Visit Croatia in winter? Oh yes! Croatia is the type of country where each of the four seasons brings a different shade of life. While summer in Croatia is the best season for partying and swimming, a winter in Croatia is the best season for relaxing and enjoying a more intimate experience in the country. Read our guide to finding the top 5 winter destinations in Croatia.  

Plitvice Lakes National Park like Frozen or Narnia movies 

Top 5 Croatia Winter Breaks

Our first choice is definitely Plitvice Lakes National Park under the snow and frozen waterfalls.

With its exceptional natural beauty, this area has always attracted nature lovers, and already on 8 April 1949, it was proclaimed Croatia’s first national park. The Plitvice Lakes National Park offers visitors seven different routes to tour the lake system and four hiking trails. The park is open to visitors year-round.

One of the most popular destinations in the summer season also must be one of the most stunning destinations in the winter. Why? Plitvice Lakes is one of the most spectacular sights not just in Croatia but in the word.

In the winter, the entire national park turns into magic. Imagine a picture when the whole park is covered with snow! The best time to travel to Plitvice is from December to February when temperatures below 0 are common. The entrance tickets at this time of the year are cheaper. Check out the prices on their official website.  

Dress warmly, bring your crampons and enjoy this magical winter wonderland.

Advent in Zagreb – Let the magic begin!

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Imagine the smell of cinnamon, gingerbread, mulled wine and a variety of snacks. 

Imagine bells, ornate and full squares. Indulge yourself in the holiday spirit and visit the Croatian capital city, Zagreb. Zagreb was named the city’s best Christmas fair in Europe for the first time in 2015, after which the program became even more interesting and meaningful, winning the same title in 2016 and 2017.

There are Christmas fairs around the city center as well as outside the city center, concerts and cultural events are organized, and Zagreb also offers an ice rink.

In 2019, Zagreb has two main themes – the Nutcracker and the Croatian Heritage, so there will be sculptures throughout the city. This year the emphasis will be on classical music. See all events on the Advent Zagreb page.

Bonus: from Zagreb, you can take a day-trip to the Plitvice Lakes 😉 . 

Šibenik – first plastic-free advent in Croatia 

Croatia winter break

Šibenik is situated in the central part of the Croatian Adriatic Coast, in the picturesque and indented bay where the Krka River, one of the most beautiful karst rivers in Croatia enters the sea. The Šibenik region is characterized by a Mediterranean climate with hot summers and dry and mild winters.

In the winter Šibenik organizes unique Advent in Croatia – first plastic-free Advent. The first Advent fair without plastic was supported by our strategic partner Krka National Park.

Apart from the unique Advent Šibenik appears as a film location in three episodes of the fifth season of the serial Game of Thrones

Visit Cathedral of St, James, St. John’s Fortress and City contours of Šibenik and feel Game of Thrones. 

Trsat Castle – a Fairy tale for princesses

Top 5 Croatia winter breaks
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If there’s something you “must” when visiting Rijeka, then you must visit Trsat.

Winter is the best time to visit Trsat and Trsat Castle. While last year’s Advent on Trsat Castle welcomed around 60,000 visitors from all across the region, this year expects to see even more attendees.  Trsat Castle turns into a fairy tale in the advent time. At the entrance to Castle, there is a large luminous ball, and the whole Castle is illuminated with thousands of lights. The smell of “fritule” and “kroštule” spreads through Castle, and the laughter of children echoes throughout Trsat.  The shrubs are turned into luminous balls, the “Peace of the Hero” is enriched with large cribs. Everything is imbued with peace, laughter, and happiness. If you plan to visit Trsat, dress warmly because Trsat is known for its bora – bura.

In 2020, Rijeka becomes the European Capital of Culture, and along the Trsat Stairs, stop by Korzo, Kobler Square and the Adriatic Square, where you can see the counter sculpture. The sculpture also has a music box, so you can hear when you turn the lever reproduction of “Ode to Joy” and take a photo in front of the sculpture.

Istria – sleeping beauty

Top 5 Croatia winter breaks

Although quieter and a little dormant in winter, Istria has a lot to offer. 

The Istria is a destination for winter walks, clear panoramic views, olive oil, local wine, local specialties, and brandy. 

Visit Rovinj, Pula, Motovun or Hum, each town hiding its charms. Take one-day routes and take a guided tour.

Also, Istria is known for its spa and thermal resorts. Such natural therapeutic properties of the water distinguish the Istrian thermal resort from other European thermal springs placing it at the third position of the European rank-list by the quality of water and therapeutic properties. Give your body the rest it deserves.

Whichever city you choose you to have a good time. Explore and fall in love with Croatia.

Why settle for an in-room movie when you can walk on the set of an epic film? That’s right, Croatia’s Dalmatian coast dotted with high mountains and several islands has recently become the place where favorite epic flicks are filmed. And that’s a major incentive why you should visit some of Croatia’s islands, in addition to it being a place with the best sunset in the world. Here’s a list of the best islands to explore with your family in tow.

1) Island Hvar

Best Croatian Islands for a Family Vocation

If you’re down for some sunbathing, smelling the lavender or wild nightlife as a couple, this is the coolest place to be. To get there, take the Jadrolinija or Catamaran ferry. Coolest things to do here include: 

  • Taste the wine – Hvar has the oldest vineyard according to UNESCO.
  • Explore culture and history by visiting monuments such as Skor and Tvrdalj renaissance castle in Stari Grad Town
  • Enjoy the beautiful Grenada cuisine – fish stew prepared with onion, garlic, and olive then served with potato. 
  • Take a boat trip to the Pakleni islands – fun activities here include scuba dives and swimming.

2) Lokrum Islands

Do you love bingeing on Game of Thrones? Well, you’d be glad to know that the popular HBO series was shot in this location too – the Island of Lokrum – which appeared as the city of Qarth in the season two of the show. 

To get there, get a ferry at the old city harbor in Dubrovnik town – it’s just a 15 minutes ride.

Your family can enjoy some of its GOT themed tours: 

  • Explore the Old Town, which is the inspiration behind GOT’s fictional city, “King’s Landing.”
  • You can visit the Benedictine monastery and the botanical gardens where the garden scenes were filmed. 
  • Climb the walls of the city and visualize the bloody battles from GOT
  • Get into King Joffrey’s malicious exploits at Lovrijenac
  • Track Ayra Stark’s footsteps while enjoying the tour guide’s gossips about the hit series

3) Vis

A couple of hours here and you may forget you’re in the earth – its traditional Mediterranean ambiance makes it the one of the best destionations for a family vacation. Vis island is located further from Croatia’s mainland and has therefore retained its charm. To get there, hitch a boat ride from Split Town.

  • Get to know the inspiration behind the fictional town of Kalokari in the flick Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again. Yes, that’s right, the movie was filmed at this rugged charming location – especially the village of Komiza. Explore Jastozera Restaurant that appeared in the film as the Greek taverna then trace Young Rosie and Tanya’s scenes through the paved terrace of Pansion Dionis.
  • Explore the blue cave and bathe in the stunning blue light as the water reflects the sun throughout the interior.
  • Learn the islands history and its contribution to the resistance movement during World War II at Tito’s Cave.

4) Brač


With its beautiful Zlatni Rat Beach, an iconic array of pine trees and fun games, Brac is no doubt the best family-friendly island in the Dalmatian coast. It’s located just 50 minutes away from Split on a ferry ride. The number one incentive you should head here is the Zlatni Rat Beach has been ranked among the world’s beautiful beaches. The other thing is there are many fun things to do like scuba diving, hiking and numerous activities for young people so here’s what to do in Brac:

  • Bond with your family on fishing excursions offered by companies in Bol as you all marvel in the mystery of the creatures. The tours cost 175€ for a single person.
  • Get into kiteboarding at Zlatni Rat Beach and enjoy the exhilarating sport in the cool Maestral winds. Kiteboarding lessons cost 840 kunas per day.
  • Explore the sacral architecture of Early Christian churches such as The Church of St. Theodore, The Church of St. Martin and more.
  • Enjoy mountain biking as a couple to the Vidova Gora summit which offers a pleasant view of the Adriatic Sea and the city.

5) Dugi otok

Best for chilling out and exploring charming traditional villages because it’s not too crowded. It’s home to the Telascica Nature pack which boasts of an iconic array of birds, coastal rocks and the popular Mir – a Salt Lake known for its healing mud.

Fun activities to do here include: 

  • Visiting picturesque places such as the Veliki Rat Light House and Strashna cave and immerse into Glagolitic culture.
  • Enjoying the Sakarun Beach, which is famous for its shallow clear waters and surrounding pine trees that shield it from the wind.
  • Trek the mountaineering path to Mount Orljak for amazing views of the sea. On your way, you will pass lush vegetation and magnificent cliffs.
  • Fishing and hiking: Try out your luck for some Tuna fish at the Kornati Archipelago early in the morning followed by afternoon swimming or some scuba diving adventure to experience the mysterious underwater world.

6) Island of Silba

Island of Silba is situated in the Zadar archipelago, south-east of Island Mali Losinj, between the neighboring islands of Olib in the East and Premuda in the West. Island of Silba if full of Mediterranean vegetation and aromatic herbs. You can enjoy in pleasant vacation in the untouched nature.

No vehicles are allowed on Silba. This is why Silba is an ideal place for families with children and for relaxation and meditation. 

Along the Silba coast, there are countless smaller and larger beaches ideal for swimming and sunbathing for the whole family. The children at Silba quickly learn to swim and dive because the seabed is full of plants and animals and that is very interesting for children and adults also. Isn’t it?

So if you decide to spend your vacation at this beautiful island, we guarantee that you will have great time and that you will come back again next year.

7) Mali Lošinj

mali losinj

If you choose Mali Lošinj as your family holiday destination, both you and your youngest ones will have plenty of opportunities to have fun and learn something new.

5 things to do on the island of Lošinj:

  • Dolphin Watching Tour  – The Lošinj archipelago is a habitat to about 200 bottlenose dolphins. Dolphin Watching Tour lasts for 3 hours and it is designed for max 12 persons. In case you do not see the dolphins, you get the possibility to go one more time for free.
  • One museum, two islands, three buildings – The Lošinj Museum has three locations, in Mali Lošinj, Veli Lošinj, and in Osor, and it keeps historical, archaeological, ethnographical, and art collections.
  • Theme viewpoint Providenca – Theme viewpoint Providenca combines the 300 m long educational trail Apsyrtides and a viewpoint bar with local specialties.
  • Lošinj’s Fragrant Garden – The Garden hosts over 250 wild aromatic plants. In the evening, from 18:00 to 23:00, visitors can taste homemade food products. It is a small but very beautiful garden.
  • Museum of Apoxyomenos –  it is a must see in Lošinj. It’s focused on a single exhibit, an ancient Greek statue discovered in Croatian sea about 20 years ago. The statue was under restoration in Zagreb for several years and looks nothing like what had been in the sea. The story of Apoxymenon is presented in a very innovative and approachable way that it can be interesting for everyone.

Croatian islands, with their Mediterranean charm and modern world glamor, offer unique cultural and fun-filled activities worth experiencing with your family. When are you coming?

Croatia used to be the hidden gem of Europe, hiding the most beautiful beaches and the most interesting mix of Roman and Slavic culture but now it has become a well-known destination in the world.

During the warmer part of the year, many people decide to spend a week or two exploring the sights and the food but which location is ideal to do so? It’s a pretty obvious answer that everything depends on who you’re going with and why are you traveling… Will you party all night? Is it a romantic trip? Are you celebrating an important event or just relaxing? If you’re looking for a nice place to have a family vacation, make sure to take into consideration our favorite kid-friendly and pet-friendly destinations on the Croatian coast!

1) Rovinj

Istria, Croatia’s biggest peninsula, it is one of the most interesting parts of the country. Rovinj is a special town on the west of the peninsula and it has a very spectacular history.

Greeks, Etruscans, and Histris, along with the Romans, are just a few nations that left a touch on the city. If you’re keen on visiting some cool-looking architectural pieces (perfect for adventurous children who love history), make sure to check out St. Eufemia’s Church. The wonderful copper statues and the fairytale-like story about this saint will surely leave you wondering.

If you are more into adrenaline, parasailing is your best option! In Rovinj, you can experience this unforgettable sport and have some good cuisine after! If your family is all about nature, the Postojna Cave and the Predjama Castle will surely catch your eye. How many shapes can you see in the cave? Maybe you’ll make a new world record!

If you’re having some extra time on your hands, make sure to visit Brijuni: the Dinosaur island. Ocean caves, observatories and dinosaur footprints will surely be very thrilling for both the old and the young!

The prices in Rovinj are lower than those in South Jadran (especially Dubrovnik) so don’t worry about your extra trips to the restaurant!

2) Makarska Riviera

Makarska riviera

Those who don’t like to settle in one place usually enjoy visiting Makarska Riviera, a fancy part of the Dalmatian Coast. You’re going to be enjoying 60 kilometers of pure beauty while driving right under Biokovo, one of Croatia’s most remarkable mountains.

What’s great about this part of the coast is that there are many high-quality hotels and apartments that are also very flexible with their time and prices, suiting the spontaneous type.

This part of the country has been inhabited since the Copper era and therefore there are many architectural sights and museums. Brela is your first destination and you’ll be enjoying very peaceful and secluded beaches here (perfect for kids and pets).

Those who have a particular interest in nature and herbs will fall in love with park Biokovo, an amazing fairytale protected by the UNESCO organization.

Baška Voda is well-known for the idyllic environment, perfect for those who crave for a bit of peace after a long day of traveling and sight-seeing. The architecture is still true to its beginnings, so you’ll be seeing a lot of modest houses of old fishermen.

The Kačić square in Makarska, the Mediterranean market next to it and the astronomical observatory are interesting as well, but have you heard about Makarska’s „The corpulent vs. Skinny football matches“? Kids love these, but make sure to pop in at the right time.

3) Dubrovnik


Who doesn’t know about the wonderful Dubrovnik? The fantastic place where Game of Thrones was made: the home of the Lannister family! Many agree that the „lion” sign this family holds is very familiar to Dubrovnik itself since it has been independent and strong many times in history!

The Old City walls where many famous actors used to hang out are probably the most famous part of the town. Just don’t come in during the hottest part of the day since you’ll be directly in the sun!

Strolling along Stradun, the biggest street in the town, you’ll have the chance to buy food, souvenirs, toys, and similar stuff, but you’ll also enjoy the many performances of „pirates”, dancers and violin players. It’s like every building is alive!

If you’re looking for a castle-like experience, the Dubrovnik Cathedral is your go-to place. The fantastic decor will make you feel as if you were living in the 16th century! You’ll be leaving Dubrovnik with many memorable pictures from The Square of Loggia, of course, where you have to touch Orlando’s Column.

Although the prices are what bothers people the most, it’s a one-of-a-kind opportunity, really. Once you catch a glimpse of the phenomenal Summer festival, you’ll be alright!

4) Hvar

Hvar is one of those islands that are both enjoyable for luxury clubbing and peaceful vacations. It’s a medieval town made from cobbles and you’ll soon notice that it holds many secrets.

For some architectural enjoyment, visit Fortica, a medieval fort. Your kids will love counting the stairs to get up! Although you won’t be as excited to be climbing, you will surely enjoy the view.

The Blue Cave of Hvar is one of the most popular mysterious places to visit. Go on a tour and learn a bit about the place: the history, the legends, and the myths. Also, don’t forget to take pictures while you look like smurfs!

Hvar is pretty peaceful during early summer and late summer, so make sure to visit then if you’re looking for a fairytale. Only 20-minute boat ride from Hvar, you can get to one of the most beautiful beaches in Croatia – the Palmižana beach on Sveti Klement island. Definitely worth a visit!

5) Pag

The island of Pag is well-known for being one of the most popular summer destinations in Croatia. With many music festivals going on in Novalja and Zrće, you or your teenage kids will be able to experience some of Europe’s best performers.

If you’re more into peaceful and quiet options with your youngsters, the Pag city is your deal. Why? Because it’s a big center with many facilities and places to visit. The Church of the Assumption is an often visited place, as well as many of the wonderful beaches like the Bosana Beach that is perfect for little kids.

If you want to feel the wind in your hair, make sure to visit the Robinzon tours to get a perfect cruising experience.

If you’re more of a land-type, the Old Town Walking Tour has amazed many and it also has a fantastic price tag! It’s very affordable even for big families.

6) Omiš

Last, but certainly not the least, is Omiš: the perfect combination of land and sea. Some families like to be adventurous, and that’s why you need to have all of your options on the table. In Omiš, you can try rafting on the Cetina river, which is one of the most unforgettable experiences you can have!

Kayaking, snorkeling, swimming and visiting the zipline polygon above the Cetina river will be just a few of the options your active kids will love!

You can visit „The Romans and the Pirates“, which is a tour that will bring you back to the glorious days of these one-legged rebels but also show you a lot of Omiš’s natural beauty. Not too far from Omiš, you’ll enjoy seeing Diocletian’s Palace located in a nearby city called Split.

Although it may sound fast and furious, Omiš is a actually pretty peaceful place where you can get fabulous food and accommodation for a good price. It makes an ideal destination for families with children.

Hopefully, this list will help you find your next destination for a family vacation in Croatia. Happy traveling!

You enjoy living your life to the fullest, spending every day as if it is your last and trying out new things that will stay in your memory for a lifetime. As a real adrenaline lover, you surely don’t want to settle for a peaceful vacation on the beach, resting under the sun and doing nothing for a week. No, that’s definitely not your type of holiday.

That’s why we prepared an awesome list of destinations in Croatia that offer the best active vacation, with lots of fun and wild activities to do and things to experience. So here it goes, 6 destinations for a vacation to remember!

1) Dubrovnik

For the fans of the famous Game of Thrones series, the filmmakers shot scenes in Dubrovnik, which has fantastic forts. It is a good place to go for sea kayaking and swimming in the blue waters. Apart from watersports, climb Mt. Srđ on foot and explore the view of the city around it. If you cannot manage the hike, there are cable cars to take you to the mountaintop easily and fast.

2) Split

As one of the best places in Croatia for adrenaline addicts, Split is a couple of hours away from Dubrovnik. It offers thrilling experiences for a one-week holiday and even longer. For example, enjoy rafting on Cetina river, as you marvel the breathtaking scenery. One mistake you should never make is going on an adventure without a camera. The river has a 50m waterfall, cliffs as high as 180m for cliff jumping, and rapids for canyoning if you are courageous enough.

Have you been longing for a ziplining escapade? Omiš Zip Line across the Cetina river will abate the desire. It offers a massive distance of 2100m to guarantee you quite an experience, as you dangle in the air above the river. Maybe you have never ziplined before, do not worry. The place has professionals to acquaint you with the sport. Omiš is known for rock-climbing as well.

The other place to find zip lines is Crikvenica. It is 500m long, a distance you cover in 30seconds starting with 35m above sea level. The destination is great for beginners considering it is shorter than the zip line in Split.

3) Istralandia Adrenaline Water Park

Adrenaline Park Istria
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Adrenaline lover or not, Istria will take your breath away. Along with some of the most beautiful beaches it offers throughout the entire coast, Istria also has many exciting adrenaline and water parks for you to enjoy.

As you make a list of places to visit in Croatia for an adrenaline pump, make sure you include Istralandia in Brtonigla. It is a large adrenaline water park in Istria with pools, a lazy river, and water slides. It is the perfect place for a family vacation, as it has sections for both kids and adults. Swim in the lazy river to relax, sunbathe, and then go to the water slides for a session of a lifetime. Loosen up and enjoy the exuberance the park has in store for you.

4) Kornati National Park

Kornati National Park is stunning with over 80 islands to offer you all the adrenaline fun you are looking for. The islands are perfect for scuba diving, snorkeling, and swimming. Dive with fish, as you get past beautiful reefs, corals, and sea sponges and swim in the vast blue waters for excitement.

5) Makarska

In Makarska, you can enjoy numerous fun activities such as paragliding, windsurfing, hiking, rock climbing, and biking. Its pebbly beaches are going to take your breath away! After a long day of shooting up your adrenaline levels, head to the bar for a drink, and have a delicious meal at one of the many restaurants.

6) Zadar

Maslenica bridge for bungee jumping

Bungee jumping is another exciting activity adrenaline junkies will appreciate in Croatia. You can experience the big jump at Maslenica Bridge in Zadar. It gives you over 50m height for the adrenaline rush you’ll enjoy. After you have had enough of this spot, you can go to the 40m high Šibenik Bridge too and have a blast once again!

Another great activity for adrenaline lovers is at the Zadar Airport – skydiving. You’ll get to enjoy the aerial view of the world beneath you from 3352m above the ground.

Being an adrenaline addict says a lot about your personality. You are a courageous person, not afraid of taking enormous risks for the sake of having fun. It is what differentiates you from other people. Croatia is a worthwhile destination for an adrenaline junkie like you. The six places we have covered are an example of areas you should definitely visit on your trip to Croatia!

So, you’ve sat down and enjoyed that Brodetto, washed it down with Croatian wine such as the Malvazija and it’s your time to take care of the bill, well Croatia has a tipping culture too so don’t forget to add a few Kunas alongside your Hvala Lijepa – pretty thank you.

Why you should tip

Most shifts are long and stressful, especially during peak tourists’ season waiters say it’s no fun. Good behavior when in such places, therefore, goes a long way. Some utility providers have even ranked the best visitors per country, and the USA is at the top as waiters say such guests never fail to tip.

It’s always good etiquette to tip after receiving excellent services, not just in restaurants and eateries but anywhere even in taxi services. And even though Croatians won’t tell you directly that they expect such tips, don’t just exit without showing any appreciation.

Who to tip and how much to tip in Croatia

As mentioned before, tipping is not expected much in Croatia, but it’s appreciated. The reason for this is service workers receive little wages; your tips, therefore, boost their morale. The culture is appreciated most in the following sectors.

Restaurants, cafes, and eateries

Tipping in Croatia's restaurants

If the service you get from such facilities is excellent, feel free to tip. You can tip using your own style, but the recommended one is cash drops on the table so that the intended person gets it. The thing to avoid is adding the tip to the credit payment as the money won’t make its way to the staff. The good old way of leaving cash on the table is the best way to go.

Some restaurants include tip application alongside the bill so check out for words such as “Napojnica uračunata u cijenu” which means gratuity is part of the bill so you won’t need to add anything extra.

Tips in Croatia are not as high as tips in western countries, so don’t worry much. Tipping is your choice, so if the service is not to your liking, go ahead and deny the tip. However, if you received excellent service, ease your conscience with 5-15% of the bill.

Hotel attendants and doormen

Hotel attendants include concierges who help make reservations, Potters who help carry suitcases up the stairs to the rooms and maids who make your stay comfortable. Leave them with up to 30 Kunas as a token of appreciation. For hotel maids, tipping is advised for every day you spend in the hotel. A maid’s life can be stressful at times, so a little appreciation goes a long way.

Tour guides and beach vendors

Tipping tour guides in Croatia

Tour guides help make a trip fulfilling. If your tour guide introduces you to local trade and craft that offers those excellent first-hand experience, feel free to show your appreciation with some Kunas. Depending on the cost and length of the tour, a 10-15% tip is reasonable. But again, there’s no amount written in stone so tip as much as you enjoy.

Taxicab drivers and parking attendants

Feel free to appreciate comfortable rides too. Tips are external performance measures that help service provider learn and improve how they drive. It’s direct feedback to the quality of the driver’s skills. Most Croatia taxis, however, operate on a meter and tipping is not widely practiced. But giving out a maximum of 10% of the fare is a friendly show of appreciation.

Hairdressers and tattoo artists

How much to tip hair stylish in Croatia

If you employ the services of either of such people, appreciate them with around 10% of your bill as these are not your usual hairdressers or the go-to tattoo guy. Additionally, if the service is more than getting your hair washed, up the amount tipped. Such shows of gratuity help build relationships – you can visit the same guy the next time you’re in town and update your look.

Spa and wellness centers

Wellness culture in Croatia is all about holistic treatment and healing. A tip for services received is thus a show of appreciation to the people who work hard to make other people feel better and healthier. Hand 10-20% of your bill to the masseur or leave it with the reception.

There’re lots of other service providers to be appreciated; tipping motivates all utility-based agents as they learn which maneuvers and services are better appreciated. In the long run, it leads to an excellent service industry. Feel free to appreciate hardworking Croatian service people with the above tips.

Istria is the most developed region in Croatia and it has the perfect combination of beautiful coastal locations and inland greenery. Istrian peninsula is a great place to visit during the whole year because there is always something fun to do. During the winter, you can enjoy the truffle search but if you want to enjoy Istria to its fullest, you should definitely visit in the summer and enjoy the many beautiful beaches Istra offers. The coast of this peninsula is 540 km long so there’s an abundance of all kinds of beaches, from family beaches, dog beaches to pebble and concrete beaches… You’ll even find nudist beaches here and there.

Istrian beaches provide pleasure to adrenaline junkies, tourists with pets and families with little kids. Everyone can find the best beach for their needs.

Take a look at our list of the best beaches in Istria and make sure to visit at least one of these on your Istria vacation.

Bijeca Beach in Medulin

Bijeca is located in Medulin which is one of the best touristic locations in the Istra. Medulin beauty is in a 1 kilometer long beach that offers various activities to its visitors. Bijeca is one of the few sand beaches in Istria. This sandy beach is ideal for older people and kids because it has a shallow water which means you can walk for almost a hundred meters and still won’t need to swim. It is also a great place to test your skills in “picigin”, a traditional Croatian game played in the sea in which you have to keep the ball above the water and do anything possible to not let it fall in the water.

As many other Istrian beaches, Bijeca beach offers lots of extras to the visitors. You’ll find fast food bars, restaurants with local food, shops, disco bars and much more.

Lanterna – Green Peninsula

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Laterna is located between Novigrad and Poreč. The green peninsula is a modern touristic village with lots of apartments and hotels. Lanterna is named green peninsula because of the green forest that spreads around the whole peninsula. Lanterna has many activities to offer so you can enjoy different activities like water skiing, windsurfing and riding a water bike.

If you are looking for a place that will give you the best relaxation but also has many fun and adrenaline-inducing activities, then Lanterna is the right choice. The green forest will give you all the stress relief you need, while water activities will not let the boredom set in!

Koversada beach in Vrsar

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Koversada is one of the biggest nudist beaches in Europe. The nudist’s tradition of this beach started in 1961, and since then people from all over Europe come to enjoy the sun completely naked.

This piece of heaven on Earth has everything a nudist needs… Restaurants that offer local food, cocktail bars for party lovers.
If you’re visiting with your family, parts of the beach are ideal for children. There’s also a part of the beach where dogs are allowed so your furry best can enjoy as much as you.

Amarin Beach in Rovinj

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Amarin beach is a part of the Amarin camp located on the north side of Rovinj. This beach has pebble and rocky surface and it is ideal for families with kids and dogs. It has a lot of playgrounds for the kids and offers on-water activities which will keep your little ones active. If you have a dog that’s fine too! There’s a part of the beach where your furry best friend is allowed too. Amarin will surprise you with its crystal clean sea that is a joy to swim in.

Crveni Otok (The Red Island)

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If you are searching for an isolated place for your summer vacation then Crveni Otok is an ideal location for you. There is no other way to get to the Red Island other than a boat. A short 15-minutes boat ride will take you to this heaven on Earth. You’ll have a fantastic time sailing on the boat and experiencing the Adriatic sea from a different angle.

Visit local beaches on the island and take a relaxing walk through one of the many paths on the Island. Red Island is ideal for people who are seeking relaxation from everyday worries and those who want to connect to the nature and enjoy the soothing sound of peace and quiet. For those of you who enjoy meditating, there are spots marked with stones which make the perfect meditation location.

Katoro Beach near Umag

Katoro beach is located four kilometers from Umag, a city known as a home to many big tennis tournaments. Katoro beach has a combination of concrete, pebble, and rocky parts. It is a family oriented beach ideal for little kids who are learning to swim.

Katoro beach provides many activities for the tourists such as volleyball on the sand, minigolf, tennis and table tennis. Kids can have fun on children’s playground while the parents relax drinking coffee in the bar located only a few steps from the beach. Shops with swimming equipment are located on the beach so you’ll have everything you need right there on the spot.

Katoro beach is probably the best concrete beach on the west side of Istra so make sure to take a swim there it if you’re vacationing nearby!

There are many more beautiful beaches in Istria but these ones are especially worth a visit. One thing you don’t have to worry about when vacationing in Istria – you’ll find stunning beaches in every corner.

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Indented coastline is one of the greatest Croatian beauties. Visit Croatia and feel the spirit of its islands – Mediterranean spirit of tranquility and peace!

Land of the thousand islands

Have you ever thought of a quiet vacation place without city rumble? Well, at the stroke of a pen we can name 67 out of thousand of them. Did we get your attention already? If the answer is “yes”, we hope our brief review of the Croatian islands will take you to the sights of nature in which you’ll surely enjoy.

What’s so special about Croatian indented coastline?

Croatia is a country with more than thousand islands, cliffs and reefs which are mostly limestone like the coast, but there are three exceptions – Jabuka and Brusnik are volcanic in origin and Susak is a sandy island. Croatian indented coastline numbers approx. 1244 islands, islets, cliffs and reefs from which only 67 are inhabited. Every island, cove, bay, reef and cliff has its own story to tell and they’re patiently waiting for you to hear it. Listen to the crickets, feel the light breeze, hear the rolling waves, seagulls squeak, and let yourself go to the sound of silence while lying relaxed on the beach.

Islands that live

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Find out why summers on the island of Pag and Murter are the ones you never forget. Those islands are known as party islands – islands that live. Thousands of people gather around every summer in the pursuit of fun and good music. Hideout festival, Garden festival, Fresh Island, Stop Making Sense and many other festivals found their home on the sites of Tisno and Zrće beach.

Three larger and twelve smaller islands of the Brijuni archipelago have been a home of the wealthiest families since the ancient times, such as Josip Broz Tito – the 1st president of Yugoslavia. There are one hundred localities and objects of archaeological and cultural-historical values that represents an ideal combination of natural beauties and rich cultural heritage which are recognised by many since the neolithic period.

Visit the exceptional Stari Grad of the island of Hvar, walk between Renaissance and Baroque palaces, sail, try delicious wine Bogdanuša or Zlatni Plavac and try indigenous meal called Gregada. On Brač, dive into the crystal blue sea on the most beautiful pebbly beach of the Adriatic called Zlatni Rat in city of Bol or visit one of the many summer cultural manifestations. Live for a day as a nobleman of Brač.

Islands of peace and tranquility

Croatian islands to visit
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Krk and Cres are the largest Adriatic islands and their beauty lies in simplicity and availability of various contents for the whole family. Krk is an excellent place for family vacations with its diverse range of entertainment and leisure content for the entire family, such as wakeboarding, windsurfing or visiting the aquarium. On the island of Cres, you’ll learn how to live in absolute tranquillity. It is a home of the griffon vultures, where you’ll have an opportunity to learn about the Vrana freshwater lake which is the island’s natural phenomenon.

Escape from the big cities’ concrete jungle and rest among the Aleppo pines, stone pines and oak trees of Mljet or Lastovo. Those islands are the national parks of Croatia thanks to their surface that is made up of more than 70% of the wooded area. If you’d like to spend a quiet afternoon on the beach with a book while sipping a cocktail you should visit isolated islands of Vis, Olib or Silba. Those islands are perfect places for all fans of a peaceful and relaxing holiday, especially Silba which is also known as an island with zero motor vehicles.

A story of the land of the thousand islands

Cres - Top 10 Croatian islands
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Visit Croatia now, enjoy your holiday and remember forever. Remember its nature and rich heritage, tell its story and the story of the thousand islands. Retell your vacation story and come again!

Things to do on the Croatian islands

  • Book a vacation accommodation in a lighthouse! Few Croatian islands, such as Palagruža, Savudrija, St. Ivan or Sušac are offering this amazing kind of accommodation. So, do you dare to experience the history of light keeping?
  • Take few sips of wine at the Wine Tasting Day on the island of Korčula
  • Escape from the concrete jungle and find your inner peace on Lokrum between holm oaks, black ash, pines and olive trees
  • Visit domestic restaurants with local homemade delicacies on Vis where you’ll find more than 300 herbs that you can use for self-catering
  • On Komiža, investigate military history from Venetian to Tito
  • Relax on Mali Lošinj, an archipelago with more than 30 small isles such as Unije, Susak, Ilovik, Vele Srakane and many uninhabited islands where you can go for a day excursion
  • Zlatni Rat on Brač’s south coast is top windsurfing spot, and also a heaven for those who love scuba diving, sea kayaking, parasailing, water skiing, jet skiing or wakeboarding
  • Visit Elafiti islands – an archipelago situated close to Dubrovnik. The two of them, Koločep and Lopud, are entirely car-free, which means they’re a perfect place to rest from everyday hustle and bustle
  • See the rare trees, vineyards, olive trees and fig trees of the Kornati islands that will leave you speechless. If you’re looking to get back to the basic of life and enjoy a simple beauty of island life, Kornati islands are the best option!

If you enjoy learning about history and people that made a big mark in creating the world we live in today, then you’ll love our list of the most important Croatian historical figures. If you’re also traveling to Croatia, even better! You’ll find a lot of interesting places with rich history to visit on your trip.

Nikola Tesla

A photograph of Nikola Tesla
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Nikola Tesla was born in a village Smiljan in the region of Lika. He was an exceptional inventor, electrical engineer, and physicist. Most famous for developing the alternating current (AC) electricity supply system, but his work also brought to advance in things like wireless communications, lasers, x-rays, radar, lighting, robotics, radio, remote control and much more.

There are at least 278 patents issued by Tesla in about 26 countries we know to exist. Many of Tesla’s patents were developed and approved in the United States and Canada. But many of his inventions were never put into a patent protection.

Visit Tesla’s birthplace—Smiljan, see the Nikola Tesla Memorial Center. The easiest way to get in Smiljan is the A1 highway and take the Gospić exit.

Ruđer Bošković

Ruđer Bošković was born in Dubrovnik. He developed a precursor of atomic theory and made many contributions to astronomy, including the first geometric procedure for securing the equator of a rotating planet from three observations of a surface feature and for computing the orbit of a planet from three observations of its position. He also discovered the absence of atmosphere on the Moon. He was a philosopher, diplomat, poet, physicist, theologian, mathematician, astronomer, geodesist, and an archeologist. He has operated in many areas of science, but his most crucial contributions are related to mathematics, hydromechanics, theoretical astronomy, geometry and analogous interpretation of all known natural phenomena.

In 1950, the Institute for Scientific Research in the field of Atomic Physics was founded in Zagreb. After Ivan Supek had proposed being invited to Ruđer Bošković, the institute soon changed its name to “The Ruđer Bošković Institute.” The institute has a multidisciplinary character: it employs 550 academics and students from the fields of experimental and theoretical physics, chemistry and materials physics, chemistry, molecular biology and medicine, environmental and marine research, computer science and electronics.

Marco Polo

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We are sure you know the game Marco Polo. But do you know who Marco Polo was? He was a Venice merchant, writer, traveler, and explorer. He was known as one of the first European who left a detailed description of his travels. The exact place of his birth is still unclear and a subject of speculation. Most historians agree he was born in Venice, but some chronologists and researchers claim Marco Polo was born in the town of Korčula on the island of Korčula.

His father Nikola and uncle Mateo were the traveling merchants and ambassadors of the Mongolian Yuan Dynasty. On one of their voyages to China, they took the 17-year-old Marco Polo. When Marco returned home, he was captured in the naval battle between Venice and Genoa. During his months of imprisonment in Genoa, he has shared his travel experiences with his cellmate, Rustichello da Pisa. He wrote Marko’s stories in a book titled “Million”, better known as “Marco Polo’s Travel.” The book has enabled the Europeans to get to know the Middle East, India, China, and Japan and it inspired many future researchers, including Christopher Columbus and Ferdinand Magellan.

Nikola Šubić Zrinski

Nikola Šubić Zrinski was a Croatian nobleman and army leader and one of the most celebrated heroes of Hungarian and Croatian history. He was a prominent soldier, a member of the noble Zrinski family and the statesman. He pointed out early, in his 21st year in defense of Vienna in 1529. Car Charles V. awarded him with a horse and gold.

Nikola was the complete hero during the Defense of Siget, and his heroic act got impressed by the whole of Europe, and because of that, they called him Leonid. The Ottomans have lost over 30,000 troops in the Battle of Siget, for which they had nothing but to give up on the invasion of Vienna and Europe. Today Nikola Šubić Zrinski is celebrated as one of the distinguish Croatian. On the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the Battle of Siget, a bronze statue was elevated in Čakovec. It is about 3 meters high and set beside the Zrinski Castle. Visit Čakovec the city of Zrinski family and learn more about this hero and his family. The city is in northern Croatia, around 90 kilometers north of the city of Zagreb.

Ivan Meštrović

Ivan Meštrović was born in Vrpolje, but he spends his childhood in Otavice. He was the notable Croatian sculptor, architect, and writer. His art has been compared to Michelangelo and A. Rodin. He lived and worked in many European centers of art such as Rome, Paris, London, Geneva.

Some of his famous artworks:

  • The Bowman and The Spearman (also known as Equestrian Indians), Chicago, USA
  • The Monument to the Unknown Hero, Belgrade, Serbia
  • Gregory of Nin (Grgur Ninski) at the Church of the Holy Cross, Nin, Croatia
  • Gregorius of Nin, at the Golden gate entrance to the Diocletian Palace, Split, Croatia
  • Croatian History, Zagreb, Croatia
  • The Winner, Beograd, Serbia
  • Visit The Meštrović Gallery in Split at Šetalište Ivan Meštrović or The Meštović Atelier in Zagreb placed in Upper Town and explore his magnificent artworks.

Ban Josip Jelačić

Josip Jelačić
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Josip Jelačić was the ban of Croatia, Dalmatia, and Slavonia, part of Jelačić noble family, general and one of the most prominent politicians in the 19th century.

He is one of the most important politicians in Croatia’s complete history, who has called the first Croatian parliamentary elections. As an army leader, he had a notable victory against the uprising during the Revolution in Hungary in 1848.

He was accomplished to merge Dalmatia and the Krajina region into Croatia, a goal that had long eluded the country. Under Jelačić’s leadership, the Sabor allowed the participation of elected and hereditary representatives. He abolished feudalism although the peasants remained poor for many more years.

The stirring monument to Ban Josip Jelačić on Zagreb’s main square testifies to the reverence in which Josip Jelačić was and is held.

Ivan Gundulić

Ivan Gundulić was famous Croatian baroque poet, lyrist, and the playwright. His family was known from 13th century, and its members were doing different State-administrative tasks in Dubrovnik. His plays were usually about mythological and literary topics with accentuated scenography, ballet and music and as such a custom scene. The most common verse of Gundulić’s works is eight, and the stanza is a quatrain.

Some of his preserved works are: „Suze sina razmetnoga“ (Tears of the Prodigal Son), „Dubravka“, „Arijadna“ i „Pjesni pokorne kralja Davida“.

Ivan Gundulić has gained literary glory for his life and had at that time received the status of a canonical writer of older Croatian literature.

Faust Vrančić

He was a polymath, philosopher, lexicographer and bishop from Šibenik. He spoke at least seven languages fluently.

His masterwork – Machine Novae contained 49 large pictures depicting 56 various technical inventions, projects and constructions (bridges, exploitation of watercourses as propellant). His most famous works were: parachute, wind turbine design, construction design of modern suspension bridges and cable-stayed bridges. He was the author of a five-language dictionary.

Josip Juraj Strossmayer

bishop and benefactor
Josip Juraj Strossmayer – Image source: Wikipedia

Josip Juraj Strossmayer was a bishop, theologian, politician, initiator, and sponsor of the most important national cultural, educational and scientific projects in modern Croatian history.

He is significant in that under his patronage he built the building of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts.

Strossmayer also founded the Croatian University and built the Jesuit Cathedral. He believed in the literacy and education of the people, and he also built schools, libraries, and readers.

He was respected far beyond his borders and rightly takes the honorable place on the pages of the newest Croatian history.

Marija Jurić Zagorka

Marija Jurić Zagorka was a Croatian journalist, novelist, and dramatist. She was the first female journalist and one of the most renowned Croatian writers of all time. Although she was a great writer, she attends a complete women’s rights’ advocate.

She was forced to write anonymously, under pseudonyms that hid her gender because back then, women’s place was at home, as housewives, and Zagorka fought against that. The exact number of her novels is unknown, it is presumed that she wrote around 35, and 11 of her novels were published in Croatian. Lamentably, none of her novels have been translated to English.

If you want to know her better, visit her apartment in Zagreb at Dolac Street, take a tour of the locations where she worked and learn more about the pioneer of female journalism in Croatia.

How much do you really know about Croatia? Check our fun fact list about Croatia and find out.

  1. Croatia has 1246 islands.
  2. The population of Croatia is estimated at 4.17 million in 2018.
  3. The official flower of Croatia is the iris.
  4. The majority of Croatians are Catholic.
  5. The capital of Croatia is the city of Zagreb.
  6. Croatian currency is known as the kuna, which is the Croatian word for marten.
  7. Croatia is ranked 123rd in the world when it comes to the size of the country.
  8. The largest island in Croatia is Krk.
  9. The highest Croatian peak Dinara is at 1,831 meters above sea level.
  10. Horvat is the most common surname in Croatia.
  11. Almost 10% of the Croatian territory is under UNESCO protection within 11 nature parks, 8 national parks, and two nature reserves.
  12. Luka’s Pit (Lukina Jama), the 14th depth in the world (1431 m), is located on Velebit Mountain.
  13. The Pag cheese (Paški sir)  is a famous cheese from the island of Pag that is made from sheep milk, giving it a distinctive flavor.
  14. The world’s smallest town is Hum.
  15. The oldest Croatian text was written in 1100, and it is called the Baška tablet. (Baščanska ploča)
  16. Picigin is on the list of the intangible heritage under UNESCO protection. It is a traditional amateur sport, played in shallow water, and the goal is to prevent the ball from tapping the water.
  17. The last remaining Griffon Vulture is located on the Croatian island of Cres.
  18. Faust Vrančić was the first man to build and test a parachute.
  19. Croatian town -Vinkovci – is the oldest European city in which people live continuously for more than 8,300 years.
  20. Croatia is the country from which the famous Dalmatian breed comes, and the name is given by a region called Dalmatia.
  21. Nikola Tesla – father of the alternating-current electrical system that’s widely used today – was born in Croatia.
  22. The world’s first torpedo was constructed – Ivan Lupis Vukić.
  23. The Mag Light was invented by a Croatian – Anthony “Tony” Maglica.
  24. Croatian Slavoljub Penkala invented a mechanical pencil. Today we call it “pen.”
  25. Croatians invented a necktie, so because of them, you look good in the suite.
  26. The HIT series Game of Thrones was filmed on the Dalmatian coast in Split & Dubrovnik.
  27. The richest collection in the world of remains of Neanderthals was discovered in Krapina.
  28. The remains of a German WWII ship can be seen in just a few meters of clear water in Zavratnica bay.
  29. There is a Museum of Broken Relationships in Croatia, where heartbroken people donate the remainders of their loved ones in the museum.
  30. 2Cellos are Croatian-Slovenian cellist duo that plays instrumental arrangements of well-known pop, rock, and classical songs.

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As a sunny coastal country, Croatia offers more than a thousand amazing islands with several undisclosed, out-of-season beaches and hillsides. Croatian islands have the best European summer and beach destinations that integrate modern exquisite architecture with great historical and cultural monuments.


Pag - best party island in Croatia

Pag is the 5th largest island in Croatia but it has the largest coast. This island is a perfect place for party people as it hosts the biggest parties in Croatia during summer. If you’re into dancing and having a great time under the sun, you’ll love Pag and it’s all-day all-night parties. Electronic music lovers among you will enjoy seeing great and popular DJs such as Armin van Buuren, Carl Cox, Avicii and many others that have been playing there.

But if you’re not into parties, you can also have a peaceful vacation on this island with your family or friends. There are numerous stunning beaches on this island and you’ll surely find your peace and quiet on many of them.

Boredom is not something you will experience on Pag. Among fun activities such as bungee jumping and jet ski, you will have something new to try every day.


Rab is another superb destination for tourists traveling to Croatia. It is widely known for its four gorgeous bell towers. Its shoreline turns and twists in a way that exposes Lopar and the surrounding sandy beaches.

When visiting Rab, you can make a tour to a Kandarola Bay where King Edward and Wallis Simpson are believed to have publicly skinny-dipped and romanced each other.

Rab has 30 sand beaches to choose from and everyone can find something that suits their needs: naturist beaches, small coves where you can enjoy on your own, beaches for dogs and many more.



Brač is highly revered for its quietness and admirably exceptional sights and attractions. Zlatni Rat beach which sits on the borders of Bol is the greatest attraction that makes Brač a must-see island. Zmajeva špilja, normally referred as Dragon’s cave, with the 15th-century monument to the monastic life of the Glagolitic friars will make touring experience remarkable.

There are so many activities you can do on the island that make it impossible to be bored. You can hike on some of the many hiking trails, try rock climbing, go scuba diving or sea kayaking… If you are interested in history, you can visit Museum of Olive Oil and learn the traditional ways of making olive oil or visit Museum of Brač where you will learn more about the history of Brač.


Vis is more than an island. It is a dreamy heaven perfect for a summer vacation. You’ll surely enjoy its pure air and pleasant breezes – something that will keep you delighted all through the touring experience.

With the two towns on the island named Komiža and Vis town that offer great beaches and rough but wonderful coastlines, you are assured of getting utmost value for every minute you spend touring this wonderful island.


Cres - Top 10 Croatian islands
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Cres will amaze you with its majestic cliffs, oaky forests and lovely hilltop towns. It is popularly known for its large population of griffons and spectacular sights.

The main hidden treasures to discover in this island include but not limited to open air museum of Osor, medieval hilltop village of Lubenice and small Valun beach.

If you’ll be staying or visiting Cres town, make sure to visit some of the most notable sights: town walls, Venetian tower, Church of St Mary and Municipal Loggia. Another must-see place on the island is Bali and the conservation of the griffons near it.


Korčula island in Croatia

This Croatian island is renowned for the thick forests that intersperse with terrific vineyards, olive groves and stone quarries. Some of the places worth visiting are Lumbarda vineyards and Marco Polo gallery. While taking a trip to Croatia, you can decide to have fun on this island by exploring the beautiful historic St. Mark’s Cathedral, glorious sandy beaches or take a boat to the largest island of the Korčula archipelago, Badija, to explore the island monastery.

Korčula is a great vacation destination for everyone – families, couples, friends or loners. Those of you looking for fun times can enjoy snorkeling, scuba diving, wind-surfing and many other fun and adrenaline-pumping activities. For families, there are two stunning sandy beaches on the island where children can have a great time building sandcastles.


Hvar is the second most popular destination among tourists in Croatia, after Dubrovnik. It rests among modern, cultural and historically rich towns of Jelsa and Stari Grad. It is known for its hot climate and sunny weather.

When touring this gorgeous Croatian island, you can decide to explore the intriguing history of Stari Grad or walk around the fishing villages of Vrboska and Jelsa.

There are many touring arrangements and fun activities you can join such as a wine and gastronomy tour, guided kayak tour, a Blue Cave and Gastronomy Tour, walking tours and much more.


Mljet island
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Mljet is one of the most toured and revered islands in Croatia. It is widely known for its widespread national park and lush scenery highlighted by two inland salt-water lakes named Malo Jezero (Small Lake) and Veliko Jezero (Big Lake). Inside the Veliko Jezero lake, there is an islet with Benedictine Monastery. These two lakes are favourite swimming spots for tourists and locals. If you wish to swimm in the sea instead of a lake, there is a beautiful beach called Saplunara located on the south of the island.

While touring Mljet, you can cycle a rental bike near one of the lakes, paddle kayak, tour the 5th-century palace or visit the cave which is believed to be the place where Odysseus dawdled.


Lastovo - Croatian Islands
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This is the largest, most toured and conveniently located island in Lastovo archipelago. It sways under the hot sun, clear blue sky and warm climate. Along the coastline area of Lastovo island lays evergreen vegetation and eye-catching bushes.

While touring this island, you can engage in a whole lot of fun activities including swimming in the sea, diving, walking along the nature park, taking your favorite meal in one of the busy modern restaurants around the island or climbing to the island’s highest point just for fun.

Dugi Otok

Dugi otok
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Dugi Otok offers a magnificent experience for summer travelers. Though quite overlooked, this beautiful island is one of the most exciting sightseeing summer destinations for both international and domestic tourists.

While touring this island you’ll notice wonderful hilltop hamlets and friendly, sunny fishing towns like Sali. The island also harbors great cliff-edge panoramas of Adriatic around the southern Telascica Nature Park and narrow sapphire bays.