Things to do in Croatia

What do you want from your holiday? Adventure? History? Relaxation? You can do all this and more in Croatia, there’s incredible action-packed experiences all over the country. Try hiking up one of the many mountains. If mountain climbing isn’t challenging enough, why not jump off one? On a paraglider, of course. The lovely landscapes and coastlines make Croatia a paraglider’s paradise. You may just never want to land!

Of course, those azure waters on the Croatian coast might tempt you in for a swim, dive or sail. You can dive to see sunken ships from both World Wars, but if you’d prefer to just float on the surface, nothing beats sailing around the Adriatic. Just make sure you’ve got a good skipper as, with 1,244 isles, islands, cliffs and rocks, it can be a little tricky to navigate a boat along the Croatian coastline. And when you’re ready to spend some time on solid ground, you can pull in to one of the many well-equipped marinas with plenty of restaurants and cellars.

While sailing, watersports and adventurous activities are definitely something to write home about, the history and culture you can experience in Croatia will stick with you forever. Its history isn’t just found in museums and galleries, it’s all around and you’ll find many sites are on the UNESCO World Heritage List too. Walk a grid of white stone streets of Istria, explore the fairytale castles around the countryside or take a seat in the Roman Amphitheatre in Pula. The Diocletian Palace in Split also deserves a special mention for its Roman heritage.

Want more? Here’s our top 5 must-see sights in Croatia.

Ban Jelačić Square

Head to Jelačić trg a.k.a ‘Trg’ or the central square in Zagreb to see the landmark Manduševac Fountain, stop at the famous Dolac Market or do a little designer shopping at nearby Ilica. It’s the local meeting spot and a hub for the city’s trams too.

Tkalčićeva Street

Lovingly known as Tkalča, this former industrial area is now famous for eats and treats.Home to merchants and artisans for centuries, Tkalča is now a pleasant promenade with famous galleries, cafés, bars and hosts many festivals that attract tourists and locals in Zagreb.

Split

Settled around an ancient palace built by Roman emperor Diocletian, Split is also the largest Croatian city on the Adriatic Coast. And it’s not just big, it’s extremely old too and a popular seaside destination.

Dubrovnik

A truly enchanting city with an amazing UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Town, Dubrovnik offers countless attractions and incredible events with dance, music and theatre performances.

Croatian Islands

The countless Croatian islands could be why Croatia attracts so many tourists. Bask in the sunshine at any of the island resorts and you’ll be smitten too.