Croatia is home to hundreds of beautiful islands scattered across the sparkling waters of the Adriatic Sea. Almost all are spectacular, and deciding which one to visit can be daunting. The pace of life varies from one island to another, especially in summer when famous hotspots like Hvar and Brac Island become bustling with vacationers seeking excitement. There are also quieter ones for those who want to venture off-the-beaten-bath. But regardless of which island you visit, you can expect gorgeous beaches and breathtaking nature views.

Couple standing on yacht Couple standing on luxury yacht in Adriatic sea against city, Split, Croatia. Croatia stock pictures, royalty-free photos & images

Here are some of the best places to visit in Croatia on a luxury trip.

1. Split

As Croatia’s second-largest city, Split is one of those places worth visiting on your luxury trip to Croatia. It boasts an eclectic mix of modern and ancient architecture, with a bustling waterfront lined with excellent restaurants and cafes. The highlight of your visit to Split is exploring the spectacular ruins of the Diocletian’s Palace, dating back to the 3rd century A.D.

Klis Fortress is another historical site worth seeing in Split. Getting to the top of the fortress requires an entry fee, but it’s worth it for the breathtaking views. Head to the Peristil Square, a lovely plaza with two impressive Corinthian colonnades. Sit along the steps of the surrounding plaza, admire the city’s remnants from the Roman times, and watch the world go by.

If you want to get some swimming on your visit to Split, visit Bene Beach, which you’ll find on the west end of Marjan Park. It’s one of Split’s oldest beaches and a great spot to marvel at stunning sunsets.

On your luxury trip to Split, treat yourself to a fancy dinner at one of the city’s world-class restaurants. You’ll find some of them in Riva Promenade, a gorgeous promenade with many restaurants and bars. 

2. Dubrovnik  

Since Croatia consists of several islands, the best way to explore the country is on a cruise. And those seeking elegance and comfort should book a luxury cruise from Dubrovnik. Croatia’s most popular tourist destination, where many cruises depart from. Renowned for its charming walled city surrounded by the shimmering coast of the Adriatic Sea, it is a fascinating place to explore.

Dubrovnik is a truly magical place to visit on your luxury trip, with its azure seas and Mediterranean feel. The city is vibrant and boasts a dynamic fine dining scene and nightlife, perfect for those seeking luxurious experiences.

One of the best ways to explore Dubrovnik is to book a guided private tour to explore the city’s walls and fortress. These impressive walls date back to the 14th to 17th centuries, built to protect the city from invaders. You will learn more about its history from your knowledgeable guide.

When evening comes, check out some of the city’s rooftop bars, from where you can enjoy incredible sunset views while sipping cocktails and local wine. Buža and Buža II are the two most popular bars in the city, perched on a cliff and offering stunning ocean views.

3. Hvar

Hvar is a trendy and high-class destination with gorgeous medieval architecture. Renowned for its posh atmosphere, the island lures jetsetters, celebrities, and elite travellers. Aside from swimming in its beautiful beaches and sipping cocktails at one of the world-class beach clubs, there are plenty of options to enjoy a lavish holiday in Hvar. And with excellent ferry connections to Brac and Split, it’s one of those places worth visiting on your luxury trip.

One of the best places to enjoy the best views of Hvar is at the Tvrdava Fortress. From here, you can marvel at the spectacular views of the island’s red-roofed stone buildings surrounded by sparkling turquoise sea. The fortress was once a 6th-century citadel built during the Byzantine era before Venetians converted it into a fortress around the 14th century.

Since Hvar is known for its party atmosphere, no visit to the island is complete without visiting one of its luxury beach clubs, where you can run shoulders with celebrities and dance until the early morning.

4. Brac Island 

You will find plenty of luxury villas in Croatia, with Brac Island being the most popular. It is one of Croatia’s most popular tourist destinations and the third-largest island in the Adriatic. Aside from its rich culture and history, it boasts picturesque landscapes with lush vineyards and olive groves that produce the best olive oils and wines. The island is easily accessible by ferries and catamarans from Dubrovnik, Split, and Hvar.

One of the main reasons people come to Brac is to visit Zlatni Rat, Croatia’s most beautiful beach. One of the unique things about the beach is it constantly changes shape due to the wind, waves, and currents. During bright summer days, it looks like those beaches in the Caribbean. Since it’s a popular tourist destination, you’ll find plenty of luxury resorts to stay close to Zlatni Rat.

If you’re into cycling, consider exploring Brac on two wheels. You can book guided cycling tours to take you through scenic trails, including one from Murvica to Dragon’s Cave

5. Korcula

With its remarkable cultural heritage and impressive natural beauty, Korcula is one of Croatia’s most popular tourist destinations. And with many ferries travelling to the island from Dubrovnik or Split, it’s one of the most easily accessible Croatian islands. 

When strolling through Korcula’s picturesque streets, you’ll feel like travelling back in time. As you meander through cobblestone streets, you’ll come across historic sites, including the house where the famous world explorer Marco Polo was born. He is said to have settled on the island before moving to Venice to start his world adventures. 

Explore the picturesque town of Korčula and marvel at the magnificent example of island fortifications and lovely cobblestone streets reminiscent of Dubrovnik. The medieval traditions are still alive in Moreska, where you can witness traditional sword dances, evoking memories of past victories.

Korcula is also a paradise for foodies. Expect to indulge in mouth-watering Croatian cuisine on your trip to the island. The island offers endless options for excellent dining places to sample local specialties.

Published by HOLR Magazine