There are so many incredible things to do in Croatia. So when you visit, you need a Croatia bucket list! Croatia is most famous for it’s beautiful beaches, mountains, caves, lakes, deep-rooted culture and long hot summers! Not to mention the captivating cities such as Zagreb (the capital) and Dubrovnik. Croatia has something for everyone, especially for the foodies among us (hello delicious seafood). So without further ado, here is what we consider to be the top things to do in Croatia, worthy of being on your Croatia Bucket List anyway.
Here’s our pick of the top things to do in Croatia
Looking to get away from the crowds in Dubrovnik? Lokrum is a beautiful, forested island full of black ash, holm oaks, pines and olive trees. Only a 10-minute ferry ride from Dubrovnik’s Old Harbour, so day trips to the island are a top attraction for visitors to Dubrovnik. Austrian archduke Maximilian once had a holiday home on the island and a monastery and a botanical garden survive from his era.
Diocletian’s Palace in Split
Visit this ancient palace, built for the Roman emperor Diocletian and see one of the most imposing ancient Roman structures still in existence today. Diocletian’s palace is certainly the main attraction of the city of Split, Croatia. The ruins of Diocletian’s Palace, built between the late 3rd and the early 4th centuries A.D., can be found throughout the city and today forms about half the old town of Split, Croatia.
Kornati National Park
The Kornati Islands National Park between Sibenik and Zadar is a spectacular archipelago that includes 109 mostly uninhabited islands, islets, reefs and craggy rocks scattered over an area of 224 square kilometres. The largest island is Kornat and the main settlement on the island is Vrulje. Although uninhabited there are a few dozen houses available to rent and a couple of restaurants open during the summer.
Dubrovnik Cable Car
What better view could you expect to get of Dubrovnik than from the top of a mountain?Take a 4 minute cable car ride to the peak of Srđ mountain and enjoy the breathtaking panoramic views of Old Town Dubrovnik, the crystal clear Adriatic Sea and Island Lokrum. The top of Srđ mountain is the ideal spot for photos, the best time being around sunset. A restaurant, café and souvenir shop are also available to visitors at the upper Cable Car station and Fort Imperial.
Explore Pula Arena
The Arena in Pula is a 1st-century Roman amphitheatre, the 6th largest in the world. Two thousand years ago in this very arena, 25,000 spectators would watch gladiators fight each other and exotic animals to the death. These days, tourists can tour the arena or watch a theater or musical performance. Luciano Pavarotti, Sinead O’Connor, Elton John, Sting, and Alanis Morissette have all performed at the Pula Arena.
The City Tower of Rijeka
One of the few buildings to have survived the 1750 earthquake, the distinctive yellow City Tower was originally a gate from the waterfront to the old town centre. This iconic tower was initially the gate that safeguarded the old town from the center to the Waterfront. Post Earthquake, a baroque style decoration was added by the Royal Hapsburg. This yellow tower is also known as the City Clock tower as it has a well known clock on it that was installed in 1873 and is still operating today.
Ivan Mestrovic Gallery
Ivan Meštrović Gallery, is an art museum in Split, Croatia dedicated to the work of the 20th-century sculptor, Ivan Meštrović. This art museum is dedicated to the work of renowned Croatian sculptor and artist Ivan Mestrovic. The artist himself drew the plans of the gallery and the grounds surrounding it. The gallery preserves and presents to the public the most significant works of Meštrović, and is in itself an art monument.
Plitvice Lakes National Park
Soak up the natural beauty and serenity of Croatia’s Plitvice Lakes National Park. This is one of the oldest and largest national parks in central Croatia. It’s known for a chain of 16 interconnecting lakes that vary in color from emerald green to turquoise to deep blue. These lakes are joined by waterfalls, that extend into a limestone canyon. Walkways and hiking trails wind around and across the water, and an electric boat links the upper and lower lakes.
Croatian National Theatre
Croatian National Theatre is a neo-baroque Zagreb masterpiece established in 1895. It’s also an opera house, theatre and a ballet and sits in the ‘Green Horseshoe’ area in the centre of Tito Square. We recommend booking your performance ahead of time to secure your spot.
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There is so much more to see and do in this amazing country. Plan ahead and take your time exploring. Sometimes travelers you meet on your trip will have the best suggestions for undiscovered gems and fun things to do in Croatia.
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