5 Tips for Visiting Croatia in Summer & Enjoying Yourself

Are you yearning for the beach and the ocean? Do you dream of summer sun and new travel adventures? Well, if you don’t have any specific destination in mind, this might help because you should definitely choose Croatia. Very popular with A-list celebs and all travelers looking for a taste of coastal European life, Croatia became a true gem of the Adriatic Sea. Want to know how to best enjoy your Croatian vacation? Here are a few trips, must-see locations and must-try things. 

Have a road trip

If you’re planning to explore the country, ditch trains and buses and rent a car. Croatia is a perfect country for road-tripping since it’s small, safe and very interesting. If you have time, you can cross the country and experience everything from plains and highlands in the north to coastal regions in the south. Start your adventure by renting a car in Zagreb (the capital of the country) and taking it south all the way to Dubrovnik, the most popular tourist destination that’s definitely worth visiting. 

Try your hand in boating

Naturally, you want to spend your vacation relaxing at the beach, sipping on cocktails and watching the people, but if you need some privacy and adventure, make sure to rent a boat. If you’re looking for something fast, light and perfect for a small party, you can check out Ribco and their mighty rigid inflatable boats that will send you flying across the sea. There are various boat models to choose from and once you find something that fits your preferences, you’ll be ready for a beautiful and exciting boating adventure. Since Croatia is a country of thousand islands, you can enjoy island-hopping or just lounging away from the crowds and soaking up the sun on the deck.

Visit Plitvice

Most people come to Croatia to enjoy the beach and the ocean, but there are other amazing attractions you must visit, one of them being Plitvice. Plitvice Lakes National Park is out of this world and you’ll feel like you stepped into a fairytale. This attraction has seven popular hiking routs that will take you around the national park and each is of different length and difficulty. You can also pack lunch and have a picnic—a much better choice price-vise and view-vise. Keep in mind that Plitvice is a very popular destination, so it’s best to show up early in the day to get the best of your trip. 

Boost your adrenaline

You’ll have plenty of time for the beach and basking in luxury, so don’t hesitate to have one or two days of adrenaline. The place made for all adrenaline junkies is Omiš, the capital of adventure in Croatia. This spot offers everything from rafting and canyoning to snorkeling and rock climbing, so there’s something for everyone. If you’re not into risking your life for a bit of adrenaline hit, don’t worry. Omiš is a beautiful place for relaxing sightseeing. The mountains breathtakingly plunge into the sea, while the canyon of Cetina River leaves a huge impression with its dramatic cliffs. A good camera can capture some truly unique photos! 

Make sure to try the wines

Croatia is heaven for all wine lovers and it will even convert those who are not the biggest fans of this magical drink. While Croatian wines are still off the radar in the international wine scene, the country has over one thousand years of wine-making tradition to explore. If you’re not driving, make sure to use every chance you get to enjoy some of their best varieties, especially Dingač or Postup, Croatia’s best reds. If whites are more your taste, you’ll love Malvasia, the Istrian peninsula trademark. All varieties go very well with Croatian food like Istrian ham or some fresh seafood. 

As you can see, Croatia is blessed with a breathtaking coast, but there’s so much more to it. If you take your time and make some effort to explore, you’ll fall in love with this Adriatic country and its wide variety of things to see, do and taste. 

Peter Minkoff

Peter is a lifestyle writer living between Europe and Australia. Follow Peter on Twitter for more tips.

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