Post # 1
Hi bees! For anyone who has been to Croatia, my husband and I will be there for about 6-7 days in August. We are interested in visiting Plitvice Lakes area, Rovinj, Split, Dubrovnik, and Hvar. Obviously this is too much for the time we will be there. For people who’ve visited before, can you help us decide which places to visit and which to skip? Thanks for any info/opinions you share!
Post # 2
I’ve been to Dubrovnik and that was lovely. Beautiful old town and lovely beaches. If you go, find the Buza bar for a sunset drink – beautiful.
Post # 3
campingbee54 : Croatia is so fab! We fell in love after visiting and got married there last year! The first time we were there for 10 days and did Dubrovnik, Split and Hvar. I would recommend them all. Plitvice is easy to do from Split as a day trip. Also have a look at Krka which allows you to actually swim. If you do visit Split, as well as Diocletian’s palace, see if you can fit a day trip to the Blue Caves. We spent 3.5 days in Split
Dubrovnik is our favourite. As PP said, as well as the obvious, watch sunset from Buza and take the cable car up the mountain. Have lunch in the restaurant or for some fine dining (in a turret) check out 360 Dubrovnik. 4 days here
Hvar is chilled and more of a party island, than a place to sightsee. Depending on what you want to do, you only need a day or so here. We spent the day at Bonj Les Bains beach club. 2.5 days here.
If you choose anywhere else, be sure to let us know how it went…..we’re back in Dubrovnik, where we got married to spend our first anniversary here and we’re looking to visit some more places 😉
Post # 4
Honestly, I would avoid Dubrovnik. It is beautiful but so, so busy and touristy in the summer.
Post # 5
I’ve been to Croatia twice. Once by myself in 2010 and once this last summer on my honeymoon.
I’ve never been to the northern part – Rovinj, but it’s beautiful, and we plan to visit that part next time we’re over there.
My hands down favorite part of Croatia this last time was Zadar. They have absolutely beautiful sunsets, and you can have a lovely, romantic night or two dining along the promenade and then visiting the Monument to the Sun and the Sea Organ. Zadar has the picturesque gleaming limestone streets with outdoor umbrella’d cafes in the center.
I will agree with a PP that Hvar is mostly a party/yachting hub. Darling Husband and I spent 5 days there, and in hindsight, I would have chosen somewhere else. If you DO visit Hvar, spend your time in Stari Grad, which has all the beauty of Grand Hvar without the teaming flocks of youth partying and taking selfies. Our second favorite spot in Croatia was Stari Grad. We did a day excursion that included the blue and green caves. That was a very nice trip.
I did Plitvice Lakes and Krka first time I was in Croatia, and definitely think they’re worth seeing.
If you can, visit Dubrovnik for its singular beauty, but don’t stay multiple nights.
Just as an FYI, you can also take ferries back and forth to Italian coast, and if you have a rental car, you can drive it a bit further down the coast from Dubrovnik to see Kotor, or inland to see Mostar.
Post # 6
I think if you skip Rovinj you could see the rest of your list in your timeframe. Hvar and Plitvice Lakes can both be day trips/tours out of Split, so it would make sense to stay in Split a few nights and also see those sights. (Or add an overnight in Hvar) Taking the bus from Split to Dubrovnik was really easy just a few hours, so it’s not a lot of travel time to get between the two.
Plitvice was so worth taking the day trip – totally one of the prettiest sights we saw in Croatia. It was gorgeous and the water looked amazing – I’ll recommend that for sure 🙂
Post # 7
Thank you so much everyone for the responses! This was super helpful!!
Post # 8
Try to make it out to the islands!
Post # 9
purplepixel : Any particular island you recommend? I was thinking Hvar but now I’m not so sure after some of these comments! lol