Croatia has become one of the most famous and fast-growing tourist destinations worldwide. The main reason for this is none other than its coastline, which is considered a pearl of the Adriatic Sea, and not undeservedly.
The Croatian coastline offers everything that a visitor desires: sunny weather, beautiful, long beaches, picturesque towns (with equally picturesque routes connecting them), green landscapes, good food, rich history and culture, nightlife for all tastes. Off coast, there are more than 1,000 islands and islets, 48 of which are inhabited. Overall, there is a coastline of over 3,500 miles for you to enjoy.
As you drive along the mainland coast from north to south, you first encounter the Istria Peninsula and then the Dalmatian coastline. In Istria, you come across Rovinj, with its beautiful old town overlooked by the Church of St. Euphemia, Fažana, a small place worth visiting for its pebble beaches and waterfront restaurants, and Pula, a historic town with the best-preseved Roman amphitheatre outside Italy.
Further south, along the Dalmatian coast, the most famous towns are Zadar, Split, and of course Dubrovnik. Alfred Hitchhock himself has said that in Zadar you can find the best sunset in the world. Apart from that, you can also find a lively old town with interesting sites and beautiful cafes, located in places as unusual as e.g. a pre-Romanesque church. At the end of the old town, you should not miss the unique spectacle of the Greeting to the Sun and the Sea Organ: the first is a 22-meter wide circle made up of 300 glass plates, which are solar powered and light up at night; the second is a musical instrument consisting of hollow stairs descending into the sea, with the upper stairs having channels which let the air out and produce ever-changing sounds due to the movement of the waves.
Split also has an old town, larger than the one in Zadar, where the main attraction is the Roman-era Diocletian’s Palace. But it also offers beaches, chic cafes and a variety of outdoor activities. From Split, you can reach the island of Hvar, and the town of the same name, the paradise of the sun-seeking, party-hungry crowd. You can also reach the island of Brac, with the famous long, golden, pebble beach of Zlatni Rat, a tongue stretching into the Adriatic Sea. The beach, which is located 4 km from the town of Bol, is often listed among the most beautiful beaches of Europe, even the world.
Last, but not least, Dubrovnik is located in a land strip, divided from the main area of Croatia by a piece of land belonging to Bosnia – Herzegovina. It is the town originally called “the pearl of the Adriatic” by George Bernard Shaw, even if the name can easily be attributed to the whole coastline. Shaw also said characteristically, “those who seek paradise on Earth should come to Dubrovnik”. It is a walled city, a UNESCO heritage site, with historic elements spanning from medieval to baroque to Ottoman. It has provided the filming location for King’s Landing, the capital of the Seven Kingdoms in Game of Thrones, but even if you do not appreciate the show, you will surely appreciate the architecture and natural beauty of this special corner of Europe.
In the wider area, you can taste good wines, accompanied by smoked ham and cheese kept in oil. South of Dubrovnik, on the hills of Konavle, you can also taste freshwater fish, after hiking in the beautiful, green landscape. North-west of Dubrovnik, you can taste oysters in the Mali Ston Bay or follow the wine route on the Pelješac Peninsula. While on Pelješac, you can take the ferry from Orebic, to the island of Korčula and the town of the same name, birthplace of Marco Polo. This town is like a painting: full of red-tiled roofs, with a stone-walled, age-old port and boats swinging slowly in its waters. In its earthy eateries, you can find fish stews and more local wine.
This is only a brief description of some of the most attractive destinations along the Croatian coastline. Although the place is ideal for a summer vacation, its mild climate and the diversity of the landscape, allows you to visit it almost any time of the year. You will certainly not get bored, as there are always more hidden treasures to discover.
– The coast has a pleasant Mediterranean climate with a high number of days of sunshine per year.
– The country’s national currency is the kuna, with 1 USD = 6.7 kuna.
– EU and USA citizens can travel to the country with their national IDs or, alternatively, a valid passport. No visa is required.
– The power supply is 230 V / 50 Hz.