hvar Island along Croatia’s Dalmatian coast lies the Pakleni archipelago (Pakleni Otoci). It’s the perfect destination for an island-hopping tour with 17 beautiful islands fringed by pebble beaches and lush pine forests.More
Dubrovnik Old Town

Dubrovnik Old Town

Located at the southern tip of Croatia, perched above the rocky coastline of the Adriatic Sea, the enchanting city of Dubrovnik attracts visitors with its medieval architecture and labyrinth of limestone-paved streets. Its Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, remains surrounded by 14th-century fortified stone walls.More
Pula Arena (Pula Amphitheatre)

Pula Arena (Pula Amphitheatre)

Built under the reign of Emperor Vespasian between 27 BC and AD 67—around the same time as Rome’s Colosseum—Pula Arena (Pula Amphitheatre) is one of the largest Roman amphitheaters in the world. Today, it’s the best-preserved ancient monument in Croatia and is still used as a performance venue that accommodates up to 20,000 spectators.More
Lokrum Island

Lokrum Island

Just 600 meters (1 kilometer) from Dubrovnik, the car-free island of Lokrum makes a peaceful escape from the city. At its center is a medieval Benedictine monastery complex that’s surrounded by botanical gardens planted with exotic trees, flowers, and bushes. Picturesque swimming spots abound on the island’s rocky shoreline.More
Dubrovnik Cable Car

Dubrovnik Cable Car

Dubrovnik’s distinctive orange cable cars speed 2,500 feet (778 meters) in about three minutes, from the lower station just north of the city walls to the top of Mount Srđ. During the ride, you can enjoy peerless views of Dubrovnik’s terracotta rooftops, the coastline of Dalmatia, and archipelagos sprinkled across the Adriatic Sea.More
Stiniva Cove

Stiniva Cove

The island of Vis lies in the Adriatic Sea, northwest of Dubrovnik off Croatia’s striated coastline. It is chiefly known for its gorgeous Italianate harbor town of the same name, which is abuzz with cool boutiques, restaurants and bars and guarded by a stone fortress. Just over six miles (10 km) away on the south coast of the island is the tiny, crescent-shaped cove of Stiniva, enclosed by steep cliffs that are barely 13 feet (four meters) apart, which were formed when a sea cave collapsed inwards many thousands of years ago.There are no direct roads and the cove entrance is too narrow, shallow and rocky for yachts to enter, but this elusive little bay is one of the island’s most popular spots for its calm, shallow waters and beach of rounded pebble. It was accorded long-term protection in 1967 for its natural beauty and there is little else here apart from a laid-back rustic beach bar.More

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How to Spend 2 Days in Split

How to Spend 2 Days in Split

Recent reviews from experiences in Croatia

Amazing trip
Zaijin_H, Oct 2021
Plitvice Lakes and Rastoke, Small Group Tour from Zagreb
The Fall season is gorgeous.
Excellent oysters and wine tour!
Donna_B, Sep 2021
The boat ride was fun and it was great to see how the oysters were cared for and harvested.
Magic Bosnia in a day
Alessandra_P, Sep 2021
Mostar and Kravice Waterfalls Tour from Dubrovnik(small group)
I loved swimming in the waterfalls, this isn’t allowed in krka waterfalls in Croatia so it was a great opportunity.
Fun and varied day
Megan_P, Sep 2021
Krka Waterfalls and Sibenik Day Trip Including Wine Tasting from Split
Lovely day - the waterfalls are beautiful and it was nice to see other areas in Croatia as part of the day.
Beautiful water at Vis and Blue cave.Hvar is great.Luka, our tour guide was great. Went out of his way to accommodate. .
Nikolaos_G, Sep 2021
Five Island Speedboat Tour Featuring the Blue Cave and Hvar
Very professional, spoke English well, and he was very well familiar with Croatian history.
Mark_A, Sep 2021
Five Island Speedboat Tour Featuring the Blue Cave and Hvar
Loved the trip from start to finish, amazing way to see the most beautiful parts of Croatia’s islands and beautiful bays.
Enjoyable and Educational
Karen_W, Aug 2021
Taste Zagreb Food Tour
Dena was a terrific guide and spoke perfect English.
Mostar tour- amazing!
Gail_Z, Aug 2021
Mostar and Kravice Waterfalls Small-Group with Turkish House Included
The waterfalls were literally breathtaking.
Get your camera ready...
Christopher_G, Dec 2021
Slovenia, Ljubljana and Lake Bled Full Day Small Group Excursion from Zagreb
Lake Bled was absolutely stunning and to see it in the winter, surrounded by snow was a real treat.
Amazing experience and excellent weather!
Sabrina_V, Nov 2021
Plitvice lakes tour from Split
Because the weather was in our favor, the fall colors and the steady waterfalls made the views even more majestic.
Perfect day in Slovenia
Stephanie_B, Oct 2021
Ljubljana and Bled Lake - small group - day tour from Zagreb
I would have loved to spend more time, especially in Ljubljana, but if you want to see both and don’t have a lot of time, this is definitely the perfect tour.
Spectacular Sunset
Sonny_R, Oct 2021
Dubrovnik Sunset Tour with Wine by Vidokrug
Ivo handed us our wine -- I had a Babic red, which is OK, and my wife had a brandy, which she didn't particularly like -- and we sat down to see the sunset.
Brilliant! Great tour, well presented
Joe_C, Oct 2021
Communism & Croatian Homeland War Tour
I would recommend this tour to anyone, really interesting because of the history, and it's a great way to see some things in Zagreb you might otherwise miss.
Such a great adventure!
Natalie_P, Oct 2021
Blue Cave and Hvar 5 Islands full-day Speedboat Tour from Split
We love to travel and explore places as much as possible with our daughters so booking this trip was a must to see more of the Croatian islands!
Majestic Plitvice lakes
Karissa_C, Oct 2021
Plitvice lakes and Rastoke day trip from Zagreb (Guaranteed departure)
The waterfalls and caves have such unique formation.
Ultimate way to see Dubrovnik with Stephan!
John_T, Sep 2021
Dubrovnik Above Beyond, Srdj drive & guided Old Town PRIVATE SHORE EXCURSION
He took us to the old mill, run by the waterfall, which is the water source for the town (Husband found this fascinating).
Great historical tour of Dubrovnik walls with flexible and knowledgeable guide
Maria_C, Sep 2021
Dubrovnik Walks - Ancient City Walls & Wars 2h Walking Tour
It made me very happy to have booked the tour and wanting to visit the nearest bookstore and grab some books on Dubrovnik and Croatian history.
Very informative and enjoyable!
Troy_T, Sep 2021
Croatian cuisine cooking class with Dolac market tour
It was very interesting to see Dolac market with a local guiding us and it was a great way to experience the culture of the city.
Beautiful scenery with a friendly guide :)
Scott_T, Sep 2021
Plitvice Lakes N.P. Bus Tour from Zadar with Skip-the-Line
Our tour ended at the largest waterfall in Croatia, which is spectacular.
Take this trip
Laurel_D, Sep 2021
Mostar and Kravice Waterfalls Small-Group with Turkish House Included
The hike down to the Kravice Waterfalls was challenging for my elderly spouse but we made it.
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