Croatia Travel, Tours, Backpacking & Gap Year
Seeking sun, beaches, spectacular islands and stunning architecture? Before booking that flight to Greece or Italy why not experience Croatia? Croatia is a destination that is gaining in popularity, the Europeans seem to know about it, but the rest of the world seems like they’re just discovering it - we highly suggest you visit soon.
Adventure Tours, Backpacking Trips & Gap Year Programs in Croatia
Croatia Travel Guide
Find inspiration for the best things to do if you would like to book a holiday, travel, go backpacking or take a gap year in Croatia.
- Population: 4,500,000
- Capital: Zagreb (population 800,000)
- Area: 56,500 km2
- Language: Croatian
- International Calling Code +385
- Currency: Croatian kuna
Weather & Best Time to Visit Croatia
What time of year you arrive really depends on what you want to do. For sailing and sightseeing we highly recommend visiting during summer (June - August) but this is also the hottest and most busy time of the year. Off season in Spring and Autumn have cooler climates but are still pleasant to see the county. Winter isn't recommended if you would like to be outdoors exploring.
Top Reasons to Visit Croatia
- Up and coming destination - get here before the crowds arrive
- Great value for money
- Friendly locals
- A lot less touristy than similar destinations in Europe like Greece
- Spectacular islands
- Historic cities
Best Places to Visit in Croatia
Here are some of the main destinations with and tips for the best places well-worth visiting where you can experience the coastline rich, island copious country of Croatia.
Know as the “Jewel of the Adriatic” Dubrovnik host a 13th – 16th century old town, now a Unesco World Heritage Site. This spectacular stronghold is filled with marble streets, baroque architecture, orange brick roofs, seaside guard towers and scenic city walls. Definitely the number one spot and can’t-miss destination in Croatia.
If you are going to be travelling in Croatia the chances are you will visit Split which is located on the Adriatic sea. This is a popular tourist destination especially during summer where you can sail the spectacular islands. Few European cities showcase fascinating history against a relaxing backdrop as effortlessly as Split, situated on Croatia’s picturesque Dalmatia Coast.
Built around former Roman Emperor Diocletian’s palace, the city seems to have carved out a character and charm all its own with its glossy, ivory-hued architecture and laid-back vibe. Shops and restaurants flood the city’s portside, featuring uniquely charming souvenirs and serving up some of the region’s freshest seafood.
If you go: take advantage of the country’s nature-dense landscape. Be sure to visit the mountainous region for scenic white-water rafting, or explore the neighboring islands with white sand and turquoise water often mistaken for the world’s most tropical paradises.
- Korcula – this island is famous for its white wines, Marco Polo links, and a miniature-Dubrovnik-esque old-town
- Hvar – A party-happy island, home to numerous yachts, but also a great night life and beautiful clear waters and mini-islands to swim around
- Brac – Home to the famous triangular beach Zlatni, with round pebbles and lots of great wind, making it a kite and wind-surfers dream
- Krk - A must for any traveller the Krka National Park is spectacular with beaches and waterfalls
- Other islands to consider: Rab, Kornati, Pag, Mljet, Cres and Vis
Other places to consider:
- Zagreb, Pula, Zadar, Rovinj, Split and Plitvice Lakes.
Travelling & Backpacking in Croatia
Our trips are authentic and unique, you will get to do far more than just sightseeing. Whether you would like to discover the islands, go cycling, join an overland adventure and discover Croatia our travel packages will appeal to you. We recommend trying to add Korcula, Stupe island, Vodnjan, Lampajina, Sobra, Mljet and the Lokrum islands to your itinerary. Everything can be arranged for you on one of our travel packages, you will see the more of the country and the great outdoors, experience the spectacular islands and get exercise at the same time.
Gap Year in Croatia
Croatia is one of the most up and coming destinations in Europe and if you fancy spending your gap year here get ideas and search trips and programs.
Croatia is located in South-Eastern Europe and getting here is very easy due to cheap international flights and also land crossing by road and rail. Croatia really is one of the most scenic countries to visit in Europe and the idea places to mix cities, culture, sightseeing and scenery. The Croatian coast is spectacular and places like Spit and Dubrovnik and must visit destinations. Croatia's geographical position also makes it very easy to visit nearby countries like Austria, Italy, Hungary, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Montenegro. If you would like to stay longer there are lots of gap year work, volunteer and travel programs available.
If you are interested in spending a gap year working in Croatia there are lots of options including summer jobs, internships, volunteer programs and seasonal positions.
Croatia Travel Tips
Croatia is a cheap country to visit compared to other places in Europe, you will get good value on accommodation, sightseeing activities and meals.
Lots of low cost airlines fly to Croatia from destinations all around Europe. Book flights in advance to get the best deals.
Travelling independently is your cheapest way to go if you want to save money. Local transportation is very cheap and you can move around the country fairly easily. On the islands the local catamaran ferries (Jadrolinija) will get you are as well as some buses.
There are lots of cheap hotels, hostels and guest houses located throughout the country. Tourist hotspots like Dubrovnik are very expensive to stay during peak times like summer.
Health & Safety
Croatia is a very safe country to visit, the 1990's Balkan war has long ended and this region is peaceful and becoming more and more popular with foreign tourists. During summer the weather can get hot so its best you stay hydrated and don't drink too much alcohol. You will find local people very friendly and accommodating, you might want to learn some local Croatian phrases.
Croatia is the next big destination and as it’s popularity rises, it's better get here before the rest of the world discovers it! If you would like to explore Croatia on our website you can find the best tours with international and local travel operators who offer cultural, island hopping, cycling and overland adventures.
Popular options include travelling down the coast and stopping off in spectacular places like Dubrovnik, experiencing culture in Zagreb and partying at the best patry beaches in Hvar Town. Tours are perfect if you are travelling solo and would like to meet other people and travel in a group. You will get to meet other international travellers and get taken to the best locations in the country with an experienced guide.
Croatia Budget Tours
We have a selection of tours for all budgets, so whether you are looking to explore on the cheap or you have a bit more money to spend you will be able to find a trip to match your interests. Our website features lots of cheap tours allowing you to discover the highlights of the country and not break the bank. Most of our tours specifically cater for the 18-35 age group and are a really popular option due to meeting other people, getting day-to-day activities, hotel check-ins, selected meals, accommodation and also transport/guides included in the price.
Don't worry if you are slightly older, most tours accept all ages. These trips are perfect if you are planning on travelling solo or with friends. You will get a safe and structured authentic experience and also get lots of free time to relax. You can also experience the stunning Dalmatian Coast on a family sailing holiday of the Croatian islands. Sail around Croatia seeing the best places on route whilst traveling in style on a Catamaran, these are trips of a lifetime.
You will get to enjoy the scenery, food and also have lots of stops showing you some of the most spectacular places on route. These types of holidays are limited to 8 people per trip and you will travel in a group with others. Places you might get to visit include Dubrovnik & Slano, Mljet & Saplunara, Polace, Lastovo, Korcula and Peljesac Peninsula.
City & Day Tours
Short for time? Want to see the highlights as quick as possible? There are day tours available to book throughout the country. Popular options include city tours where a local guide will usually show you the sights. These types of tours can be booked as part of a group or you can spend a little extra and get a private tour. Some city tours are totally free but you might be expected to give a tip.
Croatia Cycling Tours
Croatia is one of the best cycling destinations in the world, from traveling down the coast to going inland and seeing National Parks and beautiful countryside. You have the option to hire a bike on arrival or join a cycling tour which can be booked through our website, you will need to make a reservation well in advance is you are looking to visit during summer - July and August are usually the busiest.
There are cycling trips for all abilities so don't worry if you are not up to the Tour de France standard and most group excursions are a lot of fun mixing overland travel, sightseeing and culture with stops along the way. Popular destinations include Istria which is our personal recommendation, here you will get spectacular photos of the scenic landscape and cycle through forests and rural paths - also the main roads are pretty deserted meaning you won't need to worry about cars and traffic.
In Istria you will find over 2000km of mountain bike trails and routes waiting to be explored, some paths are for beginners whilst there are also more difficult trails for more experiences riders. You will need to book in advance during summer as trips and accommodation spaces fill up quick.
Sailing Tours in Croatia
Most people who visit Croatia join a sailing tour, this will be a memorable and amazing experience where you can meet new people, enjoy the sun, have a lot of fun and also see spectacular places. These trips are very popular with solo travellers and for summer you will need to book in advance as places can fill up quick. Most tours start in Dubrovnik and places you might stop off include Dugl Otok, Komatl, Solta, Brac, Hvar, Vis, Korcula, Solta and Mijet. You might also like to view our sailing tours in Greece which are similar.
How to Book
Thinking about making an enquiry or booking? Search our featured trips above or contact us for specific advice.