A country of scenic islands, emerald lakes and stunning coastlines, Croatia is unsurprisingly at its busiest in the summer months, when travelers seek to beat the heat in its lush waterfalls, abundant lagoons and cool caves. The warm-weather bustle leaves the spring open for more peaceful adventures, with opportunities to explore its natural wonders, historic landmarks and local culture without the crowds. From wine tasting in Dubrovnik to castles in Zagreb, here are our five favorite reasons to visit Croatia in spring.
1. Authentic gourmet fare
One consistently delightful reason to visit Croatia is its succulent cuisine. If you’ve never tried traditional štrukli or the custard-like kremšnita, you’re in for a treat with Flavors of Croatia, a journey dedicated to Croatia’s tastiest regions. You’ll hunt for truffles in the Motovun forest (the season starts in April), then taste what makes those truffles so special in Istria, where you’ll also savor prosciutto, goat cheese, wild asparagus, Boškarin beef and the famous Istrian olive oil. Along the way, you’ll explore Diocletian’s Palace, visit St. Euphemia church and tour through other famous landmarks.
2. Fine local wine
Your gastronomic adventures are not quite complete without a perfect glass of Croatian wine. In Vino Veritas, a Small-Group tour limited to no more than 12 people, takes you through the country’s best wine regions – and often right to the winemaker’s private cellar, immersing you in Croatian culture through one its most important traditions. You’ll learn all about Babić wine making in Primošten as you explore the vineyards, meet local producers in Zagreb, and gaze on the vineyards of Mirna Valley. Of course, with so much history, architecture and fine food, your experience will only begin with wine.
3. Romantic history
Love is in the air year-round on the Adriatic, and Dreamy Venice & Croatia, a romantic Honeymoon Journey, takes you through its most romantic cities. You’ll tour Doge’s Palace in Venice; lounge at a luxurious hotel in Rovinj; wander through art galleries in Split, or enjoy a private cooking class during your sailing excursion to the islands of Brač and Šolta. Your journey will conclude in romantic Dubrovnik where you will explore Old Town and its museums, architectural landmarks, outdoor markets and local specialty shops.
4. Lively culture
Although Croatia is full of natural wonders and architectural treasures, one of its biggest allures is its warm hospitality. Small Towns of Croatia explores the quaint villages and local islands that make up the country’s flair and flavor. You’ll begin in Samobor, a charming town in the vicinity of Zagreb, where you’ll mingle with friendly locals while enjoying a slice of kremšnita. Your journey will continue through mysterious castles, spectacular vineyards and unspoiled natural beauty, including the Makarska Riviera. You’ll also see the famous landmarks for which Croatia is known.
5. Stunning architecture
From medieval cathedrals to baroque-style mansions and baronial residences, Croatia holds architectural treasures for every eye, to be appreciated in any time of year. Fascinating Croatia starts in Zagreb, where you’ll wander through St. Mark’s Church, which houses the works of Ivan Meštrović, before enjoying breathtaking views from Lotrščak Tower. You’ll see well-preserved cellars in Split, marvel at the limestone of Dubrovnik’s Old City, and explore the cloisters of the Franciscan Monastery.
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