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Experience Your Best Croatia Vacation

Home to Renaissance towns, a spectacular coastline, and a rich cultural heritage, Croatia is one of Europe's up-and-coming hot vacation destinations. Book vacation tours through Orbitz.com or investigate the countryside on your own to discover little-known hamlets where you can spend the night and restaurants with menus that have remained unchanged over the centuries.

Explore Brijuni National Park on the islands off the coast of the peninsula of Istria, which is a prime wintering site for birds migrating through the region. Walk along the streets of Dubrovnik's Old Town, visiting local open-air restaurants, historic buildings, and market stalls. No matter what part of Croatia you opt to visit, you are sure to be entranced by the attractions this small European country has to offer.

Best time to take a trip to Croatia

Many consider spring and fall, and especially the months of May and September, to be the best times to visit Croatia because temperatures are moderate during these seasons. Because the interior and coastline of Croatia have different climates, your ideal time to visit may depend on which area you want to spend the most time in and what activities you want to participate in. Summers can be extremely hot, with average highs in the low 90s, especially on the coast. Winters may be too cool for swimming, and the interior areas of Croatia may experience snow during the winter months.

Things to do in Croatia

Plitvice Lakes National Park

Explore the pristine waterfalls and lakes that dot the mountains of Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Ancient City Walls

Old Dubrovnik's ancient city walls offer gorgeous views of the town and coastline. The self-guided walk takes about two hours.

Medieval Split

Twelfth-century churches, medieval forts, and a spectacular palace all contribute to the beauty of Split.

Varaždin Parks and Gardens

The town of Varaždin boasts impressive garden architecture and a graveyard with meticulously shaped white cedar trees.

The Arena in Pula

This Roman arena is the sixth largest in the world. This arena is situated next to the ocean, affording spectacular views.

Krka National Park

Seven waterfalls, crumbling ruins, and a Franciscan monastery on a tiny island in the middle of a river are just a few of this national park's attractions.

St. Lawrence Cathedral

Located in Trogir, St. Lawrence Cathedral features stone carvings, relics, and a climbable portico.

Port of Rovinj

This pretty port is full of cobblestone streets and is close to many local vineyards. The seafood restaurants are superb.

Hvar Fortress

Located on Hvar Island, this ancient fort has great views of the sea and a small historical museum that is well worth exploring

Kopački rit Nature Park

Home to huge herds of wild deer and boar, this nature park is best explored via an excursion boat tour. Visitors can also see flocks of migrating birds.

Insider tips for Croatia travel

Pag Town

Visit 600-year-old saltpans, and buy traditional Pag lace, at this small island town that is a 20-minute ferry ride from the mainland

D'vino Wine Bar

Learn about, and try out, different Croatian wines at this cozy wine bar. It has knowledgeable staff who can answer any wine-related question you come up with.

Motovun Film Festival

Watch cutting-edge movies during this summer film festival that takes place in a medieval town.

Kravat Regiment Guard Change

Watch the official maneuvers of this light cavalry regiment from the 17th century every day at 11:40 a.m. in Zagreb's Upper Town.

Secrets of Grič

This night tour of Zagreb, led by costumed guides, introduces sites out of local novels, history, and urban legend.

Top Rated Hotels for your Croatia Vacation

Hotel Esplanade Zagreb
Hotel Esplanade Zagreb
5.0 out of 5.0 Mihanoviceva 1, Zagreb
Free Cancellation
$108
4.7/5 (49 reviews)

Feels like home! Returning guests, close to everything!

Reviewed on Dec 2, 2019
Hotel Esplanade Zagreb features free WiFi in public areas, conference space, and a business center. Valet parking is HRK 150.00 per day if you plan to drive, ...
Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik
Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik
5.0 out of 5.0 Marijana Blažica 2, Dubrovnik
Free Cancellation
$112
4.6/5 (12 reviews)

Close to the old City but very quiet, great breakfast, and the hotel is beautiful!

Reviewed on Dec 21, 2018
Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik features a full-service spa, an indoor pool, and a fitness center. Parking is EUR 27 per day (EUR 27 per day for valet parking)—but ...
Hotel Astarea
Hotel Astarea
3.0 out of 5.0 Šetalište Marka Marojice 40, Mlini, Zupa dubrovacka
$121
5.0/5 (1 reviews)

Convenient location not far from Dubrovnik, nice beach, great sunset view from my room.

Reviewed on Oct 29, 2018
Hotel Astarea features an indoor pool, an outdoor pool, and a fitness center. You can take advantage of free parking, along with a shuttle from the airport to ...

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