Croatia is somewhere that is seriously on my to see list when it comes to heading abroad. I’ve seen so many people venture there this year, I’m dying to go! The diversity of Croatia is amazing. From small fishing villages to ancient Roman old towns, quiet sandy beaches and rolling waves to bustling harbours, we can find it all on the Croatian coast. I’ve been having a look into places to go and I’ve found my top 5 on the Croatian list so wanted to share it with you.
Pula is (apparently) an interesting place to explore, including both historical sites and pretty beaches. Sightseeing highlights here are the Roman arena ruins and the temple of Augustus found in the main square for those who enjoy their history. Looking for adventure? Head to the Pula aquarium and underwater Park at the Austro-Hungarian fortress Verudela, where you can don a special helmet enabling you to breathe and walk under the sea!
A more popular destination now there are direct flights to this town, the walled old town is the place to be. Two sights which are unique to Zadar are the sun salutation and the sea organ. Best visited at night, the solar powered sun salutation or monument to the sun, lights up to create an outdoor dance floor as soon as the sun goes down. Whereas the sea organ offers a harmonious sound played by the ocean waves themselves.
Not far from Zadar is Sibenik, a coastal town known as the gateway to the Kornati islands. Before moving on the explore the nearby islands make sure you take a stroll around Sibenik’s top sights. Don’t miss the Cathedral of St James and its impressive 71 life size sculpted heads.
A very popular coastal town where everyday life goes on within the old historic walls of Diocletian’s Palace. Although it is the second-largest city of Croatia, the old town has a small harbour atmosphere. It’s a great starting point for a sailing holiday and a good base to explore the rest of the coast.
The jewel in Croatia’s crown is the old city of Dubrovnik. With its iconic walls and shining cobbled streets, it’s a fairy-tale destination. With all this beauty comes popularity too, and as a cruise ship stop the sights can become very busy! There are plenty of historic buildings to visit here as well as some spectacular viewpoints.
But, what’s the best way to see Croatia? Here are three of the best ways.
1. Charter a yacht and learn to sail
Have you ever thought about going on a sailing holiday? A yacht charter holiday is a great way to see the smaller less known sections of the coast and smaller islands where large ships can’t dock. It’s easier than you think too, with options for complete beginners as well as seasoned sailors.
2. Take a road trip and ferry hop the islands
A road trip in Croatia will give you the freedom to roam the coastline at your own leisure. You’ll still get to see the islands by taking the numerous ferries and tours available on shore. Ferries can be a cheap way to island hop, even with a car.
3. Find a base and take day trips
If you are looking for a relaxing base for most of your trip but still interested in exploring the coastline then taking day trips might be the best option for you. Central locations such as Zadar or Split might be a good place to stay. Day trips can be by organised tour or you can set off and explore on your own by public transport. You can pick and choose where you want to go and how long you want to spend there.
There are so many gorgeous places to see in Croatia. Where’s your favourite holiday destination? Ours has always been Greece to date, have you considered island hopping in Greece? Check out my post all about 3 out of the box things to do in Crete if you’re interested! Have you explored any of Croatia? Please let me know because I’d love to plan a trip there!