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Welcome to Croatia

Croatia combines a spectacular, island-dotted Mediterranean coastline with ancient history and farm-to-table cuisine. Sun-and-sand seekers can find pebbled beaches lined with pristine waters along the Dalmatian Coast from Split, while those in search of luxury hotels, fine dining, and chic parties should head for Dubrovnik or the island of Hvar, arguably Croatia's glitziest beach destination. But the coastal towns are not without their cultural highlights; in Split, the ruined Diocletian's Palace makes up half the town and boasts ancient Roman monuments every bit as impressive as those in Rome. Meanwhile, the compact Old City of Dubrovnik is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Walking tours of these historic sites cover the main highlights while providing insider information from a guide. Plus, in the capital, Zagreb, sightseeing tours lead travelers through neighborhoods such as Donji Grad (Lower Town) and Gornji Grad (Upper Town) to landmarks including Jelacic Square and St. Mark's Church. Nature lovers can visit Plitvice Lakes National Park, a forest reserve containing 16 interconnected lakes, on a day trip from Zadar, Zagreb, or Split. And adventure-seekers thrill at the hiking, rock climbing, rafting, and biking opportunities available in the inland Dinaric Alps, craggy karst peaks that stretch from Italy to Albania. For a true taste of Croatia, take a day trip to the wine-producing Pelješac peninsula or Konavle Valley (both around an hour's drive from Dubrovnik), where much of Dalmatia's wine, olive oil, and fresh produce is harvested.

Top 15 things to do in Croatia

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Elafiti Islands (Elaphites)

Elafiti Islands (Elaphites)

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A cluster of 14 islands along Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast, the Elafiti Islands (Elaphites) are one of the country’s most popular destinations and a popular day trip from nearby Dubrovnik. The archipelago’s largest three islets—Kolocep, Lopud, and Sipan—are the focal point of island-hopping tours.More
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Dubrovnik Old Town

Dubrovnik Old Town

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Located at the southern tip of Croatia, perched above the rocky coastline of the Adriatic Sea, the enchanting city of Dubrovnik attracts visitors with its medieval architecture and labyrinth of limestone-paved streets. Its Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, remains surrounded by 14th-century fortified stone walls.More
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Pakleni Islands (Paklinski Islands)

Pakleni Islands (Paklinski Islands)

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Just minutes offshore from fashionable Hvar Island along Croatia’s Dalmatian coast lies the Pakleni archipelago (Pakleni Otoci). It’s the perfect destination for an island-hopping tour with 17 beautiful islands fringed by pebble beaches and lush pine forests.More
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Pula Arena (Pula Amphitheatre)

Pula Arena (Pula Amphitheatre)

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Built under the reign of Emperor Vespasian between 27 BC and AD 67—around the same time as Rome’s Colosseum—Pula Arena (Pula Amphitheatre) is one of the largest Roman amphitheaters in the world. Today, it’s the best-preserved ancient monument in Croatia and is still used as a performance venue that accommodates up to 20,000 spectators.More
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Elaphite Islands

Elaphite Islands

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Go island hopping during a trip to Dubrovnik with an excursion along the Dalmatian Coast to the Elaphite Islands (also known as the Elafiti Islands. The archipelago consists of 14 islands–including the three most popular destinations of Kolocep, Lopud, and Sipan–and is a popular destination for swimming and sunbathing.More
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Bisevo Blue Cave (Modra Spilja)

Bisevo Blue Cave (Modra Spilja)

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With its startling blue light and luminescent waters, it's easy to see how the Bisevo Blue Cave (Modra Spilja) earned its name. The natural wonder is hidden in the sea cliffs along the coast of Bisevo Island and is made even more enticing by its remote, difficult-to-reach location. The effort is rewarded with stunning scenery and endless photo opportunities.More
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Budikovac Island (Veliki Budikovac)

Budikovac Island (Veliki Budikovac)

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Mostly uninhabited and untouched, pristine Budikovac Island (Veliki Budikovac) is an ideal place to experience Croatia’s natural beauty. The island, off the coast of Split, is a great destination for getting out of the city and relaxing, thanks largely in part to its quiet bay, clear turquoise water, and pebbly beaches.More
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Diocletian's Palace

Diocletian's Palace

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Built in the fourth century as a retirement complex for the Roman Emperor Diocletian, this vast, fortress-like compound still dominates Split Old Town. After the palace was abandoned in the sixth century, locals flooded into it. Now, the 220 Roman-era buildings within the palace boundaries house homes, shops, bars, and other businesses.More
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Lokrum Island

Lokrum Island

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Just 600 meters (1 kilometer) from Dubrovnik, the car-free island of Lokrum makes a peaceful escape from the city. At its center is a medieval Benedictine monastery complex that’s surrounded by botanical gardens planted with exotic trees, flowers, and bushes. Picturesque swimming spots abound on the island’s rocky shoreline.More
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Dubrovnik Ancient City Walls

Dubrovnik Ancient City Walls

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With their imposing watchtowers looming over the medieval city and dramatic fortifications edging the sea cliffs, Dubrovnik’s ancient city walls are an impressive sight and deserving of their star-attraction status. Dating back to the 10th century, the remarkably preserved walls—among the finest in the world—mark out the perimeter of Dubrovnik’s Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and offer magnificent views over all corners of the city.More
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Dubrovnik Cable Car

Dubrovnik Cable Car

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Dubrovnik’s distinctive orange cable cars speed 2,500 feet (778 meters) in about three minutes, from the lower station just north of the city walls to the top of Mount Srđ. During the ride, you can enjoy peerless views of Dubrovnik’s terracotta rooftops, the coastline of Dalmatia, and archipelagos sprinkled across the Adriatic Sea.More
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Sea Organ (Morske Orgulje)

Sea Organ (Morske Orgulje)

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Visitors to the Croatian city of Zadar are inevitably drawn to the melodious sounds emanating from the city’s most popular sight: the Sea Organ (Morske Orgulje). This massive underwater instrument, designed by architect Nikola Bašić, plays musical notes generated by the sea. The constantly shifting waves never play the same tune twice.More
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Zadar City Gates

Zadar City Gates

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Once a powerful fortress in the Venetian Republic, Zadar’s old town remains encircled by remnants of its defensive walls, some of which date back to ancient Roman times. Six different city gates provide entry into the walled section, each with a distinct architectural style and motif.More
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Ban Jelacic Square (Trg Bana Jelacica)

Ban Jelacic Square (Trg Bana Jelacica)

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The social and geographic center of Zagreb, Ban Jelačić Square (Trg Bana Jelacica is a lively gathering place where locals and visitors alike gather to shop, dine, and enjoy seasonal markets. Free from traffic, it's a popular place to stroll among historic monuments against the backdrop of elegant and arcaded Baroque buildings.More
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St. Mark's Church (Crkva Svetog Marka)

St. Mark's Church (Crkva Svetog Marka)

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A brightly patterned tiled roof makes this Catholic church one of the most distinctive buildings in Zagreb. Fires and an 1880 earthquake destroyed most of the church’s original 13th-century construction, though an ornate Gothic doorway remains. Devotional sculptures and frescoes by leading Croatian artists adorn the interior.More

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Plitvice Lakes Tours from Split

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Top activities in Croatia

Five Island Speedboat Tour Featuring the Blue Cave and Hvar
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Plitvice Lakes National Park Admission Ticket
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Blue Lagoon by Three Island Tour
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Full-Day Dubrovnik Elaphite Islands Cruise with Lunch
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Adventure Dubrovnik - Sea Kayaking and Snorkeling Tour
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Montenegro Full-Day Trip from Dubrovnik
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Blue & Green Cave, Vis and Pakleni Islands speedboat tour from Hvar
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Exclusive boat tour DOLPHIN WATCHING with dinner & drinks from Pula
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Mostar and Kravice Waterfalls Tour from Dubrovnik(small group)
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Recent reviews from experiences in Croatia

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A great day spent on the Cetina River
Kim_N, Aug 2022
Rafting Experience in the Canyon of the river Cetina
It was a great day spent with my husband and son and we enjoyed Marco (tour guide) And the deal was spent doing a lot of fun things and rafting.
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Wonderful visit
Valentin_S, Aug 2022
Plitvice Lakes group tour from Split or Trogir (Included: Entry Ticket)
Wonderful visit, clearly the place to go if you want to see beautiful landscapes in Croatia.
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Amazing trip
Ella_H, Aug 2022
Plitvice Lakes National Park Day Tour from Zadar - simple, comfortable and safe
Plitvice Lakes is very beautiful, there are lots of waterfalls, photo opportunities and clear, blue water.
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Amazing walk with a view
Raymund_R, Jul 2022
Plitvice lakes tour from Split
Great walking experience with amazing views of the waterfalls and the lake.
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An amazing experience
Joana_P, Jul 2022
Blue Lagoon & 3 Islands Half-day Trip from Split
You get to visit 3 islands, and it gives you time to bath in amazing croatian waters and enough time to enjoy a wonderful meal.
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Beauty of Croatia
Denise_R, Jul 2022
Zagreb to Split Group Transfer with Plitvice Lakes Tour (Included: Entry Ticket)
We had a wonderful time and glad to see the beauty of the nature of Croatia.
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Had a great time hiking...
Andreae_S, Jul 2022
Plitvice Lakes Guided Tour
The lakes and waterfalls were amazing.
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Plitvice Lakes day tour
Rhonda_S, Jun 2022
Plitvice Lakes and Rastoke Day Tour from Zagreb (Included: Entry Ticket)
The waterfalls we're amazing and our guide, Marco was very knowledgeable about the plants and calcium deposits over several thousand years.
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Totally awe inspiring experience
SUSAN_B, Jun 2022
Plitvice Lakes group tour from Split or Trogir (Included: Entry Ticket)
The reason I went to Croatia was to see Plitvice Lakes..
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Wonderful day trip!
Eva_V, Jun 2022
Mostar and Kravice Waterfalls Tour from Dubrovnik(small group)
The waterfalls are gorgeous and Mostar absolutely beautiful.
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A tour not to be missed!
Linda_A, Jun 2022
Plitvice lakes and Rastoke day trip from Zagreb (Guaranteed departure)
This is a tour not to be missed- a chance to see nature at its best!
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Fantastic day out and great company!
Kirsty_S, Jun 2022
Half-Day Rafting Experience on Cetina River with Cliff Jumping and more
There are some rapids down the river but also you can go through waterfalls and caves too it was magical!
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Recommended!
Nattha_S, Jun 2022
Small-group Walking Tour of Zagreb with Funicular Experience
It’s really nice to see the Croatia city around with historical information and some recommendation and places and restaurants nearby.
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Great overview of Zagreb
Susan_B, Jun 2022
Classic Zagreb Bike Tour
Robert introduced us to the history of both Croatia and Zagreb, showed us points of interest, and made recommendations for further activities.
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Highlight of my trip
Eibhlis_G, May 2022
Mostar and Kravice Waterfalls Small-Group with Turkish House Included
Kravice Waterfalls are beautiful and, of course, Mostar is amazing.
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Sophia_M, May 2022
Blue cave and Pakleni islands tour from Hvar
Even without being able to visit the blue cave due to wind conditions, this tour was an amazing way to spend the day.
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Breathtaking waterfalls
Lisa_S, May 2022
Split to Krka Waterfalls - Full Day Private Tour Including Free Detour
We explored the numerous waterfalls and surroundings.
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Plitvice Lakes
Maria_F, May 2022
Plitvice lakes tour from Split
Really wonderful tour : the lakes and waterfalls are beautiful and an absolute must-see in Croatia.
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AMAZING for Disabled travelers
Bria_W, May 2022
E-Tuk Tuk Tour in Dubrovnik
I’ve always been a fan of supporting family businesses so it was really nice to see our money go towards a fun and unique local family business!
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A Croatia Must!
Kara_B, May 2022
Horseback Riding in Konavle Region with Transport from Dubrovnik
Such a cool way to see Croatia.
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All about Croatia

Currency
Croatian Kuna (HRK)
Time Zone
CEST (UTC +1)
Country Code
+385
Language(s)
Croatian
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