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Do’s & Don’ts of Travel to Croatia

Dos-and-Dont-of-Travel-to-CroatiaTravel Croatia Guide: Do’s And Don’ts of Travel To Croatia

By: Chasing the Donkey

So you’ve got your summer holiday planned, and you’ll be landing in Croatia before you know it (we all know you have the countdown clock running on your work computer) – so now what?

Now, you need to know the do’s and don’ts of travelling to Croatia. Here are our travel tips:

Do’s Of Travel To Croatia

Read a Book

There are many beaches and parks to relax and enjoy reading your favourite book. This lady has the right idea!

Photo Credit: Dave Collier

Photo Credit: Dave Collier

Get Lost

You can find this maze in the North Velebit National Park. Just be sure to tell someone where you’re going.

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Photo credit: Alexsandar Gospic

Take a leap of faith

Adventurers take note: you can go bungee jumping, skydiving and whitewater rafting across Croatia. We’ve got Maslenica Bridge (pictured) which is 56 metres high on our radar for this summer.

Bungee Jump Croatia Photo credit: Tomislav Mavrovic

Bungee Jump Croatia Photo credit: Tomislav Mavrovic

Take Local Transport

Embrace a donkey, hold your breath and go. The yearly donkey race is held on Dugi Otok (Long Island) each August.

Photo Credit Michael, Go See Write

Photo Credit Michael, Go See Write

If a donkey race is not your thing, then do like we did, and jump in a raft and enjoy a sweet ride along the Cetina River near Omiš in Central Dalmatia. Or, if you’re near Zadar, then go rafting along the Zrmanja River.

Take A History Lesson

History has never looked so beautiful in Croatia. Admire 2000-year-old architecture while sipping coffee or shopping at the Roman Ruins, known as The Forum in Zadar.

Photo Credit: Ivan Coric

Photo Credit: Ivan Coric

Travel Beyond the Coast

There is a side of Zagreb that will be sure to surprise you.

Photo credit: Juraj Patekar

Photo credit: Juraj Patekar

Go Flying, Without Wings

Not for the faint hearted. Be freeeeeeeeee with a ride of a lifetime with Zipline Croatia.

Photo Credit: Zipline Croatia

Photo Credit: Zipline Croatia

Rock Out!

Find a hidden spot underground. Manita Pec cave in Paklenica National Park is an exceptional place to start. So too is Strasna Pec on Dugi Otok. Locals say that this cave served as a makeshift habitat for early human inhabitants on the island. Cool huh?

Photo Credit: Dugi Otok Tourist Board

Photo Credit: Dugi Otok Tourist Board

Go Solo

Croatia has many beaches, national and nature parks so, you can always find somewhere to have some alone time.

Photo Credit: Davor Strenja Photography

Photo Credit: Davor Strenja Photography

Check Out The Architecture

Head to Stapina, the biggest rock formation in North Velebit National Park.

Photo Credit: Zadar Region TZ

Photo Credit: Zadar Region TZ

Meet The Locals

We’re all very friendly, come say hi. If you’re in Dubrovnik, go and meet Šime and his parrots – just watch your fingers, I can’t vouch for the friendliness of those guys.

Photo Credit: Silimon Misi

Photo Credit: Silimon Misi

Make Your Mark

Contrary to popular belief Croatia does have sandy beaches as well the impressive pebble-lined ones. This is Saharun Beach on Dugi Otok.

Photo Credit:  Dugi Otok TZ

Photo Credit: Dugi Otok TZ

Reach For The Stars

The Adriatic’s azure clean waters are simply amazing. Dive in!

Dubrovnik. Photo Credit: Giandomenico Ricci

Dubrovnik. Photo Credit: Giandomenico Ricci

Let the Kids Run Free

One of the most family-friendly destinations you can imagine, we made a kick starter list of ideas for fun things to do with kids in Croatia – and that’s just the start.

Photo Credit: Leonardo Uzeda

Photo Credit: Leonardo Uzeda

Defy Gravity

Ready. Set. Go. This took me a few minutes to pluck up the courage, but here we are jumping off rocks along the Cetina River.

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Walk the plank

Walk the wooden planks of Plitvice Lakes National Park. The UNESCO site has sixteen lakes linked together with a series of waterfalls.

Photo Credit Silimon Misi

Photo Credit Silimon Misi

Fall In Love

The island of love. The sweet heart-shaped Galešnjak Island

Photo Credit Zadar Region TZ

Photo Credit Zadar Region TZ

Visit Kings Landing

Anyone who is familiar with the popular HBO television series Game of Thrones will no doubt recognize this spot without even knowing it. For those of you that don’t know its Dubrovnik and its the pearl of the Adriatic. There are a bunch more Game of Thrones filming locations across Croatia – how many do you know?

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Photo Credit: Yacht-Rent

Spear A Pig

Not for the faint hearted, and definitely not for vegetarians. Start up a huge fire, add the skewered beast and turn constantly and slowly until its roasted to perfection. Known in Croatian as a Ražanj, you’ll find them all over the country. The great news is you can buy it everywhere, and they also roast lamb the same way. It’s delicious!

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Chase some Tail

Croatia has 1777 km of coastline and 1246 islands and islets, meaning there is no shortage of places to dive and chase tail!

Photo Credit: Aleksandar Gospić

Photo Credit: Aleksandar Gospić

Hang Out

Why not head inland and check out some of Croatia’s rivers. This is the crystal clear Cetina.

Photo Credit: Omis TZ

Photo Credit: Omis TZ

Go Clubbing

In the city of Krapina around 70 neanderthal remains were discovered. They  have a museum in Krapina dedicated to the story of the Neanderthals, which is one of the oldest archeological sites where remains of neanderthals were found in Europe.

Photo Credit: Museum of Hrvatsko Zagorije

Photo Credit: Museum of Hrvatsko Zagorije

Get High

Why not take to the skies and get an aerial view? Try paragliding, skydiving or fly between islands on a seaplane.

Photo Credit Aerial Croatia

Photo Credit Aerial Croatia

Walk With The Dead

Mirogoj Cemetery is one of the largest cemeteries in Europe and is also recognised as one of the most beautiful. Mirogoj Cemetery is actually more than a cemetery. It is a place where architecture, art and history come together in beautiful landscaped gardens.

Mirogoj Cemetery, Zagreb

Mirogoj Cemetery, Zagreb

Go Fishing

Croatia has 1246 islands and islets so why not spend a week and sail the Adriatic and explore them yourself. This is Gaz Island, which is part of the Brijuni Archipelago.

Photo Credit: Renco Kosinožić Croatian TZ

Photo Credit: Renco Kosinožić Croatian TZ

Don’ts Of Travel To Croatia

Don’t Mess With An Alka Knight

The historical Sinjska Alka event was inscribed onto the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List in 2010 and is celebrating its 300th anniversary this year. 

Photo Credit: Ilija Veselica

Photo Credit: Ilija Veselica

Don’t Stop Eating

You can start with this Istrian Pancetta & Kobasice, and finish with any Croatian Recipe of your choice.

Photo Credit: Tim Ertl

Photo Credit: Tim Ertl

Don’t Get Caught By A Pirate

In the 12th century the Pirates of Omis were one of the most powerful and fearsome pirates on the whole Mediterranean Sea. Nowadays you will see a replica pirate ship or two but the Omis Pirate spirit lives on!

Photo Credit: Marjan Lazarevski

Photo Credit: Marjan Lazarevski

Don’t Miss A Sunset

Take your pick of any one of these 41 photos of sunsets in Croatia, all of which are guaranteed to spark your wanderlust.

Photo Credit Ivan Coric

Photo Credit Ivan Coric

Don’t Get Caught With Your Pants Down

And if you do, make sure it’s on one of Croatia’s many nudist beaches.

Photo Credit: Dan Steely

Photo Credit: Dan Steely

Don’t Chicken Out Of Trying The Local Cuisine

The guys over at Secret Dalmatia Blog showed us how to eat a mouse. Eating this little critter is an ancient tradition, said to have been a popular appetizer with Roman emperors. Will you dare try it? If not why not try some snails!

Snails. Yummy.

Snails. Yummy.

Don’t Forget To Go To The Beech

In the Paklenica National Park, you’ll find this Beech forest. Can you believe Paklenica is just 40kms from Zadar?

Photo Credit: Paklenica National ParG

Photo Credit: Paklenica National ParG

Don’t Let The Big One Get Away

You can go fishing up and down the Dalmatian coast. We even have the amazing Bluefin tuna. Sashimi anyone!

Photo Credit: Abraham James

Photo Credit: Abraham James

Don’t Get Sunburnt

Be sure to stay sun safe, or you’ll end up looking like this lobster we ate at Konoba Opat, Kornati Islands. Konoba’s are scattered all over Dalmatia and typically serve local meals prepared using traditional techniques.

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Don’t Break The Glass

On some days the Adriatic is so still its like a big piece of glass. You can see all the way to the bottom.

Photo Credit: Davor Strenja Photography

Photo Credit: Davor Strenja Photography

Don’t Get Your Hands Dirty

Let someone else do it for you. When it comes to food, truffle is royalty. The Istrian White truffle grows underground and is in season from September to January. Visit any restaurant in Istria during this period and they will have a variety of pasta dishes where they shave the luxurious white truffle all over it.

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Don’t split without visiting Split

Split is Croatia’s 2nd largest city and the largest in Dalmatia. The city is centred on the famous 1700 year old Diocletian’s Palace which sits right beside the Adriatic. Spend hours at a café on the Riva and watch the world go by.

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Don’t Get Into A Fight

Or you may have to face your opponent here! The Pula Arena was once the site of Gladiator fights and was built in the 1st century. Today it’s used to host summer events such as film festivals and concerts.

Photo credit Bernd Thaller

Photo credit Bernd Thaller

Don’t like rules? No matter, these are all made to be broken – just enjoy Croatia your way.

Main photo credit: Davor Strenja Photography

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