Discover Inland Croatia

Croatia is one of the Top 10 Off the Beaten Path Travel Destinations for 2021. It offers an incredible diversity of landscapes and historical sites, all within attainable distances. A country of birth of Nikola Tesla, tie, pen, and Dalmatian dog has for generations tried to preserve its extraordinary natural and cultural treasures. This small European country is well-known for its beautiful Adriatic coast, kilometres of pristine shoreline and more than a thousand islands. But Croatia hides in its inland some secret gems and off-the-beaten-path destinations which offer authentic delights to nature lovers. With its eight national parks and 12 nature parks, Croatia is one of the best-preserved natural areas in Europe. And the inland of Croatia abounds in forests, canyons, rivers, lakes, and mountains with impressive viewpoints. Did you know that Istria, the heart-shaped peninsula in the northwest, is the winner of the Reader’s Choice Award for Community for 2021, selected by Lonely Planet community? And in 2019 one of the TOP 10 „Best European Destinations“! Take on the challenge with and explore hidden Croatia: its capital Zagreb located in the north, authentic villages, wild rivers, meet warm and helpful local people very attached to the traditions and taste their local cuisine and top quality wines. They will show you a different life in the continental part of Croatia.

  • 10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • 15 treasures on the tentative list
  • Plitvice Lakes National Park - the UNESCO-listed natural wonder
  • Lonjsko Polje & Kopacki Rit - undiscovered birdwatching paradise
  • Great white water rafting trips & 6,000 km of marked hiking trails
  • Istria - verdant peninsula with its medieval hill towns & top wineries

Secret Escapes in Inland Croatia

Rastoke – 'Little Plitvice' Photo: MariaK /

Rastoke – 'Little Plitvice'

This picturesque 300-year-old watermills village (30 km from UNESCO site Plitvice Lakes), nicknamed „Little Plitvice“, was built on the Slunjcica river which runs over a series of travertine barriers, thus creating many small lakes and waterfalls. The village represents an ideal symbiosis between nature's fantastic creations and centuries-old human technical achievements. In addition to milling, watermills were also used for washing the laundry, innovative at a certain time in history as the first primitive washing machines powered by running water. Due to this architectural and natural harmony and ethnographic heritage, Rastoke was declared a national cultural monument in 1969.

Kopački rit - birdwatching paradise Photo: Hrvoje Domazetovic / JUPP Kopacki rit

Kopački rit - birdwatching paradise

Kopački Rit Nature Park in Eastern Croatia - Baranja region, is one of the largest wetlands in Europe, ornithological significant area (293 species of birds) and the largest freshwater fish hatchery in the Danube region (about 60 species). Situated between the rivers Drava and Danube it stretches across the area of 177 km2. A great biodiversity of 2.000 biological species reflects the rich flora and fauna of the park. Due to the exceptional natural values Kopački rit is included in the Ramsar List of Wetlands of International Importance and also in the List of Important Bird Areas (IBA).

Plešivica wine road Photo: MariaK / Inlandia

Plešivica wine road

On the southeast side of the Samobor’s Highlands, near Zagreb, there is Plešivica with its highest peak Čerga (780 m) whose lookout offers a stunning view of the beautiful Plešivica’s vineyard amphitheater. The southern slopes of Plešivica are well-known for its hillside vineyards, extremely favorable for the production of high-quality wines. It is assumed that the wine grape in this region brought Thracians from which the Illyrians and the Celts took over the culture of cultivation. The rich offer of Plešivica wine road brings together some 30 wine producers who can boast an impressive range of wine varieties: Graševina, Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Grigio, and Pinot Blanc, Traminer, Sauvignon, ...

Festivals & Events

2024. 04.04. - 07.04.

The Istria 100 by UTMB 2024

Istrian Peninsula

2024. 17.04. - 21.04.

Zagreb DOX 2024


2024. 05.05. - 05.05.

Wings for Life World Run Croatia


2024. 22.05. - 24.05.

GreenCajt Festival 2024


2024. 29.05. - 02.06.

FloraArt Flower & Garden Show #58

Zagreb - Bundek Park

2024. 30.05. - 02.06.

Cest is d'Best #28


2024. 01.06. - 01.06.

Festival of Grasevina Wine

Kutjevo - Slavonia - Inland Croatia

2024. 01.06. - 02.06.

Plitvice Lakes Marathon #39

National Park Plitvice Lakes

2024. 01.06. - 09.06.

Vinodar Wine Exhibition #25

Daruvar - Western Slavonia - Inland Croatia

2024. 03.06. - 08.06.

Animafest #34


2024. 07.06. - 08.06.

Let The Music Be Free

Zagreb - Jarun Lake

2024. 07.06. - 09.06.

Highlander Medvednica Croatia 2024

Zagreb - Medvednica Mt.

2024. 14.06. - 16.06.

Trash & Burn Festival #16

Sveti Martin na Muri - Medjimurje

2024. 24.06. - 26.06.

INmusic Festival #16

Lake Jarun - Zagreb

2024. 19.07. - 21.07.

ForestLand Music Festival #12

Brezje - Medjimurje

2024. 23.08. - 01.09.


Varaždin - Northern Croatia

2024. 10.09. - 15.09.

Highlander Velebit 2024

Mountain Velebit

2024. 28.09. - 03.11.

Zigante Truffle Days 2024

Livade - Istria Inland

2024. 13.10. - 13.10.

Zagreb Marathon #32


2024. 04.11. - 10.11.

ZFF - Zagreb Film Festival #22


2024. 12.11. - 17.11.

Interliber – International Book Fair #46



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