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Wildlife holidays in Croatia

Tell me about Croatia …

The Republic of Croatia (Hrvatska), part of the former Yugoslavia, is a crescent shaped country lying at the westernmost end of the Balkans and bordering the clear blue waters of the Adriatic Sea.

While tourism here is on the increase, Croatia is still largely overlooked by naturalists. However, we think Croatia is destined to become as popular with the bird watchers and botanists among us as some of its better known neighbours.

Croatia has a rich blend of cultures and history, archaeological ruins, superb scenery and a population of only 4.5 million people. In addition it has some lovely scenery and special wildlife.

Our Croatia specialist recommends

"Our Croatia & Slovenia - Spring in Istria tour visits the beautiful, unspoilt Istrian peninsula in search of the birds, flowers and butterflies of these two interesting and welcoming countries".

Kerrie Porteous
Operations Manager

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Featured Tours


Marbled Fritillary (Ian Small)Turquoise Blue (Ian Small)Male Spider - Philaeus Chrysops (Robert Godden)Southern Festoon (Robert Godden)Reverdin's Blue (Robert Godden)Red Helleborine (Robert Godden)Purple-shot Copper (Ian Small)Little Tiger Blue (Ian Small)Lesser Spotted Fritillary (Robert Godden)Leopard Snake (Robert Godden)Large Wall Brown (Robert Godden)Hungarian Skipper (Robert Godden)Hermit (Ian Small)Heath Fritillary (Ian Small)Great Sooty Satyr (Robert Godden)Dice Snake (Robert Godden)

Whats special about the wildlife?

Croatia lies on one of Europes main bird migration flyways and at the crossroads of four biogeographical regions.

In relation to its size, this small mountainous country has one of the most varied ranges of habitats and diverse assemblages of birds and plants of any in Europe.

Naturetrek tours to Croatia

Naturetrek offers specialist wildlife and natural history tours to Croatia: a pioneering 8-day tour to Dalmatia in search of birds, flowers & other wildlife, as well as a unique 8-day butterfly holiday.

What might I see?

  • Bird life of the limestone gorges in Krka National Park including raptors & hirundines
  • Spring flowers & and a wealth of woodland passerines
  • Wetland & migrant birds in Paklenica National Park including the endangered Pygmy Cormorant
  • We search for a wide range of Croatias 190 species of butterfly including Southern Festoon, Purple Emperor, Osiris Blue & Twin-spot Fritillary


My Naturetrek holiday was absolutely superb. My thanks go to Terry who is an excellent leader, very friendly and amazingly patient!

Butterflies of Croatia

I thoroughly enjoyed my week in Croatia and I will treasure the memories (and photos) of the scenery, the wildlife and the people. Terry is an excellent tour leader, with a very affable nature and a good sense of humour. I have had little experience of travelling 'alone' so I was glad to be met by someone who made me feel at ease straight away. The hotels were all run by very friendly, welcoming people.
Excellent guides, particularly Terry, who was so helpful and informative. I'd be very happy to be on a trip of his again.