Going to Croatia?
Don’t forget that the real beauty of Croatian culture is hidden in small towns. Clean beaches, clear sea, excellent Mediterranean cuisine and the hospitality of the locals – what do you need for an ideal vacation? Following are the top 10 coastal towns and best beach towns in Croatia that you should definitely have to visit during the summer!
Baska is one of the most visited towns located on the largest Croatian island of Krk. Almost every night during the summer something is going on. Whether you chose to have a cocktail, party on the beach or listen to live acoustic concerts, entertainment possibilities are aplenty. Baska is also ideal for those who like to spend days on vacation by walking or biking. The trails are suitable for everyone. Beaches in Baska are the cleanest in Croatia, and to have more fun, you can rent pedal boats, surfboards, umbrellas, deck chairs and truly enjoy your vacation!
If you ask the locals where the best beaches in Croatia are, many will recommend Brela without much thought. Brela municipality is located 15 km northwest of Makarska. During the winter this place is not particularly alive, but during summer it is crowded with tourists. The famous beach in Brela, Punta Rata, is listed as one of the ten most beautiful beaches in the world in 2004. The Brela symbol you see on the postcards is the so-called Brela stone that is covered with pine trees. Only 20 minutes drive from Brela is the Biokovo Nature Park, ideal for a one-day excursion in beautiful nature, but be sure to wear the appropriate clothing and footwear and take at least one bottle of water with you.
All those who would like to feel the atmosphere of Dubrovnik, but are not fans of big crowds and exaggerated prices, then Cavtat is definitely the right place for you. Only 5 km from Dubrovnik Airport is this beautiful town in southern Croatia. Get in touch with local culture in the period from June to September when locals organise cultural events through which visitors come to experience their traditions and customs. You will find souvenir booths in Cavtat, but besides the usual offer, you will also come across beautiful, hand-made folk costumes from Konavle. Each outfit is unique, with a traditional belt and sleeves made of wool. If you are looking for an original souvenir, then this is a perfect choice.
Primosten is a town of about 3000 inhabitants. Its beauty and rich tourist offer attract more and more people from year to year. Rural tourism is quite popular in Primosten, and several families cultivate Dalmatian tradition and will gladly introduce you to Dalmatian cuisine, traditional music and instruments, typical domestic animals and more. Do not forget to try Dalmatian pie, a delicious meat dish with roasted potatoes that is not to be missed during a visit to Croatia. Each week, during the summer season, traditional folklore concerts are organised on the main city square so you can get in touch with the Croatian tradition from different parts of the country. Young people especially, prefer to visit Primosten because of the excellent summer nightlife and live concerts.
Solin is a gorgeous small town in southern Dalmatia known for its rich history and as the birthplace of Emperor Diocletian. Take the opportunity to go back to the past by visiting the remains of the famous Salona. The centre of Solin is charming – walk along the river Jadro, visit the church of Our Lady of the Island or just enjoy the coffee with river waterfalls. There is a famous solitary legend that says that a sip of water from the church well treats infertility. Do not miss a visit to Klis, famous for its fortress that you may have already seen in the popular series Game of the Throne where it “took over” the role of the city of Meeren.
Only 30 kilometres south-east of Split is the charming town of Omis. It has a long cultural history and tradition that attracts more and more tourists from year to year. The most prominent sights are fortresses Fortica and Mirabella from which you can enjoy a spectacular panoramic view. An unforgettable experience is guaranteed!
Situated on the Istrian peninsula, Rovinj is one of the places you should not miss if you find yourself in the Istrian part of Croatia. Although perhaps not among the largest cities, its beauty is truly great. The old town of Rovinj is characterised by narrow stone streets and a town waterfront where you can drink coffee and enjoy typical Croatian dishes. One of the greatest attractions of Rovinj is the church of St. The Euphemia that reminds of the famous bell tower at St. Mark’s Square. Rovinj is also an ideal starting point if you want to visit the National Park Brijuni.
This picturesque town is located 20 km west of Split and is also one of the favourite towns in Croatia when it comes to summer vacations. It is a “mini version of Split” – the old part of town with narrow streets, the main square where the locals gather to have coffee and a magnificent waterfront promenade or sit in one of the restaurants and appreciate the view. Additionally, Trogir is also listed on 10 cultural heritage sites under the protection of UNESCO in Croatia.
Biograd na Moru
Biograd na Moru is an exciting summer destination – beautiful beaches, numerous outdoor activities and great nightlife. It is also ideal for families with children because of the newly opened Mirnovec entertainment park, the first fun park in Croatia. Because of its geographic position, Biograd is very well connected to the rest of Dalmatia and is, therefore, an ideal place for summer holidays if you want to visit the national parks Plitvice Lakes, Krk or Kornati.
Umag is another beautiful Istrian town located in the very north of Istria, near the border with Slovenia. The old part of the city is definitely the most exciting part and is ideal for those who like to explore independently and get lost in time. The most picturesque monuments in Umag are the city walls dating back to the 10th century and the Umag Museum where old Roman vessels used in this part during the Roman Empire and exhibitions accompanied by stories of old traditions are preserved.
Let me know if you visited any of these Croatian coastal towns. I would love to hear your opinions.