Sports in Croatia
With beautiful beaches, lush fields and steep mountains, Croatia has just as many different sports to keep the locals active and energized as the country’s diverse terrain. Sports have played a significant role in Croatian culture. Passionate fans enjoy rooting for their local sports clubs as well as the national teams. So we recommend tourists attend game -- soccer or another Croatian pastime -- to witness the country’s competitive spirit firsthand. From picigin to water polo, here’s a list of must-see sports in Croatia.
If tennis is your racket, consider a resort along the western Opatija Riviera. The beach region became popular in the mid-1800s and is considered Croatia’s first tourist area. The Grand Hotel Adriatic and the Hotel Opatija both offer outdoor courts and trainers, as well as spas, seawater swimming pools and pet-friendly rooms.
Finally, if you visit Croatia but still miss home, the country fields an American football team, the Zagreb Thunder, which competes against Austria, Ireland, Britain and many other countries.