Croatia: a sporting paradise
Croatia has a wide range of activities to offer ranging from rafting on the rough mountain rivers of Mrežnica or Kupa to hiking in the wild, phenomenal nature among the eight Croatian national parks. Here are the best ideas for your next unforgettable trip to Croatia.
Wandering through the Plitvice Lakes National Park
The Plitvice Lakes National Park offers walking trails of various difficulty levels. Thanks to the elevated platforms, guests of this unique place can enjoy the view of 16 turquoise karst lakes connected by 90 waterfalls. Lovers of more extreme experiences can take part in the Plitvice Marathon in June, which is considered to be one of the most beautiful cross-country races in the world.
Rafting, rowing, sailing
Croatia is becoming more and more popular among rafting enthusiasts who subjugate the so-called "white water". Fans of adrenaline can swim along the rapid mountain rivers Mrežnica, Dobra, Kupa, Korana, Una, Zrmanja and Cetina. Canoeing along the Adriatic coast or in the islets of the Kornati archipelago is a slightly quieter but no less satisfying experience, especially if you can take a break at any time on a wild beach or jump from a cliff straight into the warm waters of the Adriatic. According to National Geographic magazine, Croatia is the most desirable destination for canoeing trips - it is a perfect opportunity to get to know it from a whole new perspective.
The ideal and very convenient way to discover the beauty of 1,200 Croatian islands is to charter a yacht - an extremely popular and affordable formula for amateurs. On the other hand, for professionals and experienced sailors await the renowned regattas organized in Split and on the island of Vis - those on Vis are the longest and most demanding Croatian sailing regattas in which Croatian and European crews take part.
By bicycle along the Adriatic highway (Jadranska magistrala)
No matter whether you like road cycling, or prefer to ride recreationally in search of local delicacies (e.g. pršut and sir drunk with a glass of Malvazija wine), Croatian routes are worth a sin. The country is also building its position in the professional cycling arena by investing in the increasingly popular race, The Tour of Croatia.