Coastal Croatia: 5 Seaside Destinations To Visit This Summer

Coastal Croatia

When it comes to natural beauty and breathtaking landscapes, Croatia is a knockout. With one of the most stunning coastlines in Europe, most Croatians barely have to travel far to enjoy the sea, sand and surf. Visitors can choose one of its many islands for the perfect summer holiday. There are over a thousand islands in the country, each one teeming with historic sites, unique experiences and so much more. Here are some of the top 5 seaside destinations you can explore.

1. Sibenik

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This is a popular coastal town that is ideal for a relaxing holiday. Sibenik has some amazing beaches where you can sit and soak up the sun. It also located close to Krka National Park and Kornati National Park, which is easily accessible by both ferry and bus. The town is less populated and real estate tends to be cheaper compared to other places. This has made it a favorite location among people who want to rent or buy houses in the country. Visitors can also explore the town’s streets and enjoy some amazing seafood. The town is famous for its buzara sauce, which features mussels, paprika and white wine.

2. Zadar

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Photo: 500px/Leb

This seaside destination is ideal for visitors who want to immerse themselves in Croatian culture. Zadar has several cafes along its small piazzas where you can sample traditional pastries. You can also watch fishermen catching fish on the town’s waterfront. The town has a daily market where you can get a variety of herbal essences, fresh produce, and local cheeses and honey. Zadar is surrounded by turquoise waters on three sides, making it a great choice for visitors who want to unwind. This destination has a Roman history that you can explore by visiting the Forum, an open-air museum that features Roman ruins. One of the most visited things in Zadar are Greetings to the Sun which is a permanent art installation and Sea Organ right next to it which is an experimental musical instrument where sea waves play the tubes that are located under the steps.

3. Split

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Photo: 500px/Vincent Demers

This is one of the largest Croatian cities and it serves as a leading port. Split is an ideal destination for visitors who want to visit the different islands. It is also a great starting point for day trips. It is home to Diocletian’s Palace, which has been listed by UNESCO. The city offers a great location for outdoor activities such as sailing, white water rafting, and rock climbing.

Split has a vibrant fish market where visitors can sample tantalizing tender anchovies. You can also watch as fishermen prepare some of the fish for sale. The city’s cuisine is influenced by both Bosnian and Mediterranean cooking styles, making it quite unique. Konoba Varos is a good spot for delicious traditional meals.

4. Dubrovnik

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This is an impressive city with a stunning old town, which has been named as one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites. Dubrovnik’s old town features imposing city walls and it is only open to pedestrians. The city hosts several dance, music, and theatre performances in the summer. It also offers a great view of the Adriatic Sea.

Dubrovnik has several informal eateries that serve some amazing seafood. Visitors can also explore the many chic hotels and sports facilities around the city.

Dubrovnik might be the most expensive city in Croatia but its beauty is unmatched. Popular for being a Game of Thrones location, this well known city is visited by millions of people every year and for a good reason.

5. Pula

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Photo: 500px/Ruzdi Ekenheim

It is located near the Istrian Peninsula and is home to the Roman amphitheatre named the Arena, one of Croatia’s leading attractions. Pula has Roman origins, which are evident at the Arena. The amphitheatre is one of the largest in the world and it hosts several events and concerts such as the annual Pula Film Festival. The festival is one of the oldest across the globe and it attracts more than 70,000 fans each year. It features International and Croatian films. Other attractions in this destination include the Temple of Augustus, The Forum, and Hercules Gate.

Pula is a mix of old and new. Modern boutiques, cafes, and bars sit among ancient ruins. Visitors can also enjoy swimming or walks along the beach on Pula Bay. You can spend time on Bijeca beach, which has a long stretch of white sand. The city’s main square hosts a daily market with several souvenir shops. There are different restaurants scattered around this town and they offer the best of Istrian cuisine.

Pula’s city centre is full of character, making it a great choice for party goers. The town’s Kandlerova Street features several musicians who play traditional Istrian instruments. Its bars are friendly and laid-back but you can get some lively techno and electric music at the town’s harbor.

Croatia’s seaside destinations offer adventure, unique culture, sumptuous cuisine, lively markets, and some of the best views in the world. Visit these top five locations to enjoy the best of Croatia.


An avid travel blogger, Alex loves foreign food, playing guitar, watching football and meeting new people almost as much as finding himself in exciting places living life to the maximum.

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