Words and Photos by Timotej Gošev
1. THE STONE POOL IN DUBROVNIK
Dubrovnik is one of the world’s most photogenic cities. Regardless of where you find yourself in this coastal fortress city, you are guaranteed an unforgettable view. There’s one view for me however that is unrivalled. A short 15 minute walk from the Old City’s fortress walls, just past Banje Beach, below the Hotel Excelsior, you will find one of the most unique swimming pools in the world, made entirely from stone, and filled with salty sea water through carefully designed gaps. As you walk down the steps into the pool, the front of the fortress is in view. It’s a truly mesmerising sight.
2. SPANJOLA FORTRESS IN HVAR TOWN
Fortress Spanjola also known as the Spanish fortress is a must see when visiting Hvar Town on Hvar Island. Hvar Town happens to have one of the most beautiful riviera’s in the Mediterranean, and there’s no better vantage point to take in the views.
3. BEACHES IN VRSI (ZADAR)
The Zadar region is full of beautiful beaches. The very best can be found in Vrsi, roughly a 30 minute drive from Zadar City. Vrsi happens to have a lot of coves. At the end of most of them you can find tiny little pebble beaches that literally have space for 2-8 people to put their beach towels down. Whoever gets there first, usually has these beaches for the day.
4. DOMINICAN MONASTERY IN BOL TOWN
One of the most unique beach views in the world can be found by the Dominican Monastery in Bol Town on Brač Island. The Monastery, located right by the sea, is surrounded by some of the most beautiful crystal clear blue water you will see anywhere in the Mediterranean with two stunning beaches on either side.
5. THE CLIFFS AT CAPE KAMENJAK NATURE PARK
Rocky cliffs are a big part of the Croatian summer seaside experience. Some argue they are as popular as beaches among the locals. The feeling of jumping or diving into the Adriatic Sea from a few meters up is a much loved adrenaline rush and cooling experience. The cliffs at the end Cape Kamenjak Nature Park are as picture perfect as a cliff can get.
6. STINIVA COVE ON VIS ISLAND
Stiniva used to be a cave. A very big one until the roof of the cave collapsed forming one of the most beautiful coves and beaches in the world. Stiniva regularly makes the Top 10 Beaches in Europe lists and has claimed top spot a few times. Beautiful from every angle.
7. THE CRYSTAL CLEAR WATERS OF PRIMOSTEN
8. THE KORCULA TOWN RIVIERA
Korcula Town is a miniature version of Dubrovnik, and the home of the world’s most famous travellers, Marco Polo. It has the most beautiful riviera walks in Croatia with stunning views of the Pelješac Peninsula in the distance, and some of the best restaurants in the country can be found there too.
9. THE LAGOON AT MARINKOVAC ISLAND
Marinkovac Island is a short taxi boat ride away from Hvar Town, unless you have your own water vessel to take you there. Why does everyone flock here? To see one of the most beautiful blue lagoons in Croatia. In my personal opinion, it’s the very best.
10. THE RAW BEAUTY OF VRNIK
Vrnik Island is located close to Korčula Town. It is one of the most raw destinations with inhabitants in the entire Mediterranean region. Coming here is an experience that makes you feel like you went back in time a 100 years or so. The word busy doesn’t exist here. Time seriously slows down here. The views you see here will become the stuff of dreams.