There are two ways to make the most out of your travel through Croatia. First one is to rent a car once you land on one of the major Croatian airports such as Zagreb, Split, Zadar or Dubrovnik (we recommend using Skyscanner and arranging a pick up service straight at the airport) or to use a railway system and ride a train.
Presuming you have landed in Zagreb and you have rented a car and are heading toward the dalmatian south here are our TOP SITES and places to visit.
Croatia’s capital is great to explore by foot or by its tram web, to visit numerous galleries, go out clubbing, sip coffee in Tkalčićeva or (window)shopping. Lots of history and culture. Things not to miss: Dolac market, events in Zagreb, Mirogoj cemetery, galleries and museums, St. Mark’s Church, Cathedral and Upper Town, Museum of Broken Relationships, Funicular railway. Just to name a few things and sites.
From Zagreb you follow E 71 road until you see Otočac D 52 road where you make a turn and drive to Vrhovine. It is also possible to take a train from Zagreb to Vrhovine several times a day. Check the timetable here. We recommend you to make Vrhovine and Dragan’s Den Hostel your base for exploring the nature wonder and world heritage site Plitvice Lakes. In case you are without car or company, Dragan’s Den Hostel organizes transfers to Plitvice Lakes and back, with an option of booking a guide and buying a ticket to the lakes which will shorten your wait at the gates to the national park significantly. Other activities once at Dragan’s Den at Plitvice Lakes: disc golf, climbing, cycling, motorcross, paragliding.. Things to do&see with Dragan’s Den at Plitvice Lakes.
Our favorite Mediterranean port and town, bustling with life, home to Ultra Europe Festival. The Diocletian palace, UNESCO protected site, is amazing to explore by foot and famed Riva a place where you can sit soaking up the dalmatian sun, sipping coffee at a leisurely pace during the day. Visit nearby Bačvice beach and watch a game of picigin thrown around by local men. Food in Split is reasonably priced and generally very good and tasty. For lunch try Fifa, and for dinner, especially if you do not mind splurging a bit Restaurant Re Di Mare. Bakeries in Split are also great. Try traditional soparnik, famous specialty, a savory pie with a filling of Swiss chard.
Life is concentrated on the Riva and in bars within the walls of the Diocletian’s palace until 2 AM when the partying flock migrates to the nearby Bačvice beach and its numerous bars. Backpackers spot on Bačvice is Charlie bar.
Split is close and well connected to other sites you may want to visit such as Cetina river canyon rafting, Trogir, Krka waterfalls, Salona and Klis.. Just take it easy as the Dalmatians themselves. AS far as the accommodation is concerned try Goli&Bosi Design Hostel and Split Hostel.
After Split, time to do some island hopping and visit some of Croatia’s most interesting islands.
Known as the jet setting&partying island, but also as the island of lavander, Hvar is an hour of a ride with catamaran or ferry. Check Jadrolinija.hr for timetables. As Hvar profilated as the partying island, two most famed partying spots are Carpe Diem and Hoola Hoola Beach Bar. Those who are interested in nature and beaches will also not fall short of spots such as Pakleni islands reached by regular water taxi from Hvar waterfront or beaches such as Dubovica, Lucisca or sandy beach Grebisce. Foodie spots: Konoba Manego, Fig Caffe Bar and cheap eats at Dalmatino&Mamato. Book accommodation at Green Lizzard Hostel.
The rumors with some scientific backup have it that world’s most famed and somewhat notorious traveler Marco Polo was born here. Island named by Greeks after a beautiful nymph Korkyra is as mysterious as Marco Polo’s travels and beloved by many tourists and guests who keep returning many times after the first, initial visit The island is reached by ferry or catamaran from Split or Hvar or by a ferry from Pelješac peninsula (beautiful 15 minutes long ride). Make Korcula and Dragan’s Den your base for at least 4 or 5 days where you will reserve time just for yourself to chill&explore the island and nearby spots such as National park Mljet, enjoy emerald jewels in form of numerous secluded bays and sandy beaches such as Pržina bay and Bilin Žal. Food wise, Korčula’s main promenade around the Old Town is filled with top class restaurants competing who will make the next best dish. If in search for outstanding Mediterranean cuisine on your Dalmatian route, then Korčula definitely ranks very high! And do not be fooled. Korčula has its big partying moments too! Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday’s are all about partying in Korcula in venues such as Boogie Jungle Club and Dos Locos as well as in other numerous bars with live music programs. Things to do&See in Korcula
Sugar comes at the end. Dubrovnik, the pearl of the Adriatic. King’s Landing. One of a kind. Apart from exploring the Old Town, you may want to visit Elafiti islands in the vicinity, Lokrum island, Mlini in Župa Dubrovačka and have a lunch or dinner at Spaghetteria Toni Dubrovnik, Bistro Kamenice Dubrovnik, Nishta Restaurant or Taj Mahal restaurant.
Check and download this small guide on Dubrovnik and his monuments and be free to get in touch with questions you might have regarding your holiday and travels around Croatia.
Have a good one!