Croatia is experiencing a wave of blistering heat. At 33° (91°F) in Dubrovnik, 35° (95°F) in Split and 34° (93°F) in Pula, frying your eggs on the pavement is a real possibility in most of the country. Of course, you could head to the beach, but here are some other ways to keep your cool
Beat the Heat in Dubrovnik
Onofrio Ice Bar
After a walk around Dubrovnik’s walls, duck into this small ice bar next to the Onofrio fountain and get your chill on. Facebook page.
No need to trudge around town or wait for a bus. The town has now added a local boat service to its public transport options. Called “vaporetto”, this boat can whisk you from Gruz harbour to Lapad, the Old Town and even out to Lokrum Island. Read more.
Elaphiti Islands Tour
Catch the sea breezes with a day cruise around the beautiful Elaphiti Islands. These lush islands lie just offshore from Dubrovnik and you can see all of them on a pre-booked cruise. Book now.
Beat the Heat in Split
Dinner in the Sky
Nibbling on the creations of Split’s finest chefs while gazing down at the city from a dining table in the “sky” is both cooling and memorable. The table is suspended from a height of 65m, far above the heat. Read more.
The woodsy hill on Split’s north side is the perfect spot to clean the lungs and freshen the spirit. There are beaches at the foot of the hill and a network of shady trails that lead to the top. Read more.
Hvar, Vis and Blue Cave Tour
Escaping the city to swim, picnic and explore an island or two is a Croatian tradition. This cruise is by speedboat and includes the spectacular “blue grotto” near Vis island plus a stop on the island and a trip to Hvar. Book now.
Gorgeous Krka Waterfalls National Park is its own cooling station with splashing cascades, lakes, ponds and the Krka River. Explore independently or on a tour. Read more.
Beat the Heat in Istria
Keep cool in Aquacolors Waterpark? Just 2km south of Porec, this vast waterpark has 17 adrenaline-inspiring rides, a kiddie pool, a wave pool and lots of greenery. It’s great family fun! Read more.
Also near Porec is this chilly cave, one of the few that’s open to the non-speleological public. In addition to the rock formations, there are special exhibits highlighting local culture and history. Read more.