Must-see attractions in Croatia

  • Croatian Museum of Naïve Art


    A feast for fans of Croatia’s naive art (a form that was highly fashionable locally and worldwide during the 1960s and ’70s and has declined somewhat…

  • Stiniva

    Vis Island

    Tiny Stiniva is Vis’ most perfect cove. The high cliffs surrounding it form an almost complete circle, with a gap of only about 10m open to the sea. The…

  • Mljet National Park

    Mljet Island

    Covering 5400 hectares of land and sea at the western end of the island of Mljet, this national park offers shady walking and cycling tracks, a ruggedly…

  • The main promenade on Lopud runs from the 15th century Franciscan Monastery


    Elafiti Islands

    Car-free Lopud has the prettiest settlement of all the Elafitis, composed of stone houses surrounded by exotic gardens and overlooked by ruined fortresses…

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    Lush Lokrum is a beautiful, forested island full of holm oaks, black ash, pines and olive trees, only a 10-minute ferry ride from Dubrovnik's Old Harbour…

  • Fountain Neptune at the Trsteno Arboretum.

    Trsteno Arboretum

    Southern Dalmatia

    Gorgeous whatever the season, this leafy garden, 14km northwest of Dubrovnik, is the oldest of its kind in Croatia. It was during the Renaissance that…

  • Narona Archeological Museum

    Narona Archaeological Museum

    Southern Dalmatia

    In 1995 archaeologists in Vid made the extraordinary discovery of an Augusteum, a temple dedicated to the cult of the Roman Emperors, built around 10 BC…

  • Baptistery of St. John formerly the Roman Temple of Jupiter, Diocletian's Palace, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Split, Croatia, Europe

    Temple of Jupiter


    Although it's now the cathedral's baptistery, this wonderfully intact building was originally an ancient Roman temple dedicated to the king of the gods…

  • Figurative carvings on Roman-era tomb at Archaeological Museum.

    Archaeological Museum


    A treasure trove of classical sculpture and mosaics is displayed at this excellent museum, a short walk north of the town centre. Most of the vast…

  • Dolac open market, with Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Saint Stephen (Sveti Stjepan) in background, Zagreb, Croatia

    Dolac Market


    Right in the heart of the city, Zagreb’s bustling fruit and vegetable market has been trader-central since the 1930s when the city authorities set up a…

  • Mestrovic Gallery on Marjan Peninsula.

    Meštrović Gallery


    At this stellar art museum you’ll see a comprehensive, well-arranged collection of works by Ivan Meštrović, Croatia’s premier modern sculptor, who built…

  • Kornati National Park

    Kornati Islands

    Composed of 89 of the Kornati's 140 islands, Kornati National Park shelters part of the largest and densest archipelago in the Adriatic. Due to the…

  • Zagreb, croatia - September 8, 2016: view of the funicular station in the city

    Funicular Railway


    This very short, and steep, funicular railway line, constructed in 1888, connects the Lower and Upper Towns of Zagreb.

  • Sokolarski Centre

    Northern Dalmatia

    Dedicated to protecting birds of prey in Croatia, this centre performs a kind of rescue and rehab service for around 150 injured raptors each year…

  • Skradinski Buk

    Krka National Park

    The highlight of Krka National Park, an hour-long loop follows boardwalks, connects little islands in the emerald-green, fish-filled river and terminates…

  • Castle Eltz


    Closed for several years following the war, the 18th-century Eltz Palace reopened in 2014 as this brilliant museum. Head up the stairs to the 1st floor…

  • Šipan

    Elafiti Islands

    At 16 sq km Šipan is the largest of the Elafiti Islands and was a favourite with the Dubrovnik aristocracy, who built houses here. Most ferries dock in…

  • Supetar Cemetery

    Brač Island

    An unexpected highlight of Supetar is its fascinating cemetery, full of striking sculptural monuments. Grandest of all is the over-the-top Petrinović…

  • Mother of Mercy Franciscan Monastery

    Krka National Park

    Upstream of Skradinski Buk waterfall the Krka River broadens into Lake Viskovac, a habitat for marsh birds. At its centre is a tree-fringed island, the…

  • Koločep

    Elafiti Islands

    The nearest of the Elafitis to Dubrovnik, this sweet island is inhabited by a mere 163 people and is covered in centuries-old pine forests, olive groves…

  • Dubovica

    Hvar Town

    This gorgeous grin of beach has a tiny cluster of stone houses and a couple of cafe-bars. The juxtaposition of the white pebbles alongside the brilliant…

  • Uljara Nadin

    Northern Dalmatia

    This fine place offers olive-oil tasting (including advice on how to tell the difference between good and bad olive oil), a tour of its production…

  • Sahara Beach

    Rab Island

    Sahara Beach is a popular nudist spot in a gorgeous but shallow bay. Look for the signpost pointing off the main road before you reach Paradise Beach; it…

  • Beli Beach

    Cres Island

    An archetypal Adriatic beach – secluded, wonderfully quiet and strewn with pebbles – 130m below the pretty village of Beli.

  • Krapje is a traditional wooden village in Croatia's Lonjsko Polje Nature Park. Some of the buildings are 200 years old.

    Lonjsko Polje Nature Park

    Inland Croatia

    Nominated for World Heritage Site status, Lonjsko Polje is a 506-sq-km stretch of swampland (polje means ‘field’) in the Posavina region, between the Sava…

  • Belltower of Church of Franciscan Monastery.

    Franciscan Monastery & Museum


    Within this monastery's solid stone walls are a gorgeous mid-14th-century cloister, a historic pharmacy and a small museum with a collection of relics and…

  • Zagreb, Croatia - July 21, 2014: Mestrovic Pavilion (circa 1938) in Zagreb, Croatia. Also as the Home of Croatian Artists, the official seat of the Croatian Association of Artists (HDLU)

    Croatian Association of Artists


    East of the centre, this gallery is housed in one of the few architectural works by Ivan Meštrović and has a busy and diverse rolling program of…

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    St Blaise’s Church

    Istria's West Coast

    This handsome neobaroque church was completed in 1800 but commenced 40 years earlier, when Venice was still the style-setter for Istria. With its 63m-high…

  • Trakošćan Castle

    Trakošćan Castle


    This castle, 80km northwest of Zagreb, is worth a visit for its well-presented museum and attractive grounds. The exact origin of its construction is…

  • Exterior of Gothic Renaissance Sponza Palace.

    Sponza Palace


    One of the few buildings in the old town to survive the 1667 earthquake, the Sponza Palace was built from 1516 to 1522 as a customs house, and it has…

  • Žumberak Samoborsko Gorje Nature Park

    Around Zagreb

    Samobor is a good jumping-off point for hiking into the Žumberak Samoborsko Gorje, a mountain system that links the high peaks of the Alps with the…

  • Baroque domes of Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin and St Blaise's church.

    Cathedral of the Assumption


    Built on the site of a 7th-century basilica, Dubrovnik's original cathedral was enlarged in the 12th century, supposedly funded by a gift from England’s…

  • Low angle view of a tower, Lotrscak Tower, Zagreb, Croatia

    Lotrščak Tower


    Lotrščak Tower was built in the middle of the 13th century to protect the south city gate. Normally you can enter and climb up to the top for a sweeping…

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    Central & Eastern Istria

    Looming over the chasm, Pazin’s castle is the largest and best-preserved medieval structure in all of Istria. First mentioned in AD 983, the castle has…

  • Hvar Town and tourists at Hvar Spanish Fort (Fortica) at sunset, Hvar Island, Dalmatian Coast, Adriatic, Croatia, Europe


    Hvar Town

    Looming high above the town and lit with a golden glow at night, this medieval castle occupies the site of an ancient Illyrian settlement dating from…

  • Gothic Renaissance Church with Dominican Monastery.

    Dominican Monastery & Museum


    This imposing structure is an architectural highlight, built in a transitional Gothic-Renaissance style and containing an impressive art collection…

  • Roman forum and distant church inside old Venetian town, Zadar, Croatia; Shutterstock ID 218654365; Your name (First / Last): Emma Sparks; GL account no.: 65050; Netsuite department name: Online Editorial; Full Product or Project name including edition: Best in Europe POI updates

    Roman Forum


    One of the most intriguing things about Zadar is the way Roman ruins seem to sprout randomly from the city's streets. Nowhere is this more evident than at…

  • Monument To Ban Josip Jelacic, Trg Josip Jelacica Square, Zagreb, Croatia

    Trg Bana Jelačića


    Zagreb’s main orientation point and its geographic heart is Trg Bana Jelačića – it's where most people arrange to meet up. If you enjoy people-watching,…

  • CROATIA-Zagreb:Archeological Museum- Roman Sculpture

    Archaeological Museum


    Spread over three floors, the artefacts housed here stretch from the prehistoric era to the medieval age. The 2nd floor holds the most interesting – and…

  • Zagreb, Croatia - December 11, 2015: Museum of contemporary art in Zagreb exterior evening  view. Popular cultural destination of Zagreb.

    Museum of Contemporary Art


    Housed in a city icon designed by local star architect Igor Franić, this museum displays both solo and thematic group shows by Croatian and international…

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