The best places to visit in Croatia for couples! We list romantic cities and towns along with things to do, where to eat, and where to stay.

Best Places To Visit In Croatia For Couples

Croatia is an amazing country and it has become a popular destination over the last few years. Recently, it ranked among the world’s best countries to travel to in the Conde Nast Traveller Reader’s Choice Awards for 2022. It also was voted fifth most desirable destination in the European Union at the 21st ceremony of the prestigious Wanderlust Travel Awards organized by the British travel magazine Wanderlust.

With historic cities, beautiful natural landscapes, and a diverse culinary scene, it’s no surprise that Croatia has received such accolades. Croatia is especially enticing during its summer season, but in reality, you can enjoy a visit at any time of the year. So if you’re looking for a couples getaway, we suggest heading to Croatia. You can experience romantic sunsets, adventurous water activities, exquisite meals, and more!

To help you plan your romantic holiday, we’ve put together a list of the best places to visit in Croatia for couples. With the help of our blogger friends, you’ll find incredible options to choose from. Their words and photos are sure to inspire you.

Brac Island

By Danni of Scratch Your Mapa

The Island of Brac is one of the best places to visit in Croatia for couples because it is home to one of the best beaches in Europe. 

Zlatni Rat (also known as Golden Horn Beach) can be visited as an excursion from Split, Makarska, or Dubrovnik, and is unique because of its incredible changing shape. The beach juts out and is surrounded by crystal clear waters, making it incredibly picturesque from below or above. It has plenty of water activities, chairs, restaurants, and shops along the beach, as well as the area around it. One of the best restaurants to go to is Rosamarino Ristorante, which sits right above Zlatni Rat, giving you incredible views of the beach down below.

You should also make sure to visit the epic viewpoint of Vidova Gora on the island of Brac, where you can get a great panorama of Zlatni Rat from even higher up. The towns of Bol, Milna, and Supetar are incredibly charming and romantic to walk around, as well as the tiny town of Skrip, where you can visit the olive oil museum.

If you’d like to visit on your own time, you can get a ferry to the Island of Brac from either Split or Makarska, which runs from early in the morning to late in the afternoon. You can see most of the highlights in just one day, or see all that the island of Brac has to offer by staying overnight. A great place to stay is the Hotel Osam. It’s an adult only hotel which offers a buffet breakfast and an indoor/outdoor swimming pool.

Want to know more about the island of Brac? You can check out a full guide by Scratch Your Mapa by clicking here.

Brac is one of the best places in Croatia for couples
Brac

Cavtat

By Brandon of Zimmin Around the World

Just outside of Dubrovnik, about a 30-minute bus ride away, is the old town of Cavtat. It is much less crowded than Dubrovnik, which can be frustrating. Cavtat has your typical Croatian charm, with its crystal-clear waters, small alleyways, churches, and outdoor seated restaurants.

Cavtat is easy to navigate and best explored on foot. It is recommended to start at the harbor area and take your time walking the Cavtat Walking Path around the peninsula. The path is paved and offers stunning views of the Adriatic Sea. The path leads back to town, where visitors can get lost exploring the narrow alley ways. Stop at the Racic Family Mausoleum and Cemetery, view the Franciscan Monastery and stop in one of the churches.

In Cavtat, there are many dining options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The seafront area has some of the best dining options offering spectacular views and a relaxing experience. Restaurant-wise, Dolium right on the seafront is a great restaurant that offers classic Croatian dishes, seafood, and other known dishes like pasta and pizza.

If staying the night in Cavtat, hotel prices tend to be cheaper than in Dubrovnik. There are many apartment and villa options. Villa Markoc is a charming place to stay while in Cavtat. For those that want to escape the crowds and relax in a small Croatian village, then Cavtat is an excellent destination.

Cavtat
Cavtat

Dubrovnik

By Elena of Travel Greece, Travel Europe

Dubrovnik’s ideal location on the southern coast of Croatia makes it an attractive destination for couples and anyone who is looking for a warm Mediterranean getaway. It’s crowned by a charming Old Town surrounded by impressive stone walls dating back to the 16th century.

The Old Town itself is a pedestrian area lined with beautifully preserved historical buildings such as the baroque St. Blaise Church, Renaissance Sponza Palace, and Gothic Rector’s Palace, among others. Many of its buildings were used as filming locations in the famous TV series, Game of Thrones. The main pedestrianized Stradun is dotted with cute cafes and restaurants perfect for al fresco dining during the warmer months. Check out Gradska kavana Arsenal restaurant offering sweeping views of the Adriatic Sea or Dalmatino serving Croatian cuisine with a twist.

For the perfect sunset views take a sunset cruise along Dubrovnik’s walls and admire the small hidden coves that sprawl along the dazzling coastline. Hop on an electric Tuk Tuk and make your way up to the highest point of Dubrovnik which promises a breathtaking panoramic view of the Old Town and its surroundings.

Dubrovnik’s Old Town offers numerous accommodation options from serviced apartments to cute boutique hotels and larger international properties such as the Hilton Imperial Hotel, located just steps away from the heart of the Old Town. Dubrovnik surely offers plenty of opportunities for a romantic escape.

Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik

Hvar Island

By Lara of The Best Travel Gifts

One of the most beautiful and romantic places in Croatia (in my humble opinion) is the island of Hvar. Hvar is located a little off the coast of Split and is easily reached by ferry (about an hour). Hvar is the longest island in Croatia and it’s also one of the most popular, though it doesn’t feel overcrowded. If you’ve ever visited Hvar, you’ll understand why it’s so popular and you’ll also understand why it’s one of the best places to visit in Croatia for couples.

The island is surrounded by crystal clear turquoise water, beautiful pebble beaches, and secluded bays. The most famous beach is Dubovica, which can be reached by car or scooter from Stari Grad (which is where the ferry will dock). Besides beach hopping, don’t forget to check out some of the cute towns and villages on the island too. It will feel as if you’re stepping into the 13th century, and the stunning renaissance buildings are great to set the right romantic mood for couples.

The two must-visits are Stari Grad and its surroundings (a world heritage-listed site) and Hvar Town. The latter is also where you will find the best restaurants and hotels. For a really delicious and special meal make a reservation at Lola Bar (yes, you definitely need a reservation to get a spot) and let your taste buds feast. And lastly, spend the night at the romantic hillside Hotel Podstine to finish the perfect romantic day together.

Hvar is one of the best places in Croatia for couples
Hvar

Korcula Island

By Elena of The Carry-On Chronicles

The dreamy Adriatic island of Korcula, Croatia offers couples numerous opportunities to connect, unwind, and feel at one with nature. Of the many wonderful things to do on Korcula, wine tasting tops the list. Wine-loving twosomes can’t miss a trip to the tranquil village of Lumbarda, the heart of wine country on the island. Vitis Winery is a perfect spot to sip Grk, a unique white that’s cultivated exclusively on Korcula.

Beyond the wine culture, couples can get their steps in while reaping the reward of fantastic views! One of the best views is from atop St. Mark’s Cathedral Bell Tower in the old town. For a modest fee, duos can make the climb up to the tower and enjoy a bird’s eye perspective over the island. Just get ready for a narrow winding staircase at the start – a testament to Korcula’s historic origins!

Those looking to hike outdoors cannot miss the climb up Novi Put Road for the island’s most show-stopping view. From here, it will be easy to see why Korcula is affectionately nicknamed a “mini Dubrovnik.”

For tasty Mediterranean fare, a visit to Konoba Mirakul is in order, followed by a stop at Massimo Cocktail Bar. This medieval 15th-century fortress-turned-cocktail-bar hoists drinks up to guests with a pulley system for an unforgettable medieval experience!

While Korcula isn’t one for ritzy resorts, couples can enjoy a peaceful stay at Aminess Korčula Heritage Hotel. This lovely 4-star seafront villa is conveniently close to Korcula’s main harbor while also offering privacy for guests.

Korcula
Korcula

Opatija

By Gabi from Under Flowery Sky

Opatija is one of the prettiest towns in Croatia, lying close to Rijeka as the throne to the Adriatic sea. Some of its nicknames are Queen of Adriatic or Old Lady. This historic town is a cradle of tourism in Croatia and one of the best places to visit in Croatia for couples.

The long promenade along the coast makes Opatija so special and romantic. While admiring the crystal clear sea, you will pass by the symbol of Opatija. It’s maiden with the seagull. The promenade follows the way from Volovsko to Lovran, stretching for 12 km.

Elegant parks, hotels, and villas fill the heart of Opatija. These are the places to enjoy fabulous architecture with your loved one or quiet corners at Angiolina park. Surrounded by floral treasure, Opatija is truly a feast to all senses.

Opatija bursts with outdoor activities as it’s so close to Mount Učka, where nature will brighten romantic shine. Wellness is a specialty of Opatija, where couples can truly recharge. Many hotels are dedicated to wellness activities. Opatija is worth visiting in all seasons as it brings a vibrant atmosphere and many events.

Amadria Park Hotel Milenij along the Lungo Mare promenade is a cozy accommodation, full of luxury. It features the Argonauti restaurant, which serves fresh seafood. You can even find handmade chocolates at Café Wagner. 

Opatija
Opatija

Pula

By Zoe of Zoe Goes Places

Located on Croatia’s northwest coast, Pula is a great destination for couples looking for a mix of history, culture, and relaxation. The city is home to ancient ruins, including the strikingly well-preserved amphitheater and Roman Forum. The Italian influence in Pula is also evident with delicious pizzerias and ice cream shops throughout the city.

For couples looking to relax, Pula offers a variety of beautiful beaches, each with crystal clear water and calm waves. The west-facing beaches are especially popular for sunset viewing. Alternatively, couples can venture inland to explore the local wineries of the Istrian Peninsula and taste some excellent Croatian wine.

Whether you’re after a romantic getaway or a week-long holiday, the summer months are the best to visit Pula. Cheap public transport and convenient Uber rides mean you can easily hop between the city center and beaches throughout the day.

For a tasty but informal dining experience, couples should visit Pizzeria Jupiter, located in the old town of Pula. The restaurant has a cozy atmosphere with an outdoor terrace that houses the pizza oven, perfect for summer nights.

For a luxurious stay, couples should consider La Preziosa Rooms. Located in the heart of the old town and just a short walk from the main attractions, the hotel offers air-conditioned rooms with balconies. Additionally, the city’s airport is just a 15-minute drive away from the hotel, ensuring your holiday starts as soon as you arrive!

Pula is one of the best places in Croatia for couples
Pula

Rijeka

By Vicki of Vicki Viaja

Rijeka is an ideal destination for couples in Croatia that many travelers may overlook. With its ideal location in Kvarner Bay, the third largest city in the country combines a sea atmosphere with a unique culture. So much so, in fact, that Rijeka was declared the European Capital of Culture in 2020.

If you visit this Croatian coastal city, don’t miss the pedestrian zone, also known as Korzo. Sit down in one of the small cafes and watch the hustle and bustle of the city. Stroll through the alleys and enjoy the Mediterranean flair. Especially in summer, there is a boisterous atmosphere here, when the streets are filled with live music and visitors and locals alike.

The city center’s colorful buildings add to the port city’s charm. But a visit to the old town is also worthwhile at night. Taste a full-bodied wine from the region in one of the cute bars, like the Romeo Bar & Julia Caffe, and you will find that Croatian wine hardly has to hide behind its neighbor, Italy.

One of the most important sights of the city is the Trsat Castle. It is located on the hill behind the town center. In addition to concerts and drinks, the walk up to the 13th-century fortress is rewarding to enjoy the incomparable view over the city. There is hardly a more romantic place in the city.

If you’d like to stay overnight, Apartments Sky is a great choice. Breakfast is included and it has a pool, free WiFi, and free parking. The beach is also just a short walk away.

As you can see, there is plenty to experience in Rijeka, making it one of the best places to visit in Croatia for couples.

Rijeka
Rijeka

Rovinj

By Emily of Wander-Lush

Widely considered one of the most romantic places on the Adriatic, the pretty port city of Rovinj is one of the best places to visit in Croatia for couples.

Rovinj used to be a small island until it was connected to the mainland by a peninsula. The circular old town center is dominated by sweet cobbled lanes, colorful houses, and small Italian-style squares.

Indeed, if you’re searching for a hint of Italian romance, Rovinj – like many other parts of Istria – is bilingual, with the city’s 14,000 residents speaking both Croatian and Italian.

Monuments from Rovinj’s 500 years as a Venetian trading post are its most beautiful flourishes: Defensive walls, old town gates (the most famous being Balbi’s Arch, dated 1680), and a late-Renaissance clock tower.

After visiting the 1736 Church of Saint Euphemia and climbing the tower for a panoramic harbor view, walk hand-in-hand down the pedestrianized Carrera Street, stopping to pursue Rovinj’s many art salons and independent boutiques (hand-crafted leather goods are a specialty).

Olives and Istrian truffles from the farmers’ market on Valdibora Square are perfect picnic provisions – pack a basket and explore beyond the city center.

Charter a boat to explore some of the 19 Rovinj Islands – some with charming churches, others wild and overgrown with oak trees Back on the mainland, you can find tranquil beaches and protected swimming coves to the north and south of Rovinj, or take a side trip to Pula to visit the Roman Amphitheatre.

Finish your time in Rovinj with a sunset dinner at the harborside La Puntulina, where you can sample fresh seafood paired with local Istrian wines.

For accommodation, the 4-star Villa Valdibora offers gorgeous sunlit suites with wooden ceilings and antique furniture behind a historic facade in the old town.

Rovinj
Rovinj

Sibenik

By Jess of Jet off with Jess

A coastal city known as a gateway to the Kornati Islands, Sibenik is the perfect couples’ getaway. There is a lot to do in the city such as wandering the old town, relaxing on the pebble beaches, and admiring the cathedrals. St. James Cathedral is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Sibenik and opens during the hours of 9:30 am to 6:30 pm.

There are many romantic restaurants to choose from during your stay in this city. Bava Dining is a quaint bistro serving delicious burgers including vegetarian options, on a beautiful green terrace. Heritage Hotel Life Palace is a four-star hotel situated in the city center that offers luxury rooms at a reasonable price. The décor is ornate with white and gold furnishing making it a great choice for couples. The hotel is also only 800 meters from the beach.

The best day activity from the city is to visit the famous Krka National Park. It is only a 16-minute drive away and there is a bus that runs from Sibenik to Krka, costing €3. The park has 7 waterfalls in total and the emerald green water makes it so unique and one of the most visited attractions in Croatia. A round trip of the park trail takes around 2 hours and is definitely worth adding to your itinerary.

Sibenik is one of the best places in Croatia for couples
Sibenik

Split

By Sarah of CosmopoliClan

Split makes for a wonderful Croatian getaway destination. Admire the Diocletian’s Palace, Split’s number one tourist attraction. This impressive Roman fortress pretty much defines the city’s Old Town. End your visit to this centuries-old monument with a drink at Peoples square before packing a picnic and enjoying a moment for two at Marjan Forest Park.

Spend the afternoon exploring the sculptures at the Meštrović Gallery, strolling on the Riva, or relaxing at Firule beach. After a day of blissful romance, end the evening with an intimate wine-tasting experience at the Cornaro hotel. From there, it’s only a short walk to Dvor restaurant, which is known for its stunning seafront location. Sunset dinners here are renowned so make sure to book your table in advance.

Thanks to its central location along the Dalmatian coast, Split also makes for the perfect travel base to explore the wider region. Chase waterfalls at Krka National Park, explore the Klis Fortress, or set sail to the Blue Lagoon. Even other Dalmatian islands such as Brač and Hvar are just a short boat ride away.

When it comes to where to stay in Split you’ll be spoilt with choice. From romantic hotels such as Heritage Hotel Santa Lucia in Old Town to luxurious apartments such as Villa Muller with its jacuzzi terrace, there’s a wide offer of dreamy accommodations to retreat to.

Split
Split

Trogir

By Zi from Craving Adventure

Trogir is one of the best places to visit in Croatia for couples. With its picturesque streets, stunning architecture, and vibrant culture, Trogir is the perfect place to visit with your significant other.

One thing that makes Trogir particularly special for couples is the lovely Kamerlengo Fortress, which offers incredible views of the city and sea. Take a stroll around its grounds and enjoy the stunning landscape together. Explore the charming cobblestone streets of Trogir and make sure to climb the bell tower to get the most beautiful views over this stunning city.

If you’re looking for something a bit more active, why not explore Trogir’s nearby islands on an adventurous kayaking or boat excursion? You’ll be able to take in the glorious Croatian coast up close and get some quality time with each other out on the sea.

Finally, Trogir is renowned for its delicious cuisine. Get a taste of authentic Mediterranean flavors while overlooking the harbor at one of the city’s restaurants on the Riva. Gastro Story is the perfect restaurant to share a romantic dinner with your loved one.

For couples looking for a luxurious stay, the Hotel Medena is an excellent choice. Located just a short walk away from the city center, it also offers an on-site spa and fitness center.

Whatever you choose to do, Trogir is sure to provide couples with plenty of romantic experiences!

Trogir
Trogir

Ugljan Island

By Martina of PlacesofJuma

Ugljan Island is a wonderful place in Croatia and it’s definitely a fantastic destination for traveling as a couple. This romantic island is located in Dalmatia and although the island is only 20 minutes by ferry away from Zadar Town, this authentic place is far from mass tourism. What couples love is the peaceful atmosphere as well as the perfect natural landscape. There are Mediterranean forests, many charming beaches, and stunning viewpoints for amazing sunsets.

Impressive and absolutely romantic are the many charming fishing villages, which are nestled on the east coast and provide an unforgettable time by the sea. In any case, don`t miss visiting the village of Preko. This beautiful Dalmatian old town is stunning and its promenade invites for long coastal walks. From the center, you also can visit the wonderful monastery island of Galovac.

Another amazing thing to do is visit the fortress of St. Michael. This historical building dates back to the 6th century and its location on the top of the hill is amazing. Best to take your partner at sunset, as you can experience the most romantic views from up there. Another attraction worth seeing is Kukljica, a pretty coastal town in the south of the island. Tourists love the unique ambiance, the colorful houses, and the wonderful promenade. Thanks to its authentic restaurants, it is the perfect place for a romantic dinner.

On top, on Ugljan Island you won`t find any large hotels. Instead, there are cute boutique hotels, charming B&Bs, and many privately run vacation apartments. Recommended is the Dunatovi Dvori. This heritage hotel is located in Preko by the sea, and the whole ambiance is magical.

Ugljan
Ugljan

Vis Island

By Shireen of The Happy Days Travels

Vis is the most beautiful and underrated island in all of Croatia. The locals believe there is magic on the island of Vis and once you step foot off the ferry, you’ll get an understanding of what they mean with the beautiful landscape, excellent weather, and laid-back attitude of this place. It’s especially ideal for couples because it oozes romance with the things to do that will keep you busy and make you appreciate one another being together in this incredible part of the world.

The best things to do in Vis include visiting Stvina Bay, voted one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, taking a tour of Tito’s Cave, which he used as a headquarter during WWII, and going on a boat trip to the Blue Cave on nearby island, Bisevo. You can also explore the island by following the route of all of the best Mamma Mia filming locations because the sequel, Mamma Mia II: Here We Go Again was mainly filmed on the island of Vis which was supposed to be a Greek island in the film!

Speaking of Mamma Mia, one of the best restaurants on Vis is Jastozera. It can be found in the quiet, less-visited area of Komiza on the island’s West coast. The restaurant was used as a filming location for the second Mamma Mia film but boasts delicious local seafood with some of the best restaurant views of the sea in the whole country.

The best places to stay on Vis island are the surplus of guesthouses hosted and/or run by the island locals because you will get a taste of Croatian culture and be given recommendations by the lovely, warm owners.

Vis, Croatia
Vis

Zadar

By Abbey of Tripsonabbeyroad.com

Zadar is one of the best places to visit in Croatia for couples. This is because there is so much do to in Zadar including nightlife, beaches, and historic places. Zadar has been repeatedly named one of the most beautiful places in the world for its sunsets. Another thing Zadar is known for is the Sea Organs. Time it right so you can be there just as the sun is going down. The Sea Organs is one of the best spots in all of Zadar to watch the sun go down. 

But before you head over there you can check out the old town in the heart of Zadar. You are going to want to hit People’s Square. This is where the beautiful Roman Ruins are. They are amazing to look at, free, and date back to the 2nd century. Zadar is also a University town so there is always a hip vibe going on and cute local shops to check out. 

For dinner, you should head into the old town and check out the sushi restaurant Maguro. Inside is a cozy dining area where you can grab a table or sit at the bar facing out to the street. This is wonderful for a date night out because after dinner you head back to the hotel or stop at one of the bars playing live music. The Bamboo Bar is close by and is a popular spot right on the water. 

If you are looking for a romantic place to stay in Zadar for couples you have to check out the Falkensteiner Hotel & Spa. You will be staying on a private peninsula just steps away from the gorgeous beach. There is also a lovely Acqupura Spa where you can book a couples massage.

Zadar
Zadar

Zagreb

By Dhara of It’s Not About the Miles

An underrated destination in Croatia, Zagreb, the capital of the country, is a fun destination for couples. Whether you spend one day in Zagreb or you opt for a longer stay, you will enjoy your time in this small European city.

Couples will enjoy taking in the history and pretty streets of the Upper Town on a walking tour. This is the older, more atmospheric part of the city, with several interesting landmarks like Saint Mark’s Church, with its stunning roof, and the Zagreb Cathedral. Stop by the Dolac Market to get some fruit and cheese on which to snack!

Also in the Upper Town, the Museum of Broken Relationships is an interesting place to visit as a couple. Exhibits, sent in by people from all over the world, range from funny to sad.

Stroll the lively Tkalčićeva Street in the Lower Town. Lined with innumerable shops, cafes, and restaurants, the street is bustling through the day and the evening. Zagreb is known for its coffee culture, and you have to stop for a coffee break, to enjoy people-watching as you sip. Try Amélie!

Dubravkin Put is located a short distance from the city center, but it is worth the taxi ride! The menu is Mediterranean and the food is some of the best you will find in Zagreb. It’s the perfect special occasion restaurant.

Splurge on a stay at the Esplanade Zagreb! Rooms are luxuriously furnished and make for the ideal couples’ retreat.

Zagreb is one of the best places in Croatia for couples
Zagreb

Zlarin Island

By Steve of The Trip Goes On

Zlarin is a tiny island just off the Dalmatian coast close to the city of Sibenik. This little slice of heaven is close enough to the mainland for convenience, but also perfect if you just want to escape for a little while.

The island has many small beaches with crystal clear water, hiking trails across the interior, and a small village with some top restaurants. Zlarin Island is popular with sailors as there is a small marina next to the village.

There are lots of activities available on the island from kayaking and paddle boarding to hiring bikes, and even a climbing wall on the cliffs to the south. The nearby St Nicholas Fortress and the small city of Sibenik are just a 20-to-30-minute ferry ride away.

There are several bars, cafes, and restaurants around the village and the most romantic is Restaurant Prslika which is set in a quaint courtyard behind the church. The prices are reasonable and the food and wine are to die for (I recommend the tuna steak).

There aren’t any hotels on Zalrin, which keeps the visitor numbers down, but there are plenty of apartment rental options along the beach and in the village. Apartment Katina is located on a hill above the village and offers stunning views of the archipelago.

No cars are allowed on the island which adds to the peace, tranquility, and laid-back nature of the place. This is why Zlarin is one of the best places to visit in Croatia for couples.

Zlarin
Zlarin

Final Thoughts On The Best Places To Visit In Croatia For Couples

As you can see, Croatia has everything you need for a romantic getaway. You can tour historic museums or enjoy a spa day. You can spend the day hiking or relaxing on the beach. Croatia has tons of experiences and activities. All you’ll have to worry about is if you’ll ever want to leave LOL!

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The best places to visit in Croatia for couples! We list romantic cities and towns along with things to do, where to eat, and where to stay.