People walking along the stradum, the main thoroughfare in dubrovnik's old town at night

8 Places to visit in Croatia

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There are so many beautiful towns to discover 

If you’re thinking about visiting Croatia for the first time, or you’re a regular returner, you’ll know how attractive the country is. Also, that it still has some true gems, that feel like that they are yet to be truly discovered. In which case then, perhaps I should just be quiet and keep them to myself.

Protecting the old harbour, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Protecting the old harbour at Dubrovnik

Ok, so there may not be any islands mentioned on this list.

We did drive through a couple which we reached by hopping on a car ferry, but Gary and I are saving them for another visit to Croatia.

We just couldn’t fit anymore in during our two-week road trip.

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Zadar was one of our favourite locations in Croatia.  It wasn’t just for the sounds of the melodic Sea Organ, or the mesmerising Greeting to the Sun evening light display, but the incredible history.

St. Mary's Church under a beautiful blue sky, Zadar, Croatia

St. Mary's Church under a beautiful blue sky

The Venetian influence is so prominent to see, along with where the Romans let their mark through Zadar’s symmetrical streets. Flagstone pathways, so shiny with centuries of footsteps passing through. It was such a heart-warming city I could return time and again.

Entranced by the Sea Organ, Zadar, Croatia

Entranced by the Sea Organ

You can also check out our post 'Sights and Sounds of Zadar, Croatia'



Trogir is a small historical town just north of Split, I was initially unsure whether to stay here or Split, but as our road trip was more or less a circular route, we decide to visit one heading south and the other heading north. I am so pleased we did, as I actually preferred Trogir to Split, mainly for its size and number of visitors. 

Trogir, with it's Venetian influences, Croatia

Trogir, with it's Venetian influences

Don’t get me wrong Trogir is reasonably popular as it has an incredible maze of ancient lanes and courtyards within its walls. However, of an evening it became a very peaceful and delightful place to sit and watch the sunset across the evening sky.

Oh, and it was where I had my favourite meal of the trip, “Brodet” which is a seafood stew.

The Riva at dusk, Trogir, Croatia

The Riva at dusk, Trogir



Of late Dubrovnik has been getting a bit of a bad rap for its number of visitors, quite often from cruise ships, although the city has started to address this. In my opinion, try not to let this put you off, it is a beautiful city and incredibly picturesque, particularly the view you get when strolling around the top of the city walls. Across the rooftops below and the crystal-clear waters beyond the shores.

View from the old port of Dubrovnik, Croatia

View from the old port of Dubrovnik

My advice with Dubrovnik is to stay overnight; definitely, the streets and restaurants become quieter, and there is such a lovely warm atmosphere to enjoy.

Did You Know?

That the Old City of Dubrovnik has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979.

Stradun at night, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Stradun at night

For more iyou can check out 'Exploring the streets of Dubrovnik'



When visiting Split, you are immediately drawn to its pleasant waterfront, and you just want to enjoy a promenade along the Riva or is that just me? Sitting elegantly on the edge of the Adriatic Sea, Split is a city that you just have to go and dig deeper into. 

The Diocletian palace, Split, Croatia

The Diocletian palace, Split

Gary and I couldn’t wait to discover the ancient Diocletian Palace, its intriguing warren of historic lanes and its beautiful little courtyards filled with tiny restaurants. The palace in the heart of the old city is free of charge to wander around. Which is fantastic considering the centuries of footsteps you are sharing it with.

Strolling along the Riva in Split, Croatia

Strolling along the Riva in Split

There's 'Strolling through the centuries of Split, Croatia' if you want a little more.


Plitvice Lakes National Park

If you are planning a trip that involves travelling beyond Croatia’s cities, then Plitvice Lakes National Park needs to be on your list. It is absolutely beautiful and will take a whole day to truly appreciate its wonder.

Plitvice Lakes is always beautiful, Croatia

The Plitvice Lakes are always beautiful

Just to let you know that Plitvice Lakes, does seem to have its own microclimate, so although it may be sunshine and blue skies a few miles away, Plitvice may be completely different.

The atmosphere that the park creates is magical, as you wander by gushing waterfalls, across wooden paths over ponds, the eerie peaceful presence is wonderful. 

Our Advice

We were given advice by a local, to start at the top of the park and make your way down.

There is a bus that runs you to the north, it’s easier wandering down and also a lot quieter, to begin with.

Water works at Plitvice Lakes, Croatia

Water flows at Plitvice Lakes



On the Istrian Peninsular in the north of Croatia is the colourful fishing port of Rovinj and a wonderful town to use as a base to discover the region.

View from the harbour front, Rovinj, Croatia

View from the harbour front

Rovinj is so picturesque, take a stroll through the pedestrianised streets to the Baroque Church at the top of the old town, the view is beautiful.

The cobbled lanes & passageways of Rovinj

The cobbled lanes of Rovinj

A climb through the old town of Rovinj, Croatia

A climb through the old town of Rovinj

Rovinj is so picturesque, take a stroll through the pedestrianised streets to the Baroque Church at the top of the old town, the view is beautiful.

We've a post on our time in the town -  'The Romance of Rovinj, Croatia'

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We visited Pula on one of our days out from Rovinj, as the thought of the amphitheatre and all its history relating to the Romans was too much of an opportunity to pass up. Within Pula’s main square are the Forum and a magnificent temple, which was built during the 1st-century and dedicated to the Roman Emperor Augustus.

The amphitheatre at Pula, Croatia

The amphitheatre at Pula

As if Pula didn’t have enough history, take a wander through the Arch of the Sergii, and you’ll see a bronze dedicated to James Joyce. Mr Joyce taught English to Austro-Hungarian officers, at a time when Croatia was part of the empire.

The Temple and Forum,Pula, Croatia

The Temple and Forum

More from our experience - 'The Romans left their mark in Pula, Croatia'

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Just north of Rovinj is another delightful town named Poreč, and the Venetian influences are unbelievably noticeable. I suppose with Venice just a short hop across the Adriatic Sea, it isn’t surprising.

The view from the bell tower, Poreč, Croatia

The view from the bell tower, Poreč

Poreč has a picturesque harbour, lovely cobbled lanes and an incredible mixture of architecture. However, one of the draws for us was the 6th-century Euphrasian Basilica, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s beautiful inside, and you must venture up to the top of the bell tower, to get a great view across the rooftops of Poreč.


The cobbled lanes

The Euphrasian Basilica in Poreč, Croatia

The Euphrasian Basilica in Poreč

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      Rovinj is lovely, I highly recommend staying for the evening as the streets get quieter and the River is a great place to sit and watch the world go by. There is so much history in such little place.

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