One Week Road Trip through Croatia

Writing about our incredible trip to South Africa over the Easter holiday has reminded me that I haven’t posted about our one week road trip through Croatia during Semana Santa (Easter) last year. We packed a lot in but hit some of the best spots in Croatia (sans islands), and I think it’s time I share that itinerary!

One week Road Trip Itinerary

(croatia and bonus Bosnia)

Zagreb

St. Mark's Church, Zagreb, Croatia
Okay, this is kind of a cheat because I spent my time in Zagreb before our week long road trip started. But Zagreb is SUCH a great little city, and was one of my favorite parts of Croatia. I think some people might skip it and head straight to the coast, but this would be a huge mistake! I spent four days happily exploring Zagreb, and I wouldn’t trade my time there for anything! Unfortunately for Gareth, we didn’t know how great Zagreb would be when we were planning (though Lee tried to warn us!), so while I got to spend four days there, he landed at the airport and we immediately set off for the Plitvice lakes.

Plitvice Lakes (Day one)

Plitvice Lakes, Croatia

The lakes are beautiful, so plan to spend a few hours walking around and taking pictures. It is visually stunning and not a place to miss.

Zadar (Day one)

Zadar, Croatia

To break up the drive we spent a night in Zadar. Zadar was cute but quite honestly, it was the least exciting of the places we stayed and I think skippable. If we were doing this again, we’d find somewhere else to stay, or just drive straight down to Split.

Krka (day two)

Krka, Croatia

The main reason we needed to break the drive up was so we could stop at Krka National Park, which was gorgeous (and would be even better during the summer months when you can swim!). We preferred this to Plitvice because while Plitvice was beautiful, Krka was more of an adventure.

Split (Days two and three)

Split, Croatia

We spent two nights in Split and could have stayed much longer! The city is gorgeous and full of great food (and such a great bar). Plan to spend at least two days here!

Mostar (Day Four)

Stari Most Bridge, Mostar, Bosnia

We couldn’t be so close to Mostar (another place I once saw in a picture and knew I had to visit), without popping in, and luckily it was (pretty much) on the way. We only spent one night in magical Mostar, but the town is tiny and honestly this felt like enough. However, Mostar is definitely a can’t-miss part of this itinerary.

Dubrovnik (Days five, six, and seven)

Dubrovnik, Croatia

After some trouble getting back into Croatia (some border crossings are only for locals!), we arrived in Dubrovnik for our final three days in the country. We loved Dubrovnik and it was definitely the highlight for us. Had we had more time, or been less in love with Dubrovnik, we discussed doing a day trip into Kotor, Montenegro, but we decided to enjoy as much time in Dubrovnik as we could and do a separate trip to Montenegro some day.

overall

While we would have absolutely loved to spend more time in each place, and to visit some of the islands, given our one week road trip time limit this was the perfect itinerary for us. We moved around a lot but the infrastructure was top notch and the drive one of the most beautiful I’ve ever taken.