When most travelers think of visiting Croatia, they envisage endless summer days spent visiting ancient Roman ruins, and island hopping aboard luxury cruise liners. This could be the reason why the majority of people who actually visit Croatia tend to boast healthy bank balances and a hip-replacement (or two). Whilst these activities are certainly nothing to snub, and would even be enjoyed by the under-40s, there is a blossoming side to Croatia most holidaymakers don’t even know exists: an action-packed, devilish side which will rock the socks off the most ardent adrenalin junky.
Croatia is fast becoming one of Central Europe’s most sought-after extreme activity destinations, and is soon tipped to overtake the more popular hubs in Switzerland and Austria. So jump on the speed-train while the action’s hot and the prices competitive, and come discover how you can enjoy an action-packed vacation in one of the most splendid countries in the Mediterranean.
Jumping out of a plane at insanely dizzying heights would have to rate as one of the most heart-pumping activities you could ever attempt. Do this above one of the world’s most picturesque coastlines and you’ve got yourself a truly memorable experience. Skydiving Croatia is the most popular activity company in the country, with spellbinding drops offered in some of the country’s most divine destinations including Rijeka, Lošinj and the hills surrounding the capital, Zagreb. The recent addition of tandem falls over Hvar Island, often regarded as the jewel of the Croatian Coast, has just upped the ante for the upcoming summer season, and promises to offer an exceedingly breathtaking experience. Skydiving Croatia may be a relatively new company, but it’s staffed by seasoned professionals who boast decades of tandem skydiving experience, and offer a safe and exhilarating ride high above the clouds over the Mediterranean. A scenic flight over hundreds of pristine islands, combined with a one-minute freefall from 4000 metres in altitude will set you back just over €200.
Canyoning, or canyoneering as it is often referred to in the States, is an extreme form of canyon exploration involving hiking, abseiling, rock-climbing, waterfall jumping and swimming through underwater tunnels. When it comes to an all-body workout, and extreme adrenalin rushes, there aren’t many sports in the world which can compete with a day-long canyoning session! As it happens, Croatia is home to three superb canyons, the most distinctive of which is that following the Cetina River, nearby the holiday hub of Split.
Split Adventure offer an action-packed extreme day out which includes return transport from your Split hotel, and all the equipment and guidance you’ll need for the day for just €75. Between the gushing waterfalls, vertiginous cliffs and stunning scenery, you’d be hard pressed to find a better way to put some zest back in your holiday step.
If you still want to enjoy the gorgeous canyon, yet prefer a more sedate mode of transport then keep in mind that Split Adventure also offers river tubing and sea kayaking trips, which are just as enjoyable and fun as canyoning…and a lot less scary!
White water rafting
Croatia is not usually on the top of people’s list when they think of fantastic white water rafting destinations. While some people argue this is because Croatia doesn’t boast any serious rafting credentials due to its natural deficit, we’ll argue that the reason why rafting may not be so popular here is that this is one of the newest sports to develop in a country which really only came into existence just over two decades ago.
The most exhilarating rafting in the country comes compliments of the Una River, which runs along the border of Croatia and Bosnia for a little over 200kms. It is on a 20km stretch inland between Senj and Zadar that rapids can reach an astonishing grade 5 difficulty after particularly heavy rains. Huck Finn Croatia offer full-day trips along the most intense stretch of the Una River for only €43, and can organize transfers from just about any corner of the country (overnight accommodation in a local village can also be arranged).
The Una River National Park is immensely beautiful, and it must be said that the scenery here is as good as the rafting itself, so do make this a priority if you wish to discover the naturally wild side of Croatia.
Canyoning via Split Adventure
White water rafting via Huck Finn Croatia