Framed by the wooded sea cliffs of the Marjan peninsula and the looming peaks of the Kozjak and Mosor mountains, and fronted by a vast archipelago of islands and glistening ocean, few holiday destinations offer as much variety as Split. With such idyllic surroundings it’s no surprise that summer activities in Split are all about exploring the outdoors and whether you want to cool off along the coast or get your adrenaline pumping on a mountain adventure, there are endless options for things to do. Here are some ideas.
With hundreds of elegant coffeehouses and cozy cafes dotted around the city, there are plenty of excuses to take a break from sightseeing in Zagreb, but the most fashionable time to meet for coffee is for ‘Spica’ on a Saturday morning. As important to capital dwellers as afternoon tea is to the English or Fika is to the Swedish, the Zagreb tradition of Spica is a weekly social gathering held on Saturday mornings between 10am and 2pm, when seemingly the entire city descends on the Petar Preradovic square (also known as Cvjetni trg or Flower Square) to sip coffee, tuck into pastries and catch up on the week’s gossip.
Despite its wealth of historic sites, deserted beaches and unspoiled National Parks, the majority of visitors to Croatia focus their attentions on the sun-soaked Dalmatian coast and hotspots like Split, Dubrovnik, Hvar island and Brac Island are bursting at the seams with tourists almost all year round. Of course, the top sights are popular for a reason, but if you’re seeking an adventure (or just looking to escape the crowds), why not mix-up up your itinerary by adding some of Croatia’s best off the beaten track sights? From truffle hunting in Istria to exploring the Pelješac wine country or sailing away to a little-visited island retreat, here are some ideas for unique places to go in Croatia.
With world-class DJs taking the stage and a sun-soaked backdrop to rival Ibiza, Croatia’s festivals have been demanding the spotlight in recent years and there will be dozens of events taking place all around the country this summer. Whether you choose to discover the country’s traditional folk music or grab a glow stick and join the party at a dance mega-festival; here’s the lowdown on Croatia’s best summer festivals.
From ancient Greek and Roman ruins to towering medieval sea forts, Croatia’s idyllic coastline hides a wealth of historic monuments and fascinating archeological sites, with many of its modern cities built around impressive medieval fortifications. From the iconic city walls of Dubrovnik to the evocatively nicknamed ‘European Wall of China’, here are 7 of the most beautiful walled towns of Croatia.
Much more than its package tourism reputation allows, Croatia is the kind of country that checks all the boxes – a wealth of natural attractions, cities steeped in history, world-class food and wine, and miles and miles of sun-soaked beaches. Whether you’re island hopping by luxury yacht, spending a week touring Croatia’s top sights or seeking out an off-the-beaten-track adventure, challenge yourself to tick off as many of these 40 unforgettable experiences to have in Croatia as possible.
With its unique blend of eastern and western cultures, Croatia’s cultural heritage is as rich as it is varied, and the country has a long tradition of folk festivals and celebrations. The largest and most famous is the Zagreb International Folk Festival, which is held in the capital each summer and brings together folklore groups from all over Croatia, Europe and the rest of the world.
With its idyllic setting on the Neretva River, framed by the arches of the iconic Stari Most and a rugged chain of mountain peaks, Mostar is undeniably picturesque and the UNESCO-listed town is one of the most visited attractions of Bosnia and Herzegovina. A short journey from the Croatian border, visiting Mostar from Dubrovnik makes a popular choice for a day trip.
With its marble-paved streets, grandiose palace and backdrop of looming mountains, Split is an enchanting proposition and the port city has long been a favored destination of cruise visitors and European holidaymakers. Whether you’re visiting Split by cruise ship, stopping off on route to the Dalmatian coast islands or exploring on a day trip from Dubrovnik, there’s plenty to see and do with one day in Split.