12 Photos of Croatia
That will have you packing your bags today!
July 6, 2017
We recently returned from a whirlwind trip across Europe with Croatia being the country we stayed in the longest. We were amazed at the diversity from the top end to the bottom end in this very long and narrow country. While I plan to write up more specific details of our time in Croatia for our popular "Educational Destinations" section, I just couldn't resist sharing our twelve favorite spots with these photos. Take a look and see if you're not instantly wanting to pack your bags and book the next flight.
1. Plitvice Lakes National Park
Located in the northern portion of the country and just a 2 hour drive from the Zagreb, the capital, sits this incredibly beautiful national park covered in waterfalls, lakes, and wooden walkways for exploring.
Surrounded by 2 km of ancient walls and fortification, the old town is eye-candy with the red tiled roofs and blue sea hugging the coastline. Dubrovnik was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979.
Just north of Dubrovnik and the closest island with ferry service, this quiet spot is off the beaten path. The fresh smell of pine trees and salt water was the first thing we noticed as we explored the walking paths around the island.
Another island near Dubrovnik, this was one of those places we fell in love with the moment we arrived by boat into the tiny harbor. We were greeted by a large sheep dog that is well known to greet visitors. We also met many friendly locals who were selling their homemade wines and olive oils.
A popular island beach north of Dubrovnik, this pretty space is dotted with a busy harbor, sidewalk cafes serving local wine and fresh pasta, bike rental stands and gelato shops.
Approximately 45 minutes north of Dubrovnik by car lies this sleepy village on the hillside overlooking the Adriatic Sea. The lush landscape with churches, graveyards, and paths that lead to the sea were part of what gives this area its charm.
This pretty seaside town has a busy ferry service to nearby Korcula island. The stately promenade, shops with tasty treats, and the beautiful church beckon a longer visit.
This Franciscan monastery immediately attracts visitors' attention on the island of Badija. Just a short boat ride from Korcula, this island is surrounded by turquoise-blue water and has a wonderful hike leading up to an ancient church.
Another island near Korcula, this very small place has an inviting beach club and restaurant. Spend the day enjoying fresh fish ceviche, SUP and soaking up the rays on this private beach.
One of our favorite island destinations in Croatia, Korcula is beautiful, quiet and authentic. We loved the small old town with friendly walking areas and warm hospitality.
A popular seaport for beginning and ending sailing excursions, Trogir has a charming old towns that calls you to stay a while and sip on a cup of coffee or a glass on wine.
Located in northern Croatia and just a 2 hour ferry ride away from Venice, Rovinj is full of spectacular sites. If you're in the mood for fresh seafood, a lovely waterfront promenade, and quaint narrow cobblestone streets, you'll find them all here.
So those were our 12 favorite spots in Croatia! What did we miss? I'm sure we'll be back someday for more!