From Dubrovnik, Split, Zadar, and the islands, Croatia is one of Europe’s finest gems, that everyone should visit!

Where is Croatia?

This is a question many people have about this developing country. Croatia is located on the Adriatic coast, bordering Montenegro, Slovenia, Bosnia, and parallel to Italy’s eastern coast.

Croatia is one of my favorite countries to visit. Its breathtaking landscapes are filled with blue waters, incredible waterfalls, evergreen mountains, and beautiful villages. Croatia is a European gem, and is the ultimate destination for any traveler.

Incredible Scenery

In my opinion, Croatia has some of the best scenery in Europe, if not the world. Croatia offers tons of opportunities to see some amazing views. Walk the famous Wall of Dubrovnik to see the bright coral colored rooftops against the turquoise hue of the Adriatic sea. Climb the view point at the Split Cathedral for a great panorama view of the city, or go hiking in Plitvice Lakes National Park to see some of the most beautiful waterfalls you will ever lay your eyes on.

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View of the Wall of Dubrovnik

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Amazing Beaches

Croatia has hundreds of beaches with some of the clearest, cleanest, bluest water you will ever see. Located on the Adriatic Sea, the water is calm, and great for snorkeling, kayaking, and other water sports. Most beaches in Croatia are pebbled, so its best to purchase water-shoes so the stones won’t irritate your feet. Here are the ones I used: Buy Them Here!dubrovnik-croatia-beaches-banja-beachcroatia-beaches-dubrovnikcroatia-beaches

Culture

Without a doubt, Croatia is filled with culture. Make sure to eat at the best restaurants, drink Croatian wine, and chat with the locals. Craftsmanship is very prominent in Croatian culture, and you may stumble upon artisans creating arts and goods with ancient techniques.

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Ancient Croatian jewelry engraving system
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1900’s era Croatian Dress

Islands

There are over 1,000 islands off the coast of Croatia. A popular excursion is “Sail Croatia”, which stops at the most famous islands and coastal cities in Croatia. One of the coolest islands is “Lokrum”, which is a 15 minute boat ride from Dubrovnik’s old city. Lokrum is known as the “cursed island”. For hundreds of years, monks inhabited the island’s monastery. After being forced out by the Croatian government in the late 1700’s, the monks put a curse on the island. Read more about the cursed island of Lokrum here. If you visit this island, make sure to go inside the ancient monastery to learn more about the history.

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Viewpoint on Lokrum Island

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History

Croatia is filled with history that they probably didn’t teach you in school. Visit the museums, and go on city tours to learn more about Croatia’s rich history.

Fun Fact: Did you know the second oldest pharmacy in the world is in Dubrovnik, Croatia.

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The Drubrovnik Pharmacy
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Ancient Royal Kingdom in Split

Natural Parks

Croatia is home to some of Europe’s best national parks. The Plitvice Lakes National Park is probably the most notorious, photogenic park in Croatia. The Plitvice Lakes are filled with incredible waterfalls, and the lakes have some of the clearest, cleanest water you will ever lay your eyes on.

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Waterfalls at Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia

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Game Of Thrones

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Croatia is one of the primary Game of Thrones filming locations. King’s Landing is shot in Dubrovnik, but various scenes have been filmed in Split. Take a Game of Thrones Guided Tour in any of these cities so you don’t miss any of the filming locations! Not a Game of Thrones fan? You’re gonna wanna watch it after visiting these filming locations.

If you’re a hardcore Game of Thrones fan like myself, book a Game of Thrones walking tour here. This is one of the most popular tours on Viator right now, and this one is a MUST.

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The Red Keep from King’s Landing in Game of Thrones
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“Quarth”, shot on the Monastery in Lokrum Island
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Where Khaleesi chained her dragons; Split, Croatia

Day Trip Opportunities

Depending on what region you are visiting in Croatia, there are plenty of day trips available to different countries! The most popular are trips to Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina , and Kotor, Montenegro. There are tons of cheap tour groups that leave daily for these places! If you are staying in Dubrovnik, there is a weekly day trip to Albania.

Check out some of Croatia’s best multi-country tours and Day Trips

 

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Perast, Montenegro. Located on the Bay of Kotor
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Mostar, Bosnia
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Saint James Church in Medjugorje, Bosnia

Convinced? Go pack your bags and have an unforgettable experience in Croatia.

Check out Lonely Planet’s Croatia Travel Guide e-book for more in-depth information about this amazing country. Don’t want to read the entire book? You can purchase individual chapters about specific cities and regions for a lower cost.

*Some of the links above may be affiliated. All opinions are my own.

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45 comments

  1. Oh my goodness, my heart is racing just reading this. You’re getting me too excited, considering I don’t have enough savings just yet!

    I was torn between visiting Turkey next or doing a Croatia-Bosnia trip next. I was set on Turkey, but now, well… you are not helping! 🙂

    Thanks for the post, the photos are beautiful.

      1. Croatia definitely for me. Safer and more class for mine. This report centres on the South but Google Image these hidden treasures. Island of Murter and the Kornati archipelago. Sibenik town and the Krka falls, Rastoke, Rovinj in the North and the beautiful island of Losinj and Krk. Also the Croatian Tuscany region of Istri with gorgeous towns like Groznjan and Motovun

  2. What an amazing place Croatia is! I am a big fan of Game of Thrones, but I did not know where it was shot. Definitely taking that tour when in Croatia. I can’t get over those waterfalls, so unique yet beautiful. Thanks for sharing

  3. Even though I’m not a GoT fan, I’ve always been just FASCINATED by Croatia! The culture, the history, the landscape…everything just seems so exotic and wonderful! Of course a sailing trip around the islands would just be the icing on the cake for me! Your pictures are simply stunning!

  4. Our favorites of Croatia has to be Hvar and Dubrovnik! Going through your pictures really makes us want to go back – and we skipped Plitvice lakes so gotta go back for it!

  5. We’ve only been to Dubrovnik and I’ve wanted to go back ever since the trip! It is a gorgeous country and I cannot wait to visit again. Thanks for all the great ideas, I’m putting them all on my list!

  6. I’ve been telling my friends a couple years that Croatia should be next on our travel list. It is trully amazing! I have to push a bit harder. Your photos are beautiful!

  7. Croatia is just too beautiful. I have never been to Dubrovnik but I have literally dreamed of walking through that walled city (and no, I’m not GOT fan and have never watched the show). I have no idea how it invaded my consciousness so vividly! I also love the idea of sailing the islands and swimming in the lovely beaches. Thanks for the tip to bring water shoes!

  8. Beautiful and stunning place it is. Croatia is perfect for nature lovers and romantic vacationers. I would like to take ‘Sail Croatia’ for hopping between the stunning islands. The national park really looks best of Europe.

  9. Oooh I love Croatia! Visited for the first time a few months ago and I already can’t wait for my next visit. Because I traveled at the end of winter I didn’t get to experience the beaches or Plitvice Lakes — your pictures definitely have me pining for them!

  10. I really love Croatia and have spent a lot of time in Dubrovnik. I would love to spend more time exploring the national parks. Hiking is what I love doing. However I think there is a great mix of things to do in Croatia that you can spend some time hiking and then exploring beaches and the culture there.

  11. I am convinced about Croatia and its wonders but unfortunately my long vacations are in July or August and these are usually very crowded months in the country. I did not know about Qarth – Lokrum Island, I will be happy to add this monastery to my Croatia wish list . .

  12. Croatia has been at the top of my bucket list for years now. There’s just something captivating about it. It seems otherworldly almost. Like it isn’t possible for such an incredibly beautiful place to exist.

  13. Croatia and the entire region is on my list for next spring! Thanks for the great suggestions. Looks truly marvelous.

  14. Kerry, I couldn’t agree more. Croatia is a spectacular country, one that we road-tripped in spring and it was gorgeous. I need to go back and see more. Love your photos.

  15. Croatia is indeed a revelation. The beauty of the place is so pristine and untouched. I am really enamoured by its natural beauty and its quaint and charming towns. Dubrovnik looks like a town that has just emerged from the pages of a fairy tale book.

  16. Mama Mia part 2 sequel starring Meryl Streep is about to be filmed on the gorgeous island of Vis. It will however be portraying a Greek island meaning Greece will get the benefits of Croatia’s beauty. It’s a bit like St Tropes in France, Croatia has so many more beautiful places but because of historical reasons St Tropes has had the long term reputation. Croatia is however crawling up on everyone This is the third big production to be filmed in Croatia in the last 12 months including the next Star Wars movie, Robin Hood and the notorious Game of Thrones

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