My Personal Croatia Travel Highlights

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To be honest with you, I've been thinking about my Croatia travel highlights for a while now. Why? Mostly because of e-mails I receive from readers asking me about "the best" cities, islands or whatever.

But, what is "best"? It might sound a little strange, but it's not as obvious as it seems in the first moment. I really saw a lot from this enchanting country and contained a lot of my experiences and travel stories here in this online travel guide.

It's one of the things I love in my life - sharing my passion for Croatia with you (with the world). It really means a lot to me. But again, what are the best spots in croatia?

What is the cream of all these fantastic places?

If you would ask me to rate the best-of-the-best spots in Croatia, I really couldn't give you an answer right away. It really depends and I probably couldn't name a single spot. What I can show you instead is a selection of my top spots in Croatia.

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Please remember that all these suggestions and "ratings" are solely my personal perspective. Somebody else might think differently and if you have other Croatia travel highlights - please share them with us!

Of course, I have to devide my travel suggestions and experiences into categories - otherwise it wouldn't make sense (for example to weigh the top Croatian islands with the top coastal cities if you know what I mean).

So, let's start with one of the questions people e-mail me nearly daily:

What is the best vacation city in Croatia?

Well, to be very clear, there is just one answer... it depends :-) Ok, seriously. I would first decide in what "kind of city" you are interested in. In Croatia you will find fantastic coastal cities, charming towns on islands and in the interior.

In general, you can't go wrong by visiting one of the coastal cities in Croatia. They are all very charming, have great historical buildings, exceptional restaurants and this special kind of Mediterranean flair which makes it that much more interesting. You can be sure that these coastal cities will impress you and you will gain some great memories for life.

The beautiful promenade of Trogir.

Trogir - also one of my personal Croatia travel highlights.
View onto Trogir from the Kamerlengo fortress.

Here's a list of the top vacation cities along the Croatian coastline (from north to south):

My personal suggestion for the best coastal city: Split in the Dalmatia region (southern Croatia) definitely belongs to the Croatia travel highlights. I have been in Split more than a couple of times and it's always such a great time there and impresses me every time I am there.

You will find the Diocletian Palace there (which belongs to the six Unesco world heritage sites in Croatia ), a great promenade with Cafes and the typical huge palm trees, historical buildings, a top notch marina (if you are arriving by boat), and for all the woman - Split offers exceptional shopping possibilities in dozens of those nice alleys :-)

Promenade of Split with palm trees and a steeple of the Diocletian Palace in the background.

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Split with a steeple of the Diocletian palace and a part of the promenade.

The beautiful promenade of Split with the palm trees.

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The promenade of Split is fantastic - here you can see the beautiful palm trees and benches right next to the Adriatic.

I suggest to first get an impression of the city by watching and reading my "three-part photo story" of Split. Those photos will give you a very good first impression of the city and everything is explained within the comments to each picture.

If you first want to get some basic information and watch a travel video of Split, please go to my article about Split (at the end of the article you can also use the link to my 5-part photo story).

What are the best National Parks in Croatia?

Croatia has a total of eight beautiful national parks. In my opinion, you should definitely visit at least one national park while you're in Croatia. It's just something you souldn't miss because you will find a well preserved nature at it's finest.

Waterfall at the Plitvice Lakes national park.

The Plitvice Lakes national park houses 16 beautiful lakes with unbelievable turquoise colors and dozens of waterfalls. In my opinion, this national park is without controversy one of the real Croatia travel highlights!

If you are interested in visiting one of them, you should first decide what region you want to see as these eight national parks are sparkled across the country.

Those three Croatian national parks are in my opinion outstanding:

What are the most beautiful beaches in Croatia?

Croatia's well intended coastline has a total lenghts of 1778 km. If you add the 1185 islands, islets and reefs this figure rises to over 5800 km. You can find so many different bays, capes, beaches and hidden natural attractions along the coast, together with the crystal clear azure waters and colorful shores. Every visitor is able to find his/her personal top spot and discover some personal Croatia travel hightlights!

If you are looking for some privacy, there are soooo many choices. Just have your eyes open and you will find a wonderful (and private) beaches - just for you and your loved one.

I really don't know what the best beach in Croatia is - there are just too many of those fabulous beaches. But, I can show you the most famous beach of Croatia. The beach is located on Brac island and it's name is "Zlatni Rat".

The famous Zlatni Rat beach on Brac island.

I took this photo from cliffs just above the famous Zlatni Rat beach on Brac island.

Have a look at my five-part travel story about Zlatni Rat with dozens of pictures.

Also, here you can have a look at a carefully selected list of fantastic Croatian beaches.

What are the most exciting islands in Croatia?

As you might know, Croatia has more than 1000 islands and isles.

Here is a map of Croatia with it's islands (you can zoom in and browse from island to island - simply use the buttons in the upper left corner or your mouse-wheel):

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The Croatian littoral unarguably belongs to the greatest attraction in the eye of the visitor. Click here to read my article about a vacation on the Croatian coast.

If you stay anwhere at the coast, you can easily plan a day-trip to a near island. Transportation to- and from the islands is also very easy and cheap. There are ferries which shuttle between coastal cities and islands.

Croatian ferry Jadrolinija between Split and Brac island (Supetar).

Ferry from the main carrier "Jadrolinija" between Split and Brac island.

You really don't have to worry about a ferry-trip. It's like hiring a taxi anywhere in the world and you will have a great time on board with spectacular views. Of course, you can make the trip to an island with your car (car-ferries).

Me sitting on a stone-wall above the town Supetar on Brac island. You can also see Split in the background.

Me on Brac island, the charming town "Supetar" below. In the background you can see the mainland - Split region.

We had a fantastic trip to Brac island from Split.
It's really one of my most amazing travel stories.

Click here for a list of beautiful Croatian islands.

As I stated above, this is my personal perspective of Croatia travel highlights. If you have suggestions which deserve "highlight-status", please share them with us. We would love to hear about it!

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