Want to experience pristine Croatia? In this Croatia road trip, Instead of taking the highway from Zagreb to Split, use the alternative road that not many international travellers know about.
One of the most scenic routes in the Balkans, this two-lane motorway takes you through a breathtaking UNESCO World Heritage site, allows you to admire waterfalls and rustic villages with perfectly preserved 17th-century mills, and offers the ideal opportunity for an adventure road trip in Croatia.
Blessed with a dramatically beautiful setting, Rastoke is a small village just north of the town of Slunj where the Korana and Slunjcica rivers meet and form thundering waterfalls and flowing cascades.
This charming village is also famous for its water-powered mechanical mills and dozens of hiking trails. If you are looking for a peaceful environment to simply unwind and admire the natural beauty of the crystal-clear rivers, adding Rastoke to your Croatia road trip itinerary is simply a must.
Kickstarting your campervan adventure, find the Petrova Gora Mountain Range along the way to Rastoke for some of Croatia’s best hiking trails. Next, get comfortable in Rastoke and find a shady seat at one of the village cafes to try the local specialities, like pork chops with traditional cornbread.
You can also visit the Pod Rastovackim Krovo, a family estate that offers spectacular views of the pools and a nice gift shop where you can purchase everything from handmade bags, socks, and hats. Don’t forget to stop at the popular Petro’s restaurant and try signature dishes such as smoked or grilled trout, suckling pig on the spit, and grilled beef fillet.
from Zagreb Depot
Vilina Kosa Waterfall
Fairytale-like falls near town.
Mountain range with exhilarating hiking trails.
Mediterranean, trout, suckling pig on the spit
Traditional, fresh fish, apple strudel
Pizza and Lasagna
Street Parking Rastoke
5-min walk to the village
Hot-water washbasin, camper service
Officially established in 1949, Plitvice Lakes National Park is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Croatia and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Expect to find a lush valley of 16 terraced lakes, series of waterfalls and cascades, and 18 km of pathways and wooden footbridges with magnificent views.
An ideal 2-day stop on your Croatia road trip adventure, Plitvice Lakes National Park is definitely a traveller’s dream come true.
Chat with local grandmas who sell homemade cheese and strudel, visit the popular Šupljara Cave where a “Spaghetti Western” was filmed, and hop on a pollution-free electric boat to reach the far side of the largest lake.
This pristine world of lakes, waterfalls, and trees is home to more than 160 species of birds and offers a perfect road trip adventure away from the busy beaches of the Dalmatian coast.
Visiting Plitvice Lakes National Park
Explore 16 terraced lakes
A 78 m-high waterfall
Upper lakes to Proscansko Jezero
Caffe & Bistro Plum
Mediterranean, try the beef with truffle sauce
Car parks around the National Park
Camping vans 10 euro per day
3 sanitary blocks, hot water washbasin, camper service
electricity and fresh water, refrigerator rental, washing cabin
Disclaimer: Closed until the end of 2020 while it undergoes a major makeover! The Cerovac Caves will be closed Located 4 km southwest of Gračac, the Cerovac Caves are the largest cave complex in the country and boast a 3-tier complex including the Lower Cave, Middle Cave, and Upper Cave.
Here, you’ll have a chance to see remains of the cave bears, as well as bronze axes used by Pleistocene cave bear hunters. To make the most out of your Croatia road trip, professionally guided tours in the Upper and Lower caves are available and last just over an hour.
After you purchase the tickets for the tour at a souvenir stand, take a short forest walk to the gated entrance. You’ll meet the local guide who is really knowledgeable and will tell you everything there is to know about the formation of these magnificent structures
Admire the cave ornaments and experience the wealth of the underground world of Velebit Nature Park. Keep in mind that the trail in and outside the cave is slippery, so it’s recommended to wear shoes with good grip. As for the temperature inside the caves, it ranges from 5°C to 8°C.
Visiting Cerovac Caves
from Plitvice Lakes National Park
The Ceroval caves (closed until the end of 2020)
7 km of tunnels. Open from Apr to Oct.
Not only home to the caves, but great trails too.
Local cuisine, ready-made meals, daily menus
Street Parking Cerovac Caves
Idyllic campsite in Muskovci, 1h from Cerovac
The next stop on your Croatia road trip is the city of Knin. Located between Bosnia and Dalmatia, this city was the capital of the medieval Kingdom of Croatia in the 11th century and houses one of the largest fortifications in the country, the impressive Knin fortress.
This living monument of culture boasts a couple of exhibition galleries, a museum, and a nice restaurant. The defensive walls outside are about 2 km long and the fortress itself is preserved in all its parts, which makes it a cool destination to visit on your Croatia itinerary.
The city of Knin is surrounded by several points of attraction. You can visit the famous Manojlovac waterfall, the tallest waterfall in the Krka National Park, or check out the Krcic River and admire its crystal clear water. There is also the archaeological site of Burnum Ruins, which used to be an ancient Roman military camp.
from Cerovac Caves
Second largest fortress in Croatia
Lovely waterfall on the Krka River
Archaeological site,Ex-Roman Legion camp
Traditional, lamb, grilled fish, scampi
Traditional, pork neck, veal
Street parking Knin
Surrounded by three majestic mountains, Sinj is an ideal destination for campervan travellers in Croatia looking for adventure, endless activities, fabulous architecture, and plenty of events to keep them entertained.
From its 18th-century fortresses and the famous painting of the Madonna of Sinj to a Franciscan monastery, the town of Sinj has a rich heritage.
Time your Croatia road trip with the Sinj Alka event, one of the oldest knight tournaments in Europe that is re-enacted in Sinj since 1716. If you’re feeling adventurous rather than chivalrous, the tourist board of Sinj organizes a bunch of cool outdoor activities ranging from paragliding and canoe safaris to water rafting and horse riding at the hippodrome.
Once you get hungry on your adventure road trip in Sinj, try the local specialities, including local prsuto and stuffed cabbage with three types of meat.
Fortress of Sinj
Offers magnificent views of the city
2nd-century tombstone of boy football player
A gallery with sculptures, graphics, and paintings
Restoran / Pizzerija Tendi
Pizza, grilled food, value for money
Konoba ispod ure
local food, try the pasticada
Street Parking Sinj