Top things to do

Top Choice Bar in Hvar Town

Kiva Bar

A happening place in an alleyway just off the Riva, Kiva is packed to the rafters most nights, with crowds spilling out and filling up the lane. DJs spin a crowd-pleasing mix of old-school dance, pop and hip-hop cla…
Top Choice Bakery in Rijeka


The best bakery in town, with delicious filled baguettes, wholemeal bread, croissants and burek (pastry stuffed with meat, spinach or cheese). There are several branches around town and across Croatia.
Top Choice Croatian in Kvarner


At slow-food pioneer Nenad Kukurin's wonderful hotel-restaurant, there's no menu, so you need to be prepared to place your trust in the staff. Tell them whether you prefer meat, fish or vegetarian, and whether you h…
Top Choice Bar in Hvar Town

Hula-Hula Hvar

The spot to catch the sunset to the sound of techno and house music, Hula-Hula is known for its après-beach party (4pm to 9pm), where all of young trendy Hvar seems to descend for sundowner cocktails. Dancing on tab…
Top Choice Monument in Zadar

Sun Salutation

Another wacky and wonderful creation by Nikola Bašić (along with the nearby Sea Organ), this 22m-wide circle set into the pavement is filled with 300 multilayered glass plates that collect the sun’s energy during th…
Top Choice Slavonian in Osijek

Kod Ruže

The rustic paraphernalia is laid on pretty thick here (think taxidermy galore) but this is certainly a highly atmospheric place for a Slavonian meal, especially at weekends, when a live band plays gypsy music. Try t…
Top Choice Castle in Rijeka

Trsat Castle

High on a hill above the city, this semiruined 13th-century fortress offers magnificent vistas from its bastions and ramparts, looking down the Rječina river valley to the docks, the Adriatic and the distant island …
Top Choice Istrian in Central & Eastern Istria


The reason to come to Sovinjsko Polje is to enjoy one of Istria’s finest dining experiences. At this beautifully converted 600-year-old olive mill (bought by his grandfather in the 1950s), eccentric owner Nevio Siro…
Top Choice Club in Zrće Beach


Rated one of the best clubs in the world, Papaya is the kingpin of the Zrće scene, complete with palm trees, waterfalls and a shell-like roof over the dancefloor. On big nights it can cram 5000 people onto its terra…
Top Choice Nature Reserve in Biokovo Nature Park

Biokovo Nature Park

The limestone Biokovo massif offers wonderful hiking opportunities. If you’re hiking independently, you have to enter the park at the beginning of ‘Biokovo Rd’ – basically the only road that runs up the mountain – a…