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.
And isn’t it the coolest basketball court you could imagine? 😀
Plitvice Lakes National Park
One of the most stunning national parks in Europe, with 16 terraced lakes chained into each other by pretty waterfalls.
Old Town of Rovinj
Rovinj is the gem of Istria, and we liked it as much as Dubrovnik.
Coastal old towns
The coast is rich in attractive old towns like the one in Split, Zadar, Šibenik, Trogir, Makarska, Omiš or Nin.
Lively harbor and beach town, the center of wonderful Makarska Riviera.
Makarska Riviera is full of fine pebbly beaches, with giant white Biokovo Mountain towering in the background.
Who could get bored of all the green and turquoise?
The greenest island of Croatia, with its two salt lakes tempting for a swim.
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.
Pag is bare, rocky, other-worldly.
Krka National Park
The seven travertine waterfalls on Krka River are amazing natural karst phenomena.
The lesser-known Roški slap area offers views of Krka Canyon, too.
One of the most well-preserved Roman amphitheaters in the world in Pula, the largest city of Istria.
Cape Kamenjak Nature Park
Home to the best beaches and snorkelling coves of Istria.
Queen’s Beach, Nin
One of the best beaches for families with small kids: sandy bay and shallow water.
Most of the coastline is facing west.
Zadar’s seaside promenade is a popular place for sunset strolls.
Paklenica National Park
Jawdrapping canyons of Mala and Velika Paklenica for adventurous hikers and climbers.
Northern Velebit National Park
Whimsical, wild, windy.
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.
Risnjak National Park
Kupa is the prettiest Croatian river.
A small, loveable capital.
The best Baroque city in Croatia.
Have you been to Croatia? What are your favorite places in the country?
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