Do you wander what it’s like to visit Croatia in the Winter? You probably think of Croatia as a summer holiday destination, but is defensively worth visiting in colder months as well. It’s less crowded, more affordable and equally charming. You might be interested in Zagreb’s fabulous Christmas Market or winter version of Plitvice National Park. The streets coastal towns such as Split, Zadar and Dubrovnik are much less busy, but far from dead. Why not pay them a visit?
Check out our pre-prepared itinerary and visit Croatia on a route from Zagreb to Dubrovnik (or vice versa). This week-long plan includes all the most important cultural and natural sights and can be adjusted to winter schedules or even shorten to 6 or 5 days. It’s all up to your wishes. We are a local travel agency specialised in custom-made itineraries to Croatia, Slovenia and other Balkan countries. Let us also organise your trip to Croatia in the winter.
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Let’s start with Zagreb which has been a popular advent destination. The city has been voted best Christmas destination in Europe for several years in a row. In addition the Croatian capital has several great museum where you can spend long winter afternoons – especially interesting is the museum of broken relationships. Once in Zagreb you can also pay a visit to the pretty Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, which is just an hour drive away and boosts equally charming Christmas market. Taking a winter Zagreb City Break suddenly doesn’t sound a bad idea, right?
From Zagreb you can take a daily trip to the famous Plitvice Lakes National Park. Thousands of tourists come here in spring and summer to enjoy the stunning waterfalls and streams, but this place becomes something really unique when snow and ice create sculptures of unparalleled beauty. Check park’s winter schedule here.
The 92 waterfalls and cascades remain impassive as we walk down different paths and boardwalks. Some of its frozen lakes become huge mirrors reflecting the striking spectacle and we can easily imagine numerous fairy tales we were told while growing up happened here.
Another place in Croatia worth visiting during the winter season is Čazma, near Zagreb. The lights that adorn the famous Salaj farm are the only thing that corrupt the untouched nature. Year after year, the family illuminates its corners with thousands of coloured lights, creating a breathtaking sight.
Croatia in the Winter: from icy waterfalls to marvellous Christmas markets
Let us not forget about skiing holidays in Croatia, which is especially popular in the region of Lika, where lies the famous ski resorts, Mrkopalj also known as the cradle of Croatian skiing. It is popular with amateur and professional skiers alike and it was here that the first Croatian winner of the Olympic gold in skiing was trained.
Another region with a long tradition of skiing in Croatia is Karlovac located in the Bjelolasica Olympic Center, the largest one in the country. The environment here is ideal for those wishing to spend an active holiday. It is also perfect for groups and families thanks to the animators and ski instructors who help the children learn winding down the hill.
Croatia in the winter time has many things to offer even if you are not a snow lover. To get away from the cold visit one of the dozens Hot Springs Centres mainly located in the region of Zagorje on the border with Slovenia. It will most certainly be one of the most pleasurable experiences of your life. Get to know the power of its healing waters while admiring the snowy landscape or the sea views and sipping the superb wine of the Brodet Peljesac peninsula. It is undoubtedly the best choice to spend the long, hard winter.
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