Croatia Travel Guides for Backpackers

Crikvenica, a local's guide

I would like to introduce you to my hometown, Crikvenica. Located on the east Adriatic coast in Croatia, Crikvenica is a tiny town that hugs the sea with its 20 km long coast that compromises of all sorts of beaches, parks, plazas and ports. If you look across the sea, to the south you will see the island of Krk. In the east the “Velebit” mountain and west the Krk bridge and the town of Rijeka in the distance. On the island of Krk is the airport if you prefer to travel by air. In the north lies the Vinodol […]
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Split; travel tips from local

  Croatia is my home country and if you ask me, Split is the most beautiful city on the Adriatic coast. So let me guide through there with a few local tips. There is something here for everyone; history, nice weather, amazing beaches with sparkling clear sea, nightlife… In the summer, Split is full of life and even if I don’t live there anymore, it is my favorite place to spend holidays. What to see Dioklecijanova palača (Diocletian’s Palace) is an ancient palace built for the Roman Emperor Diocletian. It wasn’t a coincidence if the emperor had chosen exactly this […]
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What to do in Zagreb, Croatia

Many people see Zagreb only as a stop on their way to the breathtaking Croatian coast. Nonetheless, the city has a lot to offer and spending a few days in the Croatian capital will definitely be worth your time. 1) Walk through the historical city center The center of Zagreb lies around the main Jelačić Square, named after the 19th-century duke Jelačić, who looks down at you from his horse in the middle of the square. Buy some souvenirs at one of the many stands on the square, sit near the Manduševac well and meet your friends under the big […]
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Croatia's undiscovered Dalmatian gem: Primošten

Due to the immense popularity of the fantasy series ‘Game of thrones’, it is no surprise that the first place that comes to mind when someone mentions Croatia is Dubrovnik, where a major portion of the series was shot. When I, along with my friends planned a trip to Croatia, all we wanted to do was see ‘King’s landing’, the king’s palace in Game of thrones, along with a few sites in Split, where another portion of the series was shot. Little did I know that I would end up falling in love with the amazing coastline of Croatia, and […]
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How to survive in Dubrovnik on a budget

In my opinion, Dubrovnik is the most beautiful Croatian summer destination and no wonder that’s one of the most visited places in Croatia. We spent our last summer there, in a small town 20 minutes from Dubrovnik, Zaton Mali. This is a short guide on how to avoid tourist jams and how to not leave a fortune in Dubrovnik. 1)    A small town is better than a big city It’s a good idea to spend your summer holidays next to the big city such as Dubrovnik, but not exactly in it. In a smaller town, you’ll have your peace and […]
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Osijek; a city with the most wondrous promenade in Croatia

Osijek is the main city of the Slavonia region, one of the few regions in Croatia. It is a trading nod of eastern Croatia and a beautiful, peaceful city ideal for relaxation and the ones who prefer smalltown areas over big, busy cities. It has a famous Old Town named Tvrđa, it is located next to Drava river which makes it one of the most beautiful cities in Croatia because its promenade is said to be the most attractive one. It has a rich history, many tourist attractions, it is ideal for shopping because the shops are very close to […]
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Magical Plitvice Lakes in Winter

As a kid, I’d read stories by Hans Christian Anderson almost every day and then visualize the setting in my head. Little did I know that one day I would actually manage to visit a place worthy of being called a fairytale land or in today’s parlance, Winter Wonderland. Lake Plitvice ( Plitvička jezera) during the winters is a textbook fairytale-Think snow-clad mountains, Azure green frozen lakes, huge cascading waterfalls, and the most important part, not too many tourists blocking your view. About Lake Plitvice Plitvice Lake National Park is one of the oldest national parks in Croatia and is extremely […]
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Zagreb, Croatia -Town of great tradition

Zagreb as the capital of Croatia is one of the cities that has a great tradition. You will be convinced to see it and to get to know the city and to meet hospitality inhabitants and most of whom will say on a good English “welcome”. Zagreb has a good connection with the big European cities. It’s easy to get there by plane, bus or train. Cheap airline tickets offer some of the airline companies like Eurowings, Vueling, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Ryanair etc… It’s especially noticeable in the summer when many tourists come to visit Croatia, Zagreb and the beautiful […]
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Đakovo, Croatia; town of lipizzans and long tradition

For most people, the first association to Croatia is the sun, the beautiful Adriatic sea, and coast, and from recently soccer and tennis, therefore it is considered the land of natural wonders. Despite being less known, the Croatian interior has certainly a lot to offer. In the eastern part of the country, in the heart of the Slavonian plain lies a beautiful and interesting place called Đakovo The vast majority will tell you that the best part of the year to visit Đakovo is during the spring or summer when the natural splendor is in full glory. Well, I can’t […]
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Vacation on the Dalmatian Sea

Since Winter is coming now for 7th seasons, Dubrovnik aka “King´s Landing” on the Adriatic sea has become more and more famous. People from all over the world want to visit the city and follow Cercei on her walk of atonement. And yes, I do admit, that the city is beautiful, and it was one of my favorite cities in the Balkan area, long before I watched the Lanicsters ruling it. But it has caused a big shadow on other pearls of the Adriatic Sea. So, let me bring one of these pearls back into the sunshine. Cavtat: Dubrovnik’s forgotten […]
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Things to do in Osijek

Recently, Croatia has become an extremely popular vacation destination thanks to places such as Dubrovnik, Plitvice Lakes and Zagreb, a capital of Croatia and a home to one of the best Christmas Markets in Europe. You would probably feel baffled if you were told Croatia goes beyond Zagreb, wouldn’t you? Well, it does, and it’s a sight to behold! One of the most promising destinations of Eastern Croatia is Osijek, the 4th largest city in the country where you can find a variety of architectural styles, prosperous history, a blend of culture and an abundance of nature. You’ve never heard […]
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Exploring Split, and Other Awe-Inspiring Places in Croatia

Croatia’s second largest city, Split, is the perfect mix of lively modernity and captivating history, enticing you to explore it. This was the impression I got while looking for my hostel at 2 am, and it continued to charm me when daylight came. For accommodation, I would recommend using the Hostelworld app. Situated on the Dalmatian Coast and edged by the beautifully azure Adriatic Sea, Split’s promenade comes alive with cafes, gelato, fashion and the selling of boat tours during the day. After sunset, there are restaurants, bars and night markets to wander through, and a long line of people […]
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Dubrovnik-Pearl of Adriatic

Owing its popularity to “Game of Thrones”, Dubrovnik aka King’s Landing is emerging as one of the hot destinations in the Adriatic.This Croatian city is a must to go destination if you are a fan of sea and forts. Dubrovnik situated in the extreme south of Croatia and Europe is only accessible by road or airways. Due to extreme mountain train transport is not present.It is just an hour from Zagreb, capital of Croatia.Dubrovnik is famous for its city walls which are built across the Adriatic Sea around the old town giving it a scenic view. These walls were restored […]
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Exploring the Adriatic Coast: Croatia & Montenegro

Dubrovnik The scenery around this spectacular area starts well before you even get off the plane. If you’re flying in any time during the day you’re in for a treat as you’ll be greeted with insane views of glistening aqua sea inlets amidst the mountainous terrain. My guess is that travelling anywhere along the Adriatic coast will provide stunning views and aqua sea but there is something special about Dubrovnik.     The history Dubrovnik town is about half an hour from the airport by car and well, it’s one of the most scenic half hour commutes you’ll ever do. […]
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Klis: Unexplored Game of Thrones site overlooking Split

  For all Game of Thrones lovers, this hidden place will, hopefully, be a treat. It is a mix of beautiful landscapes, views over the coast and history. Best of all, it is easy to reach and also, offers an unforgettable experience. Where Is Klis And How To Reach It? Small town, it is hardly seen on the map, and not usual stop for travelers. Maybe because of that it is an even more interesting place to see. Klis has a little bit over 2600 inhabitants, and with its surrounded area total number of inhabitants is around 4800. To describe […]
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My time in Split, Croatia

Experience the Croatian culture I’ve been living in Split, Croatia for the five months now. The first time I visited was last year and I quickly fell in love with the city, the culture and the people. Therefore, I’d like to first give you a quick introduction and tell you a little about this beautiful country. The Republic of Croatia is located in southeast Europe and it has a population of 4.3 million people. Its four largest cities are Zagreb, the capital, followed by Split, Rijeka and Osijek. Croatia shares borders with five countries: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia, Hungary, Serbia […]
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Why visit Zagreb, Croatia?

Croatia has many attractive and popular travel destinations, so the capital city of Zagreb might not be the first location that comes to mind when choosing a place or city to visit here. But Zagreb actually has a lot to offer, especially to people who like art, culture, history and good food. This article will walk you through some of the main attractions, some famous, other not so much, and also talk a bit about history. To start of, it is worth mentioning that Zagreb was founded by merging two much older and smaller cities: Gradec and Kaptol. Gradec Gradec, often referred […]
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A Road Trip from Zagreb to Hvar Island

Ok, so, this was actually my first proper road trip, and I have to say that it was the best thing ever! Now, when I say a “proper road trip” I don’t mean just reaching your destination by car, but actually exploring amazing places along the way. And my oh my, weren’t those places just breathtaking. But, first things first. In order for your road-trip to be truly on fleek, you must make sure to have these essential ingredients: A hell of a good driver-friend (who finds macadam – narrow – steep -inaccessible roads to be yet another great challenge) […]
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Plitvice Lakes: a frozen paradise during winter

When thinking about my favorite natural spots to visit, Plitvice Lakes National Park comes right away to my mind. It was last December when I was traveling through Croatia with my sister, and part of our itinerary was definitely visiting the well-known to be amazing Plitvice Lakes. Most people think of it as a summer destination, but during winter… it is spectacular!   What to expect If you do some google search you’ll find amazing pictures that show these naturally created fairytale lakes. Let me describe it in a better way, imagine a lake, a nice huge lake with dark […]
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Why visit Dubrovnik in winter time?

Destination: Dubrovnik, Croatia. Creation of history and beauty! What this overwhelming home of princes actually has to offer? Dubrovnik has a very wealthy history, some of theories say that it’s been there since 5th century. It's located in south of Croatia. The city itself has been trough a lot, it survived many foreign occupations and wars, and fortunately is still standing proudly. One thing that makes this city on the shore of Adriatic sea so famous and uniqe, are of course the Great Walls of Dubrovnik. The Walls were built from 13th to 17th century, and they are 1940m long. The Walls go […]
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Korcula: Island Paradise In Croatia

The new French Riviera Croatia – I’m sure you’ve all heard of it. A place that is being hailed the new French Riviera, due to the natural beauty of this Baltic country and its popularity among foreigners. It really does have it all; beaches, lush forest and park land, and a distinct culture which is still not widely known outside of Eastern Europe. Unlike Greece, the terrain of Croatia is green and fertile, so the backdrop at the beach is generally a lot more picturesque. Since the explosion of ‘Game of Thrones’ onto our television/computer screens, the old city of […]
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Exploring the Islands Lošinj and Cres

  EXPLORING THE ISLANDS LOŠINJ AND CRES   Croatia has many hidden treasures. One of them are definitely the islands of Lošinj and Cres. While many of you heard about the sunny days in Hvar (they allegedly have the most of them in whole Croatia) and Korčula, the birth town on Marco Polo I am sure Lošinj and Cres are one of the islands not many people know about.   It all started one hot August day when we did not feel like going to the beach or chill on the terrace of our holiday home. It was that kind […]
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Fairytale of Croatia – Plitvice Lakes National Park

Explore Croatia The Balkan Peninsulam, that is placed on the south of Europe, is surrounded by the Adriatic, Ionian, Mediterranean, Aegean and the Black sea. It got its name after the Balkan mountains. This extremely underrated European region is full of amazing geological structures and formations, national parks, lakes, protected areas and natural wonders that leave nature lovers from all over the world completely breathless. One of the Balkan definite must sees is a country of Croatia, placed on the shores of Mediterranean Sea (Adriatic), on the slopes of the Alps (so called Dinaric Alpes) and the edge of the […]
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Welcome to Zagreb

Bok, dobrodošli u Zagreb!- Hi! Welcome to Zagreb! The capital of Croatia. No matter if you're on the airport or if you came by a bus or a train, your first stop is Glavni Kolodvor aka Central Station. You can grab a cab or a tram from there, even though, if it's sunny I recomend you take a ten minute walk to the main square –Square of Ban Josip Jelacic. PARKS AND EVENTS On your way to the square you can see a few beautiful parks. First one is the Square of King Tomislav (Tomislavac)  Through all of the year […]
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