If you are someone who appreciates the beauty of nature, then Springtime in Croatia is the perfect vacation for you in Croatia. The beautiful transition from cooler temperatures and hibernating nature to bright fresh colors and blooming flowers that fill in nature’s canvas is mesmerizing.
Springtime is also a great time to visit Croatia to avoid the ever-increasing crowds which fill the streets in the summer. If you don’t mind traveling with a light jacket in hand, just in case of a spring shower, then springtime in Croatia would exceed your expectations. The whole country is coming alive, bursting with activities and things to do, as it gears up for the busy summer season.
Take Part in the Oyster Festival
One of the key early spring festivals is Oyster Festival in Ston. It takes place at the end of March. The Bay of Mali Ston is filled with oysters that are famous for their superb taste and texture. Oysters are as fresh as they get as they are harvested from the bay and served fresh (raw) with just a bit of lemon juice. Paired with local wines, music, and entertainment, it’s a fun way to dip into Croatian coastal culture and indulge in local cuisine.
Head to a Flower Festival
You don’t need to go far to look for fresh flowers in spring – flowers are everywhere! Surround yourself with the beauty and attend one of the numerous flower festivals popping up here and there. For example, visit ‘Splavnica’ – a small flower market in the center of Zagreb. It is a popular flower and produce destination for locals and tourists alike.
Another great flower festival in Zagreb is in May. This festival is located at a lake and is known as Floraart. This colorful festival also displays row after row of local street foods, treats, and other Croatian goodies. Fresh aromatic lavender packets are great souvenirs to bring back home with you and fill your home with the beautiful aroma.
Pick Wild Asparagus
Now, who doesn’t love picking their own veggies? And we are not talking about farm veggies here but wild asparagus that grows in forests and valleys! Spring has arrived and so have the first crops of juicy fresh produce. Head to the coast and partake in picking your own asparagus early in the season. It is a popular attraction here and people are always out and about picking wild asparagus so you need to get into the game early to get some.
Attend a Wine Fair in Istria
Istria in springtime is magical with so much to do there and so many things to see. Plan your visit to Vinistra in May to attend its famous largest wine festival in the area. Take part in a wine-making workshop or enjoy a gourmet dinner paired up with unique wines, some of which are only available locally.
Bike around Zagreb
Another fun thing to do in Croatia in the springtime is to rent a bike and cycle around. While being a very energetic city, Zagreb is very bicycle-friendly. So much to see and do here, but it’s even more fun to do it by bike. With all the beautiful parks located right in the city center, pick up your favorite Croatian delicatessen and enjoy a picnic in the park. Layout in the sun and enjoy fresh spring air before cycling off to the next destination.
Go to Plitvice Lakes
Plitvice Lakes Park is amazing in spring! Imagine the numerous beautiful blue lakes upon lakes with hundreds of waterfalls surrounding you in this tranquil woodsy park in the middle of Croatia. It’s great time to visit this world-famous national park as waterfalls are at their fullest after the snow melts and trees are the brightest with the new leaves. Make sure to wear a pair of comfy walking shoes and bring your best camera as you can spend hours there taking postcard-quality pictures.
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