You’ve been travelling Europe and unfortunately you’ve only left yourself just 1 week to see Croatia. Never fear, our Croatia Travel Specialists are here! We’ll share their ultimate see and do list for those short on time with an appetite for sampling the very best of Croatia.
This ancient walled city is a must see for any Croatia explorer. If you can, we recommend spending a few days in Dubrovnik to see all the sights, enjoy the food and lap up the fantastic atmosphere. During your stay, make sure you make time to walk the Dubrovnik Walls. Boasting incredible views of the Adriatic Sea and Old Town, this is a great way to see the city. Explore the narrow cobblestoned lanes of the Old Town and visit the quaint shops and restaurants that line the streets.
For a breathtaking view of Dubrovnik and the surrounding area, take the cable car up Srd Mountain. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can also hike up. At the top, dine in the Panorama Restaurant whilst enjoying the spectacular views. If you have the time, enjoy a day trip to Korcula or nearby Lokrum Island…
A vibrant city, Split combines the old and the new and is a fantastic base from which to embark on day trips. Beginning as the palace of Roman Emperor, Diocletian, Split boasts an ancient history. Today, much remains of this bygone era. Experience a journey back in time as you explore Diocletian’s Palace, the Cathedral of St Dominus and Peristil Square. There’s no better place to refuel than Pjaca Square. Here, enjoy the atmosphere of the city with a delicious meal or coffee at one of the cafes that line the square.
To escape the bustle of city life, venture up the Marjan Hill. Marjan Park is a great place for walking, cycling and exploring. It is home to cave dwellings, old churches and the Mestrovic Gallery, as well as the Museum of Croatian Archaeological Monuments. Marjan Hill is the perfect place to escape the busy crowds whilst still enjoying the incredible culture of Croatia.
As mentioned earlier, Split is the perfect place from which to depart on day trips. Our Croatia Travel Specialist, Paul, recommends Plitvice Lakes as a must-do during your trip. Spend your day exploring the turquoise lakes and admiring the breathtaking scenery of the surrounding forest. Alternatively, make your way to Trogir to explore the old town and sandy shores. Hvar also makes a great day trip; make sure you visit the Franciscan monastery, St. Stephens Square and of course, make time to soak up the sun on the beach.
Boasting a wealth of history, don’t miss out on a visit to the capital city! If you’re pressed for time, we recommend spending a day or two here. See the iconic St Mark’s Church and the stunning Zagreb Cathedral. Also visit the Stone Gate and Lotrscak Tower–don’t be frightened if you hear a cannon fire, it does this at midday every day! Aside from its beautiful and historic architecture, Zagreb also features many museums and buildings of artistic heritage. During your stay, don’t miss The Art Pavillion and the Mestrovic Gallery, the Museum of Mimara and The Croatian National Theatre.
Croatia is truly a country that has it all– sand, sun, history, incredible architecture and delicious food! Although these are just a few of our favourites, each town, city and island in Croatia has something new to offer and unique to see. Although a week may seem like a short amount of time, you will be surprised at how much you can fit in!