With over 1,000 islands and 1,000 km of coastline, we offer our our expert advice on which destinations to visit on your Croatian cruise and why.
If you're reading this then you've probably heard that exploring Croatia and its 1,000 plus islands by boat is the way to vacation on the Adriatic.
A cruise along Croatia's stunning coastline makes for the vacation of dreams; discovering hidden blue bays, historic towns and sleepy villages unspoiled by crowds.
At Adriatic DMC we're experts in all things Croatia and cruise. Whether you're considering a cruise with a major ocean liner that calls in Croatia (we handle shore excursions for some of the best) or a more intimate exprience on a luxury small ship, we have the expert knowledge to make your Croatian cruise one to remember.
Here's our rundown of Croatia's best cruise destinations in 2018. To find out more about small ship cruises that call at the ports listed below, visit the website.
Officially Croatia's sunniest spot, Hvar is home to one of the best-preserved historic towns on the Adriatic, Hvar Town. Now the ultimate jet set destination on the Croatian coast, the island offers something for everyone whether you're looking to pose and party at one of the famous beach clubs, spend your days sailing or driving around, discovering its picturesque lavender fields, many vineyards or sampling delicious local cuisine.
Game of Thrones fans won't need to be asked twice if they'd like to visit the set of King's Landing. This coastal city is known as the Pearl of the Adriatic and you'll quickly understand why. The UNESCO World Heritage site Old Town is surrounded by magnificient defensive walls that you can walk along for a bird's eye view of the terracotta tile topped gem. Enjoy a wander around the city's marble streets, sip on a cocktail while listening to live music or discover its rich history on a walking tour. Lokrum island is a 20-minute boat ride away, a crowd and car free haven in high summer, where you may stumble across a peacock on one of the footpaths.
Legend has it that Marco Polo was born on this Croatian island, once under Venetian rule. Whether you explore Korcula Town and its supposed connection to the world famous explorer or head off to discover the wine growing regions of Cara and Blato, you won't be disappointed. Korcula has so many picturesque and unspoiled bays to enjoy that you could easily spend a couple of days travelling from one to another.
Emperor Diocletian's former retirement home and Dalmatia's biggest city, Split is Dalmatia's beating heart. Locals take having a good time seriously, so you won't be short of places to party and eat great food. The city mixes history with modern city life really well. You'll be able to visit ruins such as Diocletian's Palace or the Salona Archaeological Site in the morning, shop in trendy boutiques in the afternoon and then party until the small hours on the Riva.
Brac island is home to possibly Croatia's most famous beach, the Golden Horn. The beautiful sandy beach changes shape with the tide and is a mecca for watersport enthusiasts who make the most of the summer winds to kite or wind surf. Culture vultures can visit the Blaca Monastery and Hermitage, dating back to 1551. If it's adventure your after then how about a hike up Vidova Gora, thr highest peak of any Croatian island? Bol town's flower lined streets with quaint stone houses are the perfect place to while away an afternoon thanks to the informative plaques explaining local history.
Adriatic DMC is a leading destination management company based in Croatia offering authentic travel programs for discerning travelers to the region. The company specializes in crafting group and bespoke excursions, land tours, cruises, MICE travel programs and logistics support in Croatia, Slovenia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Serbia and Macedonia.