The 18 most beautiful places to visit in Croatia

Les plus beaux endroits à visiter en Croatie

Would you like to discover Croatia? Not sure where to start? Here are the 18 most beautiful places to visit in Croatia.

When you decide to spend a few days in Croatia, the hardest part is choosing between the many treasures it has to offer. The makers of the cult series Game of Thrones understood this! Between superb coastlines, heavenly islands, towns and villages steeped in a rich history of cultural blends, and natural parks of incredible beauty, you’ll realize that you don’t need to go to the ends of the earth to find a little corner of paradise! Situated on the shores of the Adriatic Sea, opposite Italy, the country is a melting pot of Mediterranean and Slavic influences.

We’ve selected just a few of the jewels to be discovered when visiting Croatia. Ready for a trip?

1. Dubrovnik

Visiter Dubrovnik

It needs no introduction. The « Pearl of the Adriatic » is one of Croatia’s must-sees. An architectural and historical treasure, Dubrovnik’s old town invites travellers to lose themselves in its narrow streets.

From the ancient houses of the Placa, to the walk along the ramparts, the Rectors’ Palace and the Dominican and Franciscan convents, you’ll fall under the spell of this majestic, dazzlingly white city. And don’t hesitate to venture out to enjoy the beaches and natural surroundings. You can’t visit Croatia without stopping in Dubrovnik!

2. The island of Mljet

Mljet Island, Croatie

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Just a few kilometers north of Dubrovnik, come and discover the island of Mljet, a happy mix of pretty coves, wild nature protected by a national park, pretty villages and small harbors. The island is still unspoiled by mass tourism, and you can admire the Dominican monastery nestled on the islet of Sainte Marie, set in the middle of a salt lake.

3. The island of Korčula

Île de Korčula, Croatie

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Like many of Croatia’s must-see sites, the island of Korčula will satisfy nature and culture lovers alike. In the old town of the same name, located on a peninsula in the north of the island, you can admire ancient stone buildings, St. Mark’s Cathedral and Marco Polo’s house. Just a fifteen-minute ferry ride from the Peljesac peninsula, the island of Korčula is also known for its vineyards and superb beaches. Don’t visit Croatia without enjoying a glass of Korčula white wine or a swim in its crystal-clear waters!

4. The Kornati archipelago

Archipel de Kornati, Croatie

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A visit to the Kornati archipelago is a must on any trip to Croatia for those seeking peace and wilderness. Accessible by boat from Zadar, this group of almost one hundred and fifty islands, almost all uninhabited, is sure to appeal to travelers in search of unique landscapes.

5. The island of Hvar

Île d'Hvar, Croatie

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More popular, but just as charming, the Croatian Saint-Tropez has nothing to envy the other islands in Dalmatian waters. Hvar will appeal as much to travelers in search of entertainment, as to bathing and hiking enthusiasts, or to lovers of history and architecture. Come and visit the old village, which boasts an elegant main square, Europe’s first theater, dating from the 17th century, and a fortress.

6. Makarska

Makarska, Croatie

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Let’s return to the coast to discover Makarska, located halfway between Dubrovnik and Split. Less well known to tourists visiting Croatia, Makarska is nonetheless well worth a visit. The setting is extraordinary. The Biokovo mountains overlook a superb bay with crystal-clear waters and white pebble beaches. The contrast is breathtaking!

7. The island of Brač

Île de Brač, Croatie

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As you can see, visiting Croatia means discovering a thousand and one islands! Each has its own assets and secrets. The island of Brač attracts visitors with its dense vegetation, indented coastline, charming little coves and the famous Zlatni Rat beach. Just a fifty-minute ferry ride from Split, the island of Brač is less crowded than Hvar, and is a prime spot for diving enthusiasts.

8. Split

Spit, Croatie

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The jewel of Central Dalmatia, Split plunges visitors into the heart of history, while offering a bath of modernity. You’re sure to find what you’re looking for: museums, art galleries, shopping, bars and restaurants, seaside promenades, beaches, not to mention the sublime Diocletian’s Palace. Split is also the ideal starting point for day trips or tours to the islands of Hvar or Brač.

9. Šibenik

Šibenik, Croatie

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Less touristy than Zadar or Split, Šibenik is the ideal place for those looking for excitement and character. Stroll through the narrow streets of the old town and discover its pretty squares, where you can relax on a café terrace at the end of the day. If you’re visiting Croatia, don’t leave Šibenik without admiring the superb 15th-century Cathedral of St. James, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

10. The Šibenik archipelago: the islands of Zlarin and Prvić

Archipel de Šibenik, Prvić,, Croatie

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Would you like to visit Croatia but get away from the tourist trail? Not far from the mainland, escape the crowds on the islands of Zlarin and Prvić. Enjoy the peace and quiet of these islands, where car traffic is prohibited. If you extend your day trip by staying with local people for a night or two, authenticity and relaxation are guaranteed!

11. Krka National Park

Le parc national de Krka

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Visiting Croatia also means discovering numerous parks where nature reigns supreme. Krka National Park, with its many waterfalls, crystal-clear pools, reptiles and birds, is a fine example. Looking for culture? No problem! You can also take a boat out to the small islet of Visovac and visit the Franciscan monastery, where monks still live.

12. Zadar

Coucher de soleil à Zadar, Croatie

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Like Dubrovnik, it would be a shame to visit Croatia without discovering Zadar. Between narrow streets and Roman ruins, between small churches and pretty squares, between dazzling whiteness and orange tiles, you’re bound to be seduced! Zadar is also modern. Did you know that the sea plays music? Have you never seen a natural light show before? Zadar is famous for two of its jewels: the Sea Organ and the Sun Salutation. If you want to get away from it all, Zadar is the place to go! Zadar is the starting point for numerous hikes and sea excursions.

13. Plitvice lakes

Lac de Plitvice, Croatie

If there’s one park you don’t want to miss, it’s Plitvice. Located inland, halfway between Zadar and Zagreb, this group of lakes and waterfalls is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, you can enjoy a walk in unspoilt surroundings, in the heart of a forest of conifers and deciduous trees, where you may be lucky enough to come across a wolf or a bear! Turquoise isn’t just a privilege of the waters of the Adriatic. You’ll be charmed by the blue hues of the park’s lakes. Not to be missed!

14. The island of Krk

Île Krk, Croatie

Easily accessible thanks to the bridge linking it to the mainland, theisland of Krk lies in the northern Adriatic. It will satisfy travelers in search of excitement, as well as lovers of secret nature. Tourist beaches or secluded coves, culinary specialties or nightlife, water sports or hiking, natural sights or historical relics, there’s something for everyone!

15. Istria’s small villages

Motovun, Croatie

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Istria’s rich culture and gastronomy, beautiful coves and charming hills are the reasons why it’s attracting more and more travellers. If you want to visit Croatia without suffering from the tourist crowds, turn to two small, remote villages, such as Motovun or Oprtalj. Perched on the hills, between vineyards and forests, these two destinations offer a different kind of Croatia, far from the beaches and hustle and bustle of the cities. Real jewels!

16. Pula and Rovinj

Pula, Croatie

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Pula and Rovinj are the pearls of Istria. Situated on the shores of the Adriatic in the west of the peninsula, Pula abounds in Roman remains, such as the amphitheatre, the temple of Augustus and the forum, which are particularly well preserved. For lovers of Baroque architecture, Rovinj is sure to please. Visit the old town and St. Euphémie’s Cathedral. Then take a refreshing dip in the crystal-clear waters!

17. Slavonia and the Kopacki Rit nature park

Parc national de Kopacki Rit, Croatie

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Want to get off the beaten track? Visiting Croatia also means discovering the country’s mainland. Undeniably less touristy than the Dalmatian coast or parks, Slavonia is well worth the detour. A region of history and character, you can visit the town of Osijek and appreciate the beauty of its Baroque architecture. For nature lovers, the Kopacki Rit nature park is home to a huge bird sanctuary.

18. Zagreb

Zagreb, Croatie

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How can you visit Croatia without stopping off in the capital? Less popular than its counterparts on the Adriatic coast, Zagreb is nevertheless a striking city. Take time to appreciate Zagreb’s charms as you stroll through the narrow streets of the upper town, visit the many museums, enjoy a coffee in a flower square or get carried away by the rhythm of the nightlife.

Map of hotels and accommodation – Croatia