13 Reasons Why You’re Winning At Life If You’re In Croatia!

Published: 13 March 2017

Here are some places you’d be remiss not to hit up this summer.

Vis

It’s a relatively under-the-radar option for wine fans and seafood lovers…not to mention people who like nature.

Krk Island

One of Croatia’s largest islands also happens to be super busy in prime summer months. And there’s good reason why: It’s landscaped is varied, the beaches are pristine and the towns are full of activities.

Hvar

It’s the sunniest of all the islands and also one of the most luxurious (think super yachts and high-end hotels). It’s also drop-dead gorgeous. So just go be with all the crowds. There’s a reason they’re there.

Dubrovnik

The city has immense history, great food and beautiful scenery. What’s not to love?

Trsteno

Just north of Dubrovnik sits the delightful gardens of Trsteno. Make a day trip out of it.

Plitvice Lakes National Park

Sixteen lakes make up this stunning park in the middle of the country. Beware:swimming in these insanely beautiful waters is not allowed.

Istria

The area has been called “the new Tuscany” and it’s not hard to see why. There are hilltop villages, such as Motovun (below), seaside towns and delicious Italian-ish food.

Rovinj

This is THE Istrian coastal fishing town you simply can’t miss.

Zlatni Rat Beach

Come to nearby Bol for the old town, stay for this beach. It’s one of the country’s most famous beaches, so you’ll be stunning yourself with your favorite strangers.

Zadar

People used to skip this Roman-era city and that’s a shame (it is a great jumping off point for Adriatic island hoppers). There’s great architecture, a few interesting monuments and a pedestrian-only Old Town.

Elaphite Islands

Day trippers make the trek here to these car-free islands (only three of which are inhabited). Head to Lopud for a laidback escape.

Zagreb

There’s a vibrant art scene in this inland city, but don’t be fooled: there are pubs and outdoor activities to take part in, too.

Mljet

It was here, on this heavily-forested island, that Odysseus supposedly lived for seven years. Hit up Mljet National Park.