Fall road trip through Croatia

Fall road trip through Croatia

Fall road trip through Croatia

Fall road trip through Croatia

You would never think fall time would be the ideal timeframe to visit the gorgeous Dalmatian coastline or take a road trip through different parts of Croatia. But if you like to travel in the off season and avoid the hordes of tourists visiting this popular region, then the fall is a fantastic time to explore the Dalmation coast. Taking a road trip from the coastal cities and into the national park area of Plitvice is a fall adventure worth exploring in Croatia.

Here are some highlights to visiting Croatia in Autumn

 

 Split Fall road trip through Croatia

Driving from Split north through the Dalmatian coast to Plitvice National Parks

You can easily pick any spot along the Dalmatian coastline to start a wonderful road trip in Croatia, but if you want to actually see some fall colors, the ideal would be to visit Croatia’s iconic national park at Plitvice. A good starting off point would be to start in Split mid way along the Dalmatian coastline. Before you get a rental car, spend a few days at Split to discover some of the amazing sites in this Unesco World Heritage site of Tiberius’ Diocletian palace in the historic district.

 

Split Harbor Road trip through the Dalmation coast

Split

The largest city in the northern portion of the Dalmatian Coastline, Split is considered the gateway to the islands of the Croatian Adriatic Sea. The historic central district in Split is comprised of the historic ruins of the Diocletian palace on which most of the old ramparts, walls and other buildings have transitioned into a labyrinth of shops, cafes, galleries and other tourist oriented attractions. For more images and stories about this historic city, check out a variety of posts I have created about Split below.

Split –  photo-worthy spots to visit in the city

Split – a free city tour of the Diocletian Palace

Split – a visit to the farmers market

Early morning fish market in Split

Along the Dalmatian coastline at Trogir

 

Taking the coastal road in Dalmatia

Taking buses is doable but time consuming and irregular along the Dalmation coastal road, so it is much easier to rent a car and enjoy the freedom to stop and go anywhere along the route that suites your timeframe. From Split it is an easy route going north along the coastline and visiting some of the lovely towns and or islands along the way. Some of the easy and quick visits you can do along the way include: Trogir, Primostene and the larger city of Zadar. The trip from Split to Zadar takes about 170 kilometers and from Zadar to Plitvice is about 150 kilometers. This stretch can take a few days or longer depending on how much time you want to spend exploring the small villages or cities along the way. If you want to get there sooner, you can take the highway E65 which is about 150 kilometers from Split to Zadar.

 

Trogir Fall road trip through Croatia

Trogir

A short hour drive north of Split and you will head directly into the outskirts of Trogir and the main island adjacent which is where the historic center lies. Trogir is filled with historic and cultural treasures dating from many centuries and rulers from Croatia’s past including the stunning Venetian influence and architecture prevalent throughout the island.  For more images and story about this fascinating island, check out my post of Trogir below.

Enjoying a day in Trogir, Croatia

 

Primosten Fall road trip through Croatia

 Primosten

Almost an island but connected to the mainland by a narrow road, Primosten is a very quiet village that caters to mostly a tourist crowd but is relatively quiet especially during the shoulder season in October/November. It’s fun to just wander and explore the streets all the way to the top for a magnificent view of the area. Afterwards, a nice walk down to the waterfront area to discover some of the local cafes fronting the ocean and checking out what’s fresh on the menu is the way to enjoy a short trip here. For more images and details, check out my post of Primosten below.

A visit to Primosten, Croatia

 

Plitvice-National-Park Fall road trip through Croatia

 

Plitvice National Park

One of Croatia’s most outstanding national parks, Plitvice National Park with its myriad of waterfalls and beautiful landscape is even more spectacular during fall time. Visiting Plitvice during the shoulder season is really the best time to be at the park to enjoy the fall and the stunning display of fall colors throughout the park. If you can spend a day or even more time to relax and walk through some of the magnificent trails and scenic routes around the waterfall areas and other observation points, you will be rewarded with amazing views and scenery.

 

Fall road trip to Croatia Plitvice-National-Park

 

For more photographs and stories about a visit during the fall, check out my post on Plitvice National Park below.

Fall time in Plitvice National Park – part 1

Fall time in Plitvice National Park – part 2

 

Fall road trip through the Dalmatian coastline to Plitvice

Details for a road trip adventure in Croatia

Rental cars

You can find all the major rental car companies available in Croatia and when you arrive in Split. Most of the rental car companies are actually located in the city and not the airport, so it is an easy taxi or shuttle ride into the city center where you can stay and not need a car to get around. Here are some of the rental car companies that you can check out their websites for more information.

Auto Europe Rentals website for latest prices and availability

Car Rental 8 website for latest prices and availability

Priceline and name your own price for car rentals

Where to stay along the Dalmatian Coast

In the main cities of Split and Zadar, there are adequate hotel and bnb accommodations to work with. In smaller towns including staying up in Plitvice National Park, choices are a limited and can also be popular during the fall timeframe, although not as busy as the summer. Here are some recommended sites to check for accommodations and availability.

Check out some of these deals and hotel details below

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Priceline and name your own price for hotel deals

 

Plitvice-National-Park-fall travel

 

Travel Buzz Media Fall experiences

This guide is part of a Travel Buzz Media round up of editorial content about fall travel. You can read additional stories about fall travel below from our contributors:

Passing Thru – Octoberfest getaway in Munich

Traveling with MJ – Fall travel getaway guide Providence Rhode Island

Passrider.com – Where to head this fall to see the fall foliage

Boomeresque – Five reasons to visit Philadelphia in the fall

 

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12 Responses to Fall road trip through Croatia

  1. Frank September 25, 2016 at 2:52 am #

    Really nice photos, Noel! My favorite is Primosten. I spent there some days a few years ago.

  2. Laura September 13, 2016 at 12:00 pm #

    Croatia is a country I’ve been dying to visit- it looks absolutely stunning!

  3. Shannon - SoleSeeking September 11, 2016 at 12:04 am #

    Beautiful photos! Croatia is so popular these days that visiting in the fall definitely seems like the best idea

  4. Rhonda Albom September 9, 2016 at 8:56 pm #

    Your photos are lovely. I have not yet been to Croatia but I have heard (and your photos confirm) that it is beautiful.

  5. Sharon September 7, 2016 at 6:25 am #

    This looks so beautiful. We never went to Croatia before. We are planning a roadtrip through Europe next year, and this is a good idea to visit along the way.

    • Noel September 7, 2016 at 6:39 am #

      This is definitely a drive worth putting on your list of things to do. If I had more time, I would include a visit to the Istrian Peninsula.

  6. Betsy Wuebker September 6, 2016 at 11:18 am #

    We drove from Rijeka to Split through the interior last summer. The forests were magnificent and I can only imagine how beautiful they must be during a fall road trip through Croatia.

    • Noel September 6, 2016 at 11:35 am #

      I could easily do that again but this time going all the way up through to the Istrian peninsula

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