Croatia Travel Guide

If you are in Croatia during the summer, most likely your first destination will be the Adriatic coast with its atmospheric walled cities and countless islands, but Croatia's capital and largest city, Zagreb, as well as other sights in the interior should also be on your list. A few must-sees in Croatia include the following stops:

Plitvice Lakes National Park. There are 16 lakes at this UNESCO site near the Bosnian border, arranged in a series of cascades. Thanks the effects of algae and mineral deposits, they have a dazzling variety of colors from greys to blues.

Dubrovnik. Another UNESCO heritage site, the town of Dubrovnik on the Adriatic peaked from the 15th to 17th centuries, when it was the capital of the independent Republic of Ragusa, a rival of Venice. It retains its medieval walls and streetscapes.

Split. The most famous sight of Croatia's second largest city is Diocletian's Palace, built in the 4th century, but many other buildings reflect the influence of Venice, which rules Split until the end of the 18th century.

Winemaker Miljenko Grgic, better known as Mike Grgich, became famous for producing the Chardonnay that helped Napa Valley best the French in a 1976 blind tasting. He returned to his Croatian homeland to open Grgić Vina with daughter Violet in 1996.

With Cuban cigars and an open-air patio that evoke a Caribbean atmosphere, this Bojnice cocktail bar is situated in bustling Hubanovo Square.

There are 17 churches in the Old Town, but if you only have time for one, make it the Baroque, domed Dubrovnik cathedral. Titian's polyptych The Assumption hangs behind the main altar.

Explore the hidden coves and almost 100 islands in this beautiful park.

Located on Croatia's Brac Island, Zlatni Rat (Golden Horn) Beach takes its moniker from the cone-shaped, white-pebble beach that measures out to about 520 meters along the southern coast of Bol, an island just off the mainland of Croatia.

This tiny outdoor café near Plokata Square serves cakes, pastries, and ice cream. Overlooking the Peljesac Channel, the terrace is surrounded by a planter wall filled with flowers and has rows of small round tables covered with floral linens.

Check out the ancient potions and jars on display inside the Romanesque monastery's pharmacy, which has been in business since 1317. You can also pick up some locally produced cosmetics from this century.

The lush courtyard inside the sprawling Gothic-Renaissance building hosts art exhibitions and the occasional concert. The state archives are also housed here, as is a memorial to the Croats who were killed in the 1991–1992 siege of Dubrovnik.

Learn to cook polenta-and-cheese with a native family in Lukomir, the highest village in Sarajevo. At a farm near Capljina, Bosnia, view the relics of the Austro-Hungarian empire. End the journey with a three-day sail on the Dalmation Coast aboard a trabakul (ancient merchant ship).

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This massive nightclub resides near the harbor on Croatia’s Hvar Island and takes on different personalities throughout the day. When the sun’s out, people lounge by the edge of azure waters, bring out boats, and relax.

Inside the fortress-like cloister—built around the same time as the city walls—you'll find a rich collection of Renaissance paintings and hundreds of illuminated manuscripts.

Stop by this outdoor club, especially during July when it hosts an annual music festival.

A must see for anyone's Croatia itinerary, this fourth-century palace is magnificent.

Located in the 15th-century Zackerjan Tower on Old Town’s waterfront, this cocktail bar has views of the Peljesac Channel from the rooftop terrace. Prime seating is located on the upper level, which can only be accessed by carefully climbing a steep, wooden ladder in the inner chamber.