Croatia is a stunning eastern-European country, which has been around for only 25 years. Yes! A young country, thriving on tourism, Croatia needs to be on your bucket list.
On one side it is bordered by a long coastline, and the other it is dotted by the Dinaric Alps! Historic cities, picturesque coastal towns, unspoilt nature and pristine beaches are some of the attractions that has put Croatia on the tourism map. The vibrant inland city of Zagreb has the country’s best museums, galleries and bucket-list worthy restaurants. And the coastal city of Dubrovnik is Croatia’s most glamorous city, that is centred around an old town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
With approximately 1,200 islands, azure waters and picturesque villages rich in history, Croatia is a country that you just can’t miss. If you imagine your vacations to be spent sipping cocktails on the beach and enjoying the waves of the sea, Croatia is the place for you. If you want to marvel at European architecture and get lost in old historical cities, Croatia is the place for you. If you wanna just soak in the thriving culture and taste exquisite cuisines, Croatia is a must-visit. And if you want to walk the lanes where Game of Thrones was shot, well, Croatia it is for you.
From New Delhi you can fly to Zagreb, the capital or Dubrovnik.
New Delhi to Zagreb – Rs. 43,179 (average round trip price)
New Delhi to Dubrovnik – Rs. 55, 914 (average round trip price)
Croatia is not part of the Schengen countries and therefore you can’t visit it on a regular single entry Schengen visa. However, if you have a multiple-entry Schengen visa, you can visit the country. You can apply for a visa to Croatia from VFS Global here.
Croatia is known for its beautiful seafood. While here, there are certain dishes that you just can’t miss.
Beef seasoned with bacon and a sauce of herbs and vegetables. It is usually served with gnocchi and Swiss cheese.
Fritule are fried doughnuts flavoured with brandy, raisins and citrusy zest, topped with powdered sugar. It is a popular sweet with tourists and locals alike.
A plum brandy, this drink is commonly used as an aperitif, and is served in a chilled glass to minimise the effects of the high alcohol content.
Croatia’s capital is an underrated destination waiting to be explored. It is not as popular as Dubrovnik or Split, but is a quintessential metropolitan city combining elegant 19th century buildings with plenty of cultural divisions and a vibrant cafe life. It is a great place to discover charming boutiques selling unique dresses, shopping for souvenirs, and tasting local delicacies. It is also a good place to visit undulating hills and charming villages nearby.
1. Start you day at the main city square and check out the Ban Josip Jelačić Statue and fountain.
2. Visit the Antiques and Flea Market on the Britanac Square and pick up cheap vintage accessories, books, clothes or pottery.
3. Visit the Museum of Illusions and the Museum of Broken Relationships, both unique and original museums that will test your perceptions about things.
4. Take the Funicular Railway to the Upper Town, and visit the Lotrscak Tower, where everyday at noon a cannon is fired to commemorate Zagreb's victory over the Turks.
5. While still at the Upper Town, visit the Dolac Market, the best place to buy fresh fruits, local flowers and souvenirs.
6. For a fun night, visit Lemon Bar, in the centre of town or Katran, a club which has four dance floors.
1. Use public transportation, it's cheap and efficient. If you are stuck somewhere and don't know how to go about using public transport, there is Uber and Cammeo Taxi that you can use.
2. Euro is not widely accepted in Croatia, so get it converted before you venture out.
Local Transport (Bus & Metro): Rs. 476 (47 Croatian Kuna)
Taxi Starting Tariff: Rs. 60/km
Hotel Stay: Average price for a night per person is Rs. 3000 (300 Croatian Kuna)
A Meal: A lunch or dinner without alcohol will cost you around Rs. 1000 (95 Croatian Kuna), and with alcohol around Rs. 1500 (150 Croatian Kuna).
On day 2, you can either drive down to Plitvice National Park or take a public bus (one way ticket will cost around 9-10 Euros).
The collection of lakes and waterfalls in Croatia’s most popular national park are a marvel to see. The 16 crystalline lakes that fall into each other via a series of waterfalls is a sight that draws many visitors every year. You can either see this park on your way to Dubrovnik, if you are driving down, or can go visit it as a full day tour from Zagreb. It takes a minimum of four hours to fully see and experience this beautiful place.
On the morning of day 3, you can either take a short flight, about an hour long, to Dubrovnik (one way will cost you around 75 Euros) or take a bus, that will take around nine hours, to Dubrovnik (one way will cost you around 30 Euros).
Dubrovnik is a unique and bewitching coastal town that has become the crowning glory of Croatia in recent years. The city is not only a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but also the place where parts of super popular TV show Game Of Thrones are shot. The Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Fan was also shot in this city making it a popular tourist attraction for Indians now! However, it's not just a famous shooting location; Dubrovnik has much more to offer. It is a glittering jewel in the Adriatic Sea bordering Croatia and it holds the power to leave you asking for more. The city's white limestone streets, buildings from the Baroque era and the shimmering Adriatic Sea will leave you mesmerised.
One can spend a week, a month or even a year here and not get tired of this city, but for those who are on a tight budget, dedicate at least three days to see this city.
1. Walk along the Old City, Dubrovnik's best feature. It is the perfect place for a casual stroll to enjoy excellent views over the Adriatic Sea and the Old City centre.
2. Walk on Stradun Street, the most famous street within the Old City. It is lined with shopping stalls and cafes on both sides and a great place to grab a cup of coffee and just relax.
3. Don't miss out on Walking The Walls, a great architectural site in the city, and also the place where Game Of Thrones is shot.
4. Take a cable car ride to Srđ Hill for the most amazing aerial views of the city.
5. Visit Fort Lovrijenac, dubbed as 'Croatia's Gibraltar', and Croatia's most prominent fortress.
6. Visit the beautiful Dominican and Franciscan monasteries.
7. Spend a day visiting the Elaphite Islands surrounding Dubrovnik.
8. Take a Game Of Thrones tour and visit all the spots where the show is shot.
1. Prices around Old Town are really high, so try and negotiate and go in a large group rather than alone.
2. Public transport in Dubrovnik is also cheap and efficient.
3. You can reach the top of Srđ Hill by taxi as well, if the line to the cable car is too long.
Local Transport (Bus & Metro): Rs. 500 (50 Croatian Kuna)
Taxi Starting Tariff: Rs. 60/km
Hotel Stay: Average price for a night per person is Rs. 4500 (450 Croatian Kuna)
A Meal: A lunch or dinner without alcohol will cost you around Rs. 1500 (150 Croatian Kuna), and with alcohol around Rs. 3000 (300 Croatian Kuna).
On the morning of day 7, leave for Split. The best and easiest way to reach Split is by bus. It will take around five hours by road and cost around 22 Euros one way.
The remains of Diocletian’s Palace in Split is the heart of the city. A main getaway to the south Dalmatian islands, Split in itself is a city that you must stop and explore. Always buzzing, always alive, this city is a perfect example of a seamless blend of old and new; and this blend is clearly shown by bars, restaurants and shop hidden in between ancient columns, temples, walls.
What to see:
1. Start your day by visiting Diocletian’s Palace, the ancient Roman ruin that was built in 305 AD.
2. Cathedral of St. Domnius is recognised as the oldest cathedral in Croatia and one of the most well-preserved Roman buildings in Split. Visit this cathedral and then climb the bell tower for the most beautiful panoramic view of the city.
3. Visit the Riva Waterfront and promenade for some relaxing time and to pick up souvenirs. This is the place to try delicious ice creams and enjoy a hot cup of coffee while staring at jewelled waters.
4. Climb up the Marjan Hill for some amazing views of surrounding islands on one side and imposing mountains on the other.
5. After that tiring climb up and down the hill, relax at Bačvice Beach and spend the evening enjoying the sunset.
6. For a fun night out, check out Ghetto Bar, famous for its delicious cocktails or just chill at the Bačvice Beach shacks with a pint of beer or two.
1. Almost every bar and coffee house has free wifi. The passwords are generally written on the receipts, but if you don't get one, ask the waiter and he/she will happily provide you with one.
2. Public transport is almost non-existent, but the cabs here are cheaper compared to the rest of the country, Uber being the cheapest option.
Local Transport (Buses): Rs. 1000 (90 Croatian Kuna)
Taxi Starting Tariff: Rs. 60/km
Hotel Stay: Average price for a night per person is Rs. 4000 (400 Croatian Kuna)
A Meal: A lunch or dinner without alcohol will cost you around Rs. 1400 (140 Croatian Kuna), and with alcohol around Rs. 3000 (300 Croatian Kuna).