With a history of wine production dating back to the 5th century BC and vineyards dotted all around the country, exploring Croatia’s wine regions makes a popular choice for a day trip and there are plenty of options for wine tasting around Dubrovnik.
As the summer haze begins to lift and the trees start to shed their leaves, autumn in Zagreb is alluring, and it’s not only a beautiful time for sightseeingbut the capital’s main cultural season. Start with admiring the fall foliage along Zagreb’s greenbelt, Lenuci’s Horseshoe in the Lower Town; strolling the scenic Strossmayer promenade; or venturing out to Maksimir Park or Jarun Lake to make the most of the final sunny days.
Croatia’s little-visited northwestern coast is a bewitching patchwork of lush hills, cobblestone villages and rocky beaches, surrounded by hundreds of islands, and it’s a haven for travelers looking to escape the busy Dalmatian resorts. Whether you want to cruise the islands, hunt for truffles or take a cycling tour, here are some ideas for fun things to do in Istria.
When I was a child, I would envision magical medieval cities as my mother read nighttime stories to me. Walking on top of Dubrovnik’s Ancient City Walls was like stepping back into that enchanted past, and was beyond a doubt the highlight of my visit to that history-filled medieval walled city.
The reigning “Pearl of the Adriatic” and among Croatia’s top summer destinations, Dubrovnik is one of Eastern Europe’s most captivating cities, with a huge variety of things to see and do. From exploring the medieval city to cruising along the coast or wine tasting in the Konavle Valley, here are 10 of the best tours from Dubrovnik.
It might be smaller and less famous than the northern Plitvice Lakes National Park, but Krka National Park is equally awe-inspiring with its dramatic waterfalls, travertine cliffs and dense woodlands making up some striking landscapes. At just 117 kilometers away, visiting Krka National Park from Split makes a popular choice for a day tour, and the lack of crowds makes it all the more special.
With luxury yachts cruising its shores, all-night beach parties and a steady influx of celebrity sunseekers (Prince Harry and Beyonce have both holidayed there), Hvar Island has earned itself a reputation as one of Croatia’s most fashionable destinations, transforming into a hedonist paradise during the summer months. Spending summer on Hvar Island isn’t cheap, nor will you get much sleep, but if you’re after balmy weather, beachside cocktails and non-stop entertainment, this is the place to be.
Just 25 kilometers from the city and renowned for its rich cultural heritage, Samobor is a popular day trip from Zagreb, offering an authentic taste of traditional Croatian culture. The best time to visit is during the annual Fašnik carnival in the run-up to Lent, when the legendary celebrations include a vibrant parade of masked marchers and elaborate floats, the ritualistic burning of the Carnival Prince effigy, huge street parties and plenty of children’s entertainment (including a Harry Potter-inspired Quidditch competition!).
In the safe hands of tour guide Josef, I took the day trip from Dubrovnik in Croatia, across the Bosnian border to the country’s fifth largest city Mostar. I barely noticed the two-and-a-bit hours on the coach, distracted by views of tree-topped mountains, the picturesque Elefit Islands and of course, the turquoise waters of the Adriatic.
As Croatia’s second largest city and one of its most popular coastal resorts, there’s plenty of choice in terms of what to eat and drink in Split, and a large variety of international cuisine on offer, from Italian-style pizza and pasta to Greek salads and Turkish mezes. The historic city is also a good spot to try some typical Croatian cuisine — look out for pašticada, a traditional Dalmatian dish of stewed beef; blitva, a hearty potato and chard dish slathered in olive oil and garlic; and palacinke, Croatian-style crepes; as well as fusion dishes like risotto with local truffles and inventive Mediterranean-style mezes.