I am planning 2 week trip to Croatia in a few weeks with my wife and 8 month old daughter.
I have an idea of the places I would like to visit but am unsure as to how many days to spend in each place and in what order to visit each place.
The main tour operators itineraries normally include some other European countries so are of little help.
If anyone had toured Croatia, I would appreciate the guidance
Here are two other Trippy posts that have great itineraries:
Also check out this post on fun things to do in Croatia with Kids: http://www.chasingthedonkey.com/things-to-do-in-croatia-fun-things-for-kids/.
If you're driving in your car with a 8-month-old, you'll need a rear-facing baby seat.
A good central place to get to various attractions is Split. You could do this in a day, 2 if you want to spend a little more time relaxing. I prefer spending more time in other places though, as this is more touristy.
This old town offers great monuments like :
- The port
From there you can drive to:
- Krka National Park… parking is easy, the park is huge and could take you several days, but you can see enough in a day. Waterfalls are amazing and nature walk is breathtaking. This can get busy with people, so a tip is to stay there past 5:30/6 which is around when the ticket booth closes, but the park stays open for another 2 hours, where you’ll find it much more serene and peaceful (almost no people).
Where to go:
- Skradinski Buk – 17 waterfalls that range in height by over 45 meters
- Island of Visovac
- Roski Slap – 12 waterfalls in a space of 450 meters
*You can take a boat tour of the national park or walk the paths.
- Hvar: You can take a ferry from Split (cars are allowed too) I would suggest buying your ticket (and ticket for the car) a few days in advance. This allows you to drive around the island. You can spend a few days here, but 2 days is enough.
What to do/ where to go:
- Stari Grad – oldest town in Croatia – gives great views of classic stone buildings with green shutters. Just a nice places to walk around.
- Lavender fields
- Wine tasting – we went to Tomic Winery and really liked it!
- For food – I loved Konoba Menego. Their fish dishes are great, the octopus salad was amazing and the young sheeps cheese with honey for dessert can’t be missed! http://www.menego.hr/eng
- Town Square
- Fort - beautiful views of the island, a nice hike up.
You can go to other small islands with beaches on them from there – take a water taxi/boat tour
- You can take a day to explore outside of Split, more local places like Kaštel Stari (about 28 minutes away) and Trogir (this is 10 minutes away from Kastel Stari, can both be done in the same day). They are just nice to walk around and take in the pretty views.
- A trip to Plitvice Lakes National Park (about 2.5 hours away from Split) is a must see! You can visit for just a day, but if you like hiking and want to see more of the park, 2 days might be good.
- Dubrovnik (2 hours 50 minutes away from Split) is a very nice place to see. It can be done in a day as the town is pretty small. Just so you know there is no driving allowed in the city center so the best would be to find a parking before you descend into the actual town.
What to do:
- Walk the city walls. This is a must, gives you great views and doesn’t take very long. Not a super intense hike. Make sure you buy a ticket, there are checkpoints along the way and you are fined if you don’t have a ticket.
- Chair lift to a great city view
- If you are into Game of Thrones (HBO series) some places in Dubrovnik are used in the show – I’m sure there are tours or online references that will tell you exactly where to go
- You can kayak in the waters right outside the city walls
- There are restaurants, but I found some in Cavtat to be more l laid back. Consider reservations if you want a really nice dinner.
- Cavtat: (3 hours from Split, 20 minutes from Dubrovnik). This is also a small town, but there are more place to lay out by the water. Remember the beaches in these places are rock or pebble beaches, there are VERY few beaches with sand. Cavtat has bigger rocks and easy access to go swimming.
While you can do both Cavtat and Dubrovnik in a day or 2, I stayed there for a few extra days, it was nice to relax, no cars... it felt like a nice quiet area with lots of areas to walk around and enjoy the water.
If you like lavender, there are many places to find cheap lavender souvenirs like lavender filled miniature pillows to add to laundry or stuff in sheets, lavender tea, soap, lotion, etc.
Hope this helps!
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