Although you may be visiting Croatia for it's famous beaches, maybe you should stick around after your sail and discover the road less travelled with Croatia's adventure tourism options available.
With a spectacular coastline and more than a thousand islands (including the sunniest in Europe - Hvar), it is not surprising that the majority of Croatian tourism is focused on the sun & sea.
That dynamic is changing slightly, and despite little official promotion, the word is slowly getting out internationally on the tremendous unfulfilled potential Croatia has in the field of adventure and activity tourism.
Depending on the region you chose, the choice of adventure trips is growing every year. Croatian tourism is no longer all about beaches and the Adriatic, adventure tourism is knocking on it's heels.
Still in the shadow of beach, sea and sun as the main Croatian tourism products, active and adventure tourism is making Croatian tourism more sustainable and prolonging the tourist season year round.
Globally, adventure tourism is perceived as the fastest growing segment, and many neighbouring countries, are embracing that fact, and they brand themselves as active and adventure destinations.
Croatia tourism is mostly a seasonal business, although most of the activities have a year round perspective, particularly land based activities like cycling, hiking, rock climbing.
Croatia could be one of the leading adventure destinations in the EU due to its favorable climate, preserved nature and amazing landscapes.
Experience Croatia from a different perspective with these must-try adventure activities.
Kayaking - This is a number one favorite. Be it for an afternoon, a day trip or multi-day tour, there are plenty of choices. With loads of national parks and rivers, along with sea kayaking, especially around the beautiful old town of Dubrovnik, you'll find something that suits your fitness level.
Hiking – places like Krka NP, Plitvice Lakes, Biokovo are just some of amazingly stunning nature trails to put on your list in Croatia. If you prefer light hikes, than some island hopping and hikes on Brac, Hvar or Korcula island are great choice.
Cycling – Plenty of cycling options are available. Specially self-guided tours in different regions like Istria and Dalmatia. One of our favorites is grabbing a bike on the island of Mljet and using it to explore the beautiful lake within the centre of the island. Bike tracks are set up well making it a very enjoyable ride to do while on your holiday. No need for any 'tour de france' style mountains here!
Rafting - Take on the Cetina River in Omis and enjoy a mix of rapids and chill as you get to experience some time away from the Adriatic. With hidden caves and rock pools to explore, there's more to offer than just your normal rafting experience. This is a must for those wanting a bit more excitement from their sailing trip.
Trail running – this is a new star in the Croatian adventure travel sky. No matter if you join an organized tour or decide to join one of the amazing events such as 100miles of Istria or Dalmatia Ultra trail you will enjoy every step of it. Different sceneries, variations of terrains, vistas on islands and Adriatic Sea make doing a trail an amazing experience.
Sail & action programs – finally one of the concepts to combine force of the sailing and charter industry with adventure industry. Being on the mother-ship during the tour makes the island hopping and visiting different places so much more comfortable and than on each island you join different activities: cycling, hiking, sea kayaking. So you get best from both worlds.
There are plenty of opportunities to get your adventure fix while on one of our tours this Summer, but why not add on an extra few days on each side of your tour and take on the likes of Plitvice Lakes or Krka NP to get that little bit more out of Croatia!