Taking a holiday in Croatia will provide you with a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Croatia is a vast country with tons to offer. Cruises, music festivals, and filming locations of popular TV shows are just some of the sights to see in Croatia. There are beaches, historical sites, and more available, keeping everyone entertained.
You know that you want to take a holiday in Croatia, but what should you do? What should you see? Today, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most popular holidays available in Croatia. Other articles that talk about sailing and hotels are linked.
Yacht Week is a seven-day sailing event that takes place in various destinations once a year. Croatia is the home of Yacht Week. In Croatia, the Yacht Week cruise is referred to as a floating festival. The route will vary each year, but a typical route will include destinations such as Split, Milna, Stari Grad, Hvar, Komiza, Trogir, and Vis Town. The main destinations of the cruise, such as Split, will usually stay on the route year after year.
Every day of the seven cruise will include stops in a new destination. This provides you with the opportunity to see something new everyday. There is something for everyone to experience on this cruise. Some of the experiences include floating raft parties, 200-year-old forts, ancient ruins, beach bars, parties, seaside yoga, and more.
Every day of the cruise is filled with activities, so there will be no dull moments throughout your cruise. All Yacht cruises during this week are seven days long, typically beginning and ending on a Saturday. If you are interested in partaking in Yacht Week, book as early as you can. Spots will fill up months in advance. You can pay for the cruise with installments, three installments for a yacht and two installments for a cabin. You can also take part in island hopping , a popular way to visit many islands.
Island hopping is a popular way to see Croatia.
There are a total of four different yacht classifications, each one fitting different budgets and travel needs. The four classifications are as follows;
For Game of Thrones fans, a trip to Croatia could be a dream come true. Much of the show is filmed in Croatia. Many of the show’s scenes are filmed in “King’s Landing”, which is Dubrovnik in real life. Fort Lovrijenac is “Red Keep” in the show, the current seat of King Jeffery. Some of the show was filmed at Klis Fortress. This is where Daenerys plotted her return to power. The city of Split was the filming location for season four. These are just some of the destinations that Game of Thrones fans need to check out.
The walking tour in Dubrovnik is one of the most popular Game of Thrones tour. This tour pairs you up with an expert tour guide to teach you all about the fictional city of Kings Landing. You can climb the city’s walls and envision the battles fought on the show. You can even visit Fort Lovrijenac to learn about KIng Joffrey’s evil exploits. Overall, a walking tour in Dubrovnik gives fans the chance to fully experience Game of Thrones. After visiting Croatia, you will never watch Game of Thrones in the same way again.
A trip to Croatia provides fans a chance to relive scenes from the show. You will have a better understanding and appreciation of Game of Thrones once you are able to actually visit the beautiful land where it is filmed. There are specific tours available, tailored for Game of Thrones fans. Some tour operators offer day long walking tours, and some offer 12-day “Discover Croatia” tours with plenty of Game of Thrones highlights. Some tours even offer special Game of Thrones lessons, such as lessons in falconry. Tour guides are highly invested into the show, making them experts on providing a Game of Thrones tailored experience in Croatia.
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Dubrovnik is one of the most popular tourist destinations in all of Croatia. It has always been a popular tourist destination, but has boosted in popularity over the past few years, thanks to Game of Thrones. Dubrovnik is known for being surrounded by a wall. This historic wall alone is commonly sought after by tourists. Dubrovnik also has no cars throughout the entire town, which is a unique experience in itself. Dubrovnik is a beautiful town with beaches, fortresses, and more. There is something for everyone here, making it a must when traveling in Croatia.
The beautiful capital of Dubrovnik, Croatia
The scenery in Dubrovnik is simply gorgeous. The city is old and rich with history. The architecture throughout the city is absolutely breathtaking, and can’t be experienced anywhere else. Throughout Dubrovnik, you will witness spectacular monasteries, churches, fountains, museums, and more. The town was severely bombed during the Croatian War of Independence, during 1991-1995. Most of the damage done has been repaired, but if you look closely, you will find mortar damage in the cobblestone streets.
The best time to visit Dubrovnik is in May-June or September-October. These months are still considered in-season, and they aren’t as crowded during these times. In July-August, Dubrovnik is packed full. It gets so crowded during these months that the city had to make an agreement with cruises to only let 8,000 people into Dubrovnik per day. This is definitely not always followed. After October and before May, the island is too dead and cold to really experience what you’re looking for. Not many people actually live in Dubrovnik, so businesses tend to close their doors during the off-season. Also, the weather can be incredibly unpredictable during this time so if you want to rent a boat here , plan in advance. Croatia is known for it’s beautiful, summer climate, so many tourists choose to avoid Croatia when the weather isn’t so nice.
The InMusic festival in Croatia is the country's biggest international open-air music festival. The festival is held in June every year, in Zagreb. InMusic festival started in 2006. The festival usually takes place over the course of 2-3 days.
It has made The Times list of top European music festivals, and CNN’s list of the 50 greatest music festivals in the world. Musical artists of many different genres play at the InMusic festival, but you will most commonly see Rock, EDM, Hip Hop, and local artists at this festival.
Attendance is high at the InMusic festival, it was at 100,000 in 2017. Visitors of all ages are welcome at the InMusic festival. However, Croatian legislation requires that all festival goers age 16 and under are accompanied by someone over the age of 18.
The Hvar Islands in Croatia
Hvar Island consists of four towns, Hvar Town, Stari Grad, Vrboska, and Jelsa. Each one of these towns offer a unique, rich, experience.
Hvar Town is one of the busiest tourist destinations in all of Croatia. During the high season, up to 20,000 people visit Hvar a day. There are 13th-century walls that surround beautiful Gothic palaces. The marble streets are traffic free. Visitors love to explore the sights on the winding stone streets. There are also numerous beaches in Hvar, offering a great place to relax and cool down. Renting a gulet is popular here.
There are many different wine tours available in Hvar Island. Hvar is known for it’s signature Plavac Mali grape wine. It is similar to Zinfandel. If you are looking for history, you should look for the renaissance theater. The theater was built in 1612, during Europe’s renaissance theater. Actual shows haven’t been put on at the theater since 2008, but it is still an incredible monument to visit. You will find frescoes and baroque loggias inside.
In the village of Velo Grablje, you will find the Lavender Festival. The Lavender Festival brings many to Hvar each June. Lavender is the symbol of Hvar, which gives the island a unique vibe during the lavender season. The Lavender Festival features presentations on lavender distillation. You will also have the chance to taste dishes made with lavender. Of course, attending the Lavender Festival will provide you with plenty of homemade souvenirs.
Hvar is the party capital of Croatia. The Carpe Diem Full Moon Parties are attractive to party-goers. It is located at Stipanska, so attending the Full Moon party will require a short boat ride to the beach party. Some of the world’s best DJs perform here, giving you the opportunity to party and dance all night long. Water taxis stop running to Carpe Diem Beach Club at 2:30 AM, so if you plan to be out there later, be sure to make your own boating arrangements in advance.
If you are considering taking a holiday in Croatia, go for it! It is truly a once in a lifetime experience . There is something for everyone in Croatia. Nature lovers, history buffs, music fanatics, and partiers will all thoroughly enjoy holiday in Croatia.
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