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Wildlife holidays in Croatia with Naturetrek
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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’ tour to Dalmatia goes in search of the birds, flowers and other wildlife of this beautiful and unspoilt region of Croatia."

Paul Stanbury
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)Zaton, Croatian coastVelebit (Gerard Gorman)Dorcadion arenariumCirl BuntingEuropean Bee-eater (Peter Gyure)Toothed OrchidSouthern FestoonBertolini's Orchid

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


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Butterflies of Croatia

Good variety of habitats. Excellent local guides knowledge.
My Naturetrek holiday was absolutely superb. My thanks go to Terry who is an excellent leader, very friendly and amazingly patient!
Good leaders. Terry was fun and made for a relaxing trip. Excellent locations with fabulous scenery and interesting wildlife. Not too much driving. A good group of fellow travellers. First hotel had a fabulous area at the back which was probably the best butterfly location of the trip.