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Planning a vacation in Croatia? Here’s what you need to know

VACATION IN CROATIA

You are planning vacation in Croatia but want to know more about our country, its history, the culture, best places to visit, most interesting towns, top islands, beaches and national parks? Great¸ you are at the right place. People usually prefer destinations considered exotic or romantic. That being said¸ Croatia can give you both as well as much more.

If you’re arriving from Europe¸ you won’t find it difficult to travel to Croatia since the country is located in the Central Europe across the Adriatic sea¸ opposite to Italy. Thanks to its favorable geographic position¸ you can visit Croatia and other nearby countries such as Italy¸ Austria¸ Hungary¸ Bosnia and Herzegovina or Montenegro. It would be like vacation tour but let’s go back to the topic¸ vacation in Croatia.

VACATION IN CROATIA – 5 REGIONS

Although Croatia is a small country with only 4 milion people¸ distinct differences between its regions provide diverse excotic¸ romantic¸ exciting¸ adventurous and above all unforgettable experience for people of all ages and from all walks of life. The country is geographically and culturally divided in 5 different regions:

Zagreb and the northern Croatia with old baroque cities such as Varaždin and Čakovec

This part of Croatia is best for people who prefer urban style of life and cultural monuments since Zagreb is the capital of Croatia with population of 1 million people. You can visit it any time of the year but the best time to see it is during winter months¸ especially during Christmas Advent which is among the best in Europe. This time of year¸ Zagreb looks like a huge Christmas Village with all the decorations¸ attractions¸ boutique wines, gourmet dishes and live music that revives its parks and squares.

Besides Zagreb¸ there are couple of smaller baroque towns in the region with stunning castles and historical monuments. For instance¸ romantic castle Trakošćan in Varaždin¸ the best preserved medieval fortification Veliki Tabor in Desnić and Ozalj¸ a beautiful picturesque town with rich history and marvelous nature.

Slavonia on the east with its valleys¸ National Park Papuk and town of Osijek

Truth to be told¸ this is the least popular part of Croatia, when it comes to vacation in Croatia. On the other hand¸ if you like peace and quiet¸ beautiful scenery and you don’t want to go to the coast¸ islands or the mountains¸ than the valleys and national parks of Slavonia are best suited for you. The main city of Slavonia is Osijek with its beautiful architecture that provides romantic walks along the shores of Danube river.

Lika and Gorski Kotar with National Park Plitvice

This is the mountain part of the country which connects the coastal part with the rest of Croatia. Lika and Gorski Kotar are comprised of picturesque countryside landscapes surrounded with lush green forests and clear lakes. You can visit it all year long. It only depends what you prefer. During winter months¸ this part of Croatia is great for skiing, snowboarding and winter holidays.

On the other hand, during summer people like to visit it to cool off from the heat as well as to visit stunning National Park Plitvice. Also, Lika and Gorski Kotar offer cheaper accommodation and they are only 1 to 4 hours drive from the coast, depending on your location.

Kvarner and Istria

This is the northwest part of the coast with the city of Rijeka as the biggest city in the region. Charming towns, beautiful beaches, peaceful islands, close proximity of Slovenia, Italy and Austria make this region very popular. Besides Rijeka, there are many other smaller towns which are bursting with festivals and tourists during hot summer months.

Charming town Opatija, Pula with its Roman Colosseum, Motovun with its film festival, Crikvenica Riviera with beautiful beaches and promenades, Rabac and Rovinj with their summer resorts as well as Poreč with its beautiful architecture are a guaranty for fun and romantic vacation in Croatia. National Park Brijuni, a group of islands, is the most popular and the most beautiful national park in this part of Croatia.

Dalmatia with Split & Dubrovnik

Dalmatia is region on the Croatian south with numerous beautiful cities to explore such as old town of Zadar with its unique sea organ, Šibenik or city of Kings and fortresses, Primošten with its beautiful beaches, stunning town of Trogir , famous city of Split with its vast Diocletian’s Palace, pirate town of Omiš, Makarska riviera with its long stretch of beaches and renowned old town of Dubrovnik, just to name a few.

While these charming cities lay on the shores of Adriatic Sea, there are also numerous islands along the coast of Dalmatia. Whether you are looking for romantic towns¸ peaceful islands¸ hidden beaches¸ picturesque national parks or unforgettable adventure¸ look no further. Dalmatia is your answer to perfect vacation in Croatia.

The best cities to visit in the region are Zadar on the north¸ Dubrovnik in the south and Split in the middle as capital of Dalmatia. Although there are numerous islands¸ Šolta, Brač¸ Hvar, Vis¸ Korčula and Dugi Otok are among the best. There are also several National Parks in the region but N.P. Krka is the most popular of all.

CLIMATE IN CROATIA

Despite being a small country¸ Croatia’s climate ranges wide depending on where in the country you are. However¸ on average, we have moderate winters and hot¸ dry summers. Because of the climate and the seasons¸ coastal part of the country is the best suited for spring and summer vacation¸ while Zagreb is the best for winter holidays. If you’re planning vacation in Croatia during summer¸ stock up on sunscreen¸ water and don’t forget the sunglasses.

CROATIAN FOOD

Croatian foodIf you like mediterranean cuisine¸ you will love Croatian food. As any mediterranean cuisine¸ the menu is comprised of fruits¸ vegetables¸ olive oil¸ fish and wine. That being said¸ there are a lot of meat based meals but the ones you must try¸ if you like meat¸ are ćevapi and meat pie.

On the other hand¸ you have Soparnik which is authentic Croatian meal made of spinach¸ garlic and olive oil as the main ingredients. So¸ whether you’re are a meat eater¸ vegetarian or vegan¸ you will find a place for you. Thanks to development of tourism¸ there are all kinds of new restaurants opening every summer which not only have the diverse menu but they also provide a romantic atmosphere for unforgettable vacation in Croatia.

YACHTS & BOATS

Sun, sea, beaches and the islands are the main selling point of Croatian tourism, especially when we are talking about summer season. Accordingly, you will see plenty of small boats, speedboats and yachts cruising from island to island, if you visit Dalmatia or Istria and Kvarner. Not only that you can choose which islands, caves and beaches you want to visit but you can also choose places that offer more privacy for you, your friends and family.

That being said, you can take a ferry to some of the islands, book private tour or rent a boat. With private tour you get a boat with the skipper which will drive you wherever you want. On the other hand, you can also rent a boat without the skipper, if you have a skipper licence. Regardless of your choice, don’t skip the islands.

BEACHES IN CROATIA

Zlatni rat beach

Plenty of sunny days and stunning beaches are one of the main reasons why vacation in Croatia became so popular. With over thousand islands and more than 1700 km of coastline there are more than enough sandy beaches, secluded beaches, pebble beaches and party beaches to choose from. Just pick the ones that suit you.

HISTORY & ARHITECTURE

Croatia boasts over two millennia worth of history, thanks to which it has rich collection of monuments, museums, castles and fortresses. Much of it is incredibly well-preserved. What is even better, you have entire towns which are centuries old. Besides Zagreb, Varaždin and Ozalj, there are even better towns for sightseeing on the coast. While you have Rovinj, Poreč and Pula with its roman colosseum in Istria, in Dalmatia you have old town of Šibenik, Primošten, Omiš, Korčula, Ston and especially Hvar, Trogir and Zadar.

However, two of them are in a league of their own and top locations for your summer vacation in Croatia. I am talking about Split and Dubrovnik. Split is capital of Dalmatia with massive 1700-year old Diocletian’s Palace located in town centre. The Palace was emperor’s vacation resort, built during Roman empire which was also used to film some scenes for Game of Thrones. Along with its outskirts such as fortress of Klis, 7 castles of Kaštela, ancient ruins of Salona and charming old town of Trogir, Split is invaluable historical and cultural center.

Old town of Dubrovnik, surrounded with fortified walls, is maybe the most beautiful city in Europe. Thanks to its stunning architecture, Dubrovnik has turned into one of the top modern tourist destinations in the world as well as desirable set for filmmakers. It is known as King’s Landing in Game of Thrones and as glamorous galactic city of Canto Bight in Star Wars franchise.

OTHER THINGS TO DO IN CROATIA

If all that wasn’t enough for awesome vacation in Croatia, you can also enjoy in wine tasting, adrenaline tours, dive on stunning locations, explore picturesque national parks or hike to the mountain peaks to experience amazing view of the Croatian coast and its islands.

If you like adrenaline tours, you can try exhilarating Zipline experience, located near Omiš in a beautiful canyon of Cetina river. Besides Zipline, you can enjoy in rafting and kayaking on that same river. On the other hand, if you want to try bungee jumping, take your shot of adrenaline from Šibenik bridge which stretches above the gulf.

When it comes to snorkeling and scuba diving, it is not only popular beacuse of the shallow sea, thousand islands and amazing dive spots but also due to numerous shipwrecks, caves, underwater cliffs, rich marine life, giant mussels and the fact that it is very safe as it is closed sea, not an ocean.

However, people that want to stay on the shore during their vacation in Croatia, can also visit National Park Plitvice, N.P. Krka or go hiking to the top of mountain Biokovo near Makarska, Mosor near Split, Vidova Gora on island of Brač or to Paklenica National Park. Whichever place you choose, expect stunning panoramic views which will leave you speechless.


Split

Top 10 things to do in Split

Split Travel Guide: Top 10 things to do in Split

On our Split travel guide we will show you what things you can do and which places are worth visiting, if you end up in Split or you’re planning to visit Dalmatia and its capital.

No matter at what time of year you decide to explore Split, you can always have a great vacation. That being said, if you prefer festivals, sunny days, beaches and swimming in crystal clear Adriatic sea, then spring and summer are the best time of year for your vacation in Croatia.

Top 10 things to do in Split

SPLIT TRAVEL GUIDE – EXPLORE THE TOWN & ITS BEACHES

Explore Diocletian’s Palace and the old town. Diocletian’s Palace is number one, when it comes to top attractions in Split. It was built during the reign of Roman Emperor Diocletian which he intended to use as his retirement residence. Although it is called a palace, due to its size, it encompasses more than half of the city’s center. Rest of the area is filled with old town of Split which is spread around the Palace and towards the park forest Marjan.

Visit one of Split museums. If you’re a fan of history, medieval architecture and old monuments, Diocletian’s Palace by itself is a great sightseeing spot. However, you have plenty of museums in and outside the palace. When it comes to Split travel guide, look at these museums as a guide through the rich and turbulent history of the town and our country.

Take a bike tour or go for a hike through the Park Forest Marjan. Lush green lungs of Split, located on the hill next to the old town and surrounded by Adriatic Sea are one of the places you simply have to visit. At the top of the hill you can enjoy in the view of surrounding area and the bay. Besides rich vegetation, Marjan also has numerous hike and jogging trails, old churches, two tennis courts, small football field, a playground for kids, pony rides, a restaurant, plenty of beaches as well as maritime research institute. Marjan is only 20 minutes away from the city’s center, by foot, and it is perfect for a fun tour around the peninsula on a sunny summer’s day.

Cool down on one of Split beaches. Besides the beaches around park forest Marjan such as Obojena, Kašjuni, Prve Vode or Bene, there are great beaches on the rest of Split coastline. For example, there are shallow sandy beaches such as Bačvice and Firule, just 15 minutes of walking distance away from the center. Also, you have very popular Žnjan plateau with long stretch of pebble beaches as well as beautiful beaches in surrounding suburbs of Split such as Stobreč, Kaštela and Trogir.

SPLIT TRAVEL GUIDE – VISIT NEARBY TOWNS & GO SHOPPING

Take a day trip and visit surrounding towns. Although Split is metropolis of Dalmatia and the main place to visit, there are several towns around Split which have their own secrets. You have Solin which is charming small town and a location of ancient Roman city of Salona, once a capital of Dalmatia. Next to Solin is Kaštela with its 7 medieval castles. On the western side of Split riviera is stunning city of Trogir with beautiful baroque architecture. On the eastern side, you have Stobreč and Omiš. Stobreč has wide beach and plenty of cafe bars next to the sea, while Omiš has the best beaches in the area and was home of the pirates, a long time ago.

Enjoy in vibrant nightlife and summer parties. Although you have plenty of clubs in Split and surrounding towns, when the summer comes, nightlife becomes even crazier. Not only that tourists from all over the world spice up the atmosphere but you also have numerous summer festivals, beach parties and live concerts. The most popular clubs in town are Vanilla, Central, Fabrique, Jazzbina and Tropic. When it comes to beach parties in Split, they are usually organized on wide and shallow Bačvice beach. Also, during the Ultra Music festival main stage is at the city stadium, called Poljud.

Go to a shopping in one of Split malls. Our Split travel guide wouldn’t be complete if we didn’t mention the best shopping malls which includes Joker, City Center One, Salona Mall and Mall of Split. Although shopping Center Joker is located somewhat close to the center, the best ones are Mall of Split and City Center One. These two not only have plenty of stores, restaurants and movie theaters but they are also located few kilometers apart from one another which makes your shopping tour much simpler and less time consuming.

SPLIT TRAVEL GUIDE – DAY TRIP TO ISLANDS & NATIONAL PARKS

Visit mid-Adriatic islands or National Parks. Besides exploring Split and charming towns of Split riviera, you can also visit national parks and mid-Adriatic islands. Since they are bit further and taking a taxi or a bus isn’t convenient, you will need to have your own car or rent one, book an excursion, take a ferry or rent a boat. At the end of the day, you have plenty of options, if you decide to visit National Park Krka, N.P. Plitvice or mid-Adriatic islands such as Brač, Hvar, Vis or Šolta.

Book a Private Tour which suits you. If you have a trip planned in your mind for you and your family, you can book a private tour. Not only that you can choose which places you want to visit, when you want to go and when you plan to be back but you can decide how long you want to stay in each place. It all depends what you want.

Go snorkeling and scuba diving in crystal clear Adriatic sea. If you don’t want to visit national parks, some of the islands or medieval towns such as Dubrovnik, explore rich underwater world of Dalmatia. Not only that Croatia has more than thousand islands and crystal clear sea but there are many great diving spots, thanks to long maritime tradition and turbulent history on this side of the Adriatic.

SPLIT TRAVEL GUIDE – WHEN TO VISIT

There are some activities on the list which are best suited for spring, summer and early fall.

During winter months, you can’t enjoy on beautiful beaches of Split riviera, there are no crazy summer parties and it is not that warm during your visit to Krka, mid Adriatic islands and especially N.P. Plitvice. That being said, there are not that many tourists during that part of the year and most places you have just for yourselves.

We hope some of these tips and activities mentioned in Split travel guide, help you with planning an awesome Croatian vacation in Split.

Acommodation in Split

BEST PLACES FOR ACCOMMODATION IN & AROUND SPLIT

Split accommodation includes best hotels, luxury villas, top apartments and cheap hostels, all reviewed by guests. Split is the second biggest town in  Croatia and metropolis of Dalmatia, a region best suited for unforgettable spring and summer vacation with plenty of accommodation options.

You will find website of the hotels and hostels you found interesting and worth booking for your accommodation in Split.

You can also check these apartments and vacation houses with direct contact to the owner. We don’t take commission or book this accommodation rentals. So, you can avoid paying booking fees by making reservation directly with the owner.

On the other hand, you can also check their reviews, pictures, available dates, prices and more on Booking or Airbnb. We will connect their ad with the owner’s phone number.

You wonder we share this information? Because we are locals who live here for more then 30 years with friends and acquaintances which rent apartments and villas for vacation.

SPLIT ACCOMMODATION – HOTELS

Every year there are more and more hotels being built in the city itself and the surrounding suburbs. However, the best and the most luxurious hotels in and around Split are:

Besides luxury rooms, these hotels also provide free use of gym, spa and wellness, casinos, clubs and pools.

Some of them are located next to the sea with private beaches, while others such as Le Meridien Lav in Podstrana, have their own marina.

Average price of hotel room for one night is between 100 € and 500 €, depending which type of accommodation you prefer.

SPLIT ACCOMMODATION – VILLAS

Split is touristic center of Dalmatia and the second biggest city in Croatia with plenty of smaller towns around it. Thank to this fact, there are also more than enough villas in and around Split for you to rent.

However, Split is bit more expensive when it comes to accommodation, especially when you look to rent a villa. On the other hand, suburbs around the town provide bit cheaper options with more or less the same amount of luxury.

That being said, these villas are mostly rented only for a whole week, while their weekly price is between 1000 € to 5000 €, depending on the time of year, luxury and their location.

Luxury Villas in Split area:

  • Villa Castello Split located in Meje (Split’s version of Beverly Hills)
  • Villa Penthouse – Split owned by Radisson Resort
  • Villa Red Land or Villa Greta (beach villa)
  • Luxury Villa Luminosa located in suburb of Split
  • Villa Tomislav located in Meje
  • Villa Bila near Split centre

Although you can find some villas on booking.com and Airbnb, we recommend checking out luxuryretreats and myprivatevillas.

SPLIT ACCOMMODATION – HOSTELS

If you’re looking just for a place to “crash” and you want to save as much as possible on accommodation in Split, there are plenty of hostels in and around the city centre. Among the most popular ones are:

  • Design Hostel Goli & Bosi
  • Hostel Split
  • Hostel Split Backpackers
  • Hostel Booze & Snooze
  • Al’s Place
  • Tchaikovsky Hostel Split

Average price for one night in hostel is between 13 € and 35 € per person, for which you get essentials such as WIFI connection, satellite TV, AC, shared kitchen and bathroom.

However, hostels are basically dorm rooms where you don’t have much privacy. On the other hand, if you don’t need your own place and you like meeting new people or making new friends, then vibrant atmosphere of these hostels is perfect for you.

For finding and booking hostels, we recommend tripadvisor which has the most reviews, for this type of accommodation in Split.

Split Accommodation – APARTMENTS

If you want privacy, enough space and fair price, renting an apartment is the best option. Not only that you have numerous options but you can also choose which pay grade and amount of luxury suits you best.

However, if you book apartment in the Split center, you will pay more. On the other hand, if you book apartment outside the center or especially in the surrounding suburbs such as Solin, Kaštela, Stobreč and Trogir, you will usually get 2 or 3 beedroom apartment for the lower price.

Although public transportation, taxi and Uber are well organized, before making a reservation, check the location of your apartment. Also, check what types of transportation and car rentals are on your disposal, if you’re arriving without your own.

 

Split Accommodation divided by zones

Best romantic restaurants in Split

BEST ROMANTIC RESTAURANTS IN SPLIT

Romantic restaurants in Split

Enjoy in one of romantic restaurants in Split with your loved one, during your visit to our ancient city. These restaurants have great indoor and outdoor design, delicious food and more often than not¸ a rich collection of wines.

Most importantly¸ all of them have great location with amazing view of the old town¸ the beach or the bay. Perfect for romantic dinner with your significant other.

Also¸ Split by itself can be quite romantic town¸ especially during spring and summer when it’s full of colors¸ lights and festivals. Besides the dinner¸ you can enjoy in sightseeing 1700 years old Diocletian’s palace¸ take a stroll to the beach or visit surrounding mountains to enjoy in romantic sunsets over the Adriatic sea with your loved one.

 

romantic restaurants in split

 

These are the best restaurants in Split¸ when it comes to breathtaking view and romantic setting. Check their reviews and pictures on tripadvisor:

Terrace Vidilica is located on the south side of park forrest Marjan. Since it is located on the hill above the city¸ it provides breathtaking view of the old town and the bay. The food is nice but selection of wines is even better. Terrace Vidilica is best suited for romantic dinner as well as refreshing spot after sightseeing the park. However¸ you need to hike a bit up the stairs to get to it or take a taxi since there aren’t many places to park a car¸ close to Vidilica.

Restaurant Dvor is probably my favorite¸ when it comes to romantic restaurants in Split. It is located short walk from the old town¸ above the sandy beach Bačvice. Food and drinks are great¸ while the price is reasonable. However¸ the thing that makes this place special is the venue. The house which is now a restaurant¸ has been converted beautifully along with the spacious outside terrace that provides marvelous view of the beach and nearby islands¸ while the waves splashing on the shore improve already a lovely setting.

The Caper Grill is a bit more on the expensive side and there is a good reason behind it. It is Radisson Blu restaurant located in the hotel. Since Radisson Blu hotels are among the best¸ their restaurants try to keep up to the highest standards. Not only that the menu is rich in top Mediterranean specialties but it is also complemented by a wide selection of wines. Amazing view of the bay from the terrace and incredible decor of the restaurant make it one of the best romantic restaurants in Split.

SUPRISE YOUR PARTNER

We could also put some other restaurants on this list such as restaurants Adriatic Graso and Zrno Soli located near ACI marina¸ newly opened restaurant F De Mar or restaurant Re di Mare on the other side of town. However¸ we choose only the best.

That being said¸ if you want to do something extra and suprise your partner¸ besides taking him or her to one of romantic restaurants in Split¸ let us know.

You can rent a boat or book a private tour for just two of you and take your partner to one of the islands near Split. We can show you the best places¸ take you to hidden beaches or some of the most romantic places around Split.

Split

Nightlife in Split: Best Places for fun

Nightlife in Split: Best Places for fun night out

You want to know more about nightlife in Split since you are planning or already spending your vacation in metropolis of Dalmatia? We will show you the best clubs, beach parties, festivals and destinations for fun night out.

NIGHTLIFE IN SPLIT – WARM UP

In case you prefer warming up or visiting nice caffe bar in Split before hitting the clubs, these are our recommendations:

Visit one of many caffe bars located in the Diocletian’s Palace such as Gaga, La Bodega, Paradiso or Luxor

Relax in one of many cafe bars or restaurants located on Split’s beautiful promenade (Riva) and enjoy the view and diversity of people, while you sip your cocktail

Many locals gather on Matejuška and Split’s “west coast” in the evening since it is cheaper to buy a beer and enjoy with your friends on the bench, instead of visiting some of more expensive caffe bars in the town’s centre

VanillaVANILLA CLUB

Vanilla Club is the most popular place in town and definitely the best place to party and have an amazing night out in Split. Since its inception, it is Split’s favorite gathering place and today a club with tradition, a synonym for fun night out.

The initial vision of the club was based on good fun and quality service but today Vanilla is perceived as a party zone and a place where there are no limits for experiencing a great time. Throughout the years, the club’s offer has expanded which includes its services and the club’s surface.

That being said¸ to get inside you need to be well dressed. Entrance is usually free, besides on special nights when some bigger local or foreign artists are performing.

CentralCENTRAL

It is relatively new club which became very popular thanks to its size and amazing interior design. During summer, Central is opened every night and hosts a number of DJs, foreign and domestic music producers in their thematic evening parties.

A 360 degree renovation of the former ‘Central’ Cinema has now turned into a two floor nightclub with four bars, VIP lodges and state of the art sound.

Each night is theme based from evergreens to disco to world famous DJs playing live. Although being one of the best places¸ regarding nightlife in Split¸ remember that you are usually required to pay entrance fee to get inside.

FabriqueFABRIQUE PUB

Boasting coffee and cocktails, barbecue and pub fare, Fabrique is the first of its kind in the city. The menu combines classic pub fare with a modern twist and Croatian spin to bring it all together.

Although during the day it works as a restaurant where you can have a lunch or sit for a cup of coffee, the pub transforms into one of best places for fun night out in the evening.

While at some other nightclubs you can found predominatly younger crowd such as 20 year-olds, Fabrique is one of those places where you have mix of ages 20-50, on average 25-35 with a mix of locals and travellers. Also, the atmosphere and decor are stunning, classy and cosy, while the club is located in the center, next to the waterfront.

Bacvice beachBAČVICE BEACH

Bačvice is spacious area with shallow sandy beach located close to the city centre. It is also one of best places when it comes to nightlife in Split¸ especially during the summer.

Although the beach itself is sometimes host of music festivals¸ there are many clubs lined up next to the beach. The best ones include Tropic Club¸ Caffe-Club Bačvice and La Playa Beach Bar & Club. Bačvice beach is also very popular among the tourists¸ especially during the night.

If you want to meet tourist from all over the world which are having their vacation in Split¸ Bačvice beach and its clubs are one of the best places in town. Especially taking in consideration beautiful surroundings and short distance to the centre of Split.

Ultra Festival SplitULTRA FESTIVAL

When we talk about nightlife in Split¸ we can’t forget to mention Ultra Music Festival. It is the biggest music festival in this part of Europe which is organized every year. It attracts visitors from 140 countries around the world¸ while only a third of festival-goers are locals. This speaks volumes since attendance of Ultra Music Festival in Split goes up to 150.000 visitors.

Festival has top tier line-up with the world’s best EDM¸ house and techno music DJ’s in combination with amazing production and unparalleled stage designs. Split as famous tourist resort with its Diocletian’s Palace¸ rich cultural history¸ numerous beaches and mid-Adriatic islands in front¸ provides perfect place for one of the best summer parties in the world.

Find your place on the map

We marked all the best clubs in Split with red, Ultra festival with green, island parties with yellow and Bačvice beach with blue:

Beach

Top 10 Croatia Beaches – Find your slice of paradise

Croatia Beaches: Check the pictures & find their location

Croatia beaches is one of the most googled search terms associated with our country. With over thousand islands and more than 1700 km of mainland coast, there are plenty of beautiful beaches to pick from.

Zlatni Rat beach1. Zlatni Rat or Golden Horn

Zlatni Rat or Golden Horn is the most popular beach on this side of Adriatic, located on the Brač island. When you see it the first time, you quickly realize why. Its unique shape, the fact that the beach changes shape with changes in wind direction, plenty of wind surfing activites, caffe bars and restaurants surrounded with pine trees as well as close proximity of Bol town, its no wonder Zlatni Rat is one of the best beaches in Croatia.

Although you have few options for visiting this marvelous destination, we created a full day tour for exploring town of Bol and relaxing on famous beach of Zlatni Rat. Not only that you have plenty of time for enjoying in this paradise and soaking up the atmosfere but we also serve coffee, snacks, lunch and drinks on the big luxury boat which is all included in the price.

Stiniva Beach2. Stiniva Cove

Stiniva Cove was voted as the best beach in Europe by tourism organisation, “European Best Destinations”. It is famous because of its shape which is a lot different than other Croatia beaches. Stiniva was actually a cave, a long time ago, but the roof of the cave collapsed and Stiniva beach was born.

It has funnel like shape with wide pebbel beach inside, sandy seabed and narrow entrance to otherwise inaccessible beach. There is only steep and dangerous goat path that leads to the beach from Vis island. That is one of the reasons why Five Islands Tours is so popular since we also visit Stiniva Cove with a speedboat, besides other locations.

3. Lovrečina Bay

Lovrečina Bay is another gem of Brač island which deserves to be among the best, when it comes to Croatia beaches. That being said, while Zlatni rat is located on the southern side of the island with its horn facing the windy channel, Lovrečina is located on the peaceful northern side with the beach sliding into the “protective hug” of the island. Besides the shape of the beach, wind conditions and the location, environment and the surroundings are completely different, too.

There aren’t as many people on the beach because its a bit further away from the closest town on the island and there aren’t many places to park a car near the beach. People that do come are mostly locals which live nearby and tourists with private or rented boats looking to relax in this hidden paradise. Also, the shallow waters of this beautiful sandy beach, stretch almost to the half of Lovrečina bay which makes it great for kids and non swimmers.

Palmižana Beach4. Devil’s Islands

Devil’s Islands is a group of islands, located in front of Hvar island. Despite Palmižana and Carpe Diem being the most popular, there are other beaches and hidden bays to pick from.

Although on our Five Islands Tour we visit popular Palmižana beach, if you want to have a secluded beach just for yourself, you would need to rent a boat . Not only that you can explore Devil’s Islands from top to bottom but you can also find a beach on which you would be the only ones.

5. Makarska riviera

Makarska riviera includes an area over 60 km long in the foothills of Biokovo mountain with series of long, mostly pebble beaches hidden in the shade of pine trees. Main tourist and economic centre of the region is town of Makarska. Besides Makarska, you have plenty of secluded bays in the area where you can find a little bit of privacy as well as beautiful beaches in towns of Brela, Baška Voda, Tučepi and Podgora which are known as some of the best beaches in Croatia.

6. Zrće

Zrće is long pebble beach on the island of Pag. Although beach by itself provides plenty of space and crystal clear sea, it is know as the one of the best party beaches in Croatia packed with young crowd, clubs and caffe bars. It is also known as Croatian Ibiza since parties last all day long. If you’re looking for place to stay while visiting Zrće beach, Novalja is the closest town located 4 km away from this party madness.

7. Bačvice

Bačvice beach is U shaped bay surrounded with promenade, sandy shores and pine trees which makes it one of the most popular Croatia beaches. The best of all, it is located in town of Split, close to the center. It is popular as family destination since it is very shallow which makes it great for kids and game of “Picigin” which originates from this very same beach. Cafe bars and night lights draw people from the town and surrounding streets, even after sunset.

Sakarun Beach8. Sakarun beach

Sakarun beach is located on the northwest side of Dugi island or Long island, when translated from Croatian. Due to its white sand, clear sea and pine forrest which surrounds the beach and gives its visitors so much needed shade, it got on our list of top beaches in Croatia. Sakarun beach is 800 meters long and at 250 meters off the shore, the depth is only 3,5 meters thereby providing wide and shallow area for swimming, especially for kids. Around the beach you have few restaurants, while you can find apartments in surrounding places such as Veli rat, Verunić, Soline i Božava.

Omiš9. Sandy beaches of Omiš

Sandy beaches of Omiš are a group of beaches surrounding this old pirate stronghold. Omiš is located in Dalmatia, 25 km away from Split. Not only that the main city beach is smaller version of Copacabana but also the beaches in the camp and the ones at the west entrance to the town are all made of sand with shallow sea level and several caffe bars, restaurants and palm trees which provide shade to diverse group of visitors.

Beach Banje10. Banje beach

Banje beach is one of the most popular Croatia beaches and number one beach in Dubrovnik. It is located near the center and old city walls. However, due to long flight of stairs, it is not accessible to the handicapped and those in poor physical condition. Marvelous view of the old town and the beautiful unsettled island of Lokrum is a unique quality of this famous beach. Also, as the day nears its end, beach turns into the most desired place for an elite night out.

BEST BEACHES IN CROATIA – HONORABLE MENTIONS

Besides these top beaches in Croatia, there are several more that are worth mentioning since they almost made it on our top 10 list. These includes Queen’s Beach in Nin with the views of Velebit mountains across the sea, majestic moon-grey crescent of Spiaza beach at Susak island, charming Dubovica bay and Grebišče beach on Hvar island.

The list wouldn’t be complete without hidden islet of Proizd, hard to get Šunj bay, romantic Valalta Resort near Rovinj as well as remote Divna beach on Pelješac peninsula, Paradise beach at Rab island and charming Stončica bay on island of Vis.

CROATIA BEACHES: BOATS \ TRANSFERS \ PRIVATE TOURS

We offer service of transfers, boat rentals and private tours. Since some of these top beaches are located on the islands such as Brač, Vis, Hvar, Pelješac and Dugi otok, you need some kind of boat. It is up to you whether you want just a transfer to your favorite beach or you want to rent a boat for yourselves, join an excursion or book a private tour.

If you want to visit or relax on some of the beaches located on the mainland, you don’t need a speedboat. In this case, cars and minivans are more than enough. If you want to relax on some of the top beaches in Croatia, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Croatia Beaches – Check the Pictures & the Map

We marked best Croatia beaches with red. Other beaches which didn’t make it to our top 10, even though they were close, are marked with blue on the map. Click on the mark, scroll through the pictures and find your favorite beach.

Cheap Eats in Split

Cheap eats in Split: Best fast foods & sandwich bars

If you’re having vacation on a budget and you are looking for cheap eats in Split¸ you’re at the right place. We will show you the best fast food & sandwich bars that serve delicious and filling meals which won’t empty your wallet.

Not only these places are among the best and cheapest but they are also our favorites. Afterall¸ we live here on Croatian paycheck and we can’t afford to eat in fancy restaurants¸ all the time.

Best cheap eats in Split

If you are looking for quick bite and filling¸ yet delicious meal which is not overpriced¸ these are the places that we love and you will too:

Fast Food Kalimero is located next to main marketplace in the city centre. Besides hamburgers, cheesburgers and fries, you can also order other meals such as mixed meat, pizza, few veggie meals and ćepavi which is grilled dish made of minced meat. It is usually served with onions and ajvar, a local dressing made from red bell peppers¸ garlic and eggplant.

Slastice Kod Mate is one of the favorite places among locals, especially after clubbing during weekends. It works full day¸ every day. Although they sell pizza and meat pie, the place is mostly known beacuse they have the best donuts in town. They fill them up with chocolate or marmelade in front of you and they put a lot of stuffing which makes them extra delicious.

Kebab House is among my favorite places¸ when it comes to cheap eats in Split. They sell the best Kebab in town which costs only 25 kn¸ around 4 € and the place is located just 5 minutes away from the promenade. You can choose between sweet or spicy dressing and order other meals such as chicken burgers, hamburgers¸ ćevapi as well as yogurt.

Kantun Paulina is well renowned take out corner located in the old town of Split. They serve hamburgers, chicken burgers¸ sausages¸ steak and ćevapi. Although they have only a couple of meals to choose from, they are brought to perfection.

Rizzo Sandwiches is the closest thing to famous Subway, American fast food restaurant franchise. If you don’t like other cheap eats in Split and you just want to have the best sandwich in town, Rizzo is the one for you. This sandwich bar offers various types of cheese, ham, vegetables and toppings to put into your meal. Everything is fresh and they even bake bread themselves!

FOOD & VACATION ON A BUDGET

Usually closer the restaurant is to the city center¸ the more expensive it is. We are mentioning this in case you happen to visit Split and you stumble upon expensive restaurant. Just keep your eyes open and check before you order.

That being said¸ we mentioned here only fast food and sandwich bars in or near the city center which are among the best cheap eats in Split. If you want to check their reviews or see more pictures¸ we recommend tripadvisor.

Vege restaurants Split

Best Vegetarian Restaurants in Split

Best Vegetarian Restaurants in Split

If you are looking for vegetarian restaurants in Split¸ you’re at the right place. We will show you the best restaurants which serve gluten free meals¸ delicious smoothies, fruit salads¸ veggie burgers¸ sugar free cakes as well as craft beer¸ barley coffee and much more.

Most restaurants and fast foods in Split serve dishes based on meat or seafood. However¸ some restaurants are also vegetarian friendly which usually means they serve meals such as vegetarian pizza¸ salads¸ pasta and gluten free cakes.

That being said¸ there are several restaurants in and around Split centre which serve only vegetarian and vegan dishes.

VEGETARIAN RESTAURANTS IN SPLIT

Check some of these places or their reviews on tripadvisor:

Marta’s Veggie Fusion is vegetarian / vegan fusion in the heart of Diocletian’s palace, right next to spectacular Peristil. On the menu you will find craft beer¸ delicious coffee¸ gluten-free cakes, yummy smoothies¸ amazing stew¸ burgers and chips. Although the portions could be a bit bigger for the price they charge¸ fresh¸ tasty meals and great location of this cute¸ small restaurant are what makes this place special.

Juice bar Kokolo

Juice bar Kokolo is located just above the promenade¸ right next to the Diocletian’s palace¸ on so called “Fruit” square. Menu includes drinks, cocktails¸ pudings¸ salads and smoothies made from fruits¸ veggies and seeds. Located on the spacious square¸ surrounded with city gates¸ old walls and buildings¸ it makes a great spot for relaxation after a sightseeing tour as well as a great spot for detox drink after crazy night out. Also¸ Juice Bar Kokolo works only during summer season.

Makrovega

Makrovega is charming restaurant hidden among narrow streets of the old town. If I had to choose¸ it would probably be at the top of the list of best vegetarian restaurants in Split. It offers vegan and vegeterian dishes as well as great choice of cold pressed juices made of fruits and vegetables. You can also choose daily special which includes soup¸ main course and a salad for only 10 € per person.

UpCaffe

Upcaffe is small vegetarian / vegan restaurant with gluten free options, fresh squeezed juices, barley coffee, organic tea, delicious cakes and other tasty meals¸ all made with natural ingredients. The restaurant is owned by the same owners of Makrovega but this one is located outside the old town.

Vege Fast Food

Vege Fast Food is located in Split centre, just across the Inbox bar and next to the main marketplace. They provide large selection of home cooked vegan food and huge selection of sauces. Food is served quickly and it is pretty cheap¸ while the portions are quite big. Place is not fancy but the food is definitely worth the money.

VEGETARIAN FOOD STORES IN SPLIT

Besides vegetarian restaurants in Split¸ there are also great places and health food stores which sell vegetarian and vegan food:

Main marketplace or the Green market is located in the old town¸ next to the east walls of the Palace. It opens very early in the morning which is the best time to visit it. The stalls sell all sorts of fresh fruits and vegetables as well as nuts¸ honey and olive oil¸ among other.

Bio&Bio is one of the larger health food stores in Split with 3 locations in the city and great online shop. Here¸ you will find a variety of certified organic products¸ vegan and vegetarian foods as well as nutritional supplements and fresh sandwiches to go.

Refužo is more than just health food store. It offers not only healthy organic food, but also traditional farm food. Many products are available in bulk since it is the only way to achieve the right price of these products. They sell over 100 kinds of medicinal herbs, have the largest selection of honey, spices and nutritional supplements, bio foods, various types of cereals and seeds.

There are also two smaller¸ family owned health food stores near the main market¸ Zdravi Bili and Zdravi Đir.

Whichever option you choose¸ some of these health food stores or vegetarian restaurants in Split¸ you won’t stay hungry during your vacation in Croatia.

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