ENJOY AN INCREDIBLE 7 DAYS IN CROATIA
Ready to explore the wonders of Croatia? With so much to see and do, it can be hard to plan the perfect 7-day trip. But don’t worry, I’ve got you covered with this one week Croatia itinerary that’s sure to satisfy your travel cravings.
So, this post is for you if you are looking for tips on how to explore Croatia in one week – from crystal-clear waters to picturesque towns, I’ve included some of the best must-see spots.
Plus, I’ve thrown in some helpful tips to make your planning process a breeze. So, let´s start with my tips for your trip.Disclaimer: 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.
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TRAVEL TIPS FOR YOUR ONE WEEK IN CROATIA ITINERARY
In this post, you will find information on:
- Best time to visit Croatia
- How 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
7 Days in Croatia – Road Tripping or Using Public Transportation?
This stunning country offers some of the best driving routes and overall ease of navigation. As someone who was initially hesitant to hit the road in Croatia, I can assure you that the worries are unwarranted. So don’t hesitate – hop in your car and get ready for a memorable road trip experience in Croatia!
Driving in Croatia is amazing! Let me explain what makes me think this.
Even in the mountains, the roads and streets are not as narrow as in many other countries! They are mostly in good to great condition. Also, the roas are also not busy, and the 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 – this flexibility does not come when using public transport. 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.
BUT the tolls are expensive as heck in Croatia – for 45 km, I paid around 6€!
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.
PLACES TO VISIT IN CROATIA IN 7 DAYS
This one-week in 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 – this vibrant city is the second largest in the country and features a unique location on the shores of the gorgeous Adriatic Sea.
With its central locations and surrounding areas, Split is an exciting and diverse destination. And while it may draw large crowds (even during the shoulder seasons), don’t let that deter you from visiting.
Trust me, it’s worth it! From beaches to history, culture to cuisine, Split has something for everyone.
While it might be tempting to spend all your time in one place, there are so many incredible destinations just waiting to be explored! In my humble opinion, one day is enough to soak up the sights and sounds of this particular location.
Plus, by checking out early, you’ll have extra time and energy to see what other wonders are out there. So why not seize the day and embark on your next adventure?
THINGS TO DO IN SPLIT
First off, make sure to check out Diocletian’s Palace – it’s completely free to explore and it’s absolutely stunning. While you’re there, be sure to also visit the Cathedral and Bell Tower of Saint Domnius (there’s a small entrance fee for this one), the Peristyle (Peristil), Vestibule, and the City Gates.
Looking for some breathtaking views? Head up to Marjan Hill for some amazing scenery (just be prepared for a bit of uphill walking – it takes about 20-30 minutes to get to the top). And if you’re feeling hungry after your hike, take a stroll down the Riva promenade and grab some dinner while enjoying the beautiful surroundings.
Now, if you’re a fan of Game of Thrones, you won’t want to miss the chance to visit Klis Fortress (the entrance fee is about 10€). It’s located outside of the old town, but the views are worth it, even if you’re not a fan of the show.
So, there you have it – a few must-see spots in Split. Enjoy your trip and don’t forget to take lots of photos!
➡️ Check out my Split guide for more detailed information.
TOURS AND ACTIVITIES IN SPLIT
- Old Town and Diocletian Palace 1.5 Hour Walking Tour
- Game of Thrones Tour: City of Dragons
- Split Segway Tour
WHERE TO STAY IN SPLIT
- ➡️ For a luxury option, check out the Hotel Park Split by Bačvice Beach. It is one of the most luxurious places to stay in Split.
- ➡️ If you are looking for a mid-range hotel in the old town, then Golden Gate Dreams Rooms might be a perfect choice. It has great ratings – find out more about rates and availability here.
TROGIR AND SIBEIK – 1 – 1,5 DAYS
From Split, head to some of the prettiest Croatian destinations. These two quaint towns – Trogir and Šibenik – are bursting with beauty and charm, so make sure to add them to your Croatia itinerary.
Whether you’re just passing through on your way to your next destination, or you’re using them as a base for exploring the area, you won’t regret adding them to your itinerary.
Explore the charming and quaint streets of Šibenik, a coastal gem steeped in history. Meander through the town center and take in the stunning sights around each corner. The narrow and picturesque streets are waiting for you to wander and discover their hidden secrets.
Psst! Can I let you in on a little secret? When I visited Šibenik, I discovered something that completely blew my mind – it’s a filming location for none other than Game of Thrones! Yes, you heard me right. If you’re a fan of the series, you probably know this already. Either way, you cannot miss out on visiting Šibenik.
Here’s a little travel tip for you: if you’re planning a trip to this old town, don’t forget to include a visit to St. Michael’s Fortress – the views from the top of the hill are worth the short hike.
Although I didn’t make it there myself, I regret not planning enough time to explore this hidden gem. Make sure you don’t make the same mistake I did!
THINGS TO DO IN SIBENIK
✔️ Visit the two UNESCO World Heritage sites – Sibenik Cathedral and St. Nicholas Fortress
✔️ Enjoy a coffee in one of the cute cafes or restaurants around and just let the flow take you
✔️Stroll the gorgeous narrow and windy streets of the old town
✔️ You can probably have your lunch here and then head to the next place.
Step into a world of charm and beauty with Trogir! Located on a small island connected by bridges, this hidden gem boasts picture-perfect cafes, colorful streets, and friendly locals that will make you feel right at home. Experience all the allure of Split but with an extra dose of charm and whimsy.
THINGS TO DO IN TROGIR
✔️ Stroll the old streets, visit the Trogir Cathedral (small entrance fee) 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. 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 to Krka National Park. The Krka National Park is known for its beautiful waterfalls and nature trails – similar to the Plitvice Lakes.
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 – another reason 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
Welcome to the charming and picturesque town of Omis! This hidden gem, nestled in the stunning Dalmatia region of Croatia, is not only beautiful but also boasts a thriving port.
With its breathtaking natural landscapes, fascinating historical sites, and friendly locals, Omis is sure to capture your heart. Discover what makes this town so special and create memories that will last a lifetime.
This former pirate town is known for its stunning natural beauty and is tucked away in the heart of central Dalmatia. This charming town sits at the mouth of the Cetina River, surrounded by breathtaking gorges that rival the famous fjords.
Take a journey back in time as you wander through the well-preserved medieval streets, soaking in the rich history and vibrant culture. With its perfect location between Split and Makarska, this town is the ultimate destination for adventure seekers and history buffs alike.
THINGS TO DO IN OMIS
✔️ Omigosh, if you’re an adventure junkie, you’re going to love Omis! This place is packed with thrilling activities like ziplining, rock climbing, biking, rafting, and canyoning.
✔️ But if you’re looking for something a little less intense, don’t worry, there’s still plenty to see and do. Take a short 10-minute uphill hike to get to Castle Mirabella – the view from up there is absolutely breathtaking! And even if you don’t want to pay the entrance fee (it’s only a few euros), you’ll still get some pretty sweet views just on the way to the ticket counter. Trust me though, it’s worth it to pay the fee and get an even better panorama of the old town.
✔️ I wish I had more time in Omis so I could have hiked the Starigrad Fortica. It takes a few hours to get to, but the views from up there are supposed to be out of this world. Definitely add that to your list if you’ve got the time.
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
Are you ready to discover this gem in southern Croatia? Allow me to introduce you to Dubrovnik – a stunning city that will take your breath away! While Venice may hold the title of the most unique city in the world, Dubrovnik is definitely a close contender.
Imagine strolling through ancient streets that date back centuries and admiring the pristine Adriatic Sea from your doorstep. Dubrovnik’s charm is unlike any other old town you’ve visited in Europe, and you won’t regret making the journey to experience it for yourself. Trust me – this city is seriously different from the rest!
If you’re looking for a unique destination with plenty to see and do, Dubrovnik might just be the perfect fit for you! While some may consider it pricey and crowded, I personally fell head over heels for this gorgeous city and highly recommend planning a two-day trip to fully experience all it has to offer.
Trust me, this stunning spot is definitely worth the investment!
THINGS TO DO IN DUBROVNIK
✔️ You absolutely HAVE to walk the city walls! Trust me, it’s the best activity by far. The walls are about 2 km long and you can stroll along the entire thing, taking in the most amazing views along the way.
It does cost around 30€, which might seem steep, but I promise you, it’s worth every penny. And here’s a little tip – consider buying a Dubrovnik Card, it could help you save some cash.
✔️ While you’re in the old town, be sure to take your time and wander through all the streets – you might just stumble upon some of the filming locations from Game of Thrones (including King’s Landing!). And speaking of views, why not take a boat cruise to see the old town from a completely different angle?
✔️ Now, if you really want some breathtaking views, make sure to head up to Srd Mountain. You can get up there via cable car, hike up (it’ll take you about an hour), take an Uber or taxi, or drive in your own car. I drove myself, even though the reviews on TripAdvisor made it sound like a total nightmare. But honestly, it wasn’t that bad – maybe just not for the inexperienced mountain driver. Either way, the views from up there are incredible.
➡️ I have a more detailed Dubrovnik guide here.
TOURS AND ACTIVITIES IN DUBROVNIK
WHERE TO STAY IN DUBROVNIK
- ➡️ Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik is located just outside Dubrovnik’s Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and offers an array of luxurious amenities. The hotel boasts an indoor pool and a wellness center complete with saunas, a hammam, and fitness and massage facilities. Guest rooms are situated within a historic building, constructed in 1897, that elegantly blends the late 19th-century charm with modern technology. Check out the Hilton in Dubrovnik.
➡️ La Vita e Bella III is located in the heart of Dubrovnik, offering air-conditioned rooms with complimentary WiFi and private parking. The property is conveniently situated near several popular attractions, just 275 meters from Pile Gate. The property is non-smoking throughout and is only an 8-minute walk away from Buza Beach. Book your stay at La Vita e Bella III.
DAY TRIPS OUTSIDE OF CROATIA
Above mentioned places make a wonderful one week in Croatia itinerary it does include some traveling (car or public transportation) but it is so worth it.
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 – 1 DAY
Explore the breathtaking beauty of Montenegro! You’re in for a treat, as Montenegro is often considered one of the most stunning countries on earth. While we know one day is not enough to fully experience all the magic this small country has to offer, I understand many make the drive to Kotor from Dubrovnik for a quick glimpse.
Looking to explore the beautiful town of Kotor? Great news – it’s definitely doable! While the drive may be scenic, be sure to factor in some time for border control. One day in Kotor may not seem like enough, but with some careful planning, you can still get a great glimpse of this stunning country.
Finding parking in the center can be tricky during peak times, so we recommend snagging a spot outside of the center and taking a leisurely stroll over to the old town. And remember – driving in the old town is not allowed, so leave your wheels behind and enjoy the walk!
Ready to conquer the fortress? I highly recommend taking the scenic route to the Castle of San Giovanni – just be prepared to work those calves! With over 1,200 steps (give or take), this climb is not for the faint of heart.
But trust me, the breathtaking views from the top make every step worth it. Just imagine soaking in panoramic views of the cityscape and rugged hillsides – it’s truly a sight to behold. So slip on your walking shoes, take a deep breath, and get ready for an epic adventure to the top. You won’t regret it. Check out my Kotor travel tips.
MOSTAR / BLAGAJ / KRAVICE FALLS AND POCITELJ – 1 DAY
Looking for a picturesque day trip from Dubrovnik? Then look no further because most travelers head to Mostar! This stunning destination is not only breathtakingly beautiful, but it also gives you the chance to visit another country: Bosnia and Herzegovina.
While a week may not be enough for all the must-sees outside of Croatia, Mostar is definitely a must-visit location for history buffs or for anyone looking to snap Instagram-worthy photos. So, why wait? Pack your bags and get ready for an unforgettable trip!
Did you know that Dubrovnik is like a little island of Croatia, separated from the rest of the country by the beautiful Bosnia and Herzegovina coastline? You can take the scenic route and drive through picturesque Bosnia to get to Dubrovnik instead of taking the newly built bridge that connects Dubrovnik now to the rest of Croatia.
Don’t forget to bring your camera to capture all the stunning views along the way!
Looking for some hidden gems during your trip? Let me recommend Pocitelj, Kravice Falls, and Blajag Monastery – three incredible spots that are worth a visit. And why not make the most of your stay by booking a night in beautiful Mostar? Spend day 2 exploring this stunning city before heading back to Croatia. Trust us, you won’t regret it!As much as I’d love to wax poetic about the stunning landscapes and vibrant culture of Montenegro and Bosnia, let’s stick to the Croatia itinerary for now. But fear not, my friend!
You can still squeeze in a day trip to Bosnia and a one-day tour of Montenegro to get a taste of what these neighboring countries have to offer. Trust me, you won’t regret it!
Hey there, just a quick reminder to double-check your bag before heading off on your adventure! Don’t forget to bring your ID or passport – you never know when you might need it. And if you’re planning on driving, make sure you have all the necessary documentation, including the “green insurance paper.” Trust us, it’ll save you a headache at the border.
Talking about border control – be prepared for a potential wait at border control. While it typically takes around 10-15 minutes to get through, there could be a long line during the shoulder seasons. Fear not, friend! I recommend arriving early to avoid the hassle of waiting in line. Read my Mostar travel guide for more information.
FAQ- ONE WEEK IN CROATIA ITINERARY
Here are some FAQs and the answers for your one week in Croatia.
Best Time to Visit Croatia For 7 Days
If you’re planning a trip to Croatia, you’re definitely going to want to hear this – the best time to go to Croatia is during the shoulder season.
Especially during late spring or early fall.
Although I visited in April and had a blast, I have a feeling that May, early June, September, or October would have been even better. Why, you ask? Well, the scenery is absolutely breathtaking during these months, and there are more tours and activities available (unfortunately, quite a few bell towers were closed for renovations when I was there in April).
Plus, the temperature is a bit warmer, so you won’t have to worry about freezing your buns off. Trust me, you don’t want to visit during the summer months – it gets way too hot, and hordes of tourists swarm in, jacking up the prices for accommodations. So, plan your visit accordingly and thank me later!
Languages in Croatia
ℹ️ Croatian is the official language, but I never had any issues with not speaking it.
ℹ️ 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
ℹ️ Since January 2023, Croatia also has the Euro ( €) as its currency.
ℹ️ The official currency in Croatia is the Kuna.
ℹ️ 1 € is about $1.1 Rates can change quickly, though, so this is only an estimation of when this post was written.
ℹ️ You can find foreign currency exchange centers throughout all cities and towns.
ℹ️ Many restaurants and smaller shops do not accept credit cards, so always have some cash on you.
Accommodations For Your One Week in 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
Exploring the hidden gems of Croatia as a solo female traveler was an unforgettable experience, especially with my furry companion by my side. From quaint seaside towns to breathtaking national parks, I felt safe and empowered to embrace this adventure on my own terms.
Whether you’re traveling with a pet or not, Croatia is a must-visit destination for those seeking adventure and spectacular scenery.
- 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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FINAL THOUGHTS ON 7 DAYS IN CROATIA
Well, there you have it! With one week in Croatia, you can explore a myriad of natural wonders and historical sites.
This 7-day Croatia itinerary makes sure, your itinerary and trip will 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.