Greece or Italy why not try Croatia? It has all these factors and more! Croatia is a destination that is gaining popularity in the recent years, the Europeans seem to know about it, but the rest of the world seems like they’re just discovering it - we highly suggest planning a visit soon. 

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Gap Years, Backpacking & Travelling in Croatia

Seekingsun, Mediterranean beaches, spectacular islands and stunning architecture, before booking that flight to Greece or Italy why not try Croatia? It has all these factors and more! Croatia is a destination that is gaining popularity in the recent years, the Europeans seem to know about it, but the rest of the world seems like they’re just discovering it - we highly suggest planning a visit soon. 


Croatia Travel Ideas, Gap Year Programs & Experiences

Find inspiration for the best things to do if you would like to go travelling, backpacking or take a gap year in Croatia.

Croatia Travel Guide

Croatia Travel Guide

Get information, tips, itineraries and inspiration for visiting 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. 


Travel in Croatia

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


Croatia Best Places to Visit

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.


Croatian Islands

  • 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
  • Rab
  • Kornati
  • Pag
  • Mljet
  • Cres
  • Vis 



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.


Other Top Tourist Attractions

  • Zagreb
  • Pula
  • Zadar
  • Rovinj
  • Split
  • Plitvice Lakes


Travelling & Backpacking in Croatia

Our holidays in Croatia 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. 


Croatia gap year

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 AustriaItalyHungary, 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. 

  • Flights: Lots of low cost airlines fly to Croatia from destinations all around Europe. Book flights in advance to get the best deals. 
  • Getting Around: 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. 
  • Accommodation: 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.


Check our Europe budget travel guide for more destinations.





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