Southern Croatia is a truly stunning place to visit. With its coastal scenes populated with medieval towns and its plentiful seafood and wine, you could easily spend weeks making your way down the coast, enjoying everything the region has to offer. But if you had to pick only a few places to visit, these three Dalmatian gems should be at the top of your list.
3 Croatia visits you need to add in your bucket list
Dubrovnik may be one of the most obvious stops for the new traveler to Southern Croatia, but that doesn’t make it any less spectacular. Recently popularized by its appearance in the hit HBO TV series Game of Thrones, Dubrovnik certainly looks the part with its charmingly medieval architecture. Pearl-white stone buildings and vibrant orange rooftops stretch out along a sparkling azure cove, and steep, rocky peaks reach up behind to guard its back. Make sure to get a tour of the Old Town, or at least stroll the streets yourself. And don’t forget to sample some fresh Croatian seafood at one of the excellent restaurants with a gorgeous view of the very sea your meal came from.
Korcula might just be the perfect Croatian island. Not too far from Dubrovnik, it boasts sandy beaches, great wine, and rich history. The Old Town, known by the same name, is supposedly the birthplace of the famed explorer Marco Polo. Head to Pupnatska Luca beach for a swim in crystal clear waters protected by a hilly surrounding. Get a tour of a local winery and sample some, or all, of their offerings. Wander the medieval squares in the Old Town and pop into St. Mark’s Cathedral to experience a true 15th-century Gothic-Renaissance church. You can even climb the Bell Tower for great views of the town. If you were ever to search for a house for sale in Croatia, it would be hard not to be tempted to own a piece of this idyllic and peaceful place. Korcula certainly packs a big punch for such a small island.
Further north up the coast lies Split. Being the largest city in the region of Dalmatia, Split exudes more vibrant energy than some of its neighbors. Take your pick between history and modernity- you can equally explore shops and bars or ancient Roman ruins. Chief among these is Diocletian’s Palace, built in the 4th century AD by the Roman Emperor of the same name. It is a massive structure stretching 215 meters from north to south, and 180 meters from east to west. Haven’t had enough? Check out the ruins of Salona, an ancient city whose amphitheater could have at one time housed a crowd of 18,000. When you’re all historied-out, explore the Marjan forest park which has many scenic lookouts to soak in the sights of the city below, the sea, and the surrounding islands.
While there are many places to explore in Southern Croatia, the above three spots should give you an excellent taste for what the region has to offer. Scenic views, historic sites, and irresistibly fresh food and drink await in Dubrovnik, Korcula, and Split.