Things to Do in Croatia

Activities to Do in Croatia 

Explore the Museum of Broken Relationships, Walk through British Square, Explore Upper Town, Take a Walk through Zagreb’s streets and more.

Be it relaxing at the pristine beaches or exploring numerous UNESCO world heritage sites, there are many interesting things to do in Croatia. Whether you are in Dubrovnik, Split or Zagreb for that matter, every destination is more rewarding than the other. Take the old town of Dubrovnik for instance, which has a rich cultural history and is dotted with many historical landmarks. Then there’s the quaint little city of Split which is bound to take you to the glorious Roman times with its ancient ruins. It is the second largest city in Croatia and is home to many iconic tourist places like the grand palace of Diocletian.

For someone looking forward to spending some isolated time in the lap of mother nature, Medvednica would be the perfect fit. It is a small mountain, 30 minutes away from the main city centre of Zagreb. To quench your adrenaline fix, one can also go for scenic hikes in any of the 8 national parks that Croatia boasts of. Speaking of national parks, the Plitvice National park is a must-visit! And for the ones who don’t like crowded places, Sibenik is an absolute safe haven.
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Diocletians Palace
Not a museum or a palace, Diocletian's Palace is the living heart of the city of Split. Set on the harbourside, this gorgeous complex is an age-old Roman structure, with its winding streets filled with colorful shops, elegant restaurants, dazzling bars, and cheerful people.

Measuring 215 meters in length and 180 meters in breadth, Diocletian's Palace was constructed to serve multiple purposes. Constructed back in the 4th century, it was supposed to be a military fortification, a fortified town, and a royal residence. Over the years, a lot of elements have been added to the original building, which have made Diocletian's Palace even more alluring.

Location: Peristil bb, 21000, Split, Croatia
Saint Domnius Cathedral
Counted among the most well-preserved Roman buildings, Saint Domnius Cathedral happens to be an ever-charming octagonal cathedral in Split. This structure was constructed to serve as the tomb of Diocletian, who was buried here back in 311 AD. However, the sarcophagus of the emperor was destroyed in the 5th century and his mausoleum was converted into a cathedral.

An original arcade of 24 columns surrounds the exterior of this cathedral. One of the new additions made to the building was the stunning Romanesque bell tower, which was built between the 13th and 16th centuries. This tower collapsed in the later period and was constructed again in 1908.

Location: Ul. Kraj Svetog Duje 3, 21000, Split, Croatia
Plitvice Lakes National Park
Counted among the most famous tourist attractions in Croatia, Plitvice Lakes National Park is declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Packed by lush green landscapes, cascading waterfalls, and emerald lakes, this breathtaking national park is one of the most recommended places to visit in Croatia for nature lovers.

Home to umpteen varieties of wildlife, this national park offers you the opportunity to spot a number of fascinating animals, including brown bears and wolves and more than 150 species of exotic and indegenous birds. The park also offers a plethora of amazing hiking trails, which offers adventure enthusiasts excellent trekking opportunities. There are also beautiful wooden footbridges in the park, which remain surrounded by clouds of colourful butterflies and offer excellent photoshoot opportunities.
Mestrovic Gallery
One of the most famous public places of the city of Split, Riva is a picturesque promenade. Dating back to two centuries, this promenade has been expanded in its width and modified multiple times. Dotted with elegant restaurants and cozy cafes, Riva, at present, is a paradise for the pedestrians.

It also serves as a nice place for the locals and tourists to enjoy morning coffee, evening strolls, and hangouts with loved ones over good food. The happening promenade of Riva also makes for the venue for most of the colourful and lively entertainment and cultural events and carnivals held in Split. One can also meet the famous sports personalities of Split at Riva, including Jugoplastika basketball players and Hajduk club football players.
Old Town Walls
The Old Town Walls are not only one of the iconic attractions of Dubrovnik, but are also the reason why the city is referred to as the “Pearl of the Adriatic”. Dubrovnik is entirely encompassed by the strong 6363 feet long and 83 feet high defensive walls. These walls were built in the ancient times with the aim of safeguarding the Dubrovnik Republic against foreign invasions.

A total of two corner towers, two round towers, five bastions, twelve quadrilateral forts have been developed to protect the Old Town Walls. On the northern side there is the Tower Minčeta, on the eastern side there is the Revelin Fortress, on the western side there is the Bokar Fortress, and on the southwestern side there is the Fortress of Saint John. Its well-preserved Old Town Walls have helped Dubrovnik to be declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979.
Considered to be one of the most naturally scenic places to visit in Croatia, Lokrum offers a nice day out to couples and families, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. This lush, forested island in Dubrovnik is packed with olive trees, pine trees, oaks, holm, black ash.

Lying at a small approximate distance of 10 minutes from the Old Harbour of Dubrovnik, this island can be easily and conveniently reached by a ferry ride. One of the best escapes during summers, Lokrum is an excellent swimming spot. Some of the popular attractions that you can spot on Lokrum Island, include the huge medieval Benedictine monastery, the circular Fort Royal, the nudist beach, and a saltwater lake called the Dead Sea.
The primary street of the Old City of Dubrovnik, Stradun runs from the Old Town’s port to the Pile Gate and divides the town into two parts - South and North. Totally pedestrianised and closed for traffic for over 50 years, this flamboyant street serves as a local promenade, at the present day.

The street is lined by colourful shops, dazzling restaurants, and charming cafes. Most of the streets of the Old City of Dubrovnik originate from Stradun. Taking a leisurely stroll through Stradun and watching the crowd pass by, will let you get an insight into the culture and lifestyle of the city. When you get tired, you can sit in one of the cafes here and relish some local food.
Rectors Palace
Constructed back in the 15th century, Rector's Palace was built originally for the rector, who was elected to govern the city of Dubrovnik. Flaunting a Gothic-Renaissance style architectural design, this magnificent palace features the private chambers and the office of the rector. The palace is also home to a dungeon, administrative offices, and public halls, all preserved beautifully.

At present, the entire palace has been transformed into a museum, featuring artful rooms, coins, arms, and portraits, all of which offer an insight of the rich history of the city. Despite being renovated multiple times, the palace still retains its charm and compositional unity. The exterior columns of the palace flaunt intricately carved capitals, which the atrium features an ornate staircase.

Location: Ul. Pred Dvorom 3, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Lovrijenac is a stunning fortification, perched on a 37 meters tall rock outcrop, overlooking the vast sea. Lying on the western part of Dubrovnik, the magnificent Lovrijenac served as a defence fortress against sea and land invasions. This fortress was guarded by a commander and a total of 25 man garrison, when it was in operation.

Believed to have been constructed between 1018 or 1038, the fortress has gone through multiple renovations, a majority of which were made between the 15th and 16th century. The Lovrijenac Fortress features 3 terraces and a huge quadrilateral court. The walls of the fortress that face the sea are 40 feet thick, while the walls that face the city are 2 feet thick.

Location: Ul. od Tabakarije 29, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Revelin Fortress
Dating back to the 16th century, the Revelin Fortress is situated right outside the walls of the Old Town and is a part of the Ploče Gate. This robust fortification was established with the aim to safeguard the eastern part of the town.

A number of visitors from the Ottoman Empire and the Middle-east entered the city through this fortress in the times gone by. Featuring a huge terrace and three entrances, the Revlin Fortress offers breathtaking panoramic views of Lokrum and the old harbour.

Location: Tvrđava Revelin, Vrata of Ploca, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Tvrdava Minceta
Tvrđava Minčeta is one of the iconic landmarks and most powerful defense towers of the city of Dubrovnik. Also known popularly as the “Minčeta Tower”, this tower has been named after the reputed Mencetic family, the erstwhile owner of the land on which the structure stands.

The magnificent 4-sided tower was constructed by a local architect Nicifor Ranjina, back in 1319. The walls of the Minčeta Tower are 6 meters thick, which helped safeguard Dubrovnik from land invasions. The topmost part of the tower offers breathtaking panoramic views of the city’s old town.

Location: Ul. Ispod Minčete 9, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Museum Of Broken Relationships
Considered to be a friend for the loners, the world-famous Museum of Broken Relationships in the city of Zagreb is one of the quirkiest places to visit in Croatia. Locally known as “Muzej prekinutih veza”, this is a funny museum, where you will witness an interesting collection of personal artifacts and objects donated by old lovers from across the globe.

The exhibits have been showcased in white-hued rooms, with each item carrying a detailed description about the particular failed relationship and heartbreak it is signifying. There is also a unique gift shop adjacent to this museum, from where you can buy some quirky souvenirs that will remind you of your visit to this peculiar but fascinating museum.

Location: Ćirilometodska ul. 2, 10000, Zagreb, Croatia
St. Mark's Church Croatia
Dating back to the 13th century, St. Mark's Church is one of the iconic spiritual places to visit in Croatia. This magnificent church is known for its unique and impressive architectural design, with its gothic portal and multi-coloured tiled roof.

The gateway of the church is adorned with a total of 15 fascinating sculptures placed in 11 different niches. One of the prime attractions of St. Mark's Church is the iconic Guard Changing Ceremony, which is held in front of the entrance of the church between the months of April and October, on every weekend at noon.

Location: Trg Sv. Marka 5, 10000, Zagreb, Croatia
Cathedral Of Zagreb
Originally known as the “Cathedral of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary'', the Cathedral of Zagreb is one of the prime landmarks of the city. Constructed in the 13th century, the cathedral is a magnificent monumental building that has been built on the same place, where a previous building demolished by the Tartars once rested.

This wonderful masterpiece has survived many reconstruction processes and earthquakes. The neo gothic monument of Zagreb Cathedral features a stunning bell tower and a dome, which were destroyed by the 1880 earthquake, but were later restored. The treasury of the cathedral features a myriad of impressive works of sacred objects, spiritual arts, and garments.

Location: 10000, Zagreb, Croatia
Ban Josip Jelacic Square
The Austro-Hungarian styled Ban Josip Jelačić Square is one of the best places to visit in Croatia with your loved ones for an enjoyable day out. This flamboyant square is packed with quaint cafes and lively shops to let the visitors spend their time shopping and dining.

Ban Josip Jelačić Square is named after the brilliant sculpture of Count Jelačić that rests here. This magnificent sculpture was destroyed in 1947 as many of the leaders of the country felt it to be representing too much nationalism. However, in 1990, the sculpture was restored and brought back to its original position.

Location: Trg bana Josipa Jelačića, 10000, Zagreb Croatia
Mesnica Neno
Established back in April 2014, Mesnica NENO is a famous meat supply business in the city of Zagreb. Considered one of the best places in Croatia for beef, pork, and lamb, Mesnica NENO delivers superior quality meat as well as meat products to its customers.

The meat offered by them are purely of Croatian origin, with the animals grown and nurtured on the farms and pastures of Croatia. While you are in Croatia, you can visit Mesnica NENO or order a delivery of their specialized meat from their website.

Location: Dolac 9, 10000, Zagreb, Croatia
Lotrscak Tower
Dating back to the 13th century, Lotrščak Tower was constructed in the city of Zagreb with the purpose of safeguarding the southern city gate. The topmost part of this tower is known to offer breathtaking 360 degrees panoramic views of the entire city.

A cannon is fired from the Lotrščak Tower daily at noon in the memory of that one day in the past when a shot from this tower soar across the Sava river and had a fall in the encampment of the Turks, who then decided against attacking the city. The Lotrščak Tower also features an art shop and an intriguing gallery, which attract art enthusiasts.

Location: Tomićeva ul. 9, 10000, Zagreb, Croatia
Home to a total of 3,750 artworks donated by Ante Topić Mimara, the world-famous Mimara Museum is one of the largest private art collections in the universe. This extensive collection of brilliant art includes umpteen varieties of impressive work, such as ancient pottery, Chinese jade, and French Impressionists.

The Mimara Museum exhibits artworks by legendary artists, including Van Dyck, Titian, El Greco, Goya, Rubens, Raphael, Velazquez, Botticelli, and Renoir. Spanning over 3 millennia of rich history, these artworks belong to various civilizations and cultures. Some of the popular collections of the Mimara Museum include Flemish, Dutch, Italian, German, Swiss, Austrian, & English paintings, ceramics and porcelain collection, Ivory collection, Textiles and carpets collection, Furniture collection, & The Far Eastern collection.

Location: Rooseveltov trg 5, 10000, Zagreb, Croatia

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What are the best things to do in the Croatia?

1. Explore the Museum of Broken Relationships: One of the fascinating things to do in Croatia is to explore the Museum of Broken Relationships! Yes, there is a museum of stories of love and heartache from around the world.This innovative museum puts heartache on display. You will witness things like the lastcheckbook with both partners’ names, a letter from first loves separating ways in Sarajevo on the edge of the war, and many more such things.

Location: ?irilometodska ul. 2, 10000, Zagreb, Croatia
Price: 40 HRK for adults and students with ID and 30 HRK for people with disabilities, seniors pay.

2. Walk through British Square: British or Britanac Square is a great place to visit on your trip to Croatia. Each Sunday, vendors gather and display their treasures and products under the red umbrellas. Tourists can encounter everything from old records and cameras to paintings and even antique furniture at the market. Explore the stalls, seek a unique souvenir, or take a seat at one of the cafes encircling the square and watch the locals and sellers barter. It really is fun to just observe!

Location: Britanski trg 10000, Zagreb Croatia

3. Day trip at National Park Plitvice Lake: If you are looking for a place to spend time in peace, then visiting Plitvice Lake National park should turn out to be one of the best things to do in Croatia. The national park set up in 1949 is located in the lopsided karst zone of central Croatia, at the periphery of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Being home to 16 lakes, the park offers ample of opportunities to discover the flora and fauna of the region, take a dip in the natural water bodies or simple sdhower under the cascading waterfalls here. Moreover, given its topography, the national park also attracts hikers and outdoor enthusiasts from across the world. So if you are a trekking enthusiast, you are sure to love spending a day here!

Location: Located roughly between Zagreb and Zadar on the coast.
Price: The ticket price varies from 80 HRK to 300 HRK depending on your visiting month.

4. Explore Upper Town: Upper Town is located on the alleviated hilltop. You can experience the city’s panoramic views and go exploring the historical lanes and alleys. Here, witnessing the noble landmarks like Zagreb Cathedral and St. Mark’s Church is regarded as one of the best things to do in Croatia.

The place is a merger of the Kaptol and Gradec districts. St. Mark’s Church’s colorful tiled roof and the ornate Baroque interior of St. Catherine’s Church are marvels of the past. Moreover, don’t miss out on listening to the boom of cannon fire from the 13th-century Lotrš?ak Tower!

Location: Upper Town 10000, Zagreb, Croatia

5. Cycle at the Lake Jarun: Jarun Lake is a perfect place in a large city to go running, cycle, and stop to have a coffee. Around the lake there is an excellent road, the length of which is about 7 km. This is a beautiful place to relax with a few cocktails and some friends. The best activities to do in Croatia include paddle, cruise, surf, swim, run, bicycle, roller skate, and skateboard around the lake. Swimming in the clean waters of the lake is a great idea as there is a life safeguard present at all times.

Location: Jarun’s Lake, Croati

6. Wakeboarding at Jarun Lake: One of the exciting activities to do in Croatia is to go wakeboarding in Jarun lake. Wakeboarding is one of the many sports one can enjoy at Jarun Lake. The place is near the city center, and you will love it from the first scene. If you are a water baby, come here for a day time picnic, and you are sure to not not regret it. If wakeboarding sounds fascinating to you, you would be glad to know that one can also get professional training here. There are several local agencies that conduct regular training.

Location: Aleja Matije Ljubeka Bb, Zagreb Croatia

7. Enjoy 360 Degree Views of Zagreb’s Main Square: Zagreb’s Main Square is the central square of the city. Fun activities to do in Croatia includes a visit to this main square which is full of multi-storied buildings and screens with the latest advertisements continuously displayed. You can enjoy the 360 degree view of the fantastic lightning around the buildings. The Zagreb Eye offers a 360 degree observation deck with views over the city. This place is perfect if you want to spend some quality time over drinks and enjoy the city’s panoramic views.

Location: Ilica 1a, Zagreb 10000, Croatia

8. Visit Zagreb Cemetery: The Mirogoj Cemetery is a burial ground park that is seen as among the more indispensable places of interest in Zagreb. The graveyard buries people from every strict social occasion: Catholic, Orthodox, Muslim, Jewish, Protestant, Latter Day Saints; doubtful graves would all have the option to be found.

This counts for one of the weird but interesting activities to do in Croatia. The historic cemetery known for its architecture, like green oxidized doms, pastel-colored inner designs is magnificent. The extensive grounds of Mirogoj provide a peaceful escape from the city center.

Location: Mirogoj 10, Zagreb, Croatia

9. Hangout at Cinema Kino Europa: If the idea of hanging out at the oldest and still functional cinema hall sounds fun to you, don’t forget adding a visit to Kino Europa to your activities to do in Croatia list. Almost 100 years old, a visit to this cinema mall makes for a unique, well deserving experience in Croatia. Expect a vintage styled bar here, lively ambiance and an excellent opportunity to try some local rakija - brandy or wine. This place is certainly a favourite amongst the locals and allows tourists to indulge in the lifestyle of people of Croatia.

Location: Varšavska ul. 3, 10000, Zagreb, Croatia

10. Take a Walk through Zagreb’s streets: If the question of what to do in Croatia is on your mind, we say go discover Zagreb’s streets. This is where tourists get the opportunity to explore for themselves local attractions, and closely observe the local culture and entertainment lifestyle. Here, you can also go exploring the street arts that make the city alive. The most fantastic part of strolling through these streets is that you can discover some excellent eating places and interact with locals to find hidden gems around. Wander like a locale and experience the real vibe of the city!

Location: Zagreb, Croatia

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What are the best adventurous things to do in Croatia?

1. Zip-lining in Omis - In Omis, you have the chance to expand the degree of rush much more and go zip-lining. Balancing 150 meters over the gully off a steel wire and arriving at an acceleration to 65 kilometers each hour should be a definitive kick. The unique view on the Canyon of Cetina River, combined with the enthusiasm of flying through the air for an aggregate of 2,100 meters is an experience you don’t want to miss!

2. Paragliding at hills of Zagorje - While you are in Croatia’s capital, you should jump on an inflatable and understand Zagreb from an improved perspective. Float over the flawless landscape and appreciate the picture or enjoy a reprieve from the busy city life and fly over the slopes of Zagorje. Time your ride for the sun ascending in the first part of the day or sunset in the evening. This glorious view merits a look

3. Kayaking at Mreznica River - Mreznica River is ideal for a bold kayaking experience and gives you the perfect equilibrium of busy work and wonderful nature. Mreznica is one of Croatia’ s most enchanting waterways and home to numerous uncommon plants and creatures. Clearwater and various travertine cascades blended with quiet water make it the ideal spot for kayaking and paddling

4. Kiteboarding in Nin - Kiteboarding is about method and abilities, and the rudiments are elementary to learn. An ideal spot to “fly by load up” is Nin with its seashore Zdrijac, situated in the Dalmatian district of Croatia and just 15 kilometers from Zadar in the north Dalmatia. The breezes give ideal conditions to kite visitors only as for windsurfers and stand-up-paddlers.

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What are the best water activities to do in Croatia?

1. Sailing and Yachting - The most thrilling activity to do in Croatia is to go Sailing and yachting. The ideal method to see the Croatian coast and its islands is by boat, regardless of whether you are a prepared mariner or land lover. The breezes are amazing from late April to early November; the ocean is warm and practically momentum-free. Independence from groups and ship plans is freeing. The capacity to set your course of events for island bouncing is precious and now and again more efficient than paying for lodging and land travel costs at every objective.

2. White Water Rafting - Wilderness Rafting in Croatia is the best in the Cetina River ravine that will take around three hours to go through the profound stream, rocks, cascades, and surrenders with different stone arrangements. The 15 kilometer Una River boating from Strbacki Buk to Lenovo offers rapids of grade 4 and 5.

3. Windsurfing And Kiteboarding - Considered to be the most commonly practiced sports in Croatia, Windsurfing and Kiteboarding are easy sports to learn here. Tourists can indulge in these watersports at Baska, Brac, Viganj, Ravni, Premantura, and Preluk. Over the years, Viganj has attracted amateur as well as progressed windsurfers and kitesurfers during different times of the day with 20 bunches of wind speed. So if you are new to these sports, consider a trip to Viganj.

4. Paddle Board - Paddle Boarding is one game that this objective is famous for. There are various spots in different urban areas of Croatia where one can give this a shot. Dubrovnik, Bacina Lakes, Split, and Hvar are the best positions where one can discover turquoise sapphire-hued water and probably the most staggering submerged life to go paddleboarding.

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Is Croatia expensive to visit?

Croatia is unquestionably more costly than a portion of its adjoining nations. Notwithstanding, it does not need to be a place that will make you petition for financial protection only for visiting. In case you want to be in control of your cash, stay away from shams, and just travel between urban areas for 3 to 4 days at each destination.

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What is the best month to visit Croatia?

Summer months that last from June to September is the best time to visit Croatia. During this time, the sunlight is in abundance and the temperatures remain warm throughout. It also opens up the possibility of swimming in the pristine waters of Croatia, which is certainly one of the best things to do in Croatia.

What is the best time to visit Croatia?

Coastal Croatia has warm to sweltering summers and gentle winters. The best ideal opportunity to visit Croatia in May and June or September and October when the climate is lovely and radiant. This makes it suitable for swimming and sunbathing. It is likewise less swarmed at these occasions than the mid-year-long periods of July and August, which are high prepare and can be exceptionally warm, particularly in the early evening.

Which is the most beautiful island in Croatia?

The Brac island is considered to be one of the most beautiful islands in Croatia. It is home to the world famous Zlatni Rat Beach which is considered to be one of the best beaches in the entire world. The watersports offered here are certainly the best activities to do in Croatia.

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How many days do you need in Croatia?

Seven to ten days in Croatia makes for an ideal duration for most tourists. In this period,one can, without much of a stretch, explore Dubrovnik, Split, and the Dalmatian Islands with enough time left over to add another district or public park to the plan.

What is Croatia famous for?

Croatia is home to world’s greatest truffle and has the most elevated number of UNESCO intangible goods amongst all countries in Europe. Croatia has the greatest and most perfect set of assortment when it comes to Neanderthal stays on the planet. And of course, when in this country, you cannot miss the food, especially it’s fish-based delicacies.

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