The Family Friendly Guide
Dad Will Love These 6 Activities in Croatia
Whether your dad enjoys sporty outings or prefers to relax with a beer or glass of wine, Croatia offers plenty of dad-approved things to do! Here are 6 activities for some quality bonding time with your old man.
1. Hiking Velebit National Park
If dad loves the great outdoors, take him to Velebit National Park for a full day of hiking through awe-inspiring mountain landscapes. Follow the stunning Premužić trail, high above Croatia’s famed coastline, and soak in unrivalled vistas of the Adriatic Sea and its islands, as well as panoramic views of the inland region of Lika. This is an easy walk, with no steep descent, which makes it suitable for all fitness levels.
Perfect for: Nature-loving dads
2. Golfing in Istria
Is your dad an avid golfer? The region of Istria is where you want to go for a round of golf (or three!) Hit the links near Savudrija, and enjoy a picturesque 18-hole championship green overlooking the Adriatic Sea. After a challenging day on the green, head to the resort’s spa for a moment of well-deserved relaxation.
Perfect for: Golfer dads
3. White Water Rafting on Zrmanja River
Often described as the most beautiful river in Croatia, northern Dalmatia’s Zrmanja River has crystal-clear waters, spectacular canyons, hidden swimming pools, and magnificent waterfalls. It also has exciting rapids, which make for a wild rafting journey. The perfect adventure for thrill-seekers!
Perfect for: Daredevil dads
4. Cycling “The Golden Valley” of Dubrovnik
Is biking to your dad’s liking? Why not explore the verdant Konavle Valley—Croatia’s southernmost region and one of the country’s best-kept secrets—on two wheels? Flanked by the Adriatic on one side and mountains on the other, the area is very much off the beaten path. Cycle through cornfields, orchards, and vineyards, and past ancient architecture, such as Cavtat’s Franciscan monastery.
Perfect for: Pedal-pushing dads
5. Wine tasting on the Pelješac peninsula
Home to some of Croatia’s finest vineyards, the Pelješac peninsula enchants visitors with its pristine nature, idyllic coves, and scenic valleys. Be sure to make a stop at Frano Miloš’ winery in the inland village of Ponikve for a chance to taste his robust red Plavac Malic or his legendary Stagnum. Otherwise, head to the more recent Saints Hills winery to try their excellent Dingač, aged in barrels for 18-24 months.
Perfect for: Oenophile dads
6. Exploring tranquil islands
For space, silence, and a break from the city, sail out to Lopud, a tiny, car-free island about an hour outside Dubrovnik. There, you’ll find a small village and dusty paths leading through untouched vegetation. Walk over the hills to the other side of the island to find Sunj beach — a crescent of silky sand set in a shallow bay. When it’s time for lunch, walk back to the village to savor local specialties on the harborfront.
Perfect for: The dad just looking to relax