8 Days in Croatia

Day by day itinerary

Itinerary day one
A church with the colorful tiled roof

Arrival in Zagreb

Welcome to Croatia!

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.

Itinerary day two
A lovely lake surrounded by thick forest

Zagreb – Plitvice Lakes – Zadar

Leave Zagreb 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. 

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

Itinerary day three
Panoramic view of Zadar

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 a explosion of colors after every sunset and offers the visitors of Zadar a unique light-show experience.

More info about Zadar is available here.

 

Itinerary day four
A beautiful cathedral 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 others, 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 the Gothic and Renaissance architectural style.

After exploring the city of Šibenik, head towards Split.

 

Itinerary day five
An old stone house with green windows

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.

A tower built in stone

Split – Ston – Dubrovnik

After leaving Split, start traveling towards Dubrovnik, the Pearl of the Adriatic. But, before getting there, make a strategic stop in Ston and Mali Ston. The region is famous for its oysters and fresh seafood. It’s a great place to have lunch, stretch your legs and enjoy the view of the region. The town of Mali Ston is also known for the second longest defensive wall in the world and the longest one in Europe.

Later, continue your trip to Dubrovnik.

The historic center of Dubrovnik seen from the air

Dubrovnik (city tour)

The city of Dubrovnik is located at the very south of Dalmatia. This medieval city lies right on the edge of the Adriatic Sea. 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 about Dubrovnik, 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 8 Days itinerary was last modified: May 3rd, 2019 by Marilia Oliveira

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