The Republic of Croatia is a geographically diverse crescent-shaped country that spans the Adriatic.  There are almost 4.1 million inhabitants, it's the birthplace of Marco Polo, and it boasts a stunning coastline.  Read on to discover all Croatia has to offer! 


Welcome to Croatia!




Croatia is appropriately nicknamed the Land of a Thousand Islands; one look at a map will give clues to the origin of its moniker.  Some of the larger islands are inhabited and well touristed while others are on the small side and remain deserted; you are sure to be swept away by the beauty, architecture and liveliness the Croatian Archipelago has to offer.  


The islands certainly can’t get all the attention, though.  From the 3500-year-old Diocletian’s Palace that encases the city of split to the jaw-dropping scenery driving along the cliffs of the Adriatic and the lively cobblestone streets of Dubrovnik, the attractions and natural beauty of Croatia should make it a bucket list destination for any traveller.  




2.   SPLIT





LANGUAGE: Croatian

TIME ZONE: CEST - Central European Summer


COUNTRY EMERGENCY CODES:  112 (Fire), 112 (Medical), 112 (Police)






Practical Information



Weather & When to Go The best time to visit Croatia is during the shoulder seasons of May to June and September to October.  There are days in May and October when it would be warm enough to take a dip in the Adriatic, but if your sole purpose is to lay on the beach, it would be best to visit in June and September.  July and August are considered high season and while definitely the warmest time for swimming, it also increases the cost and the number of tourists.  


What to Pack  While most people dress comfortably during the day, be sure to bring a smart casual outfit for dining out.  If you're visiting Croatia in the spring and fall, layers are your friend. The early morning and evening may get chilly, and you will benefit from packing a lightweight jacket or sweater.  Winter visits inland mean bundling up with coats, hats and mitts, and at least a light coat and scarf along the Adriatic Coast.  Summer is hot! Period.  Bring lightweight, breathable fabrics like cotton and linen to beat the heat. You can find a more comprehensive packing list in the templates section of this website.  


Travel Insurance There will be no other item you take with you on any trip that will be more important than travel insurance.  Life happens my friends; things go wrong.  Even the best-planned trip is not without its potential mishaps, and a great place to start is your own credit card.  I purchased insurance for years before finding out that my credit card offered incredible protection for up to 15 days of International travel at no extra cost to me.  You can also look at insurance through your bank or a company such as World Nomads, which has very reasonable prices for their coverage.  


Safety  Croatia is considered a very safe destination to visit even in comparison to other countries in Europe.  There's a very slim chance of muggings, violent crime and terrorism.  That being said, there is still a potential to be targeted by pickpockets and scam artists.  To keep yourself from becoming a victim of these incidents, keep your bags zipped shut and close to your body, especially in crowded areas.  Use RFID protectors for your credit and debit cards, and do not wear backpacks that are easily unzipped from behind.  Scams common in Croatia include shorting tourists when returning their change, so be sure to count it.  Also, it’s unfortunate to say but be wary of people trying to offer unwanted help as they are potentially trying to steal your belongings while distracting you; this is not the case all the time, but be street smart and be alert in this situation.   


Transportation While the transportation system in Croatia is reliable and efficient, it will mean a bit of planning when booking ferries if you intend on doing a bit of island hopping.  In addition, if you're renting a car and driving the coast to Dubrovnik, you need to cross through the border of Bosnia to get there.  Don’t let this deter you.  I’m happy to say that I crossed the border four times in two weeks, and it was a breeze every time.  When publishing this guide (July 2021), there are no underground metro systems in Croatia, but each major city has bus, rail, taxi and tram to get you from one side to another, along with bus and rail for Intercity travel.    


Vaccines Some people are resistant to the idea of vaccines and medications, and that is understandable.  It's best to look into them with your doctor before travelling to see your potential exposure and make your own decision.  The suggested vaccines for adults travelling to Croatia are Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B.  The Hepatitis A vaccine's effectiveness will typically last for 25 years in adults, while Hepatitis B can last a lifetime when done in the proper succession. So, if you're an active traveller getting them once will allow you to travel without worry for years to come.   


Entry Requirements The entry requirements for a country can change quickly for numerous reasons.  Most countries require a valid passport for at least six months beyond the date you expect to leave the country.  Currently, if you reside in Canada, your passport is required to enter Croatia. If you are staying longer than 90 days, you will also need either a tourist, business or student Visa depending on your situation.  In addition, COVID restrictions can change rapidly; be sure to check the requirements before travelling. 


National Holidays Like any country, Croatia celebrates National Holidays. If you are planning on visiting any of the cities during these holidays, it may result in closures of museums, attractions and possibly some restaurants.  If there is a site you'd like to visit, it's best to check the website ahead of time to ensure it's open.  Croatia’s public holidays in 2022 are: 

1.   New Years Day - January 1st

2.   Epiphany - January 6th

3.   Easter Sunday - April 17th 

4.   Easter Monday - April 18th

5.   Labour Day - May 1st

6.   Statehood Day - May 30th

7.   Corpus Christi - June 16th

8.   Antifascist Struggle Day - June 22nd

9.   Thanksgiving Day - August 5th

10. Feast of the Assumption - August 15th

11. Independence Day - October 8th

12. All Saints’ Day - November 1st

13. Remembrance Day - November 18th 

14. Christmas - December 25th

15. St. Stephen's - Day December 26th

Budgeting  for Croatia

HOW MUCH WILL IT COST? While the cost to travel to Croatia seems to be increasing over the years, it’s still considered a mid-range travel budget destination in Europe.  A trip to Croatia will cost the average traveller about €66 a day.  This section will outline what to expect in terms of cost for hotels, transportation, attractions, & food.  Use the budget planner in this section to see if Croatia is a feasible destination for your next adventure. 



BUDGET ACCOMMODATION IN DUBROVNIK - In 2020, the average cost of a stay at a budget hotel or hostel is in the price range of €14 to €28.  

OVERALL COST PER DAY FOR BUDGET TRAVEL TO DUBROVNIK - The average cost per person, per day for accommodation, transit, attractions and meals would be around €23.  You will have to omit some of the pricier admission fees to stay within this budget or splurge on one or two days to see the attractions on your wish list.


MID RANGE ACCOMMODATION IN DUBROVNIK - In 2020, the cost of mid-range accommodation is approximately €36 - €72 per night.   

OVERALL COST PER DAY FOR MID-PRICE RANGE TRAVEL TO DUBROVNIK- The average cost per person per day for accommodation, transit, attractions, and meals would be around €66.  This would allow for entrance to most attractions and a sit-down meal in a cafe and possibly a restaurant depending on accommodation and sightseeing costs. 


LUXURY ACCOMMODATION IN DUBROVNIK - Accommodation in the luxury price range will land you a hotel in a great location in the centre of the city.  In 2020, the cost of luxury accommodation is approximately €90 - €179 or more per night.

OVERALL COST PER DAY FOR LUXURY TRAVEL TO DUBROVNIK - The average cost per person per day for accommodation, transportation, attractions, and meals would be around €166.  This would allow for entrance to all attractions and sit-down meals in restaurants or cafes; the number of meals would depend on the cost of accommodation to keep within this budget.

Resources for Booking

These are the sites I rely on most often for booking hotels and checking reviews. is my go-to site, where I have booked over 70 hotel stays.  Airbnb is also a great option when booking homestays, and Trip Advisor will help verify reviews for any hotel bookings, attractions and tours.


The average cost of food per day can range from €8 to €48 or more.  Eating on a budget in Croatia will mean fast food, pizza and possibly a sit-down lunch called marenda or gablec (fixed-price lunch menu).  There will be a board outside the restaurant advertising the price and the hours, which are typically between 11am and 2pm.  Some examples are cod stew, boiled veal with potatoes, or a veal risotto.


There are several free options for attractions in Croatia.  Some ideas include visiting markets, squares, churches and beaches.  If you are in Split, Diocletian’s Palace surrounds the city with its 3500-year-old walls so why not walk the streets and see this marvel for free?  A great cost-cutting option is a free walking tour of the city. Attractions will cost approximately €3 to €20 or more if you plan to do private tours.


The average cost of transportation in Croatia is approximately €6 to €19 or more per day.  On the low end, you'll be able to move through the city by bus or tram; if you have a larger budget, you can rent a car, have a private driver or a taxi.  Ferry prices depend on the distance travelled and the time of day.  As of 2021, the average cost of a ferry from Split to Hvar, which is 50 minutes, would be about €7 to €20.   

Budget Planner This free budget template will help you plan everything from hotel and airfare to transportation, attractions and more! If you would like more free planning templates, click here!  

Things to See & Do



1.  DUBROVNIK CABLE CAR - What better way to see Dubrovnik than with a four-minute cable car ride up 788 meters?  You’ll see the city below with the Adriatic Sea and mountains framing the background.  It is exceptionally breathtaking at sunset.  At the top, you will also find A war museum, cafe, souvenir shop and restaurant.   


2.  DUBROVNIK CITY WALLS -  You cannot visit Dubrovnik and miss walking the city walls. There are two forts and two towers incorporated into the wall.  (Minceta Tower, Bokar Tower, Lovrjenac Fort and Revelin Fort). Walk through Pile Gate, and at the steep steps just to the left, you will find the entrance to the city wall walk; look for the sign on the wall.  You may also start the wall walk from Ploce Gate.  


3.  OLD TOWN -  The old town of Dubrovnik is encased within medieval walls, and in a word, it is stunning! There is so much to offer, such as bars, restaurants, souvenir shops, churches, the Rector’s palace, museums and more; you will find all of this on pretty pedestrian-only cobblestone streets.

4.  RECTOR'S PALACE - Is located in Old Town and was built in the late 15th century in Gothic-Renaissance style.  It contained the rector’s office, public halls, private quarters, a dungeon and administrative offices. Today the palace has been turned into the Cultural History Museum, which houses a collection of portraits, artfully restored rooms, coats of arms and coins.

5.  STRADUN - The main thoroughfare in Old Town divides it into two halves, more or less.  It has been pedestrianized for at least 50 years and is full of bars, restaurants and souvenir shops.  It spans from Pile Gate to the Old Town Port.


6. LOVRIJENAC - Built in the 11th century, this fort is a beautiful spot to climb the steps and look back at the walls of Dubrovnik.  Even on a busy day, the fort is quite empty, and you may feel as though you have the whole place to yourself.  This fort represents a prime defence for the western part of Dubrovnik against land and sea attacks. 

7.  PILE GATE - Pile Gate is the Western entrance to the city.  The outer Pile Gate is adorned with a small statue of St. Blaise, and its inner gate, built in the 15th century, also contains the statue but in a more modern version created in the 20th century.   


8. PLOCE GATE - Ploce Gate was also built in the 15th century, and today, it still has its inner and outer gate arch with a stone bridge.  

9.  FRANCISCAN MONASTERY - Within the walls of this Romanesque Gothic-style church, you will find the 3rd oldest pharmacy in Europe.  It began dispensing medicines in 1317 and does to this day.  The other main attraction in the monastery is the incredible cloisters, which consist of elegant columns surrounding a central courtyard that is an oasis of tranquillity in the middle of the city. 

10. CITY HARBOUR - A beautiful spot to grab a bite to eat at one of the restaurants, indulge in some ice cream, or possibly even catch a cruise ship anchoring in the distance. 


1.  STATUE OF GRGUR NINSKI - At the entrance of the Golden Gate stands a 28-foot tall statue of Gregory of Nin. He was a medieval bishop from Croatia, and the Croatians believe that rubbing his big toe will grant them a wish. Grgur has been accredited with granting wishes related to riches, births, and weddings. Each day hundreds of people stop to rub his toe before going through the Golden Gate.


2.  THE GOLDEN GATE -  This was the main entrance to Diocletian's palace and was the most impressive of the gates, with towers and decorative elements above the arches. In the 11th century, the corridor between the palace and the gate was closed and turned into the church of St. Martin.


3.  THE PERISTYLE OF DIOCLETIAN'S PALACE -  The Peristyle is an impressive open-air pavilion that brings you back to the days of Diocletian. In the interior courtyard of the Roman complex, visitors can see layers of construction that have occurred over the centuries.  This beautifully preserved courtyard is a beautiful place to sit back and enjoy a beverage and a snack. 

4.  MUSEUM OF SPLIT - The Gothic Papalic Palace is one of the most interesting 15th-16th century buildings constructed in the abandoned parts of the Diocletian complex. It houses an exhibition with various artistic finds, paintings, 16th-century works, and books illustrating the city's celebrated history from the 12th to the 18th centuries. 

5.  SILVER GATE AND THE CHURCH OF ST. DOMINUS - Near the Silver Gate, you will find a market with a fantastic selection of seasonal fruit and vegetables, homemade cheeses, hams and dried herbs. Because of the open space, this also provides the best view of the Palace of Diocletian. In front of the gate is the Oratory of St. Catherine, which was built in the Middle Ages.


6. DIOCLETIAN'S PALACE - This is the last residence of Diocletian, who was one of the most outstanding rulers of the classical period. Today, it is the best-preserved classical Imperial Palace in the world and has been included in UNESCO's list of World Heritage Monuments since 1979.

7.  CATHEDRAL AND BELL TOWER OF SAINT DOMINUS - Make sure to climb the tower for the views over the city and visit the small treasury in the church's vault. HOURS: listed as 8am - 7pm. NOTE: Make sure to check the opening hours as they may change from the original post at any time.  


8. LISTEN TO LIVE DALMATIAN MUSIC - Listening to an Acapella group sing inside a brick dome is a spectacular experience.  Even if this is not your genre of music, the acoustics are fantastic, and you're able to buy a copy of their CD, which I highly recommend.  

9.  RIVA - The Riva is a seafront walkway lined with cafes and shops. It's a great place to enjoy a meal or watch the world go by. If you're a boat enthusiast, the marina is also located here.

10. MARJAN HILL VIEWS - It's a bit of a hike to get to the top, but the sights on the way up and looking back on the harbour of Split are beautiful and worth the effort. 



1.  CIOVSKI MOST (BRIDGE) - Wander across Ciovski Most to get lovely views of this historic town from both sides of the water.


2.  PROMENADE - Trogir’s waterfront promenade is the heartbeat of the city.  On one side, you'll find catamarans and yachts, and on the other, you'll find outdoor cafes nestled under a line of perfect palm trees. 


3.  KAMERLENGO FORTRESS - The fortress of Kamerlengo was built by the Venetians in the 15th Century.  While Kamerlengo is a shell of an old castle, you should go inside and climb to the top to get views across Trogir.  You won't be disappointed! 

4.  SAINT MARK'S TOWER - Saint Mark’s Tower is on the northwest part of the island and was built in the 15th century to protect Trogir.   Take a walk around to get some photos of the tower and include boats from the marina in the background. 

5.  ST. LAWRENCE CATHEDRAL - St. Lawrence Cathedral is a Roman Catholic triple-naved Basilica.  The construction of the building that stands today started in 1193 and wasn't complete until 1500!   Make sure to climb the Tower and walk around the back as well to see the architecture.  


Croatia Maps

In this section, you will find a collection of Google Maps showing the attractions to see in Dubrovnik, Split, and Trogir.  In addition, there are attraction site plans and other map-type literature collected during my time in that destination to help you plan your travel to Croatia.    


Dubrovnik Google Map


Split Google My Map Screenshot_edited.jpg



Croatia Itinerary

7 DAY ITINERARY FOR CROATIA -  This Itinerary features stops in Dubrovnik, Cavtat, Omis, Ston, Split and Trogir.  It is accompanied by links to Google Maps that show where the points of interest are located.  Feel free to use them to help plan your trip.  You can use the Google Maps app on your phone and download the area of interest when connected to wifi, then use it in real time on the streets without being charged for data.  Please note - Points of Interest can change over time, and it would be advisable to double-check with your phone carrier that you will not be charged.

Being prepared before your travels will help reduce the likelihood of misfortunes and undue stress during a vacation.  A great way to start planning and make yourself organized is by using printable lists and templates like those featured here. These PDF's will help with your travel budget, to-do lists and packing.   

Planning Templates

A night to remember. Fresh cheesecake, figs, and pinot noir.



See this Google map for these Dubrovnik Points of Interest

  • Head into the city through Pile Gate

  • Walk the City Walls to take in the incredible views 

  • Minceta Tower

  • St. John's Fortress 

  • Fort Bokar

  • Lovrjenac

  • Take the cable car above Dubrovnik

  • Visit the Museum of Independence 

  • Watch the sunset before taking the cable car back down



  • Franciscan Monastery

  • Onophrian Fountain

  • Walk the main pedestrian street - Stradun

  • Rupe Ethnographic Museum

  • St. Ignatius Church

  • Dubrovnik Cathedral and Treasury

  • Rector's Palace

  • Church of Saint Blaise

  • City Harbour

  • Sponza Palace - view the exterior - not much to see inside

  • Dominican Monastery

  • Revelin Tower

  • Ploce Gate



  • Spend the morning shopping or buying souvenirs in Old Town.  You may also like to wander the side streets you didn't see in the first two days.

  • Take a ferry or bus (30 minutes) to the town of Cavtat and spend the afternoon walking the promenade, wandering the streets, watching the boats, then dine in a restaurant on the water for dinner. 


Pick up your rental car - be sure to choose one that will accept a return in Split. has 7 locations where this is possible. 

  • Stop in Ston - Travel time by car: 53min.  Walk the walls high above the town for views over the Adriatic and the salt pans (it requires a moderate level of physical fitness). They are 7km in total, but you can choose how far to go.  Reward yourself with an incredible seafood lunch in a local restaurant.

  • Stop in OMIS - Travel time by car from Ston - 2h 8mWander the streets, walk up both sides of the marina, and climb up to the castle above the town (moderate level of physical fitness).

  • Arrive in Split and return your rental car.

Croatia Itinerary
DAY 1 - 4
Hover Over To See The Plan



A night to remember. Fresh cheesecake, figs, and pinot noir.



See this Google Map for these Split Points of Interest

  • Statue of Grgur Ninski

  • Golden Gate

  • The Peristyle of Diocletian's Palace

  • The Museum of Split

  • Silver Gate and the Church of Saint Dominus

  • Diocletian's Palace

  • Cathedral and Bell Tower of Saint Dominus

  • Hear live Dalmatian music - see the Map of Split above for location

  • Walk Riva - the seafront promenade lined with restaurants and shops

  • Hike the walkway to the top of Marjan Hill for beautiful views of Split


  • Port of Split

  • Brass Gate

  • Brace Radic Square

  • Marmont Street

  • Narodni Trg Square

  • Iron Gate 

  • Baptistry of Saint John



See this Google Map for these Trogir Points of Interest

  • There are approximately 19 bus departures/day - 30m travel time

  • Land Gate

  • Ciovski Most (Bridge)

  • Promenade

  • Fortress Kamerlengo

  • St. Mark's Tower

  • Cipiko Palace Facade

  • St. Lawrence Cathedral

  • Trogir Square

  • Loggia and Clock Tower

Croatia Itinerary
DAY 5 - 7
Hover Over To See The Plan

Quickly Retrieve

Lost Luggage

Estimate and Plan Your Travel Expenses

Packing List

The Ultimate Printable 

Packing List

Travel Tips


Photography Tips There are so many incredible locations in Croatia to snap stunning photographs. For example, in Dubrovnik, taking the cable car to the top of Srd Mountain will produce some jaw-dropping landscape photos as the sun sets over the Adriatic Sea and the town of Dubrovnik below.  In addition, walking the walls around the city will also allow you to capture some incredible shots of the fortifications and the Adriatic.    

When driving from Dubrovnik to Split, you will be taking the D8 Coastal Road or the Adriatic Highway.  The views of the Sea are unforgettable, and this is often listed as one of the top coastal drives in the world.  When you reach Split, a hike to the top of Marjan Mountain will give you impressive views over the Port and the entire City.  Finally, head to Trogir and go to the top of Fortress Kamerlengo for shots of the promenade lined with perfect palm trees and the Adriatic in the distance.  


Solo Travel Tips Croatia is a fantastic place to travel solo.  You can take in the medieval architecture of the towns and the beauty of the surrounding landscapes; walk along promenades and enjoy the vistas as well as visit museums and churches.  I found both driving and taking the bus to be safe for solo female travellers.  Croatia is a great country to start exploring if this is your first experience with solo trips. However, as mentioned above in the safety section, use common sense and don't go out on the streets alone in the wee hours.


Driving Tips Driving in Croatia is relatively easy as the roads are well maintained.  Take a peek at the road signs before you travel so you can spot the differences between Croatian symbols and those of your home country.  I was nervous when I learned you must cross the Bosnian border when driving from Dubrovnik to Split, however, it was a breeze without any hassle from border patrol, even as a solo female tourist.  You will need an International Drivers Permit to drive here, and if you have never applied for one before, it is quite easy.  In Canada, it is merely a matter of having a passport photo taken and either applying online or using a company such as CAA to provide you with the permit.  At the time of writing, it was $25 to obtain this licence through CAA.


BudgetTips  Many restaurants offer marenda or gablec, which are traditional Croatian meals for a fixed price.  They are usually served between 11am, and 1pm and often consist of a salad, main, side, and dessert.  The key here is that it's a big meal, and it's meant to fill you for the day, which will lower your food costs since you are eating a smaller dinner.  You will find them at the restaurants where the locals eat, and they typically cost between $5 and $8.


Cuisine - Which Foods to try  Black risotto, brodetto, buzara, and peka are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the number of foods available when visiting Croatia.  Black risotto is usually made with cuttlefish or squid, and just before the dish is served, squid ink is added to turn the whole dish black.  Brodetto is an Adriatic fish stew, buzara is a mussels dish served in white wine and olive oil, and peka is a meat and vegetable dish cooked under extreme heat with an iron or terracotta lid.


Souvenirs and KeepsakeThere are so many incredible souvenirs to take home from Croatia.  From lavender to ties and beyond, here is a list of the top items you should be on the hunt for.  The Cravat, a traditional Croatain tie, should be on your list since it is believed that the Croatians invented ties in the 17th century; they were used as part of a soldier's uniform.  If you're in Split, be sure to check out the Break Time store to pick up a nautical bracelet; there are about 250 handcrafted styles to choose from, and they also take custom orders.  Another great souvenir is lavender, which can be found in the form of oils, sachets, soaps and more.  The lavender is harvested from the fields along the coastal area in Croatia.  And finally, the food category.  Don't leave without picking up some authentic Croatian cheese, wine, oil and Licitar hearts which are gingerbread cookies.  

Create a Photo Book

No one wants a vacation to end, but when it does, it's always nice to have mementos of the amazing experiences you had during the trip.  Mixbook is the ultimate way to share those memories with loved ones as well as look back and reminisce years down the road.  


press to zoom

press to zoom

press to zoom

press to zoom

Related Posts

Use these related posts to get even more in-depth information on visiting Croatia.  You can also go to the bottom of the home page and type Croatia into the search bar to see all relevant information.  Please be advised that this is a new site and quality content takes time.  Every week I will be posting new articles, photos, maps and pages.  I have so much information to share!  



Hotels, Attractions and Maps




Hotels, Attractions and More!




Spend a Day in a Medieval Town 



6. LOGGIA AND CLOCK TOWER - It's thought that this 15th Century loggia was used as a courtroom for town trials.  There's a 1471 relief portraying Justice hanging on the walls behind the judge's table.  The clock tower once was part of the Church of St. Sebastian.

7.  CIPIKO PALACE - Cipiko Palace dates back to 1457 and can be found opposite the Cathedral and near Trogir’s main square.


8. LAND GATE - Rebuilt in the 16th century, this gate was made from a tall doorway in pale rusticated stone with grooves that once supported a drawbridge.  

9.  TROGIR SQUARE - Trogir square is lined with shops and restaurants set on pretty cobblestone streets.  It's a great location to visit during the day or in the evening.  Head there to grab a meal or treat yourself to delicious ice cream.