Beautiful Croatia – A Photo Essay

Visiting the Adriatic Sea coast was one of the things on my travel wish list, so, naturally, I was thrilled having been able to check that off the list last summer.

I’d heard good things about Croatia from basically everyone I knew who’d visited the country before. Now, having visited it myself, I can honestly say that Croatia is indeed a brilliant destination. It’s strongly recommended—I would go as far as to say that I suggest visiting Croatia before going to the more mainstream countries in Europe, such as France or England.

Croatia is one of Europe’s unpolished gems, a spectacular yet fairly undiscovered destination in the Mediterranean.

Because I’ve written a number of blog posts about Croatia before, I don’t want to waste time and space here by repeating things you can read elsewhere on the blog. Here’s an overview:

What follows below is an extensive selection of my personal favorite Croatia photos, taken during our three-week visit last summer.


32 Croatia Photos That Will Make You Want to Visit This Gem of a Country

Banje Beach, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Swimming with a view on Banje Beach, Dubrovnik
Motovun, Istria, Croatia
The striking hilltop town of Motovun is one of the star attractions in Istria
Mussels with garlic sauce, Dalmatia, Croatia
Mussels with garlic sauce in a Dalmatian restaurant
Traditional Dalmatian singers, Split, Croatia
Traditional Dalmatian singers in Diocletian’s Palace in Split, UNESCO Cultural Heritage
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia photos
Turquoise water in Plitvice Lakes National Park
Old Town of Dubrovnik, Croatia
Old Town of Dubrovnik seen from the City Walls
Mediterranean road trip: Harbor in Rovinj, Croatia
Gorgeous waterfront of Rovinj, Istria, one of the prettiest towns in Mediterranean Europe
Beer at the beach in Dubrovnik, Croatia
Beer at the beach in Dubrovnik

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Adriatic Sea Kayakers
Kayaking on the beautiful Adriatic Sea
Olive oils and wines in Istria, Croatia
Olive oils, wines and other local products in Istria
Cozy square in Split, Croatia
Cozy square in the heart of medieval Split
Onofrio Fountain, Dubrovnik
The Iconic Onofrio Fountain in Dubrovnik’s Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Crystal-clear water on the coast of Dalmatia, Croatia
Crystal-clear water on the coast of Dalmatia
Sunset in Zadar, Croatia
Sunset on the waterfront of Zadar
Dubrovnik cable car
The Cable Car is a must-do when visiting Dubrovnik
Waterfalls in Krka National Park, Croatia
Scenic swimming in Krka National Park

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Rovinj, Croatia
Rovinj, a mini-Venice in Croatia
View of Dubrovnik, Croatia
Stunning panoramic view of Dubrovnik and Lokrum Island
St. Stephen's Church, Motovun, Croatia
St. Stephen’s Church in Motovun
Façade of the Cathedral of St. James, Šibenik
Façade of the Cathedral of St. James in Šibenik, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Big Waterfall, Plitvice Lakes National Park
Big Waterfall, a major attraction in Plitvice Lakes National Park
St. James Cathedral, Šibenik
Details on the St. James Cathedral, Šibenik
Dubrovnik City Walls
The imposing City Walls of Dubrovnik can be walked for their entire length (it’s a full circle)
Boardwalk in Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
Boardwalk in Plitvice Lakes National Park

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Sunset over Dubrovnik, Croatia
The sun slowly sets over Dubrovnik and the Dalmatian islands…
Peristil in the Palace of Diocletian, Split
Peristil in the Palace of Diocletian, Split, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Cascades in Krka National Park, Croatia
Cascades in Krka National Park
Roman ruins in Zadar, Croatia
Roman ruins in Zadar
Dubrovnik harbor
Dubrovnik’s incredibly photogenic harbor seen from the City Walls
Pebble beach in the gorgeous town of Primošten, Croatia
Pebble and stone beach in the pretty little town of Primošten
Plitvice Lakes National Park waterfalls
Gorgeous waterfalls in Plitvice Lakes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Lovrijenac Fortress, Dubrovnik
Lovrijenac Fortress, Dubrovnik

For more information about visiting Croatia, I would like to refer to the Croatian National Tourist Board’s website.

Which one of these Croatia photos is your favorite? Have you ever visited Croatia? I’d love to hear our thoughts in the comments below!

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17 thoughts on “Beautiful Croatia – A Photo Essay

  • My husband and I just went to dubrovnik last August and absolutely loved it! We love the the people, the culture, and food. We even (somewhat jokingly) considered getting a citizenship! Ha! We are actually planning on our second trip to Croatia this August again and hopefully going to Split. Thank you for the pictures, they’re beautiful and it was fantastic to reminisce!

    • Thanks, Shalee! Dubrovnik is absolutely amazing. 🙂 Split is wonderful too, though. Particularly Diocletian’s Palace is overwhelming.

      • Hi Bram we visit Croatia every two years were there last year and coming again next summer 2017 my fathers family was from Rovigno surname IVE would like to know where to go to find out this information we both love Rovigno & Montona hope you can help

    • Make sure u spend at least 3 nights on the island of hvar of the coast of split and do some day tripping to other islands from there. July and August is said to be when all of Split head to the islands. They are stunning. Better than Greece

  • Beautiful pictures, soul thrillers 🙂

  • Went to all the places shown above…..simply beautiful and majestic . Will definitely be returning, longer than six weeks next time!

    • Maria, I’m sure I’ll be back too some day. I still have to visit the Dalmatian islands and Zagreb.

      • I am from Australia and like Many Aussies am in love with Croatia. Make sure you visit these places on the Islands off the coast of Split. The usual of Hvar , Brac and Korcula, but mark these towns down which are absolute hidden treasures…. The town Pucisca on Brac- home of the White rock used to build the White House and famous stone crafting school and the town of Bol on Brac Island. Vela Luka aswell as The Town of Korcula- birthplace of Marco Polo. Hvar Town is the well known town of the island but be sure to visit Stari Grad town aswell.

        Now for my absolute hidden treasure of the coast of Split is the Island of Vis and Vis town and Komiza town. Visit the most romantic cove Beack in Stiniva Cove- Vis (GOOGLE IT). Then from here do a day trip do a visit to the Blue Cave (Plava Spilja) and the Green Cove.

        Everybody visits the South Islands as they are easiest to get to from the major city of Split , but head north to these Islands to experience true Dalmatian culture and an abundance of islands like no where else in Croatia. Just half hour from Sibenik Island Murter and the beautiful villiages of Tisno and Betina. From here do a day trip to the Kornati archipelago . A little further North and near the city of Zadar (also a gem) the Telascica National Park and Long Island(Dugi Otok) and the Island of Pag.

        And then even further north and area which is full of Europeans but not as many Americans and Australians but are absolutely stunning, the island of Losinj and the towns of Mali Losinj and Veli Losinj, Town of Rab on Rab Island and the town of Krk on Krk island.

        Man there is just too much beauty and not enough time, but make sure you check these out….. you will thank me.

        Oh and two more hidden treasures inland…. Google these – The town of Rasoke in Slunj near the Plitvice Lakes and the amazing town of Varazdin. Happy exploring

        • Hi Danii, great info.what is the best way to travel to these islands? Is it easy todo it yourself in around July with travel and or accomodation? . have been checking out a few gulet cabin charters but its getting confusing. any advice would be much appreciated thank you.. from.fellow aussies

          • Apologies I didn’t respond. Croatia is very well connected by ferries. It’s as easy as catching a Train. B&B accommodation is huge in Croatia and the quality of accommodation is great and affordable. Everyone has apartments on the upper floors of their homes with private access. Just book them on or Go to a tourist agency in the town. They are everywhere and you will see little ladies standing with signs at Bus stations etc. They are not beggars but trying to entice you with accommodation

          • Yes, I noticed that accommodations are abundant in Croatia. Along the coast, there are countless privately owned apartments and B&Bs, as well as excellent campgrounds. Traveling around Croatia is really a piece of cake.

  • Croatia has never been on my radar, but I keep seeing these beautiful photos that I might need to change that!

    • Great, that’s exactly what I aim to achieve with these photo posts, inspiring people to visit a certain destination! 🙂

  • Love Croatia, been 3 times now, when I was about 7,then in ’97 with mum & then with kids & hubby in 2014 as part of our Europe adventure ❤️ Just love the coastline, beautiful place❤️

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