Things to do in Croatia

Your guide to the best events, festivals, sights and attractions across Croatia

PHOTOS: Zagreb residents reclaim their city

PHOTOS: Zagreb residents reclaim their city

Friday marks the start of another weekend of relative freedom. Liberated by the relaxed rules for social distancing, our new normal provides us with another opportunity to appreciate some of the many things we once took for granted. The ability to congregate, socialise and to interact - not so long ago perhaps less appreciated than our handy mobile phone apps - are now rightly valued as never before. And nowhere is this re-evaluation of freedoms more visible than downtown Zagreb, on the Square of the Croatian Republic, just outside the Croatian National Theatre.   © Marc Rowlands     © David Bakarić     © David Bakarić     © David Bakarić   Since guidelines changed, this grandiose focal point in the heart of the Croatian capital has been the site of a new youth phenomenon. What was formerly a spot for a small number of students has become the de facto meeting place for the city's young residents. The small alternative cabal has grown to embrace every type of peer group imaginable; sports students, football fans, young patriots, LGBT teens and devout Christians sit beside punks, rockers, bohemian musicians and ravers. Everyone gets along. There are no special seats, no VIP room that the privileged can pay for. They sit on the floor, some dance, they play cards, drums, guitars and violins. Most of all, they smile, enjoy and talk above the sound of several small, competing soundsystems.   © Marc Rowlands     © David Bakarić     © David Bakarić     © David Bakarić

Croatia's first boat cinema sets sail from Vukovar
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Croatia's first boat cinema sets sail from Vukovar

While residents of the Croatian capital, Zagreb, are being courted by the return of drive-in cinemas, film fans in the east of Croatia have an altogether different offer enticing them back to the flicks. This weekend will see the first boat cinema set out on the Danube river in Vukovar. Johann Strauss II's 'The Blue Danube (An der schönen, blauen Donau)', as famously used in Stanley Kubrick's '2001: A Space Odyssey' More of a sail-in than a drive-in, the Magenta 1, run by Danubiumtours, will set off from the shores of the town at 9pm every Friday and Saturday to offer the unique cinema-going experience. Their boat is powered by solar panels and so its quiet, electric motor will not disturb the wild surroundings while en route nor the film during screening. Every Friday is so far reserved for documentary films, with the opening edition set to show a film about The Beatles. Saturdays will be for feature films, with the Oscar-winning Korean film 'Parasite' lined up for this first week. The town is well known for attracting film fans to the Danube as it already hosts the well-attended Vukovar Film Festival.

Croatia sailing: superyachts arrive, marinas open and the season begins

Croatia sailing: superyachts arrive, marinas open and the season begins

While the country's famous music festivals may be on hold, sailing in Croatia looks to be one of the most viable options in 2020. The marinas are open, the superyachts are arriving and so are the holidaymakers. For Croatia sailing, the season has already begun. With Croatia's borders now open, the country's Jutarnj List yesterday reported the arrival of the first sailing enthusiasts, stating that these were largely Slovenian, Austrian and German boat owners who have vessels moored on Croatia's Adriatic coast. They came to inspect their boats at the start of the season, some to begin their holidays. Croatian marinas are open to receive guests, and boat owners and their families can visit their boats without restriction.   Rogoznica, Sibenik county @ Croatian Tourist board   There are no restrictions for the entry and departure of ships within Croatia's waters and many larger yachts (24 metres and above) currently moored in Italy, France, Spain and the Caribbean are expected to soon make the journey to Croatia to begin the season. While a downturn is expected this year within the industry, Croatia is expected to suffer less than other Mediterranean countries due to its successes in containing Coronavirus and the relative swiftness with which travel and other restrictions have been lifted.Some restrictions still apply in Croatia – the dining, cafe and bar experience will this year not feel exactly the same as normal. However, the supreme standard of the food, wines and beers o

What makes the Dinara mountain so special?

What makes the Dinara mountain so special?

Holding official recognition for eight national parks and eleven nature parks, Croatia can rightly claim to be making the most of its incredible natural assets. And, very soon the country might be adding a twelfth nature park. The Croatian Ministry of Environmental Protection and Energy has issued a proposal that the Dinara mountain and its surroundings be listed as the latest nature park. If successful, the Dinara massif, which consists of the Dinara, Troglav and Kamešnica mountains, as well as the upper course of the Cetina river and the Hrvatačko, Pašno and Vrličko karst fields, would gain a new level of governmental protection.    Glavaš, the amazing source of the Cetina river© Ivan Banović   The Dinaric Alps are one of the most rugged and extensive mountainous ranges in Europe, stretching from Italy in the northwest through Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro and Kosovo to Albania. The Dinara is situated in the hinterland of Šibenik-Knin County, with one side of the mountain existing across the border in Bosnia. It is wholly uninhabited. The area surrounding the mountain is the site of Glavaš, a spectacularly coloured rock pool which is the source of the Cetina river. Other Croatian mountains, Biokovo and Velebit, already enjoy nature park status, but standing at 1831 metres, Dinara's peak is the highest in Croatia (the massif's other high peak, Troglav, is even higher, standing just across the border in Bosnia at 1913 metres). Although it lie

Another drive-in cinema pops up in Zagreb

Another drive-in cinema pops up in Zagreb

As reported in Time Out Croatia's news story of last week, drive-in cinemas seem to be making a comeback in Zagreb. Now, Croatia's cinema giants CineStar have also decided to enter the 'arena'. Well, actually, not so much enter as leave. The largest cinema chain in Croatia, CineStar has 23 multiplexes around the country and one of the most popular is in the Arena Centar shopping mall, located to the west of Zagreb city centre. With the indoor cinema currently unable to open, CineStar have decided to move its operations outside the complex and into the Arena Park area for a drive-in cinema. The CineStar pop-up drive-in will run between May 21 and June 14, showing films every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. All films start at 21.30 and entrance is 120 kuna per car. The entrance fee includes two free bags of popcorn and two free drinks.   © Warner Bros   Films in the CineStar Arena Park pop-up programme include the latest Star Wars movie 'The Rise of Skywalker', Matthew McConaughey in Guy Ritchie's 'The Gentlemen', 'Joker' starring Joaquin Phoenix (pictured), Ang Lee's latest movie '21 Bridges' starring Will Smith and the Agatha Christie-esque murder mystery 'Knives Out'. Also being shown in the series are Sam Mendes' harrowing First World War movie '1917', the latest John Wick film with Keanu Reeves, Captain Marvel, the latest Mission: Impossible movie starring Tom Cruise, Harrison Ford in 'The Call of the Wild', Luc Besson's latest, 'Anna' and the inventive dark come

Things to do in Croatia

71 things to do in Zagreb
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71 things to do in Zagreb

Compact and easy to navigate, Zagreb contains plenty of historic sights and fascinating galleries, complemented by destination restaurants, clusters of busy bars and numerous live-music venues. 

20 great things to do in Dubrovnik
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20 great things to do in Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik is a one-town tourist industry on its own, with endless things to do all year round. As stunning as the clear blue sea around it, the former centre of the independent Republic of Ragusa invites superlatives and attracts the lion's share of Croatia's visitors.

20 great things to do in Split
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20 great things to do in Split

There are plenty of things to do in Split now that – thankfully – its days as a departure point to the nearby islands are gone. Brimming with recently opened high-quality bistros, antiquities aplenty and the best bar scene on the Adriatic coast, Croatia’s main ferry port is also the country’s most promising all-round city-break destination.

20 great things to do in Rijeka
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20 great things to do in Rijeka

Rijeka has a busy port that handles ten million tonnes of cargo and a quarter of a million passengers, many heading to nearby resorts. It’s a nice place for a week’s city break, during which you can enjoy Rijeka’s fascinating history, great restaurants and kicking year-round nightlife.

43 incredible things to do in Croatia
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43 incredible things to do in Croatia

Whatever you’re into, you’ll find your heaven in Croatia. Here’s our insider’s guide to the top places, activities and experiences for everyone from cinephiles and club addicts to ramblers and romantics.

Best sights and attractions in Croatia

Essential Zagreb attractions
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Essential Zagreb attractions

Zagreb attractions number plenty of stately icons among their ranks, owing to the city's status as a former Habsburg hub and capital of a new nation. Towering cathedrals, a venerable zoo and a stately cemetery all provide plenty of things to do in Zagreb. Our experts pick out the best.

Essential Dubrovnik attractions
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Essential Dubrovnik attractions

Dubrovnik's glittering past as the Republic of Ragusa means it has several stand-out sights of great historic interest, which combine with its scattering of museums and galleries. Fascinating landmarks dot the Old Town an easy stroll from each other, perfect for a day's sightseeing. Consider this your Dubrovnik attractions bucket list.

The best Split museums and galleries
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The best Split museums and galleries

A bustling hub in Roman times, Split – which is built around an old Roman palace – is full of unique historic and artistic treasures. Split attractions include a number of museums and galleries that make the city a fascinating destination for art aficionados, historians and sightseers alike. Here's where to head.

Croatia national park guide
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Croatia national park guide

As well as beaches, festivals and seafood, Croatia offers some of Europe’s most diverse wildlife. In total, more than 400 areas of the country are protected, including ten nature parks and eight National Parks. Read on for our guide to the five best. Do you agree with this top 5? Think we've missed anything out? Facebook or tweet us your thoughts.

An alternative tour of Rijeka
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An alternative tour of Rijeka

In order to pick away at the complex layers of Rijeka’s history and culture you sometimes need to get away from the canonical tourist sights and roam further afield, taking in some of the idiosyncratic and often unsung attractions that reveal stories that aren’t always adequately told in the set-piece museums.