Best hidden gems in Croatia
Croatia is an increasingly fashionable destination and many travellers from all over the world are exploring this country and the most beautiful cities in Croatia. Did you know that Zagreb was voted Best Christmas Destination in Europe and that Zadar was voted Best European destination?
Beyond the capital, seaside destinations and major cities such as Split or Dubrovnik, Croatia can offer travellers who prefer to go off the beaten track unique experiences in lesser-known but equally beautiful destinations. Here is your selection of the best hidden gems of Croatia.
Dubrovnik - Neretva
Facing the island of Korcula, one of the most beautiful islands in Croatia, Lastovo is one of the best hidden gems in Croatia. It is the perfect destination for those who want to get off the beaten track and discover the beauty and calm of an authentic Croatian village. The easiest way to reach the island is to take the ferry from Dubrovnik or Split (the port name of Lastovo is "Ubli"). Book your flights to Split or Dubrovnik as well as your hotel or apartment at the best price and enjoy a memorable holiday in Croatia.
How to get there? Book your flights to Dubrovnik or Split and take the ferry to Lastovo (5h crossing from Split or Dubrovnik harbours).
Where to stay? We recommend the "Apartment Pasadur Lastovo”, one of our guest top picks.
Motovun is one of the best hidden gems of Croatia and one of Europe's best hidden gems. Located in Istria in the north of Croatia, this village of a few dozen inhabitants is world famous for the quality of its wines, olive oils and truffles. Motovun and Groznjan are in the green part of Istria, more humid, perfect for truffles but also for vineyards. If you have time, you can also make a stop at Groznjan, a similar town.
How to get there? Book your flights to Rijeka (1h30 drive from Motovun) or Zagreb (2h30 drive).
Where to stay? If you want to stop at Motovun we recommend the "Kastel" hotel, a beautiful and well equipped hotel, great for relaxing after long walks.
Split - Dalmatia
Omis is away from major tourist destinations in Croatia and yet it is certainly one of the most beautiful destinations in this country. Located only a 40 minutes’ drive from the very touristy city of Split, Omis is one of the hidden gems of Croatia. The easiest way to get there is to book your flights to Split, rent a car and book your accommodation at the best price in Split. You can also book your hotel in Omis from our offer of over 120 rentals at the best price. Come discover one of the hidden gems of Croatia and book your best tours and activities as a half-day rafting tour of Omis.
How to get there? Book your flights to Split and drive 40 min to Omis.
Where to stay? “Apartments Beautiful View” situated in the best rated area in Omis; it features a balcony with sea views.
Located on the island of Brac, opposite the famous city of Split, Splitska is a former fishing village that owes its name to the nearby town of Split. To reach Splitska you can go to the port of Split and take your tickets for a ferry crossing. Once at the port of "Supetar", discover Splitska by car or rental bike (10 minutes by car, 25 minutes by bike). Book your accommodation in Splitska or Split as well as your best tours and activities as a "Blue cave and Hvar full-day tour from Split".
How to get there? Book your flights to Split and drive to Split harbour, then take the ferry to Splitska (1h10).
Where to stay? “Hotel Villa Mandic”, couples particularly like the location.
The island of Vis is now known worldwide for the beauty of one of its beaches, the beach of Stiniva rewarded with the title of top beach in Europe in 2016. Located in front of the sublime and very chic island of Hvar, you can easily reach the island of Vis by ferry from the port of Split.
How to get there? Book your flights to Split and drive to Split harbour. Then take a ferry to Vis Island (2h30).
Where to stay? “Casa Katalina” is one of our bestsellers in Vis. The location is perfect, just a 5 minute walk from the centre.
Makarska - Split
Located a few kilometres from the famous seaside resort of Makarska, Brela is one of the hidden gems of Croatia. With award-winning beaches, affordable hotels, crystal clear waters and a beautiful marina, Brela is a perfect destination for those wishing to venture off the beaten track and discover one of the most beautiful destinations in Croatia.
Book your flights to Split as well as your hotel at the best price in Brela. For an unforgettable holiday discover a selection of the best tours and activities in the region of Brela, such as a "Winery tour and food tasting in Split".
How to get there? Book your flights to Split and drive to Brela (1h).
Where to stay? “Medora Auri Family Beach Resort”. This beachfront 4-star hotel features outdoor swimming pools and a wellness centre.
Every city in Croatia is so different! Rastoke is one of the hidden gems of Croatia, a must-see destination for nature lovers. Located only 2 hours from Zagreb, Rastoke is on your way to the Plitvice Lakes. The city of Rastoke is also known as the "Little Plitvice" since you can also see beautiful waterfalls. Book your flights to Zagreb as well as your hotel at the best price guaranteed and discover one of the hidden gems of Croatia.
How to get there? Rastoke is situated halfway between Zagreb and Zadar. Book your flights to Zagreb or Zadar and drive 2h to Rastoke.
Kali is located on the island of Ugljan, facing the beautiful city of Zadar. The best way to get there is to book your flights to Zadar as well as your accommodation at the best price in Zadar. In the early morning you can take a ferry which will take you to the island of Ugljan and the village of Kali.
How to get there? Book your flights to Zadar and take the ferry at Zadar harbour to Ugljan island (40 min). Small tip: take your car or bike with you on board the ferry.
Where to stay? “Teatro Verdi Boutique Hotel” this 4-star hotel has one of the best-rated location in Zadar.
Milna is one of Croatia's best hidden gems. This fishing village, traditional and authentic, is located on the west coast of the island of Brac. To access this little corner of paradise book your flights to Split, rent a car and hop aboard the ferry from the port of Split. Once on the island, you can continue your journey by car or rent bicycles (20 kilometres to the beach of Milna).
How to get there? Book your flights to Split and take the ferry to Milna (1h15min).
Where to stay? We recommend the "Villa Oasis" with magnificent views of Milna.
Much more than one of the best hidden gems in Croatia, Nin is becoming one of Croatia's trendiest destinations. Rewarded among the most romantic destinations in Europe and ranked among the top destinations for a marriage proposal, Nin is a must-see destination in Croatia. The easiest way to get there is to book your flight to Zadar, book your hotel at the best price in Zadar and your best tours and activities in the Zadar area.
How to get there? Book your flights to Zadar and drive to Nin (30min).
Where to stay? “Apartments Zdrijac XI”. Couples particularly like the location.
This heart-shaped island is located near the city of Zadar. To see the heart shape of this beautiful island you will have to book a flight over the island or make a parachute jump. Book your flights to Zadar as well as your hotel or tourist apartment at the best price in Zadar.
How to get there? Book your flights to Zadar.
Where to stay? Stay in the heart of Zadar by booking at “Riva Palace – Design Rooms”
Located on the island of Krk, Vrbnik is one of the most beautiful hidden gems of Croatia. This city with just over 1000 inhabitants welcomes every year travellers from around the world seduced by its beauty. It is a small destination, a rare pearl, with only 14 hotels and tourist apartments.
Do not delay and book your holiday in Vrbnik and your best tours and activities in Croatia. To reach Vrbnik, we advise you to book your flights to Rijeka and to drive 50 min to the island of Krk. You will be more comfortable if you take a rental car to discover the island and its beautiful coves and beaches.
How to get there? Book your flights to Rijeka airport and drive 50 min to Vrbnik.
Where to stay? “Hotel Verbenicum”: this property has free bikes as well as an indoor pool and a fitness centre.
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