Two-Week Croatia Road Trip

Croatia Road Trip: Dubrovnik Harbour

Croatia, located in Europe along the Adriatic coast, with it’s Italian style architecture, old towns and beautiful islands it is definitely a country worth exploring. Whether you’re going for a weekend, 2 weeks or longer, there’s something for everyone in our two-week Croatia road trip guide. Enjoy!

Rovinj: Day 1-3

We decided to spend 2-weeks exploring this beautiful country and started our trip in Rovinj, a charming medieval town located on the west Istrian coast. With its cobbled streets, colourful buildings and beautiful views from the harbour, it definitely set the tone for our travels around Croatia. We flew into Pula airport where we hired a car and drove straight to Rovinj (about 35 minutes away) and stayed in an Air bnb apartment in the centre of the old town.

Top Tip

You can’t park in the old town but there are plenty of car parks around which are about a 10-15 minute walk away. You can also find many places to stay outside of the old town where you are more likely able to park.

Rovinj Harbour
Croatia Road Trip: Rovinj streets

Things to do in Rovinj

  • Wander around the narrow streets of the old town, admire the many shops and galleries and discover the hidden cafes offering beautiful views over the water.
  • Have a walk up the hill and admire the views from the Church of St. Euphemia then head back down to shop at the farmers market.
  • Stroll along the harbour and look out across the water with the different boats and discover the delicious seafood restaurants.
  • Take a walk around Punta Corrente (Golden Cape Forest Park) a 15-20 minute walk from the old town.
Hilltop Town of Motovun

Motovun: Day 3-5

After Rovinj, the second stop on our Croatia road trip was Motovun. In a pretty hilltop location, Motovun is a small town in the Mirna River Valley. Known for its truffles, vineyards and rolling hilltops, this village offers stunning views and makes you feel like you’re in the clouds. 

Things to do in Motovun

  • Go truffle hunting in the woods surrounding the town.
  • Wander around the main square, browse the local shops and admire the architecture of the Church of the St Stephen and the Bell Tower.
  • Treat yourself to a spa day at hotel Kastel before enjoying a romantic dinner at the restaurant Pod Voltum.
  • Walk the ancient city walls for amazing views out onto the countryside below.

Top Tip

Looking back, we personally would have taken a day trip to Motovun from Rovinj as we found we saw pretty much everything within a day and, although it was nice to relax, there was a lot more we would have preferred to fit in! The drive was just under an hour from Rovinj so would be easy to fit into a day and there are many group tours you can join.

Plitvice Lakes
Plitvice Lakes

Plitvice: Day 5-7

A must on anyone’s list of places to travel to in Croatia is Plitvice Lakes National Park. The gorgeous flowing waterfalls and aqua blue waters are enough to draw anyone to visit Croatia.The park is large so be prepared to spend a day there, strolling, hiking or having a picnic whilst taking in the surroundings.

 

We decided to stay around the Plitvice area as we had our hire car. It was a long drive (roughly 3 hours) but the roads in Croatia are amazing to drive along, fairly quiet and you get stunning views the whole way!  Just be aware that there are various tolls for different routes.

Croatia Road Trip: Zadar

Day Trip to Zadar

As we only spent 1 day in the park, we decided to take a day trip to explore the coastal city of Zadar. The journey took just under 2 hours and there are plenty of lovely restaurants where you can stop and get lunch. It happened to be the World Cup and Croatia was playing so the place was crowded but it was a great atmosphere and they were showing the game on a massive screen in the centre.

Croatia Road Trip: Trogir Harbour

Trogir: Day 7-10

From Plitvice, we drove just over 2 hours to the next stop on our Croatia road trip, Trogir. We had a more relaxed time here strolling around the city and central square, browsing the shops and drinking a few too many cocktails at the waterfront!

Things to do in Trogir

We booked ourselves on a day trip to the island of Hvar which had a stop at the blue caves along the way.  It is well worth doing this  trip but we would 100% recommend checking which boat will be taking you. We ended up on a small boat and with the slightly rougher waters it was a choice of sitting outside and getting soaked by the waves or inside and being thrown around the cabin! Safe to say we were a little bit seasick after that journey!

Top Tip

One thing we didn’t add into our trip was Split, the second largest city in Croatia and popular to tourists. If we were to do the trip again we’d take a day off from Motovun and visit Split instead.

Croatia Road Trip: Hvar Fort
Hvar Hilltop Harbour View

Boat Trip to Hvar

Like I said, we were a little seasick by the time we arrived in Hvar! But we managed a stroll around and a spot of lunch in the main town. We didn’t have a huge amount of time on the Island so we decided The Fortica was the best place to visit. It’s a bit of a climb but once you get to the top you get a great view of the whole island and the surrounding Pakleni islands.

Dubrovnik City Walls
Croatia Road Trip: Dubrovnik city roofs

Dubrovnik: Day 10-14

From Trogir, we drove about 3 and a half hours to the last City on our Croatia road trip, Dubrovnik. We wanted to spend a bit more time in one place to end our trip due to all the car journeys we had been doing and this was definitely the best place to pick!

Things to do in Dubrovnik

  • Walk the old city walls and admire the gorgeous medieval architecture and views out to the adriatic sea.
  • Take the cable cart (or hike if you’re feeling up to it!) and enjoy the amazing views of the old town below.
  • Kayak to Locrum island. (Just to warn you, there was a nudist beach on the island…we were not ready)
  • Browse the local shops before spending the rest of the day relaxing at one of the beaches.
  • Visit a local Jazz bar, sit back and enjoy a drink whilst listening to the amazing musicians.

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