Best Activities in Croatia for Couples
Croatia is a great destination for couples, with plenty of romantic activities to choose from. A Deluxe Balcony Cruise around Croatia is one of the most romantic things a couple can do, packed with majestic scenery, immersive activities, and fine food and wine. Add in walking tours, fascinating historic sites, and stunning national parks, and you’ll find Croatia a truly unbeatable destination.
Should you have time to extend your trip though, we’ve put together a list of activities for couples including breath-taking sunsets, awe-inspiring beaches, snorkelling and much more.
One of the world’s most romantic cities, the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’ was a favorite destination of Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor who used to enjoy frequent liaisons here. There are plenty of exclusive eateries with cozy nooks for candlelit dinners, and cobbled streets to stroll while gazing up at grand palaces like the Baroque and Renaissance Rector’s Palace. Be sure to take the cable car ride to the top of Mount Srd, a 1,360ft viewpoint that commands great views of the city. Gaze out together at the endless red-tiled roofs of the Old Town, nearby islands, and the glistening turquoise expanse of the Adriatic Sea. If you come just before dusk, it’s an ideal place to watch an enchanting sunset. Unspoiled Baroque with 21st century energy.
Less than a half-mile from Dubrovnik, lush Lokrum Island can be reached via a short boat ride, or – for a truly scenic adventure – by paddling out in a kayak. The views of Dubrovnik’s City Walls are breath-taking from here, and you may be able to peek into a sea cave and stop in one of the hidden coves to swim or snorkel among the marine life. Once on the island, you’ll be able to explore its lush nature reserve where peacocks and bunnies roam, find a smooth, flat rock to sunbathe or visit the 11th-century Benedictine monastery. Book an evening tour and you can enjoy the sunset too.
With such a magnificent coastline and countless alluring islands to explore, there are few things more romantic than setting sail together. Split is packed with enticing eateries and fine secluded beaches for couples to explore, but for a real treat, we recommend an island-hopping tour by private yacht charter. Take a day trip out on a fully-staffed private cruise, sipping a tasty bottle of local wine while enjoying the sun and the salty sea breeze with an expert captain at the helm. Drop anchor in a secluded cove where you can jump in for a refreshing swim while keeping an eye out for dolphins. Most charters will include an excellent lunch too.
While the Istrian coast is beautiful, head inland to discover a Tuscan-like region with undulating vineyards and romantic medieval hilltop towns. Groznjan and Motovun, as well as the picturesque Mirna Valley, one of the world’s top hunting grounds for a rare delicacy, truffles. Enjoy wine tours and sample a plethora of mouth-watering eats – many with truffles. The Slow Food movement is especially popular in this area. Many Italians cross two borders just to dine here. If you’re up for it, you might want to join a truffle hunter expert and trained truffle hunting dogs for a lesson and a tasting too.
Romantic Rovinj is a standout on the Istrian peninsula with a beautifully preserved old quarter that includes colorful buildings pained in Habsburg pastels and Venetian reds linked by narrow cobbled streets. Its harbor is known as the “cradle of the sea,” so called by ancient mariners as the archipelago of islands that stretch from the city to Vrsar helped protected the water. It’s also an ideal base for exploring the up-and-coming Tuscany-like region of Istria and its many hilltop villages, but you’ll want to be sure and return by dusk to catch a sunset. Head to the pier that stretches directly from the old town or to the harbor, where you’ll have a stunning view of the bell tower and old town too.
The striking natural beauty of Plitvice Lakes National Park has become world-famous with its images often going viral. It’s a top spot for a romantic walk with 16 lakes and nearly endless cascading waterfalls laced through lush greenery. There are wooded paths, bridges, and boardwalks that meander through the UNESCO World Heritage Site, leading to the Lower and Upper Lakes which are in brilliant shades ranging from emerald green to bright blue. Hop in a boat to glide across Kozjak Lake which serves as a bridge between both sections, marvel at falls like Veliki Prstavaci and Mali Prstavac along with the many smaller cascades, and conclude with a panoramic train ride that will bring you back to the north entrance of the park.
Mljet National Park covers the entire northwest part of Mljet Island and is home to a rare natural phenomenon. It features two saltwater lakes with small beaches where you can relax and swim. In the larger lake, there’s an islet in the middle topped with a 12th-century building from a Benedictine monastery which now serves as a café, accessed via a boat ride. Afterward, one of the top things to do here is to cycle the tranquil paths that wind through the park, including routes that encircle both lakes. Bicycles are available for rent in Mali, Pomenam, and Polace, providing a great way to discover more of Mljet’s beauty in less time. Along the way, take a break and enjoy a refreshing dip.
Korcula may best be known as the alleged birthplace of international explorer Marco Polo, but the highlight for many is historic Korcula Town. Looking like something out of a fairytale, there are few more romantic places for couples to explore together. The Old Town is enclosed by medieval walls, gates, towers, and ramparts while the cobbled streets and alleyways lead to enticing squares and Venetian-inspired buildings that house family-run boutiques and authentic tavernas. There are lovely churches and multiple landmarks to marvel at, but the crown jewel of all is St. Mark’s Cathedral with its bell tower as the impressive centerpiece. The face is decorated with a magnificent, fluted rose while the main door is framed by figures of lions and statues of Adam and Eve.
While Croatia’s wines may not be well-known to those outside of the region, the country’s viticulture has a long legacy and one of the top stops for wine enthusiasts to visit is the Peljesac Peninsula. There are many wineries for sampling the fabulous wines here, but this destination in southern Dalmatia is ideal, famous for its red wine made from the indigenous grape Plavac mali. In fact, California’s popular Zinfandel actually has roots in this primary red wine grape. The reds it produces are rich, fruity, and have a deep color with lots of tannins. Grapes grown inland produce lighter wines than those along the stony coast. Sample them at one or more of the multiple wineries with visitor centers for touring, tasting, and purchasing.
Split is home to some of the most well-preserved Roman architecture in the world, much of which can be found in the Roman emperor Diocletian’s Palace which dates back to the late 3rd century. It was built as the retirement residence for the emperor and is the largest example of Roman palatial architecture, the main part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site in the city’s historic center. It still retains many of the original features with the maze-like complex featuring narrow streets and alleyways that are lined with the ancient buildings that today serve as galleries, boutiques, cafes, wine bars, and restaurants. It includes St. Domnius Cathedral and a nearly 200-foot-high bell tower that can be climbed for a breathtaking panoramic view.
Just 10 nautical miles south of Split in front of Hvar Town, one of the most popular destinations to visit in Croatia is the magnificent archipelago of the Pakleni islands. Mostly uninhabited, they draw visitors seeking a peaceful escape and are ideal for a sailing excursion. The limestone islands are covered with dense forest and surrounded by a crystal-clear turquoise sea, with many secluded bays and sandy beaches for relaxing and enjoying unforgettable swims. Diving enthusiasts will discover an incredible underwater world too. Veli Otok, or Clement Island, is the largest of the islands, featuring a fantastic little harbor with waterfront restaurants serving traditional Dalmatian fare, a marina, and a famous 15th-century chapel, but there are multiple anchorages throughout the region providing a paradise for sailing.
Beautiful Opatija was a top resort town in the 19th century, attracting celebrities and VIPs of all sorts throughout Europe. Its timeless elegance makes it ideal for romance-seeking couples, who can look forward to enjoying its thriving gastronomic scene with mouthwatering Istrian fare complimented by fine regional wines. One of the best things to do in Croatia for couples is to walk the Lungomare seaside promenade, with stunning views of the sea and coast on one side and grand mansions on the other. It stretches for nearly 7.5 miles and along the way, you’ll find pretty parks, idyllic beaches, and historical monuments. A Walk of Fame reveals some of the most famous Croatians, such as tennis legend Goran Ivanisevic and inventor Nikola Tesla.
Hvar Town may be what draws so many of the rich and famous with its world-class dining scene and renowned nightlife, but the landscapes here are well-worth exploring. There are picturesque beaches, vineyard- and olive tree-covered hills, and, in the summer, gorgeous lavender fields. In June and July, they’ll be in full bloom, creating a blanket of purple that covers the land, a spectacle not-to-be-missed if you’re visiting during the season. The fields are primarily located around Gdinj, Zastrazisce, and Bogomo, while the main lavender harvest occurs in late July, a time when you can purchase souvenirs made from the aromantic plants after exploring, including soaps, perfumes, scented pillows, and more. The annual lavender festival brings opportunities to learn all about lavender too.
You can bring back a tasty slice of Croatia with you by learning authentic recipes in a home-hosted cooking class. You’ll learn to prepare traditional Croatian dishes in the home of a local family, with an introduction to the country’s popular ingredients and culinary techniques. You might head into the garden to pick vegetables and herbs that will be used for the meal and then go into the kitchen, getting as hands-on as you like, perhaps kneading dough for delicious home-baked bread alongside the family’s matriarch. Each house has a secret recipe of its own and they never disappoint. After the magic is made, you’ll sit down to enjoy the dishes that you helped to prepare alongside tasty Croatian wine.
Located in the south of the isthmus on the Peljesac Peninsula is the settlement of Ston. It’s famous for its long defensive walls which were originally 4.3 miles long and date back to the mid-14th century. But what draws many to this town is its fresh oysters. One of the best things to do in Croatia for couples is to take the boat ride into Mali Ston Bay, sailing around the little islets where the delicacies are grown. It’s the top spot to try them fresh, with the high concentration of salt and minerals leading many to call them the very best in the world. You’ll learn about the process of cultivation and how to open them before sampling right out of the sea.
The ancient city of Sibenik dates back over a thousand years, nestled around a natural port that was at the heart of the Adriatic’s salt trade and a very prosperous mercantile center. It offers dazzling natural and manmade beauty, complete with city walls, fortresses, and impressive buildings that include one of the largest and most important Gothic-Renaissance cathedrals in the entire country, St. James, a triple-nave basilica with three apses and a dome. It also boasts a picturesque promenade along the waterfront, atmospheric squares, and lovely patios that are ideal for unwinding with a glass of tasty regional wine for watching the world go by. After exploring, sit down together and enjoy the moment, savoring the scene while sipping.
Zagreb is the largest city and capital of Croatia, but it offers many picturesque green spaces along with a wide range of attractions. It has a rich history that dates back to Roman times, with an eclectic mix of classic Austro-Hungarian architecture and gritty socialist buildings. Explore the Upper Town, including the gothic-style Zagreb Cathedral with soaring twin spires and St. Mark’s Church with its colorful and iconic roof. Afterward, head to Dolac Market, the oldest and most famous in the city, strategically located between the Upper and Lower towns, to pick up ingredients for a picnic. Once you’ve gathered them, you’ll find a number of parks in the Lower Town that are perfect for your romantic outdoor feast.
An easy day trip from Zagreb can bring you to some impressive castles, making it another one of the best things to do in Croatia for couples. The neo-Gothic Trakoscan dates to the 13th century and is surrounded by beautiful gardens. You can even take a boat ride together on the lake before viewing the antique furnishings, portraits, and weapons inside. According to legend, it was named for another fortification that stood on the site centuries before. Varazdin Castle was first mentioned in the 12th century, though it’s been restored and rebuilt multiple times over the years. During the 16th century, it became a fine example of a defensive system which can still be seen among the defensive walls. The museum inside features cannons, firearms, historical documents, and more.
Sandwiched between Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Kosovo, Serbia, and Albania, the tiny country of Montenegro offers you an opportunity to enjoy a unique cultural exploration. Montenegro boasts spectacular mountains, the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Bay of Kotor, and elegant beach resorts. Sitting just south of Dubrovnik, it also makes a convenient and charming day trip. Head for the Budva Riviera to indulge in Montenegro-style luxury. Located in the center of the Montenegrin coast, the 35 km long strip is one of the country’s top tourist attractions. The summer metropolis proudly flaunts its cultural heritage and features beautiful sandy beaches and vibrant nightlife.
From strolling hand in hand along the cobblestone streets of ancient towns to savoring intimate candlelit dinners against breathtaking coastal backdrops, every moment becomes a cherished memory. Dive into the crystal-clear waters for secluded swims in hidden coves, share laughter during wine tastings at local vineyards, and relish the tranquility of starlit nights on deck. Whether exploring historic sites, unwinding on pristine beaches, or savoring authentic cuisines, Cruise Croatia curates the perfect blend of experiences, ensuring couples create a lifetime of enchanting moments together. You can find more information about our deluxe Croatian cruises here; email our travel experts at [email protected], or call on +1 844 637 9747 in the USA or +44 203 950 9613 in UK and Australia, to start planning your getaway now!