What are Some Non-Touristy Places to Visit in Croatia? 

From Dubrovnik to Zagreb, and from Split to Pula, you’ll often find pockets of Croatia teeming with tourists. It’s not hard to see why, given its gorgeous islands, historic attractions, and dramatic scenery. But these major destinations are just the beginning of what you can find in Croatia. If you want to escape the crowds, there are plenty of hidden gems just waiting to be discovered. 

At Rewind Dubrovnik, we’ve traversed Croatia’s coastline as part of our Private Dubrovnik Boat Tours. As locals ourselves, we know all of the best areas away from the bustling tourists. That’s why we’ve put together this guide to some non-touristy places to visit in Croatia. Keep reading for our insider tips, or feel free to contact us to find out more about our boat tours

A quaint coastal village with colorful houses and boats docked on calm water, backed by a rocky hillside with greenery.

Find Tranquility in Tribunj

Leave the frenetic Croatian cities behind and find a peaceful escape in the village of Tribunj. A typical Dalmatian town west of Vodice, Tribunj will make you feel like one of the locals. 

It’s particularly well-known for its longstanding traditions, including Fishermen’s Night, where there is a parade of vessels and a seafood feast. One of the more unique customs is the annual donkey races, which have been ongoing for over 50 years. The village has a special relationship with these animals, and you can even see a statue of one of the waterfront. 

Tribunj Beach offers a more secluded escape than most beaches, with tranquil waters that are optimal for swimming. Not to be missed are the numerous waterfront cafes, among which you can find an array of food options, from fresh fish to pizzas and cocktails. 

Have an Adventure in Omis

The town of Omis is a striking collision of mountains, rivers, and sea. Located on the Dalmatia coast where the Cetina River runs into the ocean, Omis is a breathtaking getaway in Croatia. The surrounding Dinara mountain range provides ample opportunities for exciting adventures. Once of the most popular activities here is ziplining, where you can go soaring over the river!

The Cetina itself offers a thrilling experience, with whitewater rafting and canyoning tours appealing to adrenaline junkies. One of the most unique things you can do here is find the source of the Cetina, a phenomenal karst spring. Known as Croatia’s Eye of the Earth, you can reach it by traveling inland from Omis. The spring is surrounded by open fields and just one old church, making it truly off the beaten path. 

An aerial view of a coastal town with red-roofed buildings situated between rocky mountains, a river and a bridge connecting two sides, under a partly cloudy sky.

Journey Back in Time on Cres

While it’s the second largest island in the Adriatic, Cres only has a population of around 3,000 people. This isle retains a rugged and historic appeal, dotted in ancient towns and picturesque beaches. 

One of the island’s most amazing attractions is Lubenice, a city dating back 4,000 years ago. It’s perched strategically at over 300 meters overlooking the sea. Take a stroll among the medieval buildings and feel yourself transported to another time. Below Lubenice is the beautiful beach of Sveti Ivan, which can be reached by a short but steep hike. The effort is well worth it to experience this oasis. 

In the north of the island, you’ll find an intriguing mystery. A number of labyrinths dot the area of Tramuntana, each dedicated to different goddesses. Nearby is the Beli Rescue Center for Griffon Vultures. These birds are only found in the Kvarner region of Croatia today, having largely disappeared from the country. You’ll be lucky to spot one flying above, or see one up close at the rescue center. 

Cres is one of our Best Islands to Visit in Croatia, and you can find out about other brilliant isles with our blog!

A row of colorful buildings with red-tiled roofs face a small marina with several docked boats under a clear blue sky. People walk along the waterfront and some boats have canopies.

Explore the Uninhabited Jakljan 

You won’t run the risk of bumping into too many people on Jakljan, an unpopulated island next to Sipan. Only accessible by boat, and with nothing to see besides expanses of green flora and undisturbed shoreline, Jakljan provides the most rustic experience possible. 

You can visit this pristine beauty as part of Rewind Dubrovnik’s Ston and North Elaphiti Boat Tour. We’ll drop anchor at the island, giving you prime access to secluded coves and exceptional snorkeling spots. Put on your gear and dive into the crystalline waters, where you have the opportunity to discover an incredible diversity of marine life. Keep your eyes peeled for sea turtles, moray eels, sea urchins, and more!

Immerse Yourself in Papuk Nature Park

While national parks like Krka and Plitvice are renowned for their natural beauty, they are often inundated with tourists. However, in the northeast corner of Croatia, you can still experience the country’s lush environment at Papuk Nature Park. Spanning over 33,000 hectares, Papuk forms part of the UNESCO Global Geoparks Network. Throughout the reserve, you’ll find waterfalls, meadows, and forests, offering the perfect place for some outdoor activities.

The park has over 200 kilometers of hiking trails to traverse, mountain biking paths, rock climbing, and even an adrenaline park. You can even explore the area on horseback, or go canoeing on the Jankovac Lake.

A waterfall cascades down moss-covered rocks amidst autumn foliage with yellow leaves.

Discover Croatia with Rewind Dubrovnik

With so many lesser-known spots to explore in Croatia, it may make planning your itinerary a little bit trickier. Rewind Dubrovnik can ensure smooth sailing with our Custom Dubrovnik Boat Tours. Choose where you want to go and what you want to do and our team will organize a multi-day journey along the coast! Contact us today and we’ll show you Croatia like never before.