Croatia’s tourist-centered beach bars might be pumping with chart music and European dance beats, but those looking for something a little more authentic will find Croatia has a rich culture of folk music waiting to be discovered.
Christmas in Croatia isn’t a carbon copy of the western Christmas everyone knows and while there are still plenty of similarities (yes, Santa still puts in the odd appearance!), traditions surrounding Christmas in Croatia come with a twist.
Think of Croatia and you likely imagine lounging on a sandy beach or cruising around the Dalmatian Islands, but the summer holidays aren’t the only time to travel in Eastern Europe. Although many coastal resorts and tourist facilities shut down outside of the main season, visiting Croatia in winter is still a possibility and travelers will benefit from cheaper hotels and fewer crowds.
Think of Croatia and you probably think of lounging on white sand beaches and strolling around sun-soaked vineyards, but the Dalmatian coastal resort of Split is also an ideal spot for an adventure holiday and there are plenty of ways to get your adrenaline flowing.
Far from the idyllic beaches of the Dalmatian coast, the landlocked Croatian capital is all-too-often overlooked by sunseekers, but laid-back Zagreb is worth at least a day on your itinerary. Best of all, exploring the historic city doesn’t have to cost a thing, as there are plenty of free things to do in Zagreb. Here are a few ideas.
As the second largest city in Croatia and one of the most important ports on the Adriatic Sea, Split receives a steady stream of cruise visitors throughout the summer season, as well as making a popular starting point for island hopping cruises along the Dalmatian coast. Whatever your itinerary, if you’re exploring Croatia by cruise ship, you’ll surely find yourself docking in Split for at least a day and there are plenty of sights to cram into your visit.
The Croatian capital all too often gets pushed to the bottom of traveler’s to-do lists, but after cruising around the Dalmatian islands or exploring the coastal cities of Split and Dubrovnik, make sure to head inland and discover the north of Croatia on one of these day trips from Zagreb.
From Bram Stoker’s Dracula to the recent Twilight saga, vampires have been entertaining the masses for decades and their recent comeback has seen a surge of interest in the mythical bloodsuckers. But while modern vampire fanatics might have Transylvania or Fort Washington at the top of their itineraries, the original home of the vampires is a much sunnier climate.
Set amidst miles of sandy coastline and surrounded by many of Croatia’s most idyllic islands, it’s almost impossible to escape the water in Dubrovnik and there are plenty of water activities on offer. Boat cruises and island hopping along the Dalmatian coast are popular pastimes among tourists, but one of the most unique ways to get around the sights is by kayak.
From Johnny Depp’s swashbuckling Jack Sparrow, to the more ominous Somalian buccaneers who still sail the high seas, the legends of rum-swigging, sword swiping pirates never fail to capture attention. Croatia has seen its fair share of pirate activity throughout history, but it’s the Dalmatian town of Omis, tucked between Split and Makarska, that was the country’s pirate capital during the 13th century. Perched at the mouth of the Cetina River and sheltered by a stretch of coastal islands, the town made good use of its strategic location, with its notorious corsairs renowned for their swift and fearless attack and retreat tactics.