10 Top Tourist Attractions in Croatia

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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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10 things to do in Croatia

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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