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Guide to Walking in Croatia

There are very few countries in the world where you can walk in pristine national parks, explore magnificent coastlines, island hop and trek through mountains all in the space of a week or two. Nowhere stretches the boundaries quite like Croatia, and embarking on a walking holiday here will undoubtedly leave you in awe of the astonishing natural beauty the world has to offer. Whether you are exploring the Cascading waterfalls in Plitvice and Krka national parks, Stroll along beautiful promenades in the coastal gems of Zadar and Split or experiencing the beautiful islands of Brac, Korcula, Hvar and Mljet, this Dalmation gem provides the perfect setting for the ultimate walking holiday. Given the diversity of Croatia’s landscapes, deciding where to visit can prove somewhat challenging. That's why this article is here to offer you a thorough guide on walking in Croatia and assist you in planning your upcoming adventure.

Highlights of a Walking Holiday in Croatia

Embark on a journey through Croatia's picturesque landscapes as we explore the highlights of a mesmerizing walking holiday. From the historic streets of Dubrovnik to the enchanting Plitvice Lakes National Park, each step unveils a new chapter of natural beauty and cultural richness. Immerse yourself in the vibrant colours of the Adriatic coastline, traverse ancient stone paths, and discover the charm of quaint villages. There are so many highlights to a walking holiday in Croatia, below are just three.

Cultural Immersion


As you traverse the country's diverse regions, you'll have the chance to explore historic towns and cities with well-preserved architecture, including Dubrovnik's ancient city walls and Split's Roman heritage. The local cuisine, influenced by Mediterranean and Balkan flavours, invites you to savour delightful dishes like seafood fresh from the Adriatic and traditional Croatian pastries.

Beautiful Islands


Croatia's stunning islands offer an idyllic backdrop for a walking holiday that's nothing short of magical. Each island has its unique charm, from the lavender fields of Hvar to the pristine beaches of Brac and the medieval heritage of Korcula. As you explore these picturesque islands on foot, you'll encounter breathtaking sea views, charming coastal villages, and hidden coves.

Scenic walking trails


Coastal paths wind along the breathtaking Adriatic Sea, offering views of azure waters and charming fishing villages. Inland, the Dinaric Alps provide opportunities for mountain treks, with trails leading to spectacular vistas. Plitvice Lakes National Park boasts a network of wooden boardwalks that meander through lush forests, connecting a series of cascading lakes and waterfalls. Croatia's walking trails are well-marked, ensuring ease of navigation, and cater to all levels of hikers, from leisurely strollers to experienced trekkers.

Where to go Walking in Croatia

Plitvice and Krka National Parks

Plitvice and Krka National Parks are natural gems that you can't miss on a walking holiday in Croatia. Plitvice Lakes National Park is full of waterfalls and clear lakes, with wooden paths that let you get really close to nature. Krka National Park has waterfalls too, and you can even take a dip in some spots. Both parks are lush and teeming with wildlife, offering a peaceful break from the city and a chance to be at one with nature.



This historic city combines ancient heritage with vibrant modern life. Strolling through the UNESCO-listed Diocletian's Palace, a 4th-century Roman relic, you'll find yourself in a maze of narrow stone streets, bustling with shops, cafes, and lively markets. As you explore, you'll discover archaeological treasures, hidden courtyards, and picturesque viewpoints overlooking the Adriatic Sea.



Known as the "Pearl of the Adriatic," Dubrovnik is steeped in history and surrounded by imposing medieval city walls. Walking its well-preserved streets, you'll be immersed in the rich cultural heritage of this ancient city, with its limestone-paved lanes, baroque buildings, and grand palaces. Stroll along the iconic city walls to admire breathtaking views of the Adriatic Sea and the city below. The Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a treasure trove of historic and architectural wonders, including the Rector's Palace and the stunning Sponza Palace.



Nestled in the Adriatic Sea, Hvar boasts a unique blend of natural beauty and cultural richness. As you explore the island on foot, you'll encounter a mosaic of landscapes, from fragrant lavender fields and ancient olive groves to hidden coves with crystal-clear waters. The charming town of Hvar offers a taste of history with its well-preserved architecture, while the island's vibrant nightlife and local cuisine provide a modern twist to your adventure. Hvar's walking trails lead you through picturesque villages and along coastal paths with stunning sea views.



With its rugged landscapes, charming coastal towns, and serene beaches, it offers a diverse range of walking experiences. The island's trails lead you through ancient olive groves, vineyards, and fragrant pine forests, providing an intimate connection with nature. Wander through picturesque villages like Bol, where you can explore historic sites and taste local cuisine. Brac's coastal paths offer striking views of the Adriatic, and the island's famous Zlatni Rat beach is a must-visit.


How Difficult are Walking Holidays in Croatia?


Our walking holidays in Croatia are designed to accommodate all levels of abilities and are accessible to beginner walkers as well as those slightly more experienced. If you're looking for a leisurely and easy walk, consider our self-guided trip to Dubrovnik and the Dalmatian Coast. This adventure offers a serene experience as you stroll along quiet walking trails with expansive views of the Dalmatian Coast. You'll also have the opportunity to spend two nights in the tranquil Mljet National Park and explore the historic city of Dubrovnik at your own relaxed pace. Similarly, our walking trip to Croatia's islands is another accessible option, allowing you to discover the beauty of the Adriatic islands in a comfortable and easygoing manner, so you can fully appreciate the wonders of this remarkable destination.

What is the weather like in Croatia?


The best time to go on a walking holiday in Croatia largely depends on your preferences and the specific regions you plan to explore. Spring, for instance, is an excellent time for a walking holiday in Croatia. The weather is mild, wildflowers are in bloom, and the countryside is lush and green. This season is perfect for coastal walks, exploring national parks, and enjoying the pleasant temperatures. Early summer offers warm and sunny weather, making it ideal for coastal walks and island hopping. The sea is inviting for swimming, and the long daylight hours provide ample time for exploration. Moving towards late summer, the pleasant weather continues, and the sea remains warm for swimming.  While coastal areas can be crowded, inland regions and national parks are less busy, making it a good time for mountain hikes.

Autumn is another great time for walking holidays in Croatia, especially for those who prefer cooler temperatures. The autumn foliage in the national parks is striking, and it's a quieter time to explore historic towns and cities.

Croatia's mild Mediterranean climate means that some coastal areas can be enjoyable in the winter. However, the inland mountain regions may be snowy and not necessarily suited for walking.

Alternatives to Walking in Croatia

For those still looking for an exciting walking holiday, but would like an Alternative to Croatia, KE boasts a wide array of options when it comes to choosing your next adventure.


Austria offers the most amazing scenery for a walking holiday. Whether you’re discovering the lakes of Salzburg, exploring the valleys of Innsbruck or taking on the Dachstein circuit in the Austrian Alps, it is true the hills really are alive, offering the perfect setting for a stunning walking holiday.



Another journey that you cannot miss is a walking holiday to Italy. Whether you’re exploring the dramatic Amalfi coastline, uncovering the majesty of Lake Como, scaling the granite spires of the Dolomites or taking a fiery trip to the volcanoes of Sicily, Italy entices travellers to get their boots on and start walking.



Walking holidays in Georgia offer a unique and immersive experience for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers. This diverse country in the South Caucasus region features breathtaking landscapes, including the towering Greater Caucasus Mountains, lush valleys, and picturesque villages. Hiking through scenic trails, exploring ancient monasteries, and savouring Georgian cuisine make for an unforgettable walking holiday in this underrated gem of a destination.

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