Here are 50 of the most sensational photos from all over Croatia, capturing the country's most beautiful and iconic views!
From Dubrovnik's Old Town, to Plitvice Lakes, quaint fairytale towns in Istria, vast fields of Slavonia & Baranje, and everything in between, we've covered it all!
The waves also create music throughout the day, generated from the one and only “sea organ” below. There have been holes strategically drilled into the side of the stone promenade, so as the waves roll in, they actually create music.
2. Pag Island
Want to know where the most beautiful beaches in Croatia are? Here is a link that will bring you our recent post about Croatia’s Best 20 Beaches: Sandy, Pebbly & Hidden Gems!
3. Palmizana, Paklinski Island
Palmizana is a small uninhabited village on the Pakinski Islands. It's located just off the island of the larger island of Hvar, and makes for a perfect day trip by boat! You can even get there by kayak, and paddle around to find hidden spots throughout the rest of the beautiful archipelago.
Dubrovnik is a stunning historical city, perfectly preserved and full of charm. The Old Town is a beautiful medieval treasure, which is completely walled, only accessible by the city gates. The whole Old Town is “paved” with stunning, white, marble stone and it’s truly majestic.
If you are visiting Plitvice Lakes, be sure not to miss out on this quaint, nearby watermill village. Rastoke looks like it’s straight from a fairytale with the sweet, aged homes full of character, and the turquoise water flowing throughout. Rastoke is actually where the Slunjcica River flows into the Korana River.
6. Zrmanja River
Croatia is full of natural jewels, and Zrmanja River is definitely one of them! The river is crystal clear, and perfect for swimming, kayaking and canoeing, along with other outdoor activities like hiking to get some of these spectacular views! It’s a quieter place, less discovered, so you can truly enjoy some peace in mother nature if you decide visit!
7. Baranja Region
Trogir is a stunning, UNESCO protected city dating back to 3 B.C. There is (obviously) a lot of history, a fabulous, picturesque old town with a bell town hosting breathtaking views of the city, the clock town and the sea in the distance, and a gorgeous promenade along the sea, perfect for a stroll.
Zagreb was founded in 1094 and is a growing central European metropolis, home to around 800 000 people. Zagreb has a charming Old Town, medieval architecture, cobblestone streets and a lively vibe. It’s all built around the central square, Trg Bana Josipa Jelicica, which is now a lovely pedestrian-only zone.
Similar to other capital cities, Zagreb has many museums, parks, churches, galleries, restaurants and activities to offer, year round!
This breathtaking little island is home to a monastery and museum, surrounded by an incredible garden. Visovac is located on the Krka River, and is a beautiful, peaceful, tranquil escape to visit.
Saint Domnius Cathedral was built in 305 AD during the construction of the Diocletian's palace. The original structure served as the Mausoleum of Diocletian. The cathedral itself was consecrated at the turn of the 7th century (the bell tower was added in the 12th century). It’s considered the oldest Catholic cathedral in the world that still uses its original structure.
14. Plitvice Lakes National Park
Plitvice Lakes is a true paradise for nature lovers. The park is a spectacular place, full of breathtaking views, and natural surroundings including waterfalls, lakes, rivers, streams and forests, with charming wooden boardwalks to guide the way. It’s one of Croatia’s UNESCO protected sites, and covers around 300 square kilometers of natural beauty.
15. Korcula Island
Korcula is one of Croatia‘s most beautiful islands. It’s also home to one of the finest surviving fortified medieval towns, Korcula Town, with majestic city walls, and a charming, historic old town feel, including quaint little streets and alleyways winding around throughout.
The beautiful town of Omis is located right on the Cetina River. The views are unbelievable as you walk along the harbor, and you see the river winding its way between two mountain faces. You can capture other magical views at the top of the mountain, where you can also find remaining forts from when the Venetians protected themselves from the Ottoman Empire.
18. Hvar Town, Hvar
With its rich history, architecture, nature and mild climate, Hvar is indeed an island gem on the Adriatic Sea. Hvar Island has incredible beaches, charming towns, lavender fields, olive groves, vineyards, lost villages to explore, and also is known as the sunniest place on the Adriatic!
Bale is a picturesque little Istrian town, not far from the coast. It’s quaint, winding streets full of cobblestone and charm, give this town a nice warmth. It’s a perfect place to take a stroll, admire the old buildings, pathways and churches, built around an old medieval castle.
21. Blue Lake, Imotski
Imotski is a popular destination for swimming, hiking and sightseeing, with it’s peaceful surroundings. The Blue Lake lies in a sink hole, likely created by a collapse of a large cave. Nice place for a game of soccer/football, too!
Rovinj is a lovely, coastal town in Western Istria. It’s filled with many quaint cobblestone streets, all winding around the old town. You’ll enjoy getting lost as you stroll through the charming streets, most leading eventually to a small path to the sea. It’s a town rich with history and culture, and should definitely make it on your list of places to see in Croatia.
23. Plitvice Lakes
We couldn't resist another fabulous picture of Plitvice Lakes. It's definitely one of the most photogenic places in Croatia, and is the subject of many photographer's dreams!
Sibenik is a wonderful coastal town in Croatia, located between Zadar and Split. It’s home to many marvelous sights, but one in particular stands out - and that’s St. James Cathedral. This cathedral is actually the only one built entirely out of stone, most of which came from a nearby quarry on Brac Island. The detail and craftsmanship with this incredible structure will leave you amazed!
25. Komiza, Vis
The island of Vis is known for its traditional Dalmatian architecture and its crystal clear island waters. It’s one of the furthest islands off the coast of Croatia, but it’s worth the distance once you get there. Just off the western shore, you’ll find the famous Blue & Green Caves, which showcase one of Mother-nature’s extraordinary beauties!
26. Badija Island
27. Golubinka Cave, Dugi Otok
Dugi Otok is located off the coast of Zadar, and is a real treasure of an island in Croatia. It’s home to a few of the most beautiful spots, many of which tourists know nothing about. One of those spots is Golubinka cave, where you can enter from above sea level. It’s also home to the largest colony of bats on Dugi Otok!
Promina is a mountain in Dalmatia in the middle of Sibenik-Knin county. It’s located north of Drnis, and south of Knin, and the mountain dominates the whole landscape of the surrounding area. From the mountain you can enjoy spectacular views of Krka River, Cikola River, as well as the Adriatic Sea in the distance. It’s definitely worth the climb if you’re looking for an active holiday, but even the view from the ground looking up at the mountain is quite a beautiful sight!
29. Zlatni Rat, Brac Island
This beach has become a true symbol of the Adriatic Sea! It’s a remarkable work of nature, as the tide molds the beach into a new shape each day. The water is unbelievably clear, and there is also a refreshing pine forest behind the beach to catch some shade, and enjoy some afternoon rest.
30. Korcula Island
Korcula is one of Croatia's most treasured islands. The island's largest city, Korcula City, is known as Little Dubrovnik and is a historically rich town with stone walls, quaint streets and winding pathways. Wine lovers can also satisfy their taste buds at one of the many vineyards on the island. Korcula is also the home of Marco Polo. His house is now a museum which can be visited.
St. Mark's square is located in the upper town in Zagreb, Croatia’s beautiful capital. The distinctly colorful, tiled roof makes this church quite unique and impressive. The red, blue and white tiles represent the city’s coat of arms, as well as the coat of arms of the kingdom of Croatia, Slavonia and Dalmatia.
Split is a gorgeous and lively city (the second largest city in Croatia). Split maintains just the right balance of tradition with a modern twist with its history, culture and local offerings. Step inside the UNESCO site, Diocletian's Palace, walk along the promenade that lines the sea, then and enjoy a succulent meal at one of the many thriving local restaurants!
Dubrovnik is probably the most famous and well known city in Croatia. Its spectacular walled Old Town was named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979. Marvel in the beautiful white marble streets and baroque buildings as you stroll through the endless pathways that wind around town. Try to imagine what took place within these walls, hundreds of years ago, as you explore the unique cultural and historical sites around town.
Maslenica is home to this marvelous structure! The bridge here is 315m long and crosses the Novsko Zdrilo Strait. The bridge held great significance during the Croatian Homeland War. It was rebuilt into the beautiful structure that stands today, and some visitors even choose to use the bridge as a base for bungee jumping!
This little island off the coast of Dubrovnik (and part of the Elaphite Island archipelago) is currently only inhabited by around 200 people (drastically down from its glory days when there were around 4000 residents). Since there was quite the population in the past, there are many (beautifully restored) churches, a monastery, and a charming promenade. This island is also home to a beautiful sandy beach on the north side (Slunj Beach), which stretches about 300m.
37. Cetina, Omis
The unspoiled nature of the Cetina Canyon is what makes this place a breathtaking sight to see. There are also many medieval forts that can be found dotted along the course of the Cetina, which are reminders of the region’s turbulent past. Some of the forts are partially destroyed, while others stand more intact, high in the hills above the canyon.
38. Pag Island
We couldn't resist another sensational photo of Pag, taken with the small towns and orange rooftops in the distance, the turquoise water, the Croatian flag, and the distinct rocky terrain of the island.
The sweet, quaint town of Hum is actually the smallest town in the world, with a population of 30, according to the 2011 census. The whole town was built with stone, there are cobblestone streets throughout, and picturesque views of the region surrounding this little gem. There are some cute little shops offering local delicacies like truffles, olive oil, wine, and trinkets. Definitely worth a stop if you’re on your way in or out of other places in Istria!
40. Banje Beach
One of the most picturesque views of Banje Beach with Dubrovnik’s Old Town in the distance. You can also see Lokrum Island just off the shore. A beach with a view like that - what more could you ask for while swimming in the clear seas of the Adriatic!
41. Trakoscan Castle
Trakoscan Castle is one of the most stunning castles in the country and set in the most beautiful surroundings. Visit the museum and listen to stories of the daily life of residents back in their time, then take some time to walk around the small lake to admire the castle’s beauty from the most picture-perfect perspective.
42. Makarska Riviera
Makarska Riviera is located between Split and Dubrovnik (closer to Split) and is home to some of the most spectacular beaches in Croatia. Hvar and Brac Islands are also just a hop, skip and a jump away, and the sea is perfect for swimming with its calm, crystal clear water. The view of Makarska from the water embodies much of what Croatia has to offer - mountains, the sea, picturesque towns, and spectacular scenery all around.
43. Trsteno Arboretum
Trsteno Arboretum was actually once a summer residence and garden built in 1494, making it the oldest arboretum in the region. It’s an exquisite, established arboretum with an old noble family’s summer home in the middle (the Gozze Family, who had sea captains bring back plants and seeds from their travels, so they could grow their arboretum). It’s now a peaceful, well maintained oasis away from the crowds of Dubrovnik.
44. Kuda's Bridge, Krupa River
45. Dakovo Cathedral
The Cathedral of St. Peter is the home to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Đakovo-Osijek. It’s the largest church in this part of Europe (between Istanbul and Rome). Seven million bricks were used to construct the cathedral, and also showcases 36 thirty square foot frescoes, based on stories from the Old Testament.
46. Krka National Park
Krka National Park is another wonder of Mother Nature! With over 100 remarkable square kilometers of waterfalls, forests, streams, and lakes, the beauty seems endless. It’s perhaps most famous for the lake where you can swim near the falls (however, this season will be the last where guests will be able to swim there - next season, it will be forbidden, and you’ll only be able to admire the beauty from the paths on the shore).
47. Zagreb, King Tomislav Square
Sorry, but we’re not sorry about showcasing another photo of this wonderfully, walled city. Dubrovnik is magical, and should be on everyone’s list of places to discover! It's stunning in the morning, at noon and at night as the sun sets behind the walls.
49. Plitvice Lakes, Lower Lakes
This place can definitely compete as one of the most beautiful spots on the planet. Look at this view from the cliff above, staring down at the lakes, the foliage, the shades of blue in the water, and the wooden pathway to the right of the picture. The whole park is stunning and is absolutely a place worth visiting.
We hope you've enjoyed the list! Leave a comment below and let us know what photo was your favorite!
Royal Croatian Tours - Specializing in custom made, luxury trips throughout Croatia. We offer exclusive experiences all over the country, and we’re passionate about providing you exceptional service that goes above and beyond for your tailor made vacation!
Send us an email or give us a call to start planning today!
If you’re interested in reading a few of our other posts about Croatia:
- 25 Strange Things Croatians Do (And Would Never Do)!
- Croatian Culture, Etiquette & Social Norms: A Complete Guide!
- My Kids Don't Speak English: Raising Bilinguals is Tough!
- 15 Places in Croatia You've Probably Never Heard Of!
- Croatia’s Best 20 Beaches: Sandy, Pebbly & Hidden Gems
- Is Croatia Safe? Read Our 20 Useful Safety Tips for Tourists
- 5 Reasons Croatian Grannies are Cuter than Kittens
- 8 Reasons You Should Never Swim in the Adriatic
- Top 10 Day Trips From Zagreb, Within 1hr Drive
- Croatian Money: KN or EURO, Exchanging $, and Daily Costs
- How I Learned to Speak Croatian as an Adult (in 7 Steps)
- Driving in Croatia (A Helpful Guide With Practical Tips)
- 38 Local Tips & Mistakes to Avoid When Traveling to Croatia
- Travel to Croatia With a Toddler or Baby (From Experience!)
- Tipping in Croatia: A Complete Guide With Suggested Amounts!