Croatia’s Top 12 Experiences

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From spectacular seaside towns to beautiful vineyards, Croatia offers terrific experiences that should be on every traveler's list. Here are Fodor's top picks for a memorable trip.

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Dubrovnik

Few sights in Croatia are as impressive or popular as this medieval wonder of a city. With its ancient walls and bell towers set high above the blue waters of the Adriatic, Dubrovnik commands a spectacular location.

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Sailing

A coastline studded with stunning islands, emerald inlets, unspoiled beaches, and lively towns makes the country a paradise for avid boating enthusiasts.

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Diocletian Palace

The city’s main attraction, the emperor Diocletian’s summer palace, dates to the third century A.D. The walls of this spectacular site surround the old town.

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Hvar

The seaside town of Hvar is the country’s nightlife capital and a favorite destination of yachting revelers and nature enthusiasts alike.

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Seafood

Croatians believe in simple yet high-quality cooking. Many restaurants serve delicious fresh seafood, and sometimes you can pick a fish to be cooked right off the platter.

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National Parks

Parks protect some of Croatia’s abundant natural wonders. Plitvice National Park, one of the most spectacular, has sixteen magnificent lakes connected by cascades.

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Zagreb Museums

Two of the country’s best museums are in Zagreb, the charming capital set in the interior: the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Museum of Broken Relationships.

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Wine

Vineyards produce excellent wines, many from Istrian villages like Motovun. Sometimes touted as “the new Tuscany,” Istria is known for its white Malvazija and red Teran.

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Cafe Culture

Coffee drinking is a favorite national pastime. Do it the local way: Linger at a café, unwind, and make that cappuccino or espresso last for at least an hour.

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Beaches

Lovely beaches abound in Croatia, but Zlatni Rat, a spit of land on Brač Island, is particularly stunning with its white sand, lush pine groves, and intensely blue water.

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Biking

Exploring towns and the countryside by bike is both fun and smart. Village streets aren’t always easy to navigate on foot, and rural roads have scenic views.

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Picturesque Towns

It’s hard to imagine a city with a more romantic and relaxing setting than quaint Rovinj, with its gentle sea breezes, limestone alleys, and colorful architecture.

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