The most romantic places to visit in Croatia

The most romantic places to visit in Croatia

I may be bias about how romantic Croatia is — this is where we got engaged….! But I do believe that even without that, Croatia would still have the same feeling of romance. Whether you’re traveling to Croatia romantically or not, this list will inspire you. I put together a list of 7 of the most romantic places to visit in Croatia.

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The most romantic places to visit in Croatia — Dubrovnik sunset

Old Town – Dubrovnik — one of the most romantic places to visit in Croatia!

Maybe the most iconic spots in Croatia is the old town in Dubrovnik. Whether you’re a Game of Thrones fan, love history and architecture, or enjoy getting lost down cobblestone alleys, it will be hard not to fall in love with Dubrovnik’s old town. This was one of the first places we spent time in in Croatia. It was my favorite. I could have spent hours sitting at cafe’s drinking tiny espressos and people watching.

The old town of Dubrovnik is a UNESCO World Heritage site — and it’s one of the most beautiful places in the world (IMHO).

There are plenty of activities to do while you’re in the old town. We played an Escape Game through Airbnb Experiences. It was a lot of fun to walk the whole old town, search for clues, and learn about the history of the place.

We also did a photo shoot through Airbnb Experiences. I highly recommend this — if you’re traveling solo, with a partner, or with a family. It was a great way to capture moments with a local who knew all the hidden gems.

Diocletian’s Palace – Split

While Dubrovnik was my favorite city with breathtaking views, Split was the city we fell in love with for a different reason. It was also a beautiful city, and probably the most live-able (in our opinion). It was the place, we romanticized — “If we lived in Croatia, we could see ourselves living here.”

Split is a beautiful city on the coast of the Adriatic. It offers great views, a board walk along the ocean, miles of trails through the woods peppered with ocean beaches, and delicious food.

One of the most popular places to visit is the Diocletian’s Palace right in the city center. While, it’s a good idea to stay away from touristy places sometimes, the Diocletian’s Palace has so much history! It’s tough for me to stay away from a place where you know people were walking across the same path thousands of years ago.

Diocletian was a Roman empire in the 4th century. This “palace” was built for him. But it’s similar to Dubrovnik’s old town in that it’s a mini walled-city. And it’s one of the oldest places in Croatia — not to mention a UNESCO World Heritage site.

It’s a romantic place to get lost walking the alley’s, stopping in the stores, and sipping a (tiny) espresso while sitting on the steps watching people enter in awe. People live in the “palace” (similar to the old town in Dubrovnik). Our guide talked about how it used to be an unsafe place to walk around at night, but now the city has done a lot to restore the apartments.

Read more about what we did in Split in our 11 night Croatia itinerary.

Driving across the whole country

This isn’t a specific place, but one of our favorite parts of our trip in Croatia was just driving! Croatia is diverse topographically. One hour you will be driving through green rolling hills, the next hour — through mountains soaring around you, and then a couple hours later — driving along the coast.

I would highly recommend renting a car, at least for part of your trip (even a day) so that you get the experience of observing the countryside at your own pace.

We stopped at all the rest stops to get a little coffee, talk in Croatian, and stretch our legs. A day of driving could be one of the best days on your trip.

The most romantic places to visit in Croatia — just go for a drive!

Winery in Dubrovnik

You may already know this, but I was surprised to learn that Croatia has great wine. We knew we wanted to go to a winery at some point on our trip. It turns out the countryside surrounding Dubrovnik is a romantic place to go. It was one of the most romantic places to visit in Croatia.

We drove about an hour south of the city, up even higher into the mountains along the ocean. We made a reservation for a tasting at a family-run winery (I can’t find the name….). It was such a highlight of our trip! The family was so warm and welcoming. They explained how the winery (and the home) has been in the family for a thousand years.

Not to mention, they gave us very generous tastings of each of their wines and spirits! It was a great way to spend our last afternoon in the Dubrovnik area.

Tkalciceva Street – Zagreb

When you see Croatia on blogs, YouTube videos, or travel websites, you don’t often see much about Zagreb. Most people skip Zagreb and stick to the Dalmatian coast. Well, Zagreb is where we flew in and out of of. It’s where we rented our car. And it was one of our favorite parts of our trip.

Zagreb is certainly under-rated.

One of the most romantic experiences of our trip was spending the evening walking down Tkalciceva Street, lined with restaurants, bars, and local music playing. You could stop one place for a pre-dinner drink, and then walk a few minutes to another place for dinner. Maybe you would want to follow dinner with a drink or two somewhere else.

We loved Zagreb. It was also the most affordable place of our trip, where we could splurge even more and not feel it in our pocket.

It also added some diversity to the rest of our trip, spent along the Dalmatian Coast. Croatia is so interesting because the Dalmatian coast is Mediterranean in the overall feel, food, climate, and landscape. But the north part of Croatia (ie. Zagreb) felt more Eastern European culturally and geographically. We had some of our most local experiences right outside of Zagreb trying to find food and stay at an Airbnb.

Old Town – Split

Aside from the Diocletian’s Palace in Split, one of the most romantic places to visit in Croatia is the Split old town. This is pretty much the city center, right near the board walk along the coast. We stayed at a cute Airbnb here and there were no cars allowed. It was sooooo quaint and magical!

Unlike the Dubrovnik old town, the Split old town is not walled-in. So the old town feels more a part of the rest of the city. That means you don’t have to “travel” to the old town like you do in Dubrovnik. We had a couple fabulous candlelit dinners within a couple minute walk from our accommodation.

It was so romantic!

Ferry ride to one of the islands

The last “place” on our list of the most romantic places to visit in Croatia is also not a place — but more an experience. Split is a great point to access the multitude of islands off of the coast. There’s easy and affordable ferry access (either by person or with your car) to any of these islands. We took a ferry and stayed on Hvar for 2 nights. The ferry-ride on it’s own was so beautiful and romantic! It was a couple hours long with a cafe to get your coffee for the trip.

We sat together looking out over the ocean and the amazing views. What’s not romantic?!

The most romantic places to visit in Croatia – take a ferry ride

If you’re thinking of traveling to Croatia (prioritizing romance or not), I hope you find this list of the 7 most romantic places to visit in Croatia insightful and inspiring.

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