Basic information about Croatia
Stay active as you travel along the most beautiful hiking trails on the Mediterranean coast and always accompanied by a mild climate. This enjoyable experience awaits you on our hiking tours with luggage transfer in Croatia. Here you will discover beautiful coastlines, wonderful pebble and rocky beaches and picturesque natural landscapes – always accompanied by the warm rays of sun on your back. Because Croatia enjoys more than 200 sunny days per year, so the country is an ideal travel destination for active holidaymakers hungry for sunshine. With a total area of 56,594 km², Croatia not only has plenty of enjoyable active experiences in store for you – it is also home to numerous cultural treasures, which have been designated a world cultural and natural heritage site by UNESCO. Are you ready for Mediterranean cuisine, culture and active time-out during a hiking holiday in Croatia?
Experience the wonderful diversity of the three countries of Italy, Slovenia and Croatia on our hiking holiday Istria, 8 days. Over six daily stages you hike through picturesque fishing villages as well as idyllic vineyards and enjoy breaks from hiking in beautiful bays. The starting point of your trip is Trieste, the lively port city in Italy. From there you walk to Pesek and then to Muggia. On the fourth day you leave Italy and explore the beautiful hiking trails of Slovenia until a transfer brings you to Koper in the afternoon. The next day’s stage is a real highlight: from Koper you always walk along the Mediterranean Sea to Izola and on to the beautiful coastal town of Piran. After a restful night, continue to Motovun. The last day’s stage takes you to the final destination of Poreč, where you end your hiking tour in comfort.
Island Paradise Dalmatia
The regions in Dalmatia stretch from the north to the south of Croatia and over a variety of hiking opportunities. The region in the south in particular offers ideal conditions for a hiking holiday straight from a picture book. On our hiking holiday Island Paradise Dalmatia, 8 days, the route takes you to the most beautiful islands in the country over eight days and six daily stages. Starting from Split, you take the ferry to the island of Brač, the starting point of your first hike, which leads to the Vidova Gora mountain. Enjoy the next day’s stage on the island of Hvar. Here you will not only be accompanied by the salty breeze but also by the wonderful scent of pine forests and lavender fields, simply wonderful! After a circular hike on Hvar, on the fifth day you first take the ferry to Korčula, further to the mainland of the Peliješac peninsula and finally by foot to the mountain Sveti Ilija, which is the highest point on the island with 961 metres. On the sixth day, you will take a ferry to the island of Mljet, which is also a national park. On the last stage of your holiday you will discover the old town of Dubrovnik, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, by foot and end your hiking holiday with a wonderful traditional dinner.
- Our tip: this hiking tour can also be experienced as a hiking holiday with a dog and offers pure enjoyment for two and four-legged friends.
Our Eurohike moments in Croatia
- Enjoyable Italy: Right at the beginning of your hiking holiday Istria, 8 days you can expect a lot of moments of enjoyment in the beautiful port city of Trieste. Our insider tip: try a delicious Italian pastry in the small bakery L’Angolo Del Pane.
- Under the sun of Hvar: On the hiking holiday Island Paradise Dalmatia, 8 days, you will experience the sunniest part of Europe on the island of Hvar. If these are not ideal conditions for a hiking holiday, what is?
- Visiting the most beautiful town in Slovenia: Enjoy the beauty of the old town of Piran on the hiking holiday Istria, 8 days and indulge in a wonderful glass of wine in the centre of Piazza Tartini.
- Pure nature: On our hiking holiday Island Paradise Dalmatia, 8 days, the route takes you to the island of Mljet, which impresses with incomparably beautiful, lush vegetation and is known as ‘the green island’.
Facts and Details
- Location: Mediterranean country in the southeast of Europe, borders Slovenia, Hungary, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and on the sea border with Italy.
- Area: 56,594 km²
- Population: 4,058 million
- Capital: Zagreb with approx. 806,341 inhabitants
- Official language: Croatian
- Highest mountain: The Dinara at 1,831 metres and is located in the Zagora (a sub-Mediterranean island landscape in the countryside)
- Coast: 1,777 kilometres, with coasts of the islands more than 6,000 kilometres
- Islands: 1,245 islands, 48 of them are permanently inhabited
- Season: The best climate for hiking tours in Croatia is from March to November
- Special feature: 40% of the area of Croatia consists of forest, 10% of the mainland is under nature protection.
Climate in Croatia
With around 2,600 hours of sunshine per year and countless wonderful hiking opportunities, Croatia is an ideal destination for active holidaymakers. The coast has a Mediterranean climate with mild winter temperatures that rarely fall below 10 degrees. Inland, continental weather conditions dominate, so temperatures are on average 4 degrees colder than on the coast. We at Eurohike offer our hiking tours from March or April to November, so you can experience the beauty of nature in all its different facets and seasons. Whether in the mild spring and autumn, or in the warm summer, every season offers something special for hiking holidaymakers in Croatia.
Culture and tradition
Croatia is characterised by a particularly diverse cultural landscape and numerous traditions. Some of these customs count as UNESCO cultural heritage, such as the Ojkanje-song, a traditional song sung with trembling voices alone or with accompaniment. Klapa-singing is also an important and longstanding tradition in Croatia, the roots of which go back to the Middle Ages. The singing is mostly intoned by groups and the songs mainly revolve around topics such as love, the sea or the Mediterranean way of life.
But sweet traditions are also part of the intangible UNESCO world heritage, such as the handmade gingerbread. Not just a nice souvenir from northern Croatia, but rather a long-standing tradition from the Middle Ages, which, in the form of a heart, should bring happiness and joy to the recipient. Another tradition and part of the UNESCO list is the silent circle dance from the Dalmatian countryside. This takes place without music, but with the sound of traditional shoes, which is rhythmically produced by the dancers on the floor.
A delicious feast in Croatia
In Croatian cuisine, tradition meets diversity, because the dishes are strongly influenced by the regions. So you can find wonderful traditional dishes like the typical cevapcici or raznici, as well as – and thanks to its proximity to Italy – pasta and pizza, and above all else, seafood as far as the eye can see. Due to the almost unlimited access to the sea, Croatia offers an incredible variety of fish dishes. After an eventful day in nature, you can look forward to a good meal including freshly caught fish and seafood – which are served in various ways in traditional restaurants known as a Konoba. A good dinner is best finished with homemade ice cream, a good dessert such as rozata (caramel pudding) or a typical cherry liqueur. A hiking holiday in Croatia not only offers a lot of variety along the hiking trails – the beautiful country in the south also has a lot of good food in store for its visitors.
We offer our Eurohike hiking holidays from March or April to November. These are the ideal months for a successful walking holiday, so you can experience the beauty of the multifaceted seasons in Croatia.
Croatia offers a lot of variety and many opportunities for hiking. For our two Eurohike hiking holidays we have chosen the beautiful destinations of Istria and the Island Paradise Dalmatia on the Croatian coast, as these regions promise a successful hiking experience almost all year round, while also having a mild climate.
Yes. Croatia is rich in world cultural heritage and, together with Spain, the country with the most UNESCO world heritage objects. The rich cultural heritage of churches, cathedrals and museums shapes the artistic and musical traditions of the country.
Nature and diversity as far as the eye can see: almost 40% of the total land area consists of forest. There are also more than eight national parks and eleven nature parks that are protected. The country is also located in the ‘Blue Heart of Europe’ and is one of the 30 most water-rich countries in the world.
- The dog breed of the black and white spotted Dalmatian originates from Dalmatia in Croatia.
- Stones from the Croatian island of Brac were used to build the White House in Washington and the Parliament buildings in Budapest and Vienna.
- The famous explorer Marco Polo and the inventor Nikola Tesla came from Croatia.
Straight from a picture book – a hiking holiday in Croatia
A colourful variety as far as the eye can see – this and much more awaits hikers in Croatia. Our experienced Eurohike team and the Eurohike WANDERPLUS ensure that your hiking trip in Istria and Dalmatia is the perfect active experience. This includes our detailed travel documents, personal on-site support, luggage transfer during your hiking trip, as well as cosy hotels and accommodation. You can also reach us on our Eurohike service-hotline if you have any questions during your hiking holiday.
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