12 turpentines to the most beautiful beaches in Croatia

1. Dubrovnik is the number one destination in Croatia

The super-popularity of Dubrovnik, Croatia’s most famous resort, is no coincidence: the handsome Old Town and lush beach views have made it one of the busiest summer towns in Europe. There are also good flight connections from Finland to Dubrovnik.

With its identical terracotta roofs, Dubrovnik is undeniably beautiful. Exploring the Old Town is an absolute must-have program, but with the rapid growth of tourism, visitors should be prepared for congestion and rising prices. Cruise ships and package tours keep the city lively.

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Croatia is an excellent beach holiday destination and the beach in front of Dubrovnik, for example, is very popular during the summer months.

The best views of Dubrovnik are provided by the cable car that takes you to the top of the 412-meter-high Srd Mountain.

Dubrovnik’s location near the Montenegrin border offers an easy opportunity to visit the neighboring country. You can travel to Montenegro on guided day trips, with your own rental car or by bus.

2. Historic Split charms

The second largest city in Croatia, Split, is located on the shores of the Adriatic Sea in the province of Dalmatia. During the summer months, Finland has good connections to Split, from where it is easy to make trips to nearby islands and the rest of Croatia.

The most famous attraction in Split is the ancient Diocletian’s Palace in the heart of the Old Town, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Admiring the views over the city, you can admire the views from the bell tower of the cathedral.

Inka KhanjiSplit, Croatia
The historic Diocletian’s Palace is the most interesting attraction in Split.

The hustle and bustle of the city can be escaped by renting a bicycle and escaping to the Marjan Park area, located right next to the center of Split. The easy bike route is downhill-focused and does not require hard exercise. Along the way you will find several nice beaches and a few restaurants where you can stop for a lunch break. The most popular of the beaches in the center is probably Bačvice.

A car trip between Split and Dubrovnik offers stunning coastal views. Although the distance is only just over 200 kilometers, the drive can take a surprisingly long time – it is best to book at least one night instead of a day trip. Those traveling by bus should be aware that a one-way trip may take up to six hours.

3. Hvar is a summer destination for partygoers

Do you miss a holiday and a jet set atmosphere until the morning? Croatia’s most famous island destination, Hvar, is a party choice, often compared to surface joints like Ibiza and St. Tropez.

The island of Hvar has many historical sights but also a continuous nightlife for the wee hours of the morning.

The island of Hvar, dotted with vineyards and lavender fields, is a popular excursion destination from Split, but it can also make the island the main base for your holiday. Hvar has plenty of hotels and holiday apartments to explore when it comes to nightlife.

The boutiques in Hvar have good shopping opportunities compared to other Croatian islands. The beaches of the island are mostly rocky – a good option for a beach day is, for example, Uvala Dubovica, which is often named the best in Hvar.

4. Plitvice is the most beautiful national park in Croatia

The most famous national park in Croatia is the beautiful lakes Plitvice, located in the central part of the country near the border with Bosnia and Herzegovina. The national park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, consists of a total of 16 lakes connected by rivers and waterfalls.

The magnificent waterfalls of Plitvice make the national park the most famous in Croatia.

The lakes descending in layers form a magnificent landscape with hiking trails. Some of the lakes are located in wooded terrain, while the shallower ones are surrounded by limestone cliffs. Bathing is prohibited throughout the national park to protect the water body.

Plitvice National Park is also known for its animal population: bears, wolves and more than 120 species of birds live in the area.

5. Beaches and hiking on the island of Brac

Located next to Split, the island of Brac is a popular day trip destination for tourists. The ferry ride from the port of Split takes less than an hour, but Brac also has plenty of accommodation options for longer stays on the island.

Brac ‘s most popular beach is next to the village of Bol. From the harbor in the village of Supetar to the beach by taxi in about half an hour. You can also get there by local bus, but you can book more than an hour on the winding mountain roads. Tourists opting for a taxi service should arrange a return ride with the driver in advance.

Zlatni Rat beach is one of the most famous in the country for its special shape.

In Brac you can also go cycling and hiking – for the most active holidaymakers there is Vidova Gora, the highest peak in the Croatian archipelago. There are also hiking trails through the olive groves of Brac, famous for its olive oil.

6. Beach holiday on the Makarska Riviera

The Makarska Riviera is a coastal area between Dubrovnik and Split, known for its beach resorts. The best known of the resorts is the port city of Makarska.

Makarska Riviera, Croatia
Pebble beaches and clear turquoise waters are a typical sight on the Makarska Riviera.

Tourists are also attracted to the area, for example, Podgora, built next to the mountains, and Brela, whose beach called Punta Rata has received Blue Flag recognition for its clean waters. Island trips from the Makarska coast are also easy.

7. Waterfalls in Krka National Park

A good alternative to Plitvice is the Krka National Park, where it is easy to take a day trip from Split or Zadar, for example. Krka is known for its magnificent waterfalls and clear waters.

There are no actual hiking trails in Krka National Park, but visitors are guided through the park along an easy-walking walkway. Even before arriving at the falls, tourists get to admire the incredibly clear water. The easy route is also suitable for the little ones in the family.

Inka KhanjiKrka, Croatia
Krka National Park is an easy and spectacular travel destination.

In addition to the waterfalls, you can take a boat trip to the island of Visovac in the national park or explore the archaeological sites in the area. There are also a few restaurants and souvenir stalls in Krka.

There are two UNESCO sites near Krka National Park: the town of Trogir and Šibenik, whose cathedral is a World Heritage Site. An excursion to both cities is easy to connect to the national park.

8. Romantic vacation on the island of Visi

The peaceful island of Vis is a great choice for couples on a two-way holiday. The island of only 3,500 inhabitants is at least not yet filled with large tourist crowds.

The best beaches in the scenic Visi can be found on the south side of the island. It is also worth exploring the local wines on the island – Vini’s wine production has a long tradition.

Vis Island is a small and quiet holiday destination.

Vis, the military base of the former Yugoslavia, was not opened to foreign tourists until the early 1990s, and the island has managed to maintain an authentic local atmosphere. Vis is located furthest from the inhabited islands of Croatia, which contributes to limiting the number of visitors. The ferry ride from Split takes just over two hours.

9. Croatia is a popular sailing destination

Croatia is one of the most popular sailing destinations in Europe. If the skills are not enough to steer your own sailboat, you can also take part in organized sailing holidays in the archipelago, the length of which varies from a few nights to a couple of weeks.

A sailing holiday in Croatia is easy to take, even if you do not have sailing skills in your own company.

When planning an archipelago cruise, it is worth getting acquainted with different options and tour operators. The trips, which are popular with young people, focus not only on the scenery but also on celebrations, but there are also peaceful options for both couples looking for romance and families with children. There are also sailing holidays for solo travelers.

10. Experience the Croatian capital Zagreb

The Croatian capital, Zagreb, is missed by many tourists – the city is located in the northwest of the country, a little further from the most popular holiday destinations. Zagreb offers an opportunity to get to know the local way of life.

Together with its suburbs, Zagreb is the administrative and commercial center of nearly one million inhabitants. The lesser-known capital is anything but boring – or what about the most special museum in Zagreb, dedicated to broken relationships?

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The Croatian capital, Zagreb, is a diverse city holiday destination.

Zagreb may lose its beauty to Dubrovnik, but the city has a lively cultural offer, a high-quality museum of contemporary art and an interesting nightlife. During the summer months, a tourist looking for shores can head to Lake Jarun, which is easily accessible by tram, just like the locals.

11. Italian influences on the Istrian peninsula

The Istrian peninsula in the north of Croatia has been heavily influenced by its border with Italy – the region has even been called Tuscany in Croatia.

There are several interesting places in Istria. Located at the head of the peninsula, Pula is known for its Roman amphitheater, while the charming fishing village of Rovinj attracts tourists with its beauty.

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The beautiful city destinations of Istria offer a wealth of experiences.

Poreč, one of the most popular resorts on the peninsula, is home to a well-preserved old town with a basilica designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

12. Day trip from Dubrovnik: Island of Mljet

Located off the Adriatic Sea off Dubrovnik, the island of Mljet is a peaceful oasis after the hustle and bustle of the city. The ferry ride to the island takes a couple of hours, so it’s worth leaving right in the morning. The main port of Mljet is located in Sobra.

The green landscapes of the Mljet are especially attractive to tourists who enjoy the outdoors.

Half of the island of Mljet is a national park, the most beautiful sights of which are the two salt lakes. One of the best beaches on the island is the fine sand Saplunara, which is also suitable for families with children due to its warm water and shallow beach. The forest-lined beach is divided into two parts.

Mass tourism shines in Mljet with its absence: there is only one hotel on the island. Holiday apartments and guesthouses are also available for longer stays on the island.

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Text: Maria Hietala
Photos: Istockphoto, Inka Khanji and Shutterstock

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