Flanked by terracotta-roofed houses and intensely blue waters that glimmer beneath the gaze of imposing mountains, Croatia is undeniably one of the greatest pearls of the Adriatic. Not only does it dazzle you with its natural beauty, but its ancient ruins and centuries-old buildings are packed with fascinating tales of the past.
So, what are the best places to visit in Croatia? Although there are many stunning places to explore, it’s impossible to choose the best part of Croatia for a holiday. However, we’ve whittled the list down to some of our favourite destinations. From cycling along the Dalmatian Coast to immersing yourself in the incredible medieval town of Korcula, we offer a diverse and exciting range of holidays in Croatia.
Discover the picturesque island of Hvar on two wheels
There’s no greater feeling than exploring the Dalmatian Coast by bike and soaking up the spellbinding views with the gentle sea breeze in your hair. Following spectacular coastal routes and meandering through the idyllic islands of Korcula and Hvar, you’ll discover lush olive groves and vineyards, and medieval towns and villages as you cycle along the Dalmatian coast. The elegant port town of Hvar, on the island of the same name, is particularly picturesque with its winding marbled streets and Gothic palaces wrapped inside ancient city walls.
Delve into the epic history and culture of Dubrovnik
No trip to the Dalmatian Coast is complete without visiting the UNESCO city of Dubrovnik. With so much history and culture to uncover, and set against the most beautiful coastal backdrop, it’s arguably the best part of Croatia to stay in. Limestone streets are lined with baroque buildings and the wonderfully preserved city walls protect one of the most impressive old towns in the world.
Without a doubt, Dubrovnik is one of the most fascinating places to visit in Croatia. Made even more iconic being the film location for Games of Thrones, this ancient city is overflowing with magnificent architecture, from churches and monasteries to palaces and fountains. And, of course, Dubrovnik Old Town is where the city flaunts many of its most arresting sights.
If you’re wondering how many days you need in Croatia, you could spend at least four days exploring the sites of Dubrovnik alone. On our tour of Dubrovnik and the Dalmatian Coast, you’ll also have the chance to walk along the famous city walls, soaking up the unparalleled sea views and fascinating history. Venture through the cobbled streets of the old town and marvel at historical buildings such as Rector’s Palace and the Franciscan Monastery, before relaxing on the beach or sampling some of the fresh local seafood and famous black risotto at one of the local restaurants.
Sample local wines at Lumbarda and explore the medieval town of Korcula
Made up of dense pine forests, verdant vineyards and medieval towns and villages, the island of Korcula is a pure paradise for photographers and one of the best walking destinations in Croatia. This forested island, believed to be the birthplace of Marco Polo, is a cultural epicentre with maritime heritage. Owing to the narrow, warren-like lanes, iconic red roofs and medieval walls, the old town is often referred to as a mini-Dubrovnik.
Our Dubrovnik and the Dalmatian Coast trip takes you on a wine tasting tour of the Grk winery in Lumbarda, a sleepy fishing in Korcula famous for its crisp white wine. And you can also tuck into the mouth-watering regional cuisine as we head into the town for evening dinner.
Uncover the cultural city of Split on foot
Step into an exuberant city of contrasts when you explore the vibrant streets and historical sites of Split. The city equally blends modern culture with ancient traditions to create a unique melting pot of Roman monuments, cool bars and restaurants, and buzzing market stalls. And to add to its charisma, it’s hugged on all sides by emerald waters and dramatic mountain scenery. Within the UNESCO city walls, you’ll discover incredible histories everywhere you look, from the impressive Diocletian Palace and ancient ruins to the Roman Cathedral of St Domnius.
Owing to the vast number of places to eat in Split, it’s a great location for trying out the delicious Dalmatian cuisine. Wander down to The Riva – a bustling promenade lined with swaying palms and pavement cafes – to sample the laid-back lifestyle and local delicacies. On our Delights of the Dalmatian Coast trip, you can also venture off the busy streets, taking a ferry to the village of Skrip on Brac Island where you can enjoy an olive tasting.
To discover more about this incredible country, take a look at our fabulous mix of holidays in Croatia.