Places to see in Croatia
What to See: Croatia’s Top Sights
It is difficult to make a list of the best and most beautiful places in Croatia, because every island, town and village has a story for itself. We have made a list of places that have remained in our memory, and we hope to stay with you. Let me take you on a journey through this little piece of paradise on earth.
Dubrovnik, called also ‘The Pearl of the Mediterranean’
George Bernard Shaw once said, “If you want to see heaven on Earth, come to Dubrovnik. The city welcomes cruise-loads of tourists every day thanks to its unparalleled views, shining white interior, intricate back alleys and hidden bars. Taste fresh fish, have a glass of Dingač, try local delicacy rozata and walk through the shiny stones of Stradun. After walking the city walls, explore Elaphiti Islands, Lokrum and Cavtat. Banje Beach is the closest beach to the Old Town. The majority of the beach is occupied by a beach club, the kind that allows you to rent chairs and cabanas, then have bottles of champagne delivered promptly under your umbrella.
Just south of Dubrovnik is a small harbor town named Cavtat (pronounced tsavtat) .Visit the house of famous local artist Vlaho Bukovac and see his collection of paintings and artwork.The ancient Franciscan monastery is a must-see attraction and is located in the village of Pridvorje. Along the coast is a mostly shaded footpath that will lead you right into Old Town, and it offers beautiful views the whole way. All along the coast you can find small beaches and rocky areas to swim and soak. Discover restaurants, shops, history, cafes, swimming, snorkeling.
Makarska is perfectly located to explore the idyllic islands of Brac and Hvar. There’s historical sights aplenty to see such as the 17th Century St Mark’s Cathedral. Sea is crystal clear making diving a popular activity as well as other watersports such as jet skiing and kayaking. There is a regular ferry service to the islands from Makarska harbour.
Split (Central Dalmatia)
Split , in central Dalmatia, has it all: grand museums and Roman ruins alongside fashionable cafes and trendy shops. Definitely need to visit the spectacular ruins at Diocletian Palace which is a protected World Heritage Site. In Diocletian’s round vestibule, Klapa singers perform emotional a cappella songs for passers-by. Entering the old city through the basement, you will emerge in the Peristyle. It is the intersection of the palace’s two main streets, Via Cardo and Via Decumanus. Cathedral Of St Duje And The Bell Tower which will lead you to some of the best views of Split. The nearby Marjan Forest Park is also worth checking out as it offers unrivalled views of the city.
Primosten is a small place located only 27 km from Sibenik. It is located on an island which was connected to the mainland by a bridge which was later replaced by a mound. Don’t miss the wonderful stroll along the promenade around the peninsula, a visit to the churches of St. Roko and St. George, and, of course, the obligatory coffee on a café terrace. For those in search of fun until the early morning hours, there is a disco club, Aurora.
Zadar, a small city on the Dalmatian coast of Croatia. Not to be missed is the city gate, Zadar Cathedral, the Church of St Donatus and Climb the bell tower next to St. Anastasia Cathedral. Sea Organ, is an immersive experience which generates music using the waves. The Greeting to the Sun, is a unique solar panel which absorbs the energy from the sun in the day and is brightly colored after dark. Zadar has barkajoli, boatmen who have been rowing passengers across the Zadar Channel for 800 years. Zadar is full of restaurants and cafes where some of the best things to order include fresh fish, cheese from the nearby island of Pag and lamb.
Only 12km northwest of Sibenik, Vodice is a former fishing village turned pleasure port and tourist centre. Visit the numerous cultural monuments, the church of Our Lady of Carmel (Okit hill), Čorić Tower. The waters are shallow, making it a safe environment for those with little ones.If you love sports you can enjoy various activities such as volleyball, soccer, basketball, cycling, diving, fitness in the sea, you can rent canoes or power boat.There are plenty of cocktail bars and music spots plus the very popular Hacienda nightclub just outside of town.
Along the coast in the Dalmatia region of Croatia sits a town called Šibenik (pronounced shi-beh-nick). Šibenik s real historical jewel, is its UNESCO-protected St James’s Cathedral. Much of the Dalmatian Coast’s finest architecture was designed by Juraj Dalmatinac in the mid-1400s. In the summer months, Šibenik becomes a festival city, with 18 of them held in the area. Square of four wells where numerous exhibitions are held. Do you like bungee jumping? You can try it out from the bridge at the mouth of the river Krka. Maybe donkey racing? And that’s in the nearby Tribune.
Poreč is a picturesque harbour town situated on the west coast of Croatia’s Istrian Peninsula. The Euphrasius Basilica from the 6 th Century is one of the most interesting monuments in Porec. You can also climb up the bell tower’s narrow wooden staircase for a panoramic view of Porec.The island was pretty adorable, with pine forests, pebble beaches, rocky breakwaters and small bays ideal for snorkelling. The most famous beaches near Porec are the lagunas of Plava and Zelena – both have umbrellas and sunloungers for hire.
Rovinj is charming destination, known as the Venice of Istria. Nestled in between Pula and Porec. All roads lead up to the Cathedral of St Euphemia – the view from the 60-metre-high bell tower stretches from the Rovinj Archipelago to the pine forests in the south. Rovinj has slippery smooth shiny marble cobblestone streets which are magnificently worn and weathered. Seek out treasures in the little artist workshops, then try some gourmet dishes in the fine dining restaurants, which are tucked away in the narrow streets. Keen divers will love the opportunity to explore an authentic boat wreck at the Baron Gautsch, often referred to as the Titanic of the Adriatic.