10 small towns in Croatia to visit on its tourist sites

About 71.9 million foreign tourists visited Croatia in 2021, thanks to its geographical diversity, climate, weather conditions, historical points of interest and picturesque sunny beaches. The country is home to countless tourist destinations, including hundreds of islands and cities offering plenty of must-do activities for all kinds of personalities.

Read on to discover 10 small towns in Croatia that are worth visiting among its bustling tourist spots.

ten Town of Korcula

It is the designated city for vacationers who prefer a peaceful atmosphere surrounded by overflowing natural beauty. The town of Korcula is made up of historic Venetian-style buildings like the Gothic St. Mark’s Cathedral and the iconic town museum that traces the town’s history for centuries.

Hikers who fancy a trek through pine forest and rocky coves land on the remote island of Osjak to experience complete solitude. The Moreska Cultural Club offers guests the opportunity to enjoy the sword dances performed by the townspeople. While adults enjoy the best grape wine on the island, kids enjoy local cuisines like ama and seafood.

9 Town of Hvar

Off the Adriatic Sea stands the town of Hvar, with its marble streets adorned with Gothic walls. The city is an ideal destination for party people with its modern bars and restaurants offering local food and drink. To access Dubovica Beach, tourists have to take a steep hike or use a boat from the mainland, gaining double pleasure in either direction. From the top of Hvar Fort, visitors have an unobstructed view of the entire island, which is admittedly the most scenic spot in town.

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8 Zadar

This destination is not publicized enough, yet it has tons of activities to offer. Its coast has the most touristic promenade, which allows guests to connect with nature during their walk. Additionally, Zadar is home to five national parks that feature native wildlife and marine life. It also has the most phenomenal sunsets. The city has a rich heritage well represented through its archaeological treasures and medieval monuments. Also, it offers the best sailing spots like the archipelago and outstanding billiard spots on the Adriatic. Caves like Dragon’s eye and Golubinka are still open for exploration.

7 Motovun

The most remarkable feature of this tourist village is that it is built on a hill, on which it has stood since the 13th century. The iconic Motovun Forest is located at the foot of the town and overlooks the Mirna and Butoniga rivers, all of which attract thousands of nature enthusiasts. Some of the most endangered tree species like common oak and elm can still be spotted in this forest reserve. Foodies traveling to this part of town can try mushroom truffles that can safely be called a unique and expensive delicacy.

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6 Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik is the perfect after-summer destination for solo and group travellers. This is the perfect time to visit the city when the coast is dominated by cruise ships. He also experiences less crowds then. The Old Town of Dubrovnik is the heart of most touristic activities such as sea kayaking and boat trips to the Elaphite Islands. The town became even more popular after being featured in the Game of Thrones TV series. Hence, visitors flock to witness the wonders it possesses.

5 Porec

Porec is the city of choice for cheering tourists who love nightlife, wine and restaurants for a change. Families on a boat ride have fun with dolphins at sunset. They can also shop in Decumanus Street during the day. This city is rich in historical sites, including the Romanesque house in the old town, and the round and pentagonal towers to name but a few landmarks.

4 Mljet

On the eastern side of the Adriatic islands stands the famous town of Mljet. Here guests begin by visiting Mljet National Park where they hike, cycle, kayak, swim and sunbathe with chances of spotting native wildlife. History buffs explore Polace settlements present since the reign of the Roman Empire.

3 Rovinj

Tourists looking for a romantic Croatian town should first land in Rovinj. Its port is the most picturesque thanks to the countless fishing boats and ferries. Rovinj’s old town is buzzing with stalls, cafes and street food stalls. Customers craving fresh fruits and vegetables simply head to the farmers market for the tastiest grapes, plums and apricots. Couples also have the chance to board a cruise ship to explore the sea and take snaps of the beautiful moments.

2 Zagreb

This city ranks among the oldest cities in Europe. It has prestigious buildings, fountains and beautiful parks/woods that date back to the 19th century. The town has a pleasant promenade with a lively atmosphere that attracts visitors from all walks of life. The Plitvice Lakes National Park and the village of Rastoke are among the most touristic sites in Zagreb.

1 Cavtat

The village of Cavtat is inhabited by the friendliest locals. It is home to the most intact historic buildings with outstanding bars and restaurants. Tourists love to sit at the bar sipping wine, coffee and beer while admiring the beauty of the city. Artists have their favorite place at the House of Vlaho Bukovac where there is a selection of old and modern works of art. In addition, its beaches are clean and lively for swimming and picnicking. The Illyrian necropolises count as a major display of the city’s history and culture.

Aerial view of Dubrovnik old town, Croatia

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