When it comes to Balkan destinations, there are hardly any places that compare to Croatia. This beautiful coastal country with magnificent waterfalls and unmatched landscapes is a traveller’s dream and the country is good for solos. In this article, I’ve listed 17 things to do in Croatia to inspire you to go there.
Things To Do in Croatia
1. Visit the Old Town Walls of Dubrovnik
The Old Town is a historical attraction of Dubrovnik. It has a rich history. In the past, the walls were used to keep foreign Balkan invaders out of the town. Entrance to the wall will cost you 150 HRK. If you wish to walk the whole loop you need to save 2-3 hours from your day.
2. Kayaking around Lokrum Island and Dubrovnik
No matter how many times you visit Dubrovnik, a Kayaking tour becomes a must. Navigating the waters around Lokrum Island has been one of the most popular attractions in the town. The tour will last for 4-5 hours. Choose a sunset tour to get the best out of your trip.
3. Visit Abandoned Hotels in Kupari
For history lovers, the bay of abandoned hotels in Kupari is an interesting place to visit. After the Yugoslav war, the place was left highly damaged. However, it provides a rich historical view of the past and you can reach Kupari from the Dubrovnik bus stop in no time.
4. Zlatni Rat Beach
The Zlatni Rat Beach is located on the island of Bol. It has been listed as one of the best beaches in all of Europe. Because of its V shape, it is sometimes also called the Golden Horn. There are certain water sports you can indulge in, like windsurfing, jet skiing, and paddleboarding A visit to the Aquapark Istralandia – Istria Country, Croatia is a must as it is listed as one of the best waterparks in the world.
5. Island of Korcula
When you are in Croatia, it makes sense to explore the island of Korcula especially if you have an interest in architectural history. Korcula is a medieval old town with beautiful stone-walled streets. Be sure to check out the clever fishbone pattern when you’re here.
6. Croatian capital – Zagreb
Zagreb is often overlooked by visitors because it is farther from the coast. But the city can be the perfect place to lay back and enjoy the essence of Croatia. There are plentiful restaurants, expert museums, and a ton of history to catch up on.
7. Town and Island of Hvar
Hvar has always been one of the best mentions in a Croatian itinerary. This party island holds some wondrous beaches with an Old Town Centre brimming with the liveliest nightlife.
8. Stari Grad
If you’re on the island of Hvar, Stari Grad is just 25 km from the town, within Grad Bay to the North of Hvar Island. Stari Grad is among the oldest European towns and was founded by Greeks in 384 BCE.
9. Blue Cave in Bisevo
Blue Cave or Modra Splija is a definite highlight in coastal Croatia. The Blue Cave has a narrow formation with a water-filled opening. It is located in Balun Cove, on the Eastern side of the Bisevo island. Visiting the cave can give you an otherworldly experience simply from the alien visuals.
10. Camping in Obonjan
Obonjan is an adult-only camping destination. It may be on a private island but that doesn't mean that it isn’t affordable. You’ll find plenty of wellness in the spa when you’re ready for some pampering too.
11. Kornati Islands
The Kornati Islands are one of Croatia’s eight national parks. This archipelago is composed of about 150 karst islands and islets. Its name ‘Kornati’ is because it takes the shape of a crown.
Sibenik is also among the oldest cities in Croatia. It has a rich history that you can begin exploring from the St. James Cathedral in Old Town. Make it a point to visit St. Michael’s fortress and one of their amazing waterfront restaurants whilst you’re here.
13. Old Town of Split
Although this town has lesser remains of the olden times, Split is popular with visitors, especially those looking to island-hop their way through Croatia. There is the old Diocletian Palace and Saint Domnius Cathedral to discover and the bell tower of the Cathedral can give you a magnificent view of the entire region.
14. Waterfalls of Krka National Park
Krka National Park is the best-known attraction in Croatia. It is 142 km sq. in size and holds wonderful water bodies including wide waterfalls and spacious rivers.
15. Plitvice Lakes and Waterfalls
Plitvice Lakes National Park is a UNESCO world heritage site. It has 12 upper lakes and 4 lower lakes. The landscape here truly is breathtaking and you’ll need at least one whole day to truly explore this location.
16. Cetina Canyon
The Cetina Canyon is known for its adventurous zip-line and is one for the adventurous solo. At a height of 150m above ground level, there are 2100 meters of zip line with a total of eight wires.
17. Omis and Starigrad Fortress
For those wanting to experience ethereal Croatia without the bustling crowds, the town of Omis should definitely be on your list. One of the essential local highlights here is the local fort from where you can see the majority of the town, the canyon and the river.
Croatia is definitely a country that should be visited. There is so much to see here and to explore every nook and cranny would take you months. I hope that list has given you some ideas on what to do in this beautiful Balkan country. Check out my Solo Travel in Croatia guide to help you plan your Croatia trip.