Croatia lies at the crossroads of Central and Southeast Europe, on the Adriatic Sea. Every year, Croatia witnesses huge chunk of tourists. Make sure you do your homework before heading to Croatia. There’s a lot you can do here besides making memories on the best of the beaches.
The entire coastline and all the beaches in Croatia are open to the public. Explore the islands, visit the National Parks and definitely don’t miss out to see the seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites. We recommend as the top 10 best places to visit in Croatia.
List of top 10 best places to visit in Croatia:
#1. Zagreb, Croatia
Zagreb is the capital city of Croatia and is also known as the city with a Heart. Art exhibitions, museums, sports events, music and theater events; these are the reasons enough visit this beautiful city. The theater performances and operas will give you a list of different genres of music. To add to the charming hospitality of Zagreb, you can visit rooftop and garden cafes as well. There are also dozens of attractive parks. From shopping to nightlife, Zagreb has it all.
Talking about accommodation, Zagreb is the most expensive city to stay however the surrounding villages are comparatively cheaper.
#2. Dubrovnik, Croatia
Dubrovnik lies on the shores of Adriatic Sea. They say if you are in Croatia and do not visit Dubrovnik than you haven’t seen anything. The old port of the city is a reflection of its rich cultural heritage, showcasing – culture, painting, literature, architecture, music, and science. Undoubtedly, Dubrovnik has the best weather for most of the year.
After the sun goes down, the nightlife, being the greatest asset takes over the tourists and the locals. With a top-notch ambiance, Fuego in Dubrovnik is the most reputed nightclub. A beach party or rooftop nightclubs, make sure to hit the floor.
Traveling from Hvar to Dubrovnik is a truly exciting Island hopping experience. Ferry from Hvar to Dubrovnik is the fastest connection between these two popular destinations in Croatia.
#3. Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
It is one of the oldest and largest national park in Croatia. The cascade arrangement of the lakes makes this national park, the world-famous. If you had to select one National Park to visit than this should be your only choice. The most alluring and heavenly natural treasures await you.
Weekdays are less crowded than weekends. Majestic waterfalls and ponds can be seen from parking number 1 and 2, respectively. Make a note that the park opens at 8 am and closes at 4 pm in the evening!
It would be interesting to know that each Plitvice Lake has a story to tell. There are wooden paths, and there is water paving its way along may small waterfalls and mossy cascades.
#4. Rovinj, Croatia
Rovinj is one of the most beautiful cities in Croatia and should definitely be the part of your itinerary. The Lone Hotel is one of the exquisite hotels in the world. You’ll find luxury and simplicity, both at the same time in the Lone Hotel. Don’t miss out to visit the most romantic restaurant in Rovinj, The Locanda Blu Restaurant.
Another must visit Mulini Beach, really close to downtown.
Rovinj is well-connected with many larger cities and is famous for its fishing port. Another fascinating thing here is Rovinj’s archipelago, formed by twenty islands.
#5. Split, Croatia
Split welcomes you with its blue waters, natural beauty, activities for all ages, Segway tour, Krka National Park, and shopping. Take a walk on the Marjan Hill and enjoy an unforgettable view of the city.
Shop till you drop in the Marmont’s Street. Visit Bacvice Beach, a sandy beach. Bacvice beach in the Split is a family beach. This beach is also famous for Picigin, a Dalmatian sport that involves acrobatic leaping in an attempt to prevent the ball from hitting the water. Bacvice beach was awarded a Blue Flag, a symbol of the qualifying offer and clean sea. This beach is accessible for physically challenged people as well. Lifeguards are there for your safety, and thus the beach is children friendly. Savor the specialties by visiting the restaurants on the beach.
#6. Hvar Town, Croatia
Hvar is the hidden gem in Croatia and best known as a summer resort. The warm winters and pleasant summers are the reason that many tourists are attracted to Hvar. You’d be surprised to know that Hvar is one of the ten most beautiful islands in the world. Boat excursions, nightlife, cultural attractions, sandy beaches, exotic atmosphere and peaceful bays, you have it all.
Zlatni Rat Beach, situated between the islands of Brac and Hvar, it is the most picturesque beach found in many brochures and guides. It has been named as the 3rd Best Beach Destinations in Europe. The sound of waves gently lapping over the pebbles is sure to mesmerize you.
Watching the sun go down is absolutely a perfect way to end a long day. This is the unique beach due to its ever-changing shape. The shape is influenced by wind conditions and sea currents. Take a bottle of wine and enjoy the sunset. Bring your snacks and drinks if you do not wish to spend a hefty amount on the kiosks. The hospitality offered by locals by far is the best you’ll have. This will make you come back again.
#7. Kornati Islands, Croatia
Kornati islands consist of 140 islands. Embark on a day excursion from Zadar, Sibenik or Split and visit the best of the islands. Reaching Kornati park is really difficult. The only way to get around the islands is a boat. With very limited options to stay in the Kornati, most visitors have to stay on their own yachts, overnight. Another option is on Levrnaka or in a rented stone house.
You’ll have ample of restaurants to eat from. There are high chances that the chef will prepare the freshest fish for his returning guests.
#8. Korcula, Croatia
Korcula is one of the most relaxing getaways and the sixth largest island in Croatia. St. Mark’s Cathedral on the main street is the finest example of architecture and design. St. Antony’s Hill, Marco Polo Exhibition and Icon Gallery are some other remarkable places to visit. Korcula is also famous for its olive oil, known as Torkul.
You can reach Korcula via daily car ferry service from either of the airports, Split or Dubrovnik. Staying in Korcula offers you many hotels, private rooms, and apartments. One can easily spend a week or two here.
#9. Pula, Croatia
Pula or Pola is the eighth largest city in Croatia. Pula, a major fishing port serves excellent seafood. Italian cuisine has a Croatian twist and is still scrumptious.
Pula is also well known for its tradition of winemaking, fishing, and shipbuilding. Arena, the amphitheater is the star of Pula. It is the most popular monument.
‘Lighting Giants’ is the newest and most popular event in Pula. It has been installed in the Uljanik, the largest Croatian shipyard and is designed by world-famous designer Dean Skira. Boutique Hotel Oasi is the best place to stay.
Club Uljanik and Club Zen are must visit. The different music genres keep the dance floor fillers coming.
#10. Zadar, Croatia
Zadar is the coolest city in Croatia and has a vibrant nightlife. Discover the undiscovered history and natural beauty here. Wander through the quiet streets of marble. Visit the Brazil Bar, the best spot alongside the Monument to the Sun.
Zadar has two unique attractions – the Sea Organ and the Sun Salutation. Sea Organ needs to be seen for its spectacular sunset to the spellbound tones. The illuminated pavement at the Sun Salutation makes it a striking sight. You’ll see it when you believe it.
Best Time to Visit in Croatia
The best time to visit Croatia is during the months of May, June, September, and October. Pleasant sunny days are ideal for swimming and sunbathing. All the tourist facilities are up, and it makes a perfect time for outdoor activities.
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