Travelling Croatia by Car – the Scenic Route

January 16, 2014 | By | Reply More

Made up of more than 1,000 islands and islets as well as a vast mainland, Croatia is one of the most exciting European cities to explore by car.

Train lines are not fully developed across Croatia, so it’s a great excuse to jump in a hire car and map out your scenic journey around the country which has become one of the ‘must-see’ destinations of 2014.

Fly into Dubrovnik, right down at the southern tip of the country, to begin your adventure of driving up the coast.

Being such a long, scenic stretch of land, Croatia provides the perfect journey by road; it’s south-north route allows stopovers in some of the world’s most beautiful haunts.

Croatia

Croatia

From Dubrovnik, drive over to Korcula — the journey to the island (which is thought to be the birthplace of writer and traveller Marco Polo) only takes a couple of hours with a ferry ride, and it provides some of the most serene, lush scenery around the Adriatic Sea. The island is one of the most independent and bustling in Croatia and is well worth a couple of days’ sightseeing.

After exploring Korcula, take the ferry over to Makarska. It’s a longer journey, about 3.5 hours, but you can relax on the ferry ride before taking on a few of the roads in neighbouring country Bosnia and Herzegovina. On arrival, park up and head to the beach. The area is renowned for boasting some of the most picturesque beaches on the coastline; it’s the perfect opportunity to try out snorkelling, jet skiing or paddle-boating in these gorgeous waters. Spend two or three days in the city, and make sure you take advantage of one of the many boats offering day trips to places like Jelsa on Hvar or Zlatni Rat beach in Bol on Brac.

It only takes about an hour to drive from Makarska to Split, and the journey across old coastal roads with the sea stretched out to the side certainly beats getting the Tube. Once you’ve checked into your hotel, line your stomach with some of Split’s delicious seafood before embarking on a pub crawl with a difference; by hitting the bars around the ancient Diocletian’s Palace in the city centre. After a lie-in the next morning, make sure you take some time to browse through the popular local markets before watching the sun set on one of the many terrace bars or restaurants.

Now at the halfway stage of your adventure, drive over to Trogir for a quick stopover. It’s only about 30 minutes’ drive, but you’ll feel like you’re in another world. The serene harbour town is home to several historic sites such as the Cathedral of St Lovro and the impressive 15th century Kamerlengo Fortress. It’s a great place to spend a day walking around and relaxing, before heading off to your next destination.

In under an hour, you can drive from Trogir to Krka, the home of one of Croatia’s most stunning national parks. The rivers and waterfalls make an incredible natural backdrop — even if you can only spare an afternoon to explore the park, you won’t regret it.

About 90 minutes from Krka lies the city of Zadar, a walled peninsular with heavy Italian influences. With its close proximity to the water, the city is the ideal place to base yourself if you want to explore nearby islands such as Iz or Dugi Otok. If you’re after few good holiday pictures and are a sucker for a nice view, it’s worth climbing the 170 stairs to the top of the Church of Saint Donat’s belltower — the scenery could just as well be a painting hung in front of you.

Having reached the northern tip of Croatia, you’re options are unlimited — take a boat over to Italy and explore new ground, or make the journey back down the coast and visit a few of the islands that you missed on the route up. Either way, your road trip around this amazing part of the world won’t be forgotten in a hurry.

This post has been made possible by Care Hire Market.

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