October 12, 2015 at 5:06 PM
If you have some spare days in your holiday allowance you should consider a trip to Croatia.
Allow a couple of days just to reach your destination and a couple of to get back. So, if you do not have at least two weeks you should forget about it or take a flight. Nevertheless we would recommend the following itinerary; once in France head straight Strasbourg follow towards Stuttgart, Nuremberg, Passau, and Graz and cross the border to enter Croatia. Once in Croatia head straight to Zagreb.
Welcome to the capital of Croatia. A beautiful city with a very long history and picturesque looks. Originally known as Audautonia a Roman town dating from the 1st century AD. The first recorded appearance of the name “Zagreb” dates from 1094 however it was split in two parts, one for the clergy and the second for the merchant and farmers. This second part of the city shaped the history of Zagreb till nowadays making it the economic heart of Yugoslavia and later of the Republic of Croatia. Despite some sporadic fights during its war of independence, between 1991 and 1995, and two Serb artillery shellings the city remained almost intact. Joining the EU also helped the renewal of the city.
When in Zagreb you must visit:
- Visit the Dolac Market, the most famous grocery market of the city
- Visit the Cathedral
- Visit the Museums of Arts and Crafts
- Take a stroll on the Kaptol and Tkalciceva Street
- Take a nap or sit by Lake Jarun
If you need a place to stay the Camp Zagreb is a great spot. When you’re ready to hit the road, take the E65 towards Split/Pula follow on the E751 to D303 toward Rovinj. Allow 3 and ½ hours to cover the 175 miles.
Welcome to Rovinj “the Blue Pearl of the Adriatic”, this city is a stunning sea resort. Do not be surprised if the architecture is very similar to Venice, it once belonged to “the Serenissima Republic of Venice”.
When in Rovinj here are some attractions you can’t miss:
- St Euphemia’s Church
- The Town Clock
- Visit the Batana Museum
- Visit the Monkodonjo archaeological site
- Visit the Histria Aromatica Theme Park and Farm
If you are looking for a place to stay we recommend the Campsite Polari located on the very edge of the shoreline. When you’re ready to go, get on the D21/D75 towards Pula, allow roughly 2 hours.
Pula is an extremely old human settlement, inhabited for a million years the Istrian peninsula as well as being a strategic lock on the Upper Adriatic is an area that saw many fights for power. Several cultures influenced the area; from the Greeks, to the Celts, to the Romans, to the Germanic tribes, the Byzantine Empire, the Franks, the Venetians, the Pisans, the Genoese, the French and the Austrian. This city has been the cultural heart of Istria since Roman times and will be an amazing stop.
What to do when in Pula:
- Visit the arena
- Visit the temple of Augustus
- Visit the Cathedral
- Visit the Zerostrasse
- Visit the Historical & Maritime Museum of Istria
When you are done, get on E751 from Riva towards Kraljevica the take the D102 towards Krk, allow more or less 3 hours
Krk, the largest island of the Adriatic is unique by its history. Inhabited by roughly 20,000 souls the island saw many people invading it. Krk’s economy is mostly based upon the port industry as well as tourism. Krk is also a historic centre of Croatian culture and produced various literature in Glagolitic alphabet (Oldest known Slavic alphabet).
When in Krk you can’t miss:
- The Town Walls
- St Mary’s Cathedral
- The Frankopan Castle
- The Biserujka Cave
When you are done exploring the island take the bridge back to the mainland or if you prefer to stay on the island for a day more. We recommend the Kamp Glavotok.
Once you’re ready take the E65 from Garica and D102 then follow on the D23 in Senj then follow to the D50, swap to the D52 towards Plitvice and then the D1. Allow 3 hours.
Plitvice Lakes National Park
Come and discover one of the marvels that Mother Nature is capable of creating.
There is not much to say however we recommend you the Plitvica Stream and the Korana River with Great Waterfall.
If you want to take more time to explore the park we recommend the Motel Plitvice.
Get on the E71 in Gornja Ploca, allow 2 hours 40 minutes to reach Trogir.
Trogir is a very old city originally founded by Greek colonists from the island of Vis. It developed into a major port until the Roman period when Salona was privileged. However, following the fall of the Roman Empire the Avars and the Slavs invasions of the 6th and 7th century destroyed it and most of the survivors went back to Trogir. In 1107 it was chartered by the Hungarian-Croatian King Coloman gaining its autonomy as a town. In 1123 the city was almost completely wiped out by the Saracens, however, in a short time the city was raised from its ashes. The town is full of historical remains and is definitely worth visiting
Here is a list of the hotspots/must-see:
- The city centre
- The Fortress Kamerlengo
- The Cathedral
- The Duke’s Palace
- The Seafront
If you want to spend a bit more time in Trogir just outside of the city you’ll be able to find the Camp Seget. When you are done and want to continue your journey, get on the D6 and follow to the D8. Allow roughly 40 minutes to cover 20 miles via the coastal road.
When in Split, enjoy the view as Split is one of the most beautiful and old cities in Croatia. While its foundation is often attributed to Diocletian’s Palace in 305 AD recent archaeological discoveries relate to the founding of the Greek colony of Aspalathos in the 4th century BC. After the fall of the Western Roman Empire the city quickly became a Byzantine city and gradually drifted in the sphere of the Republic of Venice and the Croatian Kingdom. With the rise of the Ottoman Empire, Venice heavily fortified the city as an outpost in territory surrounded by Ottoman possessions. The city’s cultural and architectural patrimony is extremely rich due to its situation as a melting pot
Don’t forget to see:
- The Diocletian Palace
- St Domnius Cathedral
- The Mestrovic Gallery
- Marjan Hill
- The Seafront Promenade
- The Roman Ruins of Solin (Salona - 6km away)
If you want to stay an additional day we recommend the Camping Stobrec Split. When you’re ready hit the road to reach Dubrovnik, the last stop of our trip, get on the E65 and exit in Vrgorac to take the Z6208/Z6276 then continue to the D8.
To cover the distance you should allow 3 and ½ hours. You will have to cross Bosnia-Herzegovina for about 10 miles so if you are not an EU citizen you may require a visa so you should check before you leave.
Dubrovnik, probably the most visited area of Croatia is also one of the most beautiful; even though the city suffered significant damage during the war it has now risen from its ashes to become one of the top sea resorts of the country. However, it also has a very rich history. Officially founded during the 7th century, the city is highly influenced by its history and the impact of its belonging into the Republic of Ragusa. The territory was also the cradle of a language melting-pot where Latin, Italian, Croatian, Dalmatian dialects and German were constantly used. This situation created a unique city that is absolutely stunning.
Here is the list of the must do:
- The Walls and the Fort
- The Cathedral
- The Rector’s Palace
- Go to Mount Srd
Here it is that we have reached the end of our journey, however if you want to stay for a bit longer there is a very nice campsite just next to the city, the Camping Solitudo, we recommend it.
Until next time, we hope you to enjoy this itinerary. Please let us know what you think of it.