Croatia’s Most Beautiful Places

Croatia boasts over 1000 islands and spectacular music festivals. It also has a stunning rocky coastline washed by the clearest Mediterranean waters. Croatia is a wonderful summer destination. However, its unspoiled nature and dynamic cultural scene and architectural marvels are worth exploring no matter what season.

It all depends on what you like and dislike. This charming little country on the Adriatic coast has everything you could want. Below are 16 of the most stunning places in this sophisticated, unique nation.

Plitvice Lakes National Park

The Plitvice Lakes National Park, which is UNESCO-protected, is one of Croatia’s most iconic sights. It features bubbling waterfalls and cascading emerald waters, and lush greenery. Many wooden footbridges and hiking trails lead through this tropical paradise, home to wolves, brown bears, and over 160 bird species, providing stunning views and great photo opportunities.

Stradun is Dubrovnik’s main street

Placa is also known as Stradun, Dubrovnik’s most beautiful and famous street. The 300-meter long, marble-paved promenade runs through the Old Town and connects the city’s western and eastern gates. It is lined by elegant, historic buildings that house shops and cafes.

Pula Arena

Pula Arena was built in the 1st Century AD. It is the largest Roman amphitheatre and best-preserved antiquities in Croatia. The arena was once used to host gladiator fights. Today, it is the heart of the city’s cultural and artistic life.

Hvar Island

Hvar is the most famous and sunniest island in Croatia. It boasts Venetian-era monuments and purple lavender fields. Hvar, located in the Adriatic Sea off the Dalmatian Coast, is known for its unspoiled, green landscapes and small, pebbly beach areas surrounded by calm, turquoise seas. Hvar Town is a popular destination for wealthy travellers due to its chic restaurants and pedestrian-friendly streets of marble.

Split: Diocletian’s Palace

The Palace of Diocletian covers 31,000 square meters and is the largest Roman ruin in the world. The impressive marble-and-white limestone complex is home to around 3,000 people today. It also houses 220 buildings and various shops, restaurants, and bars.

Dubrovnik, as seen from the top.

You can enjoy the postcard-worthy red roofs of Dubrovnik from the top, whether you choose to take the cable car to Mount Srd or walk the city walls.

Zlatni Rat beach in Brac

The Zlatni Rat beach, located on the island Brac, changes its shape depending on tide and current. The white pebble beach is surrounded by pine trees and extends into the Adriatic Sea. It makes for a great spot for kitesurfing and surfing.

Mali Losinj

Mali Losinj was once a major maritime and commercial centre. It is now the largest island community in the Adriatic. It is located on the beautiful Croatian island Losinj and boasts an attractive historical quarter and a natural harbour with pastel-coloured Mediterranean architecture.

Rovinj, Istria

It is a charming town with cobbled streets and charming piazzas. The Venetian-style houses in Rovinj are some of the most beautiful towns in Croatia. It floats like an island in the deep blue Adriatic Sea. The Old Town is postcard-perfect and is home to bars, restaurants and art galleries. Old fishing boats and glamorous yachts can be seen in the harbour.

Zadar waterfront

The waterfront of Zadar, Croatia, is a unique place. It boasts cutting-edge art installations and stunning views of the most beautiful sunsets in the world. Nikola Basic, a local architect, designed the Greetings To the Sun and Sea Organ. They are powered by nature and offer spectacular light and sound shows.

Trogir, the historic city

Trogir, a small island surrounded by medieval walls, is a rich treasure trove for Baroque, Romanesque and Renaissance architecture. Charming Italian pizzerias, traditional konobas and local restaurants vie for space along its cobblestone streets. Meanwhile, lively outdoor cafes offer fresh seafood and cappuccinos on the wide seafront promenade overlooking the Dalmatian Coast.

Kornati Islands

The rugged Kornati Islands, located off the northern Dalmatian coast, are a paradise for sailors, with stunning cliffs and clear blue waters. This is the Med’s largest archipelago, with 140 uninhabited islands. It’s also one of Croatia’s most unique and spectacular natural parks.

Stiniva Beach, Vis Island

European Best Destinations (2016) named Stiniva the best beach in Europe. It is a quiet white shingle cove nestled between high cliffs and surrounded by clear turquoise waters.

 

Maxine B. Sandoval

Road To Paradiso is a travel blog that brings out the travel companion stories together so that anyone can learn from the experiences and decide which city to wander, what travel items to carry, and what time to visit.

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