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Wundervoller Blick in den Hafen von Hvar, Bild: Dreamer4787 / shutterstock

The most popular holiday destinations in Croatia

With its 1,246 islands, 2,000 kilometres of coastline and 2,600 hours of sunshine a year, Croatia is a unique holiday paradise. Countless historical sights, there are 10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Croatia, breathtaking nature, vibrant culture, hospitable people and delicious food are the reason why the country really has something to offer for everyone. The list of the most beautiful holiday destinations in Croatia is long, which is why we can only present a selection of the most spectacular resorts and islands here.

Dubrovnik

View of Dubrovnik
View of Dubrovnik, Image: Dreamer4787 / shutterstock

Dubrovnik is one of the most impressive walled cities in the world. The “Pearl of the Adriatic” was once the capital of the powerful seafaring republic of Ragusa. Today, Dubrovnik is a popular travel destination. The pedestrian-only Old Town is packed with aristocratic palaces and elegant Baroque churches, nestled in rugged medieval fortifications. Outside the famous city walls, there are cosy wine bars, fine fish restaurants and exclusive hotels. Dubrovnik was the filming location for Kings Landing in the famous series Game of Thrones.

Island of Hvar

The Dalmatian island of Hvar, famous since ancient times for its important strategic and nautical location, has an immeasurable wealth of cultural and natural monuments. Thanks to the mild climate, warm winters and pleasant summers, Hvar is a popular tourist destination. The rich tradition and architecture and exuberant nightlife on the island of Hvar form a perfect harmony with romantic lavender fields and ancient olive trees and vineyards.

Split

ltstadt Split
View of the old town of Split, Image: Dreamer4787 / shutterstock

Split is the second largest Croatian city and is known for ancient sights and beautiful sandy beaches. The city stretches across a central peninsula and is beautifully situated on the eastern shore of the Adriatic Sea. Thanks to its connection to the Adriatic islands and the Apennine Peninsula, this lively port city is the most important transport hub in Croatia.

Trogir

Trogir is located only 27 km from Split, making it very easy to reach. The city with just under 10,000 inhabitants was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. Trogir is home to a number of fascinating historical sights, the most famous of which is the Cathedral of St. Lawrence.

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Island of Brac

Brač, Zlatni Rat, Golden Horn
The beach Zlatni Rat / Golden Horn on #Brac, Image: artem evdokimov / shutterstock

The island of Brac is the third largest among the Adriatic islands and is separated from the mainland by the Brac Channel. A rich cultural and historical heritage dating back to prehistoric times, unique gastronomy, unspoiled nature, beautiful beaches and bays, crystal blue sea, high-quality accommodation in private facilities and the hospitality of the locals are a guarantee for an unforgettable holiday on Brac.

Mali Lošinj

Losinj is one of the most popular Croatian islands and is famous for its lush green vegetation. The main town is the town of Mali Losinj, the largest town on the island. The port of Mali Losinj is considered the most beautiful port on the entire Adriatic. The tourist area is concentrated around the bay of Cikat, which is known for its beach and good windsurfing opportunities.

Kornati Islands

The Kornati Islands include 89 uninhabited islands, islets and reefs, with a total area of 217 km2, which are especially famous for their cliffs. The largest part of the Kornati Islands is formed by the main island of Kornat, after which the entire archipelago was named. The area is especially popular with people who travel by boat. You will find a sunny labyrinth of sea and islands and the tranquility of unspoiled nature.

Motovun

Motovun is a high-altitude village with a tradition of excellent wine and food. The view of the surrounding hills and vineyards is spectacular and the place is characterized by a strong influence of Italian culture. The street names are often written in Croatian and Italian. Motovun is one of the most visited places in Croatia.

Novigrad

Novigrad was once a quiet fishing village, but has now become an irresistible holiday destination. Despite many visitors from all over the world, Novigrad has lost none of its intimate and irresistible charm of a typical, quiet Mediterranean fishing village. Novigrad is not only a real architectural gem, with amazing historical sights, rich cultural heritage and natural beauty, but also one of the top destinations for gourmets in Istria.

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Poreč

Porec is the largest city in Istria and the most popular holiday resort after Pula. The city has been inhabited since ancient times, the walls around the city were built during Roman times. South of Prec there are two beautiful bays. They are almost like small towns, with several hotels as well as camping facilities, a marina and shopping and entertainment areas.

Rovinj

Port city of Rovinj, Istria
View of the port city of Rovinj, Image: Blue Planet Studio / shutterstock

Located on the west coast of Istria, Rovinj is one of the most popular and developed tourist resorts in Croatia. The old city is built on an island that was only connected to the mainland in the 18th century. Known as one of the most picturesque and romantic towns on the Mediterranean, Rovinj attracts numerous visitors. Its special charm lies in the air of bygone times that you can feel when you walk through the cobbled narrow streets of the old town and the diverse events that take place here every year.

Island of Krk

Krk, Kvarner Bay
Krk on the Kvarner Bay in Croatia, Image: Andrew Mayovskyy / shutterstock

Among the Croatian islands, there is only one golden island. Located in the middle of the Kvarner Bay, Krk is considered one of the most attractive tourist destinations. The mild Mediterranean climate, the good geographical location and the diversity of natural and cultural beauties gave it the name “Golden Island” even in ancient times. Its cultural heritage has also earned it the name “the cradle of Croatian culture”.

Plitvice Lakes National Park

With its extraordinary beauty, this area has always attracted nature lovers. As early as April 8, 1949, Plitvice Lakes National Park was declared the first national park in Croatia. The process of tuff formation, which led to the construction of tuff or travertine barriers and resulted in the formation of the lakes, is the outstanding universal value for which Plitvice Lakes were internationally recognized on October 26, 1979 with the inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage List