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Croatia Cruise Southern Dalmatia - from Split Tour

Sailing Explorer

Croatia Cruise Southern Dalmatia - from Split

"Despite that I would still book again. The size of the ship allowed the crew to personally know you and your preferences." Carol, traveled in August 2017

Sailing Croatia - Split to Dubrovnik Tour

Sailing Croatia - Split to Dubrovnik

"Croatia is incredible and seeing it by boat was incredible." Karen, traveled in May 2024

Croatian Highlights Private Tour from Zagreb to Dubrovnik Tour

In-depth Cultural Explorer

Croatian Highlights Private Tour from Zagreb to Dubrovnik

"This trip was phenomenal! It was the perfect start to our honeymoon and we can't wait to return!" Jess, traveled in October 2021

Explore Croatia Tour

Explorer Island Hopping Sightseeing Historical +2

Explore Croatia

"Well organized, local experiences, beautiful part of the world." Ann, traveled in April 2019

Croatia Multi-Sport Tour

Explorer Active Sport Bicycle +1

Croatia Multi-Sport

"This expedition to Croatia was definitely one of the best trips I have ever taken. Beautiful scenery and wonderful itinerary." SteveFleet, traveled in August 2022

Cycle the Dalmatian Coast Tour

Bicycle Beach Road Cycling

Cycle the Dalmatian Coast

"Swimming at lunch. Good food and drink." Simon, traveled in September 2023
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Croatia Express from Zagreb to Split - 4 days / 3 nights Tour

Croatia Express from Zagreb to Split - 4 days / 3 nights

"Croatia express was a brilliant tour and so glad I chose this trip through Tour radar." GOPINATHAN, traveled in July 2021

Croatia Island Sail (Premium, 8 Days) Tour

Croatia Island Sail (Premium, 8 Days)

"The itinerary for the trip was well set out it had a great balance of free time add ons provided through contiki." Matthew, traveled in June 2024
  • €100 deposit on some dates

Croatia Deluxe Cruise - from Split Tour

Ocean Cruise Explorer

Croatia Deluxe Cruise - from Split

"This was a very good cruise. Would definitely recommend this cruise." Brendan, traveled in August 2021

Croatia Explorer Deluxe Cruise Dubrovnik - Split Tour

Croatia Explorer Deluxe Cruise Dubrovnik - Split

"Excellent service from start to finish." Kathryn, traveled in September 2021

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Thinking of travelling solo in Croatia? After living for 2 months in Split and spending another month travelling around locations including Zagreb, Zadar, Dubrovnik and Istria, I’m your girl !

I’ve travelled solo in India and South Africa so I had zero safety concerns when booking my trip to Croatia. I’m an experienced solo traveller at this stage but I’m aware we’re all on different stages of our journies so I wanted to share this guide in case you have worries or reservations. Perhaps you’re still wondering ‘is Croatia safe for female travellers?’ and haven’t yet bit the bullet and booked your trip. If that’s the case, I say go for it ! Croatia is one of the easiest and safest places to travel solo in Europe , if not one of the world’s best solo travel destinations for women !

croatia solo travel

Read next: a very thorough guide to travelling alone as a woman

CROATIA ESSENTIALS Accommodation: Getting there: flight / car / bus / train Getting around: car / bus / ferry Activities: GetYourGuide / Viator

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Is Croatia a good place for solo travel?

YES! End of blog post 😉 Along with other well-trodden European destinations like Lisbon , I’d say Croatia is a safe and easy place to start your solo adventures. Although I have plenty to say on the topic, the bottom line is that solo female travel in Croatia is a great idea. Here’s a quick overview.

  • Easy to get around – although trains aren’t common in Croatia (you can arrive in Zagreb from Central Europe but they don’t run down the coast), it’s easy and affordable to move around. Since I don’t drive, I always take the Flixbus for as little as €5 a journey
  • It’s safe – knowing a country has a positive safety rating is always reassuring when planning a trip to a new country
  • High level of English spoken – in tourist areas you can easily get by with English, although a few ‘hvalas’ (thank yous) won’t hurt!
  • It’s relatively affordable – I say relatively because Croatia gets very expensive in peak season! But provided you avoid summer holidays, you can bag affordable accommodation in hostels, take local buses and escape touristy city centres for cheaper local restaurants
  • Lots of hostels – in addition to saving you money, these make solo travel in Croatia a social and fun experience with scope to make friends and enjoy the nightlife.
  • Crowded – you may not feel very solo amid the tourist crowds often including families, couples and tour groups! Croatia is very touristic in summer so it may not be what you’re used to if you prefer off-the-beaten-track destinations
  • Highly seasonal – many destinations are empty in winter and frickin’ PACKED in summer. But provided you plan your trip well, this doesn’t need to be a downside.
  • Read next: more ups and downs of solo female travel .

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Is Croatia safe for solo female travellers

Not only is Croatia safe for female travellers, but it has a desirable safety rating overall. It was recently voted the 22nd safest country in the world (not bad out of 195) with low levels of most types of crime. Overall, it’s one of the safest places for women to travel alone in Europe ! The main crime in Croatia is corruption and bribery which is NOT an issue you’ll face as a tourist. Next topic, MEN . I know this is a source of concern for many women when deciding to travel to a new country. In my experience, men in Croatia aren’t threatening. When walking down the street at night, I felt safe and never experienced beeping or cat-calling like you do in some destinations. Considering the levels of safety for women travelling alone , Croatia is a fantastic first-time destination!

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Is it easy to backpack in Croatia?

If you’re thinking of travelling to Croatia alone, you’ll be pleased to know there are plenty of hostels, affordable public transport and companies offering tours and excursions, helping you to see the country affordably while meeting others. It’s a well-trodden path with many backpackers hitting up Zagreb, Split and Dubrovnik. Outside of these cities, you may find places more family-orientated . In Istria (the peninsular in the west) for example, there were few hostels so I didn’t meet other travellers and had to splash out more for accommodation. Basically, stay on the beaten path if you want the classic backpacker experience, but break away to other destinations if you don’t mind spending a bit more money and time with yourself.

How to meet people in Croatia

There are many ways to meet people while travelling solo in Croatia not limited to the following:

  • Hostels – the obvious one! Many have private rooms if you’re not enamoured by the idea of sharing with 8 snoring strangers. Keep an eye out for hostels hosting shared dinners and group activities
  • Facebook groups – groups like Girls Love Travel are handy for finding new travel buddies. You can also check out Croatia expat and digital nomad Facebook groups if you’re staying a bit longer
  • Couchsurfing – not just for staying in local’s homes, this platform connects travellers via events happening in cities around the world. They have a website and mobile app
  • Take free walking tours – I love these! Most European cities tend to have them. Hostels often advertise them or you can check or trusty Google
  • Use mobile apps like Bumble BFF to make connections in your location
  • Use EatWith to find fun & social dining opportunities hosted by local chefs and foodies
  • Stay in a room within a local’s home on Airbnb or Homestay . Not only is this cheaper than renting a whole apartment but I find the hosts are usually keen to offer advice and even show you around.

Friends in split

Best time of year for Croatia travel

Whether you’re travelling solo in Croatia or not, it’s important to time your trip well: Croatia is not a year-round destination! Winter (November-February) : the middle of this season is the coldest time in Croatia. It rarely snows but it can be cold, rainy and windy. Direct flights don’t service the coastal cities from most European destinations so there’s little tourism and things are closed. Spring (March-May) : the weather gets warm once the boras (winds) of March have passed. Tourism starts to unlock as flight schedules increase at the beginning of April and businesses closed for the winter reopen by May at the latest. Summer (June-August) : June can be a great month to visit Croatia as a solo female traveller because prices aren’t yet crazy yet things are becoming fun and lively. July and August are way too busy and expensive for my liking.

zadar solo travelling croatia

Autumn (September-October): this is a great time to visit with fewer crowds and lower prices, plus the ocean is still warm. By mid-late October, the tourist scene will start winding down as many restaurants close and tours cease to run ’til April.

How to get around

It’s easy to get around Croatia as a solo traveller and won’t break the bank. I would recommend…

This is how I usually travel around Croatia. The Flixbus connects major hubs like Zagreb, Zadar, Split and Dubrovnik. It also connects Croatia with neighbouring countries like Bosnia & Herzegovina and Slovenia . Where the Flixbus doesn’t run, you can find alternative networks. In Istria, I caught Arriva buses which I booked via the Omio website. For some Split day trips to Omis, the Mosor mountains, Trogir and Klis Fortress, I rode local buses paid for in cash from the bus station or bus stop. Local buses commonly don’t show on Google Maps so it’s best to find the timetable online or better yet, at the bus stop. I spent ages trying to understand the Klis bus timetable online and, in the end, had to go there and ask. It’s an adventure!

Hiring a car in Croatia can be a great way to get around with all freedom to you. But first, consider your destination . You don’t need a car in Dubrovnik as it’s so congested with little parking. In fact, most historical Croatian cities are pedestrianised at least in the Old Towns. For solo travel in Croatia (and countless other places) hiring a car may not be the best option because you’ll have to front the whole cost yourself. Public transport is way cheaper. If you still want to hire a car, I’d suggest using because they have competitive prices and great customer reviews.

In larger cities, Uber and Bolt are readily available. You can even get them to out-of-town destinations like Klis Fortress (a 20-minute drive from Split). In smaller places, you may have to get regular taxis which are of course, more expensive.

Staying connect with SIM cards

If you have an EU data package, it will work as normal. But travellers from other regions will want to source a solution cheaper than data roaming as this can be extortionate! I’m a big fan of Airalo , an e-SIM platform allowing you to download SIM cards online for various countries before visiting and connect as soon as you arrive. A real game-changer! They have Croatia packages (for 7-30 days) as well as a Euro SIM that covers 39 countries. This may be more economical if you plan to visit other countries, too.

Best destinations for solo travel in Croatia

Here are the places I visited and can vouch for as excellent places for solo female travel in Croatia…

Solo travel in Split

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After 2 months living in Split, I’m happy to tell you I never experienced any danger and generally had a wonderful time. Since I was working online, I made friends with other digital nomads and wasn’t technically alone that much. However, I did live alone (which was affordable in off-season) so I feel confident that it’s a super-safe, solo-friendly destination.

The photo above was taken at Villa Spiza , one of my favourite Split restaurants . I was so comfortable by myself that I stayed for dessert and got the waiter to take a photo of me enjoying my own company (and food!).

sunset split

Fun things to do solo in Split :

  • Take an island hopping boat trip or visit the various islands separately (as day or overnight trips). Some of the best include Vis (Mama Mia filming locations and the Blue Grotto), Hvar (parties and fortress climb), Korcula (wine tasting) and Brac (spectacular Golden Horn beach)
  • Go on a day trip to Krka Falls – these amazing waterfalls can be visited by rental car, bus or organised day tour
  • Take a trip to Klis Fortress which appears in Game of Thrones filming as Meeren. Get there by bus, taxi or group tour
  • Go hiking in Marjan Park – with beautiful views and places to swim, it’s the perfect place for some me-time in nature. You can either walk around the flat circumference of the park or take the uphill hike to Marjan viewpoint
  • Head for a bar crawl to meet new people and enjoy the nightlife
  • Wander the majestic Diocletian’s Palace complex and imagine the city in days gone by
  • Take a Split food tour , cooking class or go on an organised wine tasting tour
  • Have a beach day. Bacvice gets busy and dirty so I prefer Kasjuni
  • Visit Klis Fortress if you’re a GOT fan!

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Where to stay in Split

  • Hurricane Hostel , Old Town Hostel and Enroute Hostel are good places to meet other people
  • Hostel Split has no common area so a good place if you don’t feel like parting
  • Backpackers Fairytale is a cosy base with a nice living area. 

Solo travel in Dubrovnik

Srd hill dubrovnik

With lots of highly-rated hostels, bar crawls and free walking tours, Dubrovnik is a popular destination for solo female travel in Croatia with opportunities to meet others. Thanks to group activities and excursions organised by GetYourGuide and Viator , it’s easy to get around so you don’t need to worry about hiring a car or navigating public transport alone. Things to do solo in Dubrovnik:

  • Meet new people during a bar crawl – there are plenty to choose from
  • Take the cable car or hike up Srd Hill for sunset
  • Spend a day on Lokrum Island
  • Take an island-hopping trip to the Elaphiti islands – these are Kolocep, Sipan and Lopud
  • Walk the famous City Walls
  • Visit the beaches – Banje gets very busy so walk around the coast to Sveti Javok instead
  • Spot filming locations on a Game of Throne walking tour
  • Take a kayak tour ; companies usually pair up solo travellers so you won’t be paddling alone.

Read next: 35 things to do in Dubrovnik

Lunch in dubrovnik

I travelled solo in Dubrovnik in March and although I felt totally safe, the city was super quiet because it was off-season. If you need me-time and have no problems entertaining yourself, it could be a great experience. However, if you prefer meeting other travellers and enjoying the nightlife, I would recommend Dubrovnik solo travel from April-September. I’ve visited in this season before (although not solo) and can confirm it’s a busy, lively city with lots to do and see, plus excellent cafes, restaurants, bars and nightlife. Just beware in July and August, it gets insanely crowded (even more than other Croatian destinations)! In my opinion, April-June and September-October are the best times to visit Dubrovnik. Where to stay in Dubrovnik: solo travellers should stay Hostel Angelina with bunks from €20 a night. The 400-year-old building feels like a castle, plus there’s an equipped kitchen so you can cook and save money, plus a common area to meet other people to explore and socialise with.

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It’s not as well known as Split or Dubrovnik but I’m a huge fan of Zadar. This mid-sized city on the Croatian coast feels less crowded than tiny Dubrovnik or Split Old Town . With well-preserved Roman ruins, ocean views and public installations celebrating the power of nature, Zadar blends history, technology and nature perfectly. It’s also a launching point for day trips to the Kornati islands, Dugi Otok and Pag Island . Things to do solo in Zadar:

  • Listen to beautiful music at the Sea Organ and watch solar light shows at the Greeting to the Sun . Tourists and locals congregate to watch sunset so you never feel alone
  • Explore the Roman ruins and eat ice cream nearby at Slasticarna Donat
  • Take an island boat trip to the Kornati islands and Dugi Otok
  • Take a beautiful day trip to Krka National Park

Read next: things to do in Zadar, Croatia

Where to stay in Zadar: I stayed at Downtown Boutique which is a nice, clean hostel with a breakfast cafe onsite.

Colourful houses rovinj

I wouldn’t say Istria is the best place for solo travel in Croatia because it’s frequented mainly by families and couples who commonly arrive by car from Germany and other nearby destinations. It’s not known as a backpackers destination so you won’t find too many budget hostels. Still, I managed to make it around Istria solo without going bankrupt or getting too lonely. It was worth it: Istria is absolutely stunning and one of my all-time favourite Croatian destinations! Some places to visit include :

  • Rovinj – a gorgeous colourful town with cobbled streets leading to the church of St. Euphemia (climb to the top for sublime views). Walk in Golden Cape Forest Park , eat tuna burgers at Tunaholic Fish Bar , truffle pasta at La Vela Gostionica and tiramisu gelato at Gelateria Italia , and stay at Apartments Sonja .
  • Pula – the capital of Istria is known for its Roman amphitheatre, Pula Arena . Visit the beaches and take a trip to the Brijuni Islands .
  • Opatija – this colourful coastal city was known as an Austrian wellness retreat back in the day. Visit the classy cafes, take the Volosko to Lovran coastal walk and eat truffle scampi pasta at Ružmarin .

Zagreb solo travel

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As a capital city with a fantastic safety rating, Zagreb is a great place for solo female travel in Croatia. It’s a pleasant, relaxed city of 800,000 that makes a refreshing alternative to cities like Dubrovnik where tourism has fully taken over. Zagreb is big enough that you can rub shoulders with the locals and get stuck into the culture. Compared to Dalmatia, it’s much cheaper! I was delighted to find meals in restaurants for as little as €2 (this was at MERAK , a Balkan restaurant with no English spoken, a 20-minute walk from town. I believe they close at 9pm). The best hostel in Zagreb is Swanky Mint . It’s a cool, modern venue with a seasonal swimming pool and an Asian fusion restaurant onsite.

Fun things to do solo in Zagreb:

  • The Museum of Broken Relationships – I promise I’m not saying that single travellers should go and cry about breakups! This museum is a unique place that’s funny, poignant and thought-provoking. Don’t miss it!
  • Spot some of the impressive Zagreb street art
  • Learn from a local guide during a free walking tour
  • Take a day trip to Plitvice Lakes Nat Park – either by public bus or organised day tour . I did the latter and met some fun travellers to hang out with after. I also highly recommend the tour for the quality of the guides and the wonderland that is Plitvice!
  • Enjoy the thriving Zagreb cafe scene
  • People watch, visit outdoor cafes and catch live Music on Tkalčićeva Street
  • Eat delicious cheesy  štrukli at La Štruk restaurant .

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Tips for Croatia travel

Here are a few quick tips for travelling solo in Croatia…

Dress up to blend in

Ok, this isn’t a tip you HAVE to follow. Women should never have to dress any certain way! However, if you want to fit in with the locals, know that athletic leisure wear is NOT the vibe. In Croatia, people get dressed up at weekends to stroll the promenades and drink coffee. It’s a fun tradition so why not join them?

Do your research for veggie or vegan food

Croatian food is traditionally meaty. Cities like Zagreb, Dubrovnik and Split have options (although not as many as other major tourist cities in Europe) but smaller towns and villages may not. It might be worth packing a picnic when visiting islands where you suspect there will be nothing veggie.

You can do most things without a tour

Group tours reduce the hassle of travel and help you meet other travellers. I often use Viator and GetYourGuide to visit places that public transport doesn’t service. But know that you rarely NEED tours: you can visit national parks like Krka and Plitvice by Flixbus , and most of the islands are accessible by ferry. You can also hop between islands meaning you don’t have to go back to the mainland in between.

Avoid the cruise ships

By working out when the cruise ships dock, you can calculate when NOT to visit somewhere! Usually, the best time to explore a city is early in the morning before they arrive or in the late afternoon once they’ve left.

Highlights from my solo trip to Croatia

Travel usually isn’t about ticking off destinations; it’s about the experiences. These were a few of my best moments…

Listening to the Sea Organ in Zadar

sea organ zadar

The Sea Organ is a public installation by Zadar harbour combining the power of the waves and a set of underground tubes. The result? Beautiful music coming up from the ground as if by magic! Beside it lies the Greeting to the Sun : a 22-metre solar panel that converts the sun’s light into captivating light shows at dusk. These installations are wonderful in their own right but the sense of community they provide – accompanied by spectacular sunsets – is unforgettable! I’ll always have fond memories of spending my evenings here.

Getting off-grid in Imotski

Imotski croatia solo travel

Ever heard of Imotski? Thought not. Near the border of Bosnia and Herzegovina , this lesser-visited region is about striking nature and rich culture unchanged for decades… Oh, and wine! During my solo trip to Croatia, I was lucky to visit on a day tour with Cromads who offer off-the-beaten-path Croatian adventures. We visited the jaw-dropping Red and Blue Lakes , cooked a traditional peka meal at Agroturizam Grabovac village and sampled local wines at Vinarija Glavota and Grabovac . It was such a fun and different day, and I loved meeting the locals at the agrotourism village and learning about their lives. The lakes can be visited independently but the other venues require a reservation. You can take an Imotski wine tour or contact Cromads to custom-book a complete Imotski tour.

Eating truffle scampi pasta in Opatija

Ružmarin pasta

One of the best meals of my life was at Ružmarin restaurant in Opatija, my first stop in Istria. Truffles are commonly harvested here meaning they’re served fresh at restaurants all over the region. I’m not exaggerating when I say I ate truffle pasta every day for a week! The best portion was for €15 at Ružmarin. I also ate truffle bruschetta washed down with white wine. The staff were friendly and the restaurant was stylish yet chilled at lunchtime so I didn’t feel awkward dining alone. I would crawl over hot coals to go again!

Wandering the backstreets in Rovinj

Rovinj town

Rovinj is heaven! I loved getting lost down the colourful alleyways, stumbling across craft stores and cute cafes. The views from the church of St. Euphemia are spectacular. With so much pasta, pizza and gelato, I felt like I was in Italy and that’s NOT a complaint 😉

Hiking Srd Hill in Dubrovnik

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I visited Srd Hill by cable car in September 2017 and although it’s a beautiful viewpoint, it was packed. When I came back in March 2022, the cable car wasn’t yet open so I hiked to the top. I had the whole place to myself. The hike was very rewarding with great coastal views the whole way. Better yet, hiking up will save you an extortionate 200 kuna  (€27)!

Where to go next?

Another fantastic thing about solo travel in Croatia? It’s surrounded by other fantastic countries that are easily accessible. These include…

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Bosnia day trip from Dubrovnik

Although Croatia and Bosnia are neighbours, they’re surprisingly different. Bosnia & Herzegovina receives far less tourism than Croatia and prices are MUCH lower. If you’re travelling on a budget , it could be an even better option! With Ottoman influence, B&H is different from Croatia in other ways, too. You’ll see more mosques than churches and the food has more of a Middle Eastern influence. Highlights include the captivating capital of Sarajevo , historic Mostar , the ‘open museum’ that is Pocitelj village, and the natural wonderland of Kravice Falls. I first visited as part of a Bosnia & Herzegovina day trip from Dubrovnik then returned several years later to spend two weeks exploring. I LOVE B&H!

solo travel in slovenia

I had a fantastic first solo trip to Slovenia in May 2022. Although Slovenia is known for its spectacular nature, nothing about it is overhyped. Lake Bled and Lake Bohinj are two of the most beautiful places I’ve been! Ljubljana is Slovenia’s lively capital, reminiscent of Zagreb, with hostels, nightlife and countless cafes and restaurants. Solo travellers will be pleased to learn Slovenia is a super safe country with almost no crime. It’s not the cheapest country in Europe but not the most expensive, either. Hostels start from €15 a night and main dishes in restaurants cost €7-12.

Read next: my Slovenia itinerary , what to do in Ljubljana & what to eat in Ljubljana

Gelato in venice italy

Despite it being the most expensive of these locations, I had a great time travelling solo in Italy . There are so many world-class destinations packed with history, culture and food. Major cities in Italy like Venice , Milan and Verona have hostels and decent public transport networks. With Italy, it depends where you go. Certain destinations where you need a car, like the Dolomites, may not be budget-friendly destinations for solo travellers. Likewise, small but very touristic locations around Cinque Terre and the Amalfi Coast may leave you out of pocket.

Hungary parliament

Budapest can easily be reached from Zagreb on the Flixbus within 5 hours. It’s one of Europe’s coolest cities with loads going on for backpackers, plus it’s relatively safe (apart from a bit of pickpocketing in touristic areas) and affordable. Three days in Budapest is a great amount of time to spend. Another benefit of visiting Hungary is getting stuck into the hearty local food and cheap drinks!

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Don’t forget insurance!

Although Croatia is safe for solo travel, I would never advise travelling without travel insurance. Available to UK and European travellers, True Traveller cover countries including Croatia and offer 24-hour emergency assistance. Get a quote . For travel insurance for other nationalities, I recommend Hey Mundo and for long-term digital nomad travellers, I suggest Safety Wing .

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TRUSTED RESOURCES FOR VISITING CROATIA Getting around by air – I use Skyscanner and search by month to see the cheapest dates. Driving in Europ e – use to compare car rentals in European countries (and all around the world). For trains , I use RailEurope . The search feature allows you to compare prices, and they show live departure times on the website. For buses , I use FlixBus . Find journeys between European countries from €1!  Use Omio to compare trains and buses in one search. It’s so handy! For hotels and self-catering apartments, I use . You can filter by review score and price to find the best-rated budget places. For hostels, I use . To save money on accommodation, I use Trusted Housesitters , a website that connects homeowners going away and travellers who can sit their homes & pets. Browse tours and activities on GetYourGuide . To stay connected, download an e-SIM with Airalo and connect when you land. Browse their packages for Croatia or get a Eurolink SIM for 39 countries. Need travel insurance ? I use True Traveller (for UK & Europe residents) since it’s affordable but covers everything you’d need including various activities, valuables and pre-existing conditions. Unlike some companies, they insure you if you’re already travelling / don’t yet have your flight home booked. Get a quote . For travel insurance for other nationalities, I recommend Hey Mundo and for long-term digital nomad travellers, I suggest Safety Wing . Check out my resources page for more travel discounts and budget tips from my 10+ years on the road!

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Rose is a solo traveller from the UK who has been on the road since 2015. She wants to show other women that solo travel isn't scary and doesn't have to be expensive! Rose has lived in Mexico, Canada and all over Asia, seeking out food, bubble tea and street art wherever she goes!

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Can You Journey to Croatia as a Solo Traveler?

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Croatia is a country filled with endless natural beauty, captivating historical sites and delicious foods that are sure to blow you away! Whilst this sunny Mediterranean country is often thought of as a fun-filled family vacation destination, it actually has a lot to offer to a variety of different traveler types. From the romantic honeymooners to the peaceful family getaway to the party-seeking group of friends looking for an escape in the sunshine. 

But what about those of us who enjoy venturing to new places on our own? Well, we’re here to tell you why Croatia solo travel should be high on your list as a solo exploration destination. 

Throughout this guide, we’ll be delving into the joys of Croatia’s solo travel and highlight why it is an ideal destination for single travelers – especially women seeking independence, adventure, and safety on their vacations.

Why choose Croatia for your next solo adventure?

When choosing a destination for your next solo travel adventure, you want a holiday destination which can tick all the boxes. Croatia, with its breathtaking landscapes, stunning coastlines, and vibrant cities, is a country which can do just that! 

For any solo traveler, the main objective is to fully immerse themselves in their chosen destination, and Croatia offers abundant opportunities to do just that. It is home to a wealth of experiences for solo travelers – from the charming streets of historic cities like Dubrovnik and Split, to its more tranquil islands where nature runs wild and untamed. 

Croatia is also known for its well-developed infrastructure, including reliable public transportation and well-maintained roads which are perfect for travelers looking to rent a car here. This makes it easier for Croatia solo travelers to navigate and explore the country comfortably and easily from the safety of their own vehicle. 

Whilst these are just a few of the reasons why Croatia is a truly ideal destination for a solo traveler looking to embark on a journey of self-discovery. With its diverse culture, fascinating history, and warm hospitality, this country provides the perfect backdrop for any solo adventure.

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How safe is it to embark on a Croatia solo travel adventure? 

Croatia has a reputation for being a safe and family-friendly destination. The Croatian government and local communities take great pride in their efforts to prioritize tourism, ensuring that visitors here are met with open arms and a secure environment. The local government has implemented safety measures and services to cater to the needs of travelers. This commitment contributes to a safe and enjoyable experience for solo travelers of every kind.

You’ll be pleased to hear that the crime rate in Croatia is relatively low, making it a reliable and secure place for those traveling on their own. Croatia also has a dedicated tourist police force trained to assist visitors and address any concerns or emergencies. They are generally available in popular tourist areas and provide a visible presence and helping hand to ensure safety.

Is Croatia safe for solo female travelers?

Croatia is generally considered a safe destination for women traveling alone. While the country is considered a safe place for solo travelers, it’s always wise to prioritize personal safety when traveling alone. 

Here are some valuable tips and insights to enhance your travels around Croatia:

  • Research and plan your itinerary in advance to feel confident and prepared – speak to one of our Croatia travel experts to start planning your custom vacation today
  • Stay in well-reviewed accommodations and trusted neighborhoods – get in touch with our experts and they will be able to help you find trusted hotels and villas to suit your needs
  • Be aware of your surroundings and trust your instincts.
  • Dress comfortably and respect local customs.
  • Keep important documents safe and secure at all times and ensure you have emergency contact numbers memorized in case of an emergency.
  • Utilize reliable transportation options and avoid isolated areas during late hours.

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If you need more incentive to start your Croatia solo travel, read what our founder had to say about her solo trip which kick-started her love story with Croatia: 

“Before I started Adventures Croatia, I took a leap of faith and journeyed to Croatia for the first time. It was during this adventure that I fell in love with the country, from how safe I felt as a female solo traveler, to the freedom of self-discovery it gave me amidst the stunning landscapes and vibrant culture. On my journey home I knew my relationship with Croatia was just beginning. It was for this reason that I created Adventures Croatia, in the hope of sharing that wondrous feeling with others. 

“I believe that solo travel is not just an opportunity to explore, but a chance to find yourself in the process. Croatia welcomes you with open arms, ensuring complete safety and offering endless possibilities for unforgettable moments.”

Pamela Robinson, Founder and CEO of Adventures Croatia

Croatia tours for solo travelers

At Adventures Croatia , we have plenty of Croatia tours for solo travelers to book . Some of our most popular tours include:

Best of Croatia – Custom Private Tour (10 days) 

Best of the Dalmatian Coast (8 days)

Active Traveler’s Croatian Adventure (13 days)

For those looking to customize their vacation bespoke to their preferences, we also offer custom Croatia tours for solo travelers. Choose from two options: 

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What can you experience from a Croatia solo travel tour?

Traveling solo doesn’t mean you have to be alone. Croatia attracts solo travelers from all corners of the globe, providing ample opportunities to connect with like-minded individuals. This could be anything, from socializing in bustling city squares to joining group excursions through our Croatia solo travel tour options.

Expect a fun-filled vacation full of new friendships, unique experiences, and creating unforgettable memories together. Croatia’s welcoming ambiance encourages solo travelers to form meaningful connections throughout their journey. 

It also helps that the majority of Croatians will have a good understanding of basic English, especially in the main tourist hubs. Solo travelers should not fret if they get lost, need help or just want to have a friendly conversation, as there will be plenty of opportunities to communicate with the local people and even create life-long friendships. 

Before traveling to Croatia, we do recommend brushing up on the local language using our Croatian phrase guide which gives tourists an overview of the Croatian words travelers should know to help them function in day to day activities.

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If you’re looking to book your Croatia solo travel, Croatia is ready to welcome you with open arms! Start embracing the spirit of independence and exploration and step out of your comfort zone to embark on an unforgettable solo tour in Croatia—where adventure and safety intertwine for an experience of a lifetime. 

Get in touch to start your solo journey to Croatia from our private tour options today. Or speak to our Croatia travel specialists to create a custom itinerary catered to your needs. 

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Croatia Solo Travel: The Ultimate Guide

The world is just too big with too much to offer to wait around for someone to go on an epic adventure with you.

Whether you are planning a solo trip because your friends just can’t get off work, or you simply love being able to explore without having to accommodate anyone else, solo travel can be one of the most rewarding experiences.

One country that has been recently been rising in popularity among solo travelers in Europe is Croatia .

Croatia is a spectacular destination bursting with jaw-dropping landscapes, amazing history, and delicious food. Combine this with its excellent travel infrastructure and safety, and you’ve got an ideal destination for exploring on your own.

Whether you are an experienced solo traveler or someone who is looking to get a taste of traveling on their own, Croatia offers an incredibly rewarding solo travel experience.

In this guide, I’ll be breaking down Croatia solo travel including the safety of travel in Croatia, how to get around the country, the best locations for solo travelers, and more. Everything you need to know about solo travel in Croatia is right here in this guide!

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Is Croatia Safe?

As a solo traveler, you might be asking yourself: Is if safe to travel to Croatia?

The answer is: Yes!

Croatia is absolutely safe to travel to and is actually one of the safest countries in the world. Overall crime levels are low in this Mediterranean nation and violent crime is rare. The U.S. State Department has also given Croatia a “Level One” travel advisory, which means that visitors should “exercise normal precautions when traveling”.

Is Croatia Safe for Women?

One of the things I hear most about when it comes to living in Croatia is how safe the country is for families, and for women as well.

It is not uncommon to see a woman walking alone at night, even in larger cities like Zagreb. For many women, this would not be the case back home.

As a female myself, I can honestly say that I have never felt unsafe in Croatia. There are, of course, exceptions to this rule (as there is with everything else), but generally speaking, Croatia is a very safe destination for solo female travelers.

Girl wearing an orange dress and summer hat while sitting on a stone wall on the shores of the Adriatic Sea in Croatia.

Croatia Solo Travel: Is It for You?

Croatia solo travel is for anyone that wants to experience the beauty of the country at their own pace.

By embarking on a Croatia solo travel adventure, you will have the freedom and flexibility to do exactly as you please. If you want to check out every single one of Zagreb’s amazing museums, you can do just that. If you absolutely fall in love with a place and want to extend your stay, you can do that too.

It’s your trip!

In addition to traveling at your own pace and making your own rules, Croatia solo travel is a wonderful choice for these reasons as well:

  • Awesome travel infrastructure (especially for first-time solo travelers). Cities and towns in Croatia are exceptionally well-connected by a large number of bus and ferry routes. Not only can you get from point A to B for a relatively modest price, but these routes are also simple to figure out. All of the information you need can be found at the local bus terminals or on the bus terminal website (if you are traveling by bus, of course).
  • Wide range of accommodations for every budget. There are hotels for every single budget, hostels in most major destinations, affordable private apartments, and even luxury glamping sites in Croatia . Whether you want your own place, or you want to share a dorm with other travelers, you can definitely find something to fit your needs. The two major sites for finding accommodation in Croatia are Airbnb and .
  • Croatia is easy to travel . Thanks to the excellent travel infrastructure, a wide range of accommodations, and the fact that English is widely spoken, Croatia is an easy country to travel to. Most information can be found online, and if you are unable to find it online, a local will likely be able to assist you once you arrive.

A gorgeous stone town of Groznjan located in the Istria region of Croatia.

What About the Langauge?

Many people who plan to travel to Croatia are concerned about the difficulty of the language.

The Croatian language is practically incomprehensible if you are unfamiliar with it, which might turn some solo travelers off. However, most Croatians (under 50 years old) speak very good English. Growing up with movies and TV shows in English (with Croatian subtitles) and taking mandatory English classes starting in first grade makes them some of the best English speakers in the region.

However, just because most Croatians speak English does not mean you should not at least attempt to learn a few Croatian phrases!

Common Phrases in Croatian

Although you can get by speaking entirely in English during your stay in Croatia, the locals really do appreciate it when visitors at least attempt to learn a few phrases in Croatian. Below, you will find a list of the most common phrases that can help earn you brownie points with the local community.

  • Good day – Dobar dan * This phrase is commonly used when entering shops or when a waiter greets you at a restaurant
  • Goodbye – Doviđenja
  • Please – Molim
  • Thank you – Hvala
  • Yes – Da
  • No – Ne

Trust me, by making an effort to say “hello” or “thank you” in Croatian, you might just make someone’s day!

View through a stone window of the Pakleni Islands near Hvar Town, Croatia.

How to Meet People in Croatia

Meeting people in Croatia is just as easy as it is anywhere else you would travel solo!

While Croatians aren’t necessarily known for being the friendliest people in Europe, you will meet lovely people during your stay and you will find that most locals will be happy to help you.

Meeting people in Croatia will happen organically through hostels, meetups, or expat groups.

Other Ways You Can Meet People in Croatia

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Visiting Croatia (or anywhere, really) on a group tour is a great way to meet new people. There are plenty of group tours available through Contiki , G Adventures Croatia , Busabout , and more. Whether you love to party or want to sail the dazzling Adriatic Sea, you will definitely find a tour that is perfect for you.

Group tours are awesome in that they provide a natural environment for meeting like-minded individuals while traveling.

Day Trips and Local Tours

Another great way to meet people is by joining a day trip or a local tour. Whether you are snapping shots of filming locations on a Game of Thrones Tour in Dubrovnik or sampling local snacks on a food tour in Zagreb, you can be sure to meet lots of other friendly travelers.

A beautiful view of a stone tower in an old town in Croatia with a bougainvillea tree in the foreground of the frame.

As always, hostels are one of the most ideal places for making friends while traveling. There are plenty of hostels in Croatia’s major cities that offer dorms and private rooms as well.

If staying in a hostel isn’t your thing, keep an eye out for hostel group tours or activities that you can join in on even if you’re not staying at that particular hostel. Some hostels, like Swanky Mint in Zagreb, even have bars, making them a great place for socializing. Here’s a full list of my top recommendations of where to stay in Zagreb , including the best hostels for solo travelers!

Reach Out on Social Media

A lot of times, you might know someone who knows someone traveling, or even living, in a certain place. The same goes for Croatia. A simple story on Instagram stating that you’ll be in the area might just spark an introduction.

Best Places for Croatia Solo Travel

Where are the best places for solo travel in Croatia? We’ve got you covered!

While there are many places worth visiting in Croatia, below you’ll find a list of the best places for traveling Croatia solo.

Zagreb is Croatia’s capital city that is often skipped by many travelers who are heading directly to the coast. Though it may be small, Zagreb is a charming city that is worth exploring for a day or two , or even serving as a base for long-term travel!

This city successfully blends history with modern amenities and is very well connected to the rest of the country as it is to major destinations in Europe. Unlike the Dalmatian coast, Zagreb is a city that is lively all year round. No matter what time of year you choose to visit, there will always be something exciting going on whether it be a Christmas Market or summer festival.

A view of Zagreb's orange rooftops and beautiful cathedral on a sunny day

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Istria is an entire region in Croatia that makes up the western peninsula of the country. You will find that it is similar to Italy in many ways, from its architecture and charming Italian piazzas to its endless olive groves and vineyards. This is one of my personal favorite areas in all of Croatia.

In Istria, it is best to base yourself in one of the larger cities along the coast like Pula, Rovinj, or Porec. This will give you the opportunity to mingle with other travelers while still having easy access to Istria’s charming hilltop towns and villages .

A charming hilltop town known as Motovun in the Istria region of Croatia.

Zadar is a small city located on the Croatian coast just halfway between Zagreb and Split. Zadar boasts amazing beaches , has a low-key vibe, is not overly touristy, and is home to some pretty cool Roman ruins. The city also has some pretty unique monuments like the world’s first and only Sea Organ and “The Greeting to the Sun”.

Split is a popular choice among travelers as it is a major transportation hub. If you are planning to visit any of Croatia’s islands, you will most likely be departing from Split’s ferry port. Don’t let that fool you into thinking Split is just a place for a quick overnight stay! It’s easy to spend 3 days or more in Split .

The old town of Split was built into the ancient remains of Diocletian’s Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, making it worth thoroughly exploring before skipping off to the islands. Plus, Split’s beautiful beaches will keep you entertained for days!

A rare view of an empty Peristil (a large square that is part of Diocletian's Palace in Split) on a beautiful, blue sky day.

Dubrovnik is by far Croatia’s most popular destination thanks to its stunning Old Town that served as the set of King’s Landing on Game of Thrones . If you’ve seen photos of Dubrovnik, know that the town is one-hundred times more breathtaking in real life!

The architecture and the atmosphere are simply magnificent. However, with its massive popularity come massive crowds too, and much higher prices in Dubrovnik . For this reason, it is best to avoid visiting the city on a day trip as this will only guarantee that the city will be packed with tourists. During the summer, Dubrovnik is best enjoyed in the early mornings and in the late afternoons.

View overlooking the town of Dubrovnik framed by blurred, purple lavender with mountains visible behind the town surrounded by the blue Adriatic Sea.

Hvar Island is an iconic destination on every Croatia travel itinerary . While this island is known for its high-class visitors, there are plenty of activities and places to explore that are more casual and budget-friendly as well. The island is best explored by renting a scooter, allowing you to visit charming towns and gorgeous Hvar beaches at your own pace. Just watch out for sharks in Croatia !

A view of Hvar Town's waterfront promenade on a bright and sunny summer day.

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Pag is known as Croatia’s party island and is the place where many young people love to go to experience the famous nightclubs in Novalja. In addition to an unforgettable party scene, the island offers some pretty unique landscapes and hidden beaches worth checking out.

A view over the town of Novalja on Pag Island, one of Croatia's largest party destinations.

Croatia Off the Beaten Path

There is much more to Croatia than the destinations mentioned above. The cities mentioned are simply recommendations for first-time visitors and solo travelers coming to Croatia.

Of course, there are many off-the-beaten-path destinations that are worth combining with the more popular and touristy locations. Depending on what your travel style is or what you wish to experience, you may be interested in visiting Trogir , Šibenik , Gorski Kotar, Varaždin, or some of the many other hidden gems Croatia has to offer .

There is also an entire region that is often left unexplored by tourists but is well worth visiting. This region is located in the northeastern section of the country and is known as Slavonia. Slavonia is home to some pretty incredible cuisine and also Europe’s largest wetland known as Kopački Rit. A few places worth visiting in Slavonia include the town of Osijek, the traditional villages of Baranja, and the city of Vukovar to learn more about Croatia’s history.

Getting Around Croatia Solo

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The absolute best way to explore Croatia is definitely by renting a car . If you are planning on staying in Croatia for a short amount of time but want to see the most the country has to offer, then renting a car in Croatia is the way to go.

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This is the most ideal way of traveling through Croatia as the country is relatively small, and most places can easily be reached in just a few hours. Plus, as with any road trip , renting a car will allow you to stop at interesting destinations along the way.

The highways in Croatia are in great condition and the road signage is very clear, so you should have no problem navigating.

However, you will want to be a little more cautious when driving in smaller cities as the roads tend to be narrower and the traffic denser. Oftentimes you will find many one-way roads (for example in Zagreb) as well as roundabouts. As long as you are alert you should be fine.

Croatia by Bus

If you’re not up for renting a car, Croatia has an excellent bus system. The buses in Croatia are first-class and offer an incredible amount of connections both within Croatia and the surrounding countries.

There are frequent buses that cover both short and long distances between the largest cities all the way to the tiniest villages. I recommend booking through Flixbus because they have great connections and are the most affordable. Their buses are also newer, have air-conditioning, and some even offer wifi.

In almost every large town and city, there will be a bus terminal ( autobusni kolodvor ) that sells bus tickets. There, you will be able to see the current bus timetables and purchase your tickets. Depending on the time of year you visit, bus prices may fluctuate, so it is best to check the latest pricing online or at the bus terminal itself.

Information for the major bus terminals can be found here:

  • Zagreb Bus Terminal
  • Split Bus Terminal
  • Dubrovnik Bus Terminal

Croatia by Train

The train system in Croatia is quite limited and is not as well connected as the bus system. There is also no train service that travels along the Croatian coast, making this option unsuitable for most visitors. For this reason, I rarely ever recommend planning to explore Croatia via train.

Croatia Travel Tips: Advice for Solo Travelers

Solo female traveler wandering around Trogir, Croatia

Croatia is generally a very safe country and violent crime is a rarity. However, it is important to use common sense and trust your gut just as you would anywhere else.

Combine Destinations

When traveling to Croatia, I recommend combining more popular destinations with those that are off the beaten path. This way, you get the opportunity to meet people in the busier locations, while still enjoying more local experiences in destinations that are less traveled.

Many travelers also like combining a visit to Italy and Croatia into one trip!

Stay in the Town Center

When booking your accommodation, I recommend staying in the town center if possible. This will often lead to unplanned discoveries and introduction to new people (or potential friends).

Choose Your Timing Carefully

The time of year you visit has the chance to make or break your visit to Croatia. If you can, I highly recommend visiting during the shoulder seasons, which includes the months of May and June as well as September and October.

Another thing to keep in mind is that the number of flights flying into and out of Croatia is reduced before and after the summer season. For this reason, it might be difficult to find good connections to destinations like Pula, Split, Dubrovnik, and Zadar. This is just something to take into consideration when planning your trip to Croatia.

Croatia is Officially Part of the Schengen

On January 1st, 2023, Croatia officially entered the Eurozone and the Schengen. What this means is that you can visit Croatia on a Schengen Visa, but once your visa expires, you will need to leave Croatia. It also means that Croatia’s former currency, the Kuna, has been officially replaced with the Euro.

A gorgeous sunset over the small town of Tribunj in Croatia located on the Adriatic Sea.


Pickpocketing and petty theft happen much less in Croatia compared to other European nations, however, you still want to keep an eye on your belongings at all times. Being aware of your surroundings is important no matter where in the world you are, so a few key rules to follow are:

  • Never let your purse hang from the back of your chair
  • Don’t keep your phone or wallet in your back pocket
  • If you’re at the beach, leave your belongings in a place where you can see them while swimming

Cash is King

While you can use credit cards in most shops and restaurants in Croatia, you will still want to carry cash with you. The majority of bars and cafes throughout the country are cash-only. If you are in a smaller town or village, you can expect to pay with cash at restaurants and even some local boutiques.

Remember: the official currency of Croatia is now the Euro, so you will want to have cash in Euro.

ATMs throughout the country are plentiful, as are money exchange offices, so it should not be a problem to withdraw or exchange cash if you need to.

Where to Travel After Croatia

Croatia’s central location makes it an excellent base for exploring the rest of Europe. It is in close proximity to a large number of fantastic countries worth exploring that can all be reached in just a few hours. If you are looking to continue traveling, you absolutely can.

Here are some nearby countries worth visiting:

Just north of Croatia is the beautiful country of Slovenia. Its lovely capital of Ljubljana is a short 2.5 hour bus ride from Zagreb , or it can be reached by car in just over an hour. Slovenia is a country that offers tons of natural beauty and is dotted with stunning national parks and alpine villages.

View of Ljubljana from the river. | Day trip from Zagreb Croatia

Austria, Vienna in particular, is a very popular destination among Croatians as it can be very easily reached by car. Vienna is a beautiful city made up of stunning architecture and gorgeous imperial palaces like Schönbrunn, the main summer residence of the Habsburg monarchy. This capital city can be reached in just over four hours by car when traveling from Zagreb.

Hungary is an incredible, yet underrated country in Europe that is definitely worth visiting. The capital of Budapest is just a 3.5 hour drive from Zagreb and is a cool city filled with hidden bars, unique neighborhoods, and magnificent architecture.

A beautiful view over the Széchenyi Chain Bridge in Budapest, Hungary

If you are traveling in the Istria region of Croatia, you may notice that it is quite reminiscent of Italy. That’s because Istria was once part of Italy! You can easily extend your trip from Croatia to Italy by hopping over to Venice via ferry from Rovinj or Pula. Alternatively, driving to Venice from Rovinj will take just over 3 hours by car.

Bosnia & Herzegovina

When traveling throughout southern Croatia, you might consider extending your trip to Bosnia & Herzegovina. The fascinating city of Mostar is a popular day-trip from Dubrovnik where people flock to admire the bridge and historic old town. If you have time, spend a few days exploring the rest of the country by checking out Kravice Falls and paying a visit to Sarajevo.

Montenegro is a gorgeous country located just a short drive away from Dubrovnik, making it the perfect choice for extending your travels. Montenegro offers many incredible experiences including the impressive Bay of Kotor, the beautiful Durmitor National Park, and the enchanting medieval town of Budva, just to name a few.

Croatia Solo Travel: Final Thoughts

Croatia is a country that, although growing in popularity, is still somewhat of a hidden gem. Its incredible food, breathtaking natural beauty, and great travel infrastructure make it an excellent choice for all types of travelers. Even more so, Croatia’s safety makes it a top destination for those who love exploring solo, or for those who are looking to embark on their first ever solo adventure.

Have more questions about traveling Croatia solo? I can answer them and give you personalized advice in a one-on-one call .

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💸 What is the currency in Croatia? As of January 1st, 2023, the official currency of Croatia is the Euro and NOT the Kuna (which is also the name of the national animal of Croatia ). 🇭🇷 What language do they speak in Croatia? Croatian is the official language of Croatia . Learn some phrases in Croatian before your trip with the Ling app ! 🚑 Should I buy Croatia travel insurance? 10000% YES – Seriously, don’t leave home without it . You never know what can happen on the road. I like SafetyWing because they provide excellent coverage for as little as $1.50 a day. 📱 Will my phone work in Croatia? Maybe – check with your provider to see if you’ll have service while traveling Croatia. If you don’t have service (or it’s too expensive) I recommend getting an eSIM like Airalo . Airalo allows you to have data while traveling without the high costs of roaming. They have super affordable plans available for 190+ countries, including Croatia. Download the app and get your plan before you leave home so that you have data as soon as you touch down in Croatia! 🏨 What’s the best way to book my Croatia accommodations? For Croatia hotels, Booking is by far the best site. 🛫 What’s the best site to buy Croatia flights? I always use Skyscanner to find the cheapest flights. 🚗  Is it safe to rent a Car in Croatia? Yes! – In fact, renting a car in Croatia is one of the best ways to see the country! I recommend Discover Cars because they check both local and international rental companies to ensure you get the best deal. (Get your Croatia road trip itinerary here ) 💦 Is it safe to drink the water in Croatia? Tap water in Croatia is completely safe to drink , so bring your reusable water bottle and fill up! 🪪 Do I need a visa for Croatia? Depending on where you are coming from you may or may not need a visa to enter Croatia. Check the official Republic of Croatia Ministry of Foreign Affairs website for more information on who should apply for a visa.

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Fueled by her passion for travel and her Croatian heritage, Olivia left the USA in 2014 to study abroad in Croatia where she has been living ever since. She founded Inspired by Croatia to share travel tips, destination guides, and exclusive local insights about the country she now calls home.

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Croatia is a gorgeous destination to explore. If you are planning to solo travel Croatia, below is our guide on solo female travel Croatia, including the best places to stay in Croatia, where to go in Croatia and the best Croatia tour companies. Find out how to get from the airports, the best way to get around Croatia and things to do in Croatia for solos.

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Croatia is a popular tourist destination with Old Towns, history and plenty of seafood. This country is so open to tourism that it is easy to solo travel in Croatia; that's why we've given it 4 out of 5 stars. It is a popular tourist destination with great infrastructure, good transport systems and so many places to stay.

No matter which destination you visit, you're likely to meet other travellers too. The country is popular with Australians and New Zealanders who you are guaranteed to meet if you decide to do a sailing trip around the party islands in Croatia. 

Is Croatia safe to travel alone? Yes. Croatians are proud of their country and heritage. The younger people generally speak English if you need any help whilst in the country. The whole country is not only beautiful but has a comfortable vibe for solos.

Just be prepared that the customer service may not be what you're used to, and the beaches aren't sandy. Croatia is a wonderful country to explore independently but you may prefer a group tour for your Croatia travels. 

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About Croatia

Croatia was once a destination kept under the radar, but nowadays sees this Mediterranean country rapidly growing as a tourist destination with old towns, diverse islands and a vibrant night scene all adding to its appeal for both older and younger solos.

Sharing borders with Slovenia, Hungary, Serbia, Montenegro, and Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia is part of former Yugoslavia. The country declared independence in 1991 causing the Croatian conflict which lasted until 1995. Nowadays this peaceful country attracts those who come for the dramatic Dalmatian coastline, Renaissance walled towns and of course, its Croatian charm.

* Before you travel, check what paperwork or visas are required for Croatia .

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Game of Thrones used Dubrovnik's Old Town as one of their filming locations

Known as the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic,’ the City of Dubrovnik i s a UNESCO World Heritage Site and its timeless beauty makes it a mecca for history lovers. Dubrovnik is the best place to visit in Croatia if you have never been to the country before. 

Once a great trading hub, the city is now one of the biggest tourist destinations in the Mediterranean city with outside cafes and a quaint marina. One of the main draws of Croatia tourism to Dubrovnik are the Game of Thrones locations. Movie GatGs will recognise many of the settings in this city which starred in the popular series. 

This Croatia city has a magical feel about it. Meander through the secret alleyways of this gorgeous old town and get lost in its timeless beauty, or just people watch whilst tucking into some fresh seafood al-fresco style. The city walls are some of the best preserved in Europe and are best seen early in the morning or at sunset where you can walk along the ancient walls for views of the old town and the sea. 

Other things to do in Dubrovnik include learning more about the city’s past with a scenic cable car ride and a visit to the war museum, a must see in Croatia to understand its past. Looking out at one of the most iconic images of Croatia, it’s hard to believe that this was once a town that had been bombed less than thirty years before.  * Related Post: Solo Travel in Dubrovnik

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Rich in history and easily accessible by boat from Dubrovnik, it’s easy to see why Lokrum , Croatia was chosen as a destination with its rugged cliffs, olive groves, and pine tree forest trails that lead to the beach. The island was once a settlement for the Benedictine monks and the Benedictine monastery is one of greatest importance in the Dubrovnik area.

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Can there be a prettier place than Plitvice Lakes?

Plitvice Lakes

For nature GatGs the tranquility of the Plitvice Lakes are hard to beat.  Known for its lakes, alpine forests and heavenly waterfalls, Plitvice National Park has some of Europe’s oldest woodlands and was once called “the devil’s gardens,” because of its dense forests. W ell sign-posted hiking trails lead you through this stunning landscape and its turquoise-coloured lakes.

As one of the country's most popular tourist attractions you could easily spend a whole day here losing yourself within its natural beauty. It's easy to see why it's one of the best places to visit in Croatia. 

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The party island of Hvar

For festival GatGs,  Croatia has made quite a name for itself on the festival scene. You'll find festivals throughout the country and islands.  Visit in the summer and you’ll be dancing to world class DJs in your flip flops. Hvar town is a mecca for partygoers and has some of the best nightlife in Croatia.

There is even a tiny  party island with an exclusive nightclub that you have to take the ferry to.  Head to the northern side of Hvar to Stari Grad , one of the oldest towns in Europe where you can sample  some of Croatia's best wine.

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A colouful tram in Zagreb

Although Dubrovnik is one of the most visited places in Croatia, Zagreb is the capital. This is the largest city with plenty of parks and Habsburg architecture to admire. One of the things to do in Zagreb includes trying a local coffee. Zagreb is one of the best cities to visit in Croatia for a vibrant cafe culture.

Even in the winter you’ll find locals sitting al fresco underneath heated lamps sipping their coffee or whiling away their evenings in one of the bohemian bars at Tkalciceva Street. Zagreb is home to the Museum of Broken Relationships. For any of us that has ever had a failed relationship, this museum is sure to bring back some memories. 

Located at the foothills of Mt. Medvednica, Zagreb has an Upper and a Lower Town. The small funicular railway that runs between the two makes it easy to get around. The Lower Town is where you’ll find many of the museums and if you visit in the summer you can take part in one of the cultural festivals too; one of the free things to do in Croatia. 

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St Donatus Church in Zadar

Zadar   is a city rich in heritage with a history that dates back 3000 years.  Marble streets gleam back at you as you wander past Roman ruins, ancient monuments and archaeological gems from the Renaissance and Medieval times.

It is also home to the Sea Organ, a unique piece of architecture that plays as the waves come in, and the Monument of the Sun which lights up after dusk. If you're looking to skydive Croatia, Zadar has one of the most panoramic locations and beautiful views of the mountains, making it one of the best places in Croatia to paraglide and skydive . 

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Rovinj is a little gem which many people miss off their Croatia itinerary. This charming fishing port on the west coast of the Istrian peninsula, has an Italian flair.  It was once of the most important towns in Istria under the Republic of Venice and is now a romantic Mediterranean town. But you don’t need a partner to visit this small coastal city and its Croatia sights, just yourself and your sense of adventure will do.

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Al Fresco dining in Split

Female solo travel in Split Croatia, for the  gateway to the islands. Split is where most of the sailing trips depart from such as Sail Croatia yacht charters . But there is another reason for visiting Croatia’s second-largest city. Diocletian’s Palace is one of the best things to do in Split. It is one of the most impressive Roman ruins in the world and this ancient fortress now forms the Old Town of Split.

Marble was imported from Greece and Italy and even sphinxes were sent from Egypt to build the palace.  Renaissance-style palaces, Gothic palaces and 13th-century Romanesque churches also make up part of the complex. Inside the Old Town, you'll find cafes, shops and bar-hoppers amongst the few thousand residents who live within the UNESCO-protected remains.

For views of the Old Town, climb the bell tower of the Cathedral of Saint Domnius, one of the iconic symbol of the city. If you are hopping on. a sailing trip, seeing the Old Town from above before your trip is a Croatia must see.

To head to the seaside, choose Baska Voda , a day trip from Split and a former fishing village where you can hike or just hang out on the beach. There are villages nearby where you can sample their artisan delicacies then head back to Split for the evening.

If you're looking for a nice beach, head to the island of Brac . Zlatni Rat beach is one of the best beaches in Croatia. It isn't sandy as it's made of pebbles but it is long and golden and referred to as the ‘Golden Horn beach.' Brac Island is the longest island in central Dalmatia and the ferry from Split only takes about an hour. 

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Explore the Croatian islands

Croatia's Islands

Other top things to do in Croatia is to take a day trip to the lesser-known destinations. Visit Trogir , a Croatian island which resembles a small Split with a pretty fortress and medieval streets to wander around. Or explore the architectural gems of Sibenik , a coastal destination which is fast-becoming a place to visit.

From here you can Krka National Park , another of the country’s regions of nature and one of the country's beautiful national parks. 

If you choose to go island hopping, Vis is the furthest island from the coast and was once a military base. Mljet  is an island to escape the crowds and fall in love with nature. Known as the “Green Island” Mljet National Park is abundant in vegetation with panoramic coastlines and reefs to explore.

Rab is also one of the greenest islands in the Adriatic and has a historic town dating back to 360 BC. Then there's  Lastovo which remains relatively untouched and is off the beaten path (or sail) with an air of Croatian mystery.

The Brijuni Islands are perfect for the history GatG. These fourteen small islands on the Istrian peninsula make up the Brijuni National Park with geological and archaeological sites. You can also see dinosaur footprints here!

There are so many natural Croatia attractions. If you love medieval history, walled old towns, islands, partying and festivals then you simply have to experience solo travel Croatia. 

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G Adventures Croatia  

Travel to Croatia on your own and you'll be able to navigate your way around but if you feel more comfortable in a group for either part of your Croatia trip or the whole duration, G Adventures is a responsible tour company which mainly caters towards budget travellers. Most tours to Croatia have an average of 12 people and there is no upper age limit. Once you book your trip you pay extra for any excursions you want to do when you’re there.

Starting from 7 day trips from Zagreb to Dubrovnik you can explore Croatia overland or on a sailing trip. If you are planning to explore the Balkans, they also offer trips to Montenegro and Bosnia. If you have longer than 2 weeks you can travel with them down to Greece or explore 9 countries within a month with their classic tour. I have personally used G Adventures and recommend them as a solo female friendly company. 

* Click here for the full itineraries, prices, and start dates

Intrepid Travel Croatia

Intrepid Travel is similar to G Adventures with an average of 12 people on each tour. Over 50% of people using their trips are solo travellers. As well as G Adventures, they also offer the best tours of Croatia but tend to have a more comfortable style of accommodation hence the trips can appear a bit more costly than G Adventures.

Their Croatia only tours start from an 8 day Croatia Sailing Adventure from Split to Dubrovnik, to a 29 day Vienna to Dubrovnik trip, combining a tour in Croatia with neighbouring countries. With both tour companies you share a room with someone of the same gender or you can pay extra for your own room. Read our   Intrepid Travel Reviews

Travel Talk – If you’ve ever wanted to sail around the Mediterranean but have no experience as a sailor, then hop aboard a Travel Talk sailing tour instead. Sail from Dubrovnik to Split in 8 days or Split to Dubrovnik in reverse. Breakfasts and lunch are prepared onboard daily and you get to spend the evenings in a different port. Aimed at 18 to 39-year-olds, the sailing trips are week-long and as a solo, you get paired up in a cabin. 

* Check Croatia sailing tours and prices  

Local Tours

  • Secret Zagreb – Explore the secret side of the city on a Secret Zagreb Walk, join a ghost tour and learn about notorious witch hunts and dark Croatian writers or take their Badass Women of Zagreb day tour and learn about some of Croatia's most remarkable women.
  • Zadar Walking Tour – You can easily do your own walking tour around Zadar especially the Old Town but if you prefer the chance to meet others and learn about what you are seeing join a walking tour like this one. 

Get Your Guide – Get Your Guide helps you to find top-rated activities and tours in worldwide destinations including Croatia. Choose from a 2-hour Game of Thrones tour in Dubrovnik, a visit to Diocletian’s Palace in Split, or a walking tour in Zagreb. Some of the tours require a minimum of 2 people but there are plenty to book as a solo including small group full day tours with a tour guide, and it’s really simple to use. Just check the reviews, price and availability then book online for your solo trip to Croatia. * Check all prices and day tours in Croatia

Best accommodation in Croatia for solos

Depending on what type of accommodation in Croatia you are looking for, you can find anything from a bed in one of the youth hostels to studio apartments just outside the Old Town of Dubrovnik. Even universities open up their rooms during the summer months so you can get a private room for a bargain price.

Beach hotels, self-catering villas in Croatia and 5-star resorts cater from the budget-conscious including camping to the more luxurious traveller looking for a more indulgent Croatia vacation. There is also Airbnb where you can stay with locals. 

All of the accommodation below have been recommended by solo female travellers from our Girls about the Globe community and come with a Solo Female Friendly endorsement. For more destinations and other Croatia hotels, click here for a list of the best accommodation in Croatia for solos.

  • To book, check prices or availability for all accommodation Croatia

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Dubrovnik – Hostel Angelina Old Town

It may be small but this hostel is only a few hundred yards away from the beach and Pile Gate, and in a really convenient location. There’s a shared kitchen area and fab views from the upper floors. The staff are helpful and on hand to give you any tips about the city and organise some events at the hostel.

There is a large kitchen where you can cook your own meals and eat on the terrace. The beds are comfortable and if you choose a private room you may be in the annex building with some of the dormitories.

  • Prices from £18 per person per night for a bed in a mixed dorm
  • To book, check prices or availability for Hostel Angelina Old Town  

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Dubrovnik – Hotel Adria

Escape the Old Town and stay in Gruz instead. This 4 star hotel offers views of the bay and the Elafiti Islands and is only a short bus trip from the Old Town. Watch the ferries come into the bay whilst enjoying some local cuisine or the buffet breakfast (which is additional). If you need to unwind after a days’ sightseeing, go for a dip in the swimming pool or relax in the spa.

If you’re hiring a car there are parking spaces at the hotel. They also arrange your airport shuttle if you don't have car rental. The rooms are extremely clean and come with air conditioning, a satellite TV and a hairdryer. Choose from a standard double or twin room. You can also upgrade to a sea view or half board option.

  • Prices from £38 for a double room with a private bathroom
  • To book, check prices or availability for Hotel Adria

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Split – Downtown Hostel

In a good location with very friendly staff, Downtown Hostel is within the Palace of Diocletian. It’s also close to the beach, just a 10 minute stroll away. There is a shared kitchenette, modern bathrooms, and the hostel offers bike hire so you can explore more of the area.

Because of its location, expect to hear music until the early hours but you can always meet others in the common room for some company in the evenings. The 24 hour reception is ideal if you are arriving late into Split, and the bus station and ferry is nearby making it easy to arrive or depart from. Choose from a bed in a 4 or 8 mixed dorm room, or upgrade to a double room with your own private bathroom.

  • Prices from £14 a night in an 8-bed mixed dorm
  • To book, check prices or availability for  Downtown Hostel

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Zagreb – Main Square Hostel

Aptly named after its location, you’ll find this cool hostel in the main square close to the popular Ban Jelacic Square and bars and restaurants. With bright rooms and high ceilings you’ll have lots of privacy in the boxed-shape beds. The rooms are en suite too.

The hostel has a nice vibe and it’s a great place to relax and chat to other travellers in the lounge area. The staff are accommodating and will help will any advice you need on Zagreb and are on hand 24 hours a day.

They have 4, 6 and 8 bed dorms including a female-only one (6 beds) or you can chose a double room with a balcony if you need more privacy.

  • Prices from £11 for a bed in an 8 bed dorm
  • To book, check prices or availability for Main Square Hostel

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Zagreb – Swanky Mint Hostel

Located in the centre of Zagreb, this funky hostel is ideally based for those wanting to sightsee. The staff are really friendly and there is a downstairs bar to mingle with others. The lockers aren’t that big though so take a padlock with you to lock your bags. They have different size dorms from 4 beds to 11 beds plus a 6-bed female dorm; or pay extra for a studio or double room.

  • Prices from £20 for a bed in an 8 bed dorm room
  • To book, check prices or availability for Swanky Mint Hostel

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If you are touring Croatia on your own, hiring a car is easy but the Croatian drivers do drive a bit erratically so take care on your road trips driving in Croatia. There are one-way systems in Split which can be a bit confusing.

The country is beautiful to drive around. The Croatia coast and the road from Split to Dubrovnik is a stunning scenic one which takes you through the border of Bosnia. To hire a car I recommend pre-booking your car hire so you can collect your car when you arrive at the airport. If you are taking it one-way you may encounter a one-way fee. Check prices for renting a car in Croatia here

If you are planning on travelling Croatia without a car, t he country is well connected with the Croatia bus network making it easy for travelling to Croatia alone. The bus from Split to Dubrovnik takes approximately 3 hours and costs £17. Be prepared to pay extra for your bags and to not have air-conditioning. Find out more about Croatia buses

Public transport also includes train travel which connect the major Croatia cities. Seat61 has great information about individual train journeys including the Split Zagreb train that takes over 6 hours.

There isn't a Dubrovnik Zagreb train so you have to either take a bus or ferry to Split then a train from there.  But if you are short on time then taking a tour or hiring a car for the day is the best way to travel around Croatia to visit places out of the way.

If you’re planning on spending some time on the islands then consider a sailing trip. Not only is this a great way to see more than one island but you also get to sleep onboard a yacht and experience the coastline. Sail Croatia as a solo traveller and you usually have to share a cabin with someone else or you can pay a supplement to have a cabin to yourself. 

How to get around Croatia islands

You'll find many people backpacking through Croatia who choose to go on a sailing trip. These are a great way to see the country and the best way to travel through Croatia stopping off at islands, sunbathing on the yachts and sharing lunch and dinner with like-minded others.

But if you are on a budget then the cheapest way to see the islands are by the Croatia ferries. Taxi boats can take you anywhere you want to go. You can reach Dubrovnik from Split by taking a 4.5 hour ferry ride. The ferry costs approx £30. There are also car ferries from Split to Vis. 

One of our favourite travel tips is to use Use Rome2Rio to check your journeys

There are so many lovely places to see that you should definitely spend a week here. Even Dubrovnik itself is worth 2 days in Croatia at the very minimum but it isn't one of the cheapest places in Croatia so you may prefer to move on after a few nights.

If you live in Europe you can visit one of the cities for a 3 night break. Whether you are planning a 10 day trip to Croatia or looking for a 2 week Croatia itinerary, h ere are examples of a Croatia solo itinerary to help:

Croatia itinerary 8 days (7 nights):

  • Stay in Split and do day trips to the islands from there.
  • Zadar (3 nights), Sibenik (2 nights), Split (2 nights)
  • Dubrovnik (4 nights), Split (3 nights)

10 day Croatia itinerary:

  • Zagreb (3 nights), Dubrovnik (4 nights), Split (3 nights)
  • Split (3 nights), Hvar (3 nights), Dubrovnik (4 nights)
  • Dubrovnik (3 nights), Tisno (1 night), Zadar (2 nights), Pula (2 nights), Zagreb (2 nights)

Croatia itinerary 14 days:

  • Dubrovnik (3 nights), Split (3 nights), Zadar (3 nights), Pltivice Lakes (2 nights), Zagreb (3 nights)
  • Zagreb (3 nights), Plitvice Lakes National Park (1 night), Zadar (3 nights), Split (3 nights), Trogis (1 night), Dubrovnik (3 nights).

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If you need a guide book for your travels, our Girl about the Globe Guide to Croatia is written by solo females for solo females. We have chosen the best destinations in Croatia for women travelling solo, included all of our favourite must-sees, restaurants, bars, and recommended accommodation for you to stay in, and added a few solo and local tips too.

We know that not every woman travels the same so we’ve split this guide into different types of solos. Find out how to escape the crowds, the best places to interact with the locals, where to go for the best view and what to do in the evenings. Follow our 7-14 day itinerary for a recommended route and discover the best of Croatia, one solo footprint at a time.   * Find out more about our Croatia guide book here

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Now you know what to do in Croatia, what do you pack? We have created a guide of our favourite travel products to help you decide what to take. One of our favourite travel products for Croatia is P20 suntan lotion. This is perfect if you are planning a sailing trip around the Croatian islands. Find out why we love this below and click on the link to discover all of our favourite travel products:

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Your budget may determine when you can visit Croatia. The most expensive time to go is during the school holidays in July and August. If you don't like crowds or the heat then avoid these two months and travel before or after instead.

The best time to solo female travel in Croatia is May and June or September. October is still a great time to go here if you’re not planning to sunbathe as the weather is slightly cooler for sightseeing.

The best cities in Croatia to visit in the winter months are Dubrovnik and Zagreb where there are still activities in the low season. Seeing the frozen Plitvice Lakes is stunning.

Croatia is popular with cruise ships so you will find that Dubrovnik’s Old Town gets busy with passengers disembarking ships between March to October, the peak season. Plan your trip and Croatia sightseeing around the cruise ships for a quieter holiday.

This chart shows the average maximum day temperatures for Split (from January to December).

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Croatia is a safe country to explore but travel insurance is always recommended especially if your Croatia travel itinerary involves a rental car or sailing trip.

True Traveller and World Nomads are two insurance companies which can cover travel to Croatia. True Traveller is available to UK and European residents, and World Nomads is available to over 100 countries worldwide, including the USA and UK. For digital nomads, Safety Wing is a nomad insurance that covers people from all over the world.

All companies allow you to buy insurance when you are already on the road and offer different plans depending on your needs including additional adventure cover.

* Check insurance cover and prices for True Traveller

N.b. World Nomads provides travel insurance for travellers in over 100 countries. As an affiliate, we receive a fee when you get a quote from World Nomads using this link. We do not represent World Nomads. This is information only and not a recommendation to buy travel insurance.

There are nine airports in Croatia of which seven operate as international airports. Low cost airlines such as Easyjet, Vueling, Wizz Air and Germanwings fly into Croatia.

If you are looking for a cheap flight to Croatia, low cost airlines also fly into Zagreb. Below are 5 of the main airports and how to get to and from each one. For all other airports check Rome 2 Rio.

From Dubrovnik Airport –  From the airport it takes 25 minutes in a taxi into Dubrovnik and will cost you approx £40. Save your pounds by taking an airport shuttle instead which stops at Pile Gate (easy to access the old town) and also the Gruz Port bus station. The bus takes 30 minutes and costs £6. It departs hourly. 

From Pula Airport – Taxis cost £16 and take 8 minutes or there is a shuttle for £11 which only takes 15 minutes. You need to pre-book the shuttle. Check here for details 

From Split Airport – Line 37 bus operates from the airport to the city. They depart every 30 minutes and cost £3 for the 40 minute journey. Click here for timetables . Taxis are quicker and will cost you £40 for the 25 minute journey.

From Zadar Airport – Zadar has its own airport but it’s easy to get here from Split or Zagreb. A taxi costs £20 for the 12 minute journey. There are airport buses from Zadar which run from the airport terminal to the Old Town and bus/train station. These cost £3 and take approx 20 minutes. Check bus schedules here  

From Zagreb Airport –  Buses run from the airport to Zagreb’s main bus station. Bus company Pleso Prijevoz leaves 30 minutes from early morning until 8pm and takes 30 minutes costing £5. From the main station you can take tram 6 to the city centre.

Taxis cost approximately £29 for the 20 minute journey. You can also book a bus shuttle on demand. The prices differ depending on your destination. Click here for details  

* Feel more confident when you solo travel in Croatia with someone waiting for you at the airport when you pre-book a transfer with Hoppa ,

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Croatia borders Slovenia, Hungary, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Montenegro.  Being on the border of so many countries means that you have a wide choice of places to travel to next. You can even travel across the water to Italy.

If you are exploring more of Europe, the best way to travel to Croatia is by bus from these countries. When you are traveling around Croatia and driving to Dubrovnik you do cross the border of Bosnia and Herzegovina so you'll need to have your passport ready. 

To Italy – You can reach Italy by ferry from either Hvar which goes to Pescara, Zadar to Ancona,  or Rovinj to Venice. Direct Ferries have timetables.  

To other European countries

Buses – International buses run from Zagreb to other European countries such as Austria, Italy, Germany, Switzerland and Slovenia. Travel from Dubrovnik to the Bay of Kotor (a stunning place).

Train – You can also take a train which although may be a bit slower, can be a good way of seeing the scenery. Trains go to Germany, Slovenia, Serbia, Bosnia, Hungary and Austria. The main train station in Zagreb takes credit cards and the staff speak good English.

Where can I go from here?

  • Bosnia – 50 mins
  • Austria – 1 hr 10 mins
  • Serbia – 1 hour

Social Impact Programs

Batana Eco-Museum – What started as an effort to preserve local traditions has ended in the construction and opening of a wonderful museum dedicated to keeping the community’s heritage alive. Not only does the museum do an amazing job in raising awareness of the batana boat’s history, but also strive towards innovating cultural tourism and through programs implement sustainable development within the local community.  

Invisible Zagreb – Similarly, to Invisible Ljubljana, this tour through Zagreb’s many streets is led by current or former homeless people. Discover the city through their personal stories of living on its streets and learn about extreme poverty and life on the streets. The tours are free but do not forget to tip your guide afterwards!  

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Hotel Slavija  

I have stayed at this hotel in Split multiple times ever since I was a child. Not only is it the oldest operating hotel of the city, but it is located in the center of the Diocletian Palace. When you wake up, go outside onto your balcony and look down. Winding streets, grand Roman temples, and the sound of distant church bells will greet you! The hotel caters organic and local food, recovers and reuses rainwater and have installed solar thermal panels. Furthermore, they offer discounts to anyone who is a member of associations connected to nature and culture. – Sara Schmidt.

  • Prices from £128 / €149 per night for a double room
  • Check prices, dates and availability: Hotel Slavija

Crna Punta Lighthouse  

If a standard hotel sounds a bit boring to you, why not sleep in a lighthouse? This beautiful lighthouse turned accommodation, is surrounded by forests and the ocean and nothing else! True isolation and true bliss! Enjoy the private beach, pick fruits and mushrooms along the forest path, and appreciate the little green touches such as solar thermal panels and water flow reducers that make this place special and sustainable!  

* Check prices, dates and availability: Crna Punta Lighthouse

Issues affecting v ulnerable girls in Croatia  

  • Croatia has made progress in terms of gender equality, but some sectors are still in need of improvement. Women do well in education on all levels. Nevertheless, they earn significantly less than their male counterpart and overall, less women are employed. Read more…  
  • Children in Croatia face abuse and poverty. Especially, Roma children are often discriminated against and deemed inferior which accelerates the already high school- drop-out rate and illiteracy rate.
  • Child marriage is a common issue in Croatia, with many girls, especially of Roma descent, being forced into marriage when pregnant. Read more…  

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  • Can I drink the water? Yes but check with your accommodation before you drink the tap water or take your own water filter with you.
  • Is tipping expected? Yes. Leave at least 10% if you can. 
  • Fixed price or barter? Usually fixed price. 
  • Any ATMs?  Yes. 
  • Which side of the road do they drive ? The right-hand side. 
  • Good for vegetarians?  Yes.
  • Any seven wonders of the world?  No but Dubrovnik's Old Town should be. 

Croatia Map

Plan a Trip to Croatia

If you are ready to plan a trip to Croatia here are some useful links to help you plan your Croatia holidays including airlines which fly there, where you can volunteer and eco accommodation.

Budget Rating – £45 a day

Current Time in Zadar

Capital – Zagreb

Population – 4.253 million

Language Spoken – Croatian

Local Currency – Croatian Kuna

Do I Need a Visa?

Vaccinations Required

Useful Info

Airlines to Croatia

Best Time to Go  – July & August

Which Plug Do I Need?

UNESCO Sites in Croatia

Events & Festivals in Croatia

Local Cost Guide

Local Customs & Etiquette

Did you know?  Scenes from the Game of Thrones were filmed in Dubrovnik.

Useful Croatia phrases

If you’ve ever wanted to camp on island then Eco Camping Glavotok on the island Krk offers eco camping just minutes from the beach. They offer sports activities and horse riding to keep you entertained.

Obonjan Island is the idea place to go glamping. It is one of the islands in the Sibenik archipelago, and offers accommodation in an eco-friendly bell tent or a boutique forest lodge, all within a natural island landscape.

Stay in an eco shelter in Bisevo and help support a social entrepreneurship project. There is no running water, instead they collect the rainwater. You’ll definitely need a torch, trekking shoes and mosquito repellent for this adventure. There is a minimum stay of 3 nights. 


Volunteer in dolphin conservation and assist in the researching bottlenose dolphins to understand why they have declined by 50% in the last 50 years. This program is located in Funtana on the coast and is for 11 days. 

Cultural Experiences

Experience the culture of Croatia during their May to September festivals.

Learn how to cook Croatian style on the island of Brac with Culinary Croatia . You’ll learn the art of peka, and how to make the lamb dish vitalac, plus other techniques which date back to the Bronze age.

Sample the olive oil and wine on a day trip from Split. The island of Solta is known for its olive oil, honey and wine. Cruises take 45 minutes to reach the island and leave in the mornings and the afternoons.

Local Projects

SOS Children’s Villages have been working in Croatia since the Croatian War of Independence. They work with families who have children with mental and physical disabilities, and started a more recent programme in response to the refugee crisis.

Suncokret Center for Community Development is a non-profit organisation which was founded during the postwar period to help deprived members of the society. They give eco workshops to teach construction with natural materials and permaculture, and arrange international volunteer camps.

Mind Body & Soul

Head to the Istrian peninsula at Istarske Toplice for hot springs and thermal spas.

Summersalt Yoga offers yoga retreats with a difference. They combine yoga with their passion for surfing and stand up paddle boarding. Spend a week on a full immersion of mind, body and soul with meditation, massages, and delicious vegetarian food. They also give back to world communities and make an impact as part of the B1G1 organisation.

Suncokret Body & Soul Retreat is a unique boutique holistic yoga retreat on the island of Hvar. Take part in their holistic retreat where you can experience the cultural sites of the island to enhance your whole personal experience.

Treat yourself at the luxurious wellness and spa centre at  Hotel Dubrovnik Palace.  

Issues in the Country

Children from the Roma community face discrimination in Croatia. Not only do these children have the highest school drop-out rate in the country but their families suffer the highest rates of mortality and unemployment. 

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hi there, i only have 5 days in croatia and will be based in dubrovnik. ( July 5-9) Was hoping to do Montenegro for a day visit ? does it make sense ? And Island hoping from dubronivk – what would make sense too ? Shame that i feel i can’t possibly visit Hvar/ Split … Your advice for how to maximise my 5 days would be fantastic!

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Hi Lena, You can visit Montenegro from Croatia. There is a bus that takes you to Kotor which is a gorgeous place. There is more info in the Croatia guide 🙂

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Hello! I am going to visit Split and Dubrovnik beginning of May. Do you have experiences there at this time of the year? I was thinking that on one hand it will be nice because the big summer crowds will not be there, but on the other hand maybe the cities will be less lively so maybe it will be harder to connect with locals or other solo travellers. Do you have any advice?

Hi Anisa, I visited in July and it was busy. I would imagine that May is also busy as it’s also the cruise ship season. If you stay in hostels or join tours you’re bound to connect with other solo travellers. You could also join Couchsurfing and ask if you can meet someone for a coffee during your stay. Have you joined our Facebook community? It’s a good place to post your question too. Here’s the link to join:

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Hello. Can i visit Dubroni, Zagreb, and Split in 1 week itinerary?

Hi Cristine, yes but you may only get to spend 2 nights in each. There is a bus direct from Split to Dubrovnik x

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I am planning a 10 day trip to Croatia. I want the trip to be relaxing but also having the opportunity to explore and immerse myself in the culture. Out of your 10 day sample trip itineraries, which one should I lean more towards?

Hi Laura, that’s great that you are going to Croatia. It’s such a lovely country. If you are looking for relaxing I would suggest this itinerary: Zagreb (3 nights), Dubrovnik (4 nights), Split (3 nights). You could spend a day less in Split if you wanted to see more of the other two places or add an extra destination into it. The Plitvice Lakes are stunning and definitely worth visiting. Have an amazing time x

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Hey! I’m planning a solo trip to croatia potentially the first week of September. I was planning to fly into split but I haven’t got much further than that! I’m seeking a beach holiday, filled with food and drink. Any suggestions would be very welcome. Thanks x

Hi Sian, that’s great that you’re planning a trip to Croatia. Sign up the newsletter to receive our free Croatia ebook. I would combine Split with a couple of the islands. I loved Hvar. I recommend joining our Facebook group and asking the same question too to get other recommendations. Here’s the link to join:

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10 Best Places in Croatia for Solo Travel

Croatia has become one of the highlights of the European summer travel season – with its rich history, beautiful architecture, and abundant islands. But where are the best places in Croatia for solo travellers?

The Croatian coast is a popular, safe and easy place to visit solo thanks to its well-developed tourist infrastructure. Transport links, excursions and English-speakers easy to find. It an undaunting proposition for solo travellers. It’s fun, too! You’ll find party towns and islands popular with backpackers and solo travellers.

But it’s also easy to get off the beaten path in Croatia – just head inland or to one of the smaller lesser-known islands. In fact, you could spend a whole summer exploring Croatia and still not have seen half of it

If you’re apprehensive about solo travel in Croatia though, there are some go-to destinations where you’ll find everything you need for a stress free solo trip – including hostels, cheap rooms/dorms, easy flight or ferry connections, friendly beach bars, a youthful nightlife scene, good public transport, and a range of activities and tours suitable for solo travellers.

The hostel scene is getting better year by year, although many hostels in historic areas lack proper communal areas and/or kitchens so do check before booking if this is important to you.

Thanks to its seaside setting and immaculately restored UNESCO-listed medieval old town, Kings Landing – sorry, Dubrovnik, is arguably Croatia’s unmissable destination. A day or two is enough for Dubrovnik – the old town itself is fairly small and quietens down in the evening once the cruise ship and day trip crowds have dissipated (Dubrovnik is not a party town). But it’s worth tagging on a few days if you can as the day trip options are excellent – island hop the Elaphiti islands, taste wine and oysters on the Pelješac Peninsula, kayak around the coast, or visit Mostar or Kotor by bus.

Food and accommodation in Dubrovnik don’t come cheap though, and you’ll pay a premium to stay in the old town. Old Town Hostel and City Walls Hostel are the best hostels within the old town and both feature some quirky decor. 

Croatia’s second city of tourism is the beautiful Split, which you are likely to pass through as Split has an international airport and is the gateway to Croatia’s most popular islands. Split is an attractive destination in its own right though, with beaches nearby and the Diocletian’s Palace, an ancient Roman palace which is inhabited and forms part of the fabric of the city rather than being a preserved monument.

There’s a bit more of a buzz here than Dubrovnik, and it’s the main ferry port for the central Dalmatian islands (Hvar, Vis, Brac). Flashpackers will want to check out minimalist Gravitas or Book’n’Hook hostel which is close to the beach.

Sun sets on Zadar's historic centre

The inviting coastal city of Zadar was overlooked by tourists for a long time but has come into its own recently as an alternative to Split and Dubrovnik. An alternative which is slightly more chilled, less busy, with a slice of local life (and some decent nightlife to boot).  Buzzing bars, art installations (such as the Sea Organ) and a regeneration success story. It’s the main ferry port for the northern Dalmatian islands, which are a great choice for off-the-beaten-track island hopping.

Boutique Hostel Forum is the nicest hostel in town, whereas The Mellow Monkey is a classic backpackers’ haunt with an emphasis on social fun.

Missed off many itineraries due to its inland position, make a break for capital city Zagreb if you want to switch things up a bit. As well as cafe culture and beautiful streets with a Central European feel, you’ll also find Croatia’s edgiest urban scene. Expect creativity, clubs, great coffee, and a cool alternative streak. A hipster haven, essentially. Zagreb is blissfully free of the kind of crowds that descend upon Dubrovnik and Split in the summer, but bear in mind it does become a ghost town in August when most of its population heads to the coast.

There are plenty of great hostels in Zagreb – Swanky Mint was one of the original boutique hostels in the region and it has everything you could want in a hostel, including a pool, welcome drink and free walking tours.

Croatia’s premier summer destination is the stylish island of Hvar – think beautiful people, superyachts and upmarket nightlife. It’s swiftly becoming a party destination to rival the Med’s most glamorous: Mykonos and Ibiza. It’s also an obscenely pretty island, with the beautifully preserved Hvar Town providing the focal point. The interior of the island is dotted with lavender fields and rustic vineyards.

Hvar has the best range of hostel accommodation out of all the islands. Top choices are the centrally located White Rabbit , and The Shaka with its surfer vibes and ocean views. For something a bit more off-grid check out the beachside Castaway Eco Village .

Pula and its Roman amphitheatre from the air

Up in the north of Croatia is Istria and its gateway city, Pula. There’s an international airport in Pula which is well served by Europe’s budget airlines. Pula’s distinctive feature is the Roman amphitheatre which is one of the best-preserved examples in the world (imagine the Colosseum but with no crowds).

The city is lively and a great base for exploring Istria region, highlights include its Italian-esque medieval hilltop towns, gorgeous beaches, uninhabited Brijuni Islands, and the colourful seaside towns Rovinj and Poreč. It’s a top foodie and slow travel area. Truffles and SUP are big here. And some of Croatia’s biggest festivals (Outlook and Dimensions) are held at nearby Fort Punta Christo.

Crazy House Hostel and Riva Hostel are both friendly and central.

Pag's party beach Zrce from the air

Pag is where the young and the wild and the free come for all-night beach parties rather than historic sites. Specifically, they come to Novalja Town and nearby Zrće beach. Over the summer it hosts numerous electronic music festivals including Sonus and Hideout.

The rest of the island is quiet and undiscovered, with a barren lunar landscape, mysterious light, and empty beaches with crystal clear water. It produces some amazing cheese too.

Get the party started early at lively Hostel Zrće , which has a resort feel with its pool and plenty of open space (perfect for recovery time).

Sibenik from above

Šibenik is not as well known as some of the other destinations. But it’s beautiful harbourfront was used as a filming location for Braavos in Game of Thrones (my personal favourite of all the kingdoms for its Mediterranean vibe). Sibenik is the perfect base for taking lots of day trips on the mainland:  Zadar, Split, Primosten, and the waterfalls at Krk National Park and islands of Kornati are only a short trip away. If you’re looking for a hidden gem but still somewhere big enough to keep you entertained then Šibenik is for you.

There are also a disproportionate number of great hostels with a fresh clean design in Šibenik. Hostel Scala has a pool and private rooms.

Venetian staircase on Korcula

The Dalmatian island of Korčula is known as Croatia’s wine island (as well as the home of Marco Polo, or so the story goes). One of the southern Dalmatian islands, it’s best accessed from Dubrovnik and can be visited as a day trip but if you’re a foodie then you’re going to want to stay longer because this whole area is one giant treat. Hire a bike and cycle around the island’s easy-going vineyards, or take a day trip to nearbyPelješac Peninsula for oysters.

Stay at the relaxed Hostel Korčula which is right by the harbour and in close proximity of several excellent gelaterias.

Red rooftops and limestone cliffs of Omis

It’s a toss-up between northern city Pula and coastal secret Omiš for the final place on this list. Omiš is somehow still under the radar despite its stunning scenery –  which is reminiscent of Montenegro’s Kotor Bay – at the mouth of the River Cetina. Huge limestone karst cliffs provide the town’s backdrop – once a hiding place for pirates, these days it’s a fun playground for adventure activities. You can try white water rafting, canyoning and rock climbing and even paragliding. Omiš is also great value compared to many of Croatia’s more popular destinations.

Hostel Omis is run by the same friendly management who run Hostel Korčula. There are also several campsites on the outskirts of town if you want to continue the outdoors vibe.

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Solo Travel in Croatia: Why I Love and Recommend it

Thinking about solo travel in Croatia?

I’ll be the first to tell you- go for it. 

Croatia was somewhere that I daydreamed about for years. Not surprising, given I live in Canada and our winters last, well, forever. So when I finally got to Croatia, it was perfection.

I spent about three weeks playing in the sea and lounging on sunny beaches, exploring ancient cities and swimming in waterfalls. I visited four cities; Zadar , Split, Hvar , and Dubrovnik and would highly recommend Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast as a perfect destination for any solo traveller. Here’s why.

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Solo Travel in Croatia is Safe

If you were to ask me where I felt the safest travelling alone, one of my top answers would be Croatia, specifically the town of Zadar. This is mainly because it’s mostly locals and not as busy and hyped up as Split and Dubrovnik).  However, I never had an issue, or even thought I may have an issue, at any point of my time exploring the country.

As a solo female traveller I am used to standing out and being harassed by the men; whether they mean to be threatening or not. But it didn’t happen once in Croatia. Sure a few said ‘hi’ to me or came over to talk, but they were always respectful (even at the clubs). Maybe I was just incredibly lucky, but I’m not going to complain because it was pretty awesome and a huge perk as a solo female traveller. 

My feeling of safety wasn’t just in terms of not being harassed. I never felt like I needed to be overly alert. Either in terms of protecting myself or my belongings. I walked around by myself at night and even went swimming in the sea alone at 1am on my last night- just because I could and I wanted to. It didn’t occur to me til after the fact that it was a dumb thing to because I was alone. It’s definitely not something I would have considered doing anywhere else.

Never felt unsafe alone

Croatia is Easy to Get Around

One of the biggest reasons what I recommend solo travel in Croatia is because getting around the country on your own is a breeze . Renting a car is obviously an option but there’s no need to with the train and bus system. There are generally two types of buses: the fast buses and the slow ones. If you are in a rush, the fast ones are the best option. However if you have some time I highly recommend the slow ones. The drive is significantly more scenic (especially along the coast!). Buses do not have toilets but still stop for a break at a large station (just make sure you have coins as you do need to pay!)

To get to the islands you take the ferry. Again there are multiple choices, some a little faster than others but the main perk about there being so many options is that you don’t have to wait forever to get where you are going.

There are also plenty of public buses to the main attractions as well. For example to Krka or Plitvice National Park. You can also join tours to these sites as well but should there not be enough numbers you can always hop on a bus and go on your own. Your plans needn’t depend on anyone but you. 

Krka National Park

Plenty of Accommodation Options to Fit Your Travel Style

Hostels are generally a solo traveller’s best friend: they are budget friendly and allow you to meet people. But plenty of hostels are also party palaces and can end up leaving you exhausted and frustrated. While Croatia’s cities definitely have party hostels, there are plenty of low-key options as well. One of my favourites was Helvetia Hostel in Hvar. It’s run by a family who, while encouraging you to go out and enjoy Hvar’s famous night life, are quick to enforce silence for those staying in at night. Hostels like these are a great option and allow those who don’t like the party atmosphere (or need a break from it). 

Of course, if hostels really aren’t your thing there are plenty of guesthouses, hotels, and resorts to choose from. If you are looking to book, try I use them regularly for my own travel as many properties are refundable if your plans change.

Hostel with a pool? check.

There are Lots of Opportunities to Meet Other Travellers

One of the biggest concerns about solo travel in Croatia (and everywhere else) is how to meet people. Obviously, hostels are an obvious choice but, even if you choose not to stay in a hostel, you will have plenty of opportunities to meet other travellers throughout Croatia. As well as the group tour options to some of the country’s attractions, there are plenty of city walking tours and pub crawls for those looking for a night out.

Croatia’s coast is also popular for sailing tourism and plenty of solo travellers climb aboard for a multi-day sailing and island hopping adventure. If you are looking to join a sailing tour in Croatia, check out the options from Intrepid Travel. I sailed with them in Greece and it was one of the best experiences ever. 

Of everywhere I’ve been, I found Croatia to be one of the easiest places to make friends.

Hvar Pub Crawl

Solo Travel in Croatia can be Budget Friendly

Croatia isn’t nearly as cheap is it used to be post Game of Thrones hype and, of course, now that is uses the Euro. That being said, there are still a things you can do to help lower costs, especially as a solo traveller in Croatia. 

Here’s some simple tips for keeping on a budget travelling through Croatia’s coastal cities. – Consider staying outside of the old city itself (I stayed in a hostel in a local neighbourhood outside of Zadar- a 25 minute walk to Old Town but right by the beach, bus station, grocery store, and beach bar!) -Eat local; there’s lots of delicious and fresh food in Croatia but stay away from ocean-side restaurants or restaurants flaunting the view- they up the price, but not the quality! -Check out multiple companies before signing up for an activity or tour -Visit during the shoulder season (May/June/September) before tourist season starts, but before things start to close off for the winter. It’s cheaper and less crowded. You’ll also be thankful for the (slightly) cooler temperatures during these months. -Plan on staying in Split and Dubrovnik during the week. There’s a major influx in tourists on weekends mainly because of sailing trips. It’s not only cheaper during the week, but it’s also less crowded.

Final Thoughts on Solo Travel in Croatia

As you can no doubt tell, I loved my time in Croatia and would absolutely recommend it to any traveller. Travelling alone isn’t always easy, but if you are considering solo travel in Croatia I definitely think you should give it a shot. I hope you like it as much as I did. 


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Book your accommodation

I love and recommend  for accommodation. They have a range of hostels, guesthouses, hotels, and resorts. Plus, the platform has a great loyalty program that means the more you book, the more you can save. 

Book your tours

My go-to tour provider that I love to recommend is  GetYourGuide . They have options all over the world and partner with local companies for everything from day trips to food experiences and even airport transfers. 

Get connected

If you want to have data while travelling for online maps or any other needs, an esim is one of the easiest solutions. I’m a big fan of Airalo and have used their sim cards around the world from Brazil to Uzbekistan, Greece to the USA. It’s really easy- you download the app, pick what country you want an esim for, and after you purchase it follow the installation instructions. You can use promo code HANNAH3326 to save $3USD on your next esim purchase. 

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Question what’s the estimated cost??

Depends totally on your budget but I found Croatia pretty affordable compared to, say, somewhere in Western Europe like France or even Greece. I wrote a guest post for a fellow blogger breaking down cost. It’s geared towards mid-range travellers rather than budget travellers but I share some money saving tips and it will give you an idea. You can find it here:

Did you pre-plan what hostels you would stay at when you visited Croatia or did you fly by the seat of your pants? I’ve wanted to get an idea of how much a hostel might be for island hopping, but unfortunately I can’t find any on any hostel booking site (they maybe have 1 or 2 hostels per island).

Hi Karlie, I pre-planned because I was there during the busy season. If you will be too I definitely recommend booking in advance!

Hi Hannah, I’ll be solo for a couple weeks at the end of June, is it actually necessary to pre book the hostels as I don’t really know where in Croatia I will be at any certain time.. any help is appreciated 🙂

Hi George, if you aren’t too picky or on too much of a budget you should be ok to book a couple days before. That being said June is high season, so things may book up quickly. It’s kinda a toss up but if you are willing to be flexible you should be ok! (PS don’t skip Zadar, its great!)

My girlfriend and I are planning to go during high season (only time we BOTH could get off work) would you pre-book your ferry trips to the islands? Or would you recommend booking them when you arrive….Im just worried with it being high seasons that ferries may fill up quickly and we may not be able to get to some islands that we want to!

Thanks in advance!

Depends on where you are going. Ie there are many ferries that go out to Hvar from Split, so thats fine. But If doing Hvar to Dubrovnik like I did, book in advance. I left it till I got there and grabbed the last ticket- and that was mid Sept. Croatia is AMAZING though- enjoy!

Hi Hannah I am thinking of going to Croatia in September alone. I am thinking of flying to split then doing 10 days – which places would you recommend in that time ? And is it possible to get some recommendations for hostels to meet other people ?

Thank you 🙂

Hey Anna! I went to Croatia early September and it was gorgeous- great weather, but not quite as crowded. You can easily do Split, some islands (Hvar is great) and Dubrovnik in your 10 days. If you feel like venturing out a bit more I highly recommend Zadar- its my fav (north from split but still on the coast). For Zadar I loved the Drunken Monkey Hostel, in Hvar I used Hostel Helvetia which was great for meeting others. I think in Split I stayed in Diocletian Palace hostel which was ok and I can’t remember where in Dubrovnik but it wasn’t great so no loss there. If you can, do a day trip to Krka (from Split or Zadar) you can swim in the falls- its beautiful!

Thanks Hannah! Very helpful advice . I am now thinking of missing out Dubrovnik do you have any other places you would recommend going ? So I am flying to and from split. Plan to visit split, zadar, hvar at the moment and I have 10 days. Thanks!! Really appreciate it

I haven’t been, but I have heard great things about Makaraska as well. That being said I think you will have lots to see and do in those 10 days even if you don’t add anywhere else. There are some great boat trips you can take from Hvar Island for the day, and Krka and Plitvice are both close to Zadar.

Croatia is just amazing I did it last summer and I fell in love. And yes if someone is wondering it is really safe – I never felt in danger for one week there.

glad you loved it as much as I did 🙂

is it safe for brown faces though? is it racist?

I didn’t notice any racism. The locals are mainly caucausian but I came across a number of travellers of different races during my visit and it never came up in our discussions.

[…] of beaches, nature, and historical towns makes it a popular choice for all kinds of travellers, and Croatia is great for solo travel.  That all being said, it is a popular destination so if you plan on coming during high season […]

Hi Hannah! I’m doing a small solo stop-over in Croatia at the end of my family Europe trip in middle-May. I was wondering if you had any recommendations of MUST-SEES since I’m there for such a short time?

I definitely want to do hostels but wanted a mix of both party/quiet time but still want to be able to meet new people.

Do you suggest booking tours in advance, or just wandering around the city and seeing what I run into due to my time frame? I’m so excited and am happy to hear it’s a safe place to be solo-wise. Thanks for any advice!!

If you are short on time I suggest just doing your own thing and exploring a bit. Zadar and Hvar were by far my favourite spots. I found Split and Dubrovnik more expensive, touristy, and not as friendly.

Hi Hannah! I am looking to do a Croatia trip in 2020. I’m debating on May, June, or September. I have decided to do something for my 50th birthday to treat myself. Would you recommend a hostel for someone in that age range, or would a hotel be better? Lodging recommendations would be appreciated! I definitely need a quiet atmosphere to sleep because I think I’m the world’s lightest sleeper, LOL. From what I’ve read, it seems that flying into Italy, and catching a connecting flight to Croatia may be a more economical option. Any advice for a first-time solo International traveler is appreciated!

I can’t comment for May or June but I went in early September and it was still really hot! End of the month some more seasonal things did start to shut down though (beach clubs etc). If you need quiet I definitely don’t recommend hostels-they can normally be quite loud. I’d do a hotel or maybe an airbnb instead. Look for somewhere central in the old town areas and you’ll be close to all the attractions and good stuff. Flights to Italy might be cheaper for sure, but then consider how you will get from Italy to Croatia. Another flight? Public transit? Keep that in mind!

[…] felt more local than touristic and had more than enough to keep me busy for a few days. Plus, as asolo traveller in Croatia, I loved how safe I felt in Zadar. In fact, I ended up returning to Zadar for my final days in […]

Hi! What hostel did you stay in in Zadar? It sounds great 😊

I stayed at the lazy monkey!

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Solo Travel in Croatia: 9 Things to Know Before You Go

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Croatia is quickly becoming one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. Tourists are flocking to Croatia, but there are a few things you need to know about solo travel in Croatia before your trip.

Before we get too deep into this post, I figure I should let you know that Croatia is an amazing place to take a solo trip.

It is very welcoming to solo travellers and easy to navigate.

Even if you’re a first time solo travellers, you can confidentially book a solo trip to Croatia and know everything will go smoothly.

If you’re planning a solo backpacking trip to Europe and visiting multiple countries, Croatia is the prefect addition.

It is very different from the standard places like London and Paris that people book for their European vacations.

You get a different taste of Europe while still being able to easily travel around.

Plus Croatia is less expensive than Western Europe, so your wallet will enjoy the break as well!

While Croatia is a great place to add to your itinerary, there are still some things you need to know about solo travel in Croatia before you trip.

Lucky for you, I’m sharing everything I learned during my solo trip to Croatia, so you don’t make the same mistakes I did!

Tips for planning your first solo trip

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1. Don’t Skip Zagreb

When I was planning my first solo trip to Croatia, every blog I read told me to skip Zagreb because it wasn’t anything special.

Seriously! Every single blog about where to go in Croatia told me to skip Zagreb!

The only thing people said was worth visiting near Zagreb was Plitvice Lakes. So, visit the lakes and then get out of town was the message.

Thankfully, I didn’t listen to what I read on the internet and booked four days in Zagreb.

There were four of the best days I had in Croatia!

There is so much to do in Zagreb outside visiting Plitvice Lakes, and it is well worth taking the time to explore what the capital of Croatia has to offer.

My personal favourite attraction in Zagreb is the Museum of Broken Relationships .

I know it sounds odd, but it is actually a very moving museum and one of only three museums I’ve ever shed a tear in.

Zagreb is just so different from the other popular cities in Croatia, and no trip to Croatia is complete without visiting it in my opinion.

Most underrated cities in Europe

Zagreb, Croatia

2. Explore More than Just the Old Towns

When you imagine Croatia, you probably imagine wandering through all the beautiful old towns the country has to offer.

The old towns are definitely some of the best parts of Croatia, but there are countless other things to do in Croatia that you should take the time to explore.

One of the best tips for solo travel in Croatia I can give you is to get outside the old towns and see what modern Croatia has to offer.

You won’t be disappointed, and you never know what you’ll stumble on.

There are museums, gardens, palaces, food markets, shopping centres, and everything else you could dream of visiting as a tourist.

Most people who visit Croatia focus on the old towns and ignore the rest of Croatia.

That is a huge mistake I don’t want you to make!

You miss out on the majority of the country and the true culture when you focus all your attention on the old towns and none of it on everything else.

Book an extra day or two in every city and get off the beaten track and explore the city you’re in.

3. Krka National Park > Plitvice Lakes

This may cause a little controversy, but if you only have time to visit one waterfall, I think it should be Krka National Park.

Excuse me while I duck in case you’re flinging something at me in anger after reading that.

In my opinion, Krka National Park is significantly underrated. Not many tourists visit it. You get more space to explore and enjoy the natural beauty without being crammed next to a bunch of tourists.

Plus, I think the falls at Krka National Park are simply nicer than the ones at Plitvice Lakes.

Of course, if you have time, you should visit both, but a lot of people don’t have time to visit both.

Krka National Park is a short bus ride away from Split, which is one of the best cities in Croatia. You can easily visit it as a day trip without any inconvenience.

I know it is a controversial thing to say in a post about solo travel in Croatia, but I said what I said, and I stand by it.

Don’t sleep on Krka National Park.

It is probably my favourite thing to do in Croatia, and you won’t regret visiting it on your solo trip to Croatia!

Krka National Park

4. It is More Expensive than You Think

Croatia isn’t as expensive as other countries in Europe like Iceland , Denmark , and the UK , but it isn’t as cheap as you think it is either.

Without a doubt the thing that surprised me the most about solo travel in Croatia is that it was more expensive than I thought.

I had spent the last month in the Balkans in places like Bulgaria, Albania, and Macedonia, so I was used to very inexpensive travel.

It was a bit of a shock to arrive in Croatia and start having to pay more than I was used to.

Not that Croatia is terribly expensive, but it isn’t super budget friendly. With the rise of it’s popularity, it will likely only get more and more expensive as time goes on.

To give you an idea, visiting Croatia costs about the same as visiting Czechia, a little less than visiting Portugal, and 25% more than visiting Poland.

Group tours and popular tourist attractions are going to cost more because the country is becoming more popular.

It is still a good option for people backpacking Europe on a budget though.

You get to experience a new side of Europe, and it is a very easy travel experience. And if you’re coming from Western Europe, it will definitely feel like a budget experience!

I just wanted to give you a realistic budget for solo travel in Croatia. There is nothing worse than being misled by bloggers about how much a certain destination costs and then running out of money partway through your trip or not being able to experience everything you want to.

I’ve been there are number of times before and don’t want you to go through the same thing. Because it really sucks!

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5. Don’t Rush Around the Country

One of the biggest mistakes travellers make is rushing through a trip and running from place to place without seeing anything.

I’m looking at you bus trips through Europe where you see 10 countries in 12 days.

This solo travel in Croatia tip goes back to the point I was making when I said visit more than just the old towns.

While it is tempting to only go to Dubrovnik or take an island hopping tour, that is so much more to Croatia that is worth exploring.

Spend a little longer in Croatia, get off the beaten track, and see what else the country has to offer than just Game of Thrones filming locations and party islands.

Explore the history, the museums, the food, the modern side of the country.

If you have a week to spend in Croatia, only visit two cities rather than three cities and go on an island tour.

Travel isn’t about rushing around, getting a photo everywhere you go, and bragging about how many places you’ve been.

Travel should be about experiencing something new, learning, and growing as a person.

Taking the time to really explore Croatia is especially important for solo travellers. If you’re introverted and anxious like me, it is a good idea to book an extra night or two in each city in case you need to get away and go back to your hotel early.

If you’re extroverted, you may meet people in Croatia and want to spend extra time with them exploring.

No matter your travel style, you won’t regret not rushing through Croatia and actually getting to experience the beautiful country.

Art pavillion in Zagreb. Croatia

6. It is Super Easy to Get Around

No matter your experience level travelling alone, Croatia is a great choice.

It is super easy to travel around the country using public transportation, and once you’re in a city, you can normally walk anywhere you want to go.

If you’re nervous about solo travel in Croatia, don’t be. English is widely spoken, and people are super willing to help you out if you get lost or need advice on what bus to take.

Croatia has an extensive bus network that will get you anywhere you need to go.

The buses are super affordable and run throughout the day. Just be sure to check the departure schedule before you show up at the bus station.

The one important thing to know about public transportation in Croatia is that it doesn’t always run on time.

When I was travelling between Dubrovnik and Split, the bus was running about an hour behind.

I knew what time the bus was supposed to arrive in Split, but the bus station we arrived at during that time didn’t look right. I asked the bus driver if it was Split, and he said no, so I stayed on the bus.

My top tip for taking the bus between cities anywhere in the world is open Google maps before you leave you accommodation and have access to wifi and keep it running in the background.

The blue dot tracking where you are keeps moving and tracking you even when you’re not connected to the internet.

Keep an eye on the blue dot and get off when it says you’re in the city you want to be at.

This is a lifesaver in situations where there aren’t announcements about where you arrived at, and the bus is running late.

You don’t want to get off at the wrong stop and be stuck in a completely different city!

7. Croatia is Extremely Safe (Even for Solo Female Travellers)

Before I visited Croatia in 2015, I heard some misconceptions about the country. Some of the older people in my life were saying it was dangerous to visit Croatia because there were land mines from the Bosnian War.

Well, I went to Croatia anyways and quickly found out Croatia is safe for solo travellers.

Including solo female travellers.

There wasn’t a single moment where I felt unsafe on my solo trip to Croatia. Even when I was walking out and about alone in the evening in the dark.

I felt comfortable, confident, and secure everywhere I went in Croatia.

Safety is not something you have to consider when deciding whether or not to partake in solo travel in Croatia.

It is 100% safe.

Of course, anywhere is as safe as you make it. Something could still happen if you’re not engaging in safe behaviour.

But, for the average solo traveller, it is completely safe to visit Croatia!

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8. You Don’t Have to Island Hop to Experience Croatia

A lot of what you see about Croatia on social media is island hopping. People on boats having an amazing time.

Island hopping is definitely part of Croatia, but you don’t need to island hop to experience Croatia.

If you’re like me and don’t like water or socializing, your solo trip to Croatia may not include island hopping. And that’s perfectly okay!

Don’t feel like you have to island hop during solo travel in Croatia.

You can having an amazing trip to Croatia without stepping on a boat or visiting an island.

Your solo trip to Croatia should be what you want it to be not what you think it has to be based on what other people are doing.

Plus, island hopping can get quite expensive (especially as a solo traveller), and you may not have the budget for it.

For me, I would choose visiting Zagreb over island hopping any day of the week.

But the choice is yours!

Make sure you’re having the trip of your dreams and do what suits your personality and interests best.

9. Visit Dubrovnik Old Town in the Morning or Evening

This isn’t just a tip for solo travel in Croatia but travel in Croatia in general.

Old Town Dubrovnik is absurdly busy basically all year around now.

It is packed wall to wall with tourists hunting Game of Thrones filming locations, and it can feel claustrophobic at times.

Shoulder to shoulder with other tourists.

If you want to get the most out of Old Town Dubrovnik, it is best to visit it either first thing in the morning before the rest of the tourists are up for the day or in the evening after dinner.

It will still be busy, but it will be significantly less busy than it is during the height of the day. You’ll be able to wander the old town without feeling rushed by the crowds.

You’ll also be able to snag one of those Instagram pictures on the stairs between the old buildings that are so popular nowadays!

If you do visit Old Town Dubrovnik at the height of day, consider doing things that most other tourist aren’t doing.

There are a number of small, hidden museums throughout the old town that many tourists don’t even know exist.

You can purchase a pass to all the old town museums and explore then while the rest of the tourists are exploring the more touristy things to do in the old town.

The same suggestion of visiting the old town during off-peak times applies to every other old town in Croatia.

They just aren’t as busy, so it isn’t as necessary as it is in Dubrovnik.

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The Importance of Internet Safety While Travelling Alone

Everybody talks about physical safety when travelling alone but not enough people talk about the importance of internet safety.

Internet safety is so important when travelling.

You rely on public wifi networks to access the internet, and that leaves your online data, information, and privacy at real risk of being stolen.

And, yes, a hotel or restaurant wifi network with a passcode is still considered a public wifi network since anybody and everybody can get access to the password.

As a solo traveller, it is extra important you take precautions to keep your online information safe.

You’re all alone, and you don’t have anybody to help you if your information is stolen.

What are you going to do if your banking information is stolen, and you have to shut down your credit cards and debit card?

You don’t have a travel companion who can lend you money. You’re all alone and have to figure a way out of a bad situation.

Everybody who travels should take internet safety seriously.

The only way you can be safe and secure while using a public wifi network is by installing a VPN on your devices.

A VPN essentially puts a forcefield around your devices and makes using public wifi as safe as using your home wifi where you’re the only person who knows the password.

Not being internet safe isn’t worth the risk!

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My Favourite VPN

As you can probably imagine, I’ve used a lot of different VPN providers during my many years of solo travel.

Time after time I ended up cancelling my VPN subscription after the first year. VPNs are known to slow your devices down, and I would get so frustrated at how slow my internet was that I’d stop using the VPN altogether and put myself at risk.

That all changed when I discovered NordVPN .

NordVPN is the fastest VPN on the market, and that’s why I recommend them to travel lovers.

You get the best of both worlds.

Your devices are protected, but your internet isn’t slowed down.

In my mind, there is no excuse not to install NordVPN on your devices. It costs less than the price of a latte per month, and you can install it on up to six devices.

The peace of mind you get knowing your online information and privacy is protected is worth every single penny (and many pennies more).

My philosophy is that if you can afford to travel, you can afford to protect your online information!

If you’re on the fence about whether solo travel in Croatia is right for you or not, I hope this is the sign you needed to know that it likely is!

Croatia is an amazing country, and nobody I know has ever regretted visiting it.

It is a unique mixture of architecture, history, museums, nature, and modern culture. It is impossible to find anywhere else like it!

Just be sure you keep the tips and tricks included in this post in mind on your solo trip to Croatia.

They’ll help you have the best trip possible and get the most out of your holiday to Croatia!

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Our small group trip to Croatia caters to travelers in their 20s and 30s looking for historic stone architecture in Split, vibrant nightlife in Hvar, and Old Town adventure in Dubrovnik.

If you’re a solo traveler looking for the perfect summer getaway, this is it! Spend your days overlooking the sparkling Adriatic with rosé in hand as you savor the intense flavors of cuttlefish-infused black risotto and your evenings strolling through the towering limestone archways of Diocletian’s Palace. This is a coastline filled with extraordinary architectural and historical significance that dates back more than a thousand years.

Meet up with an adventurous group of young travelers, grab a drink, and unwind as you wander ancient towns and bask in Europe’s clearest seas.

*P.S. If you loved our Greek Islands trip, you’ll be over the moon for Croatia group trip!

8 days/7 nights

starting at $3,699 USD

Limited single room upgrades starting from $949 are available and can be added during booking, subject to availability.

Payment can be broken down into a $500 deposit + 3 additional installme nts.

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All accommodations in a shared room with one other person with the option to upgrade to a private room (limited availability)

In-country transportation for included activities and transfers between towns

Ferry tickets to Hvar and Dubrovnik

7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners

Guided walking tour of historic Split

Day trip: Krka National Park

Local vineyard tour and tasting

Beach club afternoon

Day trip: Private boat around the islands, and snorkeling 

Access to city walls in Dubrovnik

Private walking tour of Dubrovnik

Kayaking excursion 

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* All activities are weather dependent; in the unlikely event that we are unable to run an activity, we will have a suitable alternative in place.

not included

Flights to and from Croatia 

Airport transfers

Mandatory trip insurance

Meals not mentioned (budget around $250)

Incidental expenses


*Itinerary is indicative and is subject to change

Day 1 - Split, Cr oatia Seaside special

After arriving in this maze of limestone and marble, meet up with your new travel crew for a beer or a glass of Croatian wine.

In the mid-afternoon, we’ll all head out to wander these twisting, narrow alleyways with a local guide as we get the scoop on thousands of years of Dalmatian history. That evening, you’ll head to a local restaurant to enjoy a delicious three-course Mediterranean dinner.

Then, kick off your first night in this gorgeous country by wandering the local neighborhood and checking out some of that famous nightlife. Welcome to Croatia!

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  Day 2 - Spli t National Treasures

Get some fuel in you at the hotel; we’re heading out to explore one of the country’s most jaw-dropping national parks today.

After about an hour’s drive north, we’ll pop out and hike into Krka National Park. In a country full of picturesque landscapes, this may just top the chart. Head into the forest and make the short walk to the real stars of the show, Krka’s seven stunning waterfalls.

Of course, after a big day at the falls, a sip of the good stuff is a necessity, so we’ll wind our way to an old family vineyard just outside of Krka. Try some of Croatia’s best wines before we cruise back to Split, where the night is free.


Day 3 - Hvar

Summer vibes.

Enjoy an early breakfast at the hotel before jumping onto a ferry to head to the summer resort Island of Hvar, where we’ll spend time exploring and getting to know more about the beautiful island.

In the afternoon, we’ll whisk your bags off to the hotel and head to a local beach bar on the outskirts of this medieval town, where you can spend the day tanning, lounging on sun beds, and drinking cocktails surrounded by amazing views of the water.

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Day 4 - hvar, i'm on a boat.

Wake up and enjoy breakfast at the hotel.

We’ll then spend the day zooming around islands on private boat with your travel crew! This is a great way to experience Croatia’s memorable blue waters and sunshine, away from the crowds, while sunbathing, swimming, and hanging out before a lunch stop.

We’ll head back to Hvar that evening and the rest of the night is yours.

Spend your days diving into the Adriatic Sea with like-minded travelers

Day 5 - Dubrovnik

Adriatic living.

After cruising over to Dubrovnik on the morning ferry, you’ll get settled into your hotel, just outside of the Old Town on the Lapad Peninsula.

From there, the day is yours, so head out with friends and walk over to stone walls of one of Europe’s most spectacular old towns or check out one of the fantastic pebble beaches nearby. Grab a drink, soak up that golden sun, and cheers to that perfect Adriatic.

In the evening, we’ll all get together for a family dinner and drinks, then you can head out to check out some of Croatia’s most fun nightlife.

Boat days give travelers in Croatia the chance to see it all

Day 6 - Dubrovnik

Old townies.

Get breakfast at the hotel, and then we’re wandering over to the Old Town for a guided walking tour of this labyrinth of limestone.

Built between the 13th and 17th centuries, Dubrovnik stands today as one of the most well-preserved Medieval cities in the entire world. Its towering walls encircle the rocky strip of land, running for more than a mile uninterrupted. Follow along, and then the afternoon is yours.

Keep on exploring with the crew, grab a bite in a tiny alleyway, get lost in the twists and turns, and watch the sunset from a cliffside bar.

Relax along the rocky shores of Croatia

Day 7 - Dubrovnik

Blue waters.

Wake up and enjoy breakfast at the hotel before heading out for a day on the crystal clear Adriatic.

We’re doing a little tandem kayaking in the glassy sea, so don’t forget your hat and shades. You’ll need them as you take in this historic beauty from a whole new angle. Paddle on over to a nearby island and take a dip in some incredible, secluded swimming holes.

We'll grab farewell cocktails at a beach club and then head out for one final dinner full of good food, good wine, and even better company.

The Croatia trip is all about old towns and days on the sea

Day 8 - Dubrovnik

Today is our last day in Croatia. We’ll share one final breakfast together before we all go our separate ways.

Check-out is at noon, but the hotel will be happy to store your bags should you take a later flight (which we recommend).

If you’ve got some more time in Europe, we can’t recommend cruising down to Crete or Sardinia enough for some more Mediterranean living. Alternatively, if you’re in the mood for some of the best food in the whole world, catch a flight up to Basque Country for the bite of your life.

Explore sunny Adriatic towns with friends

Just for Fun

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Dubrovnik was the main filming location for King's Landing in Game of Thrones.

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There are more than 1200 islands and inlets in the country.

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The necktie was invented in Croatia.

Croatia is quickly becoming one of the most popular European summer destinations for travelers around the world! 

Single rooms are a vailable on request.  While we can’t guarantee private rooms, you sho uld book your trip earlier if you prefer one, as they usually fill up.

Certain locations on this trip are not handicap friendly - if you have mobility issues, please contact us before booking.

If you are unable to swim, this many not be the trip for you.

If the weather is not on our side, some activities may have to be changed at late notice. 

July, August and September are high season months in Croatia, so expect bars and restaurants to be busy. 

On European trips, we stay as close to historic city centers as possible. This means your accommodations will often be on the small side, quirky, and unique (we love this!).

All activiti es are weather dependent; in the unlikely event that we are unable to run an activity, we will have a suitable alternative in place.

More information regarding visa requirements and Covid restrictions can be found here .

About croatia

With days full of sunshine and sparking blue waters, Croatia used to be one of Europe's best kept secrets. However now, it is the place to be with beautiful islands, charming medieval towns, local vineyards and superb seafood cuisine. If you are looking for an adventure with style and relaxation, this is the country for you!


The national language is Croatian.

The national currency is the Euro. 

The closest arrival airport is in Split.

The closest departure airport is in Dubrovnik. 

Visas are unnecessary for North American travelers.

Double check your passport is valid for 6-months after your return date.

Croatia has some of Europe's clearest seas to explore

Fly into Split (SPU)

You'll need to be in Split by 2pm on Day 1. We do recommend flying in earlier to have some time to explore the city on your own!

Fly out of Dubrovnik (DBV)

We recommend flying out of DBV or extending your trip and enjoying a few more days in Croatia.

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Solo Holidays in Croatia

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Holidaying solo is on the up and up these days, with many travellers wanting to take advantage of being able to set their own itinerary and trip plan without having to consult someone else or take into account anyone else’s needs. Croatia is truly a great country for a solo jaunt – so here we’ll take a look at the best destinations and types of trips suitable for solo holidays in Croatia.

Solo Holidays in Croatia

Safety in Croatia

Before we go any further, we’d like to take a moment to discuss safety in Croatia. Safety when travelling solo is obviously of utmost importance and we’re sure the safety and security of a country plays highly when deciding on a holiday destination and in travel planning.

In this respect, Croatia is a very safe country – crime levels are very low. Many travellers remark on how safe the country feels at any time of day or night, and on any means of public transport. As with travelling anywhere, we would of course advise that you take particular care of your valuables, avoid walking around with large amounts of money, and avoid taking anything of value to somewhere you might leave your belongings unattended e.g. a beach.

Best Destinations for Solo Holidays in Croatia

So, now that we’ve got that out of the way, what are the best destinations and activities for solo holidays in Croatia? Well, the beauty of Croatia is there’s no bad or wrong place to travel to – only perhaps wrong if the destination doesn’t quite offer what you were after!

We’d largely suggest three types of destination in Croatia: a bustling city break, a beach holiday or a peaceful island retreat.

Solo Holidays in Croatia – City Breaks

You might be after this kind of holiday if you want to explore many of Croatia’s sights whilst being in amongst the crowds of other travellers and holidaymakers. There are many suitable locations to choose from – we’d suggest you consider Zagreb (very suitable for a visit any time of year), Split or Dubrovnik , as well as Pula and Zadar too. All of these locations would give you a packed holiday with plenty of exploring – sights, dining, cafe time, shopping and more – that you’ll barely have a moment’s rest. (Unless you want to, of course!)

Solo Holidays in Croatia - Pula

There are also very suitable day trip options from all of these if you want to widen your exploring range – the Plitvice Lakes National Park from Zagreb or Zadar, for example, or the lovely Trogir from Split.

All also have a wide range of accommodation – from 5-star luxury to hostels, whether you want to pamper yourself or prefer staying somewhere more sociable. Click through the links here to see our full guides on how best to explore these Croatian destinations, with accommodation ideas too.

Do also take a look at our City Break in Croatia page for more ideas on how to plan a short trip to the country.

Solo Holidays in Croatia – Beach & Pool Holiday

Perhaps you deserve a proper break from it all and just want to kick back and relax – obviously, Croatia absolutely offers this kind of holiday! We’d suggest choosing an appealing hotel right on or very close to a beach that also offers an expansive pool – so you can spend your days alternating between swimming in the Adriatic or not. (And there will also be plenty of time for lounging in the sun, too.)

There’s a wealth of this type of accommodation in Dubrovnik ; in particular, consider the Hotel Dubrovnik Palace , the Dubrovnik President Valamar Collection Hotel , the Royal Neptun Hotel or the Hotel Aquarius all of which have a pool and are located by a beach. The Sun Gardens Dubrovnik is another fine choice; it’s located a little outside of the city but has a very wide selection of amenities (sports facilities, spa, three outdoor pools, one indoor pool), plus multiple restaurants and bars. You won’t be bored here!

In the pretty town of Makarska, around an hour south along the coastline from Split, the Aminess Khalani Beach Hotel with its stunning pool and proximity to several beaches would be a top choice. Other picks include the Hotel Park Makarska and the Boutique Hotel Mirjam .

The Kvarner region town of Opatija is a smart choice for this type of holiday, with some very fine hotels located here too. Opatija is rather different to much of the rest of Croatia’s coastline – it almost feels as if you’re on the French Riviera! The Grand Hotel Adriatic is in an absolutely gorgeous location overlooking the Adriatic Sea, whilst the Hotel Ambasador – Liburnia is similarly so. If you want to splurge, take a look at the five-star Boutique & Design Hotel Navis which is located a little bit outside of the main part of town.

Solo Holidays in Croatia - Opatija

Solo Holidays in Croatia – Peaceful Island Retreat

If you really want to get away from it all and perhaps spend a bit of time in solitude enjoying your own company, why not choose one of Croatia’s smaller islands to get away from the masses?

Whilst Mljet is part National Park and a popular place to visit these days, there are plenty of smaller settlements on the island to base yourself in. Staying in a private apartment would be ideal, and you can spend your days exploring the island by foot or by bike, laying down your towel at any waterside spot you fancy for a bit of downtime.

Dugi Otok , close to the north Dalmatian coast near Zadar, is another very laid-back island with a small population. Again, base yourself in one of the small villages on the island and spend your days exploring either on two wheels (hire a bike or a scooter) or perhaps even by car if you’ve rented one on the mainland. Highlights here would be spending some time at Telascica Nature Park on the south of the island and the mesmerising Sahrun Beach – one of Croatia’s best – in the north.

Solta island would also be an ideal destination. It’s not one of the most visited islands in Croatia, but it’s very close to Split (meaning transferring to the island is a breeze). Again, it’s a peaceful little island that gives plenty of opportunity to explore its bays and beaches; hiring a bike to get around would be a good idea. You’re also well placed to return to Split should you want to sightsee there.

Of course, there’s nothing to stop you from combining parts of these three different types of holiday together!

Solo Holidays in Croatia by Activity Type


Come to Croatia solo to pamper yourself! Much of the Kvarner region – where tourism in Croatia started in the 19th century – has an association with wellness which stems from it being a seaside holiday destination for the Austrian nobility way back in the day.

In particular, the lush green island of Losinj would be a perfect place to get in touch with nature and also spend some time pampering yourself. The Punta Vitality Hotel has a spare centre, signature spa treatments and a very wide range of sports facilities – an outdoor climbing wall, 12 tennis courts, an outdoor gym, bike rental and the opportunity to try out stand-up paddle boarding and kayaking.

The island of Losinj

Croatia is also home to a number of thermal spas such as Istarske Toplice in Istria. As well as benefitting from the healing properties of the water here, there are wellness offers for you to enjoy and a multitude of activities – even wine tours and truffle hunting!

Why not combine a holiday to Croatia with either learning or expanding on a skill or hobby? In particular, given Croatia’s beautiful landscapes, a painting class would be ideal. Artist Dermot Cavanagh often offers painting holidays to Croatia, whilst Slikamilina have painting courses in Dubrovnik, Cavtat and Korcula.

Solo cruises

A cruise along Croatia’s stunning coast is a truly magical way of seeing some of the best the country has to offer. You may think that cruises are a no-go for solos, but that’s far from true! Sail Croatia , for example, make it easy for solo travellers to join their cruises by pairing like-minded travellers together in their twin cabins and also having onboard representatives look out for you to help you integrate with the rest of the group on a cruise.

Solo Holidays in Croatia - Cruises

Croatia is an ideal location for a cycling holiday – you can cycle on the islands, along the coast (how long your route depends on how keen a cyclist you are!) or in regions that really lend themselves to cycling such as Istria . Freedom Treks , for example, offer a variety of different cycling holidays including guided and self-guided options.

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Deals for solo travellers

Whilst you may want to steer clear of package holidays to avoid splurging unnecessarily, some companies do offer savings for people holidaying solo. TUI currently offer savings of up to £100 on solo traveller holidays; Jet2 Holidays also offer savings and make sure that adult-focussed hotels are presented as choices when you make a search on their website.

Solo tour operators

Whilst it’s easy putting together your own plans for a holiday in Croatia ( cough cough that’s what this website is for!), you may prefer someone else to do all the holiday planning whilst you just turn up at the airport with your passport. (And hopefully your luggage too.) These sorts of companies put together packages for you to explore countries joining together a larger group – so perfect for those wanting to jet off on holiday by themselves but who would like to meet like-minded travellers.

The Adventure Group offer a variety of different tours and experiences of Croatia that you can join, with group sizes typically ranging from 8 to 16 people. There are general tours of the country, where you make multiple stops to explore e.g. the area between Split and Dubrovnik, or more adventurous and active ones such as cycling, kayaking and multisport tours. (Note: flights must be arranged separately.)

Solos Holidays also offer a mix of tours and activity holidays in Croatia, with most holidays including some excellent excursions.

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Croatian Multi Activity Adventure - 7 Days

Are you thinking about travelling to Croatia alone? Why not consider joining one of our small group tours? If you're thinking being led around with someone holding a flag think again! These are modern, immersive and fun adventure holidays giving you an experience you'll never forget!

On average, 50% of those who book with us are solo travellers. Each small group is made up of typically between 8 and 14 people with a mix of gender and age. The average age varies depending upon the particular adventure.

You'll have a guide who will help introduce everybody on day one before you embark on your holiday adventure. Included in the price is the guide, accommodation, often meals and activates as well as any gear, each specific adventure page will provide details.

During the adventure there is plenty of free time and no obligation to spend every minute of every day together. Below are some ideas and some examples of the adventures we have but please browse our website and do get in touch! We have an expert team on hand to help at ay time.

Hassle-free adventures

Our aim is to make it as easy and enjoyable as possible to experience unique trips at the best price, no matter if you travel on your own or as part of a group. You will be able to socialise, meet new people but also have some time to yourself throughout the holiday.  

Accommodation made easy

We try to make this part as simple as possible. You will be paired with another traveller of the same sex to share a room during your adventures so you won’t have to pay anything extra. If you prefer your own room you can pay a little extra (we work hard to keep this as little we can) which we can arrange after making your booking, just let us know. 

Authentic and affordable trips

We try to work with as many local providers as possible. It means we can offer you the biggest range of adventures and it enables you to see countries in a more unique and authentic way. Plus, we can keep the cost of the trip down by cutting out the middle man! 

We work hard with our suppliers to minimize extra costs like single room supplements for solo travellers.

Like-minded travellers

Most trips are guided in small groups, usually made up of between 10 and 15 people. In these groups, half or more will be fellow solo travellers. You get to meet like-minded people who all have the same sense of adventure and thirst for exploring. You'll have a local tour leader to look after all of the group’s needs and logistics and ensure you have the best experience while you are away.

Independent travel

If you like to travel a bit more independently, we have a selection of tours that are self-guided. We will equip you with all the things you may need for your adventure and you can explore at your own pace. Again, we try to keep any single supplements as low as possible by working closely with our local partners.  

Adventure Holidays For Singles

If you're single this type of holiday is fantastic, we would say that but they really are. We have loads of trips for different age ranges and interests. The small group adventures offer a social holiday for singles which provide an immediate group (or squad) to explore with. You'll certainly make friends for life. 

Hope to hear from you soon.

How do I meet everyone in the group?

You'll meet everyone face to face on day one, typically meeting in your accommodation reception or bar at 18:00 but this can differ. The guide will be there too to provide some information and help with everyone getting to know one another.

Will I have my own room?

You can either share with someone of the same gender or if you'd prefer your own room you can select your room and pay a little more during the booking process.

Are there activities every day?

Each adventure will contain a mix of travel, experiences and free time. The idea is not to rush but to enjoy! there is enough that the children will be entertained!

Is the guide with us all the time?

When you're travelling then typically yes and for activities too. During free time the guide will not be with you but is always contactable.

What is the accommodation like?

The accommodation is usually 3 or 4 star. More details are on each trip page or in the brochure. You can always speak to our team who can provide much more information.

Are vegetarian food options available?

Yes, vegetarian food options are available on all tours. The guide can also point out great places to eat if meals are not included in the tour price.

Can I talk to someone to find out more?

Of course, we have an expert team on hand to talk to you. 

Please contact us if you'd like to find out more by telephoning: UK - 44 0208 004 8886 US - 1 917 472-9385 All - 0333 006 2683 or email us on  [email protected] or submit an enquiry on the website and we'll be in touch.

Will we require a Visa?

Maybe yes. Please see the latest travel advice from the FCO. 

Why book with The Adventure People?

You may be thinking ‘why should I book with The Adventure People?’. Here are just some of the reasons we stand out:

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Not only are our prices usually the best in the market but our leading service coupled with the financial protections we offer mean you won’t find better value anywhere else.

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Our travel team is the best in the business and we’re not just saying that. The moment you make an enquiry we’ll pair you with your own dedicated expert who is on hand to answer your questions, look after your booking and make sure you have a fantastic time.

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We only have one phone number with no automated services. When you contact us you’re straight through to a member of our team and a human! 

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We are ATOL certified, members of ABTA and run a Trust account for our packages ensuring you’re fully financially protected. 

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We offer low deposits and monthly payment plans at no extra cost. 

We can add flights to any trip you book with us and we’re happy to help with Round The World tickets!


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Pjaca square Old Town Split-Split Solo Travel Guide

Ultimate Guide to Split Croatia Solo Travel (2024)

Rev. 4/2/24

Are you looking to explore some of the stunning Adriatic coast on your own terms? Then head to Split, Croatia. Compiled from my first-hand Split solo travel, this ultimate Guide to Split Croatia Solo Travel has all things Split travel tips with bonus budget travel tips, eco-travel tips, and more throughout. This is your one-stop-shop to plan an unforgettable solo Croatian vacation in Split.

Whether a single day trip or a full-on solo adventure, Split will wow you. This ancient city has stunning landscapes and beaches, gobs of history, incredible food and wine, and friendly locals. Better yet, Split a great jumping off point to explore surrounding islands like Hvar, Brač and Korčula, to name a few, as well as other Croatian gems like Trogir, Solin, Makarska and more .

Get ready to explore Split, Croatia.

This Split Travel Guide is intentionally written for the solo traveler, the first time Split traveler, and/or older traveler (I am over 50 and have been solo traveling FOREVER) in mind. Yet, anyone can use this travel guide it to plan and book Split Croatia travel.

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Ultimate Croatia Solo Travel Guide

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If you need more Croatia travel tips to supplement your solo travel Split Croatia planning, consult this ultimate Croatia Solo Travel Guide full of tips on culture, entry requirements, currency, tipping, using electronics, safety, and a lot more to plan solo travel in Croatia.

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Croatia had been on my travel bucket list for many years. When finally able to go, I couldn’t decide which city to choose first to experience Croatia: Dubrovnik or Split. Choosing Split was one of the best decisions I ever made.

Want to know what an incredible time I had in Split? Don’t just read. Use my Best of Split in 3 Days Itinerary and you, too, will experience the perfect, first-time Split solo travel.

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Unforgettable 3 Day Split Solo Travel Itinerary 2024

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Croatia’s second largest city, Split is the largest city in Croatia’s Dalmatia region and situated nicely between mountains and the crystal clear waters of the Adriatic Sea and lovely Dalmatian Coast islands.

Split offers history, colorful architecture and Roman ruins, spectacular wine tasting and cuisine, outdoor land and water activities, and some of the best beaches in Europe , if not the world.

Split Croatia

Split is best known for being the home of the Diocletian’s Palace , a UNESCO World Heritage site and a must see in Split. Built for the Roman emperor Diocletian, the palace consumes most of the Old Town. It was built in the fourth century AD, which also marks the establishment of the city of Split itself.

The area of Split is also known for being the origin of the zinfandel grape (no, it’s not from California or Italy), and where the famous Zlatni Rat Beach (Golden Horn) resides on nearby Brac Island .

Is Split Croatia worth visiting?

Considering the history of Split Croatia alone begs visiting Split. Ask any local, young or old, a question about Split, and they will proudly regale you with historical facts and stories, as well as provide recommendations on what to see in Split. Their knowledge and enthusiasm of their hometown and country is infectious.

Croatia had been on my bucket list for many years before I actually had time to carve out 3 days in Croatia . I had wrestled between Dubrovnik and Split for my first Croatia solo trip.

However, I couldn’t escape the lure of the history and thoughts of visiting the surrounding islands for beach time and wine tasting, so Split solo travel it was. The bigger problem was making my solo travel itinerary for just 3 days in Split .

There is much to see and do in Split. Yet, Split is a place in Croatia to take it slow, like lounging on the beach . If you have 4 days in Split, or a week in Split, even better.

The best time to travel to Split, Croatia depends on weather, costs, activities and events offered.

Ježinac Beach on Split solo travel itinerary

Split Croatia Weather & Costs

Like many European countries, peak tourist season in Croatia is June through August. The weather in Split Croatia is also at its hottest with an average of low 80F degrees and the least amount precipitation. These are, however, the most expensive months to visit Split.

After peak season may be considered the best time to go to Split Croatia. September and October offer warm weather and water, fewer tourists, and slightly lower travel costs.

Riva waterfront Split Croatia

April and May are lovely months to visit Split as well, but the water may be cooler.

November through March, Split’s winter, has an average temperature of 45F degrees but also fewer tourists and lowest costs. Split in winter would be when to solo travel on a budget.

My last solo travel in Split was in September, and it was lovely. To get the best Split solo travel experience, May to October would be when to visit Split.

Festivals in Split Croatia

I always suggest checking the local events calendar when planning solo travel.

There are festivals in Split Croatia year round. Consult them to know how they may impact or enhance your Croatia travel.

Diocletians Palace Golden Gate Split Croatia

Is Split Croatia Expensive?

Split is not as expensive to travel as some other European cities, like Copenhagen or Paris .

For example, an inexpensive meal in a restaurant could cost 60 kuna, a bottle of import beer 18 kuna, or a cappuccino 12 kuna. Buying food in a store would cost less and make your single travel budget stretch further.

Split has budget city center accommodations and Split activities can be done inexpensively, such as a group boat tour to Blue Lagoon , or even free such as exploring beaches on foot.

Of course, luxury accommodations in Split and high-end activities, like taking a private boat trip to Blue Lagoon and islands , also exist.

The point is, Split can be enjoyed across different budgets.

Croatia Solo Travel Tip s

Croatia’s currency is the Kuna (HRK), not the Euro. Croatia is not yet a part of the European Union (at time of this writing). Manage your currency exchange wisely on your solo trip to Croatia.

There are ATM’s a plenty in Split for you to extract local currency, if need be.

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Flying into Split

Flights to Split Croatia arrive at the Split Airport (SPU) . The Split Airport has one main terminal and there are multiple airlines that fly to Split .

The airport is about 23 kilometers from the Split city center. If your hotel does not offer airport shuttle service, there are several other Split Airport transport options to get from Split Airport to the city centre.

Trg Franje Tuđmana Split Croatia

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Croatia eco travel tip s.

For only 2 to 3 hour flights to Croatia, or within, take the train or the bus to Split instead. It could also save time and money, and the scenery is much prettier.

Split Airport Transportation

Split airport taxis and rideshares.

An easy option is to take a Split Airport taxi or hire an Uber or Bolt rideshare , all available at the Split Airport. My Uber from Split Airport to Old Town cost 258 Kunas with tip (at time of writing), which is about the same cost as a taxi.

Catch your airport rideshare on the main street at the public bus stop. Taxi and rideshares from Split Airport to city center take 20-25 minutes, depending on traffic.

Note, when I take a ride share or taxi, I like to pick the driver’s brain for information on the location, get good activity or dining tips, or tips or what to do or avoid.

Locals are the best source of travel information. In Split, the locals are friendly, a wealth of information, and they love to share.

When hiring a rideshare, choose the  Bolt Green  or  Uber Green  options, or use  Carpoolworld , to support the use of electric cars and carpooling for cleaner transportation in Croatia.

Split Airport Transfers to Split

A budget friendly, more eco-friendly, and quick option is to hire a transfer from Split Airport to Split . Trips are 45 minutes to Old Town and the cost is very comparable to a taxi or rideshare. Plus, you can book a Split Airport to Split transfer in advance .

Split Airport Transfers to Outside Split

If you are staying on of the islands around Split like Brac or Hvar, or a little further outside of Split, there are more Split Airport transfer options.

Split Airport Transfer to Islands & More

The following are eco-friendly transportation options, however, will save you money if you are traveling Split on a budget.

Split Airport Train and Bus

There are public Split Airport buses available to take you to the Kastel Stari train station in Split where you catch the train to the Split main railway station next to the Port of Split.

The public Split Airport bus ride is about 10 minutes, with the total trip taking about 35 minutes and costing 25 Kunas, a very Split budget friendly method for getting to Split.

Split Airport Bus

Another budget friendly airport transfer is the Split Airport bus . For 40 Kunas, you can catch the #37 bus directly from the main terminal with a ride to the main Split bus station, next to the main railway station, taking about 35-40 minutes. You pay the driver on the bus.

Split Airport Car Rental

I advise against renting a car if staying solo in Split, or close to Split. Why deal with city center parking and additional petrol expenses? Here are better ways to get from the Split Airport.

If your Croatia travel involves off-the-beaten path travel, however, then renting a car at the Split airport may be best for your Croatia solo travel itinerary.

Explore Split Car Rentals

Bus to split.

Buses to Split arrive at the main Split bus station which are quick, inexpensive, and eco-friendly ways to get to Split from other countries or Croatian cities.

Train to Split

Same goes for trains to Split. Check the Split train tickets and schedules to the Split railway station next to the Port of Split.

Trainline Provides Cheap Train and Bus Tickets to Split

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Ferry to Split

If you’re already in Croatia or coming from Italy, a Croatia Ferry may be an option for you on your solo travel to Split.

Boats in Bol Croatia

Is Split walkable?

Yes, Split is very walkable. In fact, many of the top things to do in Split are accessible by foot.

Old Town and the palace are only comprised of narrow, stone pedestrian streets packed with restaurants and cafes, hotels, boutique shopping, and never ending history.

Inside walls of Diocletian's Palace Split

If you want to learn more about Split or its incredible food and wine, consider a historic walking tour or Split food walking tour . There are private and group tours available. Again, group tours do provide that additional chance to meet others when traveling Split alone.

Best Split Group Walking Tours

Best split private walking tours, tour split by bike or scooter.

Looking for exercise while seeing more of Split? A large portion of Split is flat, but also surrounded by picturesque beaches and the Marjan Park, ideal for biking and/or scootering. Consider renting a bike in Split or scooter.

Save Time and Book Your Split Bike or Scooter in Advance

Want company riding around to enhance your Split, Crotia solo travel? Split has group bike tours . These tours are eco-friendly and a great way for solo travelers of all ages to to learn more about Split while meeting new people.

Best Split Bike Tours

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Tour Split by Water

Considering Split sits on the crystal clear waters of the Adriatic, and flanked by multiple islands just begging you to explore, how could you even consider missing the chance to tour around Split by boat, kayak or other?

On my last solo trip to Split, I did boating to an Brac and swam at the Golden Horn Beach. I also did a morning kayak from Bene beach with cliff jumping while also swimming off Kasjuni beach. The group and tour was so much fun. I was the oldest person in the small group kayak tour and had a blast .

Day or night, Split boating and water adventures are a must on Croatia solo travel.

Best Split Boat Tours and Cruises

Best split water activities, split public transport.

The Split bus is another way to explore Split beyond Old Town.

The main Split bus terminal is a convenient 10 minute walk from Old Town. Split public bus tickets are inexpensive, bus lines run daily from 5am to midnight, and the Split public bus network is extensive opening up more possibilities for fun on budget Croatia solo travel.

Crime in Split is very low. Split is also considered very safe to walk alone day or night, so you don’t need to worry about safety in Split as solo female traveler. I never felt unsafe walking alone in Split on my over 50 single travel.

As always, practice general safety measures, such as walking on well-lit streets and keeping your belongings on you at all times, especially in crowded or touristy areas.

Other than that, you should consider Split one of the best places to go by yourself.

Pjaca Square & Old Town Hall Old Town Split

I’m not one to tell someone else how to pack, but there definitely some solo travel essentials I would recommend taking on your solo travel to Croatia, like the following.

This list of travel essentials combined can make your Split, Croatia solo travel easier and more memorable while being friendlier to the environment.

The Split city center, including the Old Town, is where it’s at for first time solo travel to Split, as indicated on the map below.

Many of the must do Split activities and attractions, including access to Split nightlife, are within minutes of walking or a quick bus ride away from the bus stops close by.

Where to stay in Split map

Of course, you can stay outside this section of the Split city center, but it may just add a little time to this Split, Croatia solo travel itinerary, depending on what you ultimately decide to see and do in Split.

Split Solo Travel Tip s

Have WhatsApp on your mobile device(s). Many smaller establishments and activities offices use this as a method of communication making it easier to make inquiries or booking and learn, or notify, of any scheduling changes.

Get the T-Mobile International Plan or something similar in price and features. I no longer work on WiFi only on international travel. I’ll use it when it’s there, but having access to roaming when needed for GPS and Google Maps is a game changer.

Split Hotels and More

There are many accommodations in Split city center across all budget types to choose from. Going in the off season, or booking well in advance, will get you the best Split prices.

Book a Travel Sustainable-rated property , or at least employs these methods into their business to reduce your travel carbon footprint.

Split Hotels

Hotels in Split range from budget to luxury.

For location, price, breakfast, amenities (including free-cancellation), eco-friendly and sustainable operations, and customer reviews and ratings, here are my best hotels in Split recommendations in or around Split Old Town ideal for over 50 solo travel on a Split 3 day itinerary (i.e., where I would stay):

  • Cornaro Hotel
  • Jupiter Luxury Hotel
  • Heritage hotel Santa Lucia
  • Hotel Slavija
  • Starlight Luxury Rooms

I last stayed at Starlight Luxury Rooms conveniently located around the corner from Diocletian’s Palace . My room and bed were large and comfortable, the breakfast was incredible, and the hotel staff friendly and helpful.

In fact, ask for Mario. He was the bomb .  He had such great information, helped me with activities, and was accessible by a quick WhatsApp message.

2023 update: Starlight Luxury Rooms is now Travel Sustainable rated through I knew it was a matter of time considering their sustainable initiatives (below).

Starlight Luxury Rooms, Split Sustainable Initiatives

Reserve Split Accommodations Early for the Best Price

Split eco travel tip s.

In addition to’s Split’s Travel Sustainable properties , Green Globe and Green Key Global also have eco-friendly certified lodging options.

Split Hostels

Hostels in Split city center can be a budget accommodation for over 50 single travel.  Using the same conditions above, with the ability to get a private room, my Split hostel for solo travel recommendation is Hostel Dvor .

It is in a good location and also employs some sustainability initiatives.

Split Budget Travel Tip s

Hostels in Split Croatia could start from around €20-30/night, depending on what amenities and location you want. Note, these are usually for a bed in a dorm room. A private room in a Split city center hostel could cost the same, if not more, than a budget hotel.

Reserve Split Hostel Early for the Best Private Room

Vestibulum of Diocletian's Palace on Split solo travel itinerary

So, what are the best things to do in Split as a solo traveler?

Start with these 5 Split must do’s in this video. After this glimpse of Split solo travel, you’ll be dying to book your flight to Split .

Ways to Do Split MUST DOs

You have to keep in mind Split’s ideal location, beaches and proximity to parks and islands that can keep you hopping, pardon the pun.

Here are more must see Split attractions for your Split itinerary perfect for a single traveler. If you want to know how to see most of them on your first time Split travel, use my Best of Split in 3 Days Itinerary . It’s all in there. Easy peasy.

Churches & Cathedrals

  • Saint Duje’s Cathedral (St. Domnius Cathedral)
  • Crkva Gospe od Prizidnice
  • Katedrala sv. Lovre (St. Lawrence Cathedral)
  • Katedrala sv. Stjepana I. (St. Stephen’s Cathedral)
  • Zupna Crkva Gospe Od Karmela , Bol
  • Katedrala sv. Marko (St. Mark’s Cathedral)

St. Duje’s Cathedral altar

Architectural Buildings & Historic Sites

  • Diocletian’s Palace
  • Peristil Square
  • Jupiter’s Temple
  • Saint Domnius Bell Tower
  • Porta Caesarea , Salona
  • Roman Ruins of Salona
  • Tvrđava Fortica (Spanish Fortress), Hvar
  • Klis Fortress , Klis

Diocletian's Palace cellars on Split solo travel itinerary

Split Landmarks, Points of Interest & Monuments

  • Narodni trg (Pjaca Square)
  • Trg Brace Radic (Fruit’s Square)
  • Marmontova ulica (Marmont Street)
  • Riva Harbor
  • Statue of Grgur Ninski (Gregory of Nin)

Grgur Ninski-Gregory of Nin monument Split Croatia

Museums & Aquariums

  • Ivan Meštrović Gallery
  • Archaeological Museum of Split
  • Split City Museum

Peristil Square of Diocletian's Palace Split

Parks and Gardens

Get out and enjoy some incredible nature and hiking around Split.

  • Marjan Hill
  • Park Šuma Marjan (Marjan Park)
  • Mali Kozjak

Cliff jumping at Kasjuni Beach for Split solo travel itinerary

Split Beaches

Split is not short of spectacular beaches. Here are but some of the best Europe beaches you can find in Split accessible by foot, Split public transportation or a ferry.

Relax and sunbathe, or swim, snorkel, dive, kayak, parasail, paddle board, cliff jump or more.

Split Travel Tips

It can get hot in Split. Make sure you stay hydrated and wear your good marine and reef safe sunscreen all day.

For the best beach experience on your Split solo travel over 50, check out the 25 solo travel essentials for going to the beach alone and the top tips on how to do a solo beach trip .

Many beaches have lounge bars with lounge chairs and umbrellas. Some are even nude beaches. Heads up.

  • Bačvice
  • Kašjuni
  • Kaštelet
  • Ježinac
  • Zlatni Rat (Golden Horn), Brač
  • Nugal , Makarska

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A must do in Split is taking a ride out to one of the following islands from Split. Here are some that are available to see:

  • Hvar Island
  • Brač Island
  • Korčula Island
  • Biševo
  • Šolta Island
  • Mljet Island
  • Čiovo Island

Hvar, Brac and Korcula are ideal for a day trip from Split. There are daily, high speed ferries from Split to Hvar , Split to Brac , and Split to Korcula .

Each island offers its own charm, special beaches and activities. It may be hard to decide on just one. If you want to go to more than one island, there are island hopping tours from Split.

I suggest going to as many islands off Split as you can. Definitely go to at least one.

Bol Port & Stina Winery Brac Croatia

Best Island Tours from Split

Split croatia dining & entertainment, split restaurants.

Dining in Split can be hard only because of trying to choose from one of the kanobas (restaurants) and bars galore in Old Town and on the Riva. Wander the streets to find one or get a recommendation from a local.

Here is a list of restaurants in Split to get you started. For good meals that won’t break your bank, I recommend checking out Corto Maltese , Restoran Skalinada , or Konoba Varoš .

Definitely have the gelato at Gelateria Emiliana . Don’t be surprised if there is a line. It’s worth the wait.

What to eat in Split? Croatia’s long history is truly reflected in its cuisine that has Italian, Turkish, Hungarian and other influences.

Situated on the Adriatic, the Italian influence is heavy in Split’s cuisine. Popular are dishes of cheeses, prosciutto, bread with olive oil, and olives.

Cheese and olives wine tasting Stina Winery

Seafood is also a large staple in Split dining, such as skampi, mussels, crabs, octopus, and the like. Dishes may be served with sides of spaghetti, njoki (gnocchi), or risotto. Beef and fish stews are also popular.

For dessert, try a fritula (traditional pastry like a powdered sugar donut) or rozata (pudding with caramel sauce).

By all means, do not lose out on tasting the local wines, like whites made from the Pošip white wine grape native to Korčula or luscious zinfandels. Croatia has amazing wines, and wine tasting, or taking a wine tasting tour from Split , is another Split must do.

Eco Travel Tips

Avoid using single-use plastics when dining, shopping and on food tours in Split to reduce plastic waste and your carbon footprint by bringing your own reusable collapsible shopping bags , collapsible water bottle , recycled plastic water bottle carry sling , and bamboo travel utensils so you’re prepared to travel with the planet in mind.

I always travel with the above items. Light weight and taking up very little space in my carry-on bags , I love the convenience and peace of mind these inexpensive, eco-friendly products provide.

Best Food and Wine Tours in Split

Best food and wine day trips from split, split nightlife.

Old Town, Marmont Street and the Riva is where it is at for bars and restaurants. Split nightclubs can also be found on the Riva and port area.

It’s safe to walk Split at night, even as a female traveler, so feel free to wander to find the right place.

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Once on the Adriatic, you’re going to want see more of Croatia. Trust me.

For ease, I suggest taking a day trip from Split, or two, while keeping Split as home base. Start with any of the multiple islands around Split.

There are also top Croatia cities and parks, like Krka National Par k and Plitvice Lakes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site , doable in a day trip from Split.

I highly recommend working at least one day trip from Split into your Croatia solo travel.

Taking one of the following group tours from Split, or more, is a very convenient way to see more of Croatia without a car.

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Here is a summary of the best booking sites I recommend you use to successfully book your Split solo travel. I use just about all of these for most travel locations. I even gave you my suggested Split hotel.

These booking sites give you multiple travel options and awesome travel deals for all travel budgets. They will certainly help get a jump on your Split, Croatia solo travel.

For the best travel deals, always book early . Bundling airline and hotel reservations may provide additional deals.

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  • Best Split City Center Hotels
  • My Suggested Split Hotels
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  • Split Train Tickets
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Don’t forget to use the ultimate Croatia Solo Travel Guide and Split ecotourism ideas to complete your Split, Croatia solo travel planning and booking.

You’re all set to get your Split solo travel on, right? Need some ideas on how to plan your days?

My 3 days in Split solo travel itinerary will definitely please. It even has suggestions on how stay longer on your first-time solo travel in Croatia.

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Hey fellow wanderer! If you’re a solo female traveler who’s dreaming of a getaway that’s part Mediterranean charm, part Slavic traditions—and, most importantly, off-the-beaten-path —a Croatia tour might be calling your name. 😉

This hidden gem along the Adriatic Sea offers a fascinating blend of cultures that’s waiting to be discovered. Join us in this post as we dive into the cultural tapestry of Croatia. From paddling along the coast to exploring the countryside on a Croatia bike tour, we’re uncovering 9 unique experiences that make this destination oh-so-special.

The Best of Both Worlds: A Splash of Slavic Tradition and Mediterranean Flair

Slavic spirit in the heart of croatia.

Oh, the magic of Zagreb! Croatia’s capital pulsates with a vibrant Slavic spirit. Here, you’ll encounter a captivating blend of old-world charm and contemporary dynamism. The city’s historic Upper Town, with its narrow, winding streets and medieval architecture, echoes centuries of Slavic heritage. 

It’s a place where colorful festivals come alive, showcasing traditional music and art that narrates tales of bygone eras. In Zagreb, the warmth and camaraderie of the Croatian people embody deep-rooted Slavic customs, emphasizing family values and a profound connection to the land.


Mediterranean magic along the coast.

Venture south toward the coast, and you’ll discover an entirely different vibe — a Mediterranean paradise! Imagine lazy beach days under the warm Adriatic sun, with terracotta-roofed houses cascading down cliffs into the shimmering turquoise waters below.

Coastal towns like Split and Dubrovnik beckon with their picturesque charm, offering fresh seafood delights on every menu. It’s a place where time seems to slow down, and relaxation becomes the order of the day.

In Croatia, you truly experience the best of both worlds—immerse yourself in the Slavic traditions in the city, then unwind in the Mediterranean bliss of the coastal towns. 

Ahh, sounds like a dream come true, doesn’t it? 🌴

Croatia Tour Tips: Explore Hidden Gems as a Solo Female Traveler

Now, let’s talk adventure! At Canyon Calling , we’re all about off-the-beaten-path experiences, and Croatia is one of our favorite playgrounds. So, we’ve rounded up a list of Croatia’s 9 best-kept secrets —tailor-made for the spirited solo female traveler!

Things to Do on a Croatia Tour #1: Rovinj’s Old Town

Imagine strolling through the enchanting streets of Rovinj’s Old Town, a colorful labyrinth of cobblestone paths and charming boutiques. Lose yourself in narrow alleyways adorned with vibrant flowers and catch breathtaking views of the Adriatic Sea. And of course, treat yourself to some mouthwatering Istrian cuisine by the waterfront!

Things to Do in Croatia #2: Plitvice Lakes National Park

Are you a nature enthusiast like us? Don’t miss this one! Plitvice Lakes National Park is a slice of paradise with its cascading waterfalls and crystal-clear lakes. Take a scenic hike, breathe in the fresh mountain air, and soak up the serenity of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Trust us, early morning or late afternoon visits are pure magic— fewer crowds, more nature!

Related: 4 Benefits of Nature Adventures for Women: Your Journey to Mental and Emotional Well-Being

Things to Do on a Croatia Tour #3: Croatia Bike Tour

When you’re ready for a change of pace and a new perspective, hop on an e-bike and pedal through Croatia’s picturesque countryside. Feel the breeze as you pass through vineyards, olive groves, and quaint villages. It’s the perfect way to soak in the beauty of the landscape and connect with Mother Nature. 🌿

Things to Do in Croatia #4: Hvar’s Hidden Beaches

Time to escape to Hvar’s secret beaches for some well-deserved relaxation! Whether you’re kayaking or cruising on a boat, you’ll discover secluded coves and dive into azure waters. Picture yourself savoring fresh seafood and local wine by the shore—absolute bliss!

Things to Do on a Croatia Tour #5: Korčula’s Medieval Charms

Get ready for a magical island adventure on Korčula. Explore narrow streets lined with Venetian-style buildings, soak in vineyard-dotted landscapes, and catch a traditional Moreska sword dance . It’s like stepping into a fairy tale!

Things to Do in Croatia #6: Paklenica National Park

Channel your inner explorer with a trek through Paklenica National Park. You’ll conquer rugged trails, marvel at UNESCO-listed sites, and embrace the thrill of the great outdoors. Adventure awaits!

Things to Do on a Croatia Tour #7: Cetina River Rafting

Or maybe you’re a thrill-seeker looking for your next adrenaline fix? Hold on tight as you raft down the Cetina River . Surrounded by Croatia’s stunning scenery, you’ll navigate exciting rapids and make unforgettable memories along the way.

Things to Do in Croatia #8: Sea Kayak to Pakleni Islands

But why stop there? Grab a kayak and explore the Pakleni Islands along the Dalmatian Coast. Paddle through clear waters, discover hidden gems on secluded beaches, and feel the sea breeze in your hair. Who’s up for some coastal bliss?

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Things to Do on a Croatia Tour #9: Wine and Chocolate Tasting

And of course, no Croatian adventure is complete without a decadent wine and chocolate tasting. Sip on Croatian wines paired with artisanal chocolates, indulging in the flavors of this beautiful country.

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6 Of the Best Small Group Tours to Croatia, Even for Solo Travellers!

Croatia is a phenomenal country with no less than 21 national parks and nature reserves that equate to about 10% of the country, plus the 1246 islands and an abundance of photogenic medieval towns.

I’ve visited Croatia on three different occasions, each time to a different region.  As much as I love Croatia, I did find it challenging at times as an independent traveller being reliant on public transport. Although solo travel in Croatia is fine between the major cities, it wasn’t as easy getting to some of the more off-the-beaten-track places and away from the crowds.

With so many stunning places to explore, you might be thinking of joining one of the small group tours to Croatia. There are loads of great options out there, it can be difficult to choose which one to go for.

If you’re a solo traveller , you may be all too familiar with this huge pet peeve of mine; most tour companies will charge their unfair ‘single supplement’ fee.

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I wanted an easier way to explore more off-the-beaten-track places and to make the most of my limited vacation time, but I was also only interested in using companies that didn’t have this annoying solo traveller fee.

In this article, I delve into the best small group tours of Croatia that not only have a great reputation but tick that vital box of no single supplement charge. So, if you’re having the same dilemma as I was, then check out these awesome Croatia group trip ideas.

Which Are the Best Solo Travel Companies?

There are dozens of Croatia tour companies out there, however, when I was searching for the best travel companies for solo travellers, it was frustrating to find so many that had this annoyig single supplement charge.

Because I was travelling to Croatia alone, this was a big contender in which company I opted for. The best companies I found for small group adventure travel, that didn’t charge for solos were:

  • G Adventures
  • Intrepid Travel

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The Best Small Group Tours to Croatia – 6 Tours At a Glance

Below is a glance at the best tours in Croatia, based on a mix of things including the style of travel, what things were included, having a small group size, and the all-important no solo traveller charge.

Discover the Balkans Tour

Highlights Overland Tour by G Adventures

  • Starts in Zagreb
  • Finishes in Dubrovnik
  • Max. group size 16
  • Age 12+ (under 18s must have an adult with them)
  • No Solo Supplement

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Dalmatian Coast & Montenegro

Sailing Tour by G Adventures

  • Starts in Split
  • Max. group size 8
  • Age 16+ (under 18s must have an adult with them)

Sailing Croatia, Dalmatian Coast

Sailing Tour G Adventures

Croatia Sail, Cycle & Yoga

Overland & Sailing Tour Contiki

  • Starts in Opatija
  • Finishes in Opatija
  • Max. group size 30
  • No children permitted

Croatia Hike, Bike & Kayak

Overland & Sailing Tour Intrepid Travel

  • Starts in Zadar
  • Finishes in Starigrad
  • Max. group size 12
  • Age 15+ (under 18s must have an adult with them)

Highlights of Dalmatia Tour

Overland Tour Intrepid Travel

  • Starts in Dubrovnik
  • Finishes in Split

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What Are Small Group Tour Companies Really Like?

My idea of hell are those great big coaches, you know the ones, where you’re stuck in a group of 60 people or more. They drop you off at an attraction and then you’re herded about like cattle. I was not interested in spending my precious travel time like that, and if you’re reading this article, I’m sure you feel the same way.

Like I mentioned before, sometimes, doing solo overland travel can be difficult outside of towns. I could hire a car, but then when you’re on your own, it’s not that cost-effective. That’s why I started using small group tour companies, like the ones I’ve mentioned, to get around this problem.

If I’m on a longer trip, then typically I’d travel solo for a large chunk of it, and then join a group tour for a week or so to explore areas in more depth where it would be a logistical nightmare to plan myself. It’s also nice to have someone do the planning for a few days and not need to think too much – I am on vacation after all.

Out of the companies I listed above, my favourite of the three is G Adventures tours. For me, Contiki is a little more about the partying vibe, and the quality of the accommodation isn’t quite as good as on G Adventures and Intrepid Travel.

G Adventures is the one I keep going back to, and I’ve done several trips with them now (you can read about the epic Inca Trail tour in Peru I did with them here). Their group sizes are super small, which for me, is a big selling point. They also focus a bit more on ethical travel as well as some more off-the-beaten-track places.

Related Article:  The Complete Guide to Dubrovnik

What About COVID and Small Group Travel?

This is one thing that’s going to be with us for a little while longer and has changed the way we book travel. Group tours can be expensive so it’s good to know the covid policy in place before you book.

Each of the companies has its own Coronavirus policies, and if you’re worried about it, click and read each company’s policy.

  • Check out the G Adventures Coronavirus FAQ page and the ‘Travel With Confidence’ guarantee here .
  • Read Contiki’s Coronavirus travel update here
  • Read Intrepid’s flexible booking policy here

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Which of These Small Group Tours to Croatia Is Best for You?

Here’s a bit more detail about each of the small group tours. Croatia is a great destination, so whichever one you opt for, it’s going to be outstanding. These are the shortlisted, top three group tours from the original six.

Discover the Balkans – Highlights Overland Tour with G Adventures

  • No solo travel supplement

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This is a great option if you want to avoid sailing. This overland tour calls in at some of the most iconic landmarks in the Balkans. It not only covers some of the best things to see in Croatia , but you also venture into Montenegro and Bosnia & Herzegovina.

Trip Highlights Include:

  • The Medieval City of Zagreb, Croatia’s capital   
  • UNESCO world heritage Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
  • The imposing ruins of the Diocletian Palace in Split, Croatia
  • The iconic Stari Most bridge in Mostar, Bosnia & Herzegovina
  • The city of Sarajevo including the Tunel of Hope and Trebevic Mountain, Bosnia & Herzegovina
  • The Bay of Kotor, Montenegro
  • The UNESCO city of Dubrovnik, Croatia

Read the full itinerary for Discover the Balkans

Check G Adventures Covid Policy

During the 11 nights, you’ll stay in a mix of hotels with breakfast included. The majority of transport will be in a comfortable air-conditioned private mini-van. Stopping off regularly to look a the stunning view. You’ll also have an official  G Adventures guide with you for the whole trip, along with other attraction-specific local guides throughout.

If you plan to stay a few extra days in Dubrovnik at the end of the tour, take a look at this useful Dubrovnik city guide .

Find out more about Discover the Balkans Tour

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Dalmatian Coast & Montenegro Sailing Tour with G Adventures

  • Starts in Split*
  • Sailing in a Yacht

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* This tour is also available in reverse, starting in Dubrovnik and finishing in Split

If you’re interested in sailing then this is one of the top small group tours to Croatia and Montenegro. You’ll get to explore the Dalmatian coast in a relaxing yacht, stopping off at tranquil beaches and coves to swim and snorkel along the way. If you’ve never seen the colour of the Adriatic sea, then just know that it’s the most dreamy, beautiful turquoise colour.

  • Sailing in a 52-foot yacht   
  • Secluded beaches and coves for relaxing, swimming or snorkelling
  • Hidden bay of Herceg Novi in Montenegro (only accessible by boat)
  • The Budva Riviera, Montenegtro
  • The swim in picturesque waters surrounding the village of Bigovo, Montenegro
  • The UNESCO Heritage site of The Bay of Kotor, Montenegro
  • Walking and kayak excursions to see Roman Ruins, National Parks and Secluded Beaches
  • The lively and picturesque town of Split, Croatia

Read the full itinerary for Dalmatian Coast & Montenegro Sailing

For this tour, you’ll be spending all 14 nights sleeping on the yacht. The yacht has a fully licenced crew and all your snorkelling equipment to use. You will have a G Adventures guide with you for the whole trip, and you’ll have attraction-specific local guides at different destinations.

If you wondering what to see in Dubrovnik, you’ll get a tour, but check out this Dubrovnik itinerary to get a heads up. 

Find out more about Dalmatian Coast & Montenegro Sailing

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Sailing Croatia – Split to Dubrovnik with G Adventures

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This trip features some of the same destinations as the previous one, it’s just done in a shorter time frame, and doesn’t venture into Montenegro, which is great if you don’t want to spend 2 weeks on a boat.

Your days are spent sailing along the Dalmatian coast and beautiful Croatian islands, stopping off regularly at tranquil beaches and coves to swim and snorkel in the beautiful turquoise waters of the Adriatic.

  • Sailing in a 52-foot yacht
  • Opt to visit the national park in Mljet
  • Kayak through gorgeous inlets of Korčula
  • Explore the island of Hvar, at night

Read the full itinerary for Sailing Split to Dubrovnik

The tour includes 7 nights of accommodation on the yacht with a fully licenced crew. All snorkelling equipment is included and you’ll have an official G Adventures guide with you for the whole trip.

This trip ends in Dubrovnik, there’s a ton of stuff to see in this city, take a look at this comprehensive guide to Dubrovnik so you don’t miss any of the best bits.

Find out more about Sailing Split to Dubrovnik

the city of korcula in croatia with blue sea and a mountain behind it, there are some boats in the sea surronding the city

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Croatia sail, cycle & yoga with contiki.

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If you’re more intersted in active holidays then this is one of the best Croatia trips that combines hiking, swimming, cycling and yoga.

There’s pleny of time to relax on the yacht, as you island hop though some of Croatia’s hidden gems including Lošinj and the Kvarner islands.

Spend 8 days on the boat, waking up for (optional) morning yoga in a different desitnation every day.

Read the full itinerary for Croatia Sail, Cycle & Yoga

Check Contiki’s Covid Policy

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Highlights of Dalmatia

Croatia group travel tours faqs.

Here are some frequently asked questions about doing these small group tours of Croatia. If I’ve not answered your question here, then drop a comment below.

Who are G Adventures?

G adventures are Canadian-based travel company that focuses on ethical small group travel experiences. Their full name is GAP adventures, which is an acronym for Great Adventure People. Their GAP adventures Croatia tours are some of the best out there.

Why Choose a G Adventures Croatia Tour?

G Adventures have set the bar insanely high when it comes to choosing the best trips in Croatia. True, there are plenty of other small group tour companies out there, I mentioned Contiki and Intrepid Travel already, and there are loads more. However, not many Croatia tour packages have the perks that these three do ….no single supplement being the main one.

With the standard set so high (I’ve not had a single shoddy tour with G Adventures), I’m always reluctant to use anyone else. I have tried other companies in the past, but they never quite seem to be as good. Don’t just take my word for it, ask anyone who’s used G Adventures.

  • Offer the most genuine experiences
  • Work with local guides with insider knowledge, who know the region inside out
  • They only offer small group tours, and they know how to do this well
  • They are ethically driven (check out their Planeterra foundation where they give back to the locals)
  • They’ve got a really solid and generous Covid Policy
  • and my favourite, they cater to travel alone tours …..they won’t penalise you for being a solo traveller!
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What about the Contiki and Intrepid Travel Croatia Tour?

These are both equally as robust and great companies for solo tour groups.

If you’re younger or on more of a budget, then Contiki Tours is a great option. They definitely have a more party vibe going on, they are also slightly cheaper, but their groups are larger and they don’t use quite as good quality accommodation.

Contiki cater for a more of a typical backpacker crowd, which is great if you’re travelling solo, want to meet people of your own age and see a load of stuff. They don’t charge for solo travel, group tours work by buddying you up with another solo traveller of the same gender.  

G Adventures and Intrepid are similar in how their solo traveller option works, but are also a great option if you are travelling as a family with slightly older children, as long as they are accompanied by an adult.

Both of these companies attract people looking for a more cultured experience. Intrepid Travel offers similar tours to G Adventures, but I’ve always found them a bit more expensive.

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How many people are on these Croatia group tours?

It varies on the company and the type of tour. I particularly love G Adventures for this aspect, the largest group is 16, and on average, it’s around 12 people for land-based tours. Intrepid Travel has a similar group size and they both specialise in providing small group experiences.

Contiki has the largest groups, sometimes up to 30, but this is also reflected in them being slightly cheaper compared to Intrepid Travel and G Adventures. Although they can be smaller depending on the limitations of the transport, such as minivan size.

What’s the typical age on these Croatia group tours?

Contiki is definitely more geared towards a younger party crowd, they even cap their age range between 18-35. The average age is about 24

Intrepid Travel and G Aventures don’t have an upper age limit, they do have a lower age limit (from about 12 years old) so you can bring a child with you. Most of the G Adventure tours I’ve done have had a decent mix of ages, from the early 20s right up to 60somethings. It’s more about the state of mind, the 60soemthings certainly kept up with the ‘youngsters’.

G Adventures do offer a very limited range of trips aimed at the 18-30s. These are generally cheaper and the accommodation isn’t as good, and travel between destinations may be by public transport, as opposed to a private minivan.

What’s included in the price when I book Croatia group travel?

This will depend on which of the tours you choose but typically it’s your accommodation, some of your meals, the guide, transportation and entrance to attractions are included.

All of these tours have bolt-on options, so you can choose whether or not you want to do an activity. If you opt out of the bolt-ons, when these activities happen, you get some free time to explore on your own or do a different included activity with the group.

It’s also worth knowing that all three companies offer some great last-minute deals. Check out the latest last minute deals from G Adventures here so see if you can save a mini fortune.

Will I Be Penalised if I’m on a Solo Trip to Croatia?

This is one of the things I put as a priority when I look at any group tour. The single supplement, to me, is just so unethical as I’m being penalised for travelling solo. If you intend to travel Croatia solo and join a tour part way through, this should also be something to bear in mind.

All three of these Croatia group holidays will never charge you a single supplement. In most cases, they will just buddy you up in the accommodation with another traveller of the same gender.

If you are really adamant about having your own space, you can pay extra for it, but this is purely optional and you’ll have to request this option at the time of booking.

How Much Extra Money Do I Need to Take on These Croatia Small Group Tours?

Naturally, this is going to vary, depending on your spending style. If you want fancy bottles of wine with every meal, then sure you will spend more, the same goes for any extra excursions you might want to do.

As an average amount, allow for around $25 per day and some extra for tips. If you’re a frugal spender, then you’ll come home with change from that.

What if I have dietary needs?

When you book any of these group tours to Croatia, you’ll be asked this question and they will be able to cater for you.

I’m a vegetarian and my food request has always been met, sometimes my non-veggie travel buddies even have food envy.

At the beginning of the tour, they will always ask this question again to double-check what each person’s needs are.

Are there any specific Croatia tours for singles?

If you mean Croatia singles trip like dating, then err no. If you want to meet people of a similar age, then Contiki Tours is geared up to this a little more, but strictly speaking, none of these tours are exclusively for singles.

Is it easy to travel around Croatia alone?

If you’re worried about Croatia solo travel, it’s straightforward, affordable and with regular services between the major towns and cities. It does, however, become more challenging when you want to get away from the bustle of the city.

I’ve found the best prices for travel between the main cities on either Omio App , or via Flixbus .

Read Also: Island-hop over to Losinj , Croatia’s Hidden Gem

Am I safe to travel around Croatia solo?

If you’re travelling Croatia solo you might be worried about safety. On the whole, Croatia, like most of the rest of Europe, is very safe. The most likely problem will be pickpockets in busy places, but even that isn’t a problem if you’re sensible.

Some Croatia solo travel tips are:

  • Tell your accommodation where you’re going, if you’re exploring off-the-beaten-track places or hiking in the mountains
  • Take a day pack, with snacks, water, two methods of payment (eg cash and a credit card) and ID with you.
  • Store the name and contact details of your accommodation on your phone, so if you’re lost, you can ask for directions.

Which of These Small Group Tours to Croatia Are You Going On?

So, I’ve given you six of the best Croatia group trips. Are you like me, and going to opt for a Croatia G Adventures tour, or are you more of a party animal, and prefer the sound of the Contiki Croatia tour?

Croatia is an outstanding country, and if you have time at either end of your trip, then I 100% recommend exploring some of it by yourself. If you’re travelling to Croatia, then take a look at these other inspirational destinations to add to your Croatia solo trip

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  • Travelling in the region, then hop over to Slovenia .

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Croatia Trips & Tour Packages

Dramatic sunset, with purple and orange clouds, over boats in the harbour, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Be it on land or sea, walking or adventure cruising – Croatia will have you in the palm of its hand.

Croatia's glittering Adriatic coast, charming cobblestone towns and thriving food and wine scene are certain to reward curiosities. Join one of our small group tours and wander through the ancient streets of Split to find the perfect gelato, dance up a storm in Dubrovnik’s castle nightclubs, and shout a hearty ‘zivjeli!’ while sipping sundowners on Hvar’s mountaintop fortress. You might even island hop in the Adriatic Sea , bathe in the turquoise waters of Zlatni Rat, or take a dip in the emerald-green lakes of Mljet. Trust us when we say uncovering the treasures of this Balkan beauty will be the adventure of a lifetime. 

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Best time to visit croatia.

Croatia's peak season runs between July and August, with temperatures in the high 60s or mid 80s on the coast. But in this region, you can expect plenty of sunshine from May to October, which are the best times to visit if you want to take advantage of Croatia's beautiful beaches and islands. The inland areas are also hot in the summer but can get cold in the winter with low temperatures and snowfall. Winter on the coast is milder and frequent rain can be expected.

Read more about the best time to visit Croatia

Culture and customs

Generally, Croatians are very proud of their country and cultural heritage. While this may not be obvious in everyday life, the Slavic heritage of Croatian people becomes more evident during festivals and national holidays, where cities and villages come to life with traditional costume, folk music and feasts. While most of Croatia's population are Roman Catholic, there are also groups of people who identify as Serbian Orthodox, Muslim, Protestant and Jewish. Having endured war, hardship and frequent earthquakes, the people of Croatia have a great amount of national pride and connection to their country and family. It's quite common for extended families to live together and children to remain close to their parents well into adulthood. Time for leisure and family is highly valued, particularly along the coast, where many offices end their day at 3pm.

Eating and drinking

Croatian cuisine   is heavily influenced by its surrounding countries. Separated from Italy by the Adriatic Sea, cuisine along the coast tends to have more of a Mediterranean flair. Fish and seafood are integral to many coastal dishes, such as brodet (fish stew) and crni rizot (black risotto made with squid). Homemade pasta and olive oil are also dietary staples. Further inland, you’ll find heartier dishes with Austrian, Hungarian, and Turkish influences such as cobanac (a goulash-like stew) and kulen (paprika-seasoned sausage).

Foodies will definitely want to visit Istria – home to award-winning olive oil, wild asparagus, rare white truffles and excellent wines – which has gained an international reputation as a foodie destination.

Croatians enjoy their beer (Karlovacko and Ozujsko are two of the most popular local brews), but they love their kava (coffee). Take a cue from the locals and spend a morning people-watching at a cafe over a kava – it’s a Saturday morning tradition in Zagreb. Rakija (brandy) is the spirit of choice, with many restaurants offering a small glass before a meal. Another favorite is Pelinkovac, a must-try bitter liqueur.

Things to try in Croatia

1. Pasticada

A slow-cooked beef dish usually served with gnocchi. This Dalmatian staple can be found in many restaurants in this region.

2. Manestra

There are many variations to Istria’s hearty take on minestrone soup, but it usually includes beans, corn and meat.

3. Paski sir

This popular hard cheese is produced exclusively from the milk of sheep on the Island of Pag. It gets its unique pungent taste from the sheep’s aromatic herb diet.

These grilled skinless sausages are common throughout Croatia and are usually served with onions and ajvar (a red bell pepper relish) on a flatbread

Geography and environment

Sharing borders with  Bosnia and Herzegovina ,  Slovenia ,  Hungary ,  Serbia  and  Montenegro , Croatia benefits from more than 5,000 km of coastline that spans along the Adriatic Sea. In addition to the mainland, Croatia also has many islands, some inhabited, some not. Croatia's terrain is very diverse and varies from flat plains to low mountains and highlands, limestone karst cliffs, wetlands, lakes and forests of cypress. Nature reserves and wetland areas are home to large populations of migratory birds, deer, bats and bears. Visitors will also see much of the land is used for agriculture with vineyards, lavender fields, olive groves and orchards being prevalent in rural areas. Croatia's cities, while developed, have managed to maintain a high level of charm with cobblestone streets, ancient housing, historic squares and heritage buildings being preserved and still used by the current population.

History and government

Early history.

Archaeological evidence suggests that the land now known as Croatia has been occupied by humans since the Stone Age. Croatia's geographical position in  Europe  allowed a great amount of influence from neighboring regions, with tribes and people from different cultures and groups making their mark. The first Kingdom of Croatia was formed in 925 but by the 12th century Croatia had formed a union with Hungary, with a Hungarian King instated as leader of both territories. During the 15th century, Croatia lost territory to the Ottoman Empire and, in later centuries, once again came under Hungarian rule. Evidence of these many cultural influences can be seen in the architecture, cuisine and archaeological ruins of contemporary Croatia.

Recent history

Croatia, Slovenia and Serbia formed a union in 1918 to create the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, but the occupation of Axis forces during World War II lead to the creation of the Independent State of Croatia, which only lasted a couple of years during the war. By the end of the war in 1945, Croatia had become a Socialist Republic (within the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, together with Bosnia, Serbia, Slovenia, Macedonia and Montenegro), with the constitution of 1963 attempting to alleviate tensions surrounding the balance of power between Serbians and Croats. By 1980, after the death of President Tito (founder of modern Yugoslavia), economic and political difficulties resulted in a near collapse of government. What followed was years of conflict, polarity and political turmoil. The referendum of 1991 resulted in an overwhelming vote for independence, with Croatia and Slovenia declaring independence from Yugoslavia in June of the same year. Much armed conflict followed and lasted until 1995, leading to great loss of civilian life and displacement, creating large populations of refugees. However, the last two decades have been a time of peace and reconciliation for the people of Croatia and the country even joined the European Union in 2013.

Top 10 historic buildings of Croatia

1. cathedral of the assumption of the virgin mary.

One of Zagreb’s most visited historic sites, this grand neo-Gothic cathedral has been renovated and reconstructed many times since it was originally built in the 13th century. With massive twin spires, a marble interior and 800-year-old treasury, this is a monumental masterpiece.

2. Church of St Donatus

Considered one of the most impressive examples of early Byzantine architecture, this church in Zadar was built way back in the 9th century. With much historical value, its simplistic, circular design is quite unlike other buildings in Croatia, making it a standout, must-see church in a country with so many churches and cathedrals to see.

3. Croatian National Theatre

Built in 1895, this national treasure located in Zagreb is an elegant example of neo-Baroque style architecture. Visitors lucky enough to catch an opera, ballet or classical music concert here will be able to revel in all the fine details, from the luxe furnishings to the excellent acoustics.

4. Diocletian’s Palace

One of Split’s main attractions, this UNESCO World Heritage monument is considered one of the best-preserved Roman palaces in the world. The sprawling complex is home to many fine examples of Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture, so visitors will be able to admire open-air courtyards, marble arches, columns, gates and walls from a variety of different periods.

5. Cathedral of St Lovro

This cathedral located 30 minutes from Split is well known for its distinct Romanesque portal crafted by one of Croatia's most celebrated sculptors, Radovan. Mythological creatures and biblical figures all feature heavily, with saints, lions, sirens and centaurs all gracing the spectacular doorways.

6. Rector’s Palace

Also known as Dubrovnik Museum, Rector’s Palace is an impressive building in itself. With soaring arches, period furniture and a dramatic staircase, this structure steals the show from the museum exhibits it holds within.

7. Dubrovnik Synagogue

Reported to be the second oldest synagogue in Europe and the world’s oldest Sefardic synagogue still in use, Dubrovnik’s synagogue is still a place for the local Jewish community to worship on holy days. Sustaining damage from earthquakes and wars, this small but well-cared-for structure stills stands today due to its historical value and unique design.

8. Marco Polo Tower

While not the most elaborate or opulent building in Croatia, the Marco Polo Tower of Korcula has much historical significance. It is believed that Marco Polo was born in this medieval, walled city and this tower named in his honor rises above the town as a reminder of his legacy. Climb to the top for phenomenal views and panoramic photo opportunities.

9. Franciscan Monastery

Featuring 14th-century cloisters, intricately carved columns and a striking, sculptured facade this Dubrovnik wonder is also home to the third oldest pharmacy in Europe, so you can get a prescription filled while seeing the sights.

10. Trakoscan Castle

This lovely castle located in northern Croatia was inhabited from the 13th century right up until the 1940s. Featuring all good things a castle should have - including a dungeon, hunting room and tower - visiting here is like stepping back to a time when castles weren’t just historical monuments, but actual places to live.

Top places to visit in Croatia

1. islands of kornati.

There are plenty of enchanting islands along the coast of Croatia but perhaps none more so than the secluded Kornati, a collection of 89 spectacular islands full of islets and reef systems just waiting to be explored. Known as the largest and densest archipelago in the Adriatic region, the Kornatis present the perfect way to spend a couple of days with beautiful bays to swim in and fascinating nature parks to adventure through.

2. Dubrovnik

Steeped in both beauty and history, Dubrovnik’s UNESCO-listed Old Town is, quite simply, the undisputed jewel of the Dalmatian Coast. With its beautiful white stone-covered buildings, tiled-roof houses, and limestone streets all encompassed within sea-facing city walls, this city is full of charm and splendour. Whether you want to wander the bustling streets on foot or view the town from the sparkling water of the Adriatic Sea, Dubrovnik is one character-filled city you can’t miss. Wander the cobblestoned streets of Dubrovnik on our 15 day Dubrovnik to Athens tour or on our 15 day Dubrovnik to Bled tour.

If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of Dubrovnik then setting sail for the small island of Lokrum is the best way to achieve it. Covered in lush vegetation and surrounded by sparkling blue waters you’re never going to want to leave, this sleepy island presents the perfect opportunity to relax under the warm Croatian sun. Whether you want to soak up the rays on rocks by the sea or wander through the Botanical Garden, you’re guaranteed to find peace within Lokrum’s stunning surroundings. Sail to the small island of Lokrum on our 10 day Dubrovnik to Venice tour or on our 8 day Explore Croatia adventure.

Another day, another magnificent city in Croatia to adventure through; this time, it’s Zadar. Once the capital city of Dalmatia, Zadar boasts a rich heritage that’s easily visible when you start wandering its ancient buildings such as the Roman Forum and St Donatus’ Church. From walking through cultural exhibitions at the Museum of Church Art and exploring the spirited fish markets at the port to admiring the ‘Greeting to the Sun’, a modern monument dedicated to the sun, this energetic destination will surely capture your heart (and your camera’s remaining storage). Explore historic Zadar on our 8 day Croatia & Slovenia tour.

Packed with a rich history you’re going to want to explore, Korcula Island is a hidden gem with as many beautiful sights and ancient buildings as some of the bigger islands, such as Hvar, but without the crowds. Offering a lot of sun to soak up, plenty of golden sandy beaches to lie on, and an abundance of sparkling blue waters to swim in, this seaside destination is truly one-of-a-kind. And you can't forget about the food. From traditional beef stews to the sweet delicacy of travarica, you'll never go hungry in Korcula. Marvel at the sights of Korcula on our 8 day Croatian Coastal Cruising or on our 7 day Cycle Croatia tour.

Split may be Croatia’s second largest city (after Zagreb) but it’s first when it comes to personality and soul with historic streets, a World-Heritage listed palace, and a vibrant mix of shops, cafes, and restaurants scattered throughout its picturesque Old Town. From sipping on frothy kava at a table on the Riva waterfront promenade to listening to street musicians filling ancient courtyards with their sweet sounds, Split promises to take your Croatian tour to another level. Eat your way through Split on our 11 day Slovenia & Croatia Real Food Adventure.

7. Plitvice Lakes National Park

If you thought Croatia couldn’t get any more beautiful, only one visit to Plitvice Lakes National Park is enough to make you change your mind. Gaining World Heritage listed status 20 years ago, this spectacular park covers 19 hectares of wooded hills and 16 turquoise-covered lakes all connected by a series of waterfalls that won’t hesitate to take your breath away. Whether you want to spot some wild animals (think wolves, deer, and birds), wander through the park’s forest vegetation, or simply marvel at the captivating landscape that surrounds you, this dazzling park will be etched in your mind forever. Walk through Plitvice Lakes National Park on our 26 day Budapest to Rome adventure or on our 17 day Dubrovnik to Rome tour.

If culture’s what you’re after, then visiting the spirited city of Zagreb should be high on your Croatia bucket list. Bursting with museums such as the quirky Museum of Broken Relationships or the more traditional Croatian Museum of Naïve Art, and historic locations such as the Mirogoj Cemetery and Lotrščak Tower, you’ll never run out of things to do in Zagreb. Perfect for exploring on foot, this lively destination blends the best of crafts, cuisine, and culture for an adventure you’ll want to relive over and over again. Absorb the Croatian culture on our 19 day Budapest to Venice tour or on our 10 day Dubrovnik to Venice tour.

On the surface, Osijek may seem like just another breathtaking Croatian town but as soon as you start wandering its streets full of grand buildings and popular landmarks, you’ll see why it deserves to be explored. With a laidback atmosphere and bubbling personality, this town will easily have you entranced from its many cafes and restaurants lining the Drava River to its captivating medieval structures. Spend your time walking through the Museum of Slavonia or strolling down the European Avenue for an in-depth look at this remarkable region. Stroll the streets of Osijek on our 29 day Vienna to Dubrovnik tour or on our 15 day Balkan Adventure.

If Dubrovnik is known as the ‘Jewel of the Dalmatian Coast’ then Hvar is the ‘Queen of the Dalmatian Islands’ thanks to its picture-perfect town full of wonderfully preserved Renaissance facades. Boasting plenty to do including admiring the views of the town and the Adriatic Sea from the Spanjola Fortress, wandering the streets full of unusual boutiques and interesting galleries, and sipping on cocktails at a bar by the water, this spectacular island town is like something straight out of a fairytale. 

Croatia has an interesting mix of quaint outdoor markets, modern malls and hip clothing boutiques. There's plenty of options that make better souvenirs than the usual lurid magnets or tourist t-shirts.

It's a good idea to check with your local customs officials to ensure that you are able to bring certain items back into your home country. The   United States   and   Canada  generally have strict customs laws.

Things to buy in Croatia

1. Local produce

If you're able to take food products back to your home country, then Croatia's markets are filled with delicious gourmet produce. Honey, olives, cheese, wine and lavender products are good choices that help to support local farmers and the rural economy.

2. Traditional handicrafts

Embroidered tablecloths, handmade dolls and lace from the island of Pag make authentic gifts for friends back home.

3. Natural cosmetics

Croatia has many brands of natural soap, body butter and shower gel derived from ingredients like olive oil, goat's milk, lavender, almond oil and seaweed.

Festivals and events

Dance week festival.

This celebration of dance and movement hits Zagreb each year. Featuring a diverse range of contemporary and traditional dance from local and international dancers and choreographers, the eclectic program highlights the artistic vision of many coming together to celebrate their love of dance.

Dubrovnik Summer Festival

Classical music, theatre, dance and opera combine to create an enriching program of events performed in open air venues around Dubrovnik. Held every year since 1949, Croatia's temperate summer climate ensures the perfect conditions for outdoor performances.

International Folklore Festival

This important festival held in Zagreb each year helps to preserve cultural diversity by promoting traditional dance, costume, music and handicrafts from all over the world. Visitors can see everything from African drumming performances to traditional Croatian dancing and Bulgarian bands.

Read more about festivals in Croatia

Public holidays that may impact travel include:

Anti-Fascist Resistance Day

Statehood Day

Homeland Thanksgiving Day

Independence Day

Please note that the dates of  Croatia's public holidays  may vary.

Further reading

Croatia travel faqs, do i need a covid-19 vaccine to join an intrepid trip.

Trips from 1 January 2023 onwards

From 1 January 2023, Intrepid will no longer require travelers to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 (excluding all Polar trips and select adventure cruises).

However, we continue to strongly recommend that all Intrepid travelers and leaders get vaccinated to protect themselves and others.

Specific proof of testing or vaccination may still be required by your destination or airline. Please ensure you check travel and entry requirements carefully.

Do you need a visa to visit Croatia?

Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveler. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it's important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Check the Essential Trip Information section of the itinerary for more information.

Is tipping customary in Croatia?

Tipping isn't mandatory in Croatia, although feel free to round up the bill or leave spare change for wait staff. Tip more if the service has been particularly good. Some restaurants and cafes will already include a 10-15% margin in the bill, to account for taxes and tips. In this case, generally no further tip is required.

What is the internet access like in Croatia?

Travelers will be able to access the internet at internet cafes and hotels in Croatia's large cities and tourist-orientated towns. Expect less internet accessibility in rural areas.

Will my cell phone work in Croatia?

Cell phone coverage is generally very good in Croatia's large cities and urban areas. Islands and remote areas may have less reliable service.

Ensure global roaming is activated with your service provider before arrival.

What are the toilets like in Croatia?

Western-style, flushable toilets are the norm in Croatia's cities and urban centres.

Can I drink the water in Croatia?

Tap water is considered safe to drink in Croatia; however, due to the different mineral content, some people may get stomach upsets from the drinking water if they aren't used to it. A better option is finding filtered water rather than relying on bottled water.

Are credit cards accepted widely in Croatia?

Large hotels, restaurants and tourist sites will most likely accept credit cards. Always carry enough cash for smaller purchases and when shopping at vendors like market stalls and smaller cafes and hotels, which may not have credit card facilities.

What is ATM access like in Croatia?

ATMs are readily available throughout Croatia. Cities and large towns will have more ATM access than small villages or rural areas, so prepare accordingly if traveling out of urban areas.

What is the weather like in Croatia?

Croatia's climate is split into two different regions - along the coast and in the mainland.

Depending on which region you're travelling to, the weather may vary slightly with temperatures higher in the mainland area due to a lack of sea breeze.

Winter temperatures are also lower in the mainland with snowfall expected and enjoyed, whereas on the coast, snowfall is quite uncommon.

Is Croatia a safe destination for LGBTQIA+ travelers?

Discretion is advised for LGBTQIA+ travelers in Croatia. Homosexuality has been legal in Croatia since 1977 and is tolerated but not widely accepted. Public displays of affection between same-sex couples may be met with hostility in lesser populated cities. Gay venues are virtually non-existent outside Zagreb but this is improving every year. 

For more detailed and up-to-date advice, we recommend visiting   Equaldex   or   ILGA   before you travel.

What's the transport like in Croatia?

Intrepid believes half the fun of experiencing a new country is getting there, and getting around once there! Where possible, Intrepid uses local transport options and traditional modes of transport - which usually carry less of an environmental impact, support small local operators and are heaps more fun.

Depending on which trip you're on while in Croatia, you may find yourself traveling by:

No tourist coaches here! Travel through Croatia the way the locals do, aboard a local bus. It's a cheap, reliable and authentic way to get around.

Trip: Explore Croatia

Amazing views and quick access to the islands - what better way to see Croatia's splendid coast than aboard a ferry?

Trip: Cycle Croatia

Trip: Dubrovnik to Bled

Do I need to purchase travel insurance before traveling?

Absolutely. All passengers traveling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of their trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.

For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance

How do I stay safe and healthy while traveling?

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From the US?

Go to:  US Department of State

The World Health Organisation also provides useful health information.

What is it like traveling on a small group tour?

Whether you’re a seasoned traveler or you’re about to embark on your first trip, traveling can be as intimidating as it is exciting. That's the beauty of a small group tour. From handling the logistics and organizing amazing cultural activities to local leaders who know each destination like the back of their hand (like which street has the best markets and where to get the most authentic food), traveling on a small group tour with Intrepid will give you unforgettable travel experiences without the hassle that comes with exploring a new place. Plus, you'll have ready-made friends to share the journey with. All you have to do is turn up with a healthy sense of adventure and we’ll take care of the rest.

Does my trip to Croatia support The Intrepid Foundation?

Yes, all Intrepid trips support the Intrepid Foundation. In fact, we make a donation on behalf of every traveler. Trips to Croatia directly support our foundation partner, Humana Zagreb.

Humana Zagreb

Humana Zagreb provides job opportunities and education programs in sustainable fashion and textile industries for people with disabilities. Donations fund educational programs run by Humana employees with disabilities. These programs teach school children about the issues of fast fashion, the importance of reusing and recycling clothes, and the barriers that people with disabilities face when searching for employment.

Intrepid will double the impact by dollar-matching all post-trip donations made to The Intrepid Foundation.

Does my Intrepid trip include airfare?

While our Intrepid trips include many modes of transport, from tuk-tuks to overland vehicles, bullet trains and feluccas, airfare to and from your home country is not included in your tour package.

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Think Balkan beauty soaked in Mediterranean sun. Croatia is one of the most charming solo trip destinations Europe has to offer.

Imagine cloud-like pine forests and rivers nudging up against the Adriatic coast, dotted with medieval cities, mysterious islands and beaches. Geographically diverse and Mediterranean to a tee, there’s plenty to enchant you about Croatia.

Embrace the Adriatic spirit on the island of Sipan, with its sparkling turquoise waters and picturesque harbour. Explore medieval Dubrovnik, weaving between baroque churches and elegant piazzas. Encounter the legacy of the Romans in Split, taking in the grandeur of the Diocletian’s Palace.

If it’s immersive activities you’re after, Croatia won’t disappoint. Kayak down the emerald waterways of Mreznica, paddle around the islands of the Adriatic, cycle the the Pelješac Peninsula with its award-winning vineyards or cook up a feast with a local family.

Whether your ideal trip consists of culture or rugged adventure, Croatia offers the best of both worlds.

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Top places to visit in Croatia

Tucked away on the Adriatic coast, Croatia’s second-largest city is home to some of the region’s best seafood, including black cuttlefish risotto and fresh oysters, so make sure you get stuck in. Once you’ve filled your belly, we recommend exploring Split’s beautiful churches and elegant streets.

Dubrovnik is known for its distinctive 16th-century Old Town. Vast old stone buildings and ancient city walls mean there’s history galore in this pocket-sized city, which you can explore through its array of museums and landmarks. Whether you’re wandering down limestone streets or drawn to the Adriatic, you’ll want to return.

Plitvice Lakes

Arguably Croatia’s most photogenic national park, Plitvice comprises a series of turquoise lakes connected by tumbling waterfalls and hemmed in by densely forested hills. Here, you can wander the scenic wooden pathways and bridges on foot or take an electric boat across the crystalline water.

One of Europe’s most laid-back capitals, Zagreb is perfect for exploring on foot. Discover the medieval cobblestone streets of the Upper Town, its picturesque red-roofed skyline peppered with church spires, or head to the grittier Lower Town where you’ll find street art, cafe culture and hipster clubs.

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The timezone in Croatia is GMT+1

Top three activities

1. Kayaking down Mrežnica River 2. Gourmet cooking with a local family 3. Cycling tour of world-renowned vineyards

Top five dishes to try

1. Stuffed peppers – with meat, vegetables, and rice 2. Cevapi – grilled sausages 3. Pag cheese – made from sheep’s milk 4. Peka – baked meat and vegetables 5. Zagorski štrukli – baked filo pastry

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What's the weather like?

Coastal regions boast a typically Mediterranean climate, while further inland you’ll be faced with a continental climate with colder winters. The average summer temperature is 82ºF (28ºC), while winter temperatures average 50ºF (10ºC).

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Solo travel is having a real renaissance right now. According to American Express’ latest Global Travel Trends report , 69 per cent of travellers are planning to go it alone this year, with women in the post-45 age bracket leading the charge. There are many reasons women choose to travel on their own: separation from a partner, a sabbatical from work, seeking empowerment and freedom, or simply wanting to do things their own way for a change.

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History in Edinburgh , thronging nightlife in Glasgow, heather-strewn glens in the Highlands – Scotland is a brilliant place to explore, period. Solo adventures to be had in Scotland could include a walking holiday in Glencoe, monster-spotting in Loch Ness or island hopping around the Hebrides .

See the best of the Highlands on a four-day Good Housekeeping tour this July, which includes a ride on the world-famous Jacobite steam train from Fort William to Mallaig. The train passes the stunning slopes of Ben Nevis, numerous dazzling lochs and the 21-arch Glenfinnan Viaduct (pictured), made famous by the Harry Potter film franchise.

Other highlights of this tour include a ride on the Falkirk Wheel boat lift and a cruise along the Firth of Clyde on the PS Waverley, the world's last ocean paddle steamer.

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Spain hits the top spot as one of the easiest places to travel solo. It has Mediterranean beach resorts, buzzing cities abundant with cool bars and restaurants (like Granada, pictured), and small towns and picturesque villages that are perfect for pottering.

Add in a straightforward and reliable transport network, a plethora of solo accommodation options and friendly residents, it's easy to see why Spain is a great choice for a solo sojourn.

The Healthy Holiday Company offers numerous wellness trips throughout Spain. One of the best for solo travellers is Shanti Som, a small, boutique retreat in Andalusia. With just 15 rooms it offers an intimate experience plus has a yoga pavilion and gorgeous little spa that offers different treatments and therapies. FIND OUT MORE

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Italy is incredibly welcoming to the solo traveller. Have you read the book or seen the movie Eat, Pray, Love ? Our hero Elizabeth Gilbert fell in love with the country’s great food, romantic language and utterly charming locals. Italy's also an easy country to get around in, thanks to its excellent transport network.

One of my favourite cities in Italy is Bologna (pictured). Known as La Grassa ('the fat one'), the northern city is a mecca for gastronomes . As well as feasting on hearty pasta dishes and locally-made wine, Good Housekeeping's six-day foodies tour (which begins and ends in Bologna) visits producers of Parma ham, balsamic vinegar and Parmesan, and includes an Italian cooking class in the neighbouring city of Modena.


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Considered one of the safest countries in the world, Norway is the perfect destination for solo travellers, especially those looking to embrace friluftsliv , the Norwegian concept of enjoying the great outdoors.

Like other Nordic countries, Norway is incredibly well organised, efficient and easy to traverse. It also has a fantastic, solo-friendly dining scene with a focus on home-grown, seasonal produce.

Norway is one of the best places on earth to witness the Northern Lights , so join Good Housekeeping on this fantastic 12-day Norway cruise with no single supplement.

Departing November 2024 , you'll sail on a Hurtigruten ship, stopping off at the UNESCO-listed port of Bergen, the Lofoten Islands and Tromsø. As you cross the Arctic Circle, the chances of spotting the aurora borealis are almost guaranteed.

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Famously welcoming, Slovenia is the perfect destination when travelling alone.

Bordering Hungary, Italy, Austria and Croatia , this small but mighty country is relatively straightforward to explore, thanks to its efficient transport system. The fact that there's also plenty to see and do – and that most people speak English – means it should be on any solo adventurer’s must-visit list.

This six-day guided Slovenia adventure , departing in October 2024, is a great introduction to Central and Southeastern Europe. The trip begins and ends in Ljubljana, Slovenia's cobblestoned capital, and includes tours of Triglav National Park, Lake Bled (pictured) and the UNESCO-listed Skocjan caves.

You’ll also enjoy wine tasting in the Vipava Valley and an afternoon learning about the art of truffle hunting.

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For the original Shirley Valentine experience, look no further than Greece and its beautiful islands. Greece is ideal for solo travellers, whether you want to hoover up the ancient history in Athens or hop around the islands, relaxing on beaches and dining Shirley-style in traditional tavernas.

With an abundance of sprawling beach resorts, white-washed fishing harbours and rugged mountain villages to pick from on the islands, the hardest part is choosing which one to visit.

If you're looking to explore your creative side, check out learning holidays company Skyros . Staying in a rustic eco-lodge, this week-long holiday on Skyros (pictured), in the southern Sporades, includes creative writing sessions, stand-up comedy workshops and relaxing yoga classes.

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As our closest continental neighbours, France is a good place to start when venturing abroad solo. It's easy to get around, dining alone is welcomed and the French are very accustomed to tourists.

Follow in the footsteps of Claude Monet on this four-day Good Housekeeping holiday taking in Paris and Giverny. Great for single travellers with a passion for art, the base for the trip (departing in July 2024) is the four-star Château de Montvillargenne in the heart of the Chantilly forest.

Excursions include a visit to Château de Chantilly and the market town of Senlis plus a guided tour of Monet's gardens in Giverny (pictured) led by gardening expert and writer Paula McWaters.

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Considered to be one of the most captivating landscapes on the planet, Iceland is a must for any adventurer, including those going it alone.

With incredibly welcoming locals, Iceland is known as the Land of Fire and Ice, and offers visitors the chance to bathe in hot springs, climb sheer glaciers or come face-to-face with feisty volcanoes. To see this vast landscape in style, it's well worth joining a group tour (ideal for solo travellers) or hiring a car.

Soak in the famous Blue Lagoon (pictured), see the Skógafoss waterfall and hike up the Sólheimajökull glacier on an exhilarating five-day tour of Iceland. Hosted by Regent Holidays , this is a great option for solo travellers aiming to tick off a range of Iceland activities.

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India was one of the first countries I ever travelled around alone (talk about throwing myself in at the deep end!) and while it was challenging in parts, it was also rewarding and transformative.

Whether you're looking to hike the Himalayas, 'find yourself' through yoga and meditation on a retreat or marvel at the Taj Mahal, India's unique culture and vibrancy is bucket list-worthy.

One of the easiest ways to explore India on your own is on an escorted tour. Solos Holidays itineraries are made specifically for the single traveller, and their Splendour's of Rajasthan tour explores the Golden Triangle of Jodhpur, Jaipur and Agra. Highlights include seeing the Taj Mahal at sunrise (pictured) and visiting the Amber Fort in the Aravalli Hills.

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Gorgeous white beaches, rugged national parks and perhaps the prettiest medieval walled city in the world (hello, Dubrovnik ), Croatia is one of my favourite places in Europe to explore by myself.

Croatia is an easy country to get around, whether you want to go island hopping by ferry, catch a coach along the Adriatic Coast or hire a car to explore the country’s rugged interior.

If you want to see Croatia with a some like-minded folk, consider booking an escorted tour with Just You , a solo holidays specialist. Their Croatia and the Markarska Riviera trip focuses on the Dalmatian Coast and is bookended by stays in Zadar and Dubrovnik. It also includes a brilliant boat trip to Hvar and Brac (pictured), and a visit to Krka National Park.

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It’s difficult to believe that JD McPherson , one of the great classic-minded rock ‘n’ roll singer-songwriters of the modern age, hasn’t had a new album of non-seasonal material out in seven years. That absence of fresh recordings hasn’t caused anyone to issue any missing-person alerts for him in the past few years, though. He’s been quite visible, serving as both the band leader and opening act for three successive Robert Plant / Alison Krauss tours. At last, McPherson is concentrating on his solo career in a bigger way again this summer and fall, starting with “Sunshine Getaway,” a brand new track Variety is premiering today.

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McPherson talked about the new single and previewed the new album for us from a Plant/Krauss tour date, where he sounds like he’s still having the time of his life, even as he looks forward to getting back to his day job as a self-made man at last.

“Sunshine Getaway” is a very summery sounding title, but it sounds like the inspiration was more wintery and aspirational, maybe more in a “California Dreamin’” sort of way?

The sound of it is very crunchy, very glam-rock. You are known for influences from even earlier in the classic rock ‘n’ roll era, but this brings in some that are maybe less associated with you.

Well, any playlist of mine, you’re gonna see Little Richard right next to T. Rex. You know, I discovered fuzz guitar on my second record and I never looked back. That’s one of the ones we’ve been playing live and really love playing it live. John Perrin from NRBQ’s been playing drums for us, and he’s got such a pocket and that song really grooves live, so we can’t wait to do the tour.

How’s it been being out again with Plant and Krauss?

This is the third year out and it’s by far the best one yet. We’ve got the set down to where it’s very dense and moves by quickly and it’s got quite a bit of uptempo material, so the set list sort of got worked on over the last three years, and everybody is just having the best time. Everybody’s had a lot of things that they’ve been working on (apart from one another), and so this has been a really nice welcome break to jump into this tour. It’s the time of my life. I really, really look forward to it, and this has been the best one so far. Doing my opening set, it feels the best too, I think just because there’s something that’s about to happen, and then just time with the Plant/Krauss band is such a gift.

How would you describe the sounds coming together on the new album?

And I think “The Rock and Roll Girls” was the first song that was finally finished. I’ve had part of that song written for a long time, because it’s about my daughter as a toddler kicking the back of my car seat. And, so anyway, that was kind of the beginning of the idea. And I started thinking about just surf music in general, and how there’s a common thread between surf music like the Ventures, Ennio Morricone soundtracks and Depeche Mode. There’s this common thread of this single-string reverbing guitar that runs through all those things. And once I had that in my head, songs just started coming out really fast. That’s when “Just Like Summer” came, and those kind of twangy tunes. So this record ended up being … My elevator pitch to people was: This record is if the mid-‘60s to late ‘60s Ventures was the session band for the first New Order record. It’s sort of like my love of obscure surf music plus my dark wave days in high school. It’s kinda my goth-surf record.

Clearly people have seen you out on those tours and know that you’ve not been just sitting around. But, as far as making a new record, seven years is a while. So did the time pass quickly or did it feel like a long time?

If somehow I could say that it simultaneously was a horribly long time and also went by really quickly, both might be accurate. My sense of time since the lockdown has just completely been totally scattered and disrupted. You know, I had trouble with finding my place in time before, but now it’s even worse. So everything seems like some kind of crazy temporal displacement happened. But truthfully, this record could have come out a lot sooner, because the germ of it began well before the pandemic happened. Even some recordings were made before then. But then so many things happened in my life between that time and now. So it’s happening now and, honestly, this is the way it was supposed to go.

The first attempt was, for lack of a better term, a tough lesson for me, because it was with my old band, and we did some sessions at East West Studios in L.A. and stayed in a nice house and everything. And it was sort of my attempt at having a baby to keep a marriage together, and it didn’t work. So, once kind of the old gang started to splinter off during the pandemic, I was sort of done for a minute. I didn’t even really want to think about those songs or do anything with them. You know, in tandem with all that the pandemic offered, I was planning on just doing something else with my life at that point. One thing I flirted with was being someone who recommends what trees to plant in people’s yard. Seemed like a nice job, helping people get the right tree to grow, how to make it grow better. So that was a weird time for me.

Then it was sort of like it was the last chance. So I went and recorded with Alex Hall, who has had something to do with almost every record I’ve ever done, whether playing drums or mixing or engineering or something. And we just went back to his place and recorded pretty much live, and now, here we are — now we have a record.

Everyone who loves you knows you pull from a lot of different places, but you’ve suggested you think this might surprise people a bit. Do you think some people will sort of cock their ear for a minute going, oh, this is a little off the path?

Oh, definitely. It is. But I mean, there’s a line from the third record to this record. Like, the song “On the Lips” is like an ancestor of these songs, so there is a thread. And I think “I Can’t Go Anywhere With You” could have belonged on my second record. “Sunshine Getaway” could be on the third record. It’s kind of the more Fleetwood-sy, Beach Boys-y tunes, like “Travel Through the Night Alone” and the last song, “That’s What a Love Song Does to You,” that are, to me, new territory. So yeah, if someone is that rare unicorn of a person who knows every one of my records, it makes sense. But for the people who still only have ever heard the first record, they’re gonna be very confused.

But I’m at a point where I truly, truly am not worried about anything like that anymore. I’m at the point in my life now I have surrounded myself with people who are just kind of full of optimism and living in the present. And I am making what I want to make, and with people who want to make it with me, and in a very happy place as far as making work goes. You know, very few bands have made the same record over and over again, successfully. AC/DC is the clear winner in that regard. AC/DC has never changed their thing. Even the Ramones started adding guitar solos after a point! But AC/DC is the one band that that stuck to their guns and never made anything bad. So, that’s really impossible to do. And for me, I just think what I’m listening to changes so much. What I’m reading about changes the way I think about things. You never know what story’s gonna pop up in your life that wants to be expressed in a certain way that can’t be expressed with, you know, a saxophone section.

And you just kind of have to follow that thread and see where it takes you. I mean, this record really wouldn’t have existed if I hadn’t gotten a free Spotify account and the algorithm recommended those few songs. So blame Spotify, I guess.

“Nite Owls” track listing:

1. Sunshine Getaway

2. I Can’t Go Anywhere with You (Feat. Bloodshot Bill)

3. Just Like Summer

4. Nite Owls

5. Shining Like Gold

6. The Rock and Roll Girls

7. Baby Blues 

8. The Phantom Lover of New Rochelle

9. Don’t Travel Through the Night Alone

10. That’s What a Love Song Does to You

JD McPherson On Tour:  

Supporting Robert Plant & Alison Krauss: 

August 8 – Missoula, MT – KettleHouse Amphitheater 

August 9  – Missoula, MT – KettleHouse Amphitheater

August 11 – Edmonton, AB – Edmonton Folk Music Festival 

August 13 – Vancouver, BC – Queen Elizabeth Theatre 

August 14 – Vancouver, BC – Queen Elizabeth Theatre 

August 17 – Seattle, WA – Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery

August 19 – Eugene, OR – The Cuthbert Amphitheater 

August 21 – Murphys, CA – Ironstone Amphitheater 

August 22 – Stanford, CA – Frost Amphitheater 

August 24 – Paso Robles, CA – Vina Robles Amphitheatre 

August 25 – Highland, CA – Yaamava’ Theater 

August 26 – Flagstaff, AZ – Pepsi Amphitheatre 

August 28 – Santa Fe, NM – The Santa Fe Opera 

August 29 – Santa Fe, NM – The Santa Fe Opera

August 31 – Colorado Springs, CO – Ford Amphitheater 

September 1 – Vail, CO – Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater 

Nite Owls Headline Tour:

September 27 – Nashville, TN – Brooklyn Bowl

September 28 – Atlanta, GA – Terminal West

September 29 – Asheville, NC – The Grey Eagle

October 1 – Washington, DC – The Atlantis

October 2 – Ardmore, PA – Ardmore Music Hall

October 4 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom

October 6 – Boston, MA – The Sinclair

October 8 – Toronto, ON – The Concert Hall

October 9 – Detroit, MI – Magic Bag

October 11 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue

October 12 – Chicago, IL – Metro

November 7 – Little Rock, AR – Whitewater Tavern

November 8 – Dallas, TX – The Kessler

November 9 – Austin, TX – Scoot Inn

November 12 – Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom

November 14 – Pioneertown, CA  – Pappy & Harriet’s

November 15 – Los Angeles, CA –  El Rey Theatre

November 16 – San Francisco, CA – August Hall

November 18 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom

November 19 – Seattle, WA – The Crocodile

November 21 – Salt Lake City, UT – Commonwealth Room

November 22 – Fort Collins, CO –  Aggie Theatre

November 23 – Denver, CO – Gothic Theatre

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Sunny hostin believes jennifer lopez flying coach ‘humanized’ singer after canceling tour.

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She’s still Jenny From the Block.

Sunny Hostin weighed in on Jennifer Lopez’s decision to fly coach aboard a commercial airliner made the pop star more relatable after canceling her tour to spend more time with her family.

“I thought it humanized her. We’ve all flown coach. I still fly coach, and she had her bodyguard, and she had her purse with her as well, so she had the whole row in coach,” Hostin told TMZ .

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“So she’s still Jenny From the Block. I like that.”

Hostin, 55, however, disagreed that the “Let’s Get Loud” singer opted for a commercial flight to become more relatable.

“I don’t think so,” the morning show co-host shared. “I think she’s Jenny From the Block.”

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Lopez, 54, was spotted sitting in coach on a KLM flight from Naples to Paris last weekend ahead of Paris Fashion Week.

The mom of two had been on a  solo Italian vacation  as  divorce rumors  continue to plague her relationship with husband Ben Affleck, who has yet to join his other half abroad.

A source told Page Six exclusively that Lopez flies commercial “often,” and the decision to get on this particular flight is no indication of financial troubles.

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“She’s not hurting for money,” the insider added. “She’s had a very successful year.”

The “Selena” star attended the Christian Dior Haute Couture fall/winter 2024-2025 show by herself but appeared in good spirits as she waved to fans and posed for photos with a huge grin on her face.

The Oscar-winning actor, meanwhile, berated paparazzi Sunday night after they blinded him with their bright flashes while he was driving away from his and Lopez’s $60 million marital home , which has been listed for sale.

jennifer lopez and ben affleck walking down the street

“Listen, man, you’re going to get me in an accident,” Affleck, 51, can be heard telling one of the cameramen in a video. “Don’t flash your lights as I’m driving down the driveway.”

When one shutterbug continued to snap away despite the “Air” star’s ire, Affleck mentioned his children’s safety.

“Stop, man. It’s dangerous what you guys are doing. Do you understand?” Affleck said. “I can’t see. You’re going to get somebody hurt doing this s–t.

“Jesus Christ, my daughter’s coming down here.”

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Copa America

Copa America



Brazil vs Costa Rica live updates: Selecao held to shock goalless draw in Copa America opener

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Copa America result — Brazil 0-0 Costa Rica

  • Brazil held to shock goalless draw by guest nation Costa Rica
  • Costa Rica had 2 touches in Brazil’s box and 0 shots on target
  • Marquinhos goal ruled out for offside after lengthy VAR check
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Something the USMNT has never achieved

Costa Rica have become just the third CONCACAF nation to keep a clean sheet against Brazil at Copa America, joining Mexico, who did so in 2001 and again in 2007, and Honduras, who also did so in 2001.

Vini Jr not trusted to go full 90 minutes

Vini Jr not trusted to go full 90 minutes

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Replaced by Endrick in the 71st minute, Vinicius Junior has now been substituted in each of the past six and 10 of the past 11 competitive games he has played for Brazil, dating back to the 2022 World Cup.

Group D outlook

With Group D's opening matchday in the books, let's take a look at the remaining fixtures.

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  • Colombia v Costa Rica in Glendale, Arizona
  • Paraguay vs Brazil in Las Vegas, Nevada

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  • Brazil vs Colombia in Santa Clara, California
  • Costa Rica vs Paraguay in Austin, Texas

Instant reaction to Brazil's draw with Costa Rica

The Athletic ’s Jack Lang, Stuart James and Thom Harris have broken down their takeaways from Costa Rica's defensive triumph against Brazil, looking at:

  • Is deep defending the way to stop Brazil?
  • Can Brazil feel aggrieved at the referee?
  • What can Costa Rica take from this result?

Follow the link below to check out their talking points!

Brazil 0-0 Costa Rica takeaways: Brazilian frustrations as Costa Rica successfully parks the bus

Brazil 0-0 Costa Rica takeaways: Brazilian frustrations as Costa Rica successfully parks the bus

Matches don't get more one-sided

Seven Brazilian players had an individual expected goals figure higher than Costa Rica's team total of 0.03.

Full match stats

Full match stats

Brazil 0-0 Costa Rica

  • Expected goals: 1.66 - 0.03
  • Shots: 19 - 2
  • Shots on goal: 3 - 0
  • Chances created: 15 - 0
  • Saves: 0 - 4
  • Possession: 74% - 26%
  • Corners: 9 - 1
  • Offsides: 3 - 0
  • Fouls: 13 - 10
  • Yellow cards: 1 - 2

Mario Cortegana

Brazil aren't firing on all cylinders

Although they had been looking better lately, especially after the win at Wembley against England and the draw at the Bernabeu against Spain, Brazil are far from the level they should be at.

It is true that in a game like today's they would normally have won, but the reality is that they have not won any of their last five official matches, suffering two draws alongside three defeats.

At this point, Dorival Junior has not found the key.

Thom Harris

Perfect stat to sum this match up

Perfect stat to sum this match up

Brazil end the game with 50 touches in the opposition box.

Costa Rica? Two.

Group D standings

Here's how the Group D table looks after Brazil's failure to beat Costa Rica in their opening game.

  • Colombia : 3 points, +1 goal difference
  • Brazil : 1 pt, 0 gd
  • Costa Rica : 1 pt, 0 gd
  • Paraguay : 0 pts, -1 gd

FT: Brazil 0-0 Costa Rica

FT: Brazil 0-0 Costa Rica

Costa Rica have done it! They frustrated Brazil all night long and have held on for a point. They rarely came close to threatening Brazil's goal but they'll be absolutely thrilled with this result.

Savio has impressed

90+3' Brazil 0-0 Costa Rica

Savio is staking a real claim for a starting berth on Friday against Paraguay. He's been incredibly positive, showing off quick feet, and should probably have an assist after bursting into the box and laying off for Bruno Guimaraes a minute ago.

Final Costa Rica subs

90+2' Brazil 0-0 Costa Rica

Costa Rica run some time off the clock by replacing Brandon Aguilera and Ariel Lassiter with Gerald Taylor and Joseph Mora.

FIVE minutes added on

FIVE minutes added on

90+1' Brazil 0-0 Costa Rica

Five minutes are added on to the end of the match.

Guimaraes is the latest Brazil player to miss a fantastic chance to finally score, firing over the target from close range.

Costa Rica clinging on

Costa Rica clinging on

88' Brazil 0-0 Costa Rica

Sequeira comes out to claim a long ball forward but fumbles the ball after colliding with Rodrygo. Brazil have a great chance to finally break through but can't find the final ball.

Meanwhile, Mitchell has come back onto the pitch moments after being carried off injured.

Brazil desperate for a penalty

Brazil desperate for a penalty

87' Brazil 0-0 Costa Rica

Rodrygo falls over quite easily under contact in the Costa Rica box and Brazil appeal for a penalty for at least the fourth time in this match.

Dorival Junior is absolutely beside himself on the touchline.

Brazil can't find a way through

85' Brazil 0-0 Costa Rica

Savio skips past a few defenders at the edge of Costa Rica's box before taking a shot that's blocked by Vargas.

Costa Rica are really starting to close in on a seriously unlikely clean sheet here.

Martinelli joins the fray

83' Brazil 0-0 Costa Rica

Brazil make their third change as Gabriel Martinelli replaces João Gomes.

Militao booked

Militao booked

80' Brazil 0-0 Costa Rica

Campbell dances past Militao and the defender responds by tripping him up, earning himself Brazil's first yellow card of the match.

Sequeira denies Arana!

Sequeira denies Arana!

79' Brazil 0-0 Costa Rica

A deflected cross comes to Arana at the edge of the Costa Rica box. He unleashes a powerful first-time shot that looks sure to finally break the deadlock in this match but Sequeira makes an remarkable diving save!


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    Although solo travel in Croatia is fine between the major cities, it wasn't as easy getting to some of the more off-the-beaten-track places and away from the crowds. With so many stunning places to explore, you might be thinking of joining one of the small group tours to Croatia. There are loads of great options out there, it can be difficult ...

  21. Best Croatia Trips & Tour Packages 2024/2025

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  22. Croatia Group Tours for Solo Travelers

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  23. The best solo travel destinations from a long-time solo traveller

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  24. An Island-to-Island Yacht Cruise in Croatia

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