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Croatia Road Trip Itinerary Ideas (7-14 Days)

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I’ve been living in Croatia since 2014 and have been vacationing in the country my entire life – that’s nearly 30 years of experience exploring its every nook and cranny. And let me tell you, there’s nothing quite like a road trip in Croatia.

Personally, I believe its the best way to see the country.

From the sparkling coastline and turquoise waters to charming villages and breathtaking national parks, a road trip lets you discover its beauty at your own pace. And as a local, I can give you insider tips on where to go, what to see, and how to make the most of your time here.

In this post, I’ll give you options for Croatia road trip itinerary ideas ranging from 7 to 14 days. Each of these itineraries have been carefully created to give you just the right amount of time in each destination without stretching yourself too thin.

Croatia Road Trip Itinerary Ideas (7-14 Days)

🌟 7 Day Croatia Road Trip

Day 1: Zagreb

Woman wearing a brown felt hat, black leather jacket and dress with tights and boots twirling away from the camera in the old upper town of Zagreb with a yellow building and hanging flower pots in the background.

Begin your one week Croatia road trip in Zagreb.

Not only is Zagreb home to the best airport to fly into Croatia, but the city itself is full of charm and culture.

For a European capital, it’s seriously underrated (although I may be slightly biased since I’ve lived in Zagreb since 2014).

Start your day on Trg Ban Josip Jelacic and walk up the steps to Dolac Market – the oldest and most famous open air market in Zagreb. Here, you can wander through the stalls and sample some of the local produce, nuts, honey and cheese.

If you’re a foodie, like me, then you’d love this Zagreb food tour where a local will take you to all of the best market stalls and restaurants in the city!

After visiting the market, make your way to the Upper Town to see the Stone Gate, St. Mark’s Church, and the best view of the Zagreb Cathedral at Plateau Gradec. Then take the Zagreb cable car down to the Lower Town and enjoy a coffee at one of the cafes on Cvjetni Trg before heading to Tkalciceva Street for a bite to eat.

This famous walking street is lined with some of the best restaurants in Zagreb, including many options for traditional and international cuisine.

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Day 2: Plitvice Lakes National Park

A view looking down onto a small curving wooden walkway over blue-green waters surrounded by lush green vegetation with waterfalls flowing through.

On your second day, you’re going to want to wake up early in the morning and drive from Zagreb to Plitvice Lakes National Park. Ideally, the earlier you arrive the better, especially if you’re visiting in the summertime as the park can get pretty crowded.

Start at Plitvice Entrance 1 or 2 and spend your day hiking along the trails and wooden pathways that meander over the lakes and waterfalls. About 4-5 hours is enough time to see most of the park, but you can easily spend an entire day exploring!

Book a guided walking tour with a local that knows every inch of the park and will share interesting facts and stories with you along the way.

Stay at Fenomen Plitvice Resort 🤩

Day 3: Zadar

The historic Church of St. Donatus in Zadar, Croatia, featuring its distinctive circular Byzantine architecture and the Romanesque bell tower of the Zadar Cathedral rising into the blue sky with wispy clouds.

It is day 3 of your road trip in Croatia and it’s finally time to head to the coast!

Make your way from Plitvice Lakes to Zadar, one of Croatia’s oldest cities filled with ancient Roman ruins and cultural charm.

Spend your day wandering through the streets of the Old Town, admire St. Donatus Church, and grab a seat at one of the cafes on Narodni Trg (“People’s Square”) to soak in the local atmosphere. Most of Zadar’s most famous sights are located pretty close together, so a few hours is enough time to see everything.

There are some really beautiful beaches around Zadar, so be sure to spend a few hours relaxing and swimming in the sparkling sea.

In the evening, don’t miss the opportunity to catch the sunset at The Greeting to the Sun that comes to life with a colorful light show each night.

Even Alfred Hitchcock was quoted saying “Zadar has the most beautiful sunset in the world”, so you’ll have to see it for yourself!

Where to stay in Zadar 🏨
Budget: Destino City Apartments
Mid-Range: Luxury Apartments Villa Morea
Luxury: Falkensteiner Hotel & Spa Iadera

Day 4: Split

View of the Split waterfront promenade from the top of Marjan Hill

Split is a cool city, and one of my favorite things about it is the fact that the entire Old Town is built around the ancient ruins of Diocletian’s Palace. This means that there is no “official” entrance to the palace; rather, it is seamlessly integrated into the city.

As you wander through the narrow streets and alleyways, you will stumble upon Roman columns, arches, and even a temple turned church. To make the most out of your visit and to really understand its history, book a guided walking tour

Then head to the Riva for some people watching and beautiful views of the Adriatic Sea. Don’t miss out on the best homemade gelato from Gelateria Emiliana – it is to die for! They also make their cones in-house and there is almost always a line out front, but the wait is totally worth it.

You can find other places like this in my free Croatia Google Map!

If you’re craving a dip in the sea, stroll over to the Marjan Hill Forest park for some of the most beautiful beaches in Split.

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Day 5: Boat Tour From Split

A solitary sailboat anchored in the calm sea, captured at sunset with hues of soft pink and orange in the sky, and silhouettes of birds flying overhead, creating a peaceful maritime scene.

It’s finally time for some island hopping! Split’s perfect location lends itself to easy day trips to nearby islands. There are plenty of options for Split boat tours, but here are my top picks:

This private luxury boat tour is a fantastic choice if you want a highly personalized island hopping tour to places like the Blue Cave, Stiniva Cove, and the iconic Blue Lagoon. I’ve been lucky enough to visit the Blue Lagoon several times and the color of the water is out of this world! 

To experience the thrill of the Adriatic without the luxury price tag, I’d go for this small group tour. You’ll get to skip the line at the Blue Cave and visit the islands of Vis and Hvar! The best part is that it all takes place on a small speed boat that holds up to 12 people, so you won’t have to worry about large crowds.

Day 6: Dubrovnik Old Town

Aerial view of Dubrovnik Old Town, with terracotta rooftops and ancient city walls visible, nestled against a backdrop of rolling green hills and the serene Adriatic Sea, framed by soft lavender blooms in the foreground.

No trip to Croatia would be complete without a visit to the Pearl of the Adriatic!

For the longest time, Dubrovnik is one of those places that I thought would be overrated, but trust me – when you see the walls in person, you’ll understand why it’s a must-visit destination.

Get an authentic taste of Dubrovnik by joining this food and drink walking tour with a local guide. Your guide will take you to all of the city highlights while sharing stories and insights about the culture and history of this beautiful city. The best part is, you’ll get to indulge in traditional local specialties and drinks along the way!

End your visit with a walk around the city walls at sunset for breathtaking views of the Adriatic Sea and the surrounding islands.

Where to stay in Dubrovnik 🏨
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Day 7: Day Trip to Lokrum Island

Stone arch with a reflection pool overlooking the Adriatic Sea. A woman in a swimsuit is standing in the center doing a yoga pose.

On your second day in Dubrovnik, and final day in Croatia, take a day trip to Lokrum Island.

This nature reserve, located just a short 15-minute boat ride from Dubrovnik’s Old Town pier, is a beautiful slice of paradise. You can spend the entire day strolling through the island’s botanical gardens, visiting the ruins of a 12th-century Benedictine monastery, and lounging on the rocky beaches.

Alternatively, you can explore the island on a kayak tour from Dubrovnik. Accompanied by a guide, you’ll get to paddle around the medieval walls of the Old Town, uncover unique beaches and rock formations around Lokrum, and even swim in an isolated cave!

🌟 10 Day Croatia Road Trip

The ancient Roman amphitheater in Pula, Croatia, known as the Pula Arena, with its surviving arches and stonework standing proudly under a clear blue sky, framed by green hedges and vibrant yellow wildflowers in the foreground.

Day 1: Pula

Spend the first morning of your Croatia road trip exploring the ancient city of Pula, formerly an important administrative center for the Romans.

An absolute must-see site is the famous Pula Arena. This Roman amphitheater was constructed in 27 BC, and is one of the best-preserved arenas outside of Italy. It is also the only Roman amphitheater in the world to have 4 entirely preserved side towers!

Other historic sites worth seeing in Pula are the Temple of Augustus and the Arch of the Sergii.

The afternoon of your first day is all about soaking up the sun! Make your way to the Verudela Peninsula and chill out at Hawaii Beach, one of my favorite beaches in Pula!

Better yet, if you’re up for an adventure, take a guided kayak tour around Pula’s famous “Seagull’s Rocks” where you’ll enjoy an afternoon of cave exploring, cliff jumping, snorkeling and swimming.

Day 2: Opatija to Šibenik

A view of the entrance of the St. James Cathedral in Sibenik, made of beautiful white stone.

On the morning of day two, drive from Pula to Opatija, a darling town encrusted with immaculate gardens and Habsburg-era villas.

Spend some time strolling through town and enjoying the scenery before stopping for breakfast or a cup of coffee at one of the many terraces on the waterfront.

Afterward, continue your journey to Kanjon Zrmanje, a picturesque canyon with breathtaking views overlooking the Zrmanja River, for sunset. Download my free Croatia Google Map for the exact location and directions on how to get there!

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    When the sun has set, continue your drive down the coast until you reach the town of Šibenik where you’ll spend the next 2 nights. 

    Where to stay in Šibenik 🏨
    Budget: City Rooms Šibenik
    Mid-Range: Armerun Heritage Hotel
    Luxury: D-Resort Šibenik

    Day 4: Šibenik and Krka National Park

    On day 4 of your Croatia itinerary, it’s time to explore one of the country’s most famous national parks, Krka.

    Krka National Park is only about a 20-minute drive from Šibenik and is known for its beautiful waterfalls, crystal clear pools, and lush greenery. You can either visit on your own, or join a guided tour to learn more about the park and have lunch near the falls.

    The main highlight of Krka National Park is Skradinski Buk, a series of 17 cascading waterfalls that are a gorgeous sight to behold. You can also visit Visovac Island, home to a stunning Franciscan monastery dating back to the 15th century.

    Return to Šibenik in the afternoon and take some time to rest before embarking on a guided evening walking tour of the Old Town. The medieval town becomes extra magical when it’s all lit up at night, and your guide will take you to through its narrow winding streets to discover hidden gems and learn about its rich history.

    Day 5: Primošten and Trogir

    View of stone houses right on the seafront with orange rooftops on a hazy morning in Trogir Croatia.

    On day five of your Croatia road trip, you’ll begin your journey to southern Dalmatia. The first stop along the way will be the adorable town of Primošten.

    A former fishing village, Primošten delights with its enchanting streets and a picturesque waterfront. Spend some time strolling along the 30-minute loop around the Old Town, taking a dip at Garbina Beach, or visit the most romantic spot in town – the Church of St. George.

    If you love breathtaking views, be sure to stop at the Our Lady of Loretto Statue on your way out. It takes only about a ten-minute drive from the town of Primošten to reach this incredible spot, and the views are simply spectacular.

    As you continue your drive down to Split, stop in the pretty little town of Trogir. Once the cultural center of Dalmatia, Trogir’s cobblestone streets are lined with Renaissance palaces, gothic and baroque architecture, darling boutiques, and gourmet restaurants.

    There are many things to do in Trogir, but some of the highlights include visiting the Cathedral of St. Lawrence, climbing to the top of Fortress Kamerlengo, and strolling along the promenade.

    Continue your drive down to Split and spend the night there.

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    Day 6: Split to Korčula

    On day six of your Croatia road trip, you will be finally heading to one of Croatia’s most beautiful islands! Spend a few hours exploring Split before catching the ferry over to Korčula.

    When in Split, be sure to check out the heart of the city’s everyday life – Diocletian’s Palace. This UNESCO World Heritage Site was built in the 4th century and serves as home to the city’s cafes, boutiques, and restaurants. While entrance to the palace is free, I would recommend getting there early to enjoy coffee on the steps of the peristyle before it starts to get crowded.

    Some other noteworthy sites in Split include the Cathedral of St. Domnius and the “Let me pass” Street (the narrowest street in Split and apparently the world).

    Grab some ice cream from Gelateria Emiliana before hopping on the ferry to Korčula.

    Where to stay on Korčula 🏨
    Budget: Apartments San Antonio
    Mid-Range: Aminess Korcula Heritage Hotel
    Luxury: The Fabris Luxury Inn

    Day 7: Korčula

    Woman walking down the stone steps of Korcula island in Croatia

    Day seven marks your first official day on a Croatian island! This is where the fun really begins. As the famous birthplace of Marco Polo, Korčula has a lot to offer including history, beauty, culture, and of course, charm.

    One of the finest fortified towns in Croatia, Korčula is made up of impressive stone walls and thick towers that still dominate the island today. Thanks to its monumental medieval architecture, the town has been lovingly nicknamed “Little Dubrovnik.”

    This guided walking tour of Korčula will give you a taste of the island’s past and present. Instead of following a map, you’ll discover the beauty of the Old Town and learn about its history from a knowledgeable local guide.

    Other activities worth considering are joining an island buggy safari tour, a wine lovers tour, renting a kayak or bike, and windsurfing.

    Day 8: Korčula

    A woman with long hair sits on a wooden swing suspended over clear shallow waters, with a backdrop of green hills under a partly cloudy sky.

    Day 8 is all about exploring the beaches around Korčula. There are a number of beaches that are popular with both tourists and locals alike, including:

    • Banje Beach: The oldest beach in Korčula and is the most easily accessible thanks to its close proximity to the center of the Old Town.
    • Vaja Beach: A Mediterranean dream, this beach is just a short 15-minute walk away from the small village of Račišće. 
    • Pupnasta Luka Beach: Considered to be the most beautiful beach in Korčula, this secluded cove boasts dazzling waters surrounded by lush green pine trees.
    • Proizd Beach: A short boat ride away from Vela Luka, Proizd is ideal for anyone looking for untouched natural beauty.
    • Bilin Žal: A rare sandy strand, this beach is perfect for families with small children.
    • Skoji Islets: An archipelago of tiny islands located off the coast between Lumbarda and Korčula that offer plenty of snorkeling opportunities.

    Day 9: Dubrovnik

    A woman in a red dress and sunhat stands on the historic stone Pile Gate bridge leading to Dubrovnik's Old Town, with a backdrop of palm trees, the fortified walls, and the serene harbor.

    End your Croatia road trip in Croatia’s pearl of the Adriatic, Dubrovnik! Dubrovnik is simply a must-see for any first-time visitor to Croatia. The town, although swarming with tourists in the high season, is truly magnificent.

    Famous for its stunning medieval town and impressive architecture, the one attraction you simply cannot miss when visiting Dubrovnik are the city walls. Originally constructed to ward off invaders, the city walls are now open for tourists to explore.

    To really make the most of your experience, book a guided tour of the walls!

    Some other activities worth doing in Dubrovnik are roaming the streets of the Old Town, going on a Game of Thrones Walking Tour, taking a cable car up to Mount Srđ, going on a kayak sunset tour, tasting local wines, or going cliff jumping. It is nearly impossible to run out of things to do in Dubrovnik!

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    Day 10: Dubrovnik and Lokrum Island

    A woman in patterned shorts, an orange tank top and bandana walking along the historic walls of the monastery on Lokrum Island near Dubrovnik.

    Lokrum is a small island located just 600 meters away from Dubrovnik, and it is the very place where you will be spending your final day in the country.

    Getting to Lokrum Island is easy. There is a ferry service that leaves regularly from Dubrovnik, or you can join a guided kayak tour to Lokrum. Once you arrive on the island, you’ll immediately be enchanted by the lush greenery, peacocks wandering around, and secluded beaches.

    There are plenty of things to do on Lokrum such as swimming in the “Dead Sea”. This small saltwater lake is one of the more popular attractions because it is so salty, you can float in it just like the Dead Sea! Some other things worth checking out are Fort Royal, the Monastery, botanical gardens, Charlotte’s Well, and the rocky beach.

    🌟 14 Day Croatia Road Trip

    Day 1: Dubrovnik Old Town

    Dubrovnik bell tower as seen from Stradun at sunset with small birds flying around it.

    Start your 2 weeks in Croatia in Dubrovnik! Your itinerary will look similar to the itinerary above, but this time you’ll have more time to explore the surrounding area.

    No visit to Dubrovnik would be complete without a stroll through the Old Town. Walk along the ancient city walls, visit the Rector’s Palace, and take a cable car up to Mount Srd for jaw-dropping views of the city.

    Pro tip: The Dubrovnik super saver pass includes a guided walking tour of the Old Town and the city walls. 

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    Day 2: Lokrum

    On day 2 of your Croatia road trip, take a day trip to Lokrum Island.

    This nature reserve, just a short 15-minute boat ride from Dubrovnik, is a gorgeous paradise that feels like it’s worlds away from the hustle and bustle of the Old Town.

    Spend the day leisurely strolling through the island’s botanical gardens, hiking around historic ruins, or cliff jumping into the sapphire sea.

    For a truly unique experience, book a sea kayaking and snorkeling tour. Guided by an expert, you’ll paddle along the medieval walls of the Old Town, discover hidden beaches around Lokrum, and even have the chance to snorkel in a secluded cave.

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      Day 3: Elafiti Islands day trip

      You can visit the Elafiti Islands via the local ferry, but a boat tour is an even better way to experience them! Board a beautiful wooden boat and spend the day sailing to the islands of Lopud, Sipan and Kolocep.

      At each stop, you’ll have free time to explore old stone villages, enjoy a swim in the crystal clear water, and uncover Croatia’s hidden gems like the 15th-century former summer residence of a noble family. You can also enjoy a delicious Dalmatian lunch on board the boat, prepared with fresh local ingredients.

      As you sail back to Dubrovnik, take in the stunning views of the city from the sea and watch as the sun sets over the Adriatic.

      Day 4: Mljet National Park

      A woman in an orange swimsuit reclining on a makeshift wooden bench under a shade sail, with a rustic stone hut beside her, all set against the clear blue waters of the Adriatic Sea near Mljet, creating a serene and secluded getaway ambiance.

      The next 2 days are going to be spent on the lush island of Mljet. To reach this island, you’ll need to drive to Prapratno on the Peljesac Peninsula and take the car ferry from there.

      Once you arrive, spend your first day exploring Mljet National Park, which makes up one-third of the island’s land.

      A popular way to get around is to rent a bike or join a guided e-bike tour where you’ll discover the ancient Roman ruins of Polače, cycle around the lakes, visit St. Mary’s island, and ride through the oldest village in the national park.

      Where to stay on Mljet 🏨
      Budget: Villa Anita
      Mid-Range: Hotel Odisej
      Luxury: Pine Tree Boutique Apartments

      Day 5: Mljet Island & Odysseus Cave

      Out of all the things to do on Mljet, visiting Odysseus Cave was my favorite activity!

      You can reach the cave either by land or sea. If you go the land route, be prepared for a 30-minute hike and wear comfortable walking shoes.

      The play of sunlight on the water creates this gatorade-blue hue inside the cave that is just mesmerizing. There are several levels of cliffs for jumping into the water, so depending on your comfort level, you can start small and work your way up to the highest point (which is about 15 meters).

      If you do go cliff jumping, please use common sense and make sure you have travel insurance just in case.

      Built into the cliffs just above the cave is a super cool bar called MARS that is the perfect place to enjoy a cool drink and take in the laidback vibes.

      Day 6: Drive to Split

      A woman in short and flowy a white lace strapless summer dress with a straw hat standing on the jagged coastline. She is standing with her back towards the camera with one hand on her head holding her hat as she looks out at the ginormous rock with trees growing on top jutting out of the blue Adriatic Sea.

      Day 6 of your road trip through Croatia is a travel day, where you’ll drive up the coast to Split. This drive is incredibly scenic, with lots of interesting stops along the way.

      You can either take the highway straight to Split, or cruise up the coast along the Makarska Riviera. I recommend taking a break in Makarska for coffee, lunch, or just to enjoy a stroll by the sea.

      Makarska is a popular destination among European travelers, known for its beautiful pebbled beaches and crystal clear waters. It’s also home to the Biokovo Mountain Range, which offers hiking trails and an epic viewpoint, the Biokovo Skywalk.

      As you continue your drive to Split, consider stopping at one of the many charming villages along the way, such as Brela or Omis. These smaller towns offer a more authentic Croatian experience and are perfect for a quick break from driving.

      When you arrive in Split, you can drop off your rental car as you won’t need it for the remaining days of the trip.

      Where to stay in Split 🏨
      Budget: Rooms Zana
      Mid-Range: Best4Stay Luxury Rooms
      Luxury: Hotel Park Split

      Day 7: Get to Know Split

      Begin day 7 by getting to know Croatia’s second-largest city!

      Split stands out because of its unique layout around the ancient ruins of Diocletian’s Palace. Unlike traditional entrances, this palace seamlessly merges into the cityscape, adding to its charm.

      While wandering through Split’s maze-like streets, you’ll stumble upon remnants of Roman architecture like columns, arches, and even a converted temple-turned-church. To truly grasp its rich history, consider booking a guided walking tour.

      After soaking up the city’s past, head to the waterfront promenade for some leisurely people-watching and relaxing views of the Adriatic Sea.

      If you fancy a dip, take a stroll to Marjan Hill Forest Park, where you’ll discover some of Split’s most picturesque beaches.

      Day 8: Day Trip From Split

      Get ready for some epic island hopping adventures! Thanks to Split’s prime location, you’re in for a treat with easy day trips to nearby islands. With numerous boat tours from Split available, here are my top recommendations:

      For those seeking luxury and personalized service, this private luxury boat tour is the way to go. Visit enchanting spots like the Blue Cave, Stiniva Cove, and the iconic Blue Lagoon at your own pace. Trust me, the electric hues of the Blue Lagoon will leave you speechless!

      I realize that Croatia can be expensive, so if you want to experience the Adriatic without breaking the bank, a small group tour is an excellent choice.

      This small group boat trip will allow you to skip the lines at the Blue Cave and venture to Vis and Hvar islands aboard a speedboat accommodating up to 12 people. You’ll still get a small group feel without the luxury price tag.

      Day 9: Hvar

      Sunset view from the top of Fortica Fortress in Hvar Town Croatia overlooking the sea and the Pakleni Islands in the distance.

      Now it’s time to head to one of my favorite Croatian islands, Hvar!

      The ferry will take you from Split to Hvar in just about an hour and drop you off right in the heart of Hvar Town.

      With a reputation for glitz and glam, Hvar is more than just a party town. This Mediterranean gem is made up of rustic stone streets, dreamy beaches, and stunning coastal views.

      Spend your first day wandering through the town’s narrow alleys lined with quaint shops and cafes. Don’t miss the chance to climb up to Fortica Fortress for an unbeatable panoramic view of Hvar Town and the surrounding islands.

      In the evening, head to one of Hvar’s many open-air bars or beach clubs for a taste of its famous nightlife scene. Or if you’re looking for a more relaxed vibe, enjoy a fine dining experience at one of the island’s top restaurants.

      Where to stay on Hvar 🏨
      Budget: White Rabbit Hostel
      Mid-Range: Amfora Grand Beach Resort
      Luxury: Palace Elisabeth

      Day 10: Pakleni Islands

      A white sailboat floating in gorgeous turquoise water just off of an island covered in vibrant green pine trees.

      Situated just a short boat ride away from Hvar Town, the Pakleni Islands are a dreamy escape from the sometimes crowded streets of Hvar.

      Hop on one of the many taxi boats that line the waterfront promenade and spend the day hopping from island to island, each with its own unique charm. There are three main islands that are highly frequented by both tourists and locals: Jerolim, Marinkovac, and Sveti Klement.

      The one you choose to visit will depend on the vibe you’re looking for. Find out which Pakleni Island you should visit here.

      Day 11: Day Trip to Vis

      Today, visit one of Croatia’s most remote islands, Vis!

      The best way to do this is do join a speedboat tour from Hvar. This small group boat trip will pick you up in Hvar Town and take you on a personalized adventure to some of the most incredible spots in the area.

      Spend the day sailing around the Blue Lagoon, exploring sea caves, and swimming at surreal beaches only accessible by boat. Travelers say that this boat tour was one of the best experiences of their lives!

      Day 12: Brac Island

      A birds-eye view over one of the most beautiful beaches in Croatia, Zlatni Rat, on the island of Brac

      It’s time to depart Hvar and board the ferry to Brac!

      You’ll be going directly to Bol, a small but beautiful seaside town located on the southern side of Brac Island.

      Get situated in your accommodation and head straight to the beach! Bol is home to what is perhaps the most renowned beach in all of Croatia, Zlatni Rat, also known as Golden Horn Beach. You’ve likely seen its unique shape gracing the covers of magazines and postcards.

      Spend the day soaking up the sun and swimming in the crystal clear waters, or give windsurfing a try! Because of its position, Golden Horn Beach has ideal weather conditions for windsurfing, making it a popular spot for the sport.

      In the evening, take a stroll through Bol’s charming streets and enjoy some delicious local cuisine at one of its many restaurants. If you like wine, stop into Stina Winery right on the riva for a wine tasting!

      Where to stay on Brac 🏨
      Budget: Pansion Ivan i Ivana
      Mid-Range: Villa Dalmatina
      Luxury: Villa Giardino Heritage Boutique Hotel

      Day 13: Brac Island

      Brac Island isn’t just about the beaches, but it’s also a great place for outdoor activities!

      For your second day on the island, consider renting a bike to explore the surrounding area. I recommend checking out Martinica Beach by the Dominican Monastery. It’s a lovely little spot with perfectly pebbled shores and shallow waters for swimming.

      If you enjoy getting off the beaten path, then this private boat excursion around Brac Island is the perfect activity for you. You’ll get to uncover secluded bays and authentic Dalmatian villages that only locals know about. Plus, you’ll have the chance to swim in crystal clear waters and enjoy a delicious lunch at a lovely restaurant away from the crowds.

      Day 14: Back to Split

      Your 2 week Croatia road trip has come to an end and it’s time to head back to Split!

      You can choose to spend your final hours in Croatia relaxing on the beaches of Brac or go back to Split and explore more of the city. If you choose to stay in Brac, make sure to catch a ferry back to Split in time for your flight.

      Woman leaning out of a car window holding a bouquet of yellow flowers in her hand.

      Planning Your Croatia Road Trip

      Where to Rent a Car

      My go-to car rental company is Discover Cars because they compare both local and international providers to make sure you get the best rate. They also give you an option to purchase car insurance as an add-on if it’s not already included in the quote, or covered by your credit card company.

      My favorite travel credit card includes car insurance, so I always use that to book my rental cars. But if you don’t have that option, it’s important to make sure you are covered in case of any accidents or damages on your Croatia road trip.

      Driving Rules in Croatia

      Before hitting the road in Croatia, you will need a valid driver’s license from your home country along with your passport. There is no need for an international license as long as your license is written in the Latin alphabet.

      In Croatia, drivers drive on the right side of the road and for the most part, follow the same common driving rules you would find in western countries. If you are coming from the United States, it is important to keep in mind that turning right on red is illegal in Croatia, and you could face a $300 ticket for doing so.

      On the highway, the left lane is for passing, so once you’ve overtaken a car, be sure to move back into the right lane.

      Local Tip: People can drive very fast on the highway in Croatia – keep an eye out for what are called “presretači” in Croatian, which are police in black sedans that will pull you over and issue you a ticket for driving over the speed limit.

      Tolls in Croatia

      Croatia road tolls can be found on all multi-lane highways which are marked with the letter “A”.

      Upon entrance, you will simply take a ticket from the toll booth and pay when you exit. The tolls can be paid in cash (Euro) as well as credit or debit cards.

      For budgeting purposes, you can check on the official price list online (only available in Croatian).

      Best Time to Go

      The best time to go on a Croatia road trip really depends on what you want to do and see.

      For swimming and island hopping, June through September are the best months to visit. While the weather is hot and sunny, this time of year is also the busiest and when prices in Croatia are at their peak.

      For hiking, sightseeing and exploring national parks, April, May and October are ideal. The best part is that there are fewer tourists during these months, so you’ll have many sites to yourself!

      Island Hopping

      If you plan to do any island hopping in Croatia, be sure to double check the points of departure and arrival since not all car ferries go to the same ports as the passenger ferries (or catamarans).

      Also, some car ferries have multiple daily departures while others only run a few times per week.

      An empty road surrounded by Mediterranean vegetation while driving through Hvar Island on a Croatia road trip.

      FAQs

      Is Croatia good for a road trip?

      Absolutely! The best way to explore Croatia is by taking a road trip.

      Is it worth driving in Croatia?

      Yes! Croatia’s highways are new and well maintained, making it easy to navigate around the country. Driving gives you the freedom to explore at your own pace.

      Is it difficult to drive in Croatia?

      Driving in Croatia is not particularly difficult. The highways are in great condition and Google Maps works well for navigation. However, it is important to note that roads can be narrow and winding in some areas of the country, so caution should be taken while driving.

      Is it safe to travel by car in Croatia?

      Yes, it is safe to travel by car in Croatia.

      Is it easy for Americans to drive in Croatia?

      Americans will find that driving in Croatia is relatively carefree on highways, but cities and towns along the coast can get particularly crowded in the summertime. Extra patience and alertness are required, especially when navigating the narrow roads of many small towns.

      What countries can you drive to from Croatia?

      Croatia’s central location in southern Europe makes it easy to drive to Italy, Austria, Slovenia, Hungary, Montenegro, and Bosnia & Herzegovina.

      Final Thoughts

      There you have it! Three different Croatia driving routes to choose from, each offering its own unique sights and experiences.

      All of these Croatia road trip itineraries have been optimized so you can spend less time traveling between locations, and more time enjoying the best of what this Mediterranean gem has to offer.

      Before you go, make sure you pack all of the right things for your Croatia trip!

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      💸 What is the currency in Croatia?
      As of January 1st, 2023, the official currency of Croatia is the Euro and NOT the Kuna (which is also the name of the national animal of Croatia).

      🇭🇷 What language do they speak in Croatia?
      Croatian is the official language of Croatia. Learn some phrases in Croatian before your trip with the Ling app!

      🚑 Should I buy Croatia travel insurance?
      10000% YES – Seriously, don’t leave home without it. You never know what can happen on the road. I like SafetyWing because they provide excellent coverage for as little as $1.50 a day.

      📱 Will my phone work in Croatia?
      Maybe – check with your provider to see if you’ll have service while traveling Croatia. If you don’t have service (or it’s too expensive) I recommend getting an eSIM like Airalo. Airalo allows you to have data while traveling without the high costs of roaming. They have super affordable plans available for 190+ countries, including Croatia. Download the app and get your plan before you leave home so that you have data as soon as you touch down in Croatia!

      🏨 What’s the best way to book my Croatia accommodations?
      For Croatia hotels, Booking is by far the best site.

      🛫 What’s the best site to buy Croatia flights?
      I always use Skyscanner to find the cheapest flights.

      🚗  Is it safe to rent a Car in Croatia?
      Yes! – In fact, renting a car in Croatia is one of the best ways to see the country! I recommend Discover Cars because they check both local and international rental companies to ensure you get the best deal. (Get your Croatia road trip itinerary here)

      💦 Is it safe to drink the water in Croatia?
      Tap water in Croatia is completely safe to drink, so bring your reusable water bottle and fill up!

      🪪 Do I need a visa for Croatia?
      Depending on where you are coming from you may or may not need a visa to enter Croatia. Check the official Republic of Croatia Ministry of Foreign Affairs website for more information on who should apply for a visa.

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