Top 7 Tips To Help you Choose Your Destination in Croatia (2023)

In this post, we will show you how to choose yourdestination in Croatia. If you have already decided to visit Croatia but you arent sure what place in Croatia is right for you, kick back and relax. These simple steps will help you to narrow down your choices and ensure that you have the best travel experience in Croatia.

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Youve probably heard about Croatia either from friends who have already visited or from a guy next door whos going this year. Or from an eye-catching commercial on your local TV. Anyways, now you are determined you want to visit Croatia too. And you start planning your travel to Croatia. But, travel planning isnt always easy.

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7 tips to help you choose your destination in Croatia

You first start reading about the country, and you feel an absolute excitement (vacation planning is in a way as exciting as vacation itself). Then you get an influx of information, some reliable others not, and you feel overwhelmed, lost, and tired. In the end, there are so many places youd like to see and experience and so little time.

Here is our checklist that will help you to choose your destination in Croatia!

Get to know Croatia

We rent a villa in Istria and we cant even count how many times the renters would contact us saying that they would love to use our villa as a base to visit Dubrovnik and Hvar. Our house is over 700 km away from Dubrovnik. So, we dont think so!

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With a surface of 56.594 km2, Croatia is the size of Iowa or the State of New York. It is almost 5 times smaller than the UK. But this doesnt mean that you can just hop from one place to another in a matter of a few hours.

Before you decide on your destination in Croatia, get yourself familiar with the country.

To help you do just that, start with these articles:

  • 34 Things To Know Before Visiting Croatia
  • 18 Tips For First-Time Travel To Croatia
  • Getting Around Croatia
  • Where To Go In Croatia

How long do you plan to stay in Croatia?

You obviously cannot visit asmany places in Croatia on a weekend as you can in two-weeks. I know that youd like to see as much as possible, but you cannot see the entire country and its highlights over the weekend. Even if Croatia is a relatively small country.

For a weekend break, just choose one destination and stick to it. No need to be jumping around like crazy just so you can say youve been here and there. Or just to simply check the things off your list. Stay in one place (make sure its an awesome place!) and get to know it well. Opatija, Rovinj, Split, Dubrovnik, and Zagreb are all great places for a weekend break in Croatia.

If you plan to stay in Croatia just a bit longer, forup to one week, decide on a centrally located destination in Croatia. This can be your base to explore the surrounding area. I know youd like to see so many places, but spending your week in Croatia on a bus, or in a car, isnt going to cut it.

Focus on a smaller area, and enjoy exploring it. Below are suggested places for each region of Croatia.

Stay inPorec,Rovinj, orPulaif you would like toexploreIstria.We rent a nice villa in Porec, you might want to check it out.

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Zadaris a great choice for those who would like to explore bothcoastal and continental Croatia. Its less than three hours from Zagreb, two hours from Plitvice Lakes, just minutes away from Velebit and Paklenica National Park, and a short boat ride from Kornati Islands.

Splitis a great base to explorethe highlights ofDalmatia: islands ofBrac, Hvar, Vis, and Solta, the coastal townsTrogir, Sibenik, Omis, andMakarska, ornatural sights like Biokovo mountain and Krka National Park.

Southern Dalmatia is best explored from small villages along Dubrovnik Riviera, like for example Komarna. Komarna is a small village located 70 km north of Dubrovnik. Its a perfect place for day trips to Dubrovnik, Peljesac peninsula, islands of Korcula, and Mljet, and even some awesome sights in Bosnia and Herzegovina, like Mostar, or Kravica Waterfalls. Veras parents rent nice seafront apartments in Komarna.

If you plan to stay at leastoneweek or longer, you can travel from north to south, stay at various destinations, and explore the broader area. The most popular tour includes a visit to Zagreb, Plitvice Lakes, Split, the island of Hvar, and Dubrovnik. You can check this interesting tour provided by the GAdventures.They also have asimilar 12 days tour that also includes a visit to neighboring Bosnia & Herzegovina (Sarajevo & Mostar), and Montenegro (Kotor).

How do you travel?

How do you plan to travel around Croatia? Your mode of transportation, to a certain extent, will influence your decision on a destination in Croatia.

Traveling by caris definitely the fastest way to travel around Croatia. So, yes, if you cannot stay still and you just love to see as much as possible no matter how short your visit to Croatia is, consider traveling by car.

Bus connectivity in Croatia is very good (with the exemption of Istria and the islands). Exploring Istria on a bus can be a bit of a hustle. If you still plan to do it, youll probably want to stay near the center of a town, preferably in Pula. Island hopping by bus is a joke (it can be done if you are traveling slowly, really slowly). If you still want to do it, then choose a town that is an islands main ferry port to put all chances on your side.

Unlike the rest of Europe,train connectivity in Croatia is limited. Only a few destinations can be reached by train (Split, Rijeka, Zagreb, Zadar, …). Your destination choice will be determined by train connectivity. Dont forget that trains are slow in Croatia. and also completely unreliable.

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In short, if you travel by car you will have flexibility and speed, so you can really go wherever you go. If you decide to travel by bus, then we suggest you visit Zagreb and/or Dalmatia. If you travel by train (although we dont understand why would you want to do that?!), Split, Rijeka, or Zagreb would be your destination of choice.

What are your interests?

This is maybe the most important factor to consider when you choose your destination in Croatia. What kind of holidays are you looking for?

Do you enjoy the cities or thecountryside? Are you anadventure traveler in search ofadrenaline-filled activitiesor you just want to relax by thebeach. Are you intocultureand history, goodfoodandwine, or you want to avoid crowds and find aplace away from it all? Answering this question will narrow a lot your choice of destinations in Croatia.

If you likeadventure, youll probably choose Zadar for its proximity to the Paklenica National Park, Split or Omis.

If you like toparty the island Murter, Pag or Hvar will be right up your alley.

Forfoodies, Istria will be an obvious choice.

If you enjoycities, then Split, orZagreb will keep you happy.

What's your budget?

We have to come toyour travel budget. Maybe you would like tostay in Dubrovnik for a week, in a 5-star hotel overlooking the old town, and eat out every night. This might be your dream vacation, but if your budget doesnt stretch that far, youll probably have to adjust. Youll get an apartment rental out of the old town instead. Youll shop at the local market, and cook your own meals. Or youll choose another destination altogether.

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And although you can pretty much visit any destination in Croatia on any budget, the budget does matter. Simply put - the more popular a destination is, the more expensive it is.

Here are a few examples of this rule:

  • Admission to the Risnjak National Park in August is a 45 Kn per person for a 2-day ticket, a one-day entrance ticket to Plitvice National Park costs 300 Kn per person.
  • Youll pay a half-board fortwo in any hotel in Rovinj at least 20% more than inPorec.
  • A simple burger in Hvat Town will cost you 90 Kn, the same burger in Jelsa youll pay 35 Kn.
  • A beer in Dubrovnik Old town will set you back 40 Kn when the same beer in Pula youll pay 25 Kn.

Weve writtena post onhow much money youll need in Croatia.

Time of travel – off-season vs. high season

Croatia is small. The towns and villages along the cost go very quiet during the winter (January and February being the quietest months). Restaurants close down, shops are empty, locals go skiing to the neighboring countries, or simply stay in their houses.

Towns bustling streets you experience in summer, are deserted during the winter, and you onlyencounter stray cats. Unless you are really looking intoa peaceful (too peaceful, we might add) retreat, youll probably avoidCroatian small coastal townsduring the winter (and islands even more).

But Split, although quieter than during the summer, is still very much alive. Zagreb too. On the positive side, everything is cheaper (especially accommodation). So you might trade activities for cheaper vacation, and fewer crowds (no lines, people!).

What's your travel style?

Are you traveling solo, as a family with kids, or a couple? This is very important when it comes to choosing your destination in Croatia (and maybe even more when you choose your accommodation in Croatia). If I was traveling solo, I would like to stay in bigger towns where I can easily meet fellow travelers, or where locals are more open-minded and easier to make contact. This is just me. You might be totally different, and take solo travel as a self-discovery. Thus, searching for a totally remote place with very few people.

As afamily with kids, maybe you dream of visiting historical and cultural sites all day long, but we know that your kids wont be happy. Youll be looking into destinations that have a balance between the two. Porec, for example, can be a great choice forfamily holidays.

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Check our post on the best destinations in Croatia for couples.

What does affect your decisionthe most when choosing your destination in Croatia? Did we forget anything? Let us know in the comments below.

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FAQs

How do I decide where to go to Croatia? ›

Opatija, Rovinj, Split, Dubrovnik, and Zagreb are all great places for a weekend break in Croatia. If you plan to stay in Croatia just a bit longer, for up to one week, decide on a centrally located destination in Croatia. This can be your base to explore the surrounding area.

What is the best way to explore Croatia? ›

The best way to travel around Croatia is by car. Croatia is a small country with great roads and lots of nice little villages totally worth a detour. The only way to really discover the country is to travel by car. Weve written a full post about driving in Croatia as well as about car rental in Croatia.

Where should I stay in Croatia for the first time? ›

If you have a week or less in Croatia, then I'd recommend picking a central location from which you can take day trips. This will cut down on logistics planning immensely. Split is great for this, as you'll be able to take day trips to Krka National Park, Hvar, Bisevo Island, Trogir, and more.

What month is best for Croatia? ›

The best time to visit Croatia is in May and June or September and October when the weather is pleasant and sunny. This makes it ideal for swimming and sunbathing. It is also less crowded at these times than in the summer months of July and August which are high season and can be very hot, especially in the afternoon.

What month is the best time to go to Croatia? ›

The best time to visit Croatia is during the summer months, from June to September, when sunlight is plentiful and temperatures are warm, between 66°F and 86°F.

What Croatia is famous for? ›

Croatia is famed for its scenic pebbled beaches, which are beautifully lapped by crystal-clear waters. One of the most well known is Brac's Zlatni Rat, also referred to as the Golden Cape. The tip of the beach is everchanging with the wind, meaning you never know quite what shape it'll take when you visit.

Is 7 days in Croatia enough? ›

How many days do you need in Croatia? You could spend weeks in Croatia (I spent 3 months there in early 2022) but 7 days in Croatia is enough to see the highlights. With this amount of time for your Croatia travel itinerary, you can visit 2-3 places and take day trips to popular attractions.

What is the best part of Croatia to stay in? ›

Where to Stay in Croatia 2022
  • #1: Zagreb: Croatia's charming inland capital.
  • #2: Pula: Gorgeous coastline and Roman ruins.
  • #3: Split: The sunny heart of Dalmatia.
  • #4: Dubrovnik: A medieval town with a modern lifestyle.
  • #5: Hvar Island: Lavender hills and coastal vistas.
  • #6: Zadar: A unique historical town.
13 Dec 2021

What to Know Before Travelling to split? ›

Things to know before you arrive in Split
  • Book an apartment over a hotel. ...
  • Decide whether you want to stay in the old town centre, or slightly out of town along the coastline. ...
  • We recommend staying in Split for around 3 or 4 days and combining your trip with the island of Brac, Hvar or Vis if you want a longer holiday.
29 Aug 2019

Where should I go for 5 days in Croatia? ›

How to Spend 3 – 5 days Island Hopping in Croatia
  • Day 1: Arrive in Dubrovnik + Explore the Old Town.
  • Day 2: Dubrovnik's Old Town + trip to Lokrum Island.
  • Day 3: Explore Korcula Town and the Archipelago.
  • Day 4: Visit Hvar Town and Pakleni Islands.
  • Day 5: Discover Split and depart.

Is 9 days enough in Croatia? ›

Nine days is a great amount of time for an introductory trip to Croatia. Focus on a single region like Dalmatia or Istria for an in-depth stay or cover country-wide highlights for a faster-paced trip.

What is the safest city in Croatia? ›

If you're looking for Croatia's safest places to visit, Zagreb's Upper Town (Gornji Grad) and Lower Town (Donji Grad), both known for great restaurants and museums, tend to be very safe for travelers, though tourists should still be on high alert for pickpockets.

Is Split or Dubrovnik better? ›

Maybe you just want a quick answer to the question: Is Dubrovnik or Split better? Dubrovnik is a better travel destination for foodies, and has a better Old Town. Split offers better nightlife, better day trip options, and is generally cheaper than Dubrovnik. Both destinations offer excellent beaches.

Is Greece or Croatia better? ›

So if you have two or more weeks to spare, a vacation to Greece may be the better choice than Croatia. It's hard to say which country has the better beaches, but in our opinion Greece probably shades it. However Croatia probably has the better water for swimming – it's warm, calm, and really unrivalled across Europe.

How much should I budget per day Croatia? ›

On average, you can expect your trip to Croatia to cost €45-105 per day (about $50-118 USD per day) if visiting the country on a budget but are still wanting to enjoy the occasional splurge. However, this travel budget can vary significantly depending on your spending habits.

Is 2 weeks in Croatia too long? ›

In all seriousness, two weeks is an excellent amount of time to explore the coastline of Croatia. You may either like to spend most of your time in Dalmatia, travelling between the mainland and its islands.

Is 1 week enough in Croatia? ›

Spending a week in Croatia is a great choice for most travelers. In seven to 10 days, you can easily explore Dubrovnik, Split, and the Dalmatian Islands, with enough time left over to add another region or national park to the itinerary.

What is the coldest month in Croatia? ›

January is the coldest month in Croatia, with an average maximum temperature of 9.4°C (48.9°F).

What is the rainy season in Croatia? ›

The wetter season lasts 7.9 months, from September 18 to May 13, with a greater than 22% chance of a given day being a wet day. The month with the most wet days in Split is November, with an average of 9.2 days with at least 0.04 inches of precipitation. The drier season lasts 4.1 months, from May 13 to September 18.

What is the coldest part of Croatia? ›

The coldest is Varaždinska. Due to the warmer temperatures the best time for traveling is from June to September. Less attractive are the cold months from November to March.

Do you need a car in Croatia? ›

If you only plan to relax at the beach 24/7 in any coastal town in Croatia, you wont need a car. If you dont have a budget for it, you simply wont rent a car. However, even in these situations, we would recommend that you rent a car for a day and take it on Croatian roads to explore beyond your base destination.

Is Greece or Croatia warmer? ›

Climate. Greece is further south than Croatia, so it's closer to the equator, and temperatures are a few degrees hotter down there.

Is Croatia poor or rich? ›

Being rich in a poor country also has costs.
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RankCountryGDP-PPP ($)
50Turkey37,488
51Latvia37,330
52Romania36,622
53Croatia36,201
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What are 5 interesting facts about Croatia? ›

Croatia is home of the world's biggest truffle. Croatia has highest number of UNESCO Intangible Goods of any European country. Zlatni rat beach changes in shape and colour depending on the wind. Croatia has the richest collection of remains of Neanderthal people in the world.

Is there a Starbucks in Croatia? ›

No, there is not a single Starbucks in Croatia! Starbucks has even stated that they have no plans to open in Croatia.

Is it cheaper to go to Croatia or Italy? ›

When it comes down to budget, Croatia wins over Italy. The local currency in Croatia is the Kuna and in Italy, it is the Euro. Prices are around twice as high in Italy.
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Budget.
GreeceCroatia
Low budget accommodation per night15€ ($17 USD)75kn ($11 USD)
Mid-range accommodation per night85€ ($91 USD)650kn ($94 USD)
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How much cash do you need for a week in Croatia? ›

How much Croatian Kuna should I have for one week in Croatia? If you want to spend a week in Croatia the cost of your stay will be: 478 USD (3,400 HRK) - a cheap stay for 7 days in Croatia. 861 USD (6,200 HRK) - a budget travel for 7 days in Croatia.

Is traveling to Croatia cheap? ›

Croatia's reputation as a prime holiday spot makes it pretty expensive to visit, especially during peak times. This is because prices for accommodation shoot up and sometimes even double in high season.

Where do the rich stay in Croatia? ›

Split is one of the most luxurious cities to live in Croatia, which attracts millions of world travelers every year. The center of the city and unquestionably architectural pride is Diocletian's Palace.

Where do the rich and famous go in Croatia? ›

Without a doubt the most important Croatian place for the famous, rich and everyone in general is the city of Dubrovnik. This Adriatic pearl is well known for many years already.

Why is Croatia so popular with tourists? ›

It is where you will find a wonderful climate, with over 2,500 hours of sun per year, beautiful cultural cities, picturesque ports, stunning nature and hundreds of islands. And then we haven't even mentioned the Croatian coast: the most beautiful in Europe!

Where should I stay in Croatia for a week? ›

Zagreb is the perfect place to begin your perfect week in Croatia, as there are lots of things to do here. It is the capital city, and it definitely has the most to offer.

Is 4 days in Croatia enough? ›

Spending 4 days in Dubrovnik is just the right amount of time to see the main tourists spots, enjoy the beach, see the islands, and even try some wine.

How safe is Croatia for travel? ›

Statistically, Croatia is one of the safest countries in the world. The stats don't lie: Croatia is the 19th-safest country in the world! That means that Croatia is statistically safer than both the UK and the US. The only safety issues you're likely to encounter will involve pickpockets and scammers.

Is Croatia safe for female Travellers? ›

Is Croatia Safe? Croatia is a very safe country — no less safe than your hometown or the vast majority of Europe. The major things you need to be cautious about are petty theft and pickpocketing, especially in tourist-filled areas like the city centers of Split and Dubrovnik.

How can I spend 14 days in Croatia? ›

Highlights
  1. Explore Zagreb, one of the most beautiful capital cities in Europe.
  2. Visit Roman ruins and Venetian architecture on the Istria Peninsula.
  3. Marvel at the cascading waterfalls of Plitvice National Park.
  4. Swim in emerald lagoons at Krka National Park.
  5. Tour the historic cities and islands of Croatia's Dalmatian Coast.

How can I spend 10 days in Croatia? ›

10 Days in Croatia Itinerary
  1. Day 1: Arrive in Zagreb. Dolac Market. ...
  2. Day 2: Plitvice Lakes. Plitvice Lakes National Park. ...
  3. Day 3: Split. Diocletian's Palace. ...
  4. Day 4: Krka National Park. Krka National Park.
  5. Day 5: Island Hopping. Golden Horn Beach. ...
  6. Day 6: Omis. Velika strand. ...
  7. Day 7: Dubrovnik. Dubrava Observation Point. ...
  8. Day 8: Rovinj.
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Is 6 days in Croatia enough? ›

Six days in Croatia might be a quick trip but it is plenty of time to explore the best of the country. Consider focusing on a single region like the Dalmatian coast or the northern peninsula of Istria.

Is 5 days in Dubrovnik too long? ›

With four to five days in Dubrovnik, it is also possible to take a day trip from the city. Three days allows you to fully experience both the gleaming old town and the city by way of the Adriatic with time to venture outside of the Dalmatian capital.

How much is an average meal in Croatia? ›

Prices in restaurants in Croatia.
Meal in a cheap restaurant55 HRK (39-100)
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course250 HRK (180-528)
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal)43 HRK (40-50)
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught)16 HRK (11-23)
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle)18 HRK (15-25)
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How do I plan a week in Croatia? ›

7-Day Croatia Itineraries
  1. Days 1-2: Zagreb. The most logical place to start this 7-day Croatia itinerary is in the vibrant capital of Zagreb. ...
  2. Day 3: Plitvice Lakes National Park. ...
  3. Days 4-5: Split. ...
  4. Days 6-7: Dubrovnik. ...
  5. Days 1-3: Pula. ...
  6. Days 4-5: Umag. ...
  7. Days 6-7: Rovinj. ...
  8. Days 1-2: Zagreb.
25 Jan 2022

What's the best area to stay in Croatia? ›

Where to Stay in Croatia 2022
  • #1: Zagreb: Croatia's charming inland capital.
  • #2: Pula: Gorgeous coastline and Roman ruins.
  • #3: Split: The sunny heart of Dalmatia.
  • #4: Dubrovnik: A medieval town with a modern lifestyle.
  • #5: Hvar Island: Lavender hills and coastal vistas.
  • #6: Zadar: A unique historical town.
13 Dec 2021

Should I go to Split or Dubrovnik first? ›

Maybe you just want a quick answer to the question: Is Dubrovnik or Split better? Dubrovnik is a better travel destination for foodies, and has a better Old Town. Split offers better nightlife, better day trip options, and is generally cheaper than Dubrovnik. Both destinations offer excellent beaches.

Is Dubrovnik or Split prettier? ›

Final verdict: Split or Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik is one of the most beautiful walled cities in the world, very elegant, with better beaches and better hotels than Split. Both towns are must-visit places in Croatia.

How many days is enough for Split Croatia? ›

Two days in Split are enough to cover all of the main activities in town. However, due to its ideal location, there are so many day trips that you can (or rather should) take while in Split. We'll list some of the best day trips and things to do around Split for your itinerary.

Which is better Split or Hvar? ›

Split has some great beaches but also the bars and parties for those that want them, while Hvar has a more explorable landscape with plenty of hidden coves, sleepy fishing villages and luscious beaches.

Is Greece or Croatia nicer? ›

It's hard to pinpoint which country is the better destination, as both are guaranteed to provide an unforgettable vacation. However if you're looking to visit a country which has a unique array of islands to visit – each with their own rustic vibe – then Greece could be the better holiday choice.

Is Portugal or Croatia better? ›

Portugal or Croatia: Conclusion

Overall, we'd say that Portugal is a solid choice for travelers who want breathtaking beaches that give both wild surf and stunning vistas. Croatia's beaches aren't quite as rugged and don't have waves, making them better for yachters and sunbathers.

What is the cheapest part of Croatia? ›

Slavonski Brod. Slavonski Brod is one of the cheapest cities to live in in Croatia. In fact, it is the cheapest one. Slavonski Brod is the second-largest city in Slavonia and is situated in the eastern part of the country near the Bosnia and Herzegovina border.

How much money do I need for a week in Croatia? ›

What is this? On average, you can expect your trip to Croatia to cost €45-105 per day (about $50-118 USD per day) if visiting the country on a budget but are still wanting to enjoy the occasional splurge. However, this travel budget can vary significantly depending on your spending habits.

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