Top 50 Things to Do and to See in Croatia

Croatia is located in South central Europe, and across the Adriatic Sea East of Italy. It has a long, Rocky Coastline, plains in the north, and wooded mountains known as the Dinaric Alps in the South. The country is home to plenty of well-known attractions such as blue flag beaches, national parks, museums. In Croatia you will find over 1,000 islands along the 1,000 mile coastline. Croatia is indeed one of the best tourist destinations. Fifty things that you can enjoy with your family in Croatia are as follows:

1. Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik is one of most interesting cities to visit in Croatia. The city is well known for its Renaissance architecture and sculptures and also its prominent white marble streets. It is completely surrounded by a circle of outstanding walls that border the Adriatic Sea. It is located on the Adriatic Sea. It is very famous as a historical center of maritime trade and as a popular tourist destination. The most popular tourist attractions of this place include the annual Dubrovnik Summer Festival, a month-long cultural event with live plays, concerts, and games.

2. Hvar Town

Hvar is a very famous town of Croatia and a well-known for its beautiful weather, with the highest annual average hours of sun in the whole of Croatia. It is also popular for its lavender growing in amongst its beautiful landscape. The pretty heady combination of great weather and beautiful and aromatic surroundings will surely amaze and will give you enough reason to visit this place. It is a best place to relax. This is one of Croatia’s most scenic cities as well as one of the most romantic spots in the country.

3. Korcula Town

Korcula Town is one of the most famous towns of Croatia and it is often described as a mini-Dubrovnik. It is said to be a wonderful place to visit in its own right. It houses with clay tops situated on one of Croatia’s narrowest peninsulas is one of the main attractions of Korcula Town. Here you fill find delightful beach areas close to this town. It is one of the most romantic views in Croatia as well as one of the top sights for cruise lines passing by this island town.

4. Rovinj

Rovinj is a very famous place of Croatia and one of the favorite destinations of tourist. It is said that this place of Croatia you resembles largely with Italy and when you visit this authentic fishing port and wander about on the narrow, steep streets of the town, its gives you an impression of being in Italy. Rovinj is Istria’s most beloved town and is highlighted by numerous pastel-colored homes collected in packs along its steep, winding streets. Again the famous and an elaborate Venetian bell tower will remind you of being in Italy. You will find Zlatni nature park’s pine covered beaches are just a short walk from Rovinj.

5. Plitvice Lakes National Park

One of the most famous tourist attractions of Croatia is Plitvice Lakes National Park; it is among the best sightseeing spot admired almost by everyone. Sixteen crystalline lakes, bubbling streams, and tumbling waterfalls illustrate this preserve and watery wonderland. It is considered as one of Croatia’s prominent tourist attractions because of its numerous lakes, waterfalls, and woodlands. The stunning turquoise waters of the park feed the numerous bubbling streams and tumbling waterfalls, the area ecology is also very fascinating and exceptional.

6. The Elafiti Islands

Another most famous tourist attraction of Croatia is the Elafiti Islands which is to be found very close to Dubrovnik, these 3 beautiful tiny islands are magnificently peaceful with no cars on any the islands and, in fact, populations of only a few hundred in any one settlement. They are also only just touched by tourism. The Elafiti islands are the perfect destination for sightseeing and enjoying. Sipan is the largest of the 3 islands.

7. The island of Vis

The island of Vis is very famous and quite different from its neighbors. The most westerly of the larger Croatian islands, it is said that its history played a major role in setting it apart.whihc was used as a naval base during the years of Yugoslavia. It is also said about the island that it was completely closed for foreigners until the year 1989. As such, the island has developed its tourism differently to the other Croatian islands. It is an ideal place for relaxing in a cool and calm atmosphere. One of the must see place of this area is the beautiful Blue Cave on the unpopulated nearby island of Bisevo.

8. The island of Brac

The island of Brac is one of the poplar tourist destinations of Croatia and you will find here the well known Zlatni Rat beach. It is a beautiful white shingle beach next to pine trees, it tends to change shape ever-so-slightly as the tides and winds change. It mostly occupied by tourist during summer, as is much of the rest of Brac; as Croatia’s third biggest island with many delights its proximity to the Split on the mainland, it’s easy to see why.

9. Makarska Riviera

The Makarska Riviera is a very famous tourist spot of Croatia and is considered an ideal place for families looking for a peaceful and relaxing holiday. Here you will find a lot of resorts. This place is admired mostly by tourist who likes to spend a holiday around the sea. Finally, you can’t escape to notice Biokovo Mountain behind the Riviera – for the slightly more adventurous, there’s plenty of hiking opportunities.

10. Zagreb

Zagreb is one among the popular tourist destinations of Croatia and it got its start as 2 medieval fortress towns atop hills overlooking the Sava River, and was reborn in the Baroque era as middle of business. It is situated perfectly on routes connecting Central Europe to the Adriatic Sea. Today it is the heart of contemporary Croatia’s culture, art, sports, and academics. And its history remains unforgotten. Zagreb has many tourist attractions such as the unique blend of medieval towers, 19th century palaces, open-air markets, and ancient cathedrals.

11. Papalić Palace

The Papalić Palace is one of the most famous tourist attractions of Croatia which was constructed during the 15th century and houses the Museum of the City of Split. It was constructed by Dalmatinac a local noblemen. This palace is said to one of the best examples of the late-Gothic style with its elaborately carved entrance gate of Croatia. The interior of the palace are beautifully done has been re-establish to house the Museum.

12. Archaeological Museum

The Arheološki Muzej which is also known as Zagreb Archaeological Museum is a very famous museum of Croatia. This museum is said to be 158 years old, from the prehistoric and stone ages to more recent times, it mainly focuses on local Croatian history. It contains approximately over 78,000 items, varying from ceramic of various forms from the Bronze Age and sculptures, to ancient tombs, metals, and weapons. Here you will also find many peaceful artifacts such as pottery, crafts, and jewelry. This museum mainly attracts those who are interested in knowing Croatia’s history and culture.

13. Ethnographic Museum

Another famous Museum of Croatia is the Ethnographic Museum which is said to be established during the year 1919. It has 3,000 permanent or temporary exhibits, and draws from a collection of 80,000 objects. It features one of the largest folk costumes and textile collections in Europe. Ethnography is a research method used to gather data on human cultures to describe the nature of those who are studied. Unfortunately for the tourist, captions are in Croatian. The museum of Ethnographic is to be found in Split.

14. Pula

Pula has been a center since ancient Roman times. The Romans equipped the city with a wall with ten gates, of which the triumphal Arch of the Sergii, the Gate of Hercules, and the Twin Gates which are still prominent and stands strongly. It is located at the southern tip of the Istria peninsula. It has a population of about 60,000, and is known for its mild climate, tame sea, and unspoiled nature. Beyond the Roman ruins, the city is known for fishing, shipbuilding, winemaking, and tourism.

15. Split

Split is the biggest Croatian city on the coast. It is a beautiful city filled with many excitements. You can go for the visit of the old town and experience the architecture of the city buildings and art galleries, museums, and shops. Or go on a stroll to harbourside promenade or go to the wooded park in the coastal mountains that lies next to the blue Adriatic Sea, reaching ultimately to beach below and enjoying the beach environment. Palace of Roman Emperor Diocletian is another place to visit; it is built of local white limestone and marble and also has imported Egyptian granite columns and sphinxes. The city also has a large port city with ferries plying Dalmatian islands, up and down the coast, to Italy and beyond.

16. Mljet

The length of Mljet Island is about 23 miles in and the width is 2 miles. The Island has got its name from the greek word Melita which means honey. The Island is known as the ‘Green Island,’ as it is largely forested. It has two saltwater lakes, one of which is a national park now. It is believed that since the 6th century BC, Mljet is has been visited by Ulysses (Odysseus) and the shipwrecked St. Paul.

17. Varaždin

Varaždin is a historic city that is home to plenty of well-preserved palaces, monuments, churches, baroque buildings and monasteries. The Old Town features a fortress that exhibits the necessary medieval defensive strategies and mechanisms. The modern day Varaždin is center to the textile and IT industries. Varazdin is also famous its good cuisines. If you wish to test some of the cuisines of Croatia you can hit this place.

18. St Benedict Church

St Benedict Church is an 11th century church remains of the Pre-Romanesque church of St. Benedict located in Spilt. Visiting this place could be an enjoyable experience. The church is partially preserved provides an excellent view of the nearby Renaissance chapel of St. Arnir. The carved alter and sarcophagus of the chapel is visible through protective glass.

19. Gregorius of Nin Statue

The Gregorius of Nin Statue is the 10th-century old Croatian bishop’s statue located in Split. Open throughout the year for visitors. The left big toe of this imposing his massive statue of Bishop Grgur Ninski worth touching, the statue was sculpted in 1929 by Ivan Mestrovic. It was erected to mark the 1000th anniversary of the bishop’s fight to bestow the people of Nin the right to use the Croatian language instead of Latin in worships.

20. Temple of Jupiter

The temple of Jupiter is located in the Roman Palace of Diocletian in Old Town Spilt. The temple is dedicated to the Roman god Jupiter. A black headless sphinx lies at the entrance to the temple. There are actually tow and one of the two brought from Egypt by the Emperor Diocletian. The carvings on the portal and the arched ceiling are inspiring. In the middle ages the temple was transformed into a baptistery.

21. Museum of Croatian Archaelogical monuments

Originally the museum was founded in Knin in the year 1893 but moved to Split after the World War II. It is the Museum of Croatian Archaeological Monuments that features medieval stone monuments including those of Croatian kings. It is also home to tools, weapons, coins, and jewelry used by several rulers. There is also a large collection of objects of chores of daily life that provide insights into the economic, cultural and political life of the Croatian people during the Middle Ages.

22. Korcula, Old Town Museum

Korcula is best known as the Museum town, it is home to 5 museums, but is also considered as a museum in itself. The Museum of Korcula exhibits Korculian history, skills and crafts. The Bishop’s Treasury of Korcula features fine and sacral art. Whereas the Museum of Icons features permanent display of religious icons and is home to a fifteenth-century triptych of The Passion. Museum Maximillian Vanka is home to a collection of the painter’s artwork.

23. Marjan Beach

The Marjan Beach is located in Split and it is just a 15 minute walk along the beautiful promenade lined with palm trees, along with shops, and cafes. You can also find ships anchored in the harbor. The white sand is the feature of Marjan beach that has crystal clear blue water and most visited by the tourists. The far end of the beach is lonely some. Swimmers enjoy here.

24. Bacvice

Bacvice is Split most popular beaches and located about 1 km from the center in direction ferry harbor. The beach is sandy and at times very crowded. Here you can play ball games, and a very popular game here is picigin, that involves small balls. You can also get sun chairs here and a plenty of restaurants dot the place. The beach is frequented by foreigners as well as locals along with their families.

25. Diocletian’s Palace

Diocletian’s Palace is the only world’s most complete remains of a Roman Palace. This palace was built by the Roman Emperor Diocletian; it is a massive palace built for his retirement. It is considered as a visit to this palace is a must in Croatia. The palace is constructed using local white limestone and marble, it also has imported Egyptian granite columns and sphinxes. The palace was ready at the end of the 3rd century.

26. Krka National Park

Krka National Park is one among the beautiful parks of Croatia which has amazing woodlands, lakes, streams, waterfalls. Krka Park is home to a 15th century Franciscan Monastery. Canyons, mountains, the Krka River with eighteen species of fish and approximately two hundred varieties of birds which also includes Croatia’s only hawking center. The visit to this park is surely a worth it and will be a memorable experience. The cascading waterfalls which you find here are simply outstanding and it is a short distance from the Dalmatian coast. Croatia is the proud home of Krka.

27. Meštrović Gallery

Ivan Meštrović (August 15, 1883 – January 16, 1962) is very popular in Croatia and considered to be one of the greatest sculptors of Croatia. He was said to be very active politically and moved to Switzerland during World War II, and moved to the United States when offered a position by Syracuse University during the year 1946. Later he became a professor at Notre Dame. It is said that he was a favorite of Pope and the Roman Catholic Church as one of the greatest sculptors of religious subject matter since the Renaissance.

28. Gonrnji Grad

One of the most popular places in Croatia is the Gonrnji Grad. It is the medieval heart of Zagreb and interpreted as Upper Town. It developed as two separate towns, Kaptol, the seat of the Bishop, and Gradec, the free town where tradesmen and artisans lived. These two beautiful towns got combined during the 1770s to form the northern section of historic Zagreb. The most important point of Gornji Grad is the square around St. Mark’s Church, the parish church of Old Zagreb.

29. Zrce Beach

Croatia’s main tourist attraction is, and always has been, its beaches and one among its famous beaches is the Zrce Beach which is to be found on Pag Island. It is a white-pebbled beach, kissing the crystal-clear Adriatic. It is said to be the only beach in the entire Croatia with the Ibiza party spirit, and droves of locals and tourists flock here looking for a good time. Visiting this beach will be one of the most memorable experiences of your trip.

30. Zlatni Rat

Another most fascinating beach among the beaches of Croatia is the Zlatni Rat beach which is home to a magnificent sandbar known as the Golden Horn. The bar is 580 yards long and provides this beach with an exceptional shape and unmatched people-watching. The beach offers you all from restaurants, cafes and a surplus of water sports to bars. The nightlife is more relaxed than Zrce beach, but there are plenty of open-air bars and nightclubs open for fun filled trip.

31. Brela Beach

Breaches are the most amazing part of any tour and Croatia offers you plenty of such beautiful beaches ond one among them is the Brela Beach. Brela Village is considered as a Mediterranean dream which covers miles of white beach and lined with fig trees and olive groves. Brela is the home to some of the most spectacular beaches in Croatia, with nearby Vrulja Cove topping the list. A desirable location for any traveler specifically couples; it is best reached by boat and encourages swimming and sunbathing. Brela beach is rated as 6th best beach in the world by Forbes magazine.

32. Girandella Beach

Girandella Beach is one of the most stunning beaches that Croatia offers you. It is said that previously it was a quiet fishing village, Rabac is today a bustling tourists’ resort with a spirited nightlife. At Girandella Beach you will find exceptional rock and jetty formations which make diving very popular during the day. During the nights, the partying takes place right on the beach, where DJs spin house and techno music. Two summer festivals not to be missed are the Sunrise Festival and the Rabac Summer Festival.

33. Vela Plaza

You will find the amazing Vela Plaza in a quite protected bay which is secured by the mountain Velebit, spreads a long stony beach Vela plaza. It has been awarded with a Blue flag. Tourist here can find its place for relaxing and having fun at the same time. Some parts of the beach are sandy which is great for the little ones. Young ones are surely attracted by the sounds of a music that comes from attractive bars on the beach. You can also find a lot of activities on the sea, and you can rent a pedal boat, scooters and other.

34. Punta Rata

You will find this Punta Rata is to be found in Brela. It is considered a one of the most famous Croatian seaside resorts with a stunning beaches and long walking paths by the coast. Almost all beaches on Makarska Riviera are awarded with a Blue flag which is actually a symbol of purity and quality, and the beach Punta Rata is chosen in 10 the most beautiful beaches in the world. It is surrounded with pine trees which provide shade.

35. Marko beach Risika Croatia

Marko beach is located in a small settlement of Risika, near Vrbnik, it is also a sandy beach that falls under bay Sv. Marko. It is ideal for families as kids can also carelessly play in sand. There is not much crowd on the beach. The beach has remarkable crystal blue waters to cherish. On the coast you can find other hidden smaller pebbly bays that can be reached through personal boats.

36. Bijeca, Medulin

It is a famous tourist spot in Croatia because of its beautiful coast with plenty of beautiful beaches and it is surrounded by many islets as well. Bijeca is the most famous beach of Medulin which is about one kilo meter long along the coast. The beach has good sand with a nice entrance to the sea. The beach is safe for kids as well. The beach attracts volleyball players in the shoal. There is good number of trees above the beach that provide good shade.

37. Rajska beach, Lopar

Lopar is located on the northern side of the Island of Rab. Lopar lies in an open bay and has beautiful sandy beaches the most famous of which is Rajska beach which is 15 kilometers long and has plenty of tourist facilities. The beach boosts good sand and is shallow, which is ideal for kids and non-swimmers. The beach is a great place for water sports and also has many sports fields along with cycling paths. The beach is also awarded with a blue flag which symbolizes high quality.

38. Kamenjak, Premantura

Kamenjak Protected Park is located on the south east part of the Istrian peninsula. It is a protected park which is home to many natural beauties. The coast is about 30 kilometers long is home to bays, islets and beaches. The sea here is clean and boosts untouched nature. There are sandy beaches that have good quality of sand suitable for families with kids. However, the coast is mostly rocky. Kamenjak is famous for diving as it has rich underwater world. Conditions here are perfect for surfers. And on the south-western part of the cape lies a Safari bar.

39. Lopud Island

Lopud Island is popular among tourists as it has many beaches in the Dubrovnik region. Sunj beach is one of the best beaches in the Elafiti Islands. The beach has fine, white sand and is decorated by lush, green hills. In summer this beach is crowded. The major settlement of the region is the port of Lopud. Lopud Island was an important seafaring centre that is home to two monasteries, many churches and plenty of noble palaces but nothing much of these is left today.

40. Trstenik beach

Trstenik beach is located just outside of Orebic and lies on a calm cove and consists of smooth stones and also offers great swimming experience. There is a diving center here that makes underwater life magnificent. The beach has magnificent gravelly sand and lined with pine trees. The beach is well equipped with beach showers as well as snack stands. The shallow drop-off transforms Trstenica into a great and safe beach for kids.

41. Viganj

Viganj beach is not so calm and quiet and that’s the reason why it is hot bed among the windsurfers from around the world. Near the beach there is a little village that has a population of 300 on the Viganj cove and has a long tradition of seafaring. It would be a new experience to check out the houses built by Viganj’s prosperous sea captains. The picturesque scenes that are viewed across the bay to Korcula town are stunning from Viganj.

42. Lokrum Island

Lokrum is located near Dubrovnik, it has a deep blue sea that surrounds it with deeply green and forested. You can enjoy a magnificent view on the boat from Dubrovnik of the walled Old Town. You can enjoy swimming, sun and the idyllic coves tucked among the rocks. Another famous bathing spot is Mrtvo More. The only good sight on Lokrum is the Benedictine monastery which is now in ruins. There is Botanical Garden with palm trees and exotic plants.

43. Night life

Night life in Croatia is very exiting you will find a lot of places to hang around and have a fun filled evening. Croatian National Theatre could refer to any of 6 theaters located across the country. It is surely one of the best attractions. You can before hand check out the schedule of the play, opera, or ballet available during your stay in Zagreb, Split, Osijek, Varaždin, Mostar, or the Theatre Ivan pl. Zajc in Rijeka. Găetto Club Party with the arty at night is also awesome. Tribu Club Split’s trendiest club, frequented by Europe’s international set, is an ultra hip, dress up, party until you drop all night good time. Located on the waterfront, it features the great music, cocktails, and the prettiest people in town.

44. Maksimir Park

Maksimir Park is one of the most popular parks of Croatia which is located in Zagreb and was designed in an English garden style. It is a stunning green space which consists of almost 18 hectares, the largest park in Zagreb. It includes two pavilions, Bellevue Pavilion, built in 1843, and Echo Pavilion in a Swiss design. It also has wide walkways and man made lakes, wooded areas, and flower gardens, making it a great place to relax and stroll. There is also a small zoo with a variety of animals. Maksimir Park, known as Zagreb’s living monument, is named for Bishop Maksimilijan Vrhovac, who was constructed this park during the year 1794.

45. Porec Museum (Sincic Place)

The museum is one of the most visited museums of Croatia which housed in the Baroque Sincic Palace at the east end of the major road of Decumanus. It presents to you the displays on the entire history of Porec commencing from the Paleolithic era. It also sometimes referred to as the Regional Museum is, has a major focus on Roman and early Christian times. The interesting collections of this museum include archeological finds from the 3rd Century BC such as pottery fragments, religious icons, choir stalls, religious paintings, furniture displays, and numerous other miscellaneous items. It is said that the Museum contains over 2000 pieces in its total collection, and has been in survival since the late 1800s.

46. Main Square

Main Square is said to be the most impressive buildings on the island. The Cathedral of St Stephen with its enormous 17th Century bell tower is the major attraction for tourist. You will be amazed to see the interiors of the Cathedral which is also home to some notable 16th and 17th Century artwork, including pieces by Palma il Giovane, Juan Boschetus, and Domenico Uberti. Also on the Hvar Main Square are the Loggia, Clock Tower, and Hektorovic Palace, all of which date to the 15th Century. From the 17th Century is the Arsenal on the south side, containing the Renaissance Municipal Theater (Kazaliste), opened in 1612. In the center of the square is a well that was constructed during the year 1520.

47. Peljesac Peninsula

The Peljesac Peninsula which you can find towards the north of Dubrovnik seems more like an island than a peninsula. It is well connected to the mainland with a narrow strip of land; this long peninsula juts perfect for your journey and a place you can enjoy your tour in. It measure 65km / 40mi long by only 7km / 4mi at its widest point. At the center of the Peljesac Peninsula you will find mountain chain that runs down the peninsula and towards the sides of mountain and flats are orchards, which are a beautiful sight in the spring. Along the coast oyster faming is the main industry. It is considered as one of the most scenic place of Croatia.

48. Sea Gate

The Sea Gate is one of Zadar’s most famous spot which is also known Morska Vrata and the Gate of St Chrysogonus. It was designed by Michele Sanmichele during the year 1560. It is said that Sanmichele while designing kept in mind and used an existing Roman arch as his base, which he recreated into the gate that stands even today. On the sea side of the gate is a relief of the emblem of Venice, the Lion of St Mark’s, and a memorial to sailors who fought and decomposed in the Battle of Lepanto. On the opposite side you will find the land side, is a commemorative sign paying homage to Pope Alexander III’s visit to Zadar.

49. Roman Forum

The Roman Forum in Zadar is a very famous Forum and it was build between the 1st Century BC and 3rd Century AD. Its length is 90m / 295ft and width is 45m / 147ft. In the Zeleni trg square can be witnessed as the ruins of the Roman Forum which includes the foundations of many public buildings, paving, and a Corinthian column. During the Roman times this area was a central market and public area. In modern Zadar, the forum is lit up at night.

50. Paklenica National Park

Paklenica National Park which is also known as Nacionalni Park Paklenic is a very famous park of Croatia which you will find in Velebit Massif. It offers you a lot of outdoor opportunities for hikers, climbers, and other sporting pursuits. Velebit is a UNESCO biological reserve; it is protecting the plant species and bird colonies as well as the mountains. The exposed chalky white rock on the apparently bleak mountain tops contrasts sharply with the green forests lower down. The Mala Paklenica and the Velika Paklenica Gorges, cut through the mountain range, producing high cliff walls. It is also a home to a lot of different bird species and apparently some wildlife like bears and wolves, but these are only rarely seen. It is considered an ideal place to visit during the spring and fall.

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