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EPIC ONE WEEK IN CROATIA – ITINERARY

Best things to do and see in Croatia, The best itinerary for a road trip with the best places to visit

HOW TO HAVE AMAZING 7 DAYS IN CROATIA

If you are wondering about the best places to visit in one week in Croatia, then this 7-day Croatia itinerary is perfect for you – find out about how to create your 7 day trip to Croatia along with many travel tips.

Croatia is just a stunningly beautiful country and well worth a visit – whether you are a Games of Thrones fan or not. Whether you are a beach fan or not. The country has so much for everyone, and there is a lot to do and see. Beach in Croatia, road trip in CroatiaDisclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. This means I might earn a small commission when you buy a product (at no extra cost to you) after clicking on my link. More about it here.

TRAVEL TIPS FOR YOUR CROATIA ITINERARY

In this post, you will find out:

  • Best time to visit Croatia
  • Best way to get around in Croatia for a week
  • Language in Croatia
  • Currency / Money
  • Internet in Croatia
  • Where to stay in Croatia for 7 days
  • Solo female travel tips for Croatia
  • Places to visit in 7 days in Croatia
  • More places to add to your Croatia itinerary
  • Day trips outside of Croatia

Before talking about the Croatia itinerary, here are some travel tips.

Best Time to Visit Croatia For 7 Days

  • The best time to road trip Croatia (or just visit) is during the shoulder season.
  • I visited in April and had a good time. Still, I think that May, early June, September, or October would have been a better choice. The scenery gets even more beautiful, more tours and activities are offered (quite a few bell towers, etc., were closed for renovations in April), and it gets a bit warmer.
  • With the heat in the summer months (June, July, and August), the tourists come, and prices for accommodations are significantly higher.

7 Days in Croatia – Road Tripping or Using Public Transportation?

Croatia is one of the best countries in Europe to road trip. Most of all, it is very easy to drive here. I was a bit worried about driving in Croatia (especially as I was driving in my own car), but my worries were unfounded. Street D8 in Croatia_

Driving in Croatia is amazing.

  • Even in the mountains, the streets are not as narrow as in many other countries and are mostly in good to great condition. They are also not busy, and drivers are quite friendly. 
  • Plus, you’ll have the freedom to stop whenever you want. If you drive along the D8 – along the coast – you can avoid the tolls and have amazing scenic views.  
  • The tolls are expensive as heck in Croatia – for 45 km, I paid around 5.50€!
  • Croatia has done a fantastic job with building these roads, and there are many great spots if you want to take a break and enjoy the views.
  • If you need to rent a car, make sure to rent a car in advance (especially if you visit during the busier months).
  • Gas and diesel prices are quite high, though.
  • Finding parking spots in most cities and towns (at least compared to Italy and if you do not visit in July or August) is not a big challenge in the shoulder season – an exception is Dubrovnik. Check out my guide on road-tripping Croatia.

However, public transportation also works for this one-week Croatia itinerary. 

  • Though I did not use public transportation a lot, it is known that Croatia has a great network of buses that frequently travel between popular attractions and destinations.

When you plan to visit any of the islands, like Hvar, you will need to use the ferry or a boat. 

Languages in Croatia

  • Croatian is the official language, but I never had any issues with not speaking it.
  • Many people speak English, and German is quite widely spoken. So, with English, you are good to go and don’t have to worry about language barriers.

Currency / Money

  • Though Croatia is part of the EU, it does not have the €.
  • The official currency in Croatia is the Kuna.
  • 1 Kuna is about 1.3€ ($1.50). Rates can change quickly, though, so this is only an estimation of when this post was written.
  • You can find foreign currency exchange centers throughout all cities and towns. 
  • Many restaurants and smaller shops do not accept credit cards, so always have some cash on you.
  • Euros are widely accepted, but the rates are often terrible, so change money as early as possible and no later than on your arrival.

Accommodations for Your Croatia Itinerary

In Croatia, you will find anything from cheap hostels and apartment rentals to luxury hotels. Most of the time, I stayed in small apartments that I found on booking.com.

In spring, there was no issue booking a day in advance or on the same day. I am a very spontaneous person, though. If you are picky with your accommodation and want to have many options, booking a few weeks in advance is probably a better idea (especially in the busy months).

However, in Dubrovnik, hotels were quickly booked, even in spring. Definitely book in advance if you want to get good accommodation.

I will offer some tips on where to stay at each destination.

If you prefer staying in one, two, or three places and taking day trips, I suggest staying in/near Dubrovnik (though it is expensive) or Split and taking trips from there.

Solo Female Travel Tips

I traveled to Croatia as a solo female traveler – well, kind of. My little doggy was with me. I can say that traveling alone in Croatia felt safe and great with or without him. Croatia as a solo female travelerI never felt insecure or unsafe, and I totally recommend visiting Croatia either with friends, family, your partner, or alone. It is a safe country in Europe and safer than many others worldwide or areas in the US.

  • Beware of pickpocketing in busy areas, keep valuables close to you, and do not leave valuables on display in your car – basically, a bit of common sense, but nothing to be overly wary of. 
  • People are friendly, and they speak English very well, which makes communication with others easy. And with so many people from all around the world, it is easy to make new friends if you actually prefer doing a few activities with others rather than alone.

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PLACES TO VISIT IN CROATIA IN ONE WEEK

This Croatia itinerary starts either in Dubrovnik or Split. However, feel free to tweak the itinerary so that it fits you. I do not recommend visiting Croatia for less than one week, as you would miss out on too much of its beauty.

Split (1 – 1,5 Days)

Split is the 2nd largest city in Croatia – it lies on the eastern shore of the Adriatic Sea and is spread over a central peninsula and its surroundings.

It is one of the most famous and popular cities, and this is for a reason. Yes, it gets crowded (even in the shoulder seasons because of the touristic cruise ships), but it is still worth visiting. Split waterfront is one of the most beautiful places in Split, CroatiaI personally think 1 day is enough if you don’t have endless time in Croatia. One of the reasons for Split´s popularity is because it was one of the filming locations for Game of Thrones.

Things to do in Split:

  • So, definitely make sure to explore Diocletian’s Palace (free) with the Cathedral and Bell Tower of Saint Domnius (small entrance fee), the Peristyle (Peristil), Vestibule, and the City Gates.
  • For great views (other than the bell tower that was closed during my visit), hike up Marjan Hill (about 20-30 minutes of uphill walking) and soak in the scenery. Stroll the area and have dinner at the Riva promenade.
  • If you are a GoT fan, you might want to enjoy Klis Fortress’s views (entrance about 9€), which is located outside the old town. Even if you are not a GoT fan, the panorama is well worth a visit!
  • Check out my Split guide for more detailed information.

WHERE TO STAY IN SPLIT

Trogir and Šibenik (1 – 1,5 Days)

Trogir and Šibenik are two extremely beautiful places and should be on any Croatia itinerary. Both are small towns and absolutely charming – you can visit them as a day trip to Split or base yourself here on your way to the next destination.

SIBENIK

Šibenik is a historic city on the Adriatic coast. The town center is small and I went back and forth through the few old but very picturesque streets of the town.

Streets in Sibenik, must see in two weeks in Croatia

And what I had not known before my visit: Šibenik is actually a filming location for Games of Thrones. So, this is also a must-see for all GoT fans. 

Looking back, I regret not having visited the St. Michael’s Fortress as well. I suggest planning enough time for the old town and a short hike to the fortress which sits on a hill and promises nice views.

  • Visit the two UNESCO World Heritage sites – Sibenik Cathedral and St. Nicholas Fortress – but also have coffee in one of the cute cafes or restaurants around and just let the flow take you.

You can probably have your lunch here and then head to the next place.

TROGIR

Pretty, pretty Trogir! Trogir lies on a small island connected to the mainland and the island of Čiovo by bridges. It felt like a little Split, but actually more charming with its very picturesque cafes and cute, colorful streets and lovely people. Trogir view from the fortress, Trogir is a must on Dubrovnik itinerary

  • Stroll the old streets, visit the Trogir Cathedral (small entrance fee) and enjoy the views from the bell tower, and see the clock tower at the market square.
  • Go to Kamerlengo Castle for the views (small entrance fee), and relax at the seaside promenade. This is also a good place to end the day.
  • Check out my more detailed guide for Trogir. 

WHERE TO STAY IN TROGIR

In case you want to spend a night in Trogir, which seems like a good idea, here are some hotels.

  • Hotel Brown Beach House & Spa looks like a lovely hotel with a pool, lovely views, and proximity to the city center. You can check out rates here.
  • Hotel Concordia is located in the old town. I think, location-wise, it cannot get much better, and it seems to offer great value for money! Find out more about the hotel here.

Krka National Park (1 Day)

Another day trip from Split could be Krka National Park. The Krka National Park is known for its beautiful waterfalls and nature trails – similar to the Plitvice Lakes.

KRKA National Park a must for 7-day Croatia itinerary
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The weather was not always on my side, so I decided I wanted to spend the sunny days in a town/city rather than at Krka National Park, and thus skipped it.

After reading reviews, it seems the Krka National Park is a little less spectacular than Plitvice National Park. However, at Krka, you can swim, which seems reason enough to visit.  

If you stay in Croatia for only 7 days, one national park is probably all you can fit in. Krka is closer to cities like Split or Zadar, and it does not take that much time to get there, while Plitvice National Park is located in the north, and getting there is much more time-consuming.

Omis (1 Day)

Another one of Croatia‘s prettiest, most unique places is the small town of Omis which is also a port in the Dalmatia region.Omis view from the fortress

Known as a former pirate town in the 12-14th centuries, it is a small central Dalmatian town located between Split and Makarska, situated in the Cetina River’s mouth and surrounded by massive gorges that remind me of fjords in certain parts.

Omis view from the fortress of the fjords

There is no place like Omis – and it is the perfect place for adventure lovers.

  • Ziplining, rock climbing, biking, rafting, and canyoning are big in Omis!
  • But there is more to it than adventurous activities – take the time and do a short 10-minute uphill hike to get to Castle Mirabella. It will be worth it. If you don’t want to pay a few euros for the entrance fee, you will have nice views before you even reach the ticket counter. However, I recommend paying the fee (I think it was about 3€) and taking a few more steps for a better panorama of the old town.
  • I wish that I had stayed longer, so I could have hiked the Starigrad Fortica to enjoy the views from there, which takes a few hours to get to.

Well, there will hopefully be the next time, but here is my tip for you: Stay in Omis for at least one full day if you like to be a bit more active.

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Dubrovnik (2 Days)

Dubrovnik is a city in southern Croatia fronting the Adriatic Sea. It is out of the world!

While I still think Venice is probably the most unique city in the world, Dubrovnik is up there. Yes, there are many old towns and well-preserved medieval places in Europe and Croatia. However, Dubrovnik is seriously different.Dubrovik from city walls

Dubrovnik view from Mount Srd

Expensive as heck and crazy busy, it is not everyone´s favorite – but I totally loved it!

You should plan at least 2 days in Dubrovnik. 

  • The best activity – by far – was walking the city walls. You can stroll the complete walls, which are about 2 km long, and you have the best views from there. This activity costs around 30€ and is probably the most expensive “entry fee“ in the area. But the views are so worth it. Tip: you can buy a Dubrovnik Card, it might help you save money.
  • Take the time to stroll the old town and streets, and check out all the filming locations of GoT (including King´s Landing).
  • Also, go on a boat cruise to see the old town from another angle.
  • If you have time, head to Srd Mountain for amazing views. You can get up via cable car, hike up (it should take about one hour), take an uber or taxi, or drive in your own car. I drove myself, even though the reviews on TripAdvisor made it look like a horror trip. It is probably not for the inexperienced mountain driver, but it was not too bad.
  • I have a more detailed Dubrovnik itinerary that you can read here.

WHERE TO STAY IN DUBROVNIK

DAY TRIPS OUTSIDE OF CROATIA

I recommend doing a few day trips (or at least one day trip) to another country. With one week in Croatia, you might not be able to see them – but tweak the itinerary and prioritize the places most appealing to you.

Kotor

Beautiful Montenegro! Montenegro is one of the prettiest countries in the world and one day is surely not enough (despite its small size). However, many people drive to Kotor from Dubrovnik for a day. Kotor view from fortressThis is definitely doable – the drive is scenic, but plan in some time for border control. One day in Kotor is not a lot of time, but you can get a good glimpse of this pretty country on that day!

Parking in Kotor’s center might be a bit difficult in the busy season, so I recommend snapping up a parking slot outside the center (driving in the old town is not allowed at all) and walking to the old town from there.

Most people walk to the fortress and head to the Castle of San Giovanni and climb the many stairs. Like seriously, many stairs. I read different numbers, but it is definitely more than 1,200 stairs. The views are amazing, though and this is why so many people do it! 

Mostar / Blagaj / Kravice Falls and Pocitelj

Even though one week in Croatia might not be enough to visit places outside of the country, Mostar is one of the most popular day trips from Dubrovnik, and the reason is simple. Mostar is extremely pretty, and many take the opportunity to visit another country: Bosnia and Herzegovina. Stari Most in Mostar is one of the main attractions in Bosnia Herzegovina

The region of Dubrovnik is separated from the rest of Croatia by Bosnia and Herzegovina, which owns about 20 km of coastline. If people drive from Split to Dubrovnik, they have to pass Bosnia-Herzegovina (or take a detour and cross Serbia, etc. – which would be insane).

Croatia plans to build a bridge that connects Dubrovnik to the rest of the country, but at the moment, crossing Bosnia is the only and easiest way.

If you have some time, I actually also suggest visiting Pocitelj, Kravice Falls, and Blajag Monastery. Book a hotel in Mostar for the night and explore Mostar on day 2 before heading back to Croatia.

Kravica Waterfalls in BosniaPersonally, I would stay even longer in beautiful Montenegro/Bosnia. Still, since this is a Croatia itinerary, I stuck with two days in Bosnia and one day in Montenegro for now.

P.S. Make sure to bring your ID/passport along as you will most definitely be checked at the borders and if you drive, make sure you have the “green insurance paper” with you.

You might have to spend some time at the border control. Normally, it takes me about 10-15 minutes to get through, but once it took me about an hour and it was during the shoulder season, so my tip is to be at the border control very early to avoid the lines. 

FINAL THOUGHTS ON VISITING CROATIA FOR A WEEK

So, whether you stay one week in Croatia or longer, your trip will surely be anything but boring!

The country is rich in beautiful places – whether you are into stunning outdoor places or cute towns and cities with impressive architecture and loads of history and culture – Croatia has something for everyone.

I hope you enjoy the time as much as I did, and this one-week Croatia itinerary has helped you plan your trip and find out about the best places to visit.

Safe Travels, Arzo

 

BEST THINGS TO DO IN TROGIR, CROATIA

How to spend one day in Trogir, Croatia, the best things to do and see

WHAT TO DO IN TROGIR IN ONE DAY

Are you planning your Trogir trip and wondering about the best things to do in Trogir in one day? Then this post is for you – find out about what to do and more tips for Trogir.

If you ask me about the prettiest town/village in Croatia, my answer will be Trogir. While Croatia is rich in well-preserved towns and villages full of charm, somehow, Trogir was even more beautiful than the others. 

Trogir is set within medieval walls on a tiny island near the more famous city of Split on the Dalmatian Coast. Connected to the mainland by bridges, which make your arrival actually quite charming, you are off to a good start.

Whether you visit as a day trip from Split or make Trogir your base: you cannot go wrong with exploring this small town and discovering what it has to offer.

And while Trogir was not always the most dog-friendly place (I visited with my dog, Puppygak), it still holds a place in my heart, and I would go back in a second.

Trogir is not a place covered often -so here is my quick travel guide with top things to do and the best places to visit in Trogir.

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IS TROGIR WORTH VISITING?

The short answer is yes. Yes, Trogir is worth visiting. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is absolutely charming, has a striking old town and some interesting attractions. I do believe it should be on any Croatia itinerary. 

While Croatians were friendly in general, the people in Trogir seemed somehow friendlier than in the rest of Croatia.

Okay, let’s get started with the best Trogir activities. 

Stroll the Canals

One of the first things you will (most likely) see when you approach Trogir are the little bridges.

Canals in Trogir, Croatia

Trogir is also known as Little Venice, and while this is a TOTAL exaggeration, it is lovely to walk the river and look at the little boats while heading to the old town.

Explore the Old Town

As mentioned in the beginning, I liked Trogir the best, probably because it was extremely charming. After passing the bridges and the canals you will arrive at the Old Town of Trogir.

Pretty builings in Trogir, Croatia

House in the old town of Trogir, one of the best places to visit

The old town has remained mostly intact and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Every time I turned around, I was amazed by the pretty streets (cobblestoned explains it pretty well), the pretty buildings, and the colorful doors and windows. I have seen quite a few old towns, but I must say, this was one of my favorites. 

Streets in Old Town of Trogir is one of the most beautiful places

Maybe it was the lovely, sunny weather. Maybe it was the empty streets. Or maybe, and most likely, it was just because the old town of Trogir is just charming!

But be warned, if you expect to get lost for hours in the streets of Trogir, I will have to disappoint you. Trogir is really small, and you will not need much time to see it the first time. I took my time going back and forth and enjoyed the beauty of the old town not once, but probably two or three times.

Visit the Cafes

Trogir has the most beautiful cafes! Everything was decorated so cutely and pretty that I regretted not having booked my accommodation in Trogir to spend more time in the cafes, watch people, and work on my laptop.

Cute, colorful cafes in Trogir

Interestung cafes in Trogir, Croatia is one of the best places to visit

However, one day, I will probably come back and will make sure to spend more time exploring the adorable cafes in Trogir.

Trogir Square

While strolling Trogir, you will definitely stumble upon Trogir´s main square.

This square is beautiful! It is home to historical buildings, stone houses, and pretty cafes. So, let´s talk about some of the attractions on Trogir´s main square. 

Head to Trogir Cathedral and Bell Tower

On the square, you will find The Cathedral of St. Lawrence and its bell tower.

Catherdral n Trogir, Croatia

As mentioned, Trogir was not the most dog-friendly place. Can you imagine they denied access to my adorable dog (in his bag)? Well, they did. Okay, my dog is often denied access and I understand that for the Cathedral. But I wish they had given us access to the Bell Tower.

Cathedral and bell tower are the best places to visit in Trogir, Croatia

However, I still recommend visiting the Cathedral and the Bell Tower even though I did not experience myself.

You can visit the inside of the Cathedral – Katedrala Sv. Lovre (Cathedral of St. Lawrence) for a small entry fee. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site now as well.

But you can also climb the Bell Tower of the Cathedral which apparently offers some of the best views for a few €.

Door of the cathedral in Trogir

This triple-aisled basilica was built mostly in the 13th century during the Romanesque period. While I could not enter, I spotted the Romanesque portal, one of the church’s masterpieces.

See the Clock Tower

At the main square of Trogir, right next to the Cathedral, you will also see St. Sebastian’s church with the clock tower.Clock Tower, Trogir is one of the main attraction

At the entrance to the church are two sculptures: one depicts St. Sebastian the Martyr, and one depicts Christ.

You will also find the City Hall on the square. which also houses the tourist board office.

Enjoy the Views From Kamerlengo Castle

Then it is time to leave the square and head to another interesting place.

I finally got to have my great views – the Kamerlengo Castle is a beautiful attraction in Trogir. Originally built by the Venetians in the mid-15th century, you can now visit it for about 3€.

Kamerlengo Castle in Trogir is one of the best things to see

Kamerlengo Castle in Trogir offers one of the best views

It is situated at the west end of the islet and was used by the Venetians as a base for their naval forces in this part of the world.

Kamerlengo Castle in Trogir view of the Adriatic Sea

You can walk around the castle and climb the stairs to enjoy great views. No worries, there are not many stairs – though some are very narrow and steep. Also, you have wonderful views of the Adriatic Sea on the other side.

Yes, dogs are allowed in this castle.

Relax at the Seaside Promenade

I was neither hungry nor thirsty, but after visiting the Kamerlengo Castle, I just had to sit down and enjoy the views in one of the restaurants there.

Seaside promenade in Trogir, Croatia

Chair in Trogir, Croatia

I was heading to Split that day, so I could not sit there for hours, but it was a wonderful break and a great way to end my day in Trogir.

Chill at the Beach 

There are no beaches in the old town, but not too far away are some beaches. Admittedly, they are not known as the prettiest in the country. But if you visit in the summer months or stay for more than one day in Trogir, you might be happy to hear that you can spend time at the water.

So, you can check out one of the beaches close by Okrug Gornji, Medena Beach, and Pantan Beach.

TRAVEL TIPS FOR ONE DAY IN TROGIR

Before talking about the best things to do in Trogir, here is some info so you can plan your trip to Trogir, either as a day trip or a trip for longer, better.

How to Arrive in Trogir

  • Trogir is situated on the islet between the mainland and Ciovo Island.
  • It is located 30 km from Split and 10 km from Split Airport.
  • You can take a bus from Split or enjoy a beautiful drive there, either from Split or another part of Croatia. If you drive yourself, you will be happy to hear that the drive is scenic and “easy” (no crazy mountain roads).
  • Finding a parking spot was quite easy in April but might be trickier in the busy months. I parked about 5-10 minutes from the old town and had to pay around 1.50€ for an hour. If you park a bit further away, you can expect to pay around 1€ an hour. For Croatia, this is quite expensive.
  • But I think that Trogir is quite an expensive place by Croatian standards, and though visitors from all around the world do not overrun it, it looked kind of upscale to me.

When is the Best Time to Visit Trogir

  • For Croatia, I do not recommend visiting in the summer months. You should be aware, that Croatia is an extremely popular summer destination. It can get hot. It will be crowded. And accommodation prices will rise.
  • I suggest visiting Croatia, and thus Trogir, in April, May, early June, or late September. The shoulder season often means better weather (warm but not hot), fewer crowds, and lower accommodation prices.
  • However, the weather in Croatia is quite mild, so it will probably also be pleseant to visit in the winter months, too. However, some attractions might not be open to the public during the less busy seasons.

Where to Stay in Trogir

If you want to stay in Trogir check out the hotels below. Looking back, I really regret not having stayed there, not because I had the feeling one day was not enough for “Trogir sightseeing” but because I loved the atmosphere here.

How to Get Around Trogir

Good news: Given its small size, you can easily discover Trogir on foot and walk to the sights easily. Just wear comfy shoes because of all the cobbled-stoned streets.

FINAL THOUGHTS ON TROGIR ACTIVITIES

As you can see, Trogir is quite small, and there are not that many typical sights. You surely can’t compare it to Dubrovnik.

However, it is one of the best places to stay in Croatia, and it really is a little gem that has stolen my heart! So, definitely don’t skip on Trogir when in Croatia.

Hopefully, this post has inspired you to visit, and you now know about the best things to do in Trogir – whether you visit for one day or longer or shorter.

Looking for more travel ideas in Croatia? Then check out my Rovinj and Split posts and make sure to check out my Croatia itinerary and my Dubrovnik itinerary.

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Best Things to do in Rovinj, Croatia

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WHAT TO DO IN ROVINJ (IN ONE DAY OR LONGER)

Are you planning your Rovinj itinerary and wondering about the best things to do in Rovinj in one day? This post is for you as I am sharing my favorite places to visit, along with some important travel tips for first-time visitors to Rovinj.

When I created my Croatia itinerary, it was clear to me that I had to visit Rovinj early on. I have a thing for colorful coastal towns, and it seemed that Rovinj would be a perfect example of that.

Located in the northwest of Croatia, on the Istrian coast below the Lim Fjord, it is a perfect place to visit towards the end or beginning of your Croatia trip.

IS ROVINJ WORTH VISITING?

Rovinj is a town you should not miss, and here is why: It is a colorful, medieval town with a touch of Italy – right in Croatia. Croatia, Rovinj old street in old townRovinj is known for several things:

  • Of course, the pretty old town is the main tourist attraction.
  • Then, there is the 67-kilometer-long shoreline (who wants to take a dip?).
  • Some beautiful green parks which are great for strolling and hikes!
  • And then there are 16 islands, islets, and reefs.

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Best Things to Do in Rovinj in One Day +

Okay, let’s get started with the best things to do in Rovinj – named one of the most beautiful coastal towns by Travel and Leisure Magazine a few years ago.

Rovinj is quite small and it does not have many attractions in itself. The whole town is a beauty, so don’t worry too much about following a strict Rovinj itinerary.

Rovinj was once part of the Venetian Republic (from 1283 to 1797), so you will see and feel the Italian influence (you will also see the Venetian lions here and there as a remnant of this history).

Stroll the Promenade 

Depending on your accommodation, the first thing you will head to is the gorgeous promenade of Rovinj. Walking along this pretty place will surely make you fall in love with the town immediately.Croatia, Rovinj market square one of the best places to visit in Rovinj

Croatia, Rovinj promenade, Best Roving itineraryOn the one side, you have the colorful and vibrant buildings (with the church that dominates the “skyline“), and on the other side, you have the Adriatic Sea with all its little fishing boats and bigger cruise boats.

The promenade is a perfect place to start your day in Rovinj. Also, I recommend strolling the promenade all the way before walking into the old town and exploring the streets of Rovinj.

Discover the Old Town

Rovinj is gorgeous – everywhere you turn, you will be charmed by its cobblestone alleys and colorful buildings. Then, you will find small shops, many cafes, and restaurants, and sometimes you can look to the side and see the ocean through the alleys.Croatia, Rovinj streets that are the best Instagram spots

Croatia, Rovinj colorful street in Rovinj

  • Cobblestone alleys have their pitfalls, and the old town is also quite hilly, so make sure to wear comfy shoes. 

Explore Ulica Grisia 

Ulica (meaning street in Croatian) Grisia is one of the main places to visit in Rovinj. When wandering this street, you will find many little galleries and quaint shops.

I almost missed the street but went back and forth to find it – and it was worth it. So, this is one of the very few must-see places in Rovinj. Croatia, Rovinj the best streets_

Croatia, Rovinj street

Climb the Bell Tower of Church St. Euphemia

The Venetian Baroque Church is the main landmark of the city. Built in 1736, it stands on a hill in the middle of the peninsula, overlooking the rest of Rovinj.Croatia, Rovinj Church in Rovinj

Croatia, Rovinj view from Cathedral Sqaure in RovinjThe tomb of the teenager Euphemia is behind the altar. According to local legends, she was arrested and tortured for refusing to give up Christianity.

Eventually, she was sentenced to death – her remains are preserved in a sarcophagus here in this church.

You can visit St. Euphemia´s Church as well as the bell tower (61 meters high, it looks taller than it actually is, as it stands on a hill). It supposedly offers great views over Rovinj for just a few euros.

It was closed during the time of my visit, but I saw pictures from the bell tower. So I think it is worth climbing the 190 + stairs. The view was almost as beautiful as the view from the bell tower in Piran in Slovenia.

See the Town Clock

At the time of my visit, the town clock was being restored, so I could not see it in its full glory. However, located at the main square of Rovinj, it was originally built in the 15th century and is quite a sight.

Keep an eye out and sneak a peek as it appears to have a pinkish color…

Spy on the Fishermen

Rovinj has a long history of fishing, which still plays an important role today. You can smell it the minute you step onto the promenade.Croatia, Rovinj fisher boat, what to see in Rovinj

Also, the many fishing boats and fishermen show this. If you want to see the fishermen come here early in the morning when they leave or later in the day when they come back from a day on the water.

Chill and Rest at the Beach 

I am not much of a beach person. But if you are, and if you visit Croatia in the summer, you should plan enough time for hitting the beach. Croatia, Rovinj beach is one of the best things to doHere are the best beaches in Rovinj. And if you’re not a beach person, it is still nice to look at them. It might get busy in the warmer months, so head there early or later in the day.

Go on a Boat Cruise

There are several boat operators, which offer different boat tours. I did the shorter boat cruise that lasted only about an hour, and what is special about this boat trip is the fantastic views of the town that I got. Croatia, Rovinj boat tripIt does not matter where you go along the promenade – this view you can only get from a boat. You will also see a bit of the surroundings (and if you sit on a glass boat, you can even watch the underwater world through a glass floor).

  • If you want to do a longer boat cruise – which gives you the chance to swim and watch the sunset from the boat – check out this tour.

Watch the Sunset

The sunsets look amazing in Rovinj. The best place to watch the sunset is from the promenade – ideally on one of the benches in Rovinj Marina or in one of the cafes that line it. Croatia, Rovinj sunset in one day

MORE THINGS TO DO IN ROVINJ (2+ DAYS)

If you have more than one day in Rovinj, you can check out the following activities.

Lim Canal 

North of Rovinj, you will find the Lim Bay, also known as the Lim Fjord. I initially had planned to go on a boat tour and visit this apparently stunning place, but the boat tour lasts about one day, which was too long for me at that time.

However, if you want to visit the Lim Canal – Lim Fjord is part of the 35-km-long Lim Valley; the Fiord itself is a little bit longer than 10 km, is 30 meters deep, and its widest part is around 600 meters wide – then you can book a boat trip tour to see it.

Punta Corrente Forest Park

If you want to be more active, head to the Punta Corrente Forest Park for a nice walk, bike ride, or swim. A lot of greenery comes with some beaches – and lovely views of Rovinj.

  • How to get there: it takes a bit of walking, but after 20-25 minutes from the old town, you will get to this peaceful place and can enjoy the other side of Rovinj.

TRAVEL TIPS FOR ONE DAY IN ROVINJ

Now, here are some quick essential travel tips for your Rovinj itinerary.

Best things to see in Rovinj, Arzo Travels

How to Get to Rovinj

By plane: Rovinj does not have an airport – to get there by plane, you will need to either get to

  • a) Pula airport – 40 minutes drive
  • b) Venice in Italy – 3 hours drive (there is also a boat ferry during peak season that connects Venice to Rovinj)
  • c) Zagreb – 3 hours drive (here is my Zagreb travel guide).

By car: I arrived by car – getting here in the shoulder season is quite easy. There is some paid parking near the old town (if you book your hotel, check out my tip about free parking).

How to Get Around Rovinj for One Day

You will most likely spend your time, if you only have a day or two in Rovinj, in the city’s old town. From there, you can walk to many tourist attractions. Croatia, Rovinj old town, where to go in RovinjHowever, once in a while, you might jump on a boat to see the other places near Rovinj. But other than that, you will most likely not need a bus or a car.

You can also get a bike (your accommodation might rent some) and get around that way (this is also great if you head to the forest).

Where to Eat in Rovinj

There are many restaurants and bars in Rovinj, mostly along the promenade. Seafood and meat dishes are extremely popular, and vegetarian options are hard to find, but most restaurants have pizza and some pasta dishes.

Food prices are quite high. Not Switzerland – expensive, but similar to prices in Italy (if you don’t compare it to the main tourist hotspots). The food wasn’t bad, though. If you want to look for more affordable restaurants, check out the ones on the side streets.

Where to Stay in Rovinj

In general, I suggest staying in or near the old town.

  • I picked a little B&B near the old town. The prices were good. They allowed dogs (which isn’t always the case in Croatia) and offered free parking. Within a few minutes, I was in the old town. However, there are not many rooms, so book early or check out one of the many other options, as there are many places to stay. Find out more about the little B&B I stayed at – Rooms Barbieri.
  • For a more luxurious stay – just a 10-minute walk from the old town – check out the Grand Park Hotel Rovinj rates.
  • Hotel Adriatic is a very well-rated boutique hotel in the old town. Find out more about the rates.

More Things to Know

  • The best time to visit Rovinj is between late April and September, I assume. I visited at the beginning of April, and it seems that Rovinj was not ready for its visitors yet. Therefore, places were closed and could not be visited – later the year, it should be better. However, July and August can be hot and busy. But I think May and June or September would be the best months to visit Rovinj.
  • Many restaurants don’t accept credit cards – or have a minimum amount to spend. So, definitely have some cash on you.
  • The currency is not the euro, but the Croatian Kuna. Even though you could pay in euros, the offered exchange rate is usually quite bad (especially in shops), so I recommend changing some money.
  • Heading to Dubrovnik? Make sure to check out my detailed Dubrovnik guide.
  • Wondering about the best places to stay in Croatia? Then my Croatia itinerary can help you plan your Croatia trip.
  • One of my favorite places in Croatia? Trogir – find out more here.
  • Visiting Split? Then head to my Split itinerary.

WRAPPING UP – BEST ROVINJ ACTIVITIES

As pretty as Rovinj was, I think, one day in Rovinj was a good amount to spend there. So if you do day trips or want to relax at the beach, you can spend more time in Rovinj.

If you are ready to see more of Croatia´s beauty, make sure to head to one of the pretty places afterward, but I hope this post has helped you find out about the best things to do in Rovinj.

Safe Travels, Arzo

 

Where to Stay in Croatia – Best Tips For All Budgets

BEST PLACES TO STAY IN CROATIA – BEST AREAS AND HOTELS FOR ALL BUDGETS

Are you planning a trip to this beautiful country and wondering about where to stay in Croatia? Then this post is for you, as you will find out about the best places to stay in Croatia – the best areas for all budgets.

Croatia has become a top travel destination in Europe – for many good reasons. Beautiful beaches, stunning landscapes, lively and fun cities and islands, cute towns, friendly locals, and the Mediterranean climate are just a few of them.

When I planned my Croatia road trip, I definitely felt overwhelmed. There is just so much to see and, because of Croatia´s geography, it can take forever to get from one place to another.

The country is very stretched out, with another country (Bosnia-Herzegovina) crossing it, which means you must cross borders if you want to get from Split to Dubrovnik, for example (unless you travel by ferry).

You should consider this when planning in which area to stay: Do you want to road trip or do you want to stay in one or two places and do day trips?

WHERE TO STAY IN CROATIA

That is why I have divided this post into the best places to stay when road tripping Croatia and the best areas to stay when planning to do day trips.

If you road trip, choosing hotels and places might be easier, and you can get around quicker than if you need a base. 

However, road tripping can also be overwhelming. When not road tripping, my tip is to change areas 1-3 times (depending on the length of your stay) and do day trips.

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Rovinj

Rovinj in Istria is a beautiful coastal town very high in the north of the country. The town is lovely, and the area reminded me more of an Italian coastal town than the rest of Croatia. The influence of the Venetians is clearly visible here. Croatia, Rovinj seen from a boat tripRovinj is a good place to stay in Croatia if you want to stay in the northern part of the country, or if you road trip and want to see as much as possible. 

For Rovinj, you will probably need one day, and then you could do a few day trips, e.g., visit Pula.

So, if you want to explore Istria, choose that as your base.

Apart from that, other main tourist attractions are quite far from it, and it is not the best place to stay in Croatia for longer – and I suggest changing locations after a few days.

Possible day trips:

  • Pula – about a 45-minute drive
  • Trieste (Italy) – about a 90-minute drive
  • Rijeka – about a 90-minute drive

Where to Stay in Rovinj

In general, I suggest staying in or near the old town.

  • I picked a little B&B near the old town. The prices were good. They allowed dogs (which isn’t always the case here in Croatia) and offered free parking. Within a few minutes, I was in the old town, and I was thrilled with my choice. However, there are not many rooms, so book early or check out one of the many other options, as there are many places to stay. Find out more about the little B&B I stayed at – Rooms Barbieri.
  • For a more luxurious stay – just 10 minutes from the old town – check out the Grand Park Hotel Rovinj rates.
  • Hotel Adriatic is a very well-rated boutique hotel in the old town. Find out more about the rates.

Zagreb

Zagreb is another good place to stay in North Croatia. It is a good option if you want to explore the city in one or two days.

However, while Zagreb is interesting, I have to admit that I would probably skip it with less than 10 days in Croatia. View from the promenade in ZagrebDue to its “remote“ location, getting to Zagreb takes time, and you cannot do many day trips from Zagreb.

Whether you travel by car or public transportation, most main tourist attractions are quite far away, so this is why Zagreb would not be my top choice as your base.

Zagreb could be used as a base to get to the Plitvice Lakes, which are a 2-hour drive away, but that’s basically it.

But if you have more time and want to explore Zagreb, then the city is a good starting or endpoint of your Croatia trip.

For exploring the city, I recommend staying in or near the Upper Town so that you can see the main attractions easily.

Possible day trips:

  • Plitvice Lakes National Park – a 120-minute drive

Where to Stay in Zagreb:

Plitvice National Park

Plitvice is one of the main attractions in the country. Many tourists come here to see the many, many waterfalls in the Plitvice Lakes National Park. It is the oldest and largest national park in Croatia and has also held UNESCO World Heritage status since 1979. This alone makes it one of the best places to stay in Croatia. Plitvice Lake in CroatiaSo, it gets busy here in the summer months, and I recommend booking in advance.

It is great to stay for one night – there are not many tourist attractions close by, so I would not make it your base, to be honest.

Where to Stay at Plitvice Lakes National Park: 

  • I stayed at a clean, tidy, and nice (though simple) pension a few kilometers near the lakes. The owners were really nice, too. So definitely a place I recommend staying at. Check out the rates for the Pansion House Prijeboj.

Zadar

Zadar is a coastal town and quite central and a good choice for staying in Croatia for a few days. Zadar view from the Bell Tower, one of the best places to visit in CroatiaWhile I have to openly admit that Zadar was my least favorite place in Croatia, it is a good place to stay in Croatia for one night to explore the city, but it is also a good place for other day trips to Split, Sibenik & Trogir, and the Plitvice Lakes. 

However, getting to Dubrovnik from Zadar is too tedious. I cannot recommend doing many day trips from Zadar.

So, if you road trip, I suggest staying one night here. And if you don’t road trip, I suggest staying here for a few days to do a few day trips.

The old town itself is quite small and “doable“ in one day – but you can do a trip to one of the smaller villages close by or take the time to swim and enjoy some beach time.

Possible day trips:

  • Trogir
  • Sibenik
  • Zadar
  • Plitvice National Park

Where to Stay in Zadar: 

  • I stayed at Apartments Aria. I love to cook my own food and had my dog with me, and I needed free parking, so it was great for me (plus super clean and a nice but basic little apartment). It was a bit too far from the main tourist attractions (about 14-minutes), but this was a good place other than this.
  • Here is one of the best-rated hotels in Zagreb

Split

Looking for more places while wondering where to stay in Croatia? Then consider adding Split as a base for a few bases. What I like the most about Split is its central location. It is so easy to do day trips from here, and if I had to name only one area/city in which to stay in Croatia, I would recommend making Split your base and going on day trips from Split. Marjan Hill in Split is one of the main attractions in SplitDubrovnik is a great city to stay in Croatia, but prices for accommodations are quite hefty – especially in the high season.

Also, food and parking prices (speaking of, it is up to 240€ for 24 hours of parking if you choose the most convenient parking spot in the city center) are high. But while Dubrovnik is very touristy, I still loved it, and I think it must visit.

If you make Split your base, you should/could make a day (or two-day) trip to Dubrovnik. But if you road trip Croatia, then I would stay here for a night at least, as its location makes a trip here quite time-consuming.

Possible day trips:

  • Makarska
  • Trogir
  • Sibenik
  • Zadar

Where to Stay in Split:

Dubrovnik

This city is a must-see place, and I suggest staying here at least one night – as, even with the crowds – it is one of the very best places to stay in Croatia.

Dubrovnik view from Kings Landing

In Dubrovnik, I recommend staying in the old town of the city. Prices are high, but you can take your time strolling the city’s unique old town without the crowds early in the morning or in the evening.

Because what you will find plenty of in Dubrovnik is tourists. Seriously, Dubrovnik gets crowded as heck, and you will enjoy the quietness when the day tourists are not there yet. The TV show Games of Thrones has done its part, but Dubrovnik has been a popular destination even without the show.

I stayed at two different places in Dubrovnik and enjoyed both – one was directly within the city walls and just outside the city walls.

Each had its perks – and one had a kitchen included, which is great if you want to self-cater. However, many hotels in Dubrovnik are small, and accommodations are quickly booked, so especially if you travel during high season, book in advance.

Possible day trips:

Where to Stay in Dubrovnik:

Hvar

I, very, unfortunately, had to skip Hvar. The weather was terrible, and I decided against visiting (I book very spontaneously, but I also visited off-season). However, according to my friends and family that visited, it is a great place to stay for one night.

Hvar is one of the best places to stay in Croatia
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Hvar Town is Croatia’s premier party town! But there is more to it than that.

The town is known for its beautiful old town, perfect for getting lost in and partying the nights away. Since it is an island and you need to get to Hear via ferry, it is not the best place to base yourself on many day trips.

Where to stay in Hvar

  • While I did not stay in Hvar myself, this hotel seems like a great place to stay when visiting Hvar. Keep in mind that Hvar is quite expensive.

Neum

Neum is actually not located in Croatia, but the now southern point of Bosnia-Herzegovina. The history is complicated – however, if you want to visit Dubrovnik from most other places in Croatia (like Split, etc.), you have to cross the border in Bosnia and drive through Neum.

If you take the ferry, you will not cross borders, but you could stay in Neum if you travel by bus or car. Neum is a little beach resort that is, honestly, less beautiful than the Croatian beach towns, but it is also much more affordable.

So, if you are on a budget and are looking for a more affordable place to stay in Croatia (or, in this case, a place to stay near Croatia) and want to get from Split to Dubrovnik, Neum is a great place for a stopover.

Possible day trips:

SUMMARY: BEST PLACES TO STAY IN CROATIA

Croatia is such a diverse country with so many beautiful places to stay. Whether you are a beach or city (or town) person – or you enjoy the mountains – you surely find the best places to stay in Croatia for your Croatia trip.

Whenever you are headed to Croatia – hopefully, this post will help you figure out where to stay in Croatia.Safe Travels, Arzo

 

HOW TO CREATE AN EPIC CROATIA ROAD TRIP

Croatia road trip

HOW TO ROAD TRIP CROATIA + TRAVEL TIPS

So, you are planning a Croatia road trip?! With cities like Dubrovnik, Split, Rovinj, or national parks and beaches, this country is a perfect road trip destination in Europe.

Public transportation in Croatia is not bad. You could also do guided day tours to visit the top places in the country. However, given Croatia´s geography – stretched over length – it is not easy to visit all the top places as day trips. To create a perfect Croatia itinerary, driving is the best way to get around.

I suggest spending at least 14 days in the country. However, you can also skip a few places and do a 5- 7- or 10-day Croatia road trip. 

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DRIVING TIPS & RULES FOR ROAD TRIPPING CROATIA

Before talking about the best places to visit, here are some tips for driving in Croatia.

Driving in Croatia is amazing. I have driven in a few countries (mostly in Europe), and it was probably the best conditions I have come across – better than in Germany, France, Switzerland, Spain, and of course better than in Italy.

  • The roads, even in the mountains, are quite wide. Plus, most of them are in great condition.
  • The streets and roads are not very busy and the best: Croatian drivers are quite friendly (unlike in Italy, I must say).
  • People could argue that tolls are high in Croatia – and it is true. Tolls for highways in Croatia are insane. For 100 km you pay around 10€ (just roughly) – BUT… here comes the good news:
  • If you drive along the D8 – along the coast – you can avoid the tolls. The most beautiful street to drive to in Croatia is free – and you will have amazing scenic views along the way.
  • Gas and diesel prices are quite high, though. Prices change daily but are higher than in Germany or Austria, for example. 
  • Also, it is pretty easy to find parking in most cities and towns (at least compared to Italy and if you do not visit in July or August) – an exception is Dubrovnik. If you park in the city center – fees can be up to 240€ – for 24 hours!

Street in Croatia, driving

  • Croatia has done a great job. There are many great spots if you want to take a break and enjoy the views. So, pack enough food and drinks for many stops – there is no need to rush to get from one place to the next.
  • When you plan to visit any of the islands, like Hvar, you will need to use the ferry or a boat but can leave your car in Split.
  • In general, I did not worry about safety – don’t leave any valuables on display and take your wallet, etc., with you (and put everything that could attract thefts in the trunk).
  • If you need to rent a car, check out rental prices here and make sure to rent a car in advance. This applies especially if you visit during the busier months.
  • If you drive all the way down to Dubrovnik, make sure you have an insurance card with you (either if you drive your own or a rental car) as you will cross borders with Bosnia-Herzegovina.
  • Check out my accommodation guide for Croatia.

BEST STOPS FOR A ROAD TRIP IN CROATIA

So, here is the perfect Croatia road trip itinerary (skip whatever you want or add other places). If you only have 7-day in Croatia, check out my one-week itinerary.

Zagreb

Start (or end) your trip in Zagreb, the capital of the country It ranks among the oldest cities in Central Europe dating back to the 11th century.

Cemetery in Zagreb, Croatia
Cemetery of Mirogoj

Located more inland than other popular cities in Croatia, Zagreb still has a lot to offer. Its architecture sets it apart from other Croatian towns as well, with a heavy Austrian-Hungarian influence.

  • You will want to visit some places: the Cathedral, the Museum of Broken Relationships, shopping at Dollar Market, seeing St. Mark’s Church, eating at Tkalciceva Street, and walking through the cemetery of Mirogoj which is just outside of Zagreb’s city center.
  • Check out my Zagreb itinerary for more tips.

Zagreb is, however, a little more challenging to reach because it is located in the north, close to the Slovenian border. If you have less than 10 days, I would skip it.

TIP: Driving in Zagreb is fine. It is busy but not as crazy as in other European capitals. If you can, book accommodation with free parking though. 

WHERE TO STAY IN ZAGREB:

Plitvice Lakes

One of the most stunning and famous natural landmarks in Croatia is the Plitvice Lakes. The Plitvice Lakes National Park is the oldest and largest national park and is almost 80% covered in forest.

It is a popular destination for hikers with many trails. It is a biodiverse region with many threatened species and was made a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979.Plitvice Lake in Croatia

The Plitvice Lakes are actually made up of 16 larger lakes and numerous smaller ones, the largest in all of Croatia is Veliki Slap.

You can circle them, exploring along eight different routes.

Tip: There are enough parking spots (paid) at Plitvice Lakes. Some people spend more than one day, but for me, about 6 hours were enough to see most of it.

The only downside to the Plitvice Lakes is that they are located inland and away from any other travel destinations in Croatia, so you will have to detour on your road trip to reach them.

WHERE TO STAY AT PLITVICE LAKES NATIONAL PARK: 

  • I stayed at a clean, tidy, and nice (though simple) pension a few kilometers near the lakes. The owners were really nice, too. So definitely a place I recommend staying at. Check out the rates for the Pansion House Prijeboj.

Rovinj

Located close to the Italian border – in fact, just across Venice’s water – and on the northwestern side of Croatia is Rovinj.

Rovinj has a very Italian feel to it. From the Venetian architecture to the cobblestone streets and colorful houses, Rovinj will remind you of a town on the coast of Italy. It sits on the Istrian coast, just below the Lim Fjord. There are a lot of charming houses and narrow little streets that are fun to wander and explore.Croatia, Rovinj the best streets_

It is a small town but lovely and so different from the rest of the country, making it special.

  • Some of the highlights of visiting Rovinj are strolling through the old town, climbing the bell tower, exploring the artistic street of Ulica, and taking a walk on the promenade.
  • If you like the beach, there are a few you can go to relax or swim. And there are also boat cruises offered to see Rovinj from a different perspective.

TIP: Parking in the town center might be difficult in the summer months. Book accommodation that has parking included or park a bit outside and walk to the city center/accommodation.

Unfortunately, it is quite a detour from the Plitvice National Park. So you have to think, about whether you want to add it to your road trip or not. If you visit, I recommend staying for at least one night.

WHERE TO STAY IN ROVINJ

I recommend staying in or near the old town of Rovinj.

  • I picked a little B&B – Rooms Barbieri – near the old town. The rates are good, and they offer free parking. It just takes a short (and lovely) walk to get to the old town. However, there are not many rooms, so book early if you want to stay here. Find out more about the little B&B I stayed at.
  • For a more luxurious stay – just a 10-minute walk from the old town  – check out Grand Park Hotel Rovinj rates.
  • Hotel Adriatic is a very well-rated boutique hotel in the old town. Find out more about the rates.

Pula

From Rovinj, you could continue and visit Pula which is a seaside city located at the Istrian Peninsula’s tip and has a very tragic past.

It was founded during the prehistoric era and, over the course of many centuries, was occupied and destroyed, and rebuilt repeatedly. It was favored because of its strategic location within a protected harbor.

Pula has been occupied by the forces of the Romans, the Ostrogoths, the Venetians, and the Allied forces from World War II over the years.

Pula Amphitheatre a must for Crotia road trip itinerary
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Nowadays, it is a popular destination because of its beautiful and historic landmarks and Roman ruins, its beaches, and its coastline. Visit the Roman Amphitheater and some of the many museums in Pula. It is also the home of various festivals.

TIP: With only 2 weeks in Croatia (or less), I would limit my time here and visit the Roman Amphitheater and then spend the rest of the day driving to Zadar.

Zadar

Founded in the 4th century, Zadar has an ancient history. Located along the western coast of Croatia by the Adriatic Sea, Zadar is the country’s oldest continuously inhabited city.

Zadar from above with Arzo Travels_

Despite its fame, this town is not very busy or crowded, so it is easy to explore and enjoy. You can definitely see the best of Zadar in one day: see the Forum, visit the ancient square, stroll down Kalelarga Street, and see the church of St. Donatus.

You can take in the views from the bell tower and stroll the promenade, where visitors can listen to the Sea Organ’s unique sounds and watch the sunset. Zadar has a very laid-back vibe to it, so take your time exploring this Croatian town for the day before heading to your next road trip destination.

Tip: I am very honest – Zadar wasn’t my favorite stop. Compared to other places here, it lacked attractions, but it is a perfect stop-over. So, from your way to Pula, I would probably spend the evening here (it is charming in the evening) and then continue the journey the next day.

Krka National Park

Spend half a day (or a day) at Krka National Park. It is located in the southern part of Croatia and, similar to Plitvice Lake, has beautiful waterfalls.

Situated along the Krka River, the national park has a series of seven waterfalls that are scattered throughout the area. There is the Roški Slap in the north, a cascade close to a nature trail, and the Krka Monastery, which was created above the catacombs from Roman times.

To the south, Skradinski Buk waterfall is surrounded by two watermills. You can actually swim in the water here.

KRKA National Park a must for 7-day Croatia itinerary
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Also, Krka National Park is on Visovac Island, which was where the Franciscan Monastery of Our Lady of Mercy was located in the 15th century. 

I visited Plitvice Falls and was not too eager to see these falls as the weather was not great. So, I can tell you only what I have heard. These falls are not as impressive as Plitvice Lake’s, but they are still a good place to visit.

Tip: It is a great alternative if you don’t want to drive up north for the Plitvice Lakes or if you want to swim. Since it is close to Zadar and even closer to Šibenik, it would make a great stop before discovering these two beautiful towns below.

Trogir and Šibenik 

Now, it is time to head to Trogir and Šibenik. You can’t road trip Croatia and miss out on these beauties! Located along the Adriatic Sea’s western shores, these two towns are absolutely beautiful and quite charming.

Sibenik is one of the most beautiful towns in CroatiaŠibenik is famous as the filming location for the show Game of  Thrones, but besides that, it also has a lot of old, picturesque streets and famous landmarks. The town has two UNESCO World Heritage sites: Šibenik Cathedral and St. Nicholas Fort. Trogir is a must-see in CroatiaTrogir felt like a mini version of Split, but even more lovely with its colorful streets, little cafes, and friendly people. There is a really nice seaside promenade that you can stroll, as well as other sights like the Trogir Cathedral, the clock tower in the market square, Kamerlengo Castle, and the bell tower.

The streets themselves are a sight, and you should spend some time exploring these two towns on foot to really get a feel for them.

TIP: Both places are absolutely gorgeous, and you could do them in one day. It is enough time to see the main attractions but I suggest staying overnight in Sibenik or Trogir.

Where to Stay in Trogir:

  • Hotel Brown Beach House & Spa looks like a lovely hotel with a pool, lovely views. It is located quite close to the city center. You can check out rates here.
  • Hotel Concordia is located in the old town – I think, location-wise, it cannot get much better. It seems to offer great value for money! Find out more about the hotel here.

Split

Then it is time to visit Split. Spend a day or two in Split, which is located on a peninsula in the southwestern part of Croatia, jutting out into the Adriatic Sea.

Diocletian’s Palace in Split is one of the top attractions

Split is one of the most famous and popular cities in the country. It can be very crowded here, partly because it was another filming location for Game of Thrones (GoT) because there are many beautiful landmarks that you won’t want to miss.

Visit the Cathedral and the Bell Tower of Saint Domnius, see Diocletian’s Palace and explore the Peristyle (Peristil) and the Vestibule, and see the City Gate. Klis Fortress is another must-see for GOT fans. 

You can also hike up Marjan Hill for views of the surrounding scenery and walk the promenade

Tip: Split is lovely, though, with a limited time in Croatia (less than 10 days), I would not spend more than 1 day in Split.

Where to Stay in Split:

Hvar

Hvar is one of Croatia’s most popular islands – known as a famous port city as well as a party spot.

But it also has a rich history and lovely architecture done in the Italian Renaissance style. The old town is great to walk through and explore.

There are lots of caves, forests, and secluded beaches for outdoor activities like hiking and swimming. 

Hvar is one of the best places to stay in Croatia
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To reach the island, you will need to leave your car in Split and take the ferry to enjoy a day in Hvar. It will take a few hours to reach, but it should be worth it.

Where to stay in Hvar:

  • While I did not stay in Hvar myself, this hotel seems like a great place to stay when visiting Hvar.

Omiš

Spend a day (or half) in Omiš, a port town just southeast of Split, situated where the Cetina River and the Adriatic Sea meet. During the 12-14th centuries, it was a pirate town, so it’s an interesting place to explore

Omis view from the fortress

It has lovely scenery and is a very unique and pretty town that really shouldn’t be missed. Huge gorges surround Omiš. For adventure lovers, it’s even better – you can enjoy biking, canyoning, ziplining, rock climbing, and rafting.

Head up to Castle Mirabella, which offers great views of the old town, mountains, and river. A little farther away is Starigrad Fortica, a 15th-century fortress built during the Croatian-Ottoman wars, which also offers nice views.

There are many churches to see, including the remains of the 5th-century Church of St. Euphemia.

TIP: Omis is the perfect place…for anyone actually! Beautiful scenery, a lot of activities of adrenaline junkies, easy hike opportunities, and more. 

Punta Rata & Baska Voda

Punta Rata & Baska Voda beaches are among the best to visit in Croatia. The coastline of the country is gorgeous, so visiting one of these two beaches will allow you to enjoy the beauty even more. Punta Rada Beach in CroatiaPunta Rata is well-known as the prettiest beach in Croatia. Baska Voda town in Croatia is a beautiful hidden placeThere are more than a few in this area, but this is a good place to stop and, if the weather cooperates, go for a swim or lay out in the sun. It is surrounded by pine trees and has clear water and smooth sand.

Baska Voda is also along the Adriatic coastline and has smooth sand and clear waters. This beach is a little busier, though, as you’ll notice as you walk along the promenade.

Tip: You might long for a day at the beach after driving and visiting the many towns and villages. This is the place to rest and chill. One day or two here might be enough to sunbathe and chill at the beach, but of course, you could stay here much longer.

However, more great places are waiting for you.

Mostar, Blagaj Monastery, Kravice Falls, and Pocitelj (Bosnia-Herzegovina)

To get to Dubrovnik, you must cross into Bosnia-Herzegovina. So, why not visit some of the most popular destinations along the way!

Old Bridge seen from the beach in Mostar

Mostar, located by the Neretva River, is wonderful! You should take time to stroll through the many shops and market stalls down the city’s alleys. Also, take in the panoramic views from the minaret of the Koski Mehmed-Pasha Mosque and see Stari Most, a famous reconstructed bridge from medieval times.

In the southeastern region of the Mostar basin, you will find the ancient Blagaj Monastery built 600 years ago on the cliffs, along with a Turkish bath and mausoleum.

Blagaj is a good half a day trip from Mostar

The Kravice Falls are lovely cascading waterfalls found on the Trebižat River, in the center of Herzegovina, and just south of Mostar.

Also in Herzegovina is Pocitelj, a historic village with an open-air museum that you can explore.

TIP: I adore Bosnia-Herzegovina. I loved the people, the places. In addition to that, it is also much cheaper than Croatia, so make a gas stop here and do some shopping if you are on a budget.

Where to Stay in Mostar:

You could visit the places in 1 day – but with crossing the border, I actually suggest spending a night in Mostar before heading to the last place on your Croatia road trip itinerary.

Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik is one of the most popular and famous cities in the country. Located in the south of Croatia, along the coast of the Adriatic Sea – Dubrovnik is unique.

One of the downsides of Dubrovnik is its location. It is quite far from other main places in Croatia. However, it is really worth it. After the excursion (with or without a stop in Bosnia), you will be back in Croatia and visit Dubrovnik.

Dubrovnik should be on every Croatia road trip

It is known for its 16th-century walls that encircle the city and a very well-preserved old town that dates back to medieval times. The 2-kilometer-long walls are walkable and offer great views of the city.

You can also see more filming locations from Game of Thrones. Other landmarks to visit include hiking up Srd Mountain, seeing St. Blaise Church, Rector’s Palace, the Dominican Monastery, Dubrovnik Cathedral, Fort Lovrijenac, and Sponza Palace.

The Old Town and the many buildings throughout the streets make wandering one of the best things to do in Dubrovnik.

Tip: The old town of Dubrovnik is car-free. Park your car outside the city center – and walk or take a bus to get to the old town. Parking prices are ridiculously high. Driving up Srd Mountain can be challenging for people who cannot drive the extremely narrow mountain roads. 

Where to Stay in Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik is busy. I mean, really busy, and this is why I recommend staying at least one or two nights. This way you can explore the city when the visitors are gone (many people visit only for a few hours).

CONCLUSION OF MY CROATIA ROAD TRIP

I think the Croatia road trip was one of the most fun road trips I have had. The scenery, the streets, the people – not to forget the places you get to visit will surely make your trip amazing!

Avoid highways (for the costs) and see what the country has to offer along the coast. You will meet many friendly locals and beautiful spots. So, enjoy your Croatia road trip and drive safely!

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BEST 2 DAYS IN ZAGREB ITINERARY

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TOP THINGS TO DO IN ZAGREB IN 2 DAYS

Are you planning your Zagreb itinerary and wondering about the best things to do in Zagreb in 2 days (or 1 day)? Then this post is for you. Find out about what to do in Zagreb – where to go and what to see, plus some travel tips.

Croatia´s capital is a fun and lively city that offers quite a few attractions. Zagreb might surprise you. It is different from the rest of Croatia. Actually, it reminded me more of Austria or Hungary (no surprise, given its history) with its beautiful buildings and architecture.

I would lie if I said that Zagreb was my favorite place in Croatia. No, it is not, but I still really liked it and definitely think it should be on your Croatia itinerary.

So, enough talking – let’s dive in and find out about how to spend 2 days in Zagreb.

Let´s start with attractions in the Upper Town and what you will find there.

The oldest part of the city is a little city dream, with its many cobblestone streets stretching between two hills – Kaptol and Gradec

First of all, how do you get to the Upper Town? It might sound like you would need to do a tedious hike/ride up, but it is quite easy to get from the Lower Town to the Upper Town. You can either walk up or take a funicular ride up.

Ride the Shortest Funicular in the World 

To get up to the Upper Town, you could take the funicular. Apparently, it is the shortest funicular ride in the world. The funicular runs frequently. I walked up, but many people use the funicular for a quicker ride, and it has become the main tourist attraction itself.

  • It takes less than one minute and costs less than $1 to get up.

Shortest funicular in Zagreb, Croatia

Visit Lotrščak Tower

If you get up via the funicular (or climb the stairs), you’ll see one of the oldest buildings in Zagreb: Lotrščak Tower.

Lotrscak tower in Zagreb, Croatia a must-see in 2 days
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It was a part of the southern gate and town defenses, dating back to the 13th century. I admit that I just passed it even though it is one of the last remaining fortifications in the city and one of the main attractions in the city. Maybe I did not pay much attention to it, because I wasn’t around at noon.

At noon every day, there is a cannon fire. That tradition started more than a hundred years ago as a victory sign against the Ottomans in the 13th century.

I was somehow unaware that you could climb the (narrow) stairs and enjoy even more elaborate views of Zagreb from the tower.

  • The entrance fee is around $3 for the tower.

Stroll the Strossmeyer Promenade

If you get up via the funicular, you arrive at the Strossmeyer Promenade which is one of the most romantic promenades in Zagreb – according to the locals.

View from the promenade in Zagreb

Historic Zagreb towers sunrise view, capital of Croatia
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It is also known as Zagreb Stross and it is filled with many chestnut trees, and you’ll also find benches to just sit down and enjoy the place!

It runs along the remains of Zagreb’s medieval defensive walls and offers beautiful panorama. Make sure to walk all the way to the end to have a great view of the Zagreb Cathedral.

Admire St. Mark´s Church

In Croatia, you’ll find many churches! So what makes St. Mark´s Church stand out? Well, let me show you this picture.

St. Marks Church in Zagreb a place to visit in 2 days

Such a colorful, tiled roof is surely unique. I have not seen any other church roof similar to this, so it does not surprise me that it has become an icon in Croatia.

The church dates back to the 13th century! The roof was constructed in the 1880s, though it is also one of the oldest churches in the country.  On the left, you’ll see the medieval coat of arms of Croatia, Dalmatia, and Slovenia, while on the right is the coat of arms of Zagreb.

If you visit between late April and October – and on the weekend – you can watch the guard changing ceremony that takes place at noon.

  • You can visit for free if you attend the daily mass. It is closed most of the time, so check out mass times. 

Walk Grič Tunnel

Grič Tunnel was built during World War II, with its primary purpose to shelter civilians from bombings during WWII and the Croatian War of Independence towards the end of the 20th century.

Tunnel in Zagreb

But that aside, this has become a major tourist attraction. You can walk the 350-meter-long tunnel now, and once in a while, even events take place there.

  • There is no entrance fee – and best of all, you’ll also find toilets there.

There are several entrances: 

  • Mesnička Entrance
  • Radićeva 19 Entrance
  • Art Park Entrances 1 and 2
  • Ilica Entrance 

Rest at Art Park

If you walk the tunnel, you can get out at Art Park.If you are into quirky art or need a little park to rest in, then the Art Park might be the perfect place for you.

I admit, though it was listed in many posts as a top place to visit in Zagreb, I would skip it on my next visit.

If you are with children, you might want to check out this little park that hosts some interesting outdoor art pieces. If you are short on time or aren’t overly into art, it is probably not a must-see.

Dolac Market

Then head back to the city center and see what the Dolac Market has to offer. It is the city´s main, open-air farmers’ market and is popular amongst locals and visitors.

You can shop for some fresh fruits or bread (and many more things) every day from 7 am. On Sundays, it is open until 1 pm; on the other days, it is held until 3 pm.

Visit the Cathedral

Close to the Colac Market is the Zagreb Cathedral – officially named Zagreb Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary’s Assumption – a must-see. 

cathedral and Blessed Virgin Mary monument in Zagreb. Croatia
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It is the tallest building in Croatia and is located on the Kaptol Square. But you can see it from afar because of its twin, 108-meter-high (354 ft) spires.  The Cathedral has been there since the 11th century, though it was severely damaged a few times – the last big restoration took place in the late 19th century.

  • You can visit the church during the day, and visitors are more than welcome to attend the daily masses.

Stroll Tkalčićeva Street

This pretty street is vibrant and full of restaurants and small shops and it is populat amongst visitors. But don’t just sit down in one of the restaurants – make sure to look at the colorful houses behind the bars and shops.

Zagreb attraction in Croatia

Here you’ll also find the statue of Mary Juric Zagorka, a famous Zagreb journalist.

  • Fun fact: This street used to be the first real red-light street in all of Europe, and almost every house here used to be a brothel.

Visit the Museum of Broken Relationships

The Museum of Broken Relationships is probably the most famous museum in the city. However, I still did not go, but it seems to be one of the best places to add to your itinerary.

Museum of Broken Relationships in Zagreb, Croatia a popular spot

The museum is actually about failed love relationships, and so it exhibits personal objects left over from former owners, accompanied by their stories and emotions.

I haven’t mentioned yet that Zagreb is also known as the City of a Million Hearts – it is all about love here.

  • The entry fee is around $5.

Walk Through Stone Gate

You could either take the funicular to get to the Upper Town but there are actually several ways to get up – one is via the Stone Gate (Porta di Pietra). 

Stone Gate located at Upper Town of Zagreb built in the 13th century for your 2-day Zagreb itinerary
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It is the only remaining entrance of Zagreb’s old fortifications and the eastern gate to the old town.

It also dates back to the 13th century, and if you go through the gate nowadays, you will find a shrine and stone slabs praising the Mother of God. I saw quite a few people lighting candles and thanking the Lady for protection. 

Apparently, on Tuesdays at 8 pm, locals pray and sing here, and visitors are welcome to join. 

From there, you are within minutes of the lower town of the city.

Of course, it really depends on your speed and if you visit the churches and the museum, but you can easily spend one day in the city’s upper town. Then, you will have one full day to spend in other parts of the city.

Day 2 in Zagreb

Visit Mirogoj Cemetery

There used to be a time when I thought doing cemetery sightseeing was weird – and then I started traveling more in Austria, where cemeteries are often the main tourist attractions, like in Hallstatt or Salzburg.

Cemetery in Zagreb, Croatia

And it seems that the Austrian influence is strong here, as one of the most beautiful cemeteries is here in Zagreb: Mirogoj Cemetery.

It is a cemetery, but also a beautiful park and an open art gallery. The beautiful buildings are mostly covered by greenery, and it is really a very photogenic place (or as it is called nowadays, “Instagramable”).

Cemetery in Zagreb is a must-see in 2 days

You can freely walk around. If it were not for the graves and statues, I would have a hard time believing it is a cemetery. Many famous people are buried here, including many of the country´s politicians, nobles, poets, and artists.

  • Free to visit

End Your Day at Zagreb 360 

Zagreb Eye is an observation deck and a Viewpoint Bar. It is situated on the top floor of the iconic Zagreb Ilica Skyscraper, and you can have great views from there.

aerial cityscape Croatia, view from Zagreb 360 a gapped place to end your 2 days in Zagreb
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Due to bad weather, I skipped this – though I am normally totally into views like these. But with rain and bad weather, I had to skip it.

However, I think it is a perfect place to end your itinerary – right at the bar with a drink and a view that is probably the best in the city.

CONCLUSION: 2 DAY ZAGREB ITINERARY

Hopefully, this post will help you plan your 2 days in Zagreb. As you can see, it is a quite relaxed itinerary with not too many activities, and you might need less than 2 full days, but after all my busy time in Croatia, this stop was perfect for taking it easy. If taking it easy while still seeing quite a lot, this Zagreb itinerary is perfect for you, too (so I hope).

As mentioned at the beginning, I had some places I liked more than Zagreb – e.g., Trogir or Rovinj (and Split), so check out my other Croatia posts!

Safe Travels, Arzo

THINGS TO DO IN DUBROVNIK IN 2 DAYS

WHAT TO DO – 2-DAY DUBROVNIK ITINERARY

If you are wondering about the best things to do in Dubrovnik in 2 days, you´ll get your answers here. In this 2-day Dubrovnik itinerary, I share the main attractions to visit, travel tips like how to get around, and more.

Is Dubrovnik worth visiting? Yes, Dubrovnik is worth visiting. It is one of the most unique places in Europe. I have to say – visiting Dubrovnik did not disappoint. Was it busy? Yes. Was it expensive? Yes. Was it touristy? Yes. Do I recommend visiting Dubrovnik? Yes.

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TRAVEL TIPS FOR YOUR 2-DAY DUBROVNIK ITINERARY

Before discussing your Dubrovnik itinerary, here are some important travel tips for the city.

  • Quick history
  • How to get to
  • How to get around
  • Best time to visit
  • Where to stay
  • Where to eat 
  • How to book tours
  • More travel tips
  • How to spend Day 1 in Dubrovnik
  • How to spend Day 2 in Dubrovnik

Quick History

Dubrovnik is the most southern city in Croatia. It was an independent republic for a long time, and even today, it feels different from the rest of Croatia.

Located on the Adriatic Sea, it is also known as the Pearl of the Adriatic and has been a tourist magnet for decades.

While it was partly damaged in the war in the 1990s, it is almost completely rebuilt and is a super safe and clean city. Did I say city? I am not actually sure if Dubrovnik qualifies as a city, as it has less than 50,000 inhabitants.View from CIty Walls in Durovnik

The area of Dubrovnik is separated from the rest of Croatia by another country – Bosnia-Herzegovina.

In the late 17th century, when the Ottoman Empire ruled Bosnia-Herzegovina, Dubrovnik was an independent republic. Dubrovnik, known for its trade and lacking experience in warfare, was scared of the Venetians’ attack, so they agreed to give up some land to the Ottoman Empire. By doing this, they hoped to be protected from attacks – and it worked (until Napolean came, but that is another story).

This is just a short explanation for the unusual geography and why, now, about 20 km of coastline still belongs to Bosnia-Herzegovina.

How to Get to Dubrovnik

Getting to Dubrovnik from other parts of Croatia is not as easy as one might think.  So, you cannot easily drive from Split to Dubrovnik. You have to cross borders. And unlike crossing borders within the European Union, here you will be controlled at the border (Croatia is part of the EU, but Bosnia-Herzegovina is not).

One day, there might be a bridge connecting Dubrovnik to the rest of Croatia, but for now, make sure to bring your ID/Passport with you.

Driving in Dubrovnik is okay, but finding a parking spot that does not cost you an arm and a leg is difficult. You cannot drive in the old town (it is car-free), but you have to pay a high price to park your car in front of the old town.

  • Some hotels offer parking for about 40€ a day. Parking in a garage next to the old town is around 40€ a day, too. I found a parking spot next to the Pile Gate for 10€ – AN HOUR. For Europe, this is a LOT of money. Alternatively, you can find free parking about 3km outside the old town center. I saw many more free parking spots when driving up Srd Mountain, where you can park and take a bus to get to the old town.
  • I parked in Babin Kun (just type that in your GPS) and then took the #6 bus to the Pile Gate (about 15 minutes, bus ticket is about 2€ one way). Unfortunately, when I wanted to get back, I was denied admittance to the bus because apparently dogs are not allowed on, and since I had some luggage with me, I had to take a taxi (about 15€ for a three-kilometer drive).
  • However, if you stay longer in Dubrovnik, free parking is the way to go. And yes, it is actually quite safe to leave your car on the street if you do not leave valuables on display.

By Plane: Dubrovnik Airport is located near the village of Cilipi, 20 km south of Dubrovnik. There are many flights within Europe from April to October.

  • An airport shuttle bus frequently departs after every scheduled flight. They also stop at the Pile Gate, at the main entrance to the old town. It takes 30 minutes (a one-way ticket costs 40 Kuna, or about 5,50€).
  • You can also reach the town by public bus.

By Bus: You can easily reach Dubrovnik by bus from many places in Croatia.

  • Public transportation to main destinations like Dubrovnik is good, and the bus network is reliable in Croatia. 
  • It takes about 9 hours by bus to reach Dubrovnik from Zagreb and around 4 hours to reach Dubrovnik from Split. Tickets from Zagreb are around 32€ (one way) and 17€ from Split to Dubrovnik. Check out schedules on the Dubrovnik Bus Terminal website.

Pssst… Here is my Zagreb itinerary with tips on how to spend a weekend in Croatia´s capital.

By Ferry: You could also take a ferry from Split.

  •  A catamaran takes four and a half hours each way (including several stops on the islands of Brac, Hvar, Korcula, and Mljet en route). 

How to Get Around in Dubrovnik in 2 Days

  • The old town of Dubrovnik is car-free. But you actually do not need a car at all.
  • It is also small, so you can easily walk around the main sights and landmarks. If you stay outside the old town, you can use public transportation.
  • If you plan to use public transportation and do several activities, a Dubrovnik Card might be a good idea (you can get unlimited rides on public transportation and entrance to the city walls, etc., for 1, 3, or 7 days). 
  • To get up Srd Mountain, you can use the cable car (more on that later), hike up, or drive up.

Dubrovnik map how to get around

Best Time to Visit Dubrovnik

  • I always say there is no reliability when it comes to seasons and weather. Even in the Balkans, weather cannot be predicted.
  • However, I recommend visiting during the shoulder season, meaning April, May, and early June, or September and October. 
  • I visited in May. The weather was moody, but it was not too crowded. So, I probably would visit again around this same time of year (weather was moody all over Europe, so this year is just crazy).

Where to Stay in Dubrovnik For 2 Days

I suggest staying in the old town of Dubrovnik

Normally, I book accommodation spontaneously, but it was actually not easy finding something good last-minute in Dubrovnik (and it was just early May). After staying at my hotel for one night, I wanted to book for another night. However, it was fully booked, so I had to switch hotels.

Where to Eat

Nisha Restaurant: A vegan restaurant on a side street with delicious food. It is a bit expensive though and had minimal seating. So my tip is to avoid getting there between 1 pm and 2 pm and head there earlier or later for lunch.Vegan food in Dubrovnik

How to Book Tours and Activities in Dubrovnik

  • You can buy your Dubrovnik Card at the tourism center right outside the old town and in some old town shops. I recommend buying the 1-day Dubrovnik Card that is valid for 24 hours. The entrance to the city wall is included. Before buying the card, you should calculate for yourself it is worth it or not.
  • If you want to buy tickets for the city walls only, you can get them at the entrance gate of the city walls or book them online in advance.
  • For tours, I normally use GetYourGuide – they are great. You can visit most places in Dubrovnik independently and explore the city on your own. Still, there are some fun tours, and with GetYourGuide, you can cancel up to 24 hours in advance without any cancellation fee, and they are very helpful with questions.

More Tips for Your Dubrovnik Itinerary

  • Bring cash. Cards are accepted in some restaurants and stores, but I had to pay cash once in a while.
  • Also, euros and dollars are not accepted widely, so change some money to Kuna.

How Many Days to Spend in Dubrovnik?

You could see the main attractions in 1 day, but with two days in Dubrovnik, you can see most attractions and also you can experience without the crowds.

During the day, Dubrovnik is crowded. Busy, hectic, partly unpleasant. If you are here before the crowds arrive (normally before 10 or 11 am) or once the crowds leave (after 5 to 6 pm), it will be much more fun.

ULTIMATE THINGS TO DO IN DUBROVNIK IN 2 DAYS

Now, let´s talk about your Dubrovnik itinerary.

Day 1 of 2 Days in Dubrovnik

Here is what the first day in Dubrovnik could look like.

City Walls

There is no way around it – my favorite activity and probably the very best thing to do in 2 days in Dubrovnik is to walk the city walls. I love medieval towns and cities and have walked many walls – but the city walls in Dubrovnik are one of the best-preserved and most amazing city walls/fortification systems ever. Dubrovnik city walls is the best activity

TIPS FOR VISITING THE CITY WALLS

  • The walls include three forts (Minceta, Bokar, and St. John), 16 towers, 6 bastions, 2 corner fortifications, and 2 citadels. Some of the walls are as high as 25 meters – and the views are as impressive as these stats.
  • Even if you are on a budget, this is an activity I highly suggest. Yes, ticket prices are quite high, but you will see the stunning old town from a great perspective.
  • The city walls are almost 2 km long. You will walk along the whole old town, and while it is “only” 2km, it took me about 3 hours to walk them. This included many breaks to take pictures and have a coffee – and then some more short breaks.
  • While “medieval” normally means narrow streets and city walls, this city wall is actually quite wide. There are definitely some stairs you have to climb. If you are not very fit, you can always skip the fortress, which has even more stairs. 
  • It is not very stroller-friendly, though (but at least it was dog-friendly, and they can get up there for free).
  • The walls open at 8 am. You can start from several entrances, but the most common is probably from Pile Gate. There is no way to get up without a ticket – you will have to show your ticket at every entrance. 
  • It gets busy here quite quickly, so I really recommend getting here at 8 am (or around 5 pm). 

Croatia as a solo female traveler

Love

Okay, this might sound weird and a unique thing to do: You can easily find your true, true, true love in Dubrovnik. You do not have to do much. There is just one challenge, and if you pass – true love will come your way. gargoyle head at Stradun

  • All it takes is finding the gargoyle head protruding from a stone wall next to the Franciscan Monastery (near the Pile Gate).
  • Get on the head  (while not falling), take off your shirt while facing towards the wall, and voila… the love of your life will come into your life.
  • Okay, the head sticks out only fifteen centimeters, and its top surface is polished like marble, so it is almost impossible to succeed, but you won‘t know if the myth is true or not if you do not try!

Fort Lovrijenac

After walking the city walls (which should take about 1.5-3 hours) and looking for love, head to Fort Lovrijenac. 

King´s Landing! That is probably the fort’s unofficial name outside the city walls and known as the Dubrovnik Gibraltar.  It is also part of the fortification system and offers beautiful views of the Adria and Dubrovnik.  Fort Lovrijenac in Dubrovnik

I will be honest, I have not watched any episodes of Game of Thrones (yet), but I realized that many people at the fortress tried to recall which scene was filmed in which part of the fortress.Dubrovnik view from Kings Landing

  • The good news: If you have a ticket for the city walls (or the Dubrovnik Card), you do not have to pay an additional entrance fee here.
  • If you are ready for a break, sit down at the “beach section“ that you will find between Fort Lovrijenac and the city walls. It felt great to listen to the waves and take a break before jumping into the commotion of the old town.

Stradun

Stradun (or the Place) is the main street in the old town and one of the most beautiful places in Dubrovnik. According to reviews, it is even one of the most beautiful streets in the world. Strolling it is a treat for your eyes! Dubrovnik Stradun is the main street

Dubrovnik Stradun is one of the best things to do

  • If you enter via the Ploce Gate or Pile Gate, you are right at the street – so, no way to get lost here.
  • You have the Onofrio Fountain at the western end of the street and the Bell Tower on the street’s eastern end.
  • It is impressive to stroll the Stradun, sit down in one of the (overpriced) cafes, and have a drink.
  • Watch the crowds of people admiring the various beautiful buildings.
  • I, unfortunately, did not witness people dancing here, but if you are lucky, you might see people showing off local dances, and you can enjoy a bit more of the local traditions.

Dubrovnik Old Town 

Of course, roaming the old town streets is another top thing to do in Dubrovnik. And the best: it is a fun and free activity!

Not all streets blew me away – actually, I missed some colors popping up here and here (probably spent too much time in Italy, and my craving for colorful buildings/decor is immense). However, there are some colorful flowers and flower pots further away from the main streets.Dubrovnik old town - strolling the streets is one the best things to do

Dubrovnik old town - what to do in Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik square

  • The residential streets were actually quite picturesque and less-visited.
  • Head towards Za Rokum – the most colorful street I found – and then get lost in the streets on that side of the old town. 
  • You will also find the Rector´s Palace, the Church of St. Blaise, the Dominican Monastery, and the beautiful Dubrovnik Cathedral in the old town – beautiful buildings that are well worth a visit (there is an entrance fee for Rector´s Palace).

Dubrovnik Boat Tour

I am a repeat offender – but I cannot help it. I love boat cruises! So, my advice should not surprise you – in Dubrovnik: You should go on a boat cruise! Dubrovnik city walls seen from a boat which is one of the top things to do in two days

  • And the good news: boat cruising can be comparatively affordable (around 10€ for a 45-minute cruise), but you will see the city from a different perspective.
  •  Plus, on a warm day, this is the best way to cool off! 
  • The cruises start outside the city walls at the old port, and you can buy tickets there. They run quite frequently. 

Old Port

As stunning as the old town of Dubrovnik is, the old port is beautiful, too. So, make sure to leave the old town at the end of the main shopping street – Stradun – and stroll the port. Dubrovnik port is one of the most beautiful places to visit

  • You will find restaurants, boats, and yachts, and also a lively and fun atmosphere here.
  • This is also where the boats sail from.

Buza Bar

This Buza Bar is probably one of the most famous spots in Dubrovnik.

What makes the bar so popular is the location: It sits on a cliff, outside the wall. You will probably have to use GPS to find it. Stroll the old town and then go through a little door/hole outside the city walls).

Now, you have the ocean in front of you, plus a few seats to have a drink (and cliffs where many people sit and enjoy their drinks and the view).Dubrovnik Buza Bar is one the best places to see

There are several bars like this, but this is the most popular one – especially if you want to watch the sunset. In that case, come a bit easier to be sure to get a spot, as it gets busy for sunset.

The above-mentioned activities will most likely fill a full day in Dubrovnik. Of course, it depends on how fast you are, what time you start your day, and when you end your day.

Day 2 of 2 Days in Dubrovnik

For day 2 in Dubrovnik, I suggest the following activities. This is not a real itinerary but rather suggestions and you won’t be able to do all of the things but can choose those that appeal the most to you.

Beaches

Whether you want to start your day relaxed or want to come here during the day, spending some time at the beach in Dubrovnik is a great way to chill. Dubrovnik beachesI am not much of a beach person, and it was definitely too cold for laying out at the beach at the beginning of May (when I visited), but Dubrovnik does have some nice beaches – many close to the old town.

Banje Beach is the most popular, just a few minutes walk from the old town, but there are apparently some more that are less busy and a bit farther away (including Pasjaca Beach).

  • Be aware that Croatia and Dubrovnik beaches are mostly pebble beaches, not sand beaches.

Kayak or Snorkel

Do you want to be more active? Then, kayaking is the right activity for you. Kayaking is one of the three sports I hate the most – yes, I tried it and disliked it, but others enjoy it, and it is a big thing in Dubrovnik.

You can see the city from the other side and can even kayak to Lokrum Island. Check out kayak tours in advance – click here to find out more and get prices.

Lokrum Island

Your eyes will probably catch this small, green island quite quickly when walking the city walls. You can visit this little, uninhabited island. Lokrum Island covers 72 hectares and is located on the eastern Croatian coast, near Dubrovnik, and you can get there either via boat or by kayaking. Dubrovnik Lokrum island is one of the best activities in DubrovnikOn the island, you can discover the botanical garden and visit the Benedictine Monastery.

Apparently, some garden scenes in Game of Thrones were filmed at the botanical garden and the former monastery (of course). This is also where you will find the Iron Throne (at the monastery). Game of Thrones tours show you the Iron Throne and King´s Landing – click here for more information.

Walking Tour

Though I wish that I could be a walking encyclopedia, I often learn about the history and culture of a place in-depth only when I do a walking tour – whether it is a free tour or not. Dubrovnik main tourist squareAnd while the city is small, there is a lot of history and information that a local guide can best convey to you.

Tours take about 60-120 minutes, and you can get valuable insights. So, if you are in Dubrovnik for more than one day, then book a tour to complete your itinerary for Dubrovnik.

Game of Thrones Tour

Dubrovnik was a tourist magnet long before the war in the 1990s and long before the TV show Game of Thrones. 

However, apparently, 30% of visitors now come because of the show. And so, it is no surprise that a guided “Game of Thrones” walking tour is one of the most popular activities in Dubrovnik. To find out more about  

Srd Hill / Mountain

Last but not least: I am all about the views when I travel. So, of course, if you ask me about what to do in Dubrovnik, I will tell you to add a trip to Srd Mountain to your Dubrovnik itinerary and end your first or second day in Dubrovnik here.  Dubrovnik old town view Srd Hill

Dubrovnik old town view Srd Mountain

  • It stands at 413 meters above sea level, and the views are incredible. The red roofs, the ocean, Lokrum Island,  Elaphite Island…this is a million-dollar view.
  • There is also a panorama restaurant where you can have a drink or dine (you also get the views for free if you don’t sit at the restaurant).
  • Next to the restaurant is a museum to find out more about the war in the 1990s and information on the Dubrovnik Republic.
  • There is – normally – a cable car that takes you up. The cable car station is just a stone’s throw from the old town. Check out their website if you consider taking the cable car.
  • You can also hike up (it should take between 45-90 minutes to get up), take a taxi, or even drive in your own car. I drove up there. The street (one-way mostly) is narrow, and it gets busy. It is not for the faint-hearted. Though I do not recommend it for inexperienced mountain drivers, there are much worse streets in the Balkans, Italy, and other parts of Europe to drive on. And if I can do it, you can do it, too.

So, getting on top of Srd mountain is another must-do in 2 days in Dubrovnik.

More Things to Do in or Near Dubrovnik

If you stay longer in Dubrovnik than two days, you could add one of the following activities to your itinerary for Dubrovnik.

Lapadska Obala

A less-visited area, this street is great for escaping the crowds. I cannot say that I was totally in love and smitten, but I enjoyed walking the street and seeing the different and more unique views of Dubrovnik. From here, you can also spot the pretty Franjo Tudman Bridge, which is an eyecatcher because of its unique shape and design.

If you enjoy walking, you can walk from the old town, or hop on a bus to get there (bus number 6).

Kotor

Kotor, the main tourist destination in Montenegro, is quite close to Dubrovnik, and you can get to Kotor either by bus, car or book a tour. It is a fun day trip, and Kotor is absolutely stunning. Kotor view from fortress

THINGS TO DO IN KOTOR AS A DUBROVNIK DAY TRIPS

  • Stroll the old town and with cute streets and buildings
  • You can hike up to St. John´s Fortress and enjoy amazing views of the Bay of Kotor
  • Visit the pretty village of Perast close to Kotor
  • For guided tours, click here and find out more about a day trip from Montenegro to Dubrovnik

Mostar

I have become a fan of Bosnia-Herzegovina – and Mostar, close to the Croatian border – is a good idea for a day trip from Dubrovnik. While one day in Bosnia-Herzegovina is surely not enough, this day trip gives you a good idea of Bosnia´s beauty.View from old bridge, one of the most Instagrammable places in Mostar

TIPS FOR VISITING MOSTAR FROM DUBROVNIK

  • Make sure to take your ID/passport and check visa regulations for Mostar (and Kotor) as both cities/countries are, unlike Croatia, not part of the European Union.
  • You can easily drive to Mostar yourself or check out guided tours. 
  • In Mostar, visit the famous Stari Most Bridge.
  • Stroll the beautiful old town with its cute streets and charming little shops.

CONCLUSION: 2 DAYS IN DUBROVNIK ITINERARY

I was totally smitten when I visited Dubrovnik – despite the crowds and the price tag.

And yes, Dubrovnik in 2 days is a good amount of time to spend in this incredible city. But if you want to do day trips, plan in some extra days because there are many more beautiful places to see close to Dubrovnik. 

I hope you can create your amazing 2-day Dubrovnik itinerary and have a great trip.

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Safe Travels, Arzo

 

BEST THINGS TO DO IN SPLIT IN 1 OR 2 DAYS

The best Split itinerary, here is how to spend one day in Split, Croatia

WHAT TO DO IN SPLIT – 1 OR 2 DAYS IN SPLIT

Are you planning your Croatia itinerary and explicitly your Split trip and are wondering about the best things to do in Split in 1 day (or 2 days)? Here you will find out how to plan your itinerary along with many travel tips.

With an abundance of colorful, medieval towns and villages on the coast of Croatia (and in Europe, in general), there are so many places to visit that you have to focus on the prettiest. One of the prettiest coastal towns in Croatia might just be Split. 

So, whether you are in Split for one or two days, here is my Split itinerary so you can see the best places and experience the best the city has to offer. But before talking about the best things to do and see, here are some tips for your Split trip.Split logo at the waterfront in Split

TRAVEL TIPS FOR YOUR SPLIT ITINERARY

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Split is located on the Dalmatian Coast, on a small peninsula, and has become a very popular tourist attraction.

The Marjan Hill rises on the western side of the peninsula, and the Mountains Kozjak and Mosor rise high on the north and northwest sides of the city – making it one of the prettiest coastal towns in Europe (and it is often called Dubrovnik´s little sister).

Best Time to Visit Split

Split gets extremely popular in the summer months.

  • Especially if you enjoy swimming, sailing, and other water sports the summer months might be the best months to visit.
  • However, this also means it gets busy as heck, resulting in higher prices for accommodations (and also for some activities) and more crowds in July and August but also in June and early September it is still busy and expensive.

Spring and fall might be the best months to visit Split.

  • I visited in April. had some lovely weather. Of course, we cannot rely on the weather and it can be crazy. But spring and fall are normally not warm enough to enjoy long beach days.
  • Also, some activities and tours were not open as construction was going on and the weather forecast predicted some rainy days in Split. 
  • So, I suggest visiting in May, early June, or late September (and even October) if you don’t want to rub shoulders with all the other tourists and pay less for accommodations.

If you visit Split for one day, come early – then you have Split without the crowds, at least for a short time.

How to Arrive and Get Around Split (Old Town) in 1 Day

GETTING TO SPLIT

  • From Split Airport: The cheapest way is to get to the old town via line 37 bus. It takes about 40 minutes to reach the main Split bus station. Alternatively, there is a slightly faster airport shuttle service (for a higher price).
  • By car:  It is easy to drive in Split (compared to driving in Italy´s cities), but you might be better off leaving your car in one of the parking slots outside the old town (mostly paid, but if you park a bit further out, you can find free ones as well).
  • By train: There is a train station and you can get there from Zagreb (one-way tickets are around 28€).

GETTIG AROUND SPLIT

  • In Split, you will mostly walk. Just make sure to wear comfortable shoes (just saying: cobblestone alleys and hills) – because this itinerary will include some walking. You do not have to walk 20km + but in the old town, where most of the attractions are, you cannot get around via bus/car, so you have to do some walking.
  • If you do day trips, you can do them easily by car (except the islands) or public transportation (local and regional buses are great for visiting places on the mainland). 
  • When getting out to the islands, you have your choice of regular ferries and more expensive speedboats, depending on which islands you’re headed to and when.

Where to Stay for 2 Days in Split

If you stay overnight in Split, book your accommodation in the Old Town – ideally. With a dog and a car, I was limited, but without these constraints, a place directly in the old town would have been my choice.

Most of the tourist attractions are found in or immediately near Diocletian’s Palace, making it a very convenient area to stay in. 

Many places to stay at are so-called apartments – especially convenient when you are like to prepare your own food (as a vegetarian in the Balkans this was the main reason to book an apartment for me).

Split waterfront is one of the most beautiful places in Split, Croatia

CURRENCY 

The currency is the Croatian Kuna. However, the € is often accepted (but it will probably be more expensive to pay in euros).

I often say “a few €“ in this post – as it would sound like a lot of money if I wrote “a few hundred Kuna.“  In May 2022: 10 Kuna = 1.35€ (around $1.50).

HOW TO CREATE YOUR SPLIT ITINERARY FOR 1-2 DAYS

One day in Split may not sound like a lot, but with a day here, you will be able to experience and visit the best places in Split. Use this itinerary for Split to find out about the main attractions and best places.

BEST PLACES TO VISIT IN SPLIT IN ONE DAY

Tip: Start the day early, as the tourists from the cruise ships and bus tours will arrive quite early, so to beat the crowds you have to be there before them.

Day one begins with the sights in Split’s ancient center around Diocletian’s Palace, before wandering to nearby city attractions.

Diocletian Palace

The best thing to do in Split – whether you stay one day or two days in Split – is to visit the Diocletian Palace (Diocletian´s Palace).

A little city, within the old part of the city…The Diocletian Palace is one of the best-preserved monuments of Roman architecture in the world. Diocletian’s Palace in Split is one of the top attractions

Diocletian’s Palace in Split is the answer to the question what to do in SplitIf you enter Diocletian´s Palace (ideally via the Golden Gate, a 4th-century Roman stone entryway with arches & ornate statues), you will have an impressive start to your day in Split.

Emperor Diocletian is considered to be the founder of Split in the 3rd century. The palace was built for Emperor Diocletian’s retirement (this huge fortified palace took up much of the modern city center) and is a rectangular building (approximately 215 x 180 meters) with four large towers at the corners, doors on each of its four sides, and four small towers on the walls.

I suggest getting here first, as it gets very busy during the day. This way, you have the option to experience the place without the crowds. There are, however, a few attractions within the Diocletian Palace.

  • HOW TO GET TO DIOCLETIAN´S PALACE: Diocletian´s Palace is located in the old town of Split. I loved entering the via Golden Gate – so you might want to do the same.
  • OPENING HOURS / PRICES: Diocletian´s Palace is part of the old town – and so it is open 24/7. You can enter and stroll this area for free – for certain attractions within Diocletian Palace, you have to buy tickets.

Peristyle (Peristil)

The Peristyle is the main and most important square of Diocletian Palace, and it is a great place to see what the city looked like back in the day. Diocletian’s Palace in Split is one of the best places to visit in SplitFor a while, it was also the religious center and the ideal theater scenery, perfect for opera classics and works of ancient literature.

Now, you can have a drink in one of the cafes and watch people admiring the place (they probably also admire the Egyptian influence, as the Peristyle is closely watched over by a 3500-year-old and perfectly preserved sphinx).

  • HOW TO GET TO PERISTYLE: Peristyle is located within the Diocletian Palace in the old town of Split.
  • OPENING HOURS / PRICES: Peristyle is part of the old town – and so it is open 24/7 and it is free to see.

The Substructures

Diocletian Palace substructures represent one of the best-preserved ancient complexes of their kind and are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

In Roman times, their function was to elevate the Emperor’s chambers on the floor above, but they were also the storage area for the palace; now, they are used for different things. You´ll find painting and sculpture exhibitions, theater plays, fairs (including the International Flower Fair), souvenir shops, and more.

  • HOW TO GET TO SUBSTRUCTURES: It is located within the Diocletian Palace and the entrance is through Porta Aenea, from the Riva, or down the stairs from the Peristyle.
  • OPENING HOURS / PRICES: Unfortunately, I could not find any updated data on opening hours and the entrance fee. Though it is part of Diocletian Palace it is an attraction you have to pay for and it is not open 24/7.

Cathedral and Bell Tower of Saint Domnius

Then, head to the Cathedral and Bell Tower of Saint Domnius, one of Split’s other major landmarks, which is just around the corner. Cathedral and Bell Tower of Saint Domnius in Split is a must-seeAmong the European cathedrals, this one finds its seat in the oldest building – the Mausoleum of the Roman Emperor Diocletian. You can visit the cathedral for an entrance fee (The Cathedral + The Baptistery + The Crypt), or get a combined ticket to also climb the Saint Domnius Bell Tower. 

The Bell Tower of Saint Domnius (standing at 57 meters) is the most original Dalmatian Medieval architecture, which was started in the 13th century, and you can now enjoy the views from there. 

It was under renovation during the time of my visit, but it is supposed to be open again – so make sure to climb all the steps to enjoy views of Diocletian’s Palace, the waterfront, and Marjan Hill.

City Gates

There are four city gates and, if you can, check them all out. As they surround Diocletian’s Palace, they are not far from each other and each is worth seeing on its own.Golden Gate in Split is one of the top things to see in Split

Silver Gate in Split should be on your Split itinerary

  • HOW TO GET TO THE GATES: The four gates are the Golden Gate (a great way to enter Diocletian’s Palace if you don’t stay in the old town), the Silver Gate (great if you want to get to the Green Market afterward), the Brass Gate (if you want to head to the promenade straight away), and the Iron Gate.

Vestibule

Sneak a different and unique view of the Cathedral from the Vestibule. The vestibule was used to enter the residential part of the palace. Pay attention to the single flowers there (very small ones, can you spot them? How cute are they?). Vestibule in Split, what to see in Split in one dayThere is also the Ethnographic Museum. For a small entrance fee, you can learn more about the traditional costumes, crafts, and culture of the Dalmatian Coast. Apparently, you can also get to the rooftop terrace and enjoy great views from there (if you don’t want to climb all the stairs at the bell tower).

Depending on the speed of your sightseeing trip, you will probably spend half a day here. So, even if you do not climb the bell tower, you will stroll the streets and spend a few hours here.

  • Is it time to think about lunch before heading to the next Split sight? If you prefer fresh fruits and veggies to a meal in a restaurant, head out via the Silver Gate and you will arrive at the Green Market, where you can buy fresh produce for your lunch/dessert.
  • P.S. Apparently, the city of Split has forbidden free walking tours. So, while you can enjoy free walking tours in Dubrovnik there are none in Split. If you want to have a guided tour, you can check out rates for walking tours here.

Marjan Hill

For great free views, head to Marjan Hill. Marjan Hill is the perfect place for nice walks and easy hikes and it just takes a short walk from the last attraction. Marjan Hill in Split is one of the main attractions in SplitPass the Riva Waterfront Promenade (for now) and the fountain at the end of it, and you will find a long staircase that leads you to Marjan Hill. After 10 minutes (and many steps), you will have great views over Split and the Dalmatian Coast from the Telegrin peak. Restaurant with flowers in Split up on Marjan Hill with the best viewThere is a restaurant with very cute decorations – but if you prefer some more walking, head to the church farther up, visit the Jewish cemetery, or stroll and chill in the park above the Telegrin peak. Of course, it is up to you, but I think that if you are following this itinerary, it will be afternoon now and you should be heading to the River Waterfront.

Tip: If you want to check out the Marina, then don’t head to the River promenade, but instead turn left, coming down the hill to enjoy a nice stroll along the Split Marina.

Boat Tour

I am normally always ready for a boat tour, but on that day, I skipped the tour (for unknown reasons – I still can’t understand why I did not do it).  With 1 day in Split, it is a great way to see the city from a different angle and also to get a fresh breeze on a hot day.Boat Tour in Split is one of the best activities

  • TIMES AND PRICES: For around 20€ though, you can do a 90-minute cruise and see Split from the water, There are even some sunset cruises that you can enjoy! If you want to do a sunset cruise check out the rates here.

Riva Waterfront Promenade

It is time to think about dinner, and the best place to have it is probably at Riva Waterfront Promenade. This is a popular and busy place – the promenade is paved with marble and lined with palm trees – just lovely! Riva Waterfront in Split is a main place to goIf you are not hungry yet, relax on one of the benches and work on your tan before grabbing a good seat at one of the many bars and restaurants that line the harbor. It is also a beautiful place to watch the sunset, so make sure to get a front-row seat.

Watch the Sunset

If you stay one full day in Split you can watch the sunset.

The Riva Promenade is probably one of the best spots to watch the sunset – and convenient, as you can combine it with your dinner. There are quite a few benches to lounge on and end your day the chill way. However, I can imagine it gets quite busy in the summer months, so make sure to grab a seat before all the other people come.

This is the perfect spot to end your day in Split and you might want to continue your Croatia road trip.

PLACES TO VISIT IN SPLIT IN 2 DAYS

If you do all of the above-mentioned activities you probably will not have time to do more activities. However, if you stay 2 days in Split (or longer) or want to skip one of the above-mentioned places, then here are a few more tips on things to do and see in Split.

Games of Thrones Locations Tour

By no means, I am a Games of Throne fan (I just have not gotten to see one episode) – BUT I know, that there are some filming locations in Split, so this is why GoT fans love it here. Visit the Diocletian Palace and more filing locations – check out Games of Thrones tours here.

Klis Fortress

Games of Thrones fans know about this fortress: Klis. However, it is not only for GoT fans but a nice trip from the old town of Split for anyone who enjoys great views or wants to escape the crowds in Split. Klis Fortress in Split is a must-seeIn the mountain pass between Mosor and Kozjak is the small village of Klis with the famous fortress that is open to visitors. From there you can enjoy beautiful views of Split and the Adriatic Sea. I met one of my Instagram friends who is a hardcore GoT fan and had visited the fortress a couple of times – but she did not mind visiting again with me.

She gave me some information about the filming location and scenes – not that I can remember that much but this was another location in Spilt. You can drive and park in front of the fortress for free – but you can also get there by bus. If you have one day in Split and aren’t into GoT, then I would skip the fortress though.

  • It probably is about a half-day trip from Split.
  • The entrance fee is about 8€. 
  • There is also a longer GoT tour that also covers the Klis Fortress – find out more about this tour here.

Bačvice Beach

So, what about some beach time? There are a few beaches in Split, so if you are here in the summer months and want to cool down, there are a couple of places to choose from.

Bačvice Beach is just behind the city’s ferry terminal. It is easy to reach from the town center and, thus, a great place to stop. This is one of Split’s most popular and accessible beaches – with one day in Split you might not want to spend too much time here, but cooling down in the summer sounds like a plan, right?

Trogir

One of my favorite places in Croatia is actually Trogir – it is a bit like Split but smaller and less busy and it makes a perfect half-day or full-day trip from Split. So, if you stay 2 days in Split, I suggest taking this trip. Trogir view from the fortress, Trogir is a must on Dubrovnik itineraryI spent only half a day there and there is not much to do but Trogir is the perfect place to rest, stroll, and watch people.

  • It is just about 30km from Split and you can get there by bus or car.
  • I have a more detailed post on Trogir that you can read here.

Blue Cave

If Split is your base, then a boat tour exploring the islands of Hvar, Biševo, Vis, Ravnik, Budikovac, and the Blue Cave might be the perfect experience for you. Since I traveled with a dog, I had to pass on this but this sounds like me kinda my thing and is probably also your thing?

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Split is a beauty. I would lie if I said, it is my favorite town in Croatia – there are places I liked better but I think, it is a must for any Croatia itinerary and it was beautiful. It can be crowded at times so, so visiting off-season is probably the best time to explore this city.

Hopefully, this post helps you plan and organize your Split itinerary and find the most beautiful places in the city. Whether you stay one day in Split or 2 days in Split – enjoy!

Planning to see more of Croatia´s beauty? Then check out my Rovinj travel guide.

Safe Travels, Arzo

 

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