Where to go in Croatia (Small Towns and Nature ONLY)

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Are you a city dweller who sometimes travels to the other cities for vacation?  YES, I AM!!!

But this time on my trip to Croatia, I changed my vacation plan significantly and it turned out to be AWESOME!!! No more city trips, no more big buildings. Let me share with you 4 breathtaking places in Croatia if you’re seeking for something completely different from the city where you live.

Hvar Island

Hvar is one of the most beautiful islands in Croatia. There are 4 small towns on this island: Hvar Town, Stari Grad, Jelsa, and Sućuraj.

I stayed 2 nights in Stari Grad and every corner of this town is incredibly charming. Just a few steps from my guest house, I could deeply feel the nostalgic beauty of this town. A few steps further, I lost my heart to the ocean💙.

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  • Time to spend in Hvar island: 2 – 3 days
  • Where to stay in Hvar island: Hvar Town is hands down for nightlife and parties. Stari Grad is charming and family, kids-friendly. Jelsa is quiet and perfect for swimming. Sućuraj is the nearest place to the mainland but less popular with the tourists.

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Book a room in Jelsa

Plitvice Lakes National Park

I guess I don’t have to write too much about this place, the picture speaks for itself. Plitvice is a UNESCO World Heritage and it’s a must when you visit Croatia. I’m wondering how to describe this national park…All I can say that Plitvice is a heaven on Earth. Marvelous!!!

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I read some online reviews about Plitvice that the natural beauty was ruined by the crowds. Despite that my experience was absolutely amazing, greater than my expectation. While most of the tourists started exploring Plitvice in the morning, I arrived at this park around 15:00pm to avoid the crowd and walked around there in 3 and a half hours. And you know, summer in Europe is perfect for the late travelers. From May till September, the sun only goes down after 19:00pm, which means you have a whole long day to admire the extraordinary beauty of Plitvice.

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  • Ticket: From July to August: 250 Kuna/adult (about $34). Tickets are cheaper in the other months.
  • Open hours: 7:00am to 19:00
  • Time to spend in Plitvice: 3 to 8 hours
  • Where to stay near Plitvice: Book a room with this link

Rastoke

Rastoke is about 30 minutes driving from Plitvice Lakes National Park. Wondering where to go or where to eat after visiting Plitvice? Check out this place. I’m sure you won’t regret!

Rastoke is described as the small lakes of Plitvice. I had dinner in a garden restaurant (Petro) in this town. It was a pleasant experience but it was dark so I couldn’t take some stunning photos.

I highly recommend you to visit Petro restaurant for breakfast or lunch to fully enjoy the charm of this place.

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  • Time to spend on Rastoke: 1 to 2 hours
  • Where to eat in Rastoke: Petro restaurant (Address: Rastoke 29, 47240, Slunj, Croatia)
  • Where to stay in Rastoke: Book a room with this link

Rovinj

Rovinj is another small cute town in Croatia and it’s about 1 hour driving from Pula. I stayed in Pula 1 night before flying back home. But of course, I skipped this city and searched for a non-city destination. And…….Rovinj didn’t disappoint me at all, it even offered me a place to swim, a music concert, a glorious sunset and a lot of kinds of seafood. OMG! I ruined my diet plan after this trip. But who cares about diet when you’re on holiday?

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In Rovinj, I searched for a place to eat and I found that La Puntulina is the best restaurant to watch the sunset with a beautiful ocean view. The reviews of this restaurant say that you have to make a reservation 5 days in advance to have a dinner there. I didn’t call to book a table but in a stroke of luck, I got one table right away. I mean I was lucky, but if you plan to visit Rovinj, you should definitely make a reservation at this restaurant before you go.

  • Time to spend in Rovinj: a half day
  • Where to eat in Rovinj: La Puntulina (Address: Ul. Sv. Križa 38, 52210, Rovinj, Croatia)
  • Where to stay in Rovinj: Book a room with this link

I believe there’re more places for a getaway trip in Croatia but my time in this beautiful country was too short to capture all of them. I hope my experience will help you a bit when you consider where to visit in Croatia.

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Hi! I am Nhu, a Vietnamese girl living in the Netherlands. I have been living in 3 countries and traveled to 23 countries and still counting. Hopefully, with my blog, I can spread the inspiration to get you moving. If you already own itchy foot, then here comes the useful tips and advice on the interesting destinations that you may visit someday. Stay tuned!

8 thoughts on “Where to go in Croatia (Small Towns and Nature ONLY)

      1. Yeaaa!!! It was more expensive than I thought, especially the foods and the restaurants. Only the beaches are free and still beautiful :).

  1. This is an amazing post with tons of great information on Croatia. We are hoping to visit in June this year, so we’re just starting to look at all the amazing things to do 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing!

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