16 Jul 5 Things You Should Totally Do in Croatia
Croatia is quickly becoming one of Europe’s most popular summer destinations and it’s certainly one of my favourite places. My first encounter with Croatia was on a quick drive over to Rovinj from Slovenia, and from that moment, the country had me under its spell. With sparkling waters, romantic Mediterranean cities, gorgeous beaches, forested valleys and stunning waterfalls- Croatia is just too pretty! Not only that but there are numerous festivals and events going on throughout the year, so there’s always something going on to keep you entertained.
Here are 5 things you should totally do in Croatia.
Walk the Walls of Dubrovnik
Located on the Dalmatian coast, the city of Dubrovnik was declared a World Heritage Site in 1979 and is nicknamed the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’. Don’t miss the opportunity to walk along the famous city walls and admire the stunning architecture, churches, monasteries, museums and fountains of the old town. Dubrovnik is a charming and dazzling place that should definitely be on your itinerary.
Dimensions Festival kicks off with an unforgettable opening concert in Pula’s historic Roman amphitheatre and runs over several days. It’s one of Europe’s most scenic music festivals, taking place across various stunning backdrops, including beaches, forest clearings and crumbling forts. By day you can soak up the sun at the daily beach parties or set sail on a party boat to watch sunset over the Istrian coastline. By night you can join 3,000 dancing bodies in ‘The Clearing’ or get completely absorbed in the music inside a circular pit called Noah’s Ballroom- which is actually the crumbling remains of an 18th century fort.
Plitvice Lakes National Park
The Plitvice Lakes are Croatia’s largest national park, and like Dubrovnik, they’re also on the UNESCO World Heritage list. The photo says it all! Depending on the time of day and the time of year, the colour of the lakes can vary from azure blue to emerald green and you can walk along the wooden walkways to capture some incredible photographs. This natural phenomenon is one of the most beautiful spots in the world, attracting millions of visitors per year.
Sunbathe on the island of Brac
For the best beaches in Croatia, head to the island of Brac. The stunning island is located off the coast of Split and boasts huge stretches of white sandy beaches with turquoise blue water. Make sure you visit the most famous beach on the island- Zlatni Rat- pictured below. This iconic beach is well known for its natural beauty and the formation of the cape, known as the ‘Golden Horn’ which changes shape according to the tide, current and wind direction.
A hugely popular activity in Croatia is sailing and there are a variety of companies offering sailing trips that vary from under 35s party boats to more relaxed cruises. Typically the port of Split with nearby international airport serves as starting point and trips will take you around Croatia’s stunning islands, such as Hvar, Vis and Brac. So you can enjoy a Croatian yacht stag do in Split or relaxing route to discover natural gems like the Blue cave on the Vis island and secluded restaurants on the Pakleni islands next to the town of Hvar.