Struggling to figure out the best things to do in Croatia?
You’ve come to the right place!
Recently, thanks to Game of Thrones and the gorgeous scenes of King’s Landing filmed in Dubrovnik, we have all learned how unearthly beautiful Croatia can be. Some lucky people knew about its beauty even before GOT and got to spend some great summer vacations in Croatia.
But Croatia is not only pretty beaches and Dubrovnik!
In this article, you can find the best things to do in Croatia, including cities and natural wonders to visit, foods to try, and much more!
Here’s our list of the best things to do in Croatia:
1. Connect With Nature at Plitvice Lakes National Park
Plitvice Lakes National Park is simply stunning, and it should definitely be on your to-do list when you will be planning your trip to Croatia. Plitvice Lakes was the first national park in Croatia, and, since its opening in 1949, its popularity keeps growing.
In this national park, you can meet many wild birds and animals that are characteristic to this region, but the true beauty of Plitvice Lakes lies in its dense forests and, of course, its 16 stunning lakes with waterfalls. If UNESCO decided to put Plitvice Lakes on its World Heritage List, so should you (well, your bucket list)!
2. Admire Zagreb’s Cathedral
Usually, the capital of the country, Zagreb, is not the first place that comes to mind when one thinks about Croatia. It might not be lying on the sunny coast, but, nevertheless, it is full of interesting places to see, especially if you are a fan of Austro-Hungarian architecture.
The calling card of the city is Zagreb Cathedral, which was built in the 13th century. It would be difficult to find a landmark that represents the Gothic style better than this building! If you find yourself in Zagreb, you cannot miss a visit to its iconic cathedral!
3. Walk Through Dubrovnik’s Old Town
A mention of Dubrovnik in this article was unavoidable, and they don’t call it the “Pearl of the Adriatic” for nothing! Find some time during your trip to simply wander around the Old Town and admire its beauty against the cerulean sea, as it is one of the best-preserved medieval cities in the world.
Even though it would be extremely difficult to single out some specific places to see, we would recommend paying special attention to the Rector’s Palace and Dubrovnik’s Cathedral.
4. Hit the Beach
Spending some time on the beach is undoubtedly one of the top things to do in Croatia. Relax after a day of sightseeing on the beaches of Dubrovnik or Split, or have some laid-back vacations on one (or more) of the multiple islands. Whether you are a fan of the sandy or pebble beaches, and if you prefer some lively beaches such as the famous Golden Horn (Zlatni Rat), or something more quiet and discreet, Croatia will not disappoint you!
5. Enjoy Croatian Food
Croatia has a very rich culinary heritage, which you will notice while traveling through different regions of the country. It is influenced by Italian, Greek, Hungarian, Turkish, and Viennese cuisines, so even the pickiest eater will be satisfied. Try brudet (fish stew) or peka (potatoes, meat, and spices cooked together in an iron pan) to get acquainted with Croatian food, and eat as much seafood as possible if you are traveling in the coastal regions!
6. Have Fun at the Rijeka Carnival
We have listed many great summer activities but it is not the only good time for visiting Croatia. Every year, the city of Rijeka holds its traditional carnival that takes place sometime between the end of January and the beginning of March.
This carnival has everything you can expect to see: tons of colorful costumes, a Carnival Queen Pageant, and the main carnival parade. More than 11,000 people participated in the event in 2020, with the number of spectators being over 100,000!
7. Explore Sea Caves
Another natural wonder that awaits for you in Croatia is its sea caves. There are a few of them that you can visit, with the most famous being the Blue Cave located next to Biševo Island. You can get inside the cave only by a tiny wooden boat, which makes the experience that much more unforgettable.
8. Check Out the Smaller Towns
If touristy Dubrovnik or Split sound like a nightmare, I have good news for you! Croatia is full of charming towns that are smaller and lesser-known, but nonetheless amazingly beautiful. Starting with Sibenik with its red roofs overlooking the sea, well-preserved medieval Trogir, and the island of Korčula – there is so much to see!
9. Head to Hvar
Hvar is a gorgeous Croatian place to visit, perfect whether you want a paradise setting or plenty of activities to do. St. Stephen’s Cathedral is beautiful when it’s lit up at night, but during the day, there is plenty of great artwork to see inside. For some Renaissance architecture, visit the Venetian Loggia & Clock Tower. However, if you want a true moment from the past, head up the stairs to the Spanjola Fortress.
Well, that’s all for now on our guide for the best things to do in Croatia, and we hope it helps you plan your next visit! Got any questions, feedback, or other Croatia things to do we should include here? Let us know in the comments below, and thanks for reading!