10 Best Places to Visit in Croatia

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10 Best Places to Visit in Croatia

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Located in the Balkans, Croatia has become one of Europa’s top tourist destination again since its War of Independence in the late 1990s. Like much of Europe, Croatia boasts its share of medieval cities and historic ruins, but what makes this country exceptional is its wealth of stunning natural attractions such as the Plitvice Lakes, the spectacular Adriatic coastlines and gorgeous islands. An overview of the best places to visit in Croatia.

10. Krka National Park

Krka National Park

 

Located in Central Dalmatia of Croatia, the Krka National Park is a protected area of spectacular natural scenery, wildlife and historic sites. Situated along the Krka River within Sibinik-Knin County, the national park is best known for its numerous gushing waterfalls and natural pools of clear, blue-green waters. Easily reached from Split, the national park offers well-maintained walkways and boat excursions for getting around. Many trails lead right around the waterfalls, presenting fabulous photo opportunities. Some of the falls plunge into natural pools, which are great for swimming

9. Zagreb 

Zagreb

 

The capital and largest city of Croatia, Zagreb is a vibrant metropolis packed with both historic and modern attractions. Located in northwestern Croatia, the city dates back to the 11th century when a diocese was first established by Hungarian King Ladislaus. Today, Zargreb is a sprawling cosmopolitan city and the heart of Croatian culture, academics and government. The city is divided into an Upper and Lower Town, with Upper Town being the historic core where tourists can walk down cobblestone streets and visit old, medieval churches and towers.

8. Korcula 

Korcula

 

Best known as the alleged birthplace of the famous merchant traveler, Marco Polo, Korcula is a 30-mile (50 km) island located off Croatia’s Adriatic Coast. Korcula is comprised of lush green forests, vineyards, olive groves, sandy beaches and charming villages. The island’s main town, Korucla Town, is a historic, walled town with Venetian Renaissance architecture, colorful markets and plenty of tourist facilities.

7. Pula

Pula

 

Located at the southern tip of the Istria peninsula in the Adriatic Sea, Pula is a popular destination that has been attracting tourists as far back as ancient Roman times when fans flocked the city’s amphitheater to watch gladiator fights. Having been ruled by various government powers over the centuries, Pula today belongs to Croatia, and is best known for its wealth of Roman ruins and mix of cultures.

6. Zadar

Zadar

 

A three thousand-year old city situated on a beautiful coastline rich in history is sure to draw tourists. Such a city is Zadar, located on Croatia’s northern Dalmatian Coast. Zadar could be called the ideal tourist getaway because it offers plenty to see and do without all the crowds of other popular destinations in Croatia. At the heart of the city is its Old Town which offers fantastic sightseeing attractions including Roman ruins, medieval architecture and numerous old churches. Besides the Old Town, tourists will find a string of beautiful beaches all along Zadar’s coastline where they can sunbathe, swim and relax.

5. Rovinj 

Rovinj

 

Located on Croatia’s Istrian peninsula in the Adriatic Sea, Rovinj is an archipelago of 20 islands with its Old Town set on a small peninsula. Narrow streets of cobblestone, stairways, arches and other interesting architecture make the Old Town a sightseeing adventure. Some of the Old Town’s historic gems include seven medieval city gates, the 12th century town clock and St. Euphemia’s Basilica, an imposing baroque church packed with many stunning art works. Also worth seeing are the scenic harbor, Carrera Street with its many shops and art galleries, and Grisia Street, which is lined with artists and souvenir vendors.

4. Split 

Split

 

Nicknamed the “Mediterranean Flower,” Croatia’s second-largest city, Split, is located on a peninsula off the Dalmatian Coast. The city’s main attraction is its historic core of beautiful Gothic and Renaissance architecture of which the Diocletian’s Palace is the crown jewel. Built between 298 and 305 AD, this Roman Emperor palace complex is more like a small city itself with a maze of marble walkways and buildings containing shops, cafes and bars. Outside the historic center, tourists will find plenty to see and do including strolling along the seaside promenade, shopping at the lively Green Market and swimming at Bacvice beach.

 

3. Plitvice National Park

Plitvice Lakes

 

One of the most beautiful natural wonders in Croatia and all of Europe, the Plitvice National Park consists of several breathtaking lakes, waterfalls and lush forest. The park’s most notable features are the 16 interconnecting lakes that are divided into upper and lower clusters. Formed by natural travertine dams, the lakes range in distinct colors from turquoise to blue, green and gray. Visitors can explore the lakes and surrounding area by walking along the assortment of wooden walkways as well as by boat.

2. Hvar 

Hvar

 

One of the most popular places to visit in Croatia and in the Adriatic Sea, Hvar is a beautiful Croatian island off the Dalmatian Coast, favored for its landscapes of spectacular beaches, lavender fields and lush vineyards. Hvar’s main city, Hvar Town, is an attractive city, featuring 13th century walls, marble stone streets, Gothic palaces, stunning churches and an imposing old fortress. The town square is one of Croatia’s largest and most beautiful, surrounded by many historic building like the 17th century Arsenal and the Cathedral of St. Stephen. The natural beauty of Hvar offers plenty of outdoor recreation, from hiking in the cliffs to swimming in the secluded coves and beaches.

1. Dubrovnik 

#1 of Best Places To Visit In Croatia

 

Nicknamed the “Pearl of the Adriatic,” the old city of Dubrovnik is one of the prominent places to visit in the Mediterranean. Located at the southern tip of Croatia off the Adriatic Sea, Dubrovnik was established in the 7th century on maritime trade. With orange rooftop houses sitting in contrast to the blue sky, Dubrovnik presents many sightseeing treasures. The historic district, the Old Town, is stuffed with many historic features such as the old, defensive walls, cobblestone streets, magnificent palaces and stunning churches. Just outside the Old Town are popular beaches like Banje and Lapad, while the nearby island of Lokrum offers even more beaches.

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10 Most Amazing Destinations in South Croatia

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It’s not surprising that travelers are flocking to south Croatia. This area within Dalmatia boasts stunning pebbled beaches, many lovely islands, beautiful mountains, excellent wineries and amazing ancient ruins. South Croatia has also been drawing in fans of the uber-popular HBO series, “Game of Thrones” since many of the show’s filming sites can be found in Dubrovnik — Croatia’s best known city — as well as the city of Split. Croatia is also an excellent place for active travelers. Cycling, kayaking and sailing are just some of the many popular activities you can enjoy while in beautiful southern Dalmatia.

10. Omis

Omis

 

This small town, which is located at the mouth of the Cetina River, has a colorful past. During the 12th and 13th centuries, it was home to notorious pirates who would attack passing ships and then retreat up the river with their prizes. Today, pirates still play a large role in Omis — not as mercenaries, but as tourist experiences. During August, there is a Pirate Festival and all during the summer months, there is a weekly pirate night. Of course, there is more to Omis than just pirates. The area around this town is an active traveler’s paradise. Some of the activities that you can engage in around Omis include windsurfing, rafting, cycling and free climbing. Omis is also home to a number of historical sites, such as the 13th-century Mirabella fortress, and beautiful old churches.
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9. Cavtat

Cavtat

 

Lovely Cavtat, which is located on the wooded Rat peninsula about 45 minutes south from Dubrovnik, has long been a retreat for Croatia’s rich and famous. Today, this charming city is also growing as a tourist destination for non-Croatians, wooing travelers with gorgeous old buildings that date back to the time of the old Dubrovnik Republic as well as the ancient ruins of other settlements. Among the most popular sights in Cavtat is the Church of St. Nicholas, which features works from the town’s most famous painter, Vlaho Bukovac. Cavtat also has a pretty seaside promenade where you can enjoy a bite to eat while admiring the beauty of the clear blue sea.
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8. Ston

Ston

 

In medieval times, salt was a very important element. And Ston was and is a salt-producing village located on an isthmus that connects mainland Croatia with the Peljesac Peninsula. To protect this small village and its prized salt, construction of an impressive 7-km (4-mile) long wall began in 1333. These medieval walls, which stretch from Ston to the small village of Mali Ston, are actually much longer than those belonging to its more famous neighbor Dubrovnik. They are, in fact, the longest defensive structure in Europe and they are sometimes referred to as the European wall of China. Although the wall once boasted 40 towers, only 20 remain today. The Ston area is also home to oyster beds that are said to produce some of the best tasting oysters in the world.
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7. Brac

Brac

 

If you prefer an authentic experience over a glitzy one, you’ll want to put Brac on your Croatia itinerary. This island, which is the third largest of the Adriatic islands, boasts some very beautiful stretches of sand. In fact, Brac is home to one of the best known beaches in Croatia, Zlatni Rat, which is located near Bol and extends into the sea like a finger. Brac has also earned a reputation for the excellent olive oils that are produced on this island, so make sure to try at least a little taste before you depart this isle.
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6. Makarska Riviera

Makarska Riviera

 

If you’re searching for sandy beaches in south Croatia, head to the Makarska Rivera. This gorgeous stretch of coastline, which is a popular playground for Europeans, lies between Brela and Gradac and is dotted with both old and new villages. And the Makarska Riviera is also one of the few places in Croatia where you can find sandy beaches in addition to the more common pebbled beaches. The picturesque area is named for its main town, Makarska, which is tucked into a sheltered bay on the Adriatic Sea. Rising dramatically behind Makarska is Mount Biokovo, the second highest mountain in Croatia and a fun place to take a hike or to go mountain biking.
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5. Trogir

Trogir

 

Located on a small island, compact Trogir boasts a well-preserved Romanesque-Gothic Old Town. First settled in the 3rd century, Trogir contains many can’t-miss sites, including numerous palaces, a fortress, and the stunning Church of St. Lawrence — in Croatian, Katedrala Sv. Lovre. A climb to the top of this church’s tower will reward you with one of the best views of the surrounding area. And because Trogir’s Old Town is small, it is very walkable. Another popular place for a stroll? Trogir’s wide waterfront promenade.

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4. Split

Split

 

Split is a bustling city, the second largest in Croatia. For many years, Split, which is located in central Dalmatia, was mainly known as a transport hub and a great place from which to explore the various islands in the area, including Brac. Today, however, travelers are discovering that this coastal Mediterranean city has a lot to offer. Split’s best-known attraction is Diocletian’s Palace. This large and sprawling complex dates back to Roman times and houses more than 200 homes. Split is also home to the Cathedral of St. Domnius, a beautifully preserved church. Like Dubrovnik, this gorgeous city has served as a backdrop for the “Game of Thrones” television series.

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3. Korcula

Korcula

 

Did you know that Dubrovnik has a baby sister of sorts? If you travel to the island of Korcula and visit the Old Town of the same name, you will discover an enchanting mini version of Dubrovnik, complete with medieval squares and palaces. Some people even refer to Korcula Town as Little Dubrovnik. The long and narrow island, which is covered in dense woods, is also said to be the birthplace to Marco Polo, the famous explorer — although the Italians are apparently unhappy about this claim. Korcula is also known for its exquisite white wines. So if you love a good vino, make sure to check out Korcula’s vineyards so you can sample some of this island’s wonderful wines.
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2. Hvar

Hvar

 

You don’t have to be young, rich or famous to enjoy Hvar but, of course, it doesn’t hurt if you want to fit in with this island’s other visitors. Some of the celebrities spotted recently in Hvar include superstars Jay-Z and Beyonce and Prince Harry. So what is it about Hvar that attracts the mega-rich and the mega-famous? Well, for one thing, Hvar claims to enjoy the most sun of all of Croatia’s islands. Then there’s the island’s capital, Hvar Town, which is famous for its medieval streets and exciting nightlife. But it’s not just a party island. Hvar is also known for its lovely lavender fields, caves and interesting attractions, such as its 16th century fort, Fortica, and a Franciscan Monastery and Museum.
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1. Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik

 

Dubrovnik is not Croatia’s capital, nor is it the largest city in the country. But it is, arguably, Croatia’s most famous destination. It is also one of its most gorgeous cities. Known as the Pearl of the Adriatic, this stunning city’s walled Old Town boasts marble streets and is famous for its white buildings crowned by orange roofs. Strolling through Old Town Dubrovnik is a feast for the eyes, as you’ll pass by gorgeous, well-preserved structures from the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque periods. As if that wasn’t enough beauty to behold, Dubrovnik is also situated on the electric blue Adriatic Sea — a simply stunning backdrop to an already stunning city.

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10 Best Beaches in Croatia

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With more than a thousand islands and a deeply indented coast that adds up to 3,600 miles of shoreline, it’s no surprise that Croatia boasts a seemingly countless number of beautiful beaches. Esteemed for their scenic beauty for centuries, beaches in Croatia have become increasingly popular since the country’s independence, and Croatia’s entrance into the European Union in 2013 means that island-hopping and beach explorations are easier than ever before. While Croatia has some lovely sandy beaches, most are covered with water-smoothed pebbles or gravel. It’s the clear blue, temperate waters of the Adriatic Sea and the awe-inspiring views of the rocky, verdant shores that make the best beaches in Croatia such attractive travel destinations.

10. Omis Beach 

Omis Beach

 

Long, wide stretches of golden sand are the main attraction of Omis Beach. Located in the seaside town of Omni on the length of coastline known as the Omis Riviera, the beach is dotted with pine and tamarisk trees planted to form a natural promenade. Omis Beach owes its soft sand to the Cetina River, which replenishes the otherwise rocky shoreline with sand each year. The canyons cut by the river through the region’s mountains form a dramatic backdrop for this scenic beach.

9. Banje Beach

Banje Beach

 

Located in the extreme south coast of Croatia, Dubrovnik is one the country’s top travel destinations, in part because of the city’s many beaches. Banja Beach, located to the east of the city’s Old Town district, is particularly popular. The pebble beach is surrounded by some of Dubrovnik’s best hotels and is equipped with all the amenities that upscale travelers expect, including deck chairs, umbrellas and ranging rooms equipped with showers. The beach favored by celebrities is a great in-town spot to enjoy water sports like jet skiing and paragliding too.

8. Dubovica Beach

Dubovica Beach

 

Located on the popular southern coast of Hvar Island, Dubovica is the island’s largest beach. Only a short drive from the town of Milna, the pebble beach is sheltered in an emerald green lagoon set against a small cluster of historic stone houses nestled among rolling hills. Limited parking helps keep this beach from becoming crowded. The calm, crystal clear water invites undersea exploration, making snorkeling is a popular activity. As one of the sunniest spots in Europe, sunbathers flock to Hvar’s picture-perfect beaches as well.

 

7. Makarska Beach

Makarska

 

Stretching nearly 65 km (40 miles) between the cities of Makarska and Split is the region of the Dalmation Coast known as the Makarska Riviera. Nestled among the foothills of the soaring Mount Biokovo, the town of Makarska features a sheltered bay rimmed with pebbled beaches. The town’s main beach arcs along a promenade shaded by palm trees and bordered by chic cafés, upscale restaurants and shops. The family-friendly beach features peddle-boat and jet-ski rentals for adventurous activities on the sparkling blue sea.

 

6. Stara Baska 

Stara Baska

 

Situated on the southwest coast of the Island of Krk, Stara Baska is a small Croatian village situated at the end of the island’s main road. Once known for its locally grown and milled wheat, today, Baska’s major draw is the pebbly beach located around one mile from town. The beach lies in the sheltered cove of Oprna Bay. By foot, the beach is accessed by hiking down a steep path. While there are facilities at the Skrila campsite located above the beach, there’s nothing more than a small bar on the beach itself, so visitors must trek in their own supplies. The beach can also be reached by boat from Stara Baska.

5. Queen’s Beach

Queen's Beach

 

Queen’s Beach, or Kraljicina Plaza, is a beach located in the town of Nin in northern Dalmatia. Sandy beaches in Croatia aren’t common along the country’s rocky coastline, and those that stretch for miles are even more rare, which explains the enormous popularity of Queen’s Beach. Another feature that’s made this beach a favorite is the peloid mud found in the shallow areas of Nin’s lagoon. Prized as an effective treatment for sore joints and muscles, people come from all over Europe to slather themselves in mud and relax in the sun. The wind-swept beach is a popular destination for kite and wind surfing as well.

4. Sveti Ivan

Sveti Ivan

 

Sveti Ivan, or Saint John, is the most famous beach on Cres Island. It’s located at the foot of the picturesque village of Lubenice, an ancient fort city built almost entirely of stone. The beach is a favorite stopping spot for yachts at sea. By land, the beach is accessible only by foot, but the scenic 45-minute descent to the sheltered beach is part of its attraction. Visitors follow red arrows to reach the snow-white pebble beach and crystal-clear water. The climb back up takes around one and a half hours.

3. Punta Rata 

Punta Rata

 

Located in the small town of Brela around 14 km (9 miles) to the north of Makarska on the Dalmation Coast, Punta Rata is a resort beach that’s valued as much for its amenities and facilities as it is for its picturesque beauty. Surrounded by groves of olive and fig trees, Brela provides a pretty backdrop for this gently sloping beach. Lifeguards, sports facilities and a promenade lined with restaurants and coffee shops make this beach a family favorite, perfect for wading.

2. Rajska Plaza

Rajska Plaza

 

Located on the Island of Rab at the resort village of Lopar, Rajska Plaza, or Paradise Beach, is one of the most famous beaches in the Adriatic. Unlike the clothing-option beaches that have garnered Rab a reputation as an ideal destination for naturists, Rajska Plaza is known as a perfect place to spend a family vacation. Visitors can wade out into the calm and shallow waters for nearly half of a mile without getting their heads wet. It’s also one of the few sandy beaches on Croatia’s rocky islands.

1. Zlatni Rat

#1 of Best Beaches In Croatia

 

The Island of Brac is best known for the beach Zlatni Rat, which lies on the island’s southern coast to the west of the postcard-pretty town of Bol. Currents in the surrounding Hvar Channel have shaped this one-of-a-kind beach into a narrow, elongated “spit” of land that extends around 450 meters (1,500 feet) into the clear blue sea. Sunbathers on the narrow white pebble beach enjoy views of the sea on both sides. Views of the shore are just as stunning. Roman ruins peek out of groves of pine trees set against the soaring beauty of Vidova Mountain, the highest peak in the Adriatic islands.

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10 Top Tourist Attractions in Croatia

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With its rocky, indented shore and more than a thousand islands, Croatia boasts one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline that Europe has to offer. In addition, many of Croatia’s coastal towns and cities have a fascinating history and are filled with the historical remains of Roman and Venetian times. A list of the top tourist attractions in Croatia.

10. Gornji Grad 

Gornji Grad

 

Gornji Grad is the medieval core of Zagreb and translates as Upper Town. It developed as two separate towns, Kaptol, the seat of the Bishop, and Gradec, the free town where tradesmen and artisans lived. The towns merged in the 1770s to form the northern section of historic Zagreb. The focal point of Gornji Grad is the square around St. Mark’s Church, the parish church of Old Zagreb.

9. Euphrasian Basilica 

Euphrasian Basilica

 

The 6th century Euphrasian Basilica is the top attraction of Poreč, a 2,000 year old town in Istria. It is one of the best examples of early Byzantine architecture in the Mediterranean region and, for the most part, has retained its original shape, though accidents, fires and earthquakes have altered a few details. The present basilica was built on the site of an older basilica during the period of Bishop Euphrasius. The wall mosaics were executed by Byzantian masters and the floor mosaics by local experts.

8. Mljet

Mljet

 

The island of Mljet is one of the larger islands off the coast of Southern Croatia. With 72% of the island covered by forests and the rest dotted by fields, vineyards and small villages, Mljet is a perfect place to relax. The island contains two salt lakes, Veliko and Malo Jezero, that are located at the western end of the island. In the middle of Veliko Jezero, there is a small island with an old Benedictine monastery.

7. Diocletian’s Palace

Diocletian's Palace

 

Diocletian’s Palace in Split was built by the Roman emperor Diocletian in preparation for his retirement. He lived out his retirement in his palace tending to his vegetable gardens. After the Romans abandoned the site, the Palace remained empty for several centuries. In the 7th century nearby residents fled to the walled palace to escape invading barbarians. Since then the palace has been occupied, with residents making their homes and businesses within the palace basement and directly in its walls. Today many restaurants and shops, and some homes, can still be found within the walls.

6. Pula Arena 

Pula Arena

 

The amphitheater in Pula is the sixth largest surviving Roman arena and one of the best preserved Roman monuments in Croatia. The Pula Arena was built around the 1st century AD and could seat over 26,000 spectators. In the 15th century many stones were taken from the amphitheater to build houses and other structures around Pula, but fortunately this practice was stopped before the whole structure was destroyed. Today it is a popular Croatia attraction and used to host a variety of festivals and performances during the summer months.

5. Korcula

Korcula

 

The sixth largest Croatian island, Korcula is separated from the mainland by a narrow strait. The island’s capital is also called Korcula. Nicknamed”Little Dubrovnik”, this ancient city is among the most beautiful towns on the Croatian coast and is known for its unique architecture. One of the main attractions is the alleged house of birth of Marco Polo. The biggest and the most beautiful building of Korcula is the Cathedral of St. Marco, built in Gothic-Renaissance style and completed in the 15th century.

4. Rovinj 

Rovinj

 

Rovinj is one of the most picturesque towns in the Mediterranean. With its pastel-colored houses clustered together on steep winding streets it is a great place to wonder around. Rovinj is still an active fishing port and visitors can take a boat to the lovely offshore islands. The area around Rovinj has been described as an “outstanding scenic wonder” because of the pristine beauty of the indented coastline and its forests.

3. Hvar

Hvar

 

Island Hvar and especially Hvar town is one of the most popular attractions in Croatia. Olive groves, fruit orchards, and lavender fields make up a large part of the agricultural landscape. Hvar town, set in a picturesque natural bay, with the Pakleni island chain protecting it to the south, is a popular port for yachts sailing around the Adriatic, especially in the summer months. Starigrad, the oldest village on the island, and Jelsa, as well as a smattering of small villages, dotting the coast or nestled in the lush interior are also well worth a visit.

2. Plitvice Lakes

Plitvice Lakes

 

The Plitvice Lakes are considered to be one of the most beautiful natural destinations in Europe. Due to its natural beauty and significance, this system of 16 interlinked lakes and a large forest complex around it were set aside as a national park in 1949. The beautiful Plitvice Lakes are famous for their unique colors, including azure, green, blue, and gray. The area around the lakes is home to an extremely wide variety of animal and bird species. Rare fauna such as the European brown bear, wolf, eagle, owl, and lynx can be found here, along with many more common species.

1. Dubrovnik 

#1 of Tourist Attractions In Croatia

 

Nicknamed “Pearl of the Adriatic”, Dubrovnik is one of the most prominent tourist attractions in Croatia and the Mediterranean. The walled city was built on maritime trade. In the Middle Ages it became the only city-state in the Adriatic to rival Venice and achieved a remarkable level of development during the 15th and 16th centuries. Dubrovnik is steeped in stunning architecture and sculptural detail, and boasts spectacular churches, monasteries, museums, fountains and the famous walls that surround the old city.


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10 Best Beach Resorts in Croatia

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The Central European country of Croatia boasts a long and scenic coastline along the Adriatic Sea. It is a top travel spot for Europeans in search of a beach getaway, and many travelers from around the world are discovering the appeal of Croatia’s coast. As a result, there are lots of fantastic beach resorts to choose from in Croatia. Many offer access to the Adriatic, excellent amenities and breathtaking views. If you’re planning an upcoming beach getaway, choose one of these stunning beach resorts in Croatia for a luxurious and memorable experience.

10. Hotel Bellevue Dubrovnik

Hotel Bellevue Dubrovnik

 

Just minutes from the medieval city walls of Dubrovnik is the Hotel Bellevue. The hotel is located on a cliff that overlooks the Adriatic, and many of the rooms offer private glass balconies with views right onto the water. There is a private beach just for guest use, and there is also a heated indoor pool, a steam room, a hot tub and a sauna. You can enjoy fresh seafood, or you can unwind with a delicious meal at one of the two onsite restaurants found within the hotel.

9. Hotel Amabilis

Hotel Amabilis

 

The Luxury Hotel Amabilis in the village of Selce is a sleek and contemporary structure that overlooks the Adriatic Sea. The rooms are chic and modern, featuring amenities like flat-screen television, wireless Internet and even upgrades like terraces or sea-view balconies. The hotel is located next to the Muzej Grada Crikvenice, and visitors can cycle or take a taxi to the nearby Crikvenica Beach. Chic Mediterranean style restaurants boast floor-to-ceiling glass to take advantage of the spectacular view. You can also enjoy fantastic amenities like bars, a fitness facility and a spectacular spa.

8. Hotel Excelsior Dubrovnik

Hotel Excelsior Dubrovnik

 

The Hotel Excelsior is housed in a manor that dates back to 1913. Boasting views of the Adriatic as well as the Old Town of Dubrovnik, the hotel is a stunning way to step back in time. While the hotel itself boasts plenty of history and heritage, guests will enjoy modern amenities. You’ll appreciate the flat-screen televisions, designer toiletries and 24/7 room service. There’s also a private beach for exclusive guest use, three amazing eateries on the property, an indoor pool, a spa and a full fitness facility.

7. Le Meridien Lav Split

Le Meridien Lav Split

 

On a private beach just a few miles from the city of Split, you’ll find Le Meridien Lav Split. This Croatian resort is designed for upscale relaxation, and it boasts the incredible Diocletian Spa and Wellness Centre, which is packed with saunas, steam rooms, meditation rooms, a fitness center and a range of pampering treatments. If you’re excited about recreational activities, you can choose from four championship courts in the onsite Tennis Academy or sailing and scuba diving at the Water Sports Centre.

6. Hotel Croatia Cavtat

Hotel Croatia Cavtat

 

Just 20 minutes outside of the hustle and bustle of Dubrovnik is the Hotel Croatia Cavtat, which is situated on a beach overlooking the Adriatic Sea. This is an upscale hotel, and the bright white architecture is modern but with plenty of Mediterranean influences. Polished rooms offer private balconies and terraces, and some suites even include living and dining rooms as well. Guests will love dining at five private restaurants on the property, not to mention the indoor pool, two private beaches and the extensive spa facilities.

5. Amfora Hvar Grand Beach Resort

Amfora Hvar Grand Beach Resort

 

Less than a 15-minute walk from the Hvar Ferry Terminal and the Hvar Cathedral is the Amfora Hvar Grand Beach Resort. Overlooking both the Adriatic Sea and the Paklinski Islands, the resort offers breathtaking waterfront views. Rooms are stylish and contemporary, and upgraded suites offer bonuses like balconies with sea views. All guests will have access to the outdoor pool, the rooftop gym, the 1930s-themed beach club and several onsite drinking and dining options.

4. Park Plaza Verudela Pula

Park Plaza Verudela Pula

 

A mere four-minute walk to the beach, the Park Plaza Verudela Pula is a large and beautiful resort. The rooms at the hotel are modern and comfortable, offering amenities like satellite television and kitchenettes. The resort is large, boasting shops, cafes and even a supermarket where you can pick up a few grocery items for your stay. You can swim in the outdoor pools, tee off at the fun minigolf course or play a game of tennis or racquetball with friends. Diving and snorkeling can also be arranged right from the hotel.

3. Falkensteiner Club Funimation Borik

Falkensteiner Club Funimation Borik

 

Less than a mile from the Venetian and Roman ruins in the city of Zadar is the Falkensteiner Club Funimation Borik. This resort is all-inclusive, delivering great value along with a memorable getaway experience. Bright rooms with natural sunlight are comfortable and modern, but the facilities at the hotel are the main attraction. A full spa is the perfect place to unwind, and you’ll also have access to indoor and outdoor pools, waterslides, a fitness center, tennis courts and special supervised programs for kids. The Falkensteiner Club Funimation Borik is a especially popular spot for families.

2. Valamar Dubrovnik President Hotel

Valamar Dubrovnik President Hotel

 

This high-end resort just outside of Dubrovnik is the place to be during the summer. As a seasonal resort, the Valamar Dubrovnik President Hotel is incredibly popular during the warmer months of the year. The terraced building means that many of the rooms boast private balconies with views of the Adriatic. Beach access is just steps from your room, and there is also a gym, an indoor pool and a spa. Guests love the complimentary breakfast buffet available in the onsite restaurant, which provides sea views with your morning meal.

1. Hotel Dubrovnik Palace

#1 of Best Beach Resorts In Croatia

 

The beachfront Hotel Dubrovnik Palace is exactly what the name suggests: A modern-day palace right on the beach. The hotel is sophisticated, and the decor is tasteful and elegant. Most rooms boast balconies or terraces, and the larger rooms and suites also offer private living rooms and whirlpool tubs. Complimentary breakfast is served each morning with a sea view, and the 10th floor is home to a healthy restaurant with lots of fresh local fruits and vegetables. There is also a high-end spa, a large fitness facility and indoor as well as outdoor pools.


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10 Best Croatian Islands

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Just off the coast of Croatia, you will find a stunning array of beautiful islands, each offering its own unique array of attractions and sights. There are over a thousand Croatian islands varying in size from small rocks in the sea to Cres island, which is the 20st largest island in the Mediterranean. An overview of Croatia’s most sought-after islands.

10. Krk

Krk

 

Often referred to as the ‘golden island,’ Krk is the nearest of the Croatian islands to Western Europe. It is actually connected to the mainland via a bridge, making it easily accessible. Visitors to Krk will find that this delightful island boasts a wide array of landscapes. While the northern end of the island is almost barren, the southern tip of the island offers gentle bays. In the inland area, rocky hills and fertile fields provide the ideal backdrop for cultivating grapes. Popular activities on Krk include scuba diving, jet skiing, waterskiing, and paragliding.

9. Rab

Rab

 

The island of Rab is situated just off the northern coast of Croatia. One of the most densely wooded of the Croatian islands; Rab is home to a wide array of botanical life, including non-native plants. Among the most popular attractions on Rab is Komrcar Park, home to numerous plants and trees, including a 100-year old agave. Due to the presence of more than 300 freshwater springs on the island, Rab is one of the greenest islands in the Adriatic Sea. The warm summers and mild winters make Rab an excellent place to visit any time of the year.

8. Kornati

Kornati

 

Comprised of approximately 130 islands, reefs, and islets, the Kornati Islands are sprinkled with a breathtaking array of vineyards, olive trees, and fig trees. Mediterranean scrubs and rare trees complete a landscape set against chalk limestone. Tourist can take a stroll along the meandering pathways to enjoy a view of the open sea from one of the massive cliffs rising up from these islands. Human presence on the Kornati islands dates back to the Neolithic Age, but due to deforestation and subsequent erosion the islands are now uninhabited. If you are looking to get back to the basics and enjoy simple beauty of island life, the Kornati Islands are a great option.

7. Pag

Pag

 

With the longest coastline of the Croatian island, Pag has plenty of bays, coves, capes and beaches. Much of the island features a rocky topography; however, visitors will find verdant fields and valleys that are ideal for winegrowing and cultivating olives. Zrce Beach, near the town of Novalja, is a popular with both locals as well as tourists. Visitors who are feeling adventurous and wish to experience the great outdoors in Pag will find that there are numerous camping locations, many that are located in small bays or right along the sea. A host of small towns on Pag provides ample dining and accommodation options.

6. Mljet

Mljet

 

Mljet is Croatia’s greenest island, with large parts of the island covered by forests and the rest dotted by fields, vineyards and small villages. The island contains two salt lakes, Veliko and Malo Jezero, that are located at the western end of the island. In the middle of Veliko Jezero, there is a small island with an old Benedictine monastery.

5. Cres

Cres

 

One of the largest islands in the Adriatic Sea, the hilly island of Cres features a spectacular array of pebbly beaches and bays. Among the most notable attractions in Cres is the freshwater lake of Vrana. This unique natural phenomenon is actually one of the deepest freshwater lakes in Eastern Europe. Watersports, scuba diving, and hiking are all popular activities on Cres.

4. Brac

Brac

 

The large island of Brac is situated just of the Split coast. With its rolling hills, isolated bays, clear water, and pine and fig trees, Brac is a popular tourist destination. Visitors will find there are many sights to enjoy on Brad, including Dragon’s cave on the southern end of the island, the island museum in the village of Škrip, and the famous Zlatni Rat beach near Bol. Vidova Gora Mountain, the tallest mountain in the area, is also definitely worth a visit. Popular activities on Brac include windsurfing, kite surfing, diving, and visiting the numerous private coves and pebble beaches.

3. Korcula 

Korcula

 

Separated from the mainland by a narrow strait, Korcula is the most populated of all the islands in Croatia. The island’s capital is also called Korcula. Nicknamed”Little Dubrovnik”, this ancient city is among the most beautiful towns on the Croatian coast and is known for its unique architecture. One of the main attractions is the alleged house of birth of Marco Polo. The most beautiful building of Korcula is the Cathedral of St. Marco, built in Gothic-Renaissance style and completed in the 15th century.

2. Vis

Vis

 

The beautiful but remote island of Vis is known for its long history of winegrowing, making it a must-see for wine connoisseurs. Vis isolation has retained the charm and style of life characteristic of the 1950s and attracts tourists looking for “the Mediterranean as it once was”. The beautiful crystal clear waters, breathtaking isolated beaches, and historical sights on Vis are certain to delight visitors. Nature lovers will love the well-preserved nature and ecological attractions of this island.

1. Hvar

#1 of Best Croatian Islands

 

The gently rolling hills, spectacular beaches, lush vineyards, and vibrant nightlife of Hvar make it the perfect island getaway. Take a stroll down the medieval streets of this lovely island and you will encounter imposing fortifications that testify to the island’s ancient history. Hvar Town may be the most stunning town on the island but Starigrad, the oldest village on the island, and Jelsa, as well as a number of small villages, dotting the coast or nestled in the lush interior are well worth a visit. If you’re looking for adventure, consider taking a water taxi to the Pakleni archipelago near Hvar Town or take a walk to the southern cliffs for a lunch at the local winery.

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Hotels in Zagreb: Hotels in the center

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Art Hotel Like

★★★

-8%

7770

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Hotel Jadran

★★★

-9%

7670

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Palace Hotel Zagreb

★★★★

-39%

15797

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Best Western Premier Hotel Astoria

★★★★

-7%

119110

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Sheraton Zagreb Hotel

★★★★★

-19%

160130

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The Westin Zagreb

★★★★★

-43%

229130

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Hotel President

★★★★

-10%

152136

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Hotel Orient Express

★★★

-11%

9282

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Hotel International

★★★★

-9%

7971

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Hotel Laguna Zagreb

★★★

-15%

6758

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Hotel Slisko

★★★

-24%

6549

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Hotel Meridijan16

★★★

-18%

6856

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DoubleTree by Hilton Zagreb

★★★★

-23%

134104

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Hotel Rebro

★★★

-9%

5449

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Rooms Madison

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-10%

3734

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Hotel Vila Tina

★★★

-16%

7361

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Hotel Zagreb

★★

-18%

5142

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Hotel Puntijar

★★★★

-19%

7460

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10 things to do in Croatia

Category : Croatia , Europe

Croatia has it all: rugged coves, pristine beaches, medieval towns and natural wonders, making it the perfect holiday destination for adventurers and sun worshippers alike. There is so much to do and see in this beautiful country that it would be impossible to do it all in one short trip. To narrow it down for you, here are 10 things you cannot miss when visiting Croatia!

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Explore Korčula’s backstreets

Korčula is a beautiful island of rugged coves and fragrant pine trees, the kind of place which instantly stole my heart. The town is idyllic with its waterside restaurants, medieval churches and some of the prettiest backstreets I’ve ever laid eyes on. Take a day to meander all of the cobbled streets and have a leisurely lunch beneath the pines. The best way to explore the rest of the island and all of its hidden corners is by hiring a scooter or quad bike.

Hvar

Climb the Spanjola Fortress in Hvar

It may be a steep and arduous incline, but the views which await at the top are worth every second of the walk. The panorama overlooks the old town of Hvar, the marina and the cluster of Pakleni Islands. Go at sunset for a golden glow over the terracotta-hued rooftops.

Krka waterfall

Swim underneath Krka waterfall

Krka waterfall is the second most visited in Croatia, after Plitvice lakes, however what makes it so special is you can swim in the fresh waters beneath the powerful waterfall. The water is cold, but how could you not take a dip in such a surreal surrounding!?

Dubrovnik

Climb the city walls in Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik is as pretty as a postcard with its winding backstreets, orange-hued rooftops and medieval architecture. The best way to see the city and the surrounding Adriatic sea is by walking the city walls.

Plitvice

Visit UNESCO Plitvice lakes

Plitvice lakes had been high on my bucket list for as long as I can remember so I was so happy to finally tick them off. Standing atop the cliff edge watching the powerful waterfalls cascade below was one of the most surreal moments of the trip. The lakes are overwhelmingly big, you could easily spend a whole day or multiple days exploring. Plitvice lakes is one of the most visited sights in Croatia, so be prepared for lots of people, especially in the summer months. Come early and be the first to enter so that you have the lakes all to yourself to appreciate them at their most tranquil.

Trogir

Visit the medieval town of Trogir

Trogir is a city built within medieval walls and surrounded by water. It has earned itself UNESCO world heritage status for its Romanesque and Renaissance architecture. Spend a day weaving in and out of the cobbled backstreets, stocking up on Croatian olive oil and climbing the fortress for views over the historic city center.

Sibenik

Eat at Croatia’s best restaurant

Šibenik is home to Croatia’s best restaurant: Peligrini. It has earned this award for the second year in a row at the annual Dobri restaurant awards. On the menu you’ll find traditional Croatian dishes with a twist such as truffle and prosciutto pasta with sheep’s cheese and lamb with paprika puree. The restaurant prides itself on the quality of ingredients sourced in Croatia, as well its Dalmatian wine list. Whilst there make sure to explore the beautiful town of Šibenik, climb the fortress and visit St James’ cathedral.

Dugi Otok

Experience island life on Dugi Otok

Dugi Otok is completely off the radar making it the perfect island getaway. There are no chic bars, no fine dining, few commodities but there are also very little tourists so you’ll feel as though the island is all yours. Visit idyllic beaches such as Sakarun and explore its rugged beauty by visiting Telašćica Nature Park.

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Swim in the Adriatic sea

Croatia’s beaches are sites of beauty. The colour of the sea varies from deep turquoise to emerald and often the beaches are surrounded by pine trees and verdant trees. The Adriatic sea is one of the best in the Med with its beautiful colour and underwater life so be sure to swim in it as often as you can.

 

Split

Explore Split

Often overlooked and used as a jumping point to Croatia’s islands, Split is not only the best connected town for catching ferries but it is also a very pretty town. Climb the bell tower for panoramic views over the city, have dinner in Diocletian’s Palace and explore the cobbled backstreets and you’re sure to fall under its charm.

Words & photography by Faye Bullock
Special trank you to Brooke Saward


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