Wondering What to do in Croatia?
Pula is a seaside town and home to an impressive first-century Roman amphitheater that overlooks the port that was used to host concerts, film festivals and even a summer festival dedicated to all things Roman is done. The festival, the spectacular Antiqua, is held at least once per week during the summer. Entrance is 80 HRK. While you are in Pula, make sure to visit the Archaeological Museum and spend some time exploring the Brijuni National Park (which is made up of a group of beautiful islands). There is also a 14th century monastery which you can also visit.
Go Island Hopping
With over 1,000 islands, it would be foolish to visit Croatia and not visit the island. Plan to stay on one of the islands for at least two days to step back in time and get the full Croatian experience. The most popular islands to visit are Brac, Hvar, Krk, Cres and Lošinj. However, don't be afraid to get off the beaten path and explore some of the lesser-known islands like Silba, Vis and Lastovo. Most of the islands have ferries that cost less than 30 HRK each way.
View St. James's Cathedral
Located in Sibenik, St. James is believed to be the largest church in the world made entirely of stone (no wooden or brick supports). It is an architectural masterpiece that was begun in 1431 and was not completed until 1536. It is spacious and spacious with a deep and grave stone interior that feels very medieval. Some of the highlights of the cathedral are the 71-head frieze on the outer walls, the tomb of Bishop Szigori, and the 15th-century Gothic crucifix. Admission is 15 HRK.
Visit Krka Math
This Serbian Orthodox monastery is dedicated to the Archangel Michael and is one of the most important religious sites in Croatia. Established in 1345, it is located near a small and peaceful lake, forty-five minutes from Sibenik. Built in the Romanesque style, it boasts a unique blend of Byzantine and Mediterranean architecture. Underneath the building is a natural cave system (known locally as the 'Secret Church') where they have been found to have Christian symbols dating back to the 1st century. The library also has books from the 18th century. admission is free.
Thanks to the maritime history of Croatia, the entire beach is filled with ships. Two of the most popular are Baron Gautsch (off the coast of Rovinj), and Taranto (off the coast of Dubrovnik). Expect to pay 289 HRK for single-tank dive. The cost of open water certification is around 3,000 HRK. The best diving conditions are between May and November (September and October will be warmer and less busy).
Visit the Museum of Broken Relationships
Located in Zagreb, the museum is filled with souvenirs from dysfunctional relationships between family members, friends and lovers. Items displayed include clothing, jewelry, handwritten letters, photos, and more quirky items such as bellybutton lint and vintage chocolate bars. Each item has a story associated with it, some funny, some dirty. The museum offers an honest, candid look at humanity through its failed relationships. Admission is 40 HRK.
Explore the Vucedol Culture Museum
This riverside site is home to an archaeological excavation site where remains from 8,000 years ago were found. The museum, built on top of the site, is a state-of-the-art representation of the original settlement, complete with replica houses. It showcases the culture that was here, one of the first in Europe to make calendars and brew beer. It is super informative. Guided tours cost 105 HRK and are available in English. Admission is 45 HRK.
From coastal walks to mountain climbing to hiking inland valleys, hills and forests, Croatia has a lot to offer. The most popular coastal hiking destination on Mljet Island is Mljet National Park. Inland, the most popular hiking destination is in the Medvednica Mountains or Risnajak National Park near Zagreb. Other places worth visiting are Brijuni National Park (which is home to 14 different islands), Krka National Park (which has beautiful waterfalls), and Paklenica (which has some rugged canyon trails).
Visit the Blue Cave of Biswo
Blue Cave (or Blue Grotto) is a natural sea cave accessible only by boat through a narrow passage. Inside, the water almost glows and has a bright ethereal color. Access to the cave is limited to one boat at a time. The cave itself is located in Balun Cove on the eastern side of Komiza. The best time to visit is between 11 am to 12 noon as this is when the lights are at their most beautiful. Expect to pay around 750 HRK for a full day tour (and expect crowds).
Listen to the Sea Organ
Sagar Ang is buried under a set of steps leading to the water in the seaside town of Zadar. The organ consists of 35 tubes played by wind and sea. Designed by architect Nikola Besik, the music sounds similar to a whale call. Come here at sunset to soak in the picturesque views and listen to the captivating sounds of the ocean.