15 Days in Croatia

Day by day itinerary

Aerial view of the Ban Jelačić Square in Zagreb

Arrival in Zagreb

Welcome to Croatia!

Your first stop is Zagreb, the capital of Croatia. Zagreb is the largest city in the country and the one with the best position. The city is located in the heart of the country, which makes it an excellent starting point for exploring Croatia.

An old building built in the classical style

Zagreb (city tour)

Enjoy your stay and explore the main spots of Zagreb such as Ban Jelačić Square, Dolac open-air market, Kaptol Cathedral, and the famous Tkalčićeva Street that is full of bars and restaurants. Make sure to pay a visit to the Upper Town with the beautiful Church of St. Mark. Take a ride at the funicular and also visit the Flowers Square.
If you have more time to spare, take the bus and go further. Explore the Maksimir Zoo, the Dinamo Stadium, and the Mirogoj Cemetery.

More information about the capital is available here.

The Roman amphitheatre in Pula

Zagreb – Motovun – Pula

Continue your journey to Istria, the largest peninsula on the Adriatic Sea. The region of Istria is also known as the “Croatian Italy”.

Make a stop in Motovun, a small medieval town located on a hill. Later continue to Pula. The city of Pula is best known for the Arena Pula, one of the best preserved Roman amphitheatres in the world. Be sure to visit the permanent exhibition inside the Arena and, if you have an oportunity, attend a concert or a show there, because the atmosphere of the place is incredible.

 

A lovely little town by the sea

Pula – Rovinj – Opatija

While in Istria, don’t miss a chance to visit the city of Rovinj, one of the most beautiful cities on the Adriatic. Rovinj is a popular tourist destination and an active fishing port.
After visiting Rovinj, continue towards the city of Opatija. In the past, when Croatia was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Opatija had been chosen to be the holiday destination of the nobility and Austrian royalty. Therefore, the city has preserved, to this day, a unique architecture, lovely charm and luxurious parks.

 

Aerial view of the lakes, waterfalls and wooden passages in the national park

Opatija – Plitvice Lakes – Zadar

Leave Opatija and start your journey to the south of Croatia. Make a stop at the most beautiful place in the country and visit the Plitvice Lakes National Park. The Park is a place of unique natural beauty and it was declared UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are 16 larger lakes and several smaller lakes. The lakes are all interconnected as if they were a ladder – they are cascading one into the other over a number of beautiful waterfalls. The Plitvice Lakes National Park covers the area of around 300 km2 and it is home to more than 250 animal species and more than 1,400 plant species. Get more info on the link.

After making a stop at the national park, continue your trip towards Zadar, in Dalmatia.

A church built in stone in the Baroque style

Zadar (city tour)

Zadar is one of the main cities on the coast that became world famous thanks to the world’s first and only Sea Organ. The waves interact with the structure creating random but harmonic sounds. You can sit and relax on the marble steps of the organ and enjoy the sea breeze and the most beautiful sunset in the world! Right next to the Sea Organ, there is another interesting instalation called “Sun Salutation”, that lights up in an explosion of colors after every sunset and offers the visitors of Zadar a unique light-show experience.

More info about Zadar is available here.

A beautiful cathedral built on the top of the stairs

Zadar – Šibenik – Split

Continue your journey towards the city of Split, but first make a stop in Šibenik. Unlike the other coastal towns that were founded by Greeks, Romans and other nations, Šibenik was founded by Croats. And it is considered to be the oldest city on the eastern shore of the Adriatic. The main church in the city, the Cathedral of St. James, was inscribed on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The cathedral was built in stone in Gothic and Renaissance architectural style.

After exploring the city of Šibenik, head towards Split.

Panoramical view of Split

Split (city tour)

The main attraction of the city of Split is the Palace of the Roman Emperor Diocletian, built in the 5th century BC. This palace is one of the best preserved in Europe and it is located on Riva, the seaside promenade of the city. You can also visit the Cathedral of St. Domnius, with the 57-meters-high bell tower. Next to St. Domnius Cathedral you will find the impressive Vestibule and the Peristyle, which was once the central square of the palace. Split is the second largest city in Croatia, which not only offers a beautiful architecture, but also has the best beaches and rich nightlife.

For more info about Split, follow the link.

The main boardwlak in Split, covered in marble stone

Split – Hvar (catamaran)

To get to the island of Hvar you need to take a catamaran boat. The port of Split is located close to the Riva, next to the Diocletian’s Palace. The easiest way is to go on foot, because cars are not allowed in this area.

It is important to be at the port at least 15 minutes earlier.

Panoramical view of the Island of Hvar

Hvar

Despite being well-known for its nightlife, for which it even earned the title of “Croatian Ibiza”, the city of Hvar welcomes the most varied public. For those who are not looking for a place to party, the island has other things to offer. Hvar is a city of long and diverse history, with beautiful architecture and rich culture. You can also visit one of the nearby beaches and take a dip in the Adriatic Sea, which is even cleaner in this part of Croatia! Explore the little streets of the city and climb up to the fort on a hill which offers one of the most beautiful views of the island.

Read more here!

 

A cave in the rocks by the sea

Hvar (boat ride to the Blue Cave)

Hvar is indeed one of those places that comes in mind when you try to imagine an island of your dreams: it has a beautiful architecture, the food is wonderful, the landscape is breathtaking and you can enjoy it in your own way.

From the island, you can take several boat trips, such as the one to the Blue Cave or to the one of the hidden beaches.

Aerial view of Dubrovnik

Hvar – Dubrovnik (catamaran)

Your next stop is Dubrovnik, the Pearl of the Adriatic. Dubrovnik is one of the most visited cities in Croatia, which became internationally known as the King’s Landing due to the famous “Game of Thrones” series.

To get to Dubrovnik you need to take the catamaran boat. It is important to be at the port of Hvar at least 15 minutes before the take off.

The walls of Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik (boat ride to the Island of Lokrum)

Dubrovnik is the most impressive walled city you will ever visit! This medieval town lies on the edge of the Adriatic Sea. Enjoy the day off to stroll the streets of Dubrovnik and explore the city. We recommend visiting the city walls (it is possible to make the entire extension of the walls, or only one half). Another option of getting to know the city is by the cable car. This way you will get the aerial view of Dubrovnik.

It is also possible to take a boat trip to the Island of Lokrum, where the famous throne from the “Game of Thrones” series is located!

 

 

 

The main street of Dubrovnik, full of people, seen from the above

Dubrovnik (city tour)

The city of Dubrovnik is located at the very south of Dalmatia. The old town walls date back to the 16th century and are among the best preserved in the world. The entrance to the walled city is free and the best way to visit it is to get lost in its streets.
There are two main gates to the city: Pile and Ploče. Entering the Pile gate, you will find yourself at the beginning of Stradun, the city’s main street. There, you can also see the Franciscan Church with the bell tower and the Monastery.

If you wanna know more, click here.

Airplane

Departure from Dubrovnik

Thank you for visiting Croatia! We hope you enjoyed your stay and wish you a lovely trip back home.

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Croatia 15 days itinerary was last modified: May 3rd, 2019 by Marilia Oliveira

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