Active holidays in Croatia are getting more and more popular. Since the main tourist season is from end of June till end of August,  active travelers do intend to avoid this time of the year. The best months for hiking and cycling are April, May, June, September and October. For real nature lovers, Gorski kotar area is the best pick in terms of active holidays. This mountain jewel, just one hour from Zagreb and half an hour from the coast, is netted with biking trails through pristine nature. The best part of the area is the climate: summers are always fresh with crispy evenings and nights, and since not too popular, it is never overcrowded with tourists. Besides, since everything is nearby, you can go to the beach and return to the mountains the same day.

If you do live in Europe, and have a chance to book last minute flight tickets - you can check weather for Dalmatian area (coast and the islands between Split and Dubrovnik - which are 2 main airports on the coast) and have great long weekend any month of the year. Be aware of Bura - strong north easterly wind - which is quite cold and gusty. The best time for river and water sport activities are from the end of May till mid October. This would include sea kayaking, yacht or sail boat charter or escorted sailing tours, multisport trips and river adventures. 

Food:

Dalmatia has typical Mediterranean cuisine - which is one of the healthiest in the world. Olive oil, salads, garlic, parsley, fresh fish are just some of the highlights.  Most popular dishes are: grilled fish, squid, octopus salad, fish brodetto, pastica (beef marinated), Peka (meat or fish under the iron lid),
Istrian peninsula has quite similar food with amazing home made pasta (Surlice) and there is a lot of italian influence in their cuisine.  

Months of April and November are many times called off season - and you need to be aware that not all the restuatants on the islands will be open! 

Good outfitters in Dalmatia for bike rentals,cycling and multisport tours are Meridien Ten, for sailing and sea kayaking trips Hvar Adventure.

If you are kind of a do-it-yourself kind of a person, you will be able to find marked maps for hiking and cycling in all the tourist boards in a small towns , especially in Istria, but some of the trails might not be marked. If you are renting a sea kayak - always check weather forecast at www.meteo.hr . Ferry schedule: www.jadrolinija.hr