Top Ten Destination
DUBROVNIK – The Pearl of the Adriatic
Lord Byron was not overstating the matter when he proclaimed Dubrovnik ‘the pearl of the Adriatic.’ Dubrovnik is clearly special. A magnificent curtain of walls surrounds marble streets and baroque buildings that exude a pearly light in the Adriatic sun. The main pedestrian thoroughfare, Placa, is a mélange of cafés and shops with outstanding monuments at either end. Churches, monasteries, and museums ornamented with finely carved stone recall an eventful history and a vibrant artistic tradition. Beyond the city is a heavenly landscape of beaches and wooded peninsulas.
NATIONAL PARK MLJET- Pristine nature
Mljet island has remained rather unknown for centuries and is rarely visited by tourists. "Mljet" National Park covers its northwestern area, covering 5.375 ha of protected land and surrounding sea. This area was proclaimed a national park in 1960 and represents the first institutionalized attempt to protect an original ecosystem in the Adriatic. The world famous lakes of Mljet consist of the Great Lake and The Small Lake. Sapunara sandy beach is one of the most beautiful sandy beaches in Southern Dalmatia. Because of its rich vegetation, the island is also known as Green Island.
ISLAND VIS – Great local food, wine and diving
Island Vis was a military base until 1989. It has become one of the most attractive islands since. In addition to its well-preserved natural beauty, its rocky coast rich with coves, caves and several sandy beaches, you can find excellent food and wine in both of its small towns, Vis and Komiza. One of the best restaurants is Villa Kaliopa, situated in a beautiful 16th century Garibaldi Palace with a palm tree garden. It is the most romantic place in Vis town, serving fresh fish meals daily.
ISLAND HVAR- Town Hvar, Croatia’s St. Tropez
The island of Hvar declares itself as being the sunniest Dalmatian island and is often called Croatian Madeira. Nature provides it with 2715 sunny hours per year. The scents of rosemary and lavender, a pine wooded shore and an exceptional cultural richness divulge why Hvar (Hvar town) is Croatia’s top destination after Dubrovnik. Medieval Hvar is a small town. The main street is the wide promenade that runs along the harbor, where are all the most important sights reside. The chic “korzo” dominates the town’s rich night life with great restaurants, cocktail bars and clubs. It is a place to see and to be seen.
TROGIR – the Stone Beauty
Settled by the Greeks in the 4th-3rd century BC, it became a Roman municipality in the 1st century AD. By the time it was settled by Croats in the 6th century, it already had a rich history, and would later be influenced by the Venetians and Hungarians. On this tiny islet you will find 2300 years of culture and tradition steeped in stone palaces, churches, and towers. Walk the winding alleyways, enjoy a traditional dinner or a rich cup of coffee, and take in the beauty of sunlight on stone columns.
NATIONAL PARK KRKA- Spectacular waterfalls
This is a unique destination for a multitude of reasons. Traveling along the Krka estuary brings you close to the best side of historic Sibenik and its magnificent UNESCO-protected cathedral and fortresses. You can moor in Skradin, a charming village with a marina and town quay. From there you can visit the spectacular waterfalls of Krka NP. There are 7 waterfalls in all with a total drop of 242m. The 7th and longest, at Skradinski Buk , has a network of walkways, bridges and raised viewing points to help visitors appreciate one of Croatia’s most breathtaking views.
NATIONAL PARK KORNATI – Best for sailing and cruising
As George Bernard Shaw wrote: “On the last day of the Creation, God desired to crown his work and thus created the Kornati Islands out of tears, stars, and breath”. The Kornati Islands are the largest and mostly unpopulated archipelago, made up of 147 islands, islets and reefs. The islands, running from north-west to south-east, form four chains. The first two are very close to the mainland, while the other two face the open sea and make up part of Kornati National Park. Because there is no fresh water on these islands they are mostly void of any vegetation, although some are covered with grass.
ROVINJ – Istria’s gem
The skyline of Rovinj is dominated by the Church of St. Euphemia and its adjacent bell tower. They preside over a uniquely beautiful town of stone houses and cobble streets that have been richly influenced by the old Republic of Venice and the Austrian Empire. Here, the flavor of the old Mediterranean is alive and palpable.
NATIONAL PARK BRIJUNI- Golf course, Safari Park, Zoo
NP Brijuni is a stunning archipelago of 14 islands, but mega yachts and boats can anchor only on Mali Brijun or else use port facilities on Veliki Brijun. For many years the island of Veliki Brijun was a holiday residence of former Yugoslav President Tito who used it to entertain world leaders and celebrities. The Island is preserving the spirit of those days, so you can still find Tito’s old cars, furniture and facilities like the golf course (originally developed in 1922 and the largest in Europe at that time), safari park, and zoo. It rightfully declares itself a paradise for yacht owners and their guests.
ISLAND PAG –Zrce beach, the best party beach
Zrce beach, Novalja on the island of Pag, is a popular summer resort which hosts probably the only beach in Croatia with Ibiza standards. Zrce is a long, white pebble beach with crystal clear waters. The beach has numerous facilities and three popular open-air clubs offering entertainment until the early hours.