Are you more interested in experiencing life like a local, rather than following a guide book? If you would love to explore all that Croatia has to offer, simply continue reading to discover how to experience Croatia’s most popular cities as a local.

The top 5 cities in Croatia and how you can experience them like a local

1. Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik Croatia
For a picturesque view of Dubrovnik, charter a yacht and spend a sunny afternoon sailing along Dubrovnik’s beautiful coastline. Better yet, you might even find a deserted beach, to explore. Sailing in Croatia is extremely popular at the moment and what better destination is there to explore in Croatia if not Dubrovnik, the prettiest city in the country.

Another way to explore Dubrovnik like a local is to book tickets for a football match as Croatians are die hard football fans. If you’re interested NV GOSK, is Dubrovnik’s local football team and regularly hosts home games in suburb of Gruz.

Lastly for a magical night out that you’ll never forget, why not visit a family run restaurant is Dubrovnik’s Old Town. If in doubt, opt for a seafood restaurant which offers al fresco dining.

2. Zagreb

Zagreb

If you plan on visiting Zagreb during winter it’s well worth skiing at Mt Medvednica. You’ll also have the opportunity to enjoy night sessions on the mountain.

Alternatively, if you visit Zagreb during summer, plan to spend at least one day at the Jarun Lake Recreation Center. Jarun Lake was constructed for the 1987 University Games and boasts six made islands, one of which boasts a 2500 meter beach. Jarun Lake is extremely popular with locals as it’s the perfect place to sail, cycle, swim and kayak.

If you choose to visit Jarun Lake, why not purchase some local food from a deli and picnic by the beach?

3. Split

Split

Like Dubrovnik, Split is a popular coastal city which attracts throngs of tourists. However, if you want to experience Split like a local, avoid Split’s tourist shops and head straight to the beach.

Bacvice Beach, is one of the most popular beaches in Split and offers a sheltered bay, which is safe to swim in as well as crystal clear, turquoise water. When the sun goes down, stick around and grab a drink with the locals at one of Bacvice Beach’s trendy cocktail bars.

4. Rijeka

Rijeka

Make sure to visit the Croatian National Theater, a beautiful historic building which was built in 1805 and hosts local theater, ballet and opera. Just make sure to dress up to the nines as Croatians have a tendency to dress up for special occasions.

If you plan on visiting Croatia between January and March, it’s well worth planning your stay in Rijeka to coincide with Rijeka’s International Carnival, the largest carnival in Croatia. During the carnival, you’ll get to see a local beauty named as the carnival queen and will get to attend a variety of fun filled cultural parades and celebrations.

5. Osijek

Osijek

If you plan on visiting Osijek, it’s well worth taking a brewery tour of Osijek’s two breweries, Osjecko and Esseker. As you’ll be able to sample a variety of Osijek’s best beers.

Also make sure to take a stroll through The Municipal Park of Petar Kresimir IV which has been a popular spot for locals, looking to unwind since the 20th century.

So what are you waiting for? There’s no time like the present, to explore Croatia’s most popular cities.

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