Visitors to Croatia first research and teach themselves the names and locations of larger cities. However, the true Croatian culture is best found in its coastal towns. Many of these towns are hidden gems of the region. They have just as much power to transfix, fascinate and entertain you as Croatia’s larger cities do.
Below are five Croatian coastal towns that we consider to be in our favorites thanks to their beauty.
- Brela: Brela is located 15 kilometers northwest of Makarska. The beach, Punta Rata, was listed as one of the 10 most beautiful beaches in the world in 2004. For this reason, it is a popular summer destination for tourists who desire to relax on its beaches, walk inland, and explore the town. Additionally, Brela is close to the mountainous Biokovo Nature Park.
- Mali Lošinj: Mali Lošinj is a town on the island of Lošinj. It boasts a large, natural harbor and houses the Museum of Lošinj which displays baroque Italian and modern Croatian paintings that art lovers will enjoy. Another great spot to enjoy the beach, many visitors head to Mali Lošinj for a Croatian spa experience.
- Korčula: With vineyards that are said to produce some of the finest wine in the region, the town of Korčula is sometimes overlooked by tourists. This is unfortunate, as there are plenty of delicacies to enjoy when visiting Korčula. The town is thought to be the birthplace of world traveler Marco Polo. Also, residents here routinely demonstrate for visitors some of the culture and history of Croatia through dance and mock battles.
- Omis: Omis is only 30 kilometers southeast of one of Croatia’s most visited cities, Split. This charming little town has beautiful sights paired with a rich culture and traditions that attract visitors from all over the world. For example, you can explore the Fortica and Mirabella fortresses as well as the Centina Canyon.
- Rovinj: Rovinj is located on the Istrian peninsula and is characterized by cobblestone streets and a lazy waterfront where you can sip coffee and enjoy the rich cuisine of Croatia. One of the most popular attractions of this beautiful hamlet is St Euphemia Church.
For travelers headed to Croatia, make sure to look into the smaller towns spotted along it’s coastline. As you can see, there is much beauty that can be found in small out of the way places. If you are planning a trip to Croatia and thinking about one of our Croatia travel packages keep this in mind.