Croatia has numerous tourist resorts famous for amazing beaches, crystal clear sea, and rich cultural heritage, but it also has many nature and national parks, amazing mountains, and perfect sites for adrenaline junkies in search of strong emotions combined with impressive nature. Thrill seekers and adventure lovers will find that Croatia is the perfect place where to experience their passions.
Fantastic rafting experience on river Cetina
Adrenaline rush combined with nature at its best! On Cetina white water rafting trip you will experience moments of pure excitement, moments of total serenity and a deep connection with wild nature. It will be an amazing experience that will leave you with great lifelong memories. For its unspoiled nature and impressive canyon, parts of Cetina river were chosen as some of the filming locations of the famous Winnetou movie series (1962-1968). There are several other rivers where you can take rafting tours like Mrežnica, Una and Zrmanja river.
Rock climbing in one of the most impressive national parks in Croatia
Paklenica is one of the eight national parks in Croatia, located near Starigrad in northern Dalmatia, at the southern slopes of Velebit mountain. It is also the most visited climbing site in Croatia and the largest one in Southern Europe. Hiking and climbing are really the only two ways to get to know impressive and unspoiled nature of Paklenica and in total there are over 350 routes on good quality limestone rock. Other rock climbing sites in Croatia can be found on the island of Brač, Hvar, and Vis, near the city of Omiš, Split, Rijeka, Buzet and Opatija.
Scuba dive and discover one of the most popular shipwrecks in the Adriatic
Croatia has a rich underwater life, sites, and wrecks to explore in the crystal clear sea. One of the most famous is the wreck of Baron Gautsch, Austro-Hungarian passenger ship that sank in 1914. It sank after running into a minefield that has been set by the Austro-Hungarian Navy. The ship, 84.5 meters long and 11.64 meters wide was transporting 306 passengers and crew, of which only 159 were rescued. The wreck of Baron Gautsch lies near Rovinj, on a sandy and stony bottom 40 meters deep, overgrown with algae and sponges. It is one of the most popular diving destinations for wreck divers in the Adriatic. Other popular scuba diving sites in Croatia are tugboat Ursus (island of Vis), Lina cargoship (island of Cres), Boeing B-17 (island of Vis), Totonno cargo steamer (Dubrovnik) and Peltastis (island of Krk). Along the coast, there are numerous protected archaeological sites dating back to ancient times and many amazing places where to explore the magnificent underwater life of the Adriatic sea.
Croatia offers some of the most spectacular landscapes on the Mediterranean and one of the best way to enjoy the views is definitely paragliding. So if you want to add some adrenaline to your vacation in Croatia and admire its impressive beauty from a different perspective, then paragliding is the right thing for you. There are numerous paragliding sites in Croatia and some of the best are in Tribalj (Rijeka), Osijek (Slavonia), Sljeme (Zagreb), Libinje (Zadar) and Biokovo (Makarska).
Windsurfing and kite surfing next to one of the most beautiful beaches in the world
There are quite a few windy destinations in Croatia, with Bol on island Brač being a true paradise for all fans of water sports as it offers great conditions for windsurfing and kite surfing. It is one of the best windsurfing destinations in Europe and many international races are organized in Bol during the summer. Strong thermic wind called “Maestral” (Mistral) blows on a regular basis during nice weather and it gives experienced windsurfers the adrenaline they need while kite surfers will love jumping next to the top of the beach showing off their tricks in front of a large crowd. There are several windsurfing and kite surfing centers where you can also rent the equipment or take lessons. Other great windsurfing and kite surfing destinations in Croatia are Viganj on the Peljesac peninsula, Premantura – small peninsula south in Istria, Jadrija near Šibenik and river Neretva mouth near the town of Blace.
More adventurous tourists can also practice canyoning or zipline across the impressive Cetina canyon 150 meters above the ground on 2 km long wires. Skydiving is also very popular and you can experience it many cities and islands in Croatia like Zagreb, Split, island Hvar etc. If you happen to be in Dubrovnik, take a safari tour in Konavle, a brilliant off-road experience. Maslenica bridge bungee jumping, quad tours, adventure parks and many other adventure tours will make your vacation more memorable, so don’t hesitate to give them a try!
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