Whenever we speak of Croatia, we are reminded of the balmy beaches along the blue seas along with the cobbled lanes in the ancient walled towns. Located between the Balkans and Central Europe, Croatia has been the bone of contention between various empires and kingdoms. As a result, the country has a rich cultural legacy. History and heritage form a major part of tourism in this wonderful country.

If you shift your gaze from the magnanimous history, the natural beauty of this country is phenomenal and a great way to explore the country is through experiencing the range of exciting outdoor activities that this country has to offer. Whether you prefer slow paced activities or something to get your adrenaline going there are plenty of options here for you. Now let’s take a look at the Best Outdoor activities to enjoy in Croatia.

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Hiking

Croatia not only has a spectacular coastline, but it is also a gorgeous country as a whole. In fact, those who manage to drag themselves off the gorgeous beaches will be rewarded with equally wonderful experiences in the land. The country has an abundance of national parks that include the likes of Plitvice, Krka & Paklenica. Each of these parks is fantastic destinations for hiking. Plitvice is particularly special because of the wonderful lakes at its core. Hikers can start off by getting close and personal to the dazzling lakes and then hike their way up and enjoy scenic views from above.

Cycling

Cycling is, of course, a fantastic way to keep fit but it is also a great way to explore the countryside. In North Eastern Croatia the countryside is at its best and the region of Baranja is particularly delightful where Cyclers can enjoy riding past Vineyards, Wheat Fields and Orchards. They will also encounter bold Hungarian style architecture which is a striking feature of the local villages.

It is also possible to enjoy cycling around some of the Adriatic islands but those looking for a real cycling adventure should head on the Parenzana Bike Trail in Istria. Riders can enjoy a journey that takes them to 3 countries. The trail which used to be a railway begins in Croatia’s ancient Roman town Porec and runs across Slovenia before entering the Italian town of Trieste.

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Sailing

Sailing in Croatia

Croatia’s most luxurious and popular activity is to Sail around the islands in the Adriatic Sea. Yacht charters at Vyra offer tourists the chance to island hop around the country and enjoy the pristine Croatian waters and lush beaches.

Dubrovnik AKA ‘The pearl of the Adriatic’ is on most people’s bucket list, the cities gorgeous historic town has always been popular and since becoming the setting for Game Of Thrones Kings Landing the old town has only increased its levels of tourism. Other great docking locations include the Croatian party towns of Hvar Island and Brac, while more romantic and remote options such as The Kornati islands and Vis island never disappoint.

Diving

Diving in Croatia

Who does not like a scuba diving experience? Diving into the deep Adriatic sea is a special experience. Dubrovnik with its beautiful flora and fauna makes a great spot to dive, while diving can also be enjoyed from many of the islands. During the summer the waters are warm and calm. Experienced divers can opt to explore Shipwrecks while beginners can obtain their PADI certificate with 5 dives in 2 days for around 300 euros.

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Rock Climbing

The best time to come Rock Climbing in Croatia would be from April to June.

We already mentioned the National Park of Paklenica as a great place to Hike, it is also Croatia’s top place for Rock Climbing. It is a good place those of all abilities here with beginners routes at a fraction of the advanced climber’s routes which reach a maximum of 350m at Anica Kul.

So next time you are in Croatia, try these outdoor activities along with exploring this gorgeous country.