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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

Trip ideas

How to Spend 2 Days in Split

How to Spend 2 Days in Split

Top activities in Croatia

Plitvice Lakes and Rastoke, Small Group Tour from Zagreb
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Slovenia, Ljubljana and Lake Bled Full Day Small Group Excursion from Zagreb
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Recent reviews from experiences in Croatia

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Amazing trip
Zaijin_H, Oct 2021
Plitvice Lakes and Rastoke, Small Group Tour from Zagreb
The Fall season is gorgeous.
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Excellent oysters and wine tour!
Donna_B, Sep 2021
4H STON, OYSTERS and WINE TOUR FROM DUBROVNIK
The boat ride was fun and it was great to see how the oysters were cared for and harvested.
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Magic Bosnia in a day
Alessandra_P, Sep 2021
Mostar and Kravice Waterfalls Tour from Dubrovnik(small group)
I loved swimming in the waterfalls, this isn’t allowed in krka waterfalls in Croatia so it was a great opportunity.
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Fun and varied day
Megan_P, Sep 2021
Krka Waterfalls and Sibenik Day Trip Including Wine Tasting from Split
Lovely day - the waterfalls are beautiful and it was nice to see other areas in Croatia as part of the day.
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Beautiful water at Vis and Blue cave.Hvar is great.Luka, our tour guide was great. Went out of his way to accommodate. .
Nikolaos_G, Sep 2021
Five Island Speedboat Tour Featuring the Blue Cave and Hvar
Very professional, spoke English well, and he was very well familiar with Croatian history.
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AMAZING TRIP 100% RECOMMENDED!!
Mark_A, Sep 2021
Five Island Speedboat Tour Featuring the Blue Cave and Hvar
Loved the trip from start to finish, amazing way to see the most beautiful parts of Croatia’s islands and beautiful bays.
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Enjoyable and Educational
Karen_W, Aug 2021
Taste Zagreb Food Tour
Dena was a terrific guide and spoke perfect English.
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Mostar tour- amazing!
Gail_Z, Aug 2021
Mostar and Kravice Waterfalls Small-Group with Turkish House Included
The waterfalls were literally breathtaking.
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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
Nicole_K, Jul 2021
Plitvice Lakes and Rastoke, Small Group Tour from Zagreb
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 experience and excellent weather!
Sabrina_V, Nov 2021
Plitvice lakes tour from Split
Because the weather was in our favor, the fall colors and the steady waterfalls made the views even more majestic.
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Perfect day in Slovenia
Stephanie_B, Oct 2021
Ljubljana and Bled Lake - small group - day tour from Zagreb
I would have loved to spend more time, especially in Ljubljana, but if you want to see both and don’t have a lot of time, this is definitely the perfect tour.
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Spectacular Sunset
Sonny_R, Oct 2021
Dubrovnik Sunset Tour with Wine by Vidokrug
Ivo handed us our wine -- I had a Babic red, which is OK, and my wife had a brandy, which she didn't particularly like -- and we sat down to see the sunset.
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Brilliant! Great tour, well presented
Joe_C, Oct 2021
Communism & Croatian Homeland War Tour
I would recommend this tour to anyone, really interesting because of the history, and it's a great way to see some things in Zagreb you might otherwise miss.
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Such a great adventure!
Natalie_P, Oct 2021
Blue Cave and Hvar 5 Islands full-day Speedboat Tour from Split
We love to travel and explore places as much as possible with our daughters so booking this trip was a must to see more of the Croatian islands!
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Majestic Plitvice lakes
Karissa_C, Oct 2021
Plitvice lakes and Rastoke day trip from Zagreb (Guaranteed departure)
The waterfalls and caves have such unique formation.
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Ultimate way to see Dubrovnik with Stephan!
John_T, Sep 2021
Dubrovnik Above Beyond, Srdj drive & guided Old Town PRIVATE SHORE EXCURSION
He took us to the old mill, run by the waterfall, which is the water source for the town (Husband found this fascinating).
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