5 Top Romantic Getaways in Croatia
Sunset in Omis
The crown jewel of Istria
Unarguably, Rovinj is one of Croatia's most romantic towns. Topped by the Church of St Euphemia and its bell tower, Rovinj's old town boasts long, inclined narrow streets lined with ancient stone houses and charming restaurants.
Romantic tips in Rovinj
1. The ancient Greek and Romans attributed aphrodisiac properties to the Istrian truffle. Now it's your turn to test whether they were right!
2. Take a scenic cruise to Lim Channel. Being a flooded karst valley, this 11 km long channel is one of the most beautiful landscapes in Istria.
Or hire a taxi-boat and visit the beach of the neighbouring Catherina Island. Look for the high Golden, Silver and Bronze Rocks and... jump!
Balcony scene... this time in Rovinj?
A Little Romance in Istria
- Visit Brijuni National Park! Brijuni islands are located a 15 minute boat ride from Istria. Take an excursion boat from Fazana to get to the biggest island, Veliki Brijuni and its fabulous Verige Bay. According to legend, whoever brings up a stone from the see bottom in Verige Bay will be lucky in love forever.
And this is exactly what you want, right?
- Stroll through the Valeria's Park in Pula! This triangular area right beside Pula Arena was turned into a park between 1890 and 1893. Originally, it featured a fountain with the brass statue of Cupid.
Let Cupid's Arrow Strike!
... and when the arrow stroke you, find out how not to screw it up...
2. Dubrovnik Old Town
Paradise on Earth
"Those who seek paradise on Earth should come to Dubrovnik" - said George Bernard Shaw. Trust him, he was a decent man. Come to Dubrovnik. Provided that you would like to see the paradise on Earth with your sweetheart.
Enjoy a stroll on the 1940m long city walls and visit the beautiful cloister of the Franciscan monastery. Feed pidgeons sitting on the steps of the Church of St Blaise and kiss your girlfriend/boyfriend when Baro and Maro, the two zelenci (green men) strike the bell with their hammers every hour.
A rose in the garden of the Franciscan monastery.
Romantic Ideas in Dubrovnik
- After the night falls, take Dubrovnik Cable Car to the top of Srd Hill and have a glass of champagne in the bar of the upper station. Enjoy the fantastic view of Dubrovnik at your feet!
- The old town of Dubrovnik is very crowded all year round, not to mention summer. Find this quiet cafe (pictured below) where you can sip a cocktail and take a dip in the sea. No arrows, no signs to show the way! Follow your instincts!
Secret Cafe in Dubrovnik - refreshingly free of crowds!
3. Split, Marjan hill
Marjan hill is the fresh, green heart of Split. From Riva take the steps of Senjska street to walk up here. The terrace of the cafe next to the old Jewish cemetery boasts probably the best views over the city.
Stroll along Boticevo promenade up to the tiny church of St Nicholas and visit the small zoo and the botanical garden.
Boticevo Promenade - Watch your step!
Fancy a Little More Romance in Split?
- Konoba Ostarija u Vidakovi is one of the best traditional restaurants I have ever been in Croatia. Located only a few steps from Bacvice beach (at Prilaz Brace Kaliterne 8.), this cosy eatery serves up Dalmatian dishes. The perfect place for a romantic dinner!
- Once the city's former graveyard, Sustipan cape is now a wonderful park, situated behind the marina of Split. It is well worth a visit, especially in spring when it's full of flowers!
Sustipan in Spring
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The secret weapon of Konavle region
Cavtat is a lovely Dalmatian town situated within an easy driving distance of Dubrovnik. It might sounds bizarre but its most romantic place is the cemetery. Located on top of a hillock, it provides a terrific view over the sea and the port of Cavtat.
The mausoleum of the Cavtat shipping family Racic also stands here. Built entirely of white Brac marble, this beautiful building was designed by the renowned Croatian sculptor, Ivan Mestrovic.
Cavtat Cemetery - Isn't it romantic?
5. Zagreb, Opaticka street
You'll be amazed by the splendid palaces along this street, decorated with beautiful wrought-iron fences and old gas lanterns. Named after the nuns of the former convent of St Clare (today the Zagreb City Museum), Opaticka is a narrow street in the Upper Town of Zagreb. The three-winged Vojkffy-Paravic Palace (today The Croatian Institute of History) at 10 and the Neo-Classical Draskovic Palace at Opaticka 18 as well as the Priest's Tower at the northern end of the street have played an important role in Croatia's history.
A romantic street in the upper town of Zagreb
The symbol of the Croatian capital (and the logo of Zagreb Tourist Board) are these gingerbread hearts called Licitars. Originally an edible honey cookie, Licitar has been the symbol of love and affection for centuries. Visit the traditional Zagreb Christmas Market at Jelacic square and by a sweet heart for your sweetheart!
- Maksimir Park
Lakes, shady promenades, beautifully laid-out flowerbeds and pavilions: these make Maksimir Park the perfect outing for love birds. Zagreb Zoo is also located here.