There are not many countries in the world that are blessed with so much beauty as Croatia. From the peaks of the Dinaric Alps to the shores of the Adriatic, wherever you turn there is a picture-perfect spot to photograph. You can’t put your camera down. Croatia is one of those countries that will look amazing through any photo lens, regardless how skilled of a photographer you are. Its scenery is so impeccably beautiful, that you can’t go wrong with it. The following list sums up what I consider Croatia’s most beautiful sites. If you have never visited Croatia, my list may give you some ideas of where to go for your next holiday in Europe.
Dubrovnik, Citi Walls
My number one choice for Croatia’s most beautiful sites is Dubrovnik. The historic city is surrounded by a series of defensive stone walls that run an uninterrupted course of approximately 1,940 meters and rise about 25 meters above the sea level. From almost every point on these walls you have spectacular views of the city and the blue waters of the Adriatic.
No picture or movie can do justice to Plitvice Lakes. There is a reason why this national park was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. If you are not unlucky to visit this natural wonder on a rainy day, then its sixteen interconnecting waterfalls and beautiful vegetation will mesmerize you.
Split, Diocletian’s Palace
Split is another one of Croatia’s most beautiful sites. The city is jam-packed with history and beautiful architecture. Split’s main attraction is the Palace of Diocletian, the core upon which the city grew. When strolling through the maze of marble alleys packed with shops, cafés and bars, it’s hard to imagine that you are actually walking through the Roman Emperor’s palace.
Just a few miles away from Split, high up on a cliff, lies the majestic fortress of Klis. Aside from its more recent celebrity as a filming location for the Game of Thrones, this incredible fortification was built to guard Western Europe against the Ottoman Turks. Not very many people actually realize how beautiful this fortress really is. The ruins have been pretty well preserved and the views from up there are fantastic.
Historic City of Trogir
Set on a small island and surrounded by medieval walls, Trogir will steal your heart right from the start. Its maze-like narrow streets lined up with tiny souvenir shops, ice cream parlors and unassuming restaurants have an irresistible charm. Wherever you turn, there is something screaming to be photographed.
Ever before the 19th century when it became a fashionable resort, the coastal town of Opatija had a reputation for being breathtakingly beautiful. Its most popular attraction is Lungomare, a 12-kilometer long promenade that curves along the coastline. Dotted with belle-epoque villas and grand spa hotels, this seafront path offers a wealth of colorful spots for photography.
The Little Village of Volosko
The northern part of Lungomare ends at Volosko, a small fishermen village with winding narrow streets, art galleries and seafront restaurants. Volosko is not only one of Croatia’s most picturesque sites, but also one the most romantic ones I’ve ever seen. The village still maintains a calm and authentic Croatian atmosphere, where the daily life continues its course almost totally undisturbed by the masses of tourists.
If you like archeology, Pula is your best bet. If you take a shovel and start digging just about anywhere in Pula you’ll most likely discover some ancient ruins. The city is home to the best Roman ruins in Croatia and to one of the largest and best preserved Roman amphitheaters in the world.
The most attractive part of Zadar is its old town. Shaped as an island –partly surrounded by walls and fully surrounded by the blue waters of the Adriatic– this small town is full of old Roman vestiges and structures with loads of character. The city brags about the most beautiful sunsets in the world, so no wonder its waterfront is considered one of Croatia’s Most Beautiful Sites.