One of the most popular and demanded water sports activities in Croatia is scuba diving because of a rich marine biodiversity, crystal clear waters and the fact that the depths of Croatian coast keeps many impressive wrecks that are still in very good condition. Along the Croatian coast there are more than 1500 shipwrecks of different sizes and ages sunken, which is a perfect attraction for diving enthusiasts. There is no better and more convenient way how to reveal this divers paradise than cruising the Adriatic waters on board a yacht charter boat.
Croatia is one of the best sailing spots in the Mediterranean for your active holidays. It features various pleasant winds – Maestral (Mistral), Bura (Bora), Jugo (South) – ideal for sailing experiences, as well as numerous islands, beaches and channels where one can do sail and enjoy almost untouched nature in the heart of Europe.
Keeping your calves trim and increasing your blood flow as you gulp in the clean Mediterranean air; there are bike rides in Croatia to suit those of all skill and health levels for the best active holidays. Or if you are feeling more adventurous, you can take a week-long cycling tour of the country. Mtb Croatia offers cycle tours, which can see visitors scaling mountain trails, winding through woodland tracks, while stopping to sample local delicacies. You will be able to stay in cosy, welcoming apartments, with small residences for couples and bigger ones for families.
People come from all over the world to experience the action and landscapes provided by Croatia’s streaming waters. The tradition regarding this sport is very old, so you can expect professional standards and a street-wise crew on your rafting trip. Big companies often organize rafting as a form of teambuilding activity, while varied the terrain allows people a wide choice of options regarding the ride. No matter your experience or age, somewhere in Croatia a river awaits for you. Numerous of rivers in Croatia offers this kind of sports, for example, Dobra, Kupa, Korana, Mreznica, Cetina, Una, Zrmanja, Krka.
Thanks to the winds that blow around Croatia, two particular spots down the coast lend themselves to the sports of windsurfing and kitesurfing: the southern tip of Istria around Premantura; and Viganj on the Peljesac Peninsula. In Istria, a cluster of ten windsurfing centres within 20km of each other around Premantura offer activity breaks. For beginners, the Bjeca bay has shallow water and a sandy bottom. Meanwhile Viganj is a serious windsurfing scene, within easy reach by boat from Korcula. Kitesurfing is also popular here, with international championships taking place. To combine a regular holiday with some outdoor fun, Bol on Brac has a number of clubs to help with tuition and equipment; the Yellow Cat is a good option.
The highest peak of Nature Park Medvednica near Zagreb, Sljeme is also the name used to define a series of accessible slopes which welcome hikers and ramblers all year round. They’re best known for their climbing and skiing – the hills are dotted with mountain lodges and Sljeme has recently been developed as a major international skiing centre, a fixture on the sport’s winter calendar (Snow Queen Trophy). It provides training slopes for amateurs, night skiing, sledging and snowboarding for enthusiasts of all ages and abilities. There is snow cover on Medvednica for around 100 days a year and the slopes are given a coating of artificial snow when necessary, prolonging the season to four months.
Sea kayaking and river kayaking are becoming more and more popular in Croatia. The best times for river kayaking are in the spring and early summer.
Following are some of the best river kayaking destinations in Croatia: four rivers of Karlovac (Dobra, Mreznica, Korana and Kupa) and Cetina River.
Sea kayaking is of course most pleasant in warm summer. Don’t forget to bring a snorkel and mask to enjoy the underwater life! Following are the best sea kayaking destinations in Croatia: Elafiti Islands (Kolocep, Lopud and Sipan), the islands are accessible from Lokrum and Dubrovnik and Kornati Islands.
Hiking paths are marked with a white dot within a red circle but in more remote areas the markings have worn away or been removed by shepherds. There are a number of mountain huts, especially in the Velebit range, that provide simple but adequate lodging. It’s wise to reserve in advance on summer weekends. Following are the best hiking spots in Croatia: Ucka Mountain, National Park Risnjak, Northern Velebit, Paklenica and Biokovo Mountain.
Horse-riding has a long tradition in Croatia with indigenous breeds such as the Lipizzaner and Croatian Coldblood horse. Be aware that horse riding in Croatia is not yet oriented to foreign visitors, unlike; say scuba diving or other water sports. There are a limited number of operators who have websites or speak English but they do exist. Here’s a selection: Fuzine (Kvarner): Fuzine Riding, Medulin (near Pula): Klub Medulin, Pazin: Klub Soko, Split: Equestrian Club Split, Umag: Horse Center, Zapresic (near Zagreb): Trajbar, Zagreb: Geronimo
Croatia is a major fishing destination both for fresh-water angling and deep sea fishing. Fly fishing, spear fishing, game fishing and recreational fishing are all practised with enthusiasm by locals and visitors. Fresh-water fishermen will appreciate the cleanliness and beauty of Croatia’s rivers while deep sea fishermen will find high-visibility waters teeming with tuna and other game fish.
Both fresh water and sea fishing are highly regulated in Croatia however; it’s important to be acquainted with and follow all the necessary regulations for fresh water and sea fishing and buy the appropriate licenses. In most cases, only a valid ID is required.