Croatia has been one of the most popular summer destinations on the Adriatic for years - it has good infrastructure, rich culture and history, numerous events and a beautiful coastline that makes it attractive to adventurers, party goers or just about anyone; especially with a hired car you get to see it all!
With its capital Zagreb and its largest airport Pleso, the northern part of the country seems to be a good starting point for any traveller. The capital is simply beautiful with its monuments and beautiful architecture and also has a very strong cultural scene - theatre, film and music festivals are becoming a very important highlight of city life. You can rent your car at the airport or in the city centre and drive from there. The whole region is also popular for its thermal tourism - there are numerous spas that will not disappoint, just a short drive from Zagreb, such as Krapinske Toplice, Varaždinske Toplice, Terme Tuhelj etc.
Plitvicka jezera is the next thing that you simply cannot miss. Their location is perfect, as you can easily stop there on your way to the sea when driving on the picturesque regional road. This national park is also a part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it will amaze you with its 16 green-blue lakes, waterfalls and the uniqueness of it all. Just park your car and let the adventure begin!
From there, continue on to your next destination - the island of Pag, the cities of Zadar, Split, the island of Hvar and, of course, Dubrovnik is just a drive away. Don't worry - with a rented car you can easily go to an island as well, so you won't be limited in any way!
The island of Hvar offers incredible beaches like Dubovica, with a rented boat you can reach smaller islands like Jerolim and Pakleni islands. You can visit Hvar Fortress, the city centre is perfect for an evening out or a perfect gourmet meal. But what the island is also very famous for is an exquisite party location - boat parties, festivals, nightclubs make it one of the best party locations in Europe. Split, the second-largest city in Croatia, is the city where you can definitely soak up the Dalmatian spirit the best. The Roman remains still characterize the city centre, like the Diocesan Palace, making it a city you will fall in love with. The cafes and pubs are very busy and the nights in the city are definitely not boring.
Last but not least, there is Dubrovnik, the city everyone wants to visit once. You can easily reach it in a rented car, or if you fly directly to Dubrovnik Cilipi Airport you can rent a car there. In the city centre, you can take a walk around the old Roman walls, or ride the cable car that will take you to the best viewpoints over the city. For all the wine lovers, you can taste the best wine in Croatia there, or you can have a delicious meal in one of the top restaurants. The city also hosts numerous festivals - from dance, music to other cultural events that will make your stay enjoyable. Dubrovnik is the perfect location from which you can also reach the neighbouring countries.
With the rented car you can visit Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro or even Serbia and Albania, just make sure you arrange all the details with your car hire partner beforehand. Croatia is a diverse, pristine and sometimes wild country, but at the same time it has a well-developed infrastructure, and renting a car is the best way to explore it all. Needless to say, there is much more to Croatia than the cities mentioned above, and just by renting a car, you can reach all its hidden corners and lesser-known places. Find your car here with Orbit Car Hire