The island nation of Croatia has become one of the most popular vacation destinations in the world. In fact, it was ranked the 18th most popular place for tourists to visit in the world. With picturesque views of the Adriatic Sea, its hundreds of historic sites and landmarks, and stunning beaches, it’s really no wonder why. However, Croatia consists of over 1,000 islands so choosing where to go first may be a challenge.
The must-see Croatian destinations to include in your itinerary include:
Brac Island, the largest of the central Dalmatian group of islands in Croatia, is one of the best Croation destinations. There are so many things to see and do here, particularly if you love the great outdoors. The island offers paddle boating, volleyball, tennis, water skiing, diving, and many great beaches.
Among the most fabulous are Golden Horn, Sutivan, Pucisca, Povlja, and Sumartin Beach. As for sightseeing, Brac offers many diverse villages to explore and museums such as the Island Brac Museum.
Mljet, known as the greenest of all the Croatian islands, is another place you’ll want to put on your itinerary. What’s unique about Mljet is the fact it is covered in forests, vineyards, and saltwater lakes. But that’s not all – the island’s stunning bays, small pebble beaches, and wildlife also make it a must-see.
Besides taking in the beautiful scenery, there is lots to keep you busy. You can visit Mljet National Park, swim in Malo Jezero and Veliko Jezero Lakes, explore Odysseus Cave, sunbathe on Sutmiholjska Beach, rent a bike, or take a sailing excursion.
Located very close to Brac Island is the next must-see Croatian destination, Split. The second-largest town in Croatia, it too, offers travelers stunning scenery and many things to see and do. Make sure you allow yourself plenty of time in Split because there is tons to do here.
If you find yourself just wanting to hang out, Marijan city park is a great place to do just that, but if you’re into sight-seeing, check out Old Town, St. Duje’s Cathedral, or Diocletian’s Palace. Split’s also known for its great beaches, so you should definitely make a point to see at least a couple them, especially Bacvice Beach, Kasuni Beach, Bene Beach, and Trstenik Beach.
Among the top five most visited cities in Croatia is Dubrovnik. Besides its amazing views of Old Harbour and the annual feast of Sveti Vlaho, there’s much to be said about the city’s old-world and historic charm. The main location for the popular TV series Game of Thrones just so happens to be Dubrovnik, and when you visit you’ll have the unique opportunity to see where the scenes where shot.
Some of Dubrovnik’s most popular historic sites to visit include Fort Lovrijenac, Rector’s Palace, Dubrovnik Cathedral, Fort Imperial, St. John’s Fortress, and you cannot pass up Ancient City Walls, Korcula Island, Stradun, or Pile Gate.