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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 10 attractions in Croatia

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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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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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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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St. Mark’s Cathedral (Korcula Cathedral)

St. Mark’s Cathedral (Korcula Cathedral)

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Situated in the center of Korcula’s old town, and hemmed in by a web of streets, is St. Marks Cathedral also known as the Korcula Cathedral. The Gothic-Renaissance style church was completed in the 15th century at the hands of local artisans and with the help of Italian masters. The result is a façade featuring a handful of curious characters — such as a squatting Adam and Eve, and a wide-eyed elephant — and an interior filled with a collection of impressive artwork, including two paintings by Tintoretto.Given the tight city quarters, it can be hard to grasp the cathedral’s grandness from just beyond its front doors, or even from within. With that in mind, get a better perspective — a 360-degree one, in fact — by heading up to St Mark’s cupola-topped bell tower. There, you can take in unparalleled views of the town below, coast beyond, and even islands dotting the crystal blue sea in the distance.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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Trakoscan Castle

Trakoscan Castle

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Set against a backdrop of hillside vineyards and lush woodlands, Trakoš?an Castle is Croatia's best preserved and most visited medieval castle. White-trimmed crenelations, a dramatic drawbridge, and red-roofed towers add a fairy tale element, while the sprawling grounds feature a romantic landscape of English-style gardens and a lake with hiking trails.More
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Bacina Lakes (Bacinska Jezera)

Bacina Lakes (Bacinska Jezera)

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With turquoise waters surrounded by lush pine forests set against a backdrop of soaring mountains, the Bacina Lakes (Bacinska Jezera) are one of Croatia’s most enchanting hidden wonders. The seven lakes, six of which are interconnected, are off the radar for most tourists, but they provide an idyllic setting for outdoor activities.More
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Ban Jelacic Square (Trg Bana Jelacica)

Ban Jelacic Square (Trg Bana Jelacica)

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The living heart around which Zagreb beats, Ban Jelacic Square (Trg Bana Jelacica) was built in the mid-19th century when Croatia was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and it marks the boundary between Gornji Grad and Kapitol (both in the Upper Town) and Donji Grad (Lower Town). The huge, paved piazza is named after a military leader of the 19th century, whose equestrian statue by Austrian sculptor Anton Dominick Ritter von Fernkorn was erected in 1866; it has great sentimental value to the Croatian people as it was removed from the square in 1947 by the Communists, and only replaced in 1990 during the breakup of Yugoslavia.Surrounded by elegant and arcaded Baroque buildings – many swathed in advertising hoardings – the vast square is crossed by several of the city’s great boulevards, including Illica and Radićeva. It is lined with bars and cafés that move outdoors in the summer, when locals and visitors jostle for space with buskers, beggars and the trams that constantly rattle around its perimeter. A Christmas market takes place during Advent, and Jelacic Square is where the people of Zagreb see in the New Year with fireworks and live music.More
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Plitvice Lakes National Park

Plitvice Lakes National Park

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With its emerald-green lakes, rocky caves, and cascading waterfalls framed by soaring dolomite cliffs, ancient woodlands, and fields of wild orchids, Plitvice Lakes National Park is the natural playground of Croatia. The UNESCO World Heritage site has over 73,000 acres (20,500 hectares) of unspoiled landscapes, boasting 16 lakes and 90 waterfalls linked by a network of hiking and biking trails.More
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Zrmanja River

Zrmanja River

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Lying inland from Zadar in northern Croatia, the Zrmanja River rises in the Dinaric Alps and runs for 44 miles (70 km); the bulk of its course lies within the Velebit Nature Park before it empties in the Novigrad Sea after passing the cute, pastel-colored town of the same name built along its meandering banks. Along with its tributary the Krupa, the upper reaches of the Zrmanja are one of the country’s hottest spots for rafting and kayaking through its spectacular limestone canyons – in parts 656 feet (200 meters) deep – and underneath its tumbling cascades. The most spectacular falls are Veliki Buk, a crescent-shaped mini-Niagra where the pristine waters hurls itself 65.5 feet (20 meters) in two steps over a limestone cliff face; a popular hike to the falls starts at Muskovci, with amazing views over the lush Zrmanja river valley.More

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Dalmatia Day Trips from Dubrovnik

Dalmatia Day Trips from Dubrovnik

Top activities in Croatia

Five Island Speedboat Tour Featuring the Blue Cave and Hvar
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Full-Day Catamaran Cruise to Hvar & Pakleni Islands with Food and free Drinks
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Blue Lagoon by Three Island Tour

Blue Lagoon by Three Island Tour

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6 Islands, Hvar and Blue Cave Small-Group Tour with Lunch and Wine Tasting
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Blue & Green Cave, Vis and Pakleni Islands speedboat tour from Hvar
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Krka Waterfalls and Sibenik Day Trip Including Wine Tasting from Split
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ATV Quad Safari Tour from Split
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All-inclusive Deluxe Blue Cave Tour with Grilled Lunch
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Blue & Green cave tour with yacht from town Hvar
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Recent reviews from experiences in Croatia

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A true wine lover
Shar_T, Jul 2021
Wine Lover's Tour of Peljesac Peninsula
I'd go back to the peninsula to visit those wineries as well as some more in the area!
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Five Star Tour of Mostar
Linda_B, Jul 2021
Mostar, Pocitelj and Kravice Waterfalls Private Tour from Dubrovnik
The waterfalls were a nice stop and Mostar was truly interesting.
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The perfect day
NicoleKopperud, Jul 2021
Plitvice Lakes and Rastoke, Small Group Tour from Zagreb, Guaranteed Departure
The Plitvice Lakes and Falls were exactly as I had dreamed them to be and I cannot say enough good things about the entire day.
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Unforgettable adventure
Margarita_Bamm, Jul 2021
Rafting Experience in the Canyon of the river Cetina
I like extreme activities and it was like that.
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Magical day in Plitvice
Melissa_H, Jul 2021
Plitvice Lakes National Park Day Trip from Split
Visitors to Croatia should not leave without experiencing these extraordinary lakes and waterfalls.
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Amazing day trip! Don’t miss it :)
Roque_M, Jun 2021
Korcula Day Trip from Dubrovnik
Ston and Korcula are beautiful and this was the best way to see both at once.
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Loved it!
Roque_M, Jun 2021
Plitvice Lakes and Rastoke village shared Day Trip
Both guide and driver were really kind to us and we didn’t only got to see Rastoke and the lakes but we also learned a lot about Croatian culture ☺️
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Great experience!!
Luke_C, Jul 2021
Half-Day Split Sea Kayak Adventure
When we got to the beach for swimming he took my husband and I to the cliff jumping section and jumped with us and told us stories and suggestions on what to do in town.
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A great trip to a stunning nature's wonder
Denis_Z, Jul 2021
Plitvice Lakes tour from Zagreb -Tickets RESERVED but NOT included.
Visiting the lakes was the highlight of our trip to Croatia; the lakes, waterfalls and views are absolutely mindblowing.
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Fantastic tour
Ashley_B, Jul 2021
Plitvice Lakes National Park Group Guided Tour from Split or Trogir
5 hour journey to the falls is actually not bad, and we stopped for a bathroom break and coffee about halfway through the trip (we did this coming back to Split too).
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Beautiful scenery, exhilarating ride!
Doran_C, Jul 2021
Five Island Speedboat Tour Featuring the Blue Cave and Hvar
Great way to see all the main islands and beautiful scenery that Split and the surrounding Islands have to offer.
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Brilliant day with Petra exploring the magic of Plitvice
Alona_V, Jul 2021
Plitvice Lakes and Rastoke, Small Group Tour from Zagreb, Guaranteed Departure
Plitvice is a truly magical place and with her expert knowledge I know we got to see the best parts.
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Once in a lifetime….
colintaylor, Jun 2021
Dubrovnik Food Tour by Vidokrug
We wish to come back just to see what Igor accomplished with all his tourism goals!
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You’ve got to see this place!
Bert_L, Jun 2021
Private Plitvice Lakes National park tour
This amazing work of nature has been carefully preserved yet allows you to enjoy the experience up close as you walk through the park on well maintained trails along the shorelines of cascading lakes and across their wetlands on elevated wooden walkways, continuously viewing picturesque waterfalls.
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Excellent Excursion
Hannah_B, Jun 2021
Plitvice lakes tour from Split
Mario is a history and English teacher so he was an expert in answering all of the questions my group had regarding Croatian history.
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Krka day trip
Michael_M, Jun 2021
Krka National Park and Šibenik Town Driver-guide Private Tour from Split
We were never rushed and after the trip he gave us great advice about other things to do in Croatia and places to eat.
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My arms are sore but I’ve never been happier!
Katie_B, Apr 2021
Sunset Sea Kayaking and Wine Tasting Tour Dubrovnik
This is the best way to see Croatia and meet new people.
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Monday afternoon ride
Lyle, Sep 2020
Marjan Park Forest tour with Greyp E-Bike
You get an opportunity to see Split from vantage points that you otherwise wouldn’t.
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Beautiful touch of the croatian coast from Zagreb
Ilham, Aug 2020
Day trip to Nin and Zadar
Great tour with a possibility to visit a part of a wonderful croatian coast and beautiful towns like Nin & Zadar from Zagreb.
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The whole package
Jason_M, Jun 2020
Rent a Motorbike With Desmo Adventure and Explore Dalmatia on the Motorcycle
Great company, lots of laughter, amazing sights to see and Duje is a brilliant guide.
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