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Want a bit more from your holiday in Croatia? The country is the perfect choice for wide range of activity holidays, a great and slightly different way of seeing the country whilst also taking on some new challenges! There is quite a choice of different sports that you can participate in - it's up to you to decide how active you want to be!

tip One of the easiest ways of booking yourself on a activity holiday is with Active Holidays Croatia. They offer 7- and 10-day holidays featuring a very wide range of activities - rafting, canoeing, canyoning, trekking, windsurfing, plus much more - and can tailor your holiday to your experience level and particular interest. See the link above for full details.

Walking/Hiking
Croatia is perfectly suited for walkers, and there are numerous interesting walks to be had across the country. The most picturesque ones tend to be those in the National Parks, such as Plitvice Lakes, Krka and Paklenica National Parks and on the islands of Brijuni and Mljet.

Those who are interested in something a bit more strenuous - hiking - may like to head to Mount Biokovo (above Makarska) and the Velebit mountains (northern Dalmatia).

Cycling
British company 2 Wheel Treks organise cycling holidays in Istria, Southern Dalmatia and the Makarska Riviera, on which you stay aboard a motor boat. After a morning spent cycling, you can decide whether to cycle again in the afternoon, or spend it cruising aboard the boat. Sounds delightful!

Skedaddle are another company that offer cycling holidays in Istria.

Tennis
Who can forget Goran Ivanisevic's classic triumph at Wimbledon in 2001? If you'd like to emulate at least a bit of his success, why not head to a tennis camp in Croatia? Unfortunately, you won't be able to have lessons from Goran himself, but there are good coaches and schools located at various places along the coast. One such place is Tennis Camp Umag, which is home to an ATP tennis event each summer. Many do not organise full package tours, so you must arrange your own travel arrangements.

Skiing
Over the years, we've received several enquiries from visitors about skiing in Croatia - no doubt prompted by the fantastic achievements of Croatian skiing stars Janica Kostelic and her brother Ivica. (Janica won 3 gold and 1 silver at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games at Salt Lake City, and a further 1 gold and 1 silver at the 2006 Games in Turin; Ivica won a silver medal at the 2006 Games, and two silver medals in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver - that's a lot of medals from the Kostelic family!) Unfortunately, we have to disappoint as Croatian skiing facilities cannot compare with those in nearby Slovenia, Austria and Italy. (Even Croatian skiers train in Austria!)

We wouldn't really recommend coming to Croatia for a skiing holiday. However, if you're in the country during the ski season, and a fancy having a go on the slopes, head to Bjelolasica, where the Croatian Olympic centre is located. Another popular skiing location is just north of Zagreb at Mount Sljeme.

Mount Sljeme hosts an annual skiing World Cup race, called the Snow Queen Trophy although it does host races for both male and female skiiers. Read a great article about it from the New York Times: Zagreb Is Set To Crown a New Queen of The Hill (3rd December 2006). If you're ever in Zagreb in January, try and attend the Snow Queen Trophy - it's a pretty exciting an unique event!

Diving
Diving is a very popular activity, as the sea is calm and beautifully clear. There are also quite a few ancient artefacts - both Greek and Roman - in the Adriatic sea. Diving courses are available, but if you're an experienced diver and don't need any courses, you'll still need to obtain a diving permit. There are also some restrictions on where you can and cannot dive. See Pro Diving Croatia for extensive information.

Cricket
Sure, not a sport that you'd immediately associate with Croatia - but it is one that is slowly growing in popularity in the country. Or, to be more precise, on the island of Vis! As of May 2008, cricket tours are due to start of 5/7/9-days duration that include at least a couple of games against Croatian opposition. (Including, of course, Vis CC.) See www.viscricket.com for further details.

Kiteboarding
Kiteboarding - a popular sport around the world - can be enjoyed in Bol on the island Brac. Kiteboarding is a surface water sport that uses the wind to pull a rider through the water on a small surfboard or a kiteboard (similar to a wakeboard). Generally, kiteboarding refers to a style of riding known as freestyle or wake-style, whereas kitesurfing is more "wave-riding" oriented.

Situated in one of the most beautiful locations on the Adriatic, near the Zlatni Rat beach on the island of Brac (where there are ideal weather conditions - steady wind all day throughout the season), is the Yellow Cat kiteboarding centre which has been up and running for over 8 years. The centre is home to an area that is solely used for the purpose of kiteboarding, and employs trained and very experienced staff. The company have 3- and 5-day courses for students of all levels, needs and preferences. You can also email the Yellow Cat kiteboarding centre: info@zutimacak.hr for further info.

Sailing
See our section on Sailing in Croatia.

Activities in Croatia
Croatian Sport Fishing Association
Orienteering in Croatia

Tour Operators
2 Wheel Treks
Val Tours
Active Holidays Croatia
Huck Finn
Yellow Cat
DuVine Adventures (Bike Tour)

dot Blue Bike (Bike tours of Zagreb)

Articles
New York Times (3.12.06)
Zagreb Is Set To Crown a New Queen of The Hill
(Skiing)

The Telegraph (4.9.06):
Open-water swimming in Dalmatia with SwimTrek

The Independent (10.07.04):
Long-distance swimming in the Adriatic with SwimTrek

The Sunday Times (16.05.04):
Different activities on the Croatian islands

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