Croatia is divided into twenty administrative counties plus the city of Zagreb, its capital. For ease of orientation, we have subdivided Croatia into four main regions, so that you can have a better grasp of where your bucket list destinations are.
AT A GLANCE
Croatia is a top destination during the summer months. Hence, the most visited regions are the coastal ones, including the many islands, big and small. In the Northwest, the region of Istria is home to many hilltop medievial towns that are fascinating to visit all year round. Central Croatia encompasses many important cities, including the capital, Zagreb. The area between Istria and Central Croatia consists of the regions of Primorje and Gorski Kotar, the former famous for being home to the town of Rijeka as well as the islands of Krk and Cres, and the latter famous for its pristine nature. For the time being, you're better off visiting Gorski Kotar during the summer as winters are pretty harsh in this area. Plitvice Lakes, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is also in Central Croatia, specifically in the region of Lika.
The region of Dalmatia stretches from the island of Rab in the North all the way to the Bay of Kotor in Montenegro. Dalmatia encompasses cities such as Zadar, Split and Dubrovnik, and the famous islands of Pag, Brac and Hvar.
In the East, Slavonia is the agricultural region of Croatia, where tourism has yet to develop. If you are fond of food and want to have a good taste of Croatian and Balkan cuisine, Slavonia will certainly satisfy your palate.
WHAT ABOUT THE CLIMATE?
The climate in Croatia varies by region:
- Istria and Dalmatia have a Mediterranean climate, with hot summers and mild winters;
- Central Croatia has an alpine climate derived from the Dinaric Alps, with cold and snowy winters, and mild summers;
- Slavonia has a continental climate with hot but rainy summers, as well as cold and snowy winters.
EXPLORE BY REGION
Croatia offers unique sights and experiences on the coast as well as inland. There is something for everyone.
See for yourself why Istria is often referred to as the "Tuscany of Croatia"!