TOP 22 Places To Visit In Croatia

Turquoise bays in the shade of ancient walled towns. About 3600 miles of seafront and more than 1100 islands and islets. Unpolluted marine areas and 100+ Blue Flag beaches. White cliffs of the Dinaric Alps.

Croatia is a gem of the Mediterranean – and more, because Central Croatia offers some gems, too. This photo essay is a teaser, showing you the best places we found in the country throughout the years.

Coastal views along the Adriatic Highway

This road closely follows the well-indented coastline, and driving it rewards with amazing views.


Old Town of Dubrovnik

Famous and truly fabulous.

Dubrovnik, Croatia

And isn’t it the coolest basketball court you could imagine? 😀

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Plitvice Lakes National Park

One of the most stunning national parks in Europe, with 16 terraced lakes chained into each other by pretty waterfalls.

Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

Old Town of Rovinj

Rovinj is the gem of Istria, and we liked it as much as Dubrovnik.

Rovinj, Croatia

Coastal old towns

The coast is rich in attractive old towns like the one in Split, Zadar, Šibenik, Trogir, Makarska, Omiš or Nin.

Omiš, Croatia


Lively harbor and beach town, the center of wonderful Makarska Riviera.

Makarska, Croatia

Makarska Riviera

Makarska Riviera is full of fine pebbly beaches, with giant white Biokovo Mountain towering in the background.

Kamena Beach, Tučepi, Makarska Riviera, Croatia

Mediterranean colors

Who could get bored of all the green and turquoise?

Makarska Riviera, Croatia

Makarska Riviera, Croatia

Mljet Island

The greenest island of Croatia, with its two salt lakes tempting for a swim.

Mljet National Park, Croatia

Kornati Islands National Park

Kornati is the densest archipelago in the whole Mediterranean Sea, with about 140 islands. No bridge or ferry connection to the mainlaind, it’s a truly unspoilt world.

Kornati Islands National Park, Croatia

Pag Island

Pag is bare, rocky, other-worldly.

Beriknica Beach, Pag Island, Croatia

Krka National Park

The seven travertine waterfalls on Krka River are amazing natural karst phenomena.

Skradinski buk, Krka National Park, Croatia

The lesser-known Roški slap area offers views of Krka Canyon, too.

Krka River Valley, Croatia

Pula Arena

One of the most well-preserved Roman amphitheaters in the world in Pula, the largest city of Istria.

Pula Arena, Pula, Croatia

Cape Kamenjak Nature Park

Home to the best beaches and snorkelling coves of Istria.

Plovanije Beach, Cape Kamenjak, Istria, Croatia

Queen’s Beach, Nin

One of the best beaches for families with small kids: sandy bay and shallow water.

Nin, Croatia

Magical sunsets

Most of the coastline is facing west.

Makarska, Croatia

Zadar’s seaside promenade is a popular place for sunset strolls.

Zadar, Croatia

Paklenica National Park

Jawdrapping canyons of Mala and Velika Paklenica for adventurous hikers and climbers.

Paklenica National Park, Croatia

Northern Velebit National Park

Whimsical, wild, windy.

Northern Velebit National Park, Croatia

Coastal mountains

This one below is actually just a hill on the rocky southern shore of Krk Island. But Velebit, Biokovo or Omiška Dinara Mountains on the mainland also offer countless trails and astonishing views.

Krk Island, Croatia

Risnjak National Park

Kupa is the prettiest Croatian river.

River Kupa, Risnjak National Park, Croatia


A small, loveable capital.

St Mark Square, Zagreb, Croatia


The best Baroque city in Croatia.

Varaždin Castle, Varaždin

Have you been to Croatia? What are your favorite places in the country?

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By Beata Urmos

Bea is the co-founder of Our Wanders. She’s the writer and the trip organizer, and she’d love to help you plan your own amazing trips! She likes hiking, good novels and chocolate, as well. Her motto is: “A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.” (John A. Shedd)

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