Here’s a likely scenario. Summer is right around the corner and you’ve been tasked with planning your upcoming holiday. Because it’s summer, a beach holiday seems to be the only reasonable option – and let’s be honest, it is your only choice. You’ve Googled day in and out, hoping that the beach holiday of your dreams will jump out at you as fast as you’d jump into that sparkling blue sea.
And then it hits you – a Croatia beach holiday is the answer you’ve been searching for.
We’re sure you’ve heard a thing or two about Croatia’s ravishing coastline, and if you haven’t, you might want to lend us an ear for the next few minutes.
Sprinkled with over 1,200 islands which stretch across 1,800 kilometers, Croatia’s coastline is undoubtedly the major draw for tourists from all over the world. Croatia’s coast is a diverse ecosystem of lush emerald islands and jagged white havens that give off the impression you’re walking on the moon. It is dressed with dense forest, pearly pebbled beaches, and smooth sandy strands so captivating you’ll be looking to make this a permanent vacation after all.
But there is just one minuscule problem: with an infinite number of coastal charms, how does one choose the supreme Croatia beach holiday?
That’s where we come in to help.
Because there is so much to honor along Croatia’s colossal coast, we thought we’d narrow it down for you by the not-to-miss beach breaks in the country.
Starting with Poreč, for example, located on the western coast of the Istrian peninsula. A town with almost 2,000 years of history, Poreč is a summer resort thanks to its harbor position that is secured from the sea by the island of Sveti Nikola. Less than an hour away from Poreč is Rovinj, a romantic town known as the bait for Istria tourism. A fishing harbor set on a circular peninsula, it is the 14 islands in Rovinj’s archipelago that truly tempt travelers to this Croatian treasure. You’re also never more than an hour away from Pula, a seafront city of Roman ruins, and notably one of the world’s best preserved Roman amphitheaters, but also everything you need for a foolproof beach holiday.
Moving along down Croatia’s coast to Zadar, where you can not only watch the best sunset in the world according to Alfred Hitchcock, but you can be soothed to sleep at night by the sounds of the Sea Organ. Just an hour south of Zadar is Šibenik, perhaps the crowning moment for beach holiday-goers thanks to the swanky beach resorts that sprinkle its coast.
But Dalmatia’s most famous beach holidays begin in Split, where the town of Roman Emperor Diocletian acts as a hub to some of the region’s best islands. Like Brač, for example. You might know the island for its memorable ‘Golden Horn’ beach in the town of Bol, which is regularly featured in the world’s top travel magazines. Hvar is another front-runner for your Croatia beach holiday. Known for its elegance and ease, Hvar has even gained popularity for its party-friendly status, though we think its the Pakleni islands off the main town that gives it its allure. And if you’re already on Hvar, then you must hit the island of Vis, known for its bewitching Blue Cave and fishermen’s charisma.
Korčula, however, delivers even more than the magic of Marco Polo – it is an island of exquisite cuisine, wonderful wine, and inviting seaside real estate. And Mljet, Croatia’s ‘green island’ that is said to be the most forested island in the Adriatic, boasts fascinating villages, saltwater lakes, and one of Croatia’s eight national parks.
And finally Dubrovnik, the ‘Adriatic Pearl’ with a bustling beach scene and a small archipelago of several islands known as the Elaphiti, which are anxiously anticipating your arrival.
While there may be no right answer when it comes to choosing the right destination for your beach holiday in Croatia, the one correct answer in all of this is picking Croatia in the first place. With an abundance of treasures dotted along a thrilling coastline, Croatia has something to offer for all travelers – from the dreamers to the adventurers, the laid-back, lazy day connoisseurs to the go-getters, and everyone in between.