9 days in Croatia Itinerary

9 days in Croatia Itinerary

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9 days in Croatia Itinerary

Start: Barcelona
Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
Zagreb
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Rovinj
— 1 night
bus:  45​min
3
Pula
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
Dubrovnik
— 3 nights
5
Split
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Barcelona

2
nights
Zagreb

Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
On the 8th (Tue), make a trip to St. Mark's Square, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mark's Church (Crkva sv. Marka), and then see the interesting displays at Museum of Broken Relationships. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Wed): wander the streets of Upper Town (Gornji Grad), test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Assumption, then hunt for treasures at Ban Josip Jelačić Square, and finally make a trip to Tkalciceva.

For photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Zagreb online trip planner .

Barcelona, Spain to Zagreb is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Zagreb when traveling from Barcelona in May, with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can drive to Rovinj.

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Museum of Broken Relationships ©
Museum of Broken Relationships
Upper Town (Gornji Grad) ©
Upper Town (Gornji Grad)

1
night
Rovinj

Rovinj ©
Istria's most popular coastal city, Rovinj blends a traditional fishing port with a modern seaside getaway.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): get to know the fascinating history of Port of Rovinj, look for gifts at Ribica Atelier, then make a trip to Trevisol Street, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Euphemia, and finally wander the streets of STARI GRAD.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Rovinj online trip builder .

You can drive from Zagreb to Rovinj in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Rovinj can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to take a bus to Pula.

Things to do in Rovinj

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Old Town ©
Old Town
Port of Rovinj ©
Port of Rovinj
Church of St. Euphemia ©
Church of St. Euphemia

1
night
Pula

Pula ©
It's the mild climate and calm seas of Pula that draw visitors to the southernmost point of the Istrian peninsula, but the city's ample Roman architecture is a key reason they stay.
On the 11th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple Of Augustus, then experience rural life at Chiavalon Premium Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, then explore the ancient world of Amphitheatre de Pula, and finally catch a ride with Delic Air.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Pula trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Rovinj to Pula takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In May, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Pula

Historic Sites Transportation Outdoors

Side Trip

Chiavalon Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
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Amphitheatre de Pula ©
Amphitheatre de Pula
Temple Of Augustus ©
Temple Of Augustus

3
nights
Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik ©
Along the Dalmation Coast, the city of Dubrovnik has become famous for its pedestrian-only Old Town surrounded by fortress walls, and its historical heft has earned it World Heritage Site status.
Dubrovnik is known for historic sites, nature, museums, nightlife, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Gradske Zidine, shop like a local with Art by Stjepko, head off the coast to Island of Lokrum, and enjoy breathtaking views from Gornji Ugao Tower.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Dubrovnik trip builder app .

You can fly from Pula to Dubrovnik in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. May in Dubrovnik sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Split.

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Old Town ©
Old Town
Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls
Island of Lokrum ©
Island of Lokrum

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night
Split

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): delve into the distant past at Diocletian's Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, admire the masterpieces at Galerija Mestrovic, then take in the awesome beauty at Marjan, and finally pause for some photo ops at Cathedral and Bell Tower of St. Domnius.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Split route planning site .

Traveling by bus from Dubrovnik to Split takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or ride a ferry. In May, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Split

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Diocletian's Palace ©
Diocletian's Palace
Cathedral of Saint Domnius ©
Cathedral of Saint Domnius
Marjan Park ©
Marjan Park

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