We often get asked about destinations people should visit in Croatia, or about the best places to stay in a particular town. Our answer is always that it all depends on your interests and a type of traveler you are.
This is the reason why we decided to write in-depth guides on best places to visit and things to do for different type of travelers. We start with this one – Croatia for couples.
Croatia for couples: where to go
We always travel as a couple. And we generally line our destinations with our interests. We look for awesome local places to eat, some culture (though in moderation), interesting historical sites, and local events (particularly food festivals). We also love to roam streets of a new place. We aren't people who party late at night, but we do love chill-out bars, especially ones serving local wine by glass.
And while we don't pretend that every travelling couple shares our interests; we chose our destinations in Croatia for couples based on these simple characteristics: exciting local restaurants, cozy wine bars, colorful street festivals, cultural and historical sites, and pretty panoramas.
Our top destinations for couples include: Dubrovnik, Split, Rovinj, Opatija and Zagreb.
1 | Dubrovnik
The most popular town in Croatia, Dubrovnik old town is as romantic as it gets. Whether you choose not to leave the town during your entire stay, or you decide to roam beyond the city walls, Dubrovnik offers a variety of things to do for couples.
Explore the cobblestone streets and alleyways of old town, enjoy a sunset at the Buza bar, have a romantic dinner in some of Dubrovnik top restaurants, or go wine tasting to Dubrovnik hinterland or Peljesac peninsula.
Whatever you choose to do, you'll enjoy Dubrovnik with your loved one. The only downside of Dubrovnik – it's expensive compared with the rest of Croatia.
The best time to travel is in May and October.
2 | Split
A new star on a Croatian tourist sky, Split is the largest coastal town, and a second largest town in Croatia.
With over 1700 years of history, its old town feels like a living museum. Wherever you walk, you are surrounded with historical artifacts.
The town has an excellent vibe, lots of great restaurants serving yummy local dishes (often very cheap), cool bars and cafes (don't miss Zbirac), lovely accommodation, and a sandy beach Bacvice.
For a perfect day out have a coffee at the Riva broadwalk, explore a maze of ancient streets in the old town, have a glass of wine and local cheeses at Paradox or Zinfandel wine bar, taste Croatian-style tapas at Bokeria, or have a dinner at Fife, Villa Spiza or Uje Oil Bar for a taste of a traditional Dalmatian homecooking.
Split is also a perfect base to explore central Dalmatian islands, Krka waterfalls, Unesco protected town of Trogir, and Omis, one of the best places for outdoor enthusiasts.
Hurry up and visit Split while it's still affordable. The town has excellent plane connections with major European airports almost a year around.
Best time to visit is in June and September.
3 | Rovinj
The only reason you wouldn't stay in Rovinj, if visiting Istria, is because you can't afford it. Otherwise, believe me, Rovinj is THE place to be in Istria. The beautiful old quarter is romantic, full of art galleries, cozy bars, and lovely restaurants.
Visitors to Rovinj have a fantastic selection of things to do. We love wandering streets, alleyways, and passages of the old town, having a glass of wine at Piassa Grande or San Tomasso, and eating out at the restaurant Barba Danilo.
But don't stop just there; enjoy a cocktail by the sea at the Valentino Cocktail Bar, visit energetic fields on St. Andrew and Maskin Islands, explore Golden Cape forest, and gardens of St. Catherine Island, spend a day chilling out at the Mulini Beach.
Best time to visit Rovinj is in summer.
4 | Opatija
Back in late 19th and early 20th century, Opatija has been a favorite resort of European nobilty, artists and poets.
Today, Opatija remains a sophisticated holiday destination for couples of all ages. A charming town with Vienna-style architecture, Opatija is home to the oldest and longest seafront promenade, wonderful parks, some of the best restaurants in Croatia, and lovely cafes.
Walk hand-in-hand through Opatija's streets, promenades and parks. Laze out at the terrace of the Wagner Cafe while enjoying a cup of coffee and homemade pralines. Indluge in a multi-course dinner at the restaurant Bevanda, or visit a cozy tavern Tramerka in Volosko for an awesome seafood feast.
5 | Zagreb
Croatian capital town, Zagreb has a good vibe, lots of parks, historical sites, museums, good nightlife and exciting restaurant scene. It's an interesting place to visit in Croatia, particularly for couples.
We love hanging out at the Upper town, the most romantic part of Zagreb where streets lamps are still gas-powered and lit by hand every evening. We also love long walks in Zagreb numerous parks, picnic at the lake Jarun, downtown street festivals, and dining out at the bistro Mali Bar.
The best time to visit Zagreb is in spring.
Do you know of another destination in Croatia for couples? Have a question? Leave it in the comments below.