With endless stretches of spellbinding coastline, medieval cities, cascading waterfalls and azure waters, Croatia is one of Europe’s top vacation spots.
With so many great spots to explore, the best way to see Croatia's highlights is by hitting the highway for an unforgettable road trip that winds through the mountainous countryside and along the spectacular Dalmatian Coast. Many international flights land in Zagreb, and since it’s easy to see the main attractions in an afternoon the capital is a great place to start sightseeing.
Plitvice National Park will likely be the highlight of your entire trip, where 16 pristine lakes cascade into aquamarine pools framed by the Mala Kapela and Lička Plješivica mountain ranges. There are more falls to be found in Krka National Park, which centres around the jade Krka river and boasts seven waterfalls and five medieval fortresses.
Continue to Split or Zadar, a pretty, Romanesque city that comes alive at night with gorgeous sunsets and Greeting to the Sun, a light instillation along the waterfront. Spend a few days relaxing on the island of Hvar or the Makarska Riviera beaches: this spot features a series of tiny towns daringly built into the hillside along the dazzling coastline.
Cap off a trip to Croatia in Dubrovnik: with a perch along the sparkling Adriatic Sea, hidden laneways that wind through the top of the old town and ridiculously scenic viewpoints, this walled city is one of Europe's most popular destinations. It's also a good base for day trips to Cavtat, Mljet National Park and neighbouring Montenegro.