Croatia seems as it was perfectly made for romance-seekers, including honeymooners, with a wealth of romantic destinations to explore. There are multiple Croatian cruises, like the Ultimate Croatian Love Story, that will bring you to some of its best spots for celebrating your love with everything from breathtaking coastal scenery to excursions into charming villages with cobblestone streets and enticing cafes that serve signature delicacies like truffles and fresh oysters, paired with the region’s tasty wine.
Top 10 Most Romantic Destinations in Croatia
Steeped in Romance, the fishing village of Rovinj lies on the west coast of the Istrian Peninsula. It boasts an old town with cobbled streets that are ideal for wandering through hand-in-hand, admiring the grand pastel-colored Venetian-style homes, impressive gates and the steeple of the hilltop church that overlooks it all. You can climb St. Eufemija’s bell tower, an exact replica of St. Mark’s Campanile in Venice, to soak up stunning views from the top and then perhaps escape into the nearby nature of Punta Corrente, a forested park with beaches and secluded bays. A sunset boat ride in a traditional fishing boat, called a batana, is really a must, starting at dusk from Mali Molo, it circles the peninsula with only its fishing lights on.
Motovun can often be explored via an excursion while sailing on one of the best Croatia cruises, with trips leaving from Rovinj that will not only to take you to this hilltop town with its surrounding landscapes often compared to Tuscany, but to try your hand at truffle hunting. The Motovun Forest is renowned for this rare treasure, providing the unique opportunity to search for the region’s most famous delicacy with experts and their trained dogs, and to sample them as well.
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“The Pearl of the Adriatic,” Dubrovnik is synonymous with romance. In fact, this magnificent city with its polished marble streets is just as seductive as the images you’ve probably seen if not more so. Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor used to escape here for romantic liaisons, getting lost in the narrow alleyways, discovering tiny bars with private nooks and charming cafes to dine on delicious traditional Croatian cuisine. Walk atop the walls that encircle the historic center and you’ll be able to marvel at the endless red-tiled roofs, the dazzling Aegean Sea and nearby Islands.
The purported birthplace of Marco Polo is covered with pine forests, olive groves and vineyards, while being home to a remarkable old town, complete with towers and ramparts, medieval squares and palaces, which is why it’s sometimes called a “mini-Dubrovnik.” There are fabulous secluded beaches that are ideal for a private picnic, and you’ll be able to enjoy stunning views from multiple vantage points as you stroll the narrow paths. Take a break to relax with a glass of the fine, locally produced wine in one of the seaside eateries, gazing out at a glorious sunset with the colors splashed across the sea. After dark you’ll be able to stroll its narrow paths and admire the sparkling lights in relative solitude.
Hidden away from the public for decades while used as a military base, Vis has remained relatively unspoiled, providing one of the most authentic Croatian island experiences with lots of Old Mediterranean charms. There are plenty of opportunities for romance too, with a long list of gorgeous beaches to choose from, including secluded stretches for cozying up together. It’s the perfect place to slow down, relax and enjoy the company of the one you love, but you’ll find ways to get active too, from cliff jumping and swimming at Stiniva Beach to wine tasting and excursions to the famous Blue Cave.
The “Island of Love” as Rab is often referred to, is a no-brainer for romance. The walled city is often included on Croatia small ship cruises with itineraries to and from elegant Opatija>. Its stone streets are filled with artists who can be seen painting and displaying their works, providing a Montmartre kind of feel. You’ll also be able to visit medieval squares and gaze up at Romanesque towers, majestic palaces and lovely churches.
Speaking of Opatija, its seaside promenade, the Lungomare, stretches all the way to Lovran. Walking along the shady path is incredibly romantic, with its breathtaking views of the sea and Kvarner coastline. Benches are dotted along the way to relax and enjoy quiet contemplation.
Plitvice Lakes National Park
Many Croatian cruises offer land excursions to one of the country’s most famous attractions, Plitvice Lakes National Park. One of the most romantic things you can do is walk the park’s wooden pathways and trails which link its 16 lakes in surreal shades that range from brilliant emerald to turquoise, with countless cascading waterfalls in between.
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Situated at the mouth of the Kvarner Gulf, Losinj is just a stone’s throw from Italy, this verdant green isle is called the “island of wellness and vitality.” It’s known for its curative effects, thanks to a near-perfect climate, fresh air and crystal-clear blue waters. With so much for lovers to enjoy within a short distance, it’s hard to beat, from the captivating old town streets of Veli Losinj to hidden coves for swimming.
Split is a popular beginning and end on Croatian cruises, and it’s also an ideal spot for couples to explore together with its 1,700 years of history that can be seen in everything from Romanesque and Renaissance buildings to Baroque and Gothic-style palaces. Enjoy strolling the Riva promenade as well as discovering the unique shops and mouthwatering places for wining and dining in the 4th-century Roman Emperor Diocletian’s Palace and beyond.
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