If you’re looking for some romantic holiday ideas for you and your other half, there’s hundreds of reasons to visit Croatia.
A cheaper alternative to its Italian neighbour across the Adriatic, its coastline in the Mediterranean region is a beach lover’s dream.
Spreading over 1,700 kilometres, you can have your pick from 78 islands, 524 islets and 642 rocky outposts. With that in mind, you can be sure to find a beach away from the crowds, and just with each other as company.
A good starting point in finding the perfect romantic beach is by heading to Istria. It’s the largest peninsula in the Adriatic Sea, and is also shared with Slovenia and Italy.
Istria has some of the cleanest and well-maintained beaches in all of the country. What’s more, most of them have been awarded a Blue Flag Award, which is widely considered the gold standard for beaches.
Beach Cape Kamenjak
There aren’t many sandy beaches in Istria, but the beaches and the surrounding landscape are well worth visiting. Take Beach Cape Kamenjak: its coast is mostly rocky, but there are many flat areas where you can sunbathe.
The cape is pretty romantic given that the coast stretches over 30 kms, hiding many bays, islets and beaches along the way. On top of that, the waters are clean, clear and untouched, making it an ideal swimming, as well as popular diving destination.
On the island of Ciovo is the picturesque Saldun Beach in Saldun Bay. Take in the marina view while bathing on the sandy shores, or relax in one of the quiet hidden bays. There’s some beach bars and restaurants, as well as water sports activities if you fancy something more active.
Not far from Ciovo Island are the Drevnik Islands where more beaches await. Get there by taxi boat, or keep it romantic and go private.
Croatian Adriatic islands
Vis Island sits in the Adriatic Sea off the Dalmatian Coast. It’s quite a distance from the mainland — 90 minutes by boat from Split. The journey is worth the wait when you hit the impressive shores.
Take a boat ride and explore the stunning Blue Cave, and be sure to also check out the Monk seal cave on Bisevo island. If you get the chance, take a swim in the Green cave, and whatever you do, don’t miss out on visiting the spellbinding Stiniva cove.
You can find Lovrecina cove on the northern part of Brac Island. Its large sandy beach and archaeological heritage are the main attractions — you can see the remains of a basilica from the 5th century.
Along with warm and shallow waters, there’s plenty of foliage and vegetation in the background to gather some shade from the Mediterranean sun. You can reach the cove by foot, car or boat depending on your starting destination.
Quiet, sandy and warm crystal blue waters, Prapratno beach is perfect for a romantic holiday. The bay’s about 3 kms from the ancient town Ston on the Peljesac peninsula, and is considered one of the most beautiful beaches on the Adriatic.
Surrounded by olive and pine trees, there’s ample opportunity for alone time here.
Take a walk along the beach, and relax in some of the hidden rocky beaches away from the bustling crowds and tourist towns.