EXPLORE CROATIA IN LOVE – FOR COUPLES

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If you are interested in finding out the best destinations in Croatia for couples, look no further. In this post, we cover seven best destinations in Croatia for couples.

Lavender fields on the island of Hvar, sea

Lavender fields on the island of Hvar

Many of our readers often ask us about destinations they should visit in Croatia, or about the best places to stay in a particular town. However, we always give the same answer: it all depends on your interests and the type of traveler you are.

So if you travel as a couple here are our favorite destinations in Croatia for couples.

CROATIA FOR COUPLES: WHERE TO GO

Vera and I always travel as a couple. And we, generally, line our destinations with our interests. Awesome local places to eat, great weather, secluded beaches, interesting historical sites, and local events (particularly food festivals) are all high on our list when choosing where to go.

We also love roaming the streets of a new place. While we aren’t people who party late at night, we do love chill-out bars, especially the ones that offer a good selection of local wines by the glass.

And while we don’t pretend that every traveling couple shares our interests; we chose our destinations in Croatia for couples based on these simple characteristics: exciting local restaurants, cozy wine bars, colorful street festivals, cultural and historical sites, and pretty panoramas.

Our top destinations for couples include Dubrovnik, Split, Rovinj, Opatija, Zagreb, Vis, Hvar, and Sibenik.

DUBROVNIK

Destinations in Croatia for couples | Dubrovnik

Destinations in Croatia for couples | Dubrovnik

The most popular town in Croatia, Dubrovnik old town is as romantic as it gets. Whether you choose to stay in the town during your entire visit, or you decide to roam beyond the city walls, Dubrovnik offers a variety of things to do for couples.

Explore the cobblestone streets and alleyways of the old town, enjoy a sunset at the Buza bar, have a romantic dinner in some of Dubrovnik’s top restaurants, or go wine tasting to Dubrovnik hinterland or Peljesac peninsula.

Whatever you choose to do, you’ll enjoy Dubrovnik with your loved one. The only downside of Dubrovnik – it’s expensive compared with the rest of Croatia.

The best time to travel is in May, June, and October.

Best accommodation in Dubrovnik for couples includes Villa Dubrovnik, guest house St. Joseph, bed and breakfast Scalini Palace, and Apartments Festa.

SPLIT

A small town square in old town Split, Croatia

A small town square in old town Split, Croatia | Image by Michelle Maria from Pixabay

Split is the largest coastal town and the second largest town in Croatia.

With over 1700 years of history, its old town feels like a living museum. Wherever you walk, you are surrounded by historical artifacts.

The town has an excellent vibe, lots of great restaurants serving yummy local dishes, cool bars and cafes (don’t miss Zbirac), lovely accommodation, and a sandy beach Bacvice.

For a perfect day out have a coffee at the Riva Broadwalk, explore a maze of ancient streets in the old town, have a glass of wine and local cheeses at Paradox or Zinfandel wine bar, taste Croatian-style tapas at Bokeria, or have a dinner at Konoba Nikola in StobrecVilla Spiza or Uje Oil Bar for a taste of a traditional Dalmatian home-cooking.

Split is also a perfect base to explore central Dalmatian islands, Krka waterfalls, Unesco protected town of Trogir, and Omis, one of the best places for outdoor enthusiasts.

Hurry up and visit Split while it’s still affordable. The town has excellent flight connections with major European airports almost a year around.

The best time to visit Split is in June and September.

The best places to stay in Split for couples include Palace Judita Heritage Hotel for its old-world charm, hotel Park Split for its lovely location by the beach, Bepo Luxury Apartments for their comfort and vicinity to the old town, and Abokamento and Grgur Ninski Rooms for their beautiful design, great location, and friendly staff.

ROVINJ

A panorama of Rovinj taken from the sea

A panorama of Rovinj taken from the sea

The only reason you wouldn’t stay in Rovinj if visiting Istria is that you can’t afford it. Otherwise, believe me, Rovinj is THE place to be in Istria. The beautiful old quarter is romantic, full of art galleries, cozy bars, and lovely restaurants.

Visitors to Rovinj have a fantastic selection of things to do. We love wandering streets, alleyways, and passages of the old town, having a glass of wine at the Mediteterraneo Bar, and eating out at the restaurant Barba Danilo.

But, don’t stop just there; enjoy a real Italian gelato at the Gelateria Italia, visit energetic fields on St. Andrew and Maskin Islands, explore Golden Cape forest park, and gardens of St. Catherine Island, spend a day chilling out at the Mulini Beach.

The best time to visit Rovinj is in summer.

The best places to stay in Rovinj for couples include hotel Monte Mulini, hotel Spirito Santo Palazzo StoricoMariva Downtown StudioPaulino Apartmentsvilla Rupeni, and mobile homes Superior in the campsite Vestar.

OPATIJA

Destinations in Croatia for couples | Opatija

Destinations in Croatia for couples | Opatija

Back in the late 19th and early 20th century, Opatija has been a favorite resort of European nobility, artists and poets.

Today, Opatija remains a sophisticated holiday destination for couples of all ages. A charming town with Vienna-style architecture, Opatija is home to the oldest and longest seafront promenade. Opatija also has wonderful parks, some of the best restaurants in Croatia, and lovely cafes.

Walk hand-in-hand through Opatija’s streets, promenades and parks. Laze out at the terrace of the Wagner Cafe while enjoying a cup of coffee and homemade pralines. Indulge in a multi-course dinner at the restaurant Bevanda, or visit a cozy tavern Tramerka in Volosko for an awesome seafood feast.

The best time to visit Opatija is in spring and autumn.

Accommodation in Opatija suitable for couples includes Remisens Hotel Kvarner, the very first hotel in Croatia, design hotel Navis for its superb design and stunning sea-views, villa Maya for its comfort, seclusion and great facilities like a private swimming pool.

ZAGREB

Zagreb Travel Blog: Things To Do In Zagreb |Visit Zagreb Cathedral

Red roofs in Zagreb Croatia

Croatian capital town, Zagreb has a good vibe, lots of parks, historical sites, museums, good nightlife, and exciting restaurant scene. Furthermore, Zagreb is an interesting place to visit in Croatia, particularly for couples.

We love hanging out at the Upper Town. This is the most romantic part of Zagreb where the street lamps are still gas-powered and lit by hand. We also love taking long walks in Zagreb numerous parks. We enjoy a picnic at the lake Jarun, downtown street festivals, and dining out at the bistro Mali Bar. Check here our ultimate guide on things to do in Zagreb.

The best time to visit Zagreb is in spring.

If you are looking for the best accommodation in Zagreb for couples, consider the following hotel Esplanade Zagreb, for its historical charm and superb service, bed and breakfast Foric for its good location and friendly staff, Swanky Mint Hostel for its cool and hip vibe and nice rooms, design studios Svi-Mi for the comfortabel and well-equipped studios.

VIS

Komiza, Island of Vis

Komiza, Island of Vis

Vis is our favorite island in Croatia!

Secluded beaches, laid back vibe, restaurants only accessible by boat or on foot, few crowds, amazing nature, turquoise sea, they are all to be found on Vis Island.

Vis was a long time isolated due to its location (it’s further away than other Croatian islands like Brac or Hvar), and also it was a military base during the time of Yugoslavia.

All those things played to its advantage today. Because mass-tourism has never had a chance to develop on the island. And even today, when it’s much more popular, it simply lacks the big infrastructure to receive huge crowds. With only two bigger settlements (Vis Town and Komiza), and just a couple hotels (majority with 10 rooms and less), Vis stays relatively quiet even in the midst of summer.

Rent a scooter and explore Vis’ backroads, take a boat tour to the Blue Cave, visit hidden bays and beaches like Stiniva, Srebrena, Zaglav and Teplus. Taste yummy local food at the tavern Mala Travna, tavern Pesa, or restaurant Pojoda. Stroll along Komiza and Vis seafront.

The best places to stay on the island of Vis are hotel San GiorgioApartments Vis Talez, and Apartments Estate Under The Paintbrush.

HVAR

Sunset over Hvar Town from Spanjola Fortress

Sunset over Hvar Town from Spanjola Fortress

Hvar is another island on our list of the best destinatinations in Croatia for couples. Hvar is very popular, and you have perhaps heard about Hvar already.

Made famous by the likes of Prince Harry and celebrities such as Steven Spielberg, George Clooney, Beyonce and Jay-Z, Hvar is often perceived as expensive playground for rich and famous.

But, this is not entirely true. Yes, the town of Hvar is unjustifiably expensive, but the rest of the island is pretty much reasonably priced and cool.

Base yourself in Stari Grad or Jelsa, or even in a smaller villages in the island’s interior. Perfect accommodation in Hvar for couples include lovely Littlegreenbay Hotel, then beautifully restored and well-equipped Villa Riva Apartments in Jelsa, as well as Heritage Suites Zanini in Hvar Town.

Explore beautiful hidden beaches and coves in overly cool VW Beetle cabriolet. Rent a boat and spend a day on Paklinski Islands, beautiful archipelago just off the coast of Hvar Town. Go on a wine tour! Enjoy sunsets! Learn about Hvar’s history and culture.

Any other place you would add to our list? Please let us know in the comments below.

 

Do you know of another destination in Croatia for couples? Have a question? Leave it in the comments below. 

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