Seven Weeks in Croatia: The Highlights

How time flies…our seven weeks in Croatia disappeared in no time. After leaving Montenegro, we headed to Dubrovnik and then slowly worked our way up the coast only disappearing inland to visit two of Croatia’s beautiful national parks and their country’s capital.

Here are some of the highlights of our time in this beautiful country…




This stunning view of the city can be seen by catching the cable car to the top of Mt Srd



The closest beach to the old town!



Wandering around the old walls of Dubrovnik was a great way to see the cities roof tops and fabulous views


Dubrovnik by night

Dubrovnik by night


Dubrovnik's cathedral

Dubrovnik’s Cathedral




About an hour from Dubrovnik is Ston, home to the most delicious oysters. You can read about it here




Jumping off the Mostar Bridge!

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Mostar’s famous Mostar Bridge has always fascinated me so, on the way to Split, we stopped by. There’s always a bit of action on the bridge as this video shows! Click on the photo and you will then be able to see the video



Split, Croatia

Cafes, restaurants and bars line the Riva


Diocletian Palace, Split

One of the four gates of Split’s UNESCO listed Diocletian Palace





The stone houses of Hvar Town



The boardwalk in Hvar..the best place to watch the action!


Starigrad, Hvar

We stayed in Stari Grad, a smaller, quieter town than Hvar Town. Five nights was not enough!


Starigrad, Hvar

A small piazza in Stari Grad


Bays around Starigrad

One of the many beautiful bays on the island that we explored by boat.


Starigrad, Hvar

Cocktail hour in Stari Grad!



Vis, Croatia

Steps, stone houses and churches in Kut, the historical end of Vis town.


Scampi on the grill on Vis, Croatia

One of the reasons we loved Vis…fabulous food!


Lunch in a small bay on the other side of Vis!

Lunch in a small bay on the other side of the island!


Veliki Budihovac Island, Croatia

How could you not go for a swim here!


Veliki Budihovac, Croatia

Freshly grilled sardines for lunch on a small island off Vis





Zlatni Rat beach, Bol

The famous Zlatni Rat beach on Bol





Inside the courtyard of the Town Hall in UNESCO listed Trogir




Mates wine bar, Skradin

Mates wine bar in Skradin. Our favourite place in this lovely small town


Krka National Park

Skradin…the gateway to Krka National Park




Zadar sunset, Croatia

There’s always a fabulous sunset in Zadar!


Zadar's Greeting to the Sun, Croatia

When the sun goes down, Zadar’s Greeting to the Sun starts.


Fabulous juicy peaches at Zadar's markets

Fabulous juicy peaches at Zadar’s markets




Paški Sir

Pag is all about its famous sheep cheese….Paški Sir



Plitvice Lakes 

Plitvice Lakes



Plitvice Lakes

Yes, the water really is this colour!




rab beach



pasta with scampi... Rab

A delicious pasta with scampi


Caper bushes in Rab

Caper bushes flourish in this little criner on Rab



Krk Island, Croatia

The view from our apartment on the island of Krk!


Cres, Croatia

During our week on Krk, we took the ferry to the nearby island and the pretty town of Cres



lunch in Veli Losinj

Lunch in the small town of Veli Losinj on Losinj Island



Beautiful swimming near Veli Losinj

A quick stop for a swim in the aqua water just outside at Veli Losinj





St Mark's Church in Zagreb.

The iconic photo of St Mark’s Church in Zagreb with its beautiful glazed tiles.


Mirgoj Cememtary, Zageb

An unusual but beautiful tourist attraction…the tiled arcades of the Mirgoj Cememtary


Strawberry Tart, Zagreb

Zagreb is all about its cafe culture and if you’re having coffee, you have to have strawberry tart!


There’s still more of Croatia to see. We still haven’t been to Istria but that’s the beauty of not seeing everything…we’ll just have to come back!!


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Where would you like to visit in Croatia? 




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56 Responses to Seven Weeks in Croatia: The Highlights

  1. Renuka September 23, 2013 at 4:26 pm #

    Croatia is extremely charming – I like the walls and old world feel!

    • Jenny Freedman September 27, 2013 at 5:11 pm #

      Croatia is beautiful Renuka. Walking the walls in Dubrovnik was a highlight of my stay there.

  2. OCDemon September 23, 2013 at 5:10 pm #

    Mmmmm Croatia. Cobblestones, spiky towers, blue seas, winding streets, and sunshine. I had a great time there, and wouldn’t mind another adventure there. It’s basically everything people might want from this part of the world.

    • Jenny Freedman September 27, 2013 at 9:05 pm #

      Yes, all those things and more Eytan! You forgot the food…which I found surprisingly good! we’ll be back’s a perfect place to relax!

  3. Monica September 23, 2013 at 6:29 pm #

    Croatia looks incredible. It’s been on my list of places to visit for ages – now I really want to go next summer!

    • Jenny Freedman September 27, 2013 at 5:12 pm #

      Croatia is fabulous Monica. Go…you’ll love it!!

    • Jenny Freedman September 27, 2013 at 5:12 pm #

      Croatia is fabulous Monica. Go…you’ll love it!!

  4. Krista September 23, 2013 at 8:16 pm #

    I would like to visit everywhere please. 🙂 Some of your photos were walks down memory lane, others are most wonderful fodder for my imagination and dream trips in the future. Glorious photos and memories. 🙂

    • Jenny Freedman September 27, 2013 at 5:14 pm #

      Thanks Krista. Pleased I could help you relive your previous trips and plan future ones! It really is a wonderful country!

  5. Karen (Back Road Journal) September 24, 2013 at 9:38 pm #

    I had always heard that Croatia was beautiful but the photos of your travels prove it. It looks like you had beautiful weather during your visit to enjoy the wonderful scenery. We are heading back to Germany and Austria in a few weeks where almost everyone speaks English…that has always been our worry traveling in some other parts of the world.

    • Jenny Freedman September 27, 2013 at 5:20 pm #

      We were very lucky with the weather Karen. It certainly makes a difference! Most people speak English in Croatia..maybe a few in the small out of the way towns won’t but you can always make yourself understood! Have a great trip to Germany and Austria.

  6. Stefania - the Italian Backpacker September 25, 2013 at 4:29 am #

    Stunning pictures! I wouldn’t know where to begin with Croatia: everything looks so cool. I’m particularly fascinated by Split and the Diocletian palace built within the main square…

    • Jenny Freedman September 27, 2013 at 5:25 pm #

      Thanks Stefania. Croatia is an easy country to explore….start in fabulous Dubrovnik and head north! Yes, Split is fascinating ..the history amazing. I hope you get there oneday.

  7. Jennifer September 25, 2013 at 8:20 am #

    You just had gorgeous weather and what looks to have been a fabulous time! I definitely want to explore more of the islands.

    • Jenny Freedman September 27, 2013 at 5:26 pm #

      We certainly had a great time, Jennifer and the weather helped incredibly. The islands are fabulous..they all have something different to offer. Lucky you…it’s so close!

  8. Travel Online September 25, 2013 at 9:53 am #

    You have very nice pictures. I always wanted to go there, you convinced me with this article in pursuing my dream and spending my life savings in a Euro trip. I like to taste different cuisine and experience different culture. Thanks for being an inspiration to your visitors.

    • Jenny Freedman September 27, 2013 at 5:29 pm #

      Thank you for your lovely comment. It’s great to be able to inspire people to see countries that they may not have thought of visiting. Croatia is fascinating and offers so much to see and the food is fabulous too!

  9. Ariana September 25, 2013 at 1:58 pm #

    This is a wonderland! Oh how I wish I can visit Croatia someday, that would be a dream come true! I love the historical atmosphere of this place. This is so enchanting!

    • Jenny Freedman September 27, 2013 at 5:31 pm #

      Thanks Ariana.The history is fascinating, the people friendly and the food great…what more do you need! I hope you can visit Croatia one day.

  10. Amanda Kendle September 27, 2013 at 9:07 pm #

    Incredibly gorgeous photos Jenny! Love them. I had a half a trip to Croatia. Cut short because I broke up with the guy I went with and he kept the car and kept travelling and I hopped on a train “home” to Germany. So I missed out on walking the walls at Dubrovnik (but did see Dubrovnik). After seeing all these I definitely have to get back there soon!

    • Jenny Freedman September 28, 2013 at 1:48 pm #

      Thanks Amanda. It definitely sounds as though you have to go’ll enjoy it more with your husband! Walking the walls is one of the highlights of Dubrovnik so don’t miss out next time!

  11. Andrea September 28, 2013 at 11:18 pm #

    Not a bad way to spend 7 weeks!

    • Jenny Freedman October 1, 2013 at 6:52 pm #

      It was fabulous Andrea. Unfortunately the time went all too quickly!

  12. Mrs. Chasing the Donkey September 29, 2013 at 3:33 am #

    Ohhh man I am so jealous right now! I live in Croatia and have not been to so many of these places – except Zadar where I live. I must get travelling fast. Shame I did not find your blog before you came to Zadar – if you’re ever back, drop us a line over at and we can show you some sights.

    • Jenny Freedman October 1, 2013 at 6:51 pm #

      Oh no…and we were so close to you! If would have been fun to catch up! How lucky to live on the doorstep of all these beautiful places. You’re going to have a fun time exploring!!

  13. ross October 20, 2013 at 2:55 am #

    Just found your blog, such wonderfully vivid photos i especially love this posting, i haven’t been to Croatia before but this article really makes me want to go.

    • Jenny Freedman October 26, 2013 at 8:49 pm #

      Thanks Ross. Croatia is a fun country and certainly worth adding to you travel wish list!

  14. Ruth December 23, 2013 at 7:07 am #

    Wow, what a trip! I would like to visit Dubrovnik, Korcula and Hvar. Any place in the country that surprised you in particular?

    • Jenny Freedman December 26, 2013 at 9:12 pm #

      Hi Ruth. It really was a fabulous seven weeks in Croatia. We loved Vis but I suppose if any place surprised us, it was the small town of Skradin at the entrance to Krk National Park. We thought we’d stay a day and spent three days there as everyone was so friendly

  15. Mila January 7, 2014 at 2:08 am #

    Love your blog which I came across while trying to research travel in Croatia.
    WIll be heading there this summer and was wondeing if you had any suggestions on the best way to travel around.
    Is the train travel simple and effecient like in Germany, Italy, Austria etc?
    We plan to focus on Istria and also would like to see Zagreb and Dubrovnik if possible within 1 week.
    Any advice would be appreciated.
    Thanks and wish you a Happy New Year!

    • Jenny Freedman January 8, 2014 at 12:33 pm #

      Hi Mila. You are going to love Croatia! Would you believe we ran out of time to include Istria in our travels so we are planning on going back this year.It will be a very rushed holiday for you if want to include Zagreb and Dubrovnik in the trip as they are at opposite ends of the country. Dubrovnik is an amazing city but Zagreb is closer to Istria. Most transfers are by bus..trains are not as efficient as in the rest of Europe though you may want a car to explore some of the countryside in Istria. Personally, I’d concentrate on Istria! Have a fabulous trip!

    • Ana January 12, 2014 at 7:38 am #

      Hi Mila,

      I agree with Jenny, I’d concentrate on Istria or Dubrovnik. Have a look at the flights though, too. There are links between Pula in Istria and Zagreb, and Dubrovnik and Zagreb.

      • Jenny Freedman January 14, 2014 at 8:52 pm #

        Thanks Ana

  16. Johanna March 7, 2014 at 3:56 pm #

    Aargh, Jenny I commented on this post way back in September – I don’t know why my comments don’t come up. I’m going to Tweet, when I’ve commented. Anyway, now we are going to Croatia, this post is all the more interesting as we’ve been looking at visiting some of the places you’ve mentioned. Your photos are absolutely gorgeous, very tempting …

    • Jenny Freedman March 8, 2014 at 5:31 pm #

      Mmm..I don’t know what happens to your comments Jo. Good idea to send a tweet and then I can check! Fantastic news that you are going to Croatia. Now all you have to do is choose where to go…that’s the tricky bit as everywhere is gorgeous!

  17. Johanna April 3, 2014 at 3:15 pm #

    Thank you for making me just a little bit excited! As I’m surrounded by lists and a feeling of angst at the moment, your photos have made me so eager to explore Croatia. I think that line of boats are the ones going to the islands (Hvar pic) and you can think of me skipping from one to the other to get to ours which no doubt will be last in line, with my cycle gear on. God, I hope I don’t fall in!

    • Jenny Freedman April 3, 2014 at 9:11 pm #

      My pleasure Jo. I’ll be very envious of you skipping from boat to boat and exploring some of my favourite places. Have a fabulous trip…I can’t wait to hear all about it when you return.

  18. Ratko Boric April 23, 2014 at 2:43 pm #

    Your pictures really taste well! Although you have said that there are more places to visit, I must recommend small places too. They are also colorfull and tastefull. If I can be free, try to visit Podgora in Dalmatia. My family is in tourism from 1970., and we have apartments there. Close to Podgora is Biokovo Nature Park, Bacina Lakes, Island Brac (have a desert on the island), and much more to visit.
    Usually couples and families with kids are on holidays in Podgora…

    • Jenny Freedman April 25, 2014 at 3:51 pm #

      Thanks for your suggestions Ratko. I’ll have a look at them. We went to Brac and loved the few days we spent in Bol

  19. Tales of a Traveler May 3, 2014 at 6:31 pm #

    Croatia is stunning and being a big fan of Games of Thrones …..can’t wait to visit the place…

    • Jenny Freedman May 4, 2014 at 11:42 pm #

      There were a lot of Games of Thrones fans in Dubrovnik when we were there who were loving seeing the sites! You’ll definitely love it!

  20. Jelena July 9, 2014 at 10:30 pm #

    Beautiful pictures! Croatia is really beautiful country and here you can enjoy in great historic monuments, beautiful nature, delicious food and in the company of great people.

    • Jenny Freedman July 16, 2014 at 10:02 pm #

      Thanks Jelena.Everything you say is true. we loved it so much we’re heading back there again this year!

  21. Corina Catalin August 19, 2014 at 1:10 pm #

    Great article and a beautiful photos. If you travel to Dalmatian islands again, do not miss to visit an island of Korcula.

    • Jenny Freedman August 29, 2014 at 8:56 pm #

      We spent a day in Korcula this trip Corina. I’m yet to write about it but eventually I will!

  22. Andreea October 27, 2015 at 1:09 am #

    Oh Jenny, you have such beautiful photos. but I must say I was scrolling down the post hoping to see some of Istria in there 🙂 Next time you come to Croatia, don’t miss the small Istrian coast towns (I live in Novigrad, a wonderfully preserved walled town).

    Here’s to 7 more weeks in Croatia!

    • Jenny Freedman November 25, 2015 at 11:47 pm #

      Thanks Andrea. We went to Istria last year and spent 2 weeks exploring the towns of this area. We also visited Novigrad which I agree, is stunning! You live in a really beautiful part of Croatia.

  23. Michele November 22, 2015 at 2:11 am #

    Thanks for this post, I have had it saved for a while but we have finally arrived in Croatia…we are looking forward to exploring (even if it is Winter) some of the places you talked about

    • Jenny Freedman November 25, 2015 at 10:31 pm #

      Lucky you! Croatia will be fabulous in winter too…You may have to do a few different things instead of visiting the islands but it will fun. Istria would be a great place to go. There’s a post on the hilltop towns as well….Don’t forget to eat truffles!

  24. John B December 19, 2015 at 10:04 am #

    Hi Jenny – stumbled across your article – loved it. We are off to Croatia late June 2016 with our three children 6, 11, 12. A few nights in Trogir then up to Sibernik to collect yacht which we’ll sail for 7 days. Love to read of your dining tips.

    • Jenny Freedman December 26, 2015 at 2:15 pm #

      Hi John. What a fabulous holiday you have planned. Will you be heading north from Sibernik towards Zadar or will you head south to the islands off Split. After you leave Sibernik, don’t miss the Kornati Islands…they’re quite beautiful and very different to the other islands. Vis was our favourite island. I’ve written a post on where to eat here as well as the best beaches that you may like to moor off. Without knowing where you’re going, it’s hard to give specific tips but please email me and I’ll see if I can help.

      • John December 26, 2015 at 3:37 pm #

        Hi Jenny Yes a bit of detail would help!! Ive just ordered the ‘Croatia Cruising Companion’ which was recommended to me as a great sailing guide for the area. I’ll grab that and if i have any questions I’ll drop you an email. Thanks for your note. Seasons Greetings.

  25. Katie June 23, 2016 at 7:43 pm #

    Hi Jenny. Your photos look amazing. No doubt you had time of your life in Croatia. You have visited so many beautiful places. But I havent seen any photos of Šibenik.
    We have just came back from Croatia with my boyfriend. It was amazing.
    We spent most of our time in Šibenik as a base for our multiple trips. We have visited National Park Krka, Plitvice lakes and Kornati. We have made some day trips to Trogir , Split, Hvar, Korčula. A true beauty.
    Most of our time we stayed in D-Resort Šibenik as we heard good reviews from our friends that visited it last summer. It is a new and very relaxing hotel. Perfect place to unwind after a long walking day. Great for couples.
    All in all it was a wonderful time.

    • Jenny Freedman June 24, 2016 at 5:07 pm #

      Hi Katie. We visited Sibernik on our way from Trogir to Skradin but, preferring to stay in smaller towns, we spent three days in Skradin which we loved. We shad already spent a week on Hvar and time in Trogir so we didn’t need to worry about day trips. Personally I think Trogir is a wonderful place if you need a base for day trips.

  26. Andrea Buttery February 9, 2018 at 1:17 am #

    Hi Jenny, I loved your travel journal and photos! Croatia looks amazing! My husband and I are visiting at the end of April and would love your advice. We are planning to fly into Zagreb and stay 2 nights pick up a rental car and travel to Split for 2 nights then take a ferry over to Vis for 2 nights and finally Dubrovnik for 4 nights. We were wondering if you think our itinerary is too rushed for 10 days and if we should spend more time in fewer places and what you think about going to Vis in April and if we will need our car on the island. Any comments and ideas would be much appreciated! Best regards, Andrea

    • Jenny Freedman March 10, 2018 at 5:05 pm #

      Hi Andrea. I thought I had replied to your query but it doesn’t seem to be showing so here goes again! Your itinerary is rushed for 10 days! You may have to come home for a holiday! Depending on the time you get into Zagreb, I would only stay 1 night there and 1night in Split and then spend the extra 2 nights in Vis. We still have not stayed in Split yet spending only the time between ferries there to wander around! If you arrived about 3 or 4 hours before the ferry, you could see a lot! You may want to do this then spend a night at the Plitvice Lakes seeing you are driving right past them! If it is not too late, my other suggestion would be to look at flying into Split which will save you some time! After having said all this, Vis in April could be a problem, especially early April. I would contact one of the villa agencies or hotels and see what they say. Yes, a car will help you have a better time! Have a great trip. Jenny

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