Where to Go in Croatia

Before this summer, all I knew about Croatia was that it existed, and maybe that it was in Europe. That all changed when I thought I’d be headed there for a conference in September. Although that trip fell through, it didn’t do so until I had already researched the entire country and fallen completely in love. Now, with a summer in Italy on the horizon (note: very exciting news coming up!), I’m already plotting a trip to Croatia at the earliest possibility.

Croatia really has something for everybody, and although I’ve never been, the sheer amount of research I’ve done just needs to be shared somewhere. Read on for an overview of some of the places that are calling my name:


One of the most famous cities in Croatia, this historic walled city provides those iconic Croatian views, as well as the opportunity to see various filming locations for Game of Thrones buffs. A lot of visitors complain about the cruise ship crowds, but in the same breath rush to clarify that it shouldn’t turn you away. If you can make it here on the shoulder season, you might be able to avoid the rush.

via Last Minute

Head here for:

  • The City Walls
  • Game of Thrones Tour
  • Cable car ride


Since this is where my conference was supposed to be held, Split is firmly on my must-see list. The city is actually a UNESCO site, and is built around Diocletian’s Palace, making it extremely unique and beautiful.

via Taxi Zadar


Head here for:

  • Bacvice Beach
  • Diocletian’s Palace
  • The Riva


Hvar is one of the most famous islands dotting Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast, and it’s not hard to see why. A-listers holiday here, giving it a special cachet and very classy vibe.

via Suncani Hvar Hotels

Head here for:

  • Splashy nightlife
  • A plethora of beaches – some quite empty


A lot of visitors to Croatia skip the country’s capital in favour of exploring the coastline, but those who do make time are always charmed and surprised. Zagreb is seen as the country’s cultural and art capital, and deftly combines typical European charm with special Croatian flair.

via Kongres Magazine

Head here for:

  • World-class museums
  • Gorgeous churches and historic sites

Trying to plan a trip to Croatia can be overwhelming: it seems like literally everywhere in the country is breathtakingly beautiful. However, whether you’re planning to backpack down the coast, lie on one beach the whole time, or take in the culture in Zagreb, you’re almost guaranteed a fantastic time. Check out First Choice for gorgeous all-inclusive options in several places around the country!

Did I miss any of your favourite Croatian destinations? Thanks to First Choice for helping to bring you this post. 

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