Croatia travel guide - Information for your holiday in Croatia
Croatia offers a wide range of sporting and leisure activities so that there is the perfect activity for all tastes and requirements.
Croatia is traditionally the holiday destination for unlimited bathing fun due to the countless
beaches and bays along the Adriatic coast and around the island worlds. For those who have sufficiently relaxed after several days of swimming and sunbathing and want to try out some more demanding activities, there are plenty of watersports on offer:
you could spend time fishing or observe what lies under the sea by going diving – the necessary equipment for both activities can be hired. If you have never used diving gear before, beginners’ diving courses are available to introduce you to this fascinating sport.
Daring adventurers can chance a breathtaking whitewater ride in a canoe or kayak, e.g. with organised rafting on the rivers Cetina, Korana, Kupra and Una. Sailing is also very popular on the Croatian coast, shown by the proud number of more than 40 marinas with a total of 12,300 mooring points. So you don’t have to travel with your own boat as there are boats and yachts for rent in the marinas.
Those who find this type of watersport too exhausting can alternatively set off on a great expedition into the Adria with a boat excursion. Windsurfing is also occasionally possible, although the choice of hiring places is very limited. Excellent wind conditions on the peninsula of Peljesac at Viganj are ideal for windsurfers.
However, it is not just the water that offers great leisure activities; Croatia’s hinterland is also an active location for many sporting and fun activities. The Velebit mountains of North Dalmatia or the national parks of Paklenica , Biokovo and Plitvice lake provide ramblers with a superb terrain for extensive rambling trails or just long walks. Even the relatively flat region of Istria offers attractive rambling options. The coasts invite you to go for mile-long walks, going from bay to bay along picturesque cliff scenery. If you would prefer something more challenging, you can try out rock climbing, which is particularly popular in the
national park of Paklenica .
Some islands and the west coast of Istria provide horse lovers with extensive riding opportunities; riding courses are available for beginners and those out of practice. Even fans of winter sports are catered for with the pistes in the Medvednica, Platak and Bjelolasica ski centres, accessible via the cable railways.
Croatia’s leisure activities are just as versatile and diverse as the country with its different types of landscapes, even though bathing in the sea is undisputedly the favourite pastime.