Top 5 Spots for Backpacking in Croatia
Croatia has been given the label of Europe’s best-kept secret recently. The best way to experience the beauty of Croatia is through hotfoot or so-called backpacking in Croatia. Honestly, every town has something to show you or tell you but we are here to tell you, which spots are “must do”.
Dubrovnik – Pearl of the Adriatic
Also known as King’s Landing for the global public. This city is decorated with City Walls that every traveler has dreamed of visiting. They were built between a 12th and 17th century and were named the UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979. The Old town is the number one tourist attraction. Of course, if you are Game of Thrones fan you could sign up for Game of Thrones tour. An island Lokrum is only 10 minutes away by boat if you want to visit some near places. Don’t miss to find your own rock and watch at the stars, ‘it’s magical’ isn’t enough to say. Try to find your own word and describe for me that moment and feeling, I’m pretty much speechless for that feeling.
Although Dubrovnik is beautiful but a bit expensive. If you want to stay a couple of days you might want to look for a place outside of the Old Town.
If you’re taking a bus or ferries you should know that they arrive a long way from the Old Town.
Split – The Flower of the Mediterranean
Split is a very popular destination in Croatia. It’s connected to almost everything by bus and ferries. It also has ferries going to Italy if that is your next stop. The first thing you should visit is Diocletian Palace. Diocletian’s Palace was constructed by Roman emperor Diocletian in the 4th century. Today is easy to get lost in the Palace and make sure to visit the statue of Gregory of Nin and rub his toe for good luck. Enjoy drinking coffee at the Riva, drink for an hour or two, drink like you are from Split, enjoy in the Mediterranean sun and smell of the Adriatic Sea.
It is very easy to find private rooms even near the center of Split. So you can get picky and choose whats best for you.
There are many restaurants and Cafes, but there are many cheaper takeouts near bus stations, that are scattered all over the city.
Zadar – The Orchestra of Nature
Zadar is usually in the shadow of Dubrovnik and Split. Some say Zadar is backpackers dream town. It is easier to navigate through Zadar than Dubrovnik or Split. It has its own Roman Forum which is located in front of the church of St Donat and Archbishop’s Palace. You should definitely visit the Sea Organ. It’s consisted of rows of stairs that are located along the coast and under the sea. When the tide hits it makes a sound, which is often referred to as The Orchestra of Nature. Next to it is Greetings to Sun. Can’t tell you everything, something have to see by yourself 🙂
Zadar is way cheaper than Split, Dubrovnik, and Zagreb. It is easy to find a place to stay if you’re not going there offseason.
Sibenik – A Starting Point for National Parks
Sibenik is the historic city, encircled by 3 fortresses: St. Michales, St. John’s and Barone. Fort of St. Michael was built on the confluence of the river Krka into the sea, on a rocky hill only sixty meters above the sea. Fort of St. John is seated on the hill above Sibenik, the construction lasted only a month and a half starting in 1646. Also, there is one more, in St. Anthony’s Channel, beautiful, listed at the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2017. Visiting Cathedral of St Jacob wouldn’t be a mistake. This cathedral is on the UNESCO’s list form 2000.
Very much like Zadar, Sibenik is not very expensive, if you don’t count the tickets for entrance to the forts it shouldn’t be a problem.
While you are in Sibenik, also visit National park Krka. It is a great place for backpackers going through Croatia, you can spend as much as time as you want there, making a picnic or just enjoying yourself.
Zagreb – City of Museums and Galleries
The main city of Croatia has a lot to offer. Zagreb’s Cathedral is built in the latter 13th century, known as a most known landmark of Zagreb. It’s ‘must do’ when you are in Zagreb. The Church of St. Mark is a trademark of Zagreb and it’s most recognizable by its brilliantly colored roof, bearing coats of arms of Croatia. Ban Jelacic Square is central square in Zagreb. It is suited in Zagreb’s Upper Town. Zagreb is rich with history but also has modern part of the city if you’re into that. Don’t forget that Zagreb has a very rich offer of museums, so, don’t miss to visit the Museum of Broken Relationships, Museum of Illusions and many more.
Transportation is the easy part as everything is connected. Buses and trains arrive south of the main square. The main transportation is trams and you’ll need them if you want to avoid long walks.
It is not very easy to find private rooms so it’s probably best if you go to a tourist agency to get one.
Backpacking is tough so make sure you have enough water and good company so you can enjoy together on your journey through Croatia and its wondrous beauty. Have a nice trip and good weather 🙂