A Weekend in Croatia? Here’s how to spend it. No matter what you want from a vacation, you’re sure to find it in Croatia. This beautiful Balkan state has sapphire waters on the Mediterranean where you can enjoy a range of water sports or just top up your tan. Further inland, there are stunning natural sights, some of the best hiking in Europe, and lots of important historical buildings.
In this post we’ll look at 8 great ways to spend a weekend in Croatia. Hopefully, it’ll help you make the most of your holiday and find something suited to your tastes. Ideally, you’ll need longer than a weekend to travel to this beautiful country though. And if you need somewhere to stay, check out these cool vacation rentals in Duba, Croatia. Now, let’s jump in and check out how to spend a weekend in Croatia!
White water rafting is a sure-fire way to get the adrenaline flowing, and it’s also one of the best ways to see Croatia’s natural beauty. One of the best places for rafting in Croatia is the Zrmanja and Krupa Rivers. It’s just an hour from the town of Zadar and its sea organ. Although you may think rafting is a dangerous sport, it’s actually quite safe and all good tours come with a safety briefing beforehand. The Zrmanja and Krupa Rivers offer a gentle rafting experience which will still offer a challenge for the more experienced rafter.
Walking, Hiking and Trekking
With a range of different landscapes, Croatia is one of the best places to trek or hike in Europe, and because it’s such a small country you can be making your way along the Dalmatian Coast one day while exploring the Dinara Mountain Chain while still having a few of the sea the next day! Croatia has eight national parks – the most famous is arguably Plitvice Lakes. However, all of them are an excellent introduction to Croatia’s unspoiled nature. Walk along the Krka River, trek through the pristine forests on the island of Mljet, or search for the lynx in the Risnjak Mountain Range.
If you want to fit as many activities as you can into your weekend in Croatia, then canyoning is one you should put on your itinerary. Cetina Canyon, near Split, means you can enjoy being surrounded by cliffs that are up to 180 meters high as you swim in natural pools, walk through raging rapids, and make your way through subterranean tunnels. If you’re feeling brave, you’ll even be able to dive. Canyoning is not without risks and with all good tours, you should get a briefing and necessary safety equipment.
If you’re wondering how to spend a weekend in Croatia and want to see as much of the country as possible then cycling is the way to go. The roads are perfectly set up for it and you’ll be able to make your journey at your own pace. Plitvice Lakes and Krka National Parks are two of the most beautiful places to cycle in Europe, but wherever you go you’ll be doing it to the backdrop of old churches, fascinating small towns, and lots of historic and cultural sites.
With Croatia being such a mountainous country, it’s a dream for rock climbers. One of the top areas where you can spend your weekend doing this is Paklenica National Park in the Dinaric Alps, near to the city of Zadar. As well as being an epic place to test yourself, you can see lots of Croatian flora and fauna as well as some awesome panoramic views. If you’re really searching for a challenge, take on Anica Kuk – a 350-metre-high face. It’s best to visit Croatia to rock climb during the summer months – from April to late October.
It’s back to the Zrmanja River for our next idea of how to spend a weekend in Croatia. Another way of experiencing the country’s waterways is by kayak, and this can be done solo or in a pair as opposed to in a large group like rafting. The clear and warm waters of the Zrmanja mean that even if you’re splashed, you won’t feel uncomfortable. One thing is for sure, you’ll be seduced by the beauty of the turquoise waters and the cliffs that line the river. Make sure to stop off and take a swim in the refreshing water under one of the waterfalls.
The warm and calm Adriatic Sea is home to more than 1,000 islands, and some of Croatia’s are the most beautiful in the Mediterranean. As well as keeping fit and healthy from spending the day in a kayak, you’ll be able to see Dalmatian nature in all its glory. Taking a sea kayaking tour will allow you to get off the beaten track and visit Croatian islands which are still car-free! The summer months are the best to enjoy the calm waters of the Adriatic and top up your tan as you’re doing it!
Visit towns and cities
With all of the awesome adventures listed above, you’ll probably need some time to cool off and relax. Croatia’s cities boast lots of culture and history too. The capital Zagreb has a vibrant café culture, with lots of places to stroll and explore, while the second largest city, Split, is where Roman monuments rub shoulders with legendary nightlife. And of course, who could forget Dubrovnik?! You might recognize it from Game of Thrones but there’s more to the Pearl of the Adriatic than that. It’s Old Town is one of the prettiest in the Balkans!
So, now that you know how to spend a weekend in Croatia…
You’ll want to book your trip. And to get to know Croatia properly, why not consider a tour with Raftrek Adventure Travel. There are day trips, multi-day tours, and combo experiences. You can even have them tailor made especially for you. Their tours give you the opportunity to do all of the amazing activities mentioned above and many more too. The only thing is, you’ll probably need longer than the weekend to get to know this incredible country. But that’s a great excuse for a return trip, right?!