Croatia is known for its historical cities, stunning seaside retreats and cultural escapes. A fairly new arrival in the world of European sun getaways, the country saw an explosion of tourists from the early 2000s. And being home to some famous filming locations has meant Croatia’s popularity has continued to rise.
But there’s much more to this European gem than sandy beaches, boat trips and iconic landmarks. Travel a little further inland and you’ll find some breathtaking scenery amongst the nation’s array of National Parks.
So, if you’re searching for exciting European tours with a difference, then look no further than Croatia. We’ll take a look at some of these hidden secrets of the country and reveal why they should be included on every traveller’s list.
Krka National Park
Featuring awe-inspiring views, Krka National Park is home to no less than seven cascading waterfalls, 47km of hiking trails and an almost 400km bike path.
Easily reached from Split and Zadar, with public transport options that drop you right outside the park, Krka offers boat trips, panoramic views aplenty and the opportunity to experience unique plant and animal life in their natural habitat.
Plitvice Lakes National Park
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Plitvice Lakes is perhaps Croatia’s most famous National Park. With a range of activities available including climbing, rowing, cycling, hiking and even skiing in the winter months, there’s something for everyone.
There’s a huge choice of restaurants, hotels and even camp sites so it’s easy to make the most of this Croatian wonder. Plus, it’s not difficult to travel to from the main coastal resorts and cities.
Mljet National Park
Visit these saltwater lakes on a boat trip from Dubrovnik and explore the green island’s wildlife including land turtles, ospreys and forest owls. Located in the Adriatic, the park enjoys stunning coastal views and pleasant swimming temperatures, making for an ideal day trip on your Croatian coastal holiday.
Kornati National Park
Although situated off the coast of Zadar in the Adriatic, Kornati National Park is fairly challenging to visit unless you take an organised boat excursion. These trips feature swimming stops, lunch and a tour of the archipelago.
Keen divers and snorkellers can experience the magic of the underworld at Kornati National Park but only on a guided tour.
Brijuni National Park
Situated further north, off the coast of Pula, Brijuni National Park features multiple islands and even has a visitor train to make it accessible to tourists. There are a range of trails, landmarks to explore, hotels, activities and even a safari park.
While it does still retain its natural features, Brijuni National Park is perhaps one of the more touristy locations when it comes to Croatian wonders.
Whichever National Park you choose to visit, however, you’re sure to be struck by the natural beauty and expansive landscapes that the country has to offer.