Stretching over 1,800 km of shoreline and boasting over 1000 islands is the lovely coastal Croatia. This region is reminiscent of a romantic scene in Italy with its own personal twist. Croatia’s coastline has steadily become a hotspot for travellers looking for total immersion into Eastern Europe’s most scenic area. Accommodations, restaurants, and activities all range from luxurious to affordable – making this an accessible destination that breaths culture. Here are 5 reasons why coastal Croatia should top your travel list this year.
Beaches in Croatia range from pebbly to sandy, depending on what area you visit. No matter where you go are the water is clear, turquoise, and absolutely stunning. Dalmatia, one of the four main regions of Croatia, offers some of the most scenic coastline in Europe. The beaches here are perfect for relaxing afternoons watching sailboats, exploring coves, and enjoying consistently warm, balmy weather. Zlanti Rat is also a must-visit beach while exploring the island of Brac.
Plitvice Lakes National Park
Plitvice Lakes is Croatia’s most popular tourist attraction and the oldest National Park in Southeast Europe. The gorgeous park consists of 300 square kilometres and contains 16 connected lakes. Walking through the entire park takes about 8 hours, or you can take an electric boat from one end of the largest lake to another. This is a breathtaking nature experience that can be enjoyed during any seasonal visit to Croatia.
Eating good food is often a top priority for vacationing in Europe. The food in Croatia is deliciously fresh and classic. You will enjoy some of the best seafood while staying along the coast. Shrimp, oysters, lobster, and fish are caught daily and served alongside some Italian style dishes. In addition to incredible food, there is a great wine scene to explore.
Hvar Town is Crotia’s most bustling destination, often drawing around 20,000 people per day. Visiting Hvar is like stepping into a time machine and walking amongst cobblestone streets and 13th century walls. This is where lots of visitors come for fine dining and happening nightlife. During the day there are a number of beautiful beaches off of Hvar to enjoy.
Each area of the Croatian coast offers the best conditions for various watersports. Scuba diving is especially wonderful on the Kornati Islands, while windsurfing is best enjoyed at Viganj Island. If you’re staying in Dubrovnik there are intimate sea kayak and snorkelling tours perfect for a family activity.