10 Fabulously Fun Things to do in Croatia

Are you struggling with ideas about where to spend your summer vacation? Croatia is an ideal summer vacation spot. Located on the Adriatic Sea across from Italy, it is one of the most beautiful seaside escapes. Add a weekend in Rome to enhance your trip with history and delicious food for a spectacular holiday.  Rome for a 3 day weekend

Brela is a small coastal town between Split and Dubrovnik.  We stayed in a friend’s apartment which is a common way to vacation in Croatia. Brela has several hotels and a hostel as well. Many people speak English, but we were often mistaken for Germans because not too many Americans visit this beautiful gem of a town. Here are some of the my most fabulous things to do in Croatia.

  1.  Swim

The water in the sea is crystal clear and seems more salty than any water I have ever been in which makes it perfect for spending hours simply floating or snorkeling.  I brought goggles and loved swimming and watching fish swim 8 feet below me.  The ocean floor was visible since the water was so clear.



Brela – Water so clear you can’t even tell where it begins on the rocky shoreline.


2. Rent a boat

It is very easy and not too expensive to rent a small motor boat for an hour. The sea is calm and vast and there are not many boats along the small towns. The views of the landscape and villages from the water are beautiful.

3.  Take a fishing picnic to the islands

From Makarska, a neighboring town, we took a fishing boat called the Makarski Jadran to visit a few islands.  The crew, dressed as pirates, caught large sardine type fish and served us lunch.  We stopped in Vrboska and Jelsa on the island of Hvar then spent some time at the beach Bol on the island of Brac, known for kite and wind surfing.



4.  Hike

The path along the sea in Brela is flat.  However, it is difficult to hike this trail since the water is so clear and enticing, you feel you must keep stopping to take photos. Venturing away from the sea for hikes past a local market and along the mountainside was a nice way to start the day. The countryside is beautiful and I always felt safe.



5.  Visit the waterfalls

We took a bus trip to the Krka waterfalls. Hiking trails around the falls lead to the large beach area. There is also a full restaurant that serves beer and lunch. I was impressed that at the park and on our boat ride that the meals are served on regular plates with silverware.  No excessive plastic or paper waste in Croatia.


Krka waterfalls

6.  Eat well

First of all the produce is so fresh and tasty. Definitely buy some from a local vender. Ice cream or gelato is everywhere and a popular treat for the early evening when everyone goes out to stroll.  The seafood is fresh and plentiful too. A popular meal here is the mixed grill. It is basically an assortment of savory grilled meats. The wine was unimpressive but they make good beer in Croatia.


7.  Sit in a cafe

People love to sit in cafes and drink espresso. You can stay at a table for hours and it is perfectly acceptable, which is a good idea when it rains on a summer afternoon. Don’t be surprised to have people smoking cigarettes near you as this is perfectly acceptable.

8.  Visit an old town or castle

The history of Croatia is complicated in that it has been taken over by multiple entities throughout the years. We visited a castle in Trogir which had awesome architecture and was now used for cafes and shops.  We also visited Split and Diocletian’s palace  which was built in 295 AD.


Castle in Trogir

9.  Walk the promenade

The towns we visited had a lively social hour between 5-7. People dress up and leave their beach clothes at home. Everyone walks around. Children and adults both enjoy eating ice cream or gelato. The paths are busy with crowds strolling about.  Dinner can be eaten later.



10. Watch the sunset

The sun sets over the sea and each night was more stunning than the last.  Gazing at the rocky coastline and beautiful clear water  was a perfect way to end each day.



I would love to go back and visit Croatia again. On a cold winter day I like to recall how awesome it was to swim in the Adriatic Sea.

Fun things to do in Croatia


At the age of 51 I unexpectedly became a widow. For the first 6 months after my husband died, I was in shock and numb. I journaled and with the help of friends, family and therapists was able to get back to living my old life, even if it is now very different. Before I was married, I had spent a semester in England and backpacked around Europe. My husband and I moved from New York to California for 8 years and started a family. Travelling took a back seat to raising a family and going to work everyday. Since the loss of my husband I have visited a lot of places with family and friends and took a solo trip to Thailand. I am enjoying sharing my stories and adventures as well as some of my insights to how I am traveling the path of being a widow. I hope to share my stories and adventures as well as some thoughts on being a middle aged widow. While I have some great experiences traveling to Thailand and cruising to Central America, some of my adventures involve a trip to see a Broadway show in nearby Manhattan and a shopping trip at Bed, Bath and Beyond. If I can inspire anyone to go out and continue to live a good life that would be my greatest accomplishment.

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20 Responses

  1. Addie says:

    A lovely trip down memory lane with awesome photos to take us there.

  2. I love this post so much! It brings back all of my Croatia memories!

  3. Swimming near those waterfalls looks too dreamy! I loved your pictures, I want to go here bad..serious case of wanderlust!

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  4. Fiona says:

    Some fab tips. We are planning a trip to Croatia this September for our first wedding anniversary.

  5. restlessjo says:

    It sounds like bliss, Kristen! 🙂 We made one week long trip to Dubrovnilk almost 30 years ago and I always thought we’d go back to see more of Croatia. Life has a way of making its own plans… Love your descriptions and photos.

  6. Victoria says:

    Such a lovely place to spend a vacation. Looks like you had a great time there. These pictures are beautiful. I hope to go there one day! Thanks for sharing your experience.

  7. egodiary.com says:

    Nice tips. There are many things to enjoy when traveling to Croatia. We were on a car trip last summer, and visited quite a loat of places. Loved all of them. I see you were to Krka, have you also got to see Plitvice?
    We saw both, and Krka is really beautiful, but Plitvice is just amazing.
    Here is my article comparing the two. Would love to have your support and follow as well.


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