Croatia boasts an abundance of stunning coastal cities, blessed with beautiful locations, rich history and magnificent architecture. If you are looking for a city break holiday, look no further! Here’s our run-down on the top cities for holidays in Croatia.
Regardless of whether you are visiting Dubrovnik
for the first time or the hundredth, the sense of awe never fails to descend when you set eyes on the beauty of the old town. The walled city of Dubrovnik is Croatia’s most easily recognised and iconic city, baptised by Byron as the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’. Dubrovnik became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979 and survived the civil war in 1991. No holiday in Dubrovnik would be complete without a walk around the spectacular city walls, the finest in the world and the city's main claim to fame. From the top, the view over the old town of Dubrovnik and the shimmering Adriatic is sublime. You can get a good handle on the extent of the shelling damage by gazing over the rooftops: those sporting bright new terracotta roofs suffered damage and had to be replaced. We have a great choice of boutique
hotels for your Dubrovnik holiday.
Croatia’s second largest city, Split
is a beautiful ancient town perched on the Adriatic coast. Built around a Roman palace which forms the atmospheric old town, Split has been thriving since the fourth century. Life continues to this day within the old palace walls and beyond. Bustling and lively, the heart of Split belongs within the walls of Diocletian’s palace, built as a retreat for the Roman emperor. Always buzzing, Split has just the right balance of tradition and modernity. The winding cobbled alleys, delightful architecture and narrow streets are a joy to explore, and getting lost is half the fun! You can choose to spend your holiday in Split staying in the old town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site or on the coast outside. Split boasts endless bars, restaurants and shops as well as a beautiful stretch of coastline - perfect for combining a beach holiday and a city break. Split is also close to many of Croatia's most popular islands, such as Brac.
Istria’s top tourist destinations, is a true gem, a picture-perfect small town with a beautiful façade crowned by one of the tallest church tower’s in Istria
(61 m high). Rovinj was originally an island, but 250 years ago the narrow channel which separated it from the mainland was filled joining the island to the mainland. Rovinj's narrow, winding, cobbled streets, beautifully crafted buildings and picturesque squares have an undeniable Italian
feel. In fact the Istrian
region of Croatia was under Italian influence for many years, which can still be felt in the delicious food and wine, which is sure to be a highlight of your holiday in Rovinj. It even boasts a stunning replica of Venice’s
St Mark’s campanile.
Boasting a historic old town of Roman ruins, medieval churches, cosmopolitan cafes and quality museums set on a small peninsula, Zadar
is an intriguing city. Whiles it’s not a picture-postcard kind of place, the juxtaposition of ancient relics, Habsburg elegance, its coastal setting and even the modern tower blocks is what gives Zadarso much character. Zadar is not too crowded, not overrun with tourists and has a unique attraction: the sound-and-light spectacle of the Sea Organ and the Sun Salutation, which need to be seen and heard to be believed. Whilst on holiday in Zadar make sure to visit the popular cafes and bars scattered through the narrow streets, always busy and buzzing with life. Another of Zadar's many attractions is its historic monuments: the Roman Forum which is in front of the church of Saint Donatus and the Archbishop´s Palace, the beautiful ZadarCathedral, the largest one in Dalmatia
We have some beautiful boutique
hotels, perfect for your holiday in Zadar.
Opatija is a charming resort, which came to prominence at the turn of the last century, when it was visited by many high-profile guests including Royal families, aristocracy and many composers such as Mahler. They visited Opatija for inspiration, as well as for relaxation, taking the waters at the spa, parading on the beautiful lungomare
and dining in some of the most superb restaurants. Opatija has a very different feel from the other Istrian
cities and from other parts of Croatia. Those who holiday in Opatija will enjoy the sense of elegance and stylish sophistication everywhere, from well-groomed, structured parks to the grandeur of beautiful 19th-century Astro-Hungarian era buildings, from the elegant promenade to waterside cafes and restaurants. The historic Remisens Premium Hotel Kvarner
is the perfect choice for a holiday in Opatija, preserving the resort's elegance, and boasting a fitting wellness and spa centre.
Set amid the wild beauty of white karstic rock and the azure sea, the Sibenik aquatorium is a yachting paradise, ideal for those who love swimming, boasting as many as 240 isles and reefs, each of which has its own interesting features. Sibenik is best known for the largest and most precious sacral monument, the Gothic-Renaissance Cathedral of St. Jacob (15 & 16th Century) whose dome of white stone dominates the city. The original method of construction using large slabs of stone has earned it a place on the UNESCO World Heritage List. This magnificent cathedral lies just underneath the fortress walls of the town in the old area of Sibenik. A holiday in Sibenik is perfect for those who want an authentic Croatian
experience away from the crowds.
Trogir is a typically Venetian, ancient harbour town listed as one of the best-preserved medieval towns in Europe by UNESCO. Trogir
is home to many beautiful historic sites, perhaps the best of which is the Cathedral St Lawrence. Part of the city walls of Trogir,
built between the 13th and 14th centuries, are visible today on the southern side of the city. In the middle of the city wall is the city gate, which was built in 1593 opening the narrow streets of Trogir
to a beautiful marbles promenade. Life is at a slow pace here in Trogir to a beautiful marble promenade. Those who choose to holiday in Trogir can enjoy the slow relaxed pace of life. People take their time to enjoy the old city, relax in one of the many cafes and restaurants, stroll the waterfront promenade and absorb the natural beauty a holiday in Trogir has to offer.