Zagreb might be landlocked, but it’s also one of Croatia’s greenest cities, with a ring of parks and gardens circling the Lower Town and a number of scenic lakes surrounding the city. Whether you’re looking for a picnic spot downtown or a tranquil escape from the city, these are Zagreb’s best parks and lakes.
From jaw-dropping natural landscapes to grand Roman palaces and impressive early-Christian monuments, Croatia’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites include some of the country’s most popular tourist attractions, as well as intriguing off-the-beaten-track sights. There are seven sites to explore total (plus several others waiting on the tentative list), so make sure to add at least one or two to your itinerary.
Croatia’s second-largest city is an ideal destination for a family holiday, with easy access to the beaches and islands of the Dalmatian coast, and plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities. To help you plan a family-friendly itinerary, here are some ideas for things to do in Split with kids.
With its scenic waterfront promenades and a network of mountain trails on its doorstep, biking in Split is a popular way to get around and whether you escape the city for the hills or take a cycling tour of the sights, there are ample opportunities for biking enthusiasts.
The Croatian capital is relatively easy to navigate, with the top attractions split between the Gornji Grad (Upper Town) and Donji Grad (Lower Town), but to help you make the most of your time, here are some tips for getting around in Zagreb.
Croatia’s summer music festivals and all-night beach parties are legendary, but there’s still plenty going off in Split throughout spring, kicking off with the city’s colorful carnival celebrations. Held in the days leading up to lent, carnival in Split includes an array of masked balls, costumed parades and waterfront firework displays, alongside plenty of free entertainment and all-night street parties hosting live music, dancing and historic reenactments.
Exploring the islands along the Dalmatian Coast is an undeniable highlight of visiting Croatia, especially during the summer months, and for those based in Dubrovnik, the Elafiti islands offer welcome respite from the city, blanketed with lush forests and vast, sandy beaches. Just an hour by boat from the city, cruising the Elafiti Islands from Dubrovnik makes a good choice for a day trip, either as part of a guided cruise or by catching one of the regular passenger ferries, and despite their small size, there are still plenty of opportunities to get off-the-beaten-track.
Whether you’re looking to pick up some traditional souvenirs or sample regional delicacies at the local market, shopping in Dubrovnik is never boring and there are plenty of unique finds to seek out in the city.
The largest city along the Adriatic coast is a popular launch pad for Dalmatian island cruises and inter-island ferries, but you don’t have to take to the seas to get around in Split. Here are a few tips.
1. On foot
Much of Split’s walled center is pedestrianized, making walking and cycling tours the perfect way to explore. Stroll the pedestrian promenade along the harbor to Split’s famous Diocletian Palace, then follow the remains of the 13th century medieval city walls to attractions like the St Domnius Cathedral and the Gregorius of Nin Statue. Alternatively, renting a bike is a popular way to get around with great views available from the cycling trails up nearby Marjan Hill and on the islands.
Celebrating carnival in Dubrovnik is a tradition dating back to as early as the 14th century and the vibrant parades, street parties and masked balls make it one of the liveliest events of the year. Croatia’s biggest carnival events are held in Rijeka, but the Dubrovnik Carnival Fest is a close second, with festivities kicking off after the Feast of St. Blaise and running until Ash Wednesday.