The Croatian coast is renowned for its natural beauty and stunning landscapes, but it is the 718 islands and islets, 389 scaurs and 78 reefs spreading out across the entire coast which justify the name “the land of a thousand islands”.
The indented coastline with gorgeous destinations and stunning towns with rich history and numerous landmarks and the diverse islands and peninsulas with beautiful bays and coves, national parks and nature parks make this destination desirable to myriads of tourists and the absolute favourite route for sailors and cruise-lovers, who return for new unforgettable travels year after year. The mild Mediterranean climate with over 2800 annual hours of sunlight make the Croatian coast one of the sunniest in all of Europe.
Select one of the offered routes across over 6000 kilometres of Croatian coastline or plan a route according to your desires and needs and enjoy a relaxing vacation in the beautiful landscape surrounded by the crystal clear deep blue sea.
Going back to 100 A.D.
The biggest city in the Istrian peninsula offers a wide array of attractive landmarks for culture enthusiasts.
The Pula Arena is an amphitheatre whose construction started over 20 centuries ago and is the most renowned landmark where all guided tours of Pula start and end. Visit the remains of the building in which gladiator fights were held in front of almost 20,000 people during the Roman rule. Today, the Arena is one of the largest open stages and hosts film festivals and numerous concerts of world stars in classical and popular music.
Fusing the modern and the ancient
Brijuni are a group of 14 islands and islets which look like an untouched natural gem surrounded by the deep blue when observed from a distance. The ornithological park Saline at the Veliki Brijun presents an idyllic harmony of scenery and song of numerous birds swimming in the ponds. Believe it or not, if you take a walk in the Brijuni, you might fall into a giant dinosaur footprint. Take a ride in the miniature train across the island and visit the Safari park, inhabited by an unusual mixture of indigenous animal species from Istria and exotic species from South America, Africa and Asia. The specially designed area of Brijuni Mediterranean garden is the home for 169 species of indigenous and exotic plants.
Unique natural beauty
Opatija is located in the Kvarner Bay, the northern part of the Adriatic. Protection against strong winds by neighbouring islands and the Učka mountain and a very mild and pleasant climate make Opatija a favourite destination throughout the whole year. Opatija is rich with unusual landmarks and its streets are intertwined with architecturally intriguing houses and Habsburg-era villas. Lungomare, the Opatija promenade passing through the renowned Opatija park, beautiful beaches and the clear blue sea, are few of the reasons why tourists return to Opatija every year.
A labyrinth of islands
Pass the stony labyrinth made up of eighty-nine islands, islets and reefs in the sea of the National park Kornati, the most indented group of islands in the Mediterranean. Drop by to Šibenik, the city with a unique position in a bay formed by the incursion of the sea into the estuary of the Krka river and find out why this city is touted as the best seaside place to live in Southern Europe.
The most beautiful sunset
Visit Zadar and see for yourself why the world-famous director Alfred Hitchcock claimed that the sunset in this city is the most beautiful in the whole world. Stop and listen to the “sea organs” making music, powered only by the wind and the waves at the Zadar waterfront, but do visit other landmarks from the Venetian and even Roman period. Enjoy the beautiful archipelago of Zadar’s islands, the local organic food from Ravni kotari, fresh fish and exquisite mineral and fragrant vines of indigenous sorts from the rocky royal vineyards.
Art under the stars
Sail across to Trogir and have a look at one of the plays or cultural events under the open sky in front of the 15th century fortress Kamerlengo. Drop your anchor in the Trogir harbour, indulge in the local Dalmatian delicacies in one of the many establishments and then take a stroll across the Trogir waterfront all the way to the Tree of Love, an unusual tree which stands as a living testament to a romantic legend and the eternal love of every romantic couple which kissed under this tree.
Primošten, one of the most picturesque cities in the Adriatic, is a combination of sun, sea and stone. The town is surrounded by the famous fantastic vineyards producing some of the best Croatian wines, which are available for a sip, while its sea side shows you the route through which you will pass while visiting other towns and islands. If it’s peace you desire, the islands are a home to many hidden coves and beaches.
The sunniest island
The sunniest island in Croatia, a must-see destination for thousands of tourists every year, Hvar will delight you with spectacular landscapes garnished with olive gardens, vineyards and lavender fields, but also, with Stari Grad, one of the oldest towns in Europe, as well as with the city of Hvar with the first public theatre in Europe and numerous palaces formerly owned by the nobles.
The home of Marco Polo
According to many, Korčula is the birthplace of the world-renowned explorer Marco Polo. Throughout history, this island and the town itself have been under the Greek, Roman, Illyrian, Byzantine, Venetian, rule of Dubrovnik, Austrian, French and, finally, Slavic rule. All these different rulers and people who came and went left a part of their culture, which is why Korčula has a rich heritage of various cultural landmarks which are definitely worth the visit.
Experience the untouched nature
The island of Mljet, one of the most attractive, isolated and untouched pearls of the Mediterranean with one of the most beautiful and the densest woods in the Adriatic, is ideal for exploring the rich flora and fauna and enjoying the beauty of the untouched nature, sacral buildings, lakes, caves…
The Pearl of the Adriatic
The world-famous citty walls of Dubrovnik, constructed over the timespan of over 500 years, are now a “promenade” for thousands of tourists. The whole city, once dubbed a “paradise on Earth” by George Bernard Shaw, has become a must-see destination for all cruises in the South Adriatic. Take a walk through the famous streets which hosted some of the most popular TV shows, such as the Game of Thrones. Visit the numerous city landmarks, but also the Cathedral of the Assumption, built by the donations from Richard the Lionheart, whose life was saved by the Dubrovnik harbour when his ship got caught in a terrible storm.
The city of Zadar is located at the very centre of the Adriatic and is the focal point of Northern Dalmatia, easily accessible by land, sea, or air. The A1 Zagreb - Split motorway connects it to all of Croatia’s major cities while the ferry port connects it to Split, Pula, Ancona (Italy) and other ports. The international airport Zadar with its VIP terminal is the ideal entry and starting point for all final destinations.