Top 10 Places to Visit on the Adriatic Coast
The Adriatic coast is becoming one of the world’s most in-demand tourist hotspots. With so many exciting places to visit, it is easy to see why.
Here is our top ten list of the many amazing places to visit on the Adriatic coast.
One of the oldest cities on the Adriatic coast, Split was first settled by the Romans. They built Diocletian’s Palace. The palace still stands today, over 1600 years later. It is at the center of Split’s historic core and is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
History goes back millennia on the Adriatic coast. The city of Trogir has a recorded past that dates as far back as the Ancient Greeks. Even through the Roman Empire, and on to today.
The center of the city is filled with history. Plus, architecture from a number of eras. It is a goldmine for history lovers.
This old city by the sea lies at the center of the Adriatic Riviera, a stretch of coastline that goes for over sixty kilometers and encompasses Makarska and a collection of picturesque villages.
For instance, there is also an abundant collection of parks, beaches, and pine forests. All nestled at the foot of the towering Mount Biokovo.
This is one of Croatia’s most bustling and vibrant cities and can act as a doorway to Croatia if you want to explore more of the coastline, or even go inland a little.
Dubrovnik itself has lots to offer, and it’s great road connections make it the perfect place to hire a car and explore a little.
You can get some great local deals on car hire and Dubrovnik parking with the right research before you leave, and see even more of the Adriatic coastline.
At the Northern end of the Croatian coast, you will find the Istrian Peninsula, the jewel of the Adriatic.
Here there are a number of picturesque villages and farmlands, and the small city of Rovinj.
This city is filled with beautiful town squares, and ample luxurious hotels and villas connected by cobbled streets.
The Istrian Peninsula is also home to the town of Poreč and the famous Euphrasius Basilica. This amazing structure is home to the Roman Catholic Cathedral of the Assumption of Mary. It is the centerpiece of this beautiful town.
The majestic town of Pula is a great place to stop on a tour of the Adriatic coast. An ancient Roman Amphitheatre where gladiators once dueled. It is an imposing presence in the town. It is just one of the many Roman-era structures that still stand today.
Zadar is a place famous on the Adriatic coast for its views of the sunset, and its unique ‘Sea Organ’. This vibrant Croatian city can keep a party going long after the sun goes down, but still offers the cultural history you expect from the area with the pre-Roman St Donat Church.
Šibenik is one of only two places in the world to be the home of two UNESCO World Heritage sites. The Fortress of St Nicholas and the Cathedral of St James.
The town of Bol can be found on the island of Brač. It is a peaceful place filled with small stone houses and geranium lined streets.
However, it is also home to the most photographed beach in all of Croatia. The Zlatni Rat, which has a pebble beach shore that stretches out 400m into the sea.
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In other words, the Adriatic coast is one of the most beautiful in the world. With hundreds of picturesque cities and towns dotted all along its coastline.
Above all, this list is just a small collection of these amazing destinations.
Which one of these top 10 places to visit on the Adriatic Coast would you visit?
Let me know, til then–cheers m’deres!
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Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela, and wife to Darasak. They all share her insatiable wanderlust, enjoyment of good food, and sharing their adventures with the world. Nancy is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.