Top 5 Romantic Destinations in Croatia
Our favorite romantic destinations in Croatia for the perfect getaway.
In search of the perfect place to go to for your honeymoon? Or just want to organize a flawless trip for your partner and yourself? Croatia has become a great location for couples, with pristine beaches and exceptional resorts on the coastline that will make you never want to leave. These Croatian cities and islands are at the top of our list of romantic destinations in Croatia: exceptional views of the Adriatic Sea, charming historical towns, gourmet food and local wineries…the perfect package for a romantic trip!
You can imagine that a city known as “the Pearl of the Adriatic” is perfect for couples looking for a romantic location to visit. Dubrovnik is an UNESCO World Heritage Site because of the town’s well-preserved beauty: limestone streets that, over the centuries, have become smooth and polished, combined with the Medieval walls surrounding the city, Gothic and Baroque churches and a historic Franciscan monastery. Old Town Dubrovnik is a gem of the Dalmatian coast which will not disappoint travelers searching for romantic destinations in Croatia.
And what better way to live your adventure than by staying in a luxurious hotel with breathtaking sea views of the Adriatic? The five-star Villa Dubrovnik, located in St. Jacob’s cliffs, is surrounded by luscious gardens that are rich in oleanders, lemon and orange trees. This peaceful retreat has unique views of the turquoise sea and the world-famous city walls, and is a great option for those who are looking to relax and recharge during their stay in Croatia; amenities include an indoor pool, a private beach and two floors entirely dedicated to the spa.
After admiring Old Town Dubrovnik, you might want to change gears and explore the area from a different perspective: visiting the local wineries! A private chauffeur will pick you up at your hotel and drive you to the harbor, where you will hop on a speed boat and set off to Grgic Winery and Korta Katarina Winery on the Peljesac Peninsula. This full-day tour features wine tastings paired with gourmet food, and is a real treat for foodies and wine enthusiasts. And the boat ride to the location gives you the opportunity to take exceptional pictures of the coastline!
The charming historical town, located right on the water on the northeastern end of the island, plus the variety of beaches on its coastline, make Korcula another major contender on the list of Croatia’s most romantic destinations. The town is fortified by 13th-century walls, within which the Romanesque cathedral of St. Mark’s and the Franciscan monastery are still preserved; in fact, you could consider it a smaller, yet equally fascinating, version of Dubrovnik.
A truly unique accommodation in Korcula’s Old Town is the Lesic Dimitri Palace, a boutique hotel that features only five residences, all impeccably decorated with high-end textiles and materials recalling Marco Polo’s travels. The original building was an 18th-century bishop’s palace, now renovated as a luxury resort. It features a private spa and a terrace with spectacular views of Peljesac channel and peninsula: what a great way to start your day, having breakfast overlooking the sea!
And if the sea is the reason why you are traveling to Croatia, you cannot pass up the opportunity to cruise the Adriatic by sailboat. After a long, hot summer day, you can board the sailboat in the late afternoon to take in the breeze and see the sun set over the Korcula channel: an unforgettable picture and an unparalleled romantic experience.
The island of Hvar is characterized by a uniquely varied agriculture: the fertile soil of the island lends itself perfectly to cultivating vineyards, orchards and olive groves. Hvar is an oasis of vegetation in the Adriatic Sea, and the luscious coasts of the island classify it as one of the most romantic destinations in Croatia. Hotel Adriana can be your home-away-from-home during your stay on the island: this four-star boutique hotel features an outdoor and indoor spa, a private beach and a seawater pool on the hotel rooftop — hard to beat if you are looking to unwind by the sea!
And for more adventurous couples, try exploring the renowned Pakleni islands by kayak. Hvar will be the starting point of this tour. You will paddle your way through one of the most intriguing parts of the Adriatic, studded with isles which constitute the archipelago of Pakleni. After all the hard work, you can take it easy on one of deserted beaches in narrow channels that few tourists know about: a piece of heaven off the beaten path.
As one of the largest cities in Croatia, Split offers a wide range of activities for all types of visitors. Split’s Old Town is known for Diocletian’s Palace, which was built at the beginning of the fourth century by the emperor bearing its name — it is definitely a major highlight that should be on everybody’s to-do list. And just a few minutes from the palace, you can kick back at the five-star Hotel Park, built in 1921 and completely refurbished in 2015, with the addition of a swimming pool and terrace where you can enjoy your breakfast every morning. The restaurant is a bit of a staple of the city, as it used to host grand balls and dinners. Even today, locals come to the restaurant on special occasions, or to revel in the elegant environment for an exclusive lunch.
To carry on the “wining and dining” theme, you could bask in a wine tasting at one of Split’s first wine bars. You will enjoy local delicacies while trying five types of wine, as a sommelier explains the bouquet and origin of each wine. The whole experience gets even more interesting when you learn that the renowned Californian Zinfandel actually began its story in Croatia, in Kastela near Split.
Another important protagonist in the list of Croatia’s most romantic destinations is Rovinj, a cluster of colorful houses and buildings reflecting the Venetian influence, situated right at the edge of the land on the west coast of Istria. A maze of narrow stone streets runs through the entire town, and at every turn, you will find that Rovinj is charming in every little detail. As with Venice, you can stroll around the town without a map, and be delightfully surprised by the unexplored corners of the city.
After a day of walking and sightseeing, you can refresh yourself in one of the four pools at the five-star Hotel Monte Mulini. Or even better, take advantage of their top-of-the-line spa facilities before enjoying a dinner inspired by Mediterranean flavors in the hotel’s restaurant, Mediterraneo, with its breathtaking views of the Adriatic Sea. This resort is one of the most notable on the Croatian coast, ideal for couples on their honeymoon or those who are just looking for a special place for two!
One little tip while you are in Istria: the forests in this specific region of Croatia are renowned for their truffles! To be more specific, three types of black truffles grow in this area, and in 1999, Giancarlo Zigante was the proud discoverer of a white truffle weighing an amazing 3.5 lbs. This delicacy is now the protagonist of a full-day tour in Livade, the village where Zigante Tartufi was founded more than twenty years ago. Here you will assist a demonstration of truffle hunting and then, best of all, indulge in a four-course meal that focuses on – yes, you guessed it – black and white truffles.
These are only some suggestions for an unforgettable, romantic experience in Croatia, but the country has much more to offer; if you have any questions, or would like some assistance in planning your trip, you can contact one of our travel experts to get all the information you need!
written by Isabella Ott
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