My fiancé and I are planning to go to Croatia for 10-11 days in early September (tentative 9/7-9/18) after a couple days stop in Barcelona first. I would love any advice/comments on our itinerary:
Day 1 - Barcelona to Zagreb. Rent car and drive to Rovinj, looks like 3 hour drive, any interesting stops along the way?
Day 2 – Istria/Rovinj
Day 3 – Istria/Rovinj; drive to hotel near Plitvice Lake at night. Any interesting stops along the way?
Day 4 - Plitvice; drive to Zadar
Day 5 – Zadar – Kornati Islands boat tour
Day 6 – Zadar – do we need the extra day?
Day 7-9 – Split – Is it too rush to do a day trip to Hvar one of these days? Or Korcula?
Day 10-11 – Dubrovnik
Day 12 – Fly back to Barcelona to fly back to US
I considered skipping Zagreb but couldn’t find any flights to the Rovinj area to/from Barcelona. Not sure if the 3 hour drive in and out is good idea but from what I’ve read we would like to see Rovinj.
With our schedule we may end up at Plitvice on a Saturday or Sunday. Will the crowd be worse even if we go at 7AM?
I’ve read that parking is not easy and costly in Dubrovnik. Should we return the car as soon as we arrive? How easy is it getting around town, and to airport?
Any suggestions on accommodations, where to start?