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Best Hiking Trails in Croatia

Overview

Many tourists visit Croatia for its spectacular coastline, islands dotting the Adriatic and Game of Thrones filming locations, but there is some fantastic hiking to be had throughout the country.  Some of the main hiking areas include: in the Velebit Mountains, Paklenica National Park, Biokovo Nature Park, Risnjak National Park, Istria region, Medvednica Mountains, and on many of the islands that dot the Adriatic, such as Brac, Losinj, Cres, Krk and Mljet.  Read on for more information on where to go hiking in Croatia, including where to hike near popular towns such as Split, Omis, Peljesac and Zagreb. The best months to hike in Croatia are April to October, but that varies depending on the region.  Read on for more information on when to hike in Croatia. 

Capital: Zagreb

When To Hike in Croatia?

April – October: Driest and warmest time of year; this varies according to region.  For inland Croatia, June – September are best months. Filter in the map to see the best months for each region.
November – April: Cold and rainy/snowy

Climate: Continental (cold winters, warm summers) inland and in the mountains; Mediterranean (cool, rainy winters and hot summers) on the coast.  The Dinaric Alps lying so close to the coast means that the mountains get a lot of rain/snow.  Be aware of the Bora (bitter winds that blow in from Russia).  Dalmatian coast is quite rainy, particularly on the western flanks of the mountains and the cities at foot of mountains. 

For monthly weather: Croatia Monthly Weather

Accessibility of Hiking

Easy – Medium: Many established hiking trails and maps, as well as other resources to help with hiking trip planning

Transportation required: Public transit to some trails, vehicle necessary for many trails

Where to stay in Croatia for hiking:

  • Split
  • Zagreb
  • Istria – Lovran, Buzet,
  • Omis
  • Peljesac
  • Starigrad

Most popular hikes in Croatia

In total, Croatia has 8 national parks and 11 nature parks as well as various nature reserves. Many of these contain mountain hiking trails; there are also hiking trails outside of these parks. There are more than 1000 islands in the Adriatic that belong to Croatia. Regions that have hikes include northwest Croatia, Istria, Kvarner Gulf, Lika, Dalmatia, and the islands (there are more than 1000 islands in the Adriatic that belong to Croatia). The main areas for hiking are highlighted in the map.

Filter out hiking places of Croatia by month

Click on the red map pointers to see more info.

Vis

  • Apr – Oct
  • Small, hilly island with a few peaks and trails
  • Highest peak is Hum (587 m)
  • Hiking on Vis

Korčula

Mljet

  • Apr – Oct
  • Home to Mljet National Park, and a 43 km long hiking trail
  • Hiking on Mljet

Lastovo

Hvar

  • Apr – Oct
  • Party island that has some hiking paths, including up Sveti Nikola peak, 628 m
  • Hvar Hiking Trails

Brač

  • Apr – Oct
  • Has the highest point in the Adriatic, Vidova Gora, at 780m, a popular hike
  • Brac Trails
  • Via Brattia – new 135 km trail – Via Brattia

Pelješac

  • May – Oct
  • Mountains around this town, located on the Pelješak peninsula, including the popular hike up Sveti Ilija at 961 m
  • Peljesac Trails

Omiš

  • May – Oct
  • Mountains surrounding this town, including 864 m Kula
  • Starigard Fortress is a popular hike/attraction
  • Omis Trails

Around Split

Biokovo Nature Park

Paklenica National Park

Velebit Mountains

  • May – Sept
  • Plitvice Lakes National Park – arguably the most visited attraction in Croatia, it is known for its boardwalk trail that runs through the park, but some mountain hikes here as well – Plitvice National Park
  • Sjerveni Velebit National Park (also known as Northern Velebit National Park) – Sjerveni Velebit National Park; Premužić Trail
  • Zavižan summit 
  • Kozjak summit 
  • Mosor summit 

Lošinj

Rab

  • May – Sept
  • Hike up to 408m Kamenjak
  • Rab Hiking

Cres

  • May – Sept
  • 300 km of hiking trails; hike up to 639m Sis
  • Cres Hiking

Krk

  • May – Sept
  • One of the best islands for hiking, more than 300 km of marked paths
  • Baška is a good base
  • Krk Marked Trails
  • Camino Krk

Risnjak National Park

Istria

  • Apr – Sept
  • Peninsula in the west of the country, popular because of proximity to Italy, Austria
  • Istria Trails
  • Učka Nature Park
  • Around the town of Buzet
  • Poreč
  • Gračišće
  • Vojak peak

Medvednica Mountains

Long Distance Trails of Croatia

  • Zavižan to Paklenica – 100 km route
  • Velebit Trail – 100 km route in Velebit range
  • Premužić Trail – 57 km route in Velebit range, coastal
  • Via Dinarica – 2000 km trail through various Western Balkan countries – Via Dinarica
  • Croatian Long Distance Trail – Croatian Long Distance Trail Hiking Map – FarOut
  • Via Adriatica – 1100 km trail – Via Adriatica
  • Camino Dubrovnik-Međugorje – 147 km route connecting Dubrovnik in Croatia with Međugorje in Bosnia-Herzegovina

Croatia's Walking & Hiking Resources

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Croatia Hiking Books:

  • Walks and Treks in Croatia: Mountain trails and national parks, including Velebit, Dinara and Plitvice, Cicerone Guide, by Rudolf Abraham, 2019, Cicerone Press – https://amzn.to/49W7RpX
  • The Islands of Croatia: 30 Walking Routes on 14 Adriatic Islands, Cicerone Guide, by Rudolf Abraham, 2014, Cicerone Press – https://amzn.to/49W7UlD
  • Walking in Croatia: Landscapes of Croatia: 9 car tours, 90 long and short walks, by Sandra Bardwell, 2020, Sunflower Walking and Touring Guide – https://amzn.to/43q5Vny
  • Lonely Planet Croatia, by Lonely Planet, Peter Dragicevich, Anthony Ham, Jessica Lee, 2022, Lonely Planet Global Limited – https://amzn.to/49Zbnjq
  • The Mini Rough Guide to Croatia (Travel Guide eBook), by Rough Guides, 2022, APA Publishing – https://amzn.to/3PsVTw2
  • Fodor’s Essential Croatia: with Montenegro & Slovenia, by Fodor’s Travel Guides, 2021, Fodor’s Travel – https://amzn.to/3vj5zSR
  • Dalmatien mit Inseln, Velebit-Gebirge und Plitvicer Seen, by Reto Solér, 2019, Rother Walking Guide (in German) – https://amzn.to/4aiYH6N

 

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Best Hiking Trails in Croatia:

You can find more details on hiking these trails from hiking guidebooks, official hiking websites, trail maps/apps, websites, and tourist offices:

  • Premuzic Trail – Northern Velebit National Park
  • Sveto Brdo- Paklenica National Park
  • Vojak Peak, Ucka Mountain
  • Biokovo Mountain – Biokovo Nature Park
  • Sclosser Hut – Risnjak NP
  • Kijevo Bat – near Split
  • Mosor Mountain – near Split
  • Vidova Gora – on island of Brac

 Easy Hiking Trails in Croatia:

  • Starigard Fortress
  • Mljet National Park trail
  • Plitvice Lakes hike – Plitvice Lakes National Park

 

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What Else To Do

  • Krka National Park – easy lakeside strolls – www.npkrka.hr 
  • Hang out along the beautiful coast 
  • Visit Kornati Islands National Park – an archipelago of 89 islands

Other Important Points

  • Some parks/areas have landmines left over from the 1990’s