Best things to do in Croatia this summer! Wander UNESCO sites, hike beautiful national parks, enjoy gourmet meals, and more!
*This article was written by Marie Nieves*
Best Things To Do In Croatia This Summer
With summer right around the corner, now’s the time to start planning your European adventure. And what better way to enjoy the glory of summer than a visit to the Adriatic Sea. The Adriatic coast is filled to the brim with sightseeing opportunities and adventure activities. There’s so much you can see, taste, and do up and down the coast. And let’s not forget about the secluded island sanctuaries that are just perfect for a restorative escapade.
All of these experiences are conveniently located in Croatia. It’s the pearl country of the Adriatic and a true gem of urban and natural wonders in the region. If you love the seaside, consider yourself a foodie, and take great pleasure in discovering the historic towns of Europe, then Croatia should definitely be your top destination this summer season. Here are some of the best things you can do and some of the top places you need to visit.
Visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Croatia is a small country that leaves a big impact on every traveler. To the untrained eye, it might seem like a country where you only go for the honey-hued beaches and the clear-blue waters. In reality, there is so much more you can see and do here. Being a small country, you probably wouldn’t think that Croatia has ten UNESCO World Heritage sites scattered across the map. Oh, but it does, and they are magnificent.
These sites include:
- The historic city of Dubrovnik where Game of Thrones was shot.
- Stećci, a medieval graveyard.
- The Plitvice Lake National Park.
- Trogir, another historic city.
- The Split historical complex.
- The Episcopal Complex of The Euphrasian Basilica.
- Hvar’s Stari Grad Plain.
- The Cathedral of St. James.
- The Ancient Beech Forests.
- Venetian Works of Defense from the 16th And 17th Centuries.
Some sites will take you through entire historical cities like Dubrovnik. Others will take you into the most tranquil natural surroundings you’ve ever seen like the Beech Forests. Furthermore, some are a testament to the undying architecture of past eras. Truly, each is a sight to behold.
Take On Some Adventure Activities
Croatia is mostly known as a country of a thousand islands and a place that has some of the most spectacular beaches in the world. While lounging on the beach all day long is definitely something you’ll enjoy, it’s important to note that Croatia is also a land of many adventure activities you can try.
You can go zip lining in Pazin and Omiš, rafting on the Cetina River, and of course, you can partake in many water sports and adrenaline activities on the coast. Some are more thrilling than others. However, rest assured that you’ll always have a professional guide at your side, so that you can have the time of your life.
Charter A Yacht In Sukošan To Explore The Islands
Sukošan and the larget neighboring town of Zadar are two very popular spots on the Adriatic coast. This is for a number of reasons. Firstly, Zadar is another historic city, and Sukošan offers some of the most spectacular views of the Adriatic. But most importantly, Sukošan is the perfect starting point for every sailing escapade in the Croatian waters.
Especially if you’re up for discovering those secluded, breathtaking islands off the coast, you can find crewed yachts for charter here that you can sail to magnificent archipelagos. The professional crews know the region like the back of their hand, and they are bound to take you to those hidden gems of the Adriatic where you can relax and enjoy a vacation of a lifetime.
Explore The Expansive National Parks
It might be a small country, but Croatia is still big enough to have eight national parks. Each more breathtaking than the last! Plitvice, for example, is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is considered by many to be the most beautiful national park in Croatia. However, you could also say that it’s one of the most beautiful national parks, period.
While Plitvice Lakes should definitely be on your itinerary, you should also explore other national parks if you have some free time. Be sure to research Krka National Park, Mljet National Park, Paklenica National Park, and Brijuni National Park for a mix of that rejuvenating mountain air with some spectacular views of the sea from above.
Pro Tip: While exploring the parks, make sure you have these hiking essentials!
Be A True Foodie Traveler
Croatia is a top destination for foodie travelers. There’s something for everyone here, no matter the type of cuisine you prefer. The coast primarily specializes in seafood, obviously, but you can also find some spectacular national cuisine as well as the cuisine hailing from the rest of the Balkans. And, if you’ve ever eaten traditional Balkan cuisine, you know that you’re in for a real gourmet adventure.
Croatia is also known for its wines, particularly the sparkling varieties that go oh so well with seafood and almost any desert. No matter the coastal town you visit, you will have no problem finding a seaside Konoba, which is a traditional Croatian restaurant, where you will be served only the best local wines and dishes.
Final Thoughts On Things To Do In Croatia In Summer
Croatia is truly an enthralling place, one that you should visit more than once in your lifetime. For your first trip, be sure to include these destinations and activities that will make you fall in love with the region and inspire you to keep coming back.
About The Author: Marie Nieves is a lifestyle blogger who loves unusual trips, gadgets and creative ideas. On her travels she likes to read poetry and prose and surf the Internet. Her favorite writer is Tracy Chevalier and she always carries one of her books in her bag. She spends most of her free time at home walking her Labrador Retriever named Max. She is an avid lover of photography and a regular author at High Style Life. You can find Marie on Facebook or follow her on Twitter and Pinterest.