We made this two week Croatia itinerary just after the peak of the tourist season to avoid the big summer crowds. We had a great time with varied activities, awesome food and nice summer weather.
|Our Two Week Croatia Itinerary|
|1. Zadar, Paklenica National Park & Kornati|
|2. Plitvice Lakes National Park|
|6. Slano, Pelješac Peninsula & Dubrovnik|
|8. Primošten, Trogir & Krka National Park|
1. Zadar, Paklenica National Park & Kornati
We flew in and out from Zadar so we had chosen an accomodation in Starigrad- Paklenica which is at the entrance of Paklenica National Park. There is a good hike through the valley to a little mountain hut which takes as a round trip around 6 hours.
In Zadar we just walked around and had dinner in the old town which is also very nice.
You should take the ferry from Zadar to Sali, rent a scooter there and explore one of the beautiful Kornati islands.
2. Plitvice Lakes National Park
It takes around two hours to go to Plitvice Lakes from Zadar by car. Once you arrive you have to pay an entrance fee and a little boat will bring you inside the National Park.
There are several hiking trails you can go and they will keep you busy for a day.
On the way to Makarska we stopped at Omis and hiked up a trail that started in Borak which is a part of Omis just up the hills. From the top you can see some of the islands in the Adriatic Sea, the mountains, Omis and Split.
Omis is also known for its zip lines which lie behind the city in the Cetina Canyon.
Makarska is located between the mountains, lots of pine trees and the sea. There are some beautiful treks along the cliffs and at some places you can jump into the water.
Behind the city is Sveti Jure mountain with an elevation of 1762 meters above sea level. You need a car or good scooter to get up there and you have to pay an entrance fee at the beginning of the road.
It’s said that you can see all the way to Italy on clear days.
We tooked the extra miles on the way to Slano to see the old bridge of Mostar. The historic centre of Mostar is not very big but it’s a nice cultural mixture. You can drink bosnian coffee and find very good Cevapcicis.
Also you can climb the minaret of Koski Mehmed Pasha Mosque to see the bridge and old town from above.
6. Slano, Pelješac Peninsula & Dubrovnik
We slept a few nights in Slano which is a small village in a bay next to the coastal highway. The main reasons were that we wanted to avoid busy Dubrovnik and it was close to the Pelješac Peninsula.
We drove around one hour to Dubrovnik to see the city centre for some hours which we think was enough.
Pelješac Peninsula has some really nice beaches and vineyards as well as the big stone walls of Ston.
It was a longer drive from Slano to Kotor and we spend just one day there but it was still pretty cool. Kotor lies at the end of a fjord and you will have some nice views on the way there.
It’s worth taking the 10 minutes boat ride from Perast to the little island of Ostrvo, which has just one church and nice views.
Once you get to Kotor walk through the old town and make sure to climb up the stairs to the Kotor Fortress from where you see the whole bay and town.
8. Primošten, Trogir & Krka National Park
Primošten is one of the many little villages located on a peninsula. While it can get very busy during the peak of the tourist season it is a chilled place after that from September on.
The best place for a sundowner is the Bau Bar around 20min by foot from the centre.
We also visited the Krka National Park and Trogir from here as a day trip.