10 Things You Must Do in Croatia

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Croatia has it all: rugged coves, pristine beaches, medieval towns and natural wonders, making it the perfect holiday destination for adventurers and sun worshippers alike. There is so much to do and see in this beautiful country that it would be impossible to do it all in one short trip. To narrow it down for you, here are 10 things you cannot miss when visiting Croatia!


Explore Korčula’s backstreets

Korčula is a beautiful island of rugged coves and fragrant pine trees, the kind of place which instantly stole my heart. The town is idyllic with its waterside restaurants, medieval churches and some of the prettiest backstreets I’ve ever laid eyes on. Take a day to meander all of the cobbled streets and have a leisurely lunch beneath the pines. The best way to explore the rest of the island and all of its hidden corners is by hiring a scooter or quad bike.


Climb the Spanjola Fortress in Hvar

It may be a steep and arduous incline, but the views which await at the top are worth every second of the walk. The panorama overlooks the old town of Hvar, the marina and the cluster of Pakleni Islands. Go at sunset for a golden glow over the terracotta-hued rooftops.

Krka waterfall

Swim underneath Krka waterfall

Krka waterfall is the second most visited in Croatia, after Plitvice lakes, however what makes it so special is you can swim in the fresh waters beneath the powerful waterfall. The water is cold, but how could you not take a dip in such a surreal surrounding!?


Climb the city walls in Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik is as pretty as a postcard with its winding backstreets, orange-hued rooftops and medieval architecture. The best way to see the city and the surrounding Adriatic sea is by walking the city walls.


Visit UNESCO Plitvice lakes

Plitvice lakes had been high on my bucket list for as long as I can remember so I was so happy to finally tick them off. Standing atop the cliff edge watching the powerful waterfalls cascade below was one of the most surreal moments of the trip. The lakes are overwhelmingly big, you could easily spend a whole day or multiple days exploring. Plitvice lakes is one of the most visited sights in Croatia, so be prepared for lots of people, especially in the summer months. Come early and be the first to enter so that you have the lakes all to yourself to appreciate them at their most tranquil.


Visit the medieval town of Trogir

Trogir is a city built within medieval walls and surrounded by water. It has earned itself UNESCO world heritage status for its Romanesque and Renaissance architecture. Spend a day weaving in and out of the cobbled backstreets, stocking up on Croatian olive oil and climbing the fortress for views over the historic city center.


Eat at Croatia’s best restaurant

Šibenik is home to Croatia’s best restaurant: Peligrini. It has earned this award for the second year in a row at the annual Dobri restaurant awards. On the menu you’ll find traditional Croatian dishes with a twist such as truffle and prosciutto pasta with sheep’s cheese and lamb with paprika puree. The restaurant prides itself on the quality of ingredients sourced in Croatia, as well its Dalmatian wine list. Whilst there make sure to explore the beautiful town of Šibenik, climb the fortress and visit St James’ cathedral.

Dugi Otok

Experience island life on Dugi Otok

Dugi Otok is completely off the radar making it the perfect island getaway. There are no chic bars, no fine dining, few commodities but there are also very little tourists so you’ll feel as though the island is all yours. Visit idyllic beaches such as Sakarun and explore its rugged beauty by visiting Telašćica Nature Park.


Swim in the Adriatic sea

Croatia’s beaches are sites of beauty. The colour of the sea varies from deep turquoise to emerald and often the beaches are surrounded by pine trees and verdant trees. The Adriatic sea is one of the best in the Med with its beautiful colour and underwater life so be sure to swim in it as often as you can.



Explore Split

Often overlooked and used as a jumping point to Croatia’s islands, Split is not only the best connected town for catching ferries but it is also a very pretty town. Climb the bell tower for panoramic views over the city, have dinner in Diocletian’s Palace and explore the cobbled backstreets and you’re sure to fall under its charm.

Words & photography by Faye Bullock

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    July 25, 2016 at 4:40 pm

    My mother visited Croatia a couple of years ago and I’ve been jealous ever since! Your photos are so amazing <3

    July 12, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    Incredible images. Croatia looks amazing.
    Jay from

    July 12, 2016 at 5:32 am

    I’ve been wanting to go to Croatia since forever. Lately everyone seems to be going!
    That’s it, next years big trip will definitly be Croatia. Your photos are gorgeous, Brooke!

    July 12, 2016 at 4:50 am

    Great list of places! I would also suggest Rovinj. I spent a few days there last September and I enjoyed myself so much. It was a nice and peaceful day after hiking all around Europe.

    Dan Chadders
    July 12, 2016 at 3:56 am

    I agree, Emma. So that’s decided! first stop next year: Croatia

    July 12, 2016 at 3:56 am

    I already have Croatia on my bucket list and this post makes me want to visit even more.

    July 11, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    I love all the places you’ve mentioned. I can also highly recommend Istria as a great place to visit. It’s different because as well as the islands and old coastal towns you also have places like Montovun which is a town built on top of a hill with spectacular views. Porec has a UNESCO site in its basilica as well as the rocky beaches you find along the Adriatic. Istria is my personal favourite place in Croatia as it food wise it has remnants of its Italian past with Italian food and its Austrian past with its Austrian food, the strudel there is to die for!

    Colleen |
    July 11, 2016 at 2:25 am

    Plitvice Lakes is definitely on my bucket list. I plan on making a long trip to Europe next year…definitely pinning this post for future trip planning!

    July 10, 2016 at 3:15 am

    That Plitvace lake is really gorgeous!

    July 9, 2016 at 5:43 am

    You have gorgeous photos!
    This article brings back fond memories of Croatia, and I also want to recommend spending a few days in friendly Slovenia too. We weren’t planning to go, but our guidebook included both and we ended up loving Slovenia even more than Croatia!

    July 8, 2016 at 8:56 pm

    Such a great post! Croatia has quickly made it’s way to the top of my list and I can’t wait to go and explore! xx

    the travelogue (by Anna & Vanessa)
    July 8, 2016 at 7:50 pm

    Oh how beautiful!! We would love to travel to Croatia and esp. Plitvicer National Park! Have heard a lot about it recently and your photos are amazing!
    xx Love Anna & Vanessa

    July 8, 2016 at 6:05 pm

    I am originally from Croatia (but am living in Amsterdam for the last 2,5 years) and yes, the country is amazing!
    The Adriatic cost is the most touristy in July and August, but the weather is also the best at that time of the year. It is also nice to visit it in June or September, because it is not so busy, but the weather is still good enough for the swimming and sunbathing.
    The best thing about Croatia is that is so diverse, so I’m definitely recommending to go to Zagreb (the capital), Gorski kotar (mountains/forests) or Hrvatsko zagorje (area north of Zagreb, very rural, but green and beautiful with many nice castles).
    I’m going there in a week and I’m super excited about it!

    July 8, 2016 at 3:33 pm

    Zrce is missing

    Crazy Travelista
    July 8, 2016 at 2:33 pm

    Croatia never gets old…That’s why I keep going back! The one place I would definitely add to this list is Rovinj..the most picturesque streets and overall irresistible charm. Actually, the whole Istria region, especially Motovun and Grožnjan. Croatia is just spectacular!

    July 8, 2016 at 10:19 am

    I was going back to Split from Hvar, but took the wrong boat and ended up in the old town of Korcula. All I can say is, I’m glad I took the wrong boat 🙂

    July 8, 2016 at 5:22 am

    That Plitvace lake is dam awesome

    July 8, 2016 at 4:58 am

    I’ve been to Croatia twice, and it’s one of my favorite countries–seriously stunning! I missed Plitvice Lakes on both trips though, so I guess I’ll have to go back 🙂 One thing I’d add is visiting the Museum of Broken Relationships in Zagreb. One of the most interesting museums I’ve ever been to!

    July 8, 2016 at 3:14 am

    Croatia is a country that I find more and more appealing ! Definitely gonna see this country anytime soon 🙂

    Great article and amazing picture.

    Kenza from

    July 8, 2016 at 3:04 am

    Been thinking of going to Croatia next summer and now I want to plan a trip there even more! Looks beautiful!

    July 8, 2016 at 1:45 am

    I was in Dubrovnik as well… But I enjoyed the cable car more than the ancient wall as you get to go higher and have a better view. And you can sit in the restaurant which is directly on the hill. It was really nice.

    July 8, 2016 at 1:31 am

    Croatia looks so beautiful and photogenic! Can’t wait to visit.

    Tanja (the Red phone box travels)
    July 8, 2016 at 12:04 am

    I’m glad you loved it:) but perhaps the title should be 10 things you must do in Dalmatia:) because all of the places (apart from Plitvice lakes) are in the region of Dalmatia. And there’s more to Croatia than just that part:) There are hilltop towns in Istria and beaches too:) there are wide plains in Slavonia. there are mountains and wilderness in Lika and Gorski kotar. there are castles in Zagorje. and there’s the north Adriatic coast where the tourism began-Opatija-a city visited by princes in the past:)

    July 7, 2016 at 11:32 pm

    I just love Croatia – been three times now! This is a great list! I’ve not made it to Peligrini – hopefully next time! x

    Posh, Broke, & Bored
    July 7, 2016 at 10:13 pm

    This post couldn’t have come at a better time! The person I’m seeing invited me to Korcula, where he has roots and from the sound of it very interesting ones too. I can’t wait to see it for myself, and also Hvar good time! x

    July 7, 2016 at 9:45 pm

    Beautiful! Definitely next on my list.

    July 7, 2016 at 6:47 pm

    Croatia was one of my favourite ever holidays – it really does have it all! Worth noting as well that Zadar is super cheap compared to Dubrovnik and Hvar – you can get a glass of Prosecco for £2! Steph x

    July 7, 2016 at 6:47 pm

    That Plitvace lake is really gorgeous! <3

    July 7, 2016 at 6:19 pm

    Thanks so much for this post ! It came up just in time for my trip to croatia ! what a timing ahah

    July 7, 2016 at 12:36 pm

    We have a ton of turquoise-coloured lakes in Canada, but most are pretty cold for swimming because they are glacier-fed. I need to experience warm turquoise waters soon!


    July 7, 2016 at 10:14 am

    I’m OBSESSED with the Plitvice Lakes! They’re stunning. And if you’re into the party scene (like I was 5 years ago), the island of Pag is a must!

    July 7, 2016 at 9:31 am

    I love Croatia! Wish I could have the time to just rent a car and drive around, exploring the country for a whole month!

    This is a really great post and I’ll keep it in my favourites for when I get some time and fulfil my desire to do a road trip in Croacia 😀

    July 7, 2016 at 9:26 am

    Croatia looks unreal! I’ve been wanting to go forever and your photos of the beautiful pristine waters make me wanderlust like no other!

    July 7, 2016 at 7:58 am

    Love this! I spent a grand total of 72 hours in Croatia abour 2 years ago, which clearly wasn’t long enough, but was enough to make me fall in love with the country. I’ve been wanting to go back every since. The only one of these that I managed was Plitvice Lakes – though obviously that was a pretty fantastic day! Definitely want to head back and check out the rest of the country. Will definitely try to do your top 10! 🙂

    July 7, 2016 at 7:51 am

    Every time I see something to do with Croatia it makes me want to go even more! What is the best time of year to visit? I imagine it gets pretty hot and touristy June-August.

    Emma /