15 things to do in Croatia and event guide for 2020

Here’s your experience guide to Croatia – from island hopping to flyboarding.

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There are more than 1,000 island shorelines in Croatia where you can bask in the sun or explore the country's extensive history. Here's a round-up of must-see sights, from the most popular islands to the Game of Thrones filming locations.

Top things to do in Croatia

1. Go island hopping

You can't talk about Croatia without mentioning island hopping. Tick off a few islands during a day cruise, or if you have more time, spend a day or two at each destination. From Split, a popular itinerary is Šolta, Hvar, Brač, Korčula then Vis, which you can visit using Croatia's ferry service. From Dubrovnik, you can catch a catamaran to Mljet, Lastovo, Korčula and Hvar.

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2. Embark on a Game of Thrones tour

The Game of Thrones (GOT) directors may have you believing that the action you're witnessing in the show is unfolding on the continents of Westeros and Essos. In reality, many of the location you'll see on-screen can be found in Croatia.

You can take a guided Game of Thrones tour to get up close to the GoT filming locations. From Split, you can visit sites like the UNESCO World Heritage Diocletian's Palace, which stood in for the city of Meereen in GoT. Most Game of Thrones tours also include a meal where the food is inspired by the series.

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3. Explore Croatia's clubbing scene

Croatia is climbing the ranks as far as Europe's top nightlife destinations are concerned. The island of Hvar is one of the country's party pulse points.

There are beach bars like Hula, and Champagne bars like Pink Champagne. Plus, there are places that take fun to a new level, such as offering tequila shots while donning a hat and being hit on the head with a hammer. There really is something for everyone. Dubrovnik has its fair share of after-dark drinking dens, too. The city is home to a cave bar, wine bars and jazz bars to name a few options.

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Things to do in Split

4. View the sunset from the sea

Get the best sunset views from the ocean by kayaking off the coast or paddle boarding as the sun starts to set. Set off into the Adriatic Sea and enjoy incredible views of Kaštela Bay while you jump off cliffs and snorkel, capturing shots with the underwater camera provided by your guide.

Grab your paddle board and head out in the evening when the ocean is calm to see the marine life in the sea. Your board will be equipped with LED lighting to ensure you can see your surroundings under the water.

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5. River rafting and canyoning

Depart from Split and get ready for an epic adventure at the Cetina River. A river rafting experience will provide serene views of Dalmatia as you stop to swim, jump off rocks and explore waterfalls. A canyoning experience provides all you need for a day of adventure as you set off climbing rocks and trekking through waterfalls and pools in the canyon of the Cetina River.

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6. Jet boat or jet ski experience

Enjoy a thrilling jet ski or jet boat experience through Split bay. Expect action, speed and adrenaline as you jet or ski through the ocean before swimming and snorkelling at Čiovo Beach.

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Things to do in Dubrovnik

7. Ride Dubrovnik's cable car

Get up close to the Gods of Dubrovnik by riding the cable car up to Mount Srd. The ride takes four minutes and shoots you up to 405 metres above sea level. From the top, you can see for almost 60 kilometres on a clear day. There's close to a day's worth of activities and experiences to enjoy at the top. Go on an hour-long, off-road buggy ride, pop into an Ohrid pearl shop or grab a table at Panorama restaurant and bar.

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8. Discover Dubrovnik with a walking tour

Dubrovnik is a hot spot for Game of Thrones fans, but its rich history is one of the main reason why history lovers travel to the city. Enjoy a guided tour that takes you to the popular attractions including the Large Onofrio's Fountain, Old Port and St. Saviour's Church. Hear historical stories of the Church of St. Blaise, the Dubrovnik Cathedral and the Sponza Palace.

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9. Kayaking

Paddle your way around the city of Dubrovnik as you take in picturesque sights and historical architecture like Lokrum Island and Old Town. Take a dip in the Adriatic Sea and snorkel in Betina Cave along the way. A kayaking experience is the perfect way to see Dubrovnik from a different perspective.

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Things to do in Zadar

10. Explore national parks

Croatia is filled with national parks that you can reach from Zadar. Take a nine-hour tour from Zadar to Kornati National Park. You will be transported by boat through the national park, with the opportunity to swim in a salt lake and relax as you explore the park and surrounding areas. An eight-hour journey through Croatia's Dinaric Alps will take you to waterfalls and terraced lakes, spotting wildlife like deer and wolves while you sit back on a boat ride and take in your surroundings on the park's largest lake.

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11. Sailing trip

Travel around Zadar's surrounding islands and swim in the Adriatic Sea. You'll get to discover secluded islands and explore the coastline that is home to incredible views during a relaxing sailing experience. Your skipper will give you the opportunity to lend a helping hand directing the boat with a basic lesson on sailing techniques.

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12. Bike tour

There's no better way to get to know a city than by taking a bike tour to get familiar with your surroundings. Go at your own pace to discover and explore sights including the Ugljan Island, Velebit Mountain and St. Michael's Fortress. Use your time to explore the spots that interest you the most, whether that involves visiting a beach or a monastery.

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Things to do in Zagreb

13. Indulge with a food tour

Eat your way through Zagreb with a food tour. Taste traditional and modern Croatian food including meats, spreads, cheese and alcohol at the markets and restaurants with a local guide while you learn facts about Croatian customs. Foodies visiting Zagreb definitely don't want to miss out on trying Croatian delicacies.

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14. Explore Zagreb with a walking tour

What better way to explore Zagreb than with a walking tour through the city. Follow your tour guide as they take you around to popular sights and monuments including Tkalčićeva Street, Lotrščak Tower and Saint Mark's Church. Take a walk along the Strossmayer Promenade, and enjoy the panoramic views of Zagreb's rooftops.

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15. See renovated and untouched castles

Take a tour departing from Zagreb and visit castles that have a fascinating past. Tours will provide you with a wealth of knowledge as well as with stories about castles that date back to the 16th century. Trakošćan Castle has been transformed into a museum that features antique furniture, a collection of weapons and a gallery. If you're intrigued by castles that remain in an unchanged state, visit the Predjama Castle.

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Seasonal events in Croatia

Things to do in Croatia in summer

  • Rijeka Carnival
  • ZagrebDox
  • Advent in Split

Things to do in Croatia in winter

  • Ultra Europe
  • Croatia Open
  • Hideout Festival

Things to do in Croatia in autumn

  • Croatia Boat Show
  • Festival of Flowers
  • Tuna, Sushi and Wine Festival

Things to do in Croatia in spring

  • Outlook Festival
  • Split Film Festival
  • Dimensions Festival


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