Croatia is quickly becoming famous for being a beautiful beach and cruise destination. It is a country that is, additionally, also excellent for outdoor pursuits, such as hiking, rock climbing and cycling.
I would definitely recommend dedicating two weeks, at least, to visiting Croatia. From the jaw-dropping Dalmatian coast to marvelous national parks and superb coastal towns and cities, Croatia has enough to keep you occupied for weeks.
When spending two weeks in Croatia, road tripping along the coast and through the inland hills, the following destination absolute deserve a spot on your itinerary.
Croatia 2 Week Itinerary
Although it can get pretty crowded, Dubrovnik is undeniably one of the most spectacular old cities in the world. And that’s by no means an exaggeration. Main attractions are the imposing city walls, a breathtaking UNESCO World Heritage Listed Old Town and sun-soaked beaches. Also, don’t forget to take a ride with cable car behind the city for some of the greatest panoramic views in all Croatia.
Krka National Park
Krka National Park is well-known for its crystal-clear rivers and beautiful waterfalls. The park’s number one attractions is the Skradinski Buk waterfall. A visit to Krka National Park, including swimming underneath the Skradinski Buk waterfalls and hiking the circular boardwalk shouldn’t take longer than a few hours. This makes it a perfect destination for a one-day visit.
Split is one of the most surprising cities in the Adriatic. Many people don’t really know what to expect, but tend to get overwhelmed by the city’s incredible history and liveliness. The gorgeous waterfront promenade is always filled with people, while cozy squares, excellent restaurants, fun bars and local shops dot the Old Town.
Diocletian’s Palace is the absolute highlight of Split —this UNESCO World Heritage Site is to this day the center of life in the city and has the additional characteristic of being one of the greatest Roman ruins on earth.
Plitvice Lakes National Park
Plitvice Lakes National Park may well be one of Europe’s most stunning national parks. It features one of the last remaining primeval forests in Europe, a large population of bears, wild boar, deer and wolves, and a succession of world-class lakes and waterfalls. It’s fair to say that Plitvice Lakes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is an absolute highlight in Croatia.
Before it was added to Croatia, this triangular peninsula in northwestern Croatia used to be a part of Venice and later Italy. Nowadays, everywhere you go you can see remnants of this Italian influence. The Istrian landscapes are made up of rolling hills, pebble beaches, truffle forests, vineyards and gorgeous coastal towns.
You should dedicate two to three days to Istria, allowing plenty of time to enjoy the region’s beaches, but also going on road trips through the countryside. There are a couple of places that you can’t afford to skip in Istria: Motovun, a prominent hilltop in the Istrian interior, and Rovinj, one of the prettiest towns in the entire Adriatic.