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Croatia’s 12 most beautiful destinations – according to Condé Nast Traveler


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Popular travel and lifestyle magazine Condé Nast Traveler selected what it thinks are the 12 most beautiful destinations in Croatia. 

With tourists flocking to Croatia, Condé Nast Traveler gave its readers tips on what to check out by compiling what they say are the most gorgeous spots. 

12 most beautiful destinations in Croatia

Biokovo Skywalk  

Geopark Biokovo - Imotski Lakes closer to UNESCO protection

(Photo credit: Plamenko Cvitić for Park prirode Biokovo)

The brand new tourist attraction high above the Makarska Riviera on the Dalmatian coast in Biokovo Nature Park officially opened last summer. The main feature of the Skywalk is the glass viewing platform, which protrudes out 12 metres from the cliff of the mountain. It is located in the southwestern part of the Biokovo Nature Park, in Ravna Vlaška. 

Dinara Nature Park 

Croatia declares Mount Dinara nature park

Dinara (Photo credit: Zoran Knez & Dražen Radujkov/Public Domain/CC license)

Dinara Nature Park was declared the 12th nature park in Croatia this year. The nature park encompasses Croatia’s section of Mount Dinara as well as Mt Troglav and Mt Kamešnica, the Cetina River’s upper course and the Hrvatačko, Paško and Vrličko karst fields and harbours many endemic and endangered species and is a habitat to more than a thousand plant varieties.

Plitvice Lakes

Plitvice Lakes: May a great time to visit Croatia’s nature gem

Plitvice Lakes

On the list of the best of the best national parks in Europe was one in Croatia – the UNESCO-protected Plitvice Lakes.   

The national park is world-famous for its lakes arranged in cascades. Sixteen lakes can be seen from the surface and are a result of the confluence of several small rivers and subterranean karst rivers. The lakes are all interconnected and follow the water flow. The protected area extends over 296.85 square kilometres. 

Zlatni Rat — Brač 

Zlatni rat named one of the world’s best 12 beaches

Zlatni rat beach (Photo credit: Boris Kačan)

Zlatni Rat in Bol on Brač Island is no secret and is probably the country’s most famous beach. The beach is often included on the Best Beaches in the World lists. 

The beach is nicknamed the Golden Horn for its unusual shape that juts out into the Adriatic Sea.


Istria wins special award from Lonely Planet

Rovinj, Istria (Photo: Valdo Sestan/Unsplash)

The Istrian town is a must-visit. Mediterranean charm is widely present here, in its narrow streets and small squares are still untouched by modern urbanism. Rovinj’s life started on what used to be the island of Mons Albanus.

Northern Velebit National Park 

Northern Velebit National Park

(Photo: Filipa Beroš/Pexels)

The park boasts some of the best-preserved wilderness in Europe and is protected so visitors are restricted to designated trails.

The Park is criss-crossed with mountaineering trails. The best-known is Premužić’s Trail which runs through the most beautiful and most interesting parts of the park. From the numerous peaks in the surroundings there are magnificent views of the Adriatic Sea and its islands – Pag, Rab, Goli Otok, Prvić and Krk – as well as of the continental side.

Mali Lošinj

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Mali Lošinj

Mali Lošinj is a town on the northern Adriatic island of Lošinj in the most protected part of the Lošinj bay, on the eastern, sunny side of the island. Mali Lošinj is known for its pretty harbour and promenade. 

Dubrovnik Old Town 

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The fortifications of this terracotta-toned Baroque Citadel make it one of the most striking cities in Europe, says Condé Nast Traveler.

Kornati Islands

Kornati islands fire


The Kornati archipelago is made up of 140 islands that are best explored by boat. 

Zadar Waterfront



The Dalmatian city of Zadar is home to one of the most beautiful waterfronts which is the perfect spot to enjoy a summer sunset. Alfred Hitchcock famously said that the sunset viewed from Zadar waterfront was the best in the world. 

Galebove Stijene Beach – Pula 

The stunning beach is located in Pula, a city on the Istrian peninsula.

Krka National Park

Croatia’s 12 most beautiful destinations according to Condé Nast Traveler

Krka National Park (Lucian Potlog/Pexels)

Krka National Park is located along the middle-lower course of the Krka River in central Dalmatia and was formed to protect the Krka River. It is popular for its 7 waterfalls, including the longest, Skradinski buk, and the stunning Roški slap. 

Check out the video below. 

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