Discover Inland Croatia

Croatia 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 and thousands of islands. But Croatia hides in its inland some secret gems and offbeat places which offer authentic delights to nature lovers. With its 8 national parks and 11 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. Take on the challenge and explore hidden Croatia: its authentic villages, wild rivers, meet warm and helpful local people who are very attached to the traditions and taste their local cuisine and great wines. They will show you a different life in the continental part of Croatia.

  • 10 sites included in the UNESCO World Heritage List
  • Plitvice Lakes National Park - world’s natural wonder
  • Capital City of Zagreb – Award for Best Christmas Market Destination in Europe
  • Lonjsko Polje & Kopacki Rit - undiscovered birdwatching paradise
  • Great white water rafting trips
  • Over 400 organised mountain trails

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, ...

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Rijeka Carnival 2020


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Zagreb DOX 2020


2020. 18.03. - 22.03.

Festival of Lights


2020. 04.04. - 04.04.

Hahlici Trail #6

Drazice - Hahlici - Pakleno peaks - Gorski Kotar

2020. 17.04. - 19.04.

100 Miles of Istria

Labin - Učka Mt. - Buzet - Hum - Motovun - Umag

2020. 03.05. - 03.05.

Wings for Life World Run Croatia


2020. 03.06. - 07.06.

Pannonian Challenge #21

Osijek - Eastern Slavonia

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Animafest #30


2020. 22.06. - 24.06.

INmusic Festival #15

Lake Jarun - Zagreb

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Risnjak Trail #8

Crni Lug - National Park Risnjak - Gorski Kotar

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Ucka Trail #8

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