Croatia Itinerary – Perfect Vacation for Millennials
I’ve done this a million times before, planned your ideal “party hard” Croatia itinerary or a romantic one. As Croatians, we’re completely in love with our country. Even our national anthem is called “Our beautiful“. Every chance we get to promote our gorgeous coast, we take it. Whether it’s by helping our friends to plan their perfect vacation or to a friend of a friend, or that couple sitting next to us on the plane to Croatia.
Just ask, we’re dying to share our local tips. We’re super happy and proud to see you fall in love with Croatia too. So here it goes…but first, let me introduce myself. My name is Andrea. This August I will spend my 29th summer in Croatia. You see, just like my brother and sister, I was planned. We were all born in winter, so our mother wouldn’t miss one summer on the coast. Neither did I since I was born.
Summer is reserved for Croatia, and here’s your ultimate Croatia itinerary:
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Party Hard Croatia Itinerary (7- 14 days)
Just out of Novalja, you will find Zrce, one of Croatia’s most famous party beaches. Spring break parties, festivals like Hideout and Fresh Island as well as countless clubs make Zrce a mecca for any self-respecting house and electro fan.
Heading a bit further down south, Tisno invites you to the famous Soundwave and Love International (formerly Garden) Festival. An ‘off the beaten path’ alternative to Croatia’s party scene, it offers a diverse mix of chilled out club sounds, from electro to dub and jazz.
Hop on a ferry to Hvar, Croatia’s most exclusive party island and the favourite party spot of the rich and famous. Rightfully called the ‘sunniest place in Croatia’, Hvar offers numerous beautiful lounges for sipping your cocktails long into the sunset before hitting the clubs.
Croatia Itinerary Just for You (14 days)
Just for the two of you or ten of you, romantic or foodie, hipster or fancy, this is the ultimate Croatia itinerary for anyone that doesn’t have only one thing on their mind: party – what did you think I was gonna say? 😛
Croatia is not huge, but it is not just Dubrovnik, and you do need at least 2 weeks to visit the breathtaking basics mentioned below; 3 if you want to take your time. If you have only a week, select the spots calling to you the loudest.
The best place to start with is our capital, Zagreb. If you’re flying to Dubrovnik or Split, I’ve prepared an upside – down version for you below. Spend just one night in Zagreb. Visit the Upper Town, “Ljeto na Strossu”, St. Mark’s Church, Museum of Broken Relationships and Park Zrinjevac. Before you leave, make sure to grab a coffee in Tkalčićeva street or Cvjetni square.
Take the early bus to Opatija, 7:30 or 8AM, as you will spend half day here. Opatija is a gorgeous place to enjoy a delicious meal, take a romantic ‘lungomare’ stroll along the sea and sip a cocktail in Lido Bevanda beach club resort.
Rovinj is a jewel in the Istra region and unlike any other city in Croatia. Walk along the cobblestone streets and get lost in the city’s rich history. Jump into the iconic little coffee places, juice bars and savour some delicious treats. Fine dining lovers will satisfy their cravings in Monte Mulini hotel restaurant while enjoying the view.
Treat Zagreb as a short stop-over on your way to our largest and most beautiful National Park, Plitvice Lakes. You will want to come there as early as possible to take advantage of the whole day. Plitvice Lakes are a world-known cascade wonder with extraordinary wildlife. Rent a bike or achieve your 10 000-steps-a-day goal, either way, you will love it!
Perfectly located in the middle of our coastline, Zadar was always a good base for exploring the surroundings in numerous short day-trips. Over the last few years, its popularity has grown immensely and now it’s often one of the “must-see” destinations in Croatia. Visit Sv. Donat church and the extraordinary Sea Organ & Greeting of the Sun.
Swim under Krka’s waterfalls and tick that off your bucket list.
Explore the Diocletian’s palace in Split and enjoy the ‘history meets trendy vibe’.
Just a 30min bus ride from Split, the UNESCO-protected Trogir awaits. Romantic, historic and absolutely beautiful. The St. Lawrence Cathedral, St. Michael Bell Tower and Kamerlengo Fortress are just some of the sights you have to at least capture on your Snapchat while strolling through this charming old town.
Hop on the ferry to Bol on the island of Brač and prepare to be amazed by its famous Zlatni Rat beach. Romantic cocktail bars and tasty restaurant food awaits .
You can’t leave without visiting the sunniest place in the country, Hvar. This island has it all. The sun, history, romance, beach (Dubravica), food and the party. Be spontaneous and go with the flow of the island’s vibe.
Dubrovnik is the city everyone’s been talking about. Nowadays, people come here for Game of Thrones. But take a walk around the city walls, try the local delicacies and the Iron Throne will be last thing you remember. Enjoy your last minutes in Croatia sipping wine in one of Dubrovnik’s romantic bars or snorkeling around the nearby rocky beaches.
P.S. If you’re flying to Dubrovnik, here’s your slightly different,upside down Croatia itinerary: 1. Dubrovnik to Brela 2. Brela to Split 3. Split to Trogir 4. Split to Bol, Brač 5. Bol, Brač to Hvar 6. Hvar to Split to Krka National Park 7. Krka National Park to Zadar 8. Zadar to Opatija 9. Opatija to Rovinj 10. Rovinj to Zagreb 11. Zagreb to Plitvice.
Have an amazing time 🙂