You already know that I am in love with Croatia and that it is one of my favorite destinations in the world. I can’t wait to go back! I often get a ton of comments from people asking me what to watch on Croatia and what are the best places I recommend visiting. Well here goes my “top 5” selection of essential places to see in Croatia. I hope you love it!
What to see in Croatia: top 5 places that freaked me out
1. Plitvice Lakes
Have you seriously not heard of them? I hallucinated in this place. Live is a thousand times better than in the photos, so imagine.
I had seen photos of this place, but not even in my wildest dreams did I imagine such a spectacular place. What water, what waterfalls! It is one of those natural places that you have to see before you die.. And must mandatory on any trip to Croatia. I promise you it will not disappoint.
The only drawback that the park has is that it is a super touristic place and somewhat overcrowded., mostly in summer. A pity because when we were (in June, several years ago) it was luxurious.
To organize the visit I recommend that you follow this post with all the details of Plitvice Lakes here.
Excursions to reach the Plitvice Lakes:
Another drawback that the park has is that you cannot swim in it. If you are one of those who considers it essential to take a good dip, I recommend visit the Krka Natural Park, also in Croatia, if you can take a good swim there. 🙂
Another of the crown jewels in Croatia is this city that has become especially famous for being King’s Landing in Game of Thrones.
I liked it because it has the essence of a well-preserved small and medieval city. Although the reality is that it was rebuilt at the end of the 90s, after the attacks suffered by the Serbs.
Among the plans you can make in this city is to see the walls of Dubrovnik, strolling through the streets of Puebla Vieja, spending an afternoon at Gradska Plaza beach or enjoy the nightlife of the city. If you want to know more, do not miss this post in which we tell you everything you have what to see in Dubrovnik.
For Game of Thrones geeks:
If like us you are a Game of Thrones freak, you can book a Game of Thrones locations tour in Dubrovnik directly here. I’m sorry, but Cersei is not included in the tour. 😉
Dubrovnik is famous for being the pearl of the Adriatic, but Split is another gem that you cannot miss on your trip to Croatia.
Split is a city with a very interesting historical center where the main highlights are the Diocletian’s Palace, a kind of mini-city within Split. It’s a perfect place to get lost wandering around (although it’s tiny, hey! I promise you won’t get lost).
As the center of Split is collected, you can combine the visit with Trogir, a beautiful town just 40 minutes from Split. We loved it, highly recommended!
Best excursions from Split:
4. The islands of Croatia
The Adriatic islands are paradise. If you are going to travel to Croatia between May and October, you are in luck. The weather will allow you to enjoy this wonderful area of Croatia.
The most famous Croatian islands are:
- the island of hvar, with crystal-clear water beaches, and a great nightlife. What has been (more or less) the Croatian Ibiza. You can access this beach through the Jadrolinija Ferries from various locations. For example, from Dubrovnik, Split, the island of Korkula, the island of Bol, etc. You can consult all the information about the Ferries on the Jadrolinija website. Being the best option to get to Hvar, due to schedules and proximity, directly from Split.
- The Isla de Fear It also has crystal clear waters and cool fishing villages. You can access it from Dubrovnik, Split, Bol or Hvar.
- And finally, the island of Brac is another PARADISE. Here we were spending a day in his famous Zlatni Rat beachthe golden horn, considered one of the best beaches in Europe. Do not miss this post in which we tell you about our experience in the Island of Brac and Zlatni Rat Beach in Bol.
Although these islands are the most famous, they really there are many more to explore, such as those in northern Croatia or other Dalmatian islands.
My personal recommendation is that you spend at least a day or two on one of the Croatian islands.. Choose the one you like the most and try to rent a motorcycle or a car to explore them thoroughly.
And one very important thing, don’t forget the booties! Almost all the beaches in Croatia are made of pebbles.
Good, nice and cheap accommodation:
These are some hotels that we recommend in the places you cannot miss in Croatia:
Choosing one last essential place to see in Croatia is really difficult for me, and I will not deny that things have been quite close, but in the end I have decided to stay with Zadar for several reasons:
- A. It is quite close to other places of interest in Croatia.
- B. The city center is very interestingalthough it was also hit by the Balkan war.
- C. They say that the sunsets from Zadar are some of the best in Europe.
In Zadar it is mega-essential watch the sunset from the Sea Organ and Greeting to the Sun, the biggest tourist attraction in the city when the sun begins to go down. Do not miss this post with everything you have what to see in Zadar.
Of course, there are plenty of other places in croatia that are worth a visit, but this is my particular recommendation. I hope you enjoy the trip a lot!
Have you already been to Croatia? Do you agree with my selection? Do you recommend anything else to see in Croatia? Leave me a comment at the end of the post telling me your favorite places in this wonderful country.