Due to its turbulent past, Croatia is probably not on your holiday radar. Croatia became independent in 1991, a member of NATO in 2009 and joined the EU in 2013. But, more importantly it is a safe and exciting country to visit and it should be on your travel bucket list!
The people of Croatia have built a welcoming, relaxing and stimulating country for tourists from all over the World. According to statistics, Croatia had 15 million visitors in 2015 and by 2020 they hope to double it. So, book your trip soon before the masses arrive.
Things to Do in Croatia
Croatia has amazing summers and due to its location, it has glorious sandy beaches and easy access to the beautifully clear Adriatic Sea. This means one exciting thing, Water Adventure!
There are various locations around Croatia that offer perfect weather for Kite Boarding. The most popular places are Zadar, Bol on Brac Island and Baška. They each offer something different in addition to kite boarding.
If you are interested in history and art, head to Zadar with its Roman churches and ruins, plus it has a strong art scene. However, if you want to relax and sunbathe for a few days then visit Baška as it has one of the largest beaches in Croatia. But, if experimenting and you would like to try new food and do some wine tasting then Bol is the place for you.
While you are kite boarding, if you get the opportunity, take a look down into the water. You may be able to see a ship wreck or a Roman ruin. With the sea water being so clear, if it’s there you’ll be able to see it.
Snorkeling and swimming are a huge part of Croatian culture, due to the safety of the water. The currents are not very strong, the water is clear and its free from Sharks. Yay!
Wherever you go, there is sure to be an opportunity for snorkeling. But in Dubrovnik it is guaranteed. Snorkeling can be done with your family at the beach. Most local stores will have the basic equipment needed. Alternatively, you may want to check out a kayaking day tour.
Sea Kayaking and River Kayaking are both popular choices in Croatia. Do you want a relaxing paddle combined with land-based activities or do you prefer a challenge? Sea kayaking is likely to be the calmer choice of the two and involve other activities on a day tour. For a day of leisurely paddling visit Kolocep, Lopud, or Sipan. All three offer a variety of day tours, which include exploring the island as well.
If your wanting an adventure on the river, then kayak along The Mreznica River, not only is the water incredible but along the way you will experience multiple breath-taking waterfalls and exquisite warm water pools. It will definitely be a day to remember as you combine kayaking and swimming. The best time to go is in the Spring when the river water is higher due to the previous rainfall.
Perhaps not quite fully related to “Water Adventure.” But you can keep the adrenaline pumping by bungee jumping over the Krka River from the Šibenik Bridge. The bungee jumping season is only 2 months long beginning in July, so there is no time to chicken out. This could be a great way to finish your holiday.
Whatever activity you chose or maybe you want to do all of them, you’ll have a great time in the wonderful country of Croatia.