Croatia Scenic Drives
Discover Croatia Scenic Routes by Motorhome Rental
With its wealth of magnificent scenery and cultural legacy, Croatia has become a popular destination for visitors of all types, especially those who like to go on a scenic drive. The crowds have got wind of the country’s tourist highlights, but there’s still plenty of room to enjoy it from the comfort of a motorhome rental on one of the Croatia scenic drives, especially during outside the peak summer months.
A central European country to the east of Italy with the Adriatic Sea between them, Croatia shares a land border on three sides with Slovenia and Hungary to the north, Serbia to the east, and Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina to the south. Its entire coastline faces the Adriatic Sea, where its more than 1,200 islands are scattered.
The coast is where most of the action takes place, with a few destinations inland to enjoy lush forests and bucolic hills. Croatia’s road network makes it easy for you to hop on a motorhome rental. Pick up your RV vehicle in the airports of Zagreb, Dubrovnik, Split and Zadar, and just go where the spirit of adventure leads you.
The Adriatic Highway links all the Croatian towns and cities on the coast, with a brief interruption as you go through the Bosnia and Herzegovina border checkpoint before arriving in Dubrovnik, the southernmost city. Dubrovnik is celebrated for its UNESCO-listed intact walled city and cliff-top location best appreciated from water by kayak. For a commanding view of the town, hike up Mount Srd or take the cable car to the fortress on the top.
Going up the Croatian Coast, the next major crowd-pleaser is Split, an ancient port city renowned for its Roman ruins and Emperor Diocletian’s Palace, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. You may also hop on a ferry for a day trip to one of the islands like Hvar or Korcula. Continuing on the Adriatic Highway north, you reach Zadar with its atmospheric walkable Old Town, well-preserved remains of a Roman forum, and a handful of historic churches.
Plitvice Lakes National Park
From Split, follow the A1 for a scenic drive inland to another UNESCO World Heritage feather on Croatia’s cap, the Plitvice Lakes National Park. Famous for its postcard-perfect 16 crystalline lakes linked together by an elaborate series of cascades and waterfalls, the park has wooden footbridges and pathways that skirt the edges of the rumbling water so you can contemplate their beauty up close.
A stark contrast from the bustling capital of Croatia, the rolling hills and leafy landscapes of Zagorje region just an hour’s drive north invites visitors to live life at a much slower pace. The place is delightfully uncrowded even at the height of summer, except for families on a weekend day trip from Zagreb. Because the region is closer to Austria than the rest of Croatia, the food is influenced by that northern neighbour and the climate ideal for cultivating vineyards. The medieval castles remind visitors that the place is also packed with history as it is with hiking opportunities.