If you are struggling to find the ideal summer vacation destination, we have put together a summary of the top destinations in Croatia for you:
Luxury vacation in Istria
Istria is a region known for its rich cultural heritage, amazing landscapes, and excellent cuisine. The developed road network, mild Mediterranean climate, and an international airport in Pula make it an ideal destination for vacation throughout the year. Tourist sites in Istria include Pula, with its ancient Roman Amphitheater; Rovinj, a picturesque town with cobbled streets and St. Euphemia Church; Porec, with its UNESCO-protected Euphrasian Basilica; the National Park Brijuni, with a safari park; the town of Motovun and its film festival; and truffle hunting in Motovun forest. Istria also offers a large network of bicycle and hiking trails for tourists seeking more active vacations, and its coastline enjoys crystal-clear waters with pebbled, rock, and sandy beaches for everyone. The region also has delicious cuisine, with recommended restaurants like Ribarska Koliba, Tavern Batelina, and Tavern Morgan.
Luxury vacation on Kvarner
Kvarner is a narrow strip of land between the sea, Ucka, and Velebit mountains. It has a culinary heritage shaped by Austrian and Italian influences. Rijeka is the largest town, but Opatija, with its Biedermeier villas, top restaurants, and the beautiful Lungo mare promenade stands out and it is no wonder why they refer to this town as a Pearl of Adriatic.
Being only a couple of hours away from Italy, Slovenia, and Austria, the Kvarner Islands are also an excellent vacation destination. Krk Island, easily accessible by bridge and with an airport, is a top choice for a weekend vacation. Explore Cres and Rab islands through activities like cycling and hiking. Cres is also a home of endangered griffon vultures that nest on the cliffs above the sea.
Nearby national parks Plitvice Lakes and Risnjak offer an excellent opportunity for a day trip.
With a rich culinary history, finding a great restaurant on Kvarner is easy. We recommend checking out Restaurant Villa Ariston or Stancija Kovacic in Opatija.
Weather on Kvarner is typically Mediterranean with a bit more rain due to the proximity of the mountains.
Luxury Vacation in Dalmatia
Dalmatia region has three national parks, five nature parks, and four vivid urban centers: Zadar, Šibenik, Split, and Dubrovnik. These cities rich in cultural and culinary history, offer a mix of various experiences.
Zadar is famous for itsSea Organ and Greeting to the Sun, while Sibenik's best features are the Renaissance masterpiece, the Cathedral of St. James, and the panoramic views from the fortress of St Michael. From Sibenik it is a short car drive to Krka Waterfalls National Park.
In Split, the 1700-year-old Diocletian Palace with its Roman architecture, and nearby Trogir's historical center with cobbled streets filled with souvenir shops, art galleries, and restaurants wait to be discovered.
Dubrovnik, a world-renowned destination, has excellently preserved city walls and baroque architecture. Dubrovnik Old Town provided the scenery for the world-famous HBO “Games of Thrones”. Take a stroll on Stradun, the famous street in Dubrovnik, and admire sites such as Onofrio`s Fountain, Rector`s Palace, Orlando`s Column, and Church of Saint Blaise or climb the excellently preserved city walls and enjoy fascinating views of this enchanting city.
Dubrovnik Old Town
The region's cuisine is typically Mediterranean, and it is defined by fresh seafood, olive oil, and herbs, but with some uniqueness.
Restaurants we recommend are Kaštel and Providur in Zadar, restaurant Pelegrini and Tavern Vinko in Sibenik, Tavern Nikola and restaurant Zrno Soli in Split, Tavern Trs and restaurant Don Dino in Trogir, and restaurant Nautika in Dubrovnik.
Luxury Vacation on the Islands (Pag, Brac, Hvar, Korcula and Peljesac)
Dalmatian islands offer a mix of vivid tourist centers with rich nightlife and charming sleepy villages surrounded by Mediterranean greenery ideal for a more relaxed vacation. The Dalmatian islands generally experience a Mediterranean climate, with hot summers and mild winters.
Luxury Vacation on Pag Island
Pag Island, renowned for Zrce Beach's summer DJ parties, is also famous for its Pag cheese. The combination of aromatic vegetation and sea salt from winter storms is what makes this cheese special. Exploring the island, you will surely come across lots of hidden coves and beaches. Here we recommend several that you should visit. Beretnica and Rucica beach are hard to reach but it is worth it because of its magical surroundings and crystal-clear sea. Caska Beach with its sandy (partial gravel) and shallow entrance to the sea is ideal for families with kids.
Luxury Vacation on Brac Island
Brac, the third-largest Croatian island, is best known for the Golden Horn beach. The town of Bol is a lively tourist destination with nightclubs and bars, while Sumartin offers a quiet escape for a more peaceful vacation. Vidova Gora, the tallest island hill in Croatia, offers a breathtaking view over the Golden Horn. For a fun family day, Nature Park Sutivan is an excellent choice. Beaches on Brac are many. Aside mentioned Golden Horn you should check out the pebble beach Martinica near Bol and the sandy beach Lovrecina near the fishing village Postira.
Luxury Vacation on Hvar Island
Hvar is well known as a party island and tourists from all over the world hurry to the island during the summer to enjoy rich nightlife. Aside from vibrant nightlife, Hvar is also known for its historic sites like the Fortica fortress. Getting to the fortress is challenging but you are rewarded with a beautiful view over the town of Hvar and the Paklinski Islands archipelago. If you like you can take a taxi to the top. Hvar is home to one of the first public theaters in Europe, built in 1612. The town of Stari Grad is best known for its over 2000-year-old Greek settlement Pharos and Tvrdalj fortress built by Renaissance poet Petar Hektorović. Boat trips to neighboring islands, hiking, cycling, and diving are also very popular among tourists, and you will have no problem finding the right activity for you. For exceptional dining experiences, check out Restaurant Gariful in Hvar.
Luxury Vacation on Korcula Island
Korcula Island is a top choice for all looking to spend a relaxed summer vacation. Explore the towns of Korcula with its medieval walls and visit the birthhouse of Marco Polo, a famous explorer, and Vela Luka, a charming town with beautiful beaches. Enjoy breathtaking scenery while you cycle or hike along 25 hiking and 20 bicycle trails. From Korcula, you can take a boat tour to National Park Mljet and visit Odysseus Cave. For restaurant recommendations on Korcula Island, we set aside Michelin star Restaurant LD and Fillipi Restaurant.
Luxury Vacation on Vis Island
If you are looking to spend a tranquil vacation away from it all, you should consider Vis as your next vacation destination. With its unspoiled nature and charming fishing villages, Vis is one of the top destinations for a summer vacation. Sights not to be missed on Vis are the Blue Cave on Bisevo Island and Stiniva Beach.
Luxury Vacation on Peljesac peninsula
Peljesac is a famous wine and oyster region so good food and wine are guaranteed. Being a peninsula, Peljesac is accessible by car and after the completion of the Peljesac bridge, it became one of the most sought-after summer vacation destinations. Towns Ston, with its preserved defensive walls and excellent restaurants,and Orebic, are ideal for exploration and a visit. In Viganj you can enjoy windsurfing and even take lessons to improve your skills. Restaurants Bota Šare and Gastro mare Kobaš are among the recommended restaurants on Peljesac.