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Running in Croatia – Trail Running Alongside The Adriatic Sea

Unleash your inner adventurer and embark on a thrilling running journey through the stunning landscapes of Croatia. This Mediterranean gem offers a mesmerizing blend of ancient history, breathtaking coastal vistas, and captivating national parks, making it an ideal destination for runners seeking unforgettable experiences. Whether you crave coastal routes, mountain trails, or charming city paths, Croatia has it all. Lace up your running shoes and get ready to explore this runner’s paradise.

When to Run in Croatia

Croatia’s diverse climate provides opportunities for running all year round, but the best time to visit depends on your preferred running conditions. Spring (April to June) and autumn (September to October) offer mild temperatures, making them perfect for exploring coastal routes and city runs. The summer months of July and August can be hot, but the coastal regions offer refreshing sea breezes and picturesque trails. If you prefer cooler weather and scenic landscapes, winter running in the mountainous areas of Croatia, such as Plitvice Lakes National Park, can be a magical experience.

The Must Run Spots in Croatia

Begin your Croatian running adventure in the charming city of Dubrovnik. Explore the ancient walls surrounding the old town and take in breathtaking views of the Adriatic Sea as you run along the coastal promenade. For a unique trail running experience, head to Plitvice Lakes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Run amidst turquoise lakes, cascading waterfalls, and lush forests, immersing yourself in the park’s natural beauty.

Escape to the island of Hvar, where lavender fields, vineyards, and stunning coastal paths await. Run along the waterfront, breathe in the fresh sea air, and discover the hidden coves that dot the coastline. If you’re up for a challenge, conquer the Velebit Mountain Range in Northern Dalmatia. Explore the Paklenica National Park, where rugged trails lead you through deep canyons and towering cliffs, offering awe-inspiring vistas.

Run Travel Events in Croatia – 2023

Croatia Running Holidays


Vacation Races – Croatia – September 2 – 9, 2023 [SOLD OUT]

Explore the beauty of the Dalmatia region of Croatia in this 8-day all-inclusive running adventure. From trail runs and hikes that range from 7-12k to an island-hopping, chartered yacht experience, this is the way to travel!

Trail Run Adventures – Croatia Expedition – September 9 – 16, 2023

Spend the week living on a boat as you sail around the Dalmatia Region of Croatia as you take trips to explore the area’s great trails and rich history of life lived by the Adriatic Sea. 

Vacation Races – Croatia – September 23 – 30, 2023 [SOLD OUT]

Vacation Races – Croatia – September 30 – October 7, 2023 [SOLD OUT]

Rogue Expeditions – Run Alpe-Adria – September 31 – October 1, 2023

Run Travel Events in Croatia – 2024


Rogue Expeditions – Run Alpe-Adria – May 18 – 26, 2024

Get a taste of both Slovenia and Croatia (and a touch of Italy) with Rogue Expedition’s 9-day running tour, Run Alpe-Adria. From quiet trails through thick forests, lovely meadows, vineyards, alpine lakes and the electric-blue Soca River, this adventure is a feast for the eyes (and it’s a regular feast, too, with plenty of multi-course meals and wine from the region!).

From the Adriatic sea to the Julian Alps and with plenty of caves, castles, chalets, and villages in between, this is the European run adventure you’ve been waiting for.

Rogue Expeditions – Run Alpe-Adria – May 31 – June 1, 2024

Unleash Your Running Wanderlust

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