Croatia is a beautiful country in Southeast Europe known for its stunning beaches, crystal-clear waters, and picturesque islands. If you’re planning a trip to Croatia, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing the most beautiful places to visit.
As local travel experts based right here in Dubrovnik, we love sharing the wonders of our home country with people from all over the world.
When you visit, we’d love to take you on one of our Dubrovnik boat tours so you can experience Dubrovnik like a local – from the water!
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For now, start planning and dreaming about your trip to Croatia with these beautiful places to visit…
Any list of beautiful places to visit in Croatia simply must start with Dubrovnik!
Dubrovnik is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located on the Adriatic Sea in southern Croatia. The city is known for its well-preserved Old Town, which is surrounded by city walls that offer stunning views of the sea and of the city itself.
The Old Town is home to many historic buildings and landmarks, such as the Dubrovnik Cathedral, the Rector’s Palace, and the Orlando Column.
The city is an incredibly popular destination for tourists, so you might want to avoid the peak summer season if you prefer a quieter experience.
Dubrovnik is also known for its beautiful beaches, including Banje Beach and Sveti Jakov Beach; it is also known for its crystal-clear waters, which are perfect for swimming and other water sports.
And, of course, seeing Dubrovnik from the sea offers the best view! You might like to consider our Sunset Cruise from Dubrovnik if you’re looking for the perfect evening activity.
Plitvice Lakes National Park
This beautiful national park is located in central Croatia and is known for its series of sixteen terraced lakes that are connected by waterfalls.
The park is a true natural wonder and a must-see for anyone visiting Croatia! Anything we could say about Plitvice Lakes National Park wouldn’t impress you nearly as much as simply Google image searching this incredible location.
Hvar is a beautiful island located off the southern coast of Croatia. The island is known for its stunning beaches, crystal-clear waters, and picturesque harbor.
Hvar is also home to the oldest public theater in Europe, which is worth a visit for any theatre lovers out there.
Krka National Park
Located in southern Croatia, Krka National Park is known for its beautiful waterfalls. It is a popular spot for swimming and hiking, and any images taken here are guaranteed to wow the folks back home.
The park is also home to the Krka Monastery which dates back to 1577 and is well worth visiting.
Rovinj is a charming old fishing town located on the northwest coast of Croatia. The town is known for its colorful houses, cobblestone streets, and beautiful harbor.
Rovinj is also home to the Church of St. Euphemia, which offers stunning views of the town and sea below.
Split is a vibrant city located on the Dalmatian Coast. The city is known for its beautiful old town, which is home to the Diocletian’s Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Split is also a great base for exploring the nearby islands and beaches! Check out our guide to exploring Split and its surrounding areas for more information.
Zagreb is the capital and largest city of Croatia. The city is known for its beautiful historic center, which is home to the Zagreb Cathedral (pictured below), the Zagreb Museum of Contemporary Art, and many other cultural attractions.
Visiting Zagreb is a totally different experience from Dubrovnik; it’s one of our favorite trips to take as local tourists within Croatia!
The Peljesac Peninsula is located in southern Croatia and is known for its beautiful beaches and vineyards. The peninsula is also home to the Ston Wall — the longest fortification in Europe.
Planning to visit? Get all our recommendations for a visit to Peljesac Peninsula!
Crikvenica is a charming resort town located on the Adriatic Coast. The town is known for its beautiful beaches and crystal-clear waters — many of which are perfect for swimming and snorkeling.
Korčula is a beautiful island located off the coast of Croatia. The island is known for its stunning beaches, crystal-clear waters, and picturesque old town that is surrounded by medieval walls.
Korčula is also home to the birthplace of the famous explorer Marco Polo! This was his house:
Want to visit Korčula and Dubrovnik? Take advantage of our speed boat transfers for the best way to see them both.
Mljet National Park
Mljet National Park is located on the island of Mljet, off the coast of Croatia. The park is known for its beautiful lakes and forests, which offer a variety of outdoor activities, such as hiking, biking, and swimming.
The park is also home to the Mljet monastery, which is located on a small island in the middle of one of the lakes. The monastery is definitely worth a visit.
In addition to its natural beauty, Mljet National Park is also known for its rich cultural heritage and its many historic sites, such as the ancient Roman palace and the 12th-century Benedictine monastery.
The park is a popular destination for tourists and is a great place to experience the beauty of Croatia’s natural environment.
We’d love to take you there! Check out our Mljet Boat Tour for all the details.
Pula is a beautiful city located on the Istrian Peninsula. The city is known for its well-preserved Roman amphitheater, which is the sixth-largest in the world and a popular venue for concerts and other events.
Kornati National Park
Kornati National Park is located on the Kornati Islands and is known for its beautiful, unspoiled nature. The park is a popular destination for boating and other water sports.
There is enough to do here that you could spend several days! Or you could simply visit for a day, getting a good sense of the place before heading off towards one of the many other beautiful spots Croatia has to offer.
Sibenik is a beautiful coastal city located in central Croatia. The city is known for its stunning cathedral, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Sibenik is also a great base for exploring the nearby Krka National Park, which we mentioned earlier in this article.
Makarska is a beautiful resort town located on the Adriatic Coast. The town is known for its beautiful beaches, crystal-clear waters, and picturesque harbor.
Makarska is also a great base for exploring the nearby islands and national parks.
In short, there are many beautiful places to visit in Croatia. No matter where you go, you’re sure to be impressed by the natural beauty and gorgeous architecture of this amazing country.
We would love to take you out on a boat tour from Dubrovnik to share our favourite local places along this dramatic coastline. Get in touch if you want to learn more!