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Horse Riding Holidays, Croatia

Croatia, located in South-Central Europe, is fast becoming a very popular and exciting holiday destination. With its diverse terrain of plains, lakes and rolling hills, it is ideally suited to horse riding enthusiasts. From the eastern plains to the western Adriatic coast, Croatia offers a blend of Balkan central European and Mediterranean cultures, having taken influences from Venice, Vienna, Belgrade and Istanbul. Croatia has more than a thousand islands, a beautiful coastline and the cleanest waters in the Mediterranean. It has everything you could want in a perfect holiday; mountains, lakes, waterfalls, rivers, buzzing cities and historic Venetian towns. The country is famous for its many national parks which are perfect for horse riders or keen walkers and cyclists.

In the days of the Yugoslavia Federation, Croatia was a highly valued region for its magnificent forests, clear water lakes, Adriatic beaches and the many islands of the Dalmatian archipelago. With the war ending many years ago, Croatia welcomes tourists with few visible signs of damage. The country is completely safe and journalists have christened Croatia the New Tuscany. New trends are aimed towards rural tourism and small family run hotels and cycling and horse riding are fast becoming popular tourist activities. Equestrian skills are shared and enjoyed throughout Croatia, as well as the breeding of horses for sport, hunting and work. Croatia has two climates. The coast enjoys a typically Mediterranean climate consisting of hot, dry, sunny weather during summer, and relatively mild, although sometimes wet, weather in winter. Further inland, expect a continental climate bringing cold winters with snow and very hot summer temperatures.

Croatia is home to eight national parks protecting the pristine wilderness in the form of mountains, forests and uninhabited islands. Whilst coastal resorts may be heaving in summer, it is always possible to escape to a deserted island or beach. Brown bears, wolves, lynx and wild boar inhabit Croatia’s national parks, particularly in the Gorski Kotar and Velebit mountain ranges and around the Plitvice Lakes. Whilst travelling on horseback through the plains and forests you will be able to see and learn about the habitats of birds, fish and game and the traditional and popular architecture of rural communities and homesteads. Trails are available in both the lush Istrian countryside as well as in the Dalmatia county. The historic town of Split is very local to two of our Croatian destinations and certainly well worth a visit.

See our horse riding holidays in Croatia below.


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Bosko's Ranch and Croatian Culture, Croatia

The Bosko
This friendly Croatian ranch offers varied riding in the countryside and their famous Krka Trail. They have well trained, forward-going horses to take you out along the Cetina river and across the lovely landscapes and there is also the option of fascinating cultural excursions. The Krka Trail is a beautiful adventure through the Croatian countryside where you can enjoy long canters, mountain climbs and even swimming with your horse in the river.


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Dalmatian Hinterland, Croatia

The Dalmatian Hinterland horse riding holiday, in Croatia
A based/stationary riding holiday in the Dalmatian Hinterland of Croatia. This ride is suitable for confident intermediate riders and above, happy to ride at all paces through varied scenery. This is a budget-friendly but welcoming destination for those looking for a rural adventure.


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Linden Tree Retreat & Ranch, Croatia

The Linden Tree Retreat & Ranch horse riding holiday, in Croatia
Linden Tree Retreat & Ranch is an award-winning, authentic guest ranch situated inside the UNESCO Velebit Mountain Biosphere Reserve in Croatia. This friendly ranch and "restorative retreat" is small and privately owned, open all year to guests from around the world and with a focus on unique horsemanship alongside a high level of comfort and service. They offer a range of daily activities to suit all the family and also have a special riding programme available once a year, the 'Ultimate Cowboy Adventure', for those who want to explore this beautiful region from the saddle in more depth. The ranch is run with a focus on sustainable development and in accordance with their own concept known as CIDER: Community, Integrity, Development, Evolution and Responsibility.


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Magic of Istria, Croatia

The Magic of Istria horse riding holiday, in Croatia
Istria provides a wonderful setting for horse riding due to its charming landscapes, comfortable climate and the warm hospitality that guests receive. Your guides, Zeljko & Vanja, and their enthusiastic, skilled team have many years of experience in horse riding and trail guiding. Here you can sample traditional cuisine, meet local people and enjoy the company of a great horse and new friends! We have loved Croatia for many years and we have been ourselves so we know its great.


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