Croatia’s second-largest city and a worthy rival to Dubrovnik for the title of Dalmatia’s top cruise destination, Split is much more than just a gateway to the islands. Whether you’re taking a whistle-stop shore excursion or have time to discover all the city has to offer, here are 10 top recommendations to help you see the best of Split.
With its grand, white limestone boulevards and harbor lined with glitzy yachts, at first glance Dubrovnik might not seem like a good choice for budget travelers, but there are still plenty of ways to stretch out your money. From organizing a DIY city tour, to admiring Dubrovnik’s best ocean views, here are some ideas for free things to do in Dubrovnik.
Croatia’s capital and cultural center boasts the country’s highest concentration of museums, and whether you’re looking to discover Croatian art or pore over ancient finds, there’s truly something for everyone. Many of the city’s museums are clustered together either in the Upper Town or in the Lower Town around Zrinjevac park, making it easy to spend a day visiting Zagreb’s museums, but with so many to choose from, it can be hard to know where to start.
As the weather heats up and Croatia’s festival season gets underway, most visitors make a beeline for the Dalmatian islands, but with a host of cultural events held in Dubrovnik throughout the summer months, there are plenty of good reasons to stay in the city. Held annually throughout July and August, the Dubrovnik Summer Festival is Croatia’s oldest and largest cultural festival, hosting a series of classical, jazz and folk music concerts, theatric performances, film screenings, exhibitions, operas and ballets in some of the city’s most historic venues.
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.