11 Best Autumn Walks in Croatia

Motovun | © sn6200/Flickr
Peterjon Cresswell

Wooded Istria, Croatia, beckons the active walker in autumn. With temperatures reasonably mild until November (longer in Dalmatia), you can enjoy hikes through primeval beech forest, along former narrow-gauge railway tracks and down trails where dinosaurs once stomped.

Labin to Raša

Far less frequented than Rovinj, Poreč and Novigrad, Istria’s east coast has its own attractions, two being the pretty town of Labin, tucked just inland, and the bizarre destination of Raša. The distance between them is 4.5 kilometres (2.7 miles), an ideal stretch for an autumn morning’s stroll. A traipse through plentiful foliage in autumn colours culminates in the culture shock of the former mining community of Raša, built by Mussolini in functionalist style in the 1930s.


1. Krka


Krka National Park
© Hotice Hsu/Flickr
Many have seen the money shot of Krka, the lagoon of Skradinski buk backdropped by stunning cascades, but this national park contains a number of hiking trails that allow you to take in all its natural beauty while on the move. One path starts at Stinice and runs for eight kilometres (five miles) to the famous waterfall of Roški slap, taking in splendid panoramas and passing the rustic village of Malenice.

2. Medvednica

Forest, Park

Medvednica | © Miroslav Vajdic/Flickr
© Miroslav Vajdic/Flickr
Medvednica, just outside Zagreb, was made for hiking. A gentle hilly expanse of forest, mainly beech trees, criss-crossed by trails and dotted with mountain huts where traditional hot food is served, Medvednica may reward the dedicated walker with bean soup and a warming drink after a hard morning’s “yomping.” The city’s tram and bus network runs to the foothills – maps and information are provided at the visitor centre at Bliznec.


Modern-day attempts to revive the former narrow-gauge railway known as the Parenzana have also brought to life a programme of activities around various sections of its course between Trieste in Italy and Poreč on the Istrian coast. These involve a number of hiking and cycling trails, some passing through its tunnels, most past former stations since converted into homes or workshops. As well as providing an interesting historic backdrop, the locale allows active visitors to admire the likes of Buje, Grožnjan and Motovun in a different light.


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