Solo Travel Croatia on a road trip: Best places to visit and ultimate local tips.

Roadtrip Croatia

If you’ve ever dreamed of snorkeling in crystal clear turquoise water, visit picturesque little villages, taste extraordinary good food, recharge your batteries in stunning green nature, and enjoy the atmosphere of amazing Adriatic coast – welcome to beautiful Croatia! Throughout Croatia, I felt completely safe to travel alone and ended up in the most beautiful spots in the summer month July. Deciding for a road trip was the best choice ever given the limitless freedom to fulfill your travel needs and the great reachability of sights throughout Croatia.

Croatia in general is very good and safe to drive. Renting a car is absolutely recommended, however be prepared to show your international driver’s license when arriving from a country outside of Europe. The country itself has well-maintained motorways. They use a toll system but mostly the roads come without traffic and offer a faster and more convenient way to reach the destinations in return. Continue reading to check out where to stop for the highlights of Croatia while you are hopping on a road trip from north to south.

Note: COVID-19 pandemic might affect the activities described below. They might get cancelled or do not take place at your time of visit. Please check the providers’ pages carefully and regularly as things might change on short notice. Check out the government’s website from your home country for the latest immigration updates that apply to you when visiting Croatia.

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Stop 60 km – Istria

Why to visit? Istrian peninsula is the northern region of Croatia and well-influenced by Italian lifestyle and amazing food. Istria is a famous wine region, has many cultural sightseeing spots, little villages, and of course great beaches on the coastlines.

Things to see and do?

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Stop 139 km – Rijeka

Why to visit? Rijeka is a city that is known as the gateway to the beautiful northern Croatian islands. Therefore, Rijeka region is perfect to visit national parks, picturesque coastal villages, beaches, and islands in the Kvarner Bay.

Things to see and do?

  • visit romantic villages of Opatija and others along the coastline
  • drive to Beach Medveja for great beach days
  • Učka Nature Park offers stunning nature and hiking trails
  • head over to Island Krk for exploring beaches, ruins, and castles directly from the mainland
  • explore Kvarner Bay by boat for some endless memories

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Stop 293 km – Plitvice Lakes National Park

Why to visit? Plitvice Lakes National Park is a real highlight on your road trip through Croatia. Once the venue of epic Winnetou movies, the national park comes as a true dessert for your eyeballs with stunning water falls, beautiful trails along turquoise water and amazing spots in nature.

Things to see and do?

  • watch the breathtaking waterfalls at Plitvice Lakes National Park
  • explore the stunning nature and lakes in the national park (a boat brings you to upper and lower waterfalls)
  • rent a rowing boat next to station P1 and row across the turquoise colored lake
  • go hiking in or around national park or visit caves (e.g. Barać cave)
  • stay at a local house that offers incredible hospitality and food from the region at Plitvica River House

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There’s the ultimate spot from where you will have the most stunning postcard view over the Plitvice lakes without any crowds! Before you reach entrance close to P3 (side entrance), you pass a wooden bridge. Next to that bridge a small trail leads into the forest on the left side. Accompanied by rushing water, follow the trail for a couple of minutes and you’ll reach the best viewing platform! GPS: 44°54’9″ N 15°36’27” E (marks the entrance for the trail)

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Stop 541 km – Trogir

Why to visit? Visiting Trogir on your road trip is a must for all travel lovelies who enjoy cultural cities, old beautiful buildings, harbor front, relaxing beaches, and would want a less crowded spot as closed-by city Split.

Things to see and do?

  • explore the Old Town of Trogir, the Trogir Promenade, and the harbor
  • watch the sun set behind the Old Town of Trogir from the other side of the harbor
  • enjoy amazing seafood in a beautiful backyard at Restaurant Mare
  • try the national dish Ćevapčići and suckling pig at an authentic Croatian restaurant Gostionica Kamin
  • hop on a boat trip along the Adriatic coast or visit beaches for your snorkeling adventure

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Driving from Trogir to Kava beach all along the coastline offers many beautiful beach spots. However most of them are totally crowded in summer, especially the ones that everyone can find in Google. But there it is: A little private beach for up to 5 parties (of course, no facilities), partly covered with trees, and surrounded by coral reefs, beautiful fish, that allow you to snorkel even in shallow water. You can park your car directly above the beach, so it’s definitely a private beach. GPS: 43°29’30.1″N 16°21’29.7″E

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Stop 603 km – Island Brač

Why to visit? One of the many beautiful island across the shore from Split is island Brač. Taking a ferry for about an hour leads you directly into paradise. This island is for you when you love the coastline, beaches, water sports, hiking trails, and mountains.

Things to see and do?

  • watch the sunset from the promenade all along Bol
  • Golden Cape speaks for itself
  • enjoy seafood in a beautiful garden at Ranc Restaurant
  • do a wine tasting at Stina Winery located at the waterfront in Bol city
  • hike and enjoy a stunning view from the top of Vidova Gora
  • engage in water sports and snorkeling along the coastline, e.g. Murvica Beach is more private and less crowded

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And this is not all! Other famous places you would want to visit on your road trip through Croatia:

  • Zadar – stop between Plitvice Lakes National Park and Trogir at 446 km for an ancient historical city
  • Hvar – take a ferry from Split or a boat from island Brač to potentially meet celebrities
  • Dubrovnik – hit the road again after returning to Split until 791 km for famous city walls and fortress

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Would love to continue your road trip through Europe, babe? Read more about the best spots across Europe you should have on your summer bucket list!

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// Disclaimer //  I was not paid for my reviews and recommendations mentioned in this blog post. The views and opinions expressed in this blog post are purely my own and can be considered as honest evaluations.

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Have you been to Croatia yet? What would you love to visit? Please leave your comments and thoughts below or on social media @storiesoutofthesuitcase. Happy Traveling

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