Never a Dull Moment: Five Things Solo Travelers Must Do in Croatia

For some, the thought of going travelling on your own is daunting. However, flying solo gives you complete and utter freedom to do whatever, and go wherever you like. What’s more, there are certain destinations that are perfect for unaccompanied and intrepid travelers.

Take Croatia, for instance. From its historic cities like Zagreb and Dubrovnik to the magnificent coastal regions of Zadar and Split, the potential places and pursuits are vast. Along the way, you’re bound to meet up with like-minded tourists and backpackers.

So with this in mind, here are the top five things that travelers simply must do in Croatia.


Go island hopping

Boasting 5,835 kilometers of coastline, which includes a number of archipelagos, Croatia’s geographic position and natural landscape are ideal for a spot of island hopping.

With over 1,000 islands to choose from, you can spend some time on remote islets for rest and relaxation or make your way to round-the-clock party destinations.

Discover some history

From ancient times to modern history, Croatia has an intriguing past that can be discovered all over the country. Zagreb often gets forgotten about, but the capital’s historic highlights include Gornji and Donji Grad (Upper and Lower Towns), the Cathedral, St Mark’s Church and the Sabor (Croatian parliament).

Elsewhere, beautiful Dubrovnik should be a top priority, as the old town contained within its 13th-century city walls is a UNESCO World Heritage site. You can enjoy Dubrovnik and other Croatia holidays with First Choice. 

Explore a national park

Although several travelers head straight to the Adriatic Sea for a fix of adventure, Croatia also has national parks on dry land that are ripe for exploration.

Find a travel buddy at your hostel or hotel and head to the Plitvice Lakes, just two hours by bus from Zagreb. Walk along the wooden plank trails and gaze in wonder at the waterfalls. Alternatively, you can visit Paklenica National Park near Zadar to marvel at Croatia’s largest mountain, the Velebit.

Escape the hustle and bustle

There’s a reason why Dubrovnik, Zagreb and Split are well liked by people on Croatia holidays. But you’ll appreciate escaping the hustle and bustle to visit a quieter, more laidback destination.

For instance, the small harbor town of Cavtat manages to pack in all of Croatia’s merits into a tiny package. Here you’ll find historic attractions, cultural delights and beautiful shorelines.

Stay active

Consider scuba diving off the island of Vis to see some shipwrecks, go bird watching at Slavonia's Kopački Rit Nature Park or try cycling around the Mljet National Park

A visit to Croatia makes for that slightly different kind of holiday. There’s charm and beauty by the bucket load. And best of all, there’s never a dull moment.

Image by mborg, used under Creative Commons license

Written by Brook Daley for Brook is a traveller who particularly loves European destinations. Backpacking around the Carpathian Mountains has been her favourite email so far.

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