5 Best Places To Visit Along Croatian Coast
Croatian coastline rose to prominence during the 80s as one of Europe’s top destinations for summer vacation. A mix of cultures that defined through this land over the ages left their marks in the fashion of beautiful architecture that can be seen in coastal towns of Croatia and on islands like Hvar or Korcula.
After the general decline of tourist inflow during the 90s due to the civil war that broke out in Yugoslavia, Croatia is slowly getting back on the map as Europe’s top tourist destination.
Here is a list of places along the coast that you should visit when going to Croatia.
The absolute number one is definitely a gem of Croatian coastline. The city of Dubrovnik is nicknamed “Pearl of the Adriatic” for a good reason.
Whether your main objective is just relaxing on top-notch beaches and enjoying crystal clear water or you prefer to sightsee a bit along the way – Dubrovnik is a must go for you.
Established back in the 7th century, the Old Town of Dubrovnik is filled with beautiful little houses, narrow streets, old churches and palaces and stuff. Also, the island of Lokrum is within a short distance and it offers, even more, sandy beaches besides Banje or Lapad – two of Dubrovnik’s most famous beaches.
The City of Zadar is one of the most populous cities in Croatia and it doesn’t have a trophy of being Croatia’s top tourist destination.
Its history sways way back and its architecture is a solid mixture of Roman and medieval with a taste of classic Mediterranean. There is a lot to see and lot to do in Zadar and you definitely won't fall short on beautiful beaches where you can swim and relax when you feel like it.
Another smaller town located on the coastline of the Adriatic sea at the southern tip of Istra peninsula is not as vibrant and populated as Zadar, but it’s a real romantic getaway for everyone who would want to lay low and enjoy fantastic scenery and beautiful beaches.
Pula is the only Croatian town where you can see a real Roman amphitheater which served as a gladiator arena back in Roman times.
Alleged birthplace of famous traveler and explorer Marco Polo, island of Korcula lies 50 kilometers off Croatian coast.
It’s a rather large island with a couple of settlements and villages on it, known for a preserved natural habitat with lots of olives grows and old Venetian-style architecture. Excellent for weekend getaways and experiencing a little bit of that island life.
The most famous island in Croatia, Hvar has it all in one word.
Medieval architecture with largest city square Croatian towns has (larger even than Zagreb’s), secluded coves with crystal clear water for swimmers or cliffs made for hiking which also serve as a fantastic vantage point to look over the beautiful island of Hvar.
Island proved to be one of top tourist destinations besides Dubrovnik and is a real diamond in the rough. If you haven’t visited Hvar yet, don’t hesitate to do so as you it will definitely worth your time and money.