Croatia is blessed with a long coastline of over 1800 km and thousands of islands. In the last two decades, it has transformed itself into one of the most desirable holiday destinations in Europe.
From the stunning Venetian port town of Dubrovnik to Split, there is a lot to see and do here. If you are planning a visit to the Croatian Seaside, here is an itinerary you can follow with the top places to see along the Dalmatian coast.
Starting in Dubrovnik, wander around the charming old town and you will understand why all the visitors fall in love with this place. It is very much like Venice but without the millions of tourists. This is a grown-up city with a lot of culture and plenty of great bars and restaurants. So many Europeans have bought second homes here. If you were wondering, real estate in Croatia is very attractive today. A holiday apartment here is highly affordable.
Near Dubrovnik, you will find a forested island called Lokrum, full of rocky beaches. If you join a Sea Kayaking tour, it will take you to this island where the views are stunning. You shouldn’t miss this. All along the way, the coastline is hugged by the Adriatic Sea. In the summer, its clear blue waters are a welcome haven for lovers of water sports. You can rent kayaks to explore the coast, do stand-up paddle boarding and in some places you can snorkel and dive. If you are visiting in the summer, you have to check out the Dubrovnik Summer Festival which runs from the beginning of July to the end of August. Take a yacht cruise to the Elafiti Islands. It is a small archipelago consisting of a few islands, but only these are inhabited, Kolocep, Lopud, and Sipan. It’s car-free and there are lots of seaside restaurants to stop for a seafood lunch.
the City Make a stop in Split, the largest coastal city. Take a walking tour of the old town and climb Marjan Hill. Then take a break and relax on one of the local beaches, Bacvice beach which is nearest to town. If you want quieter beaches, try one of these other ones Ovcice, Firule, Trstenik, and Znjan. Stroll along Riva, their very famous waterfront, and have a drink at one of the many cafes and bars along here. If you are feeling energetic, take a sea kayaking tour. It takes about 4 hours and it’s a great way to see the coastline and the local wildlife.
If you like a bit of history, visit Trogir, a UNESCO world heritage site founded by the Greeks in the 3rd Century. You can take a guided tour of this city followed by a swim in the nearby Blue Lagoon. Another watery adventure is the Canoe Safari in Cetina. It takes half a day which takes you through some beautiful areas with lots of swimming spots along the way. This is really popular in the summer. You can visit most of the islands along the coasts with the ferries but this will take a bit of planning. Alternatively, you can take an island hopping tour which starts in Istria, then along the Kvarner Gulf, which stops at Cres, Losinj, and Rab before ending in Zadar, further up the coast.
There is so much more to see and do here, you could spend weeks and not see all the delights the Croatian seaside has to offer.