You know that feeling when you find an interesting and appealing location, you take a look at more photos of it and the next thing – you’re planning your trip to that place! Well, we have to warn you that you might experience this about 50 times while reading this text!
Namely, Croatia is becoming a more and more popular tourist destination each year. This is mostly thanks to its beautiful scenery and impressive sights made for taking unforgettable photos! And is there a better way to perpetuate the loving memories on our trips?
All in all, dear influencers (and those who feel so), pack your bags and get to work! We have done the research and got a list of the 50 most popular Instagram locations in Croatia you surely don’t want to miss!
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How did we do it?
Among different approaches to making a list of the most popular Instagram locations in Croatia, we have decided to pick sights instead of cities. That is why you will find Dubrovnik Walls instead of Dubrovnik city on our list. Anyway, we made a list of the most popular sights with help from Google.
In order to define the most popular destinations, we used Google reviews. However, we only considered the destinations with more than 500 reviews. Therefore, we got a list of 190 locations. The next thing was collecting the number of Instagram mentions in both Croatian and English language. In the end, we sorted the locations according to the number of mentions and got our final list of the 50 most popular Instagram locations in Croatia.
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50. Paradise Beach, Rab Island
Total number of mentions: 4,684
Rajska Beach or Paradise Beach is located in Lopud, Rab island, and it stretches for 2 km. Thanks to its high-quality waters, preserved environment and safety, this Kvarner gem is a proud holder of the Blue Flag. It is considered one of the best beaches in Europe. What’s more, it was even listed as the best beach in the world according to CNN. An interesting fact is that the beach is also the birthplace of skinny-dipping or naked swimming.
49. Crikvenica Beach, Crikvenica
Total number of mentions: 4,746
The city beach in Crikvenica is one of the best beaches in Europe, according to visitors. Also, it was awarded a Blue Flag which proves the quality of its water. Anyway, this is a favourite spot for many beachgoers who don’t mind the crowds. On the other hand, those who prefer peace and solitude should probably avoid it. However, the beach is well equipped with various facilities such as tennis and volleyball courts. Besides that, there are plenty of bars and restaurants and it is possible to rent sunbeds and parasols.
48. Rucica Beach, Pag island
Total number of mentions: 4,755
Rucica Beach is one of the most popular beaches on the island of Pag. It is located close to the place called Metajna. The beach is sandy and shingly, and it is surrounded by picturesque scenery that will leave you breathless. Since there is not much shade, you might be surprised by the heat, so we suggest bringing a parasol. However, if you forget about it, there is a bistro where you can seek for a refreshment after swimming.
47. Znjan Beach, Split
Total number of mentions: 4,827
One of the most popular beaches in Split is also one of the largest ones. Žnjan Beach is easily accessible, visitors can reach it by bus. If arriving by car, there is a huge parking lot stretching along. This pebbly beach is divided into several bays and it is equipped with all sorts of facilities for an all-day stay at the beach. Some of these include volleyball courts, playgrounds, cafes and restaurants. All in all, this beach has everything you need, even a section adapted for the disabled.
46. Slanica Beach, Murter
Total number of mentions: 5,167
Slanica Beach is the most popular beach on Murter, located in the heart of the place. Since we’re talking about a very popular beach, visitors can expect crowds. Therefore, those looking for a more tranquil spot won’t be thrilled. On the other hand, if you’re not one of those, you will love it. Anyway, the beach offers volleyball and tennis courts, an amusement park, bars and restaurants and many more. Obviously, Slanica Beach is a place where you can stay the whole day or even more!
45. Art Pavilion, Zagreb
Total number of mentions: 5,222
The Art Pavilion in Zagreb is the oldest gallery in the southern east part of Europe. This impressive building is known for its remarkable dome that has been hosting domestic and international artists for years now. The building is located on King Tomislav Square, next to the train station. However, it is an inevitable sight when visiting Zagreb.
44. Kumrovec Village
Total number of mentions: 5,837
The museum “Staro Selo Kumrovec” (Old Village Kumrovec) is also known as etno-village Kumrovec. It is designed as an ethnographic open-air museum which authentically depicts the villages of the Zagorje region. This unique place boasts preserved village houses from the 19th and 20th centuries. Besides that, visitors can get familiar with the traditions and customs such as pottery, tanning, and making gingerbread hearts and wooden toys.
43. Kolovare Beach, Zadar
Total number of mentions: 6,008
Kolovare Beach is the most famous beach in Zadar. Since 2014, it has been awarded a Blue Flag as a symbol of high-quality water. The beach is located only 500 m from the city centre, so it is suitable for the disabled as well. Besides that, the beach is a popular gathering spot among youth, especially during the summer.
42. St Duje Cathedral, Split
Total number of mentions: 6,326
The Cathedral of St Duje is located in Split as a symbol of the city and a protected cultural heritage. The cathedral can be found within the Diocletian Palace, on the main square Peristil. We warn you to watch out for the two brave lions at the gate, as well as the mighty sphinx. However, those brave ones can also climb to the top of the cathedral from where you can see the entire city!
41. Kasjuni Beach, Split
Total number of mentions: 6,631
Kasjuni Beach is definitely one of the most beautiful beaches in Split. It is located beneath Marjan Hill. This pebbly beach gained its popularity thanks to the perfect combination of sun and shade, as well as accessibility to the sea. That is why it is an often choice among families with children. Finally, the nearby parking lot gives you an opportunity to bring whatever you want with you.
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40. Makarska Beach, Makarska
Total number of mentions: 6,710
The beautiful, long beaches of Makarska Riviera are popular for their crystal clear sea. Pebbly or sandy, they are all bathed in sun and well-equipped with all kinds of amenities. In general, there are facilities for both children and adults. Besides that, the scenery will take your breath away.
39. Klis Fortress
Total number of mentions: 7,166
Klis Fortress is one of the most prominent fortifications in Croatia and one of the best-preserved fortifications in general. It is best known for its role in the Turkish wars and the successful defence against the Ottomans. However, today the fortress is best known as a filming location for the popular Game of Thrones series.
38. Ozalj Castle, Ozalj
Total number of mentions: 8,266
Ozalj Castle is one of the most popular hidden gems in Croatia. It is located in the mediaeval town of Ozalj, above the River Kupa. The castle is surrounded by fairytale-like nature with a picturesque wooden bridge taking to the gates. Yes, just like the real castle! If you look up, you will notice the coat of arms with a dragon. Furthermore, the castle hosts a Native museum displaying collections of armoury and exhibits of the families Zrinski and Frankopan, as well as Slava Raskaj, the famous Croatian painter.
37. Pasjaca Beach, Konavle
Total number of mentions: 8,590
Pasjaca Beach is located in the narrow area in Konavle. It is both sandy and pebbly, and it doesn’t contain much facilities around. However, it is ideal for those who want to spend a holiday in peace and solitude, enjoying the surroundings. We don’t want to exaggerate, but we have to mention that it was titled “European Best Destinations” for 2020.
36. Zagreb Zoo
Total number of mentions: 9, 159
The zoo in Zagreb contains more than 350 animal species and more than 8000 animals from almost every continent. Among them you will find mammals, birds, reptiles, fish and more. Also, the zoo dedicates a lot of time into educating the visitors and promoting the ideas of nature and animal preservation.
35. Vransko Lake
Total number of mentions: 9,327
Vransko Lake is a part of Vransko Lake Nature Park with its surroundings. It is the largest natural lake in Croatia. The biggest attraction is the wooden trail 600 m long which takes the visitors around the stunning nature with amazing views. Besides that, visitors can get familiar with bird species in the reserve. And in the info centre Crkvine you can rent binoculars or head to the adrenalin park with children.
Total number of mentions: 10,691
There are two things called Medvedgrad – one is the beer factory, the other is the mediaeval town. Of course, we will stick to the latter. Namely, Medvedgrad is a magical place that will fascinate you, not only for its scenery, but also for its mystical legends and tales. Medvedgrad is located in Medvednica Nature Park, which additionally contributes to the atmosphere.
33. Risnjak National Park
Total number of mentions: 11,343
Risnjak NP is located in Gorski Kotar and is a great choice for those who seek active holidays. Lovers of hiking, climbing, cycling and fishing will adore Risnjak. On the other hand, those who are not that interested in activities can enjoy the charming Pansion Risnjak in Crni Lug. This wonderful oasis with a lake will recharge you.
32. Trsat Castle
Total number of mentions: 11,705
On a 138 m high hill in Rijeka stands a mighty viewpoint called Trsat Castle. Besides the stunning architecture, the castle is full of interesting stories and tales, and it presents a symbol of the town. Also, the caste often hosts various events such as concerts, art exhibitions, performances and more. Considering the height and events, this is a true opportunity for cultural upliftment!
31. Skradinski Buk
Total number of mentions: 12,208
Skradinski Buk is the most famous attraction of Krka National Park and the longest waterfall on the River Krka. You can visit it during the entire year, being different in all seasons. Also, beneath the waterfall is a natural pool, but unfortunately, visitors are no longer able to swim in it since 2021.
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30. Lovrijenac, Dubrovnik
Total number of mentions: 12,785
Fort of Lovrijenac is also known as the Gibraltar of Dubrovnik. As can be seen from the name, it is located on the westernmost part of the city, outside the City Walls. Besides being a symbol of the city, Lovrijenac is a symbol of defence against the Venetians. This important fortification is one of the most visited sights in Dubrovnik and it is often used for theatre performances. What’s more, during the Dubrovnik Summer Festival, Lovrijenac becomes a stage for the popular Hamlet by Shakespeare.
29. Sakarun Beach, Dugi Otok island
Total number of mentions: 12,993
Sakarun is one of the most wonderful beaches located in Dugi Otok island. The beach reminds of the Caribbean and it is located in the heart of the Adriatic. The beach is so picturesque that one might think it is located in places such as Bahami. The fine white sand and a crystal clear sea are protected by the long bay. This makes sure the temperatures in summer are perfect for swimming.
28. Kopacki Rit Nature Park
Total number of mentions: 14,064
Kopački Rit Nature Park is one of the largest swamps in Europe. Besides biodiversity, the park is unique for the fact that its look is ever changing. Each time you visit it, you will see the different scenery of this remarkable zoo reserve. But one thing is for sure, it will always amaze you!
27. Bacvice Beach, Split
Total number of mentions: 15,029
Bacvice, locally known as Baće, is a favourite swimming spot among locals. Visitors can find all kinds of facilities and amenities, but also try one of the most famous local sports – picigin. Namely, picigin is played in the shallow parts of the beach, and Bacvice is the perfect place for that. If you decide to go for a swim, we suggest you go to the sides of the beach. Otherwise, you will walk for a while to get deeper into the sea.
26. Mljet National Park
Total number of mentions: 15,272
Mljet NP is located in the north-western part of Mljet island. It is known for its stunning nature and breathtaking views of many islets. However, the biggest attraction is the Big and Small Lake (Veliko and Malo Jezero). Besides the natural gems, the park has significant cultural and historical importance.
25. Ucka Nature Park
Total number of mentions: 15,945
Ucka Nature Park is located in the massif of the same name, close to Rijeka. The park is full of natural wonders and rich in plant species. However, the most famous attraction in the park is Vojak tower, located at the highest point of Ucka. The view from top is outstanding! Besides the look, visitors can explore the surroundings with telescopes or ask for more information in the info centre in the tower.
24. Zagreb Cathedral
Total number of mentions: 15,980
If there was a competition in building importance, we are sure Zagreb Cathedral would be close to the top. Firstly because it is the biggest Croatian sacral building. Secondly, it is the first gothic building in Croatia. Finally, it is the most important gothic building in the country. But besides being a valuable monument of Croatian cultural heritage, it is really worth visiting for its impressive architecture.
23. Maksimir Park, Zagreb
Total number of mentions: 16,255
Maksimir is the most beautiful park in Zagreb, no doubt. It is also a favourite place for relaxation, meditation and hiking. Besides the oak forest, the park has 5 lakes and rich flora with many endemic species. Along with that, the park is home to Kiosk Viewpoint, Swiss House and Jeka Pavilion, just to name a few.
22. Jarun, Zagreb
Total number of mentions: 17,089
Jarun is a lake in Zagreb, but the name also stands for its surroundings. The lake has 6 islands and 5 beaches proudly awarded by Blue Flags. The area around the lake is ideal for all sorts of activities such as jogging, hiking, cycling etc. Besides that, Jarun is known for its rich nightlife.
21. Stiniva Beach, Vis island
Total number of mentions: 18,238
Stiniva is a small bay in the island of Vis, surrounded by high cliffs. The bay is protected together with a few more abandoned fishermen’s houses and functions as a nature reserve. Furthermore, to get to the beach, visitors have to get down the steep descent, so flip flops are not recommended. However, visiting Stiniva totally pays off because the scenery is breathtaking. Those interested in snorkelling should try it here!
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20. Greeting to the Sun, Zadar
Total number of mentions: 21,881
Greeting to the Sun is a famous installation by Nikola Bašić that is a must-see while visiting Zadar. Namely, three hundred solar panels are placed on the Zadar waterfront and through them, light communication with nature is achieved. In other words, the panels collect sunlight during the day and play a magical dance of light after the sunset.
19. Lastovo Archipelago Nature Park
Total number of mentions: 24,778
Lastovo Archipelago Nature Park is a place made by gods. That is the only way to describe this magnificent place. Namely, the sea is so clear that the visibility reaches up to 50 m into the sea. Moreover, the panoramic view from Hum is endless. The dramatic, yet serene landscape is bathed in blue and green. The coast is framed by high cliffs reminding us of the power of nature.
18. Bundek, Zagreb
Total number of mentions: 25,104
Bundek Lake and Park in Zagreb is one of the favourite beaches during the summer. Besides that, access to the lake is suitable for the disabled. Also, visitors can find an amusement park with all kinds of facilities such as trails, barbeque, benches, playgrounds and more.
17. Pula Arena
Total number of mentions: 28,167
Pula Arena is one of the biggest monuments of ancient architecture in Croatia. What’s more, it is the 6th largest Roman amphitheatre in the world as well as one of the best-preserved ones. This magnificent architectural piece is often compared to the Colosseum in Rome. The legend says that it was built by the fairies that once lived in Istria.
16. Trakoscan Castle
Total number of mentions: 30,913
Trakoscan Castle is also one of the favourite hidden gems in Croatia. It is located near the city of Varazdin. It is one of the most impressive and most visited castles in Croatia. Considering its beauty, no wonder it was listed among the 12 most beautiful castles in Europe by Conde Nast Traveler in 2017.
15. Sea Organs, Zadar
Total number of mentions: 31,241
Sea Organs are one more fascinating installation in Zadar invented by Nikola Bašić. It is actually an experimental instrument which looks like a staircase into the sea. So, the organs play as the waves are crashing into the stairs, providing a dreamy atmosphere accompanied by the magical sunset and the lights of the Greeting to the Sun.
14. Baška Beach, Krk island
Total number of mentions: 34,331
Baska is considered one of the most beautiful coastal towns in Croatia. It is located on the island of Krk and it is mostly known for its beaches. One of the most popular beaches is Vela Beach (Vela Plaža) which is often referred to as the most beautiful beach in the Adriatic and Europe in general. The beach is almost 2 km long, offering all kinds of facilities. However, its popularity is gained by the crystal clear sea. Besides Vela Beach, Baska boasts about 30 more beaches.
13. Papuk Nature Park
Total number of mentions: 38,876
Papuk Nature Park is located on the mountain of the same name, considered the most beautiful in Slavonija. The area is known for its plains, once a part of the Pannonian sea. Because of its location, Papuk is rich in flora and fauna. Besides natural beauties, the area has a good number of mediaeval fortifications that contribute to the picturesque scenery.
12. Medvednica Nature Park
Total number of mentions: 39,564
Medvednica Nature Park is part of the Medvednica Mountain overlooking Zagreb. The highest point is Sljeme, a famous skiing destination that hosts famous skiing competitions. The park is known for its natural beauty and it is very popular for outdoor activities. Besides nature, there are several fortifications such as Medvedgrad, Susedgrad and Orsic Castle.
11. Paklenica National Park
Total number of mentions: 43,855
Paklenica NP is located on the southern side of the mighty Velebit mountain. It is known for being the largest forest complex in Dalmatia. Its outstanding beauty lies in geomorphological forms, rich flora and fauna and fascinating landscapes. Moreover, the untouched nature formed the beautiful scenery which impress the visitors since 1949.
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10. Brijuni National Park
Total number of mentions: 47,612
Brijuni NP comprises 2 islands and 12 islets in the northern part of the Adriatic, Istria. Besides nature, rich history and biodiversity, Brijuni is the synonym for glamour. Namely, many famous people, celebrities and government officials have enjoyed this archipelago since the 20th century. However, Veliki Brijun is the most visited island and it is the best example of nature and humans being in perfect harmony.
9. Dubrovnik City Walls
Total number of mentions: 49,895
When the city is known by its wall, which is also protected by UNESCO, then that wall must be very important. And it really is! Dubrovnik City Walls were built from the 13th to 17th century. However, they surround the Dubrovnik Old Town even today. The wall is about 2 km long with many towers and bastions. Obviously, the view is unbelievable, but the fact that it portrayed one of the most popular on-screen places – The King’s Landing – is even more fascinating.
8. Biokovo Nature Park
Total number of mentions: 52,195
Biokovo is a mountain that rises from the sea and its viewpoints provide unforgettable views. Besides being known for its natural wonders, it is also known as a mountain where visitors love to wear flip flops! So, if you decide to hike the beauties of Biokovo in a safe way, wear sneakers and bring enough water!
7. Cape Kamenjak
Total number of mentions: 61,832
Did you know that dinosaurs were living on Cape Kamenjak a long time ago? That is exactly what Kamenjak is mostly known for. Namely, Pinzula Beach is known for its dinosaur trail but also for its beauty. Besides this one, Kamenjak has many peculiar bays and coves such as Velika and Mala Kolumbarica with caves. Also, there is a safari bar known for its “Bali” swing which is a perfect thing for a good photo!
6. Golden Horn Beach, Bol
Total number of mentions: 68,275
Golden Horn or Zlatni Rat is the most popular beach in the Adriatic and a symbol of Croatian tourism. The beach is famous thanks to its unusual look and crystal clear sea. Namely, the beach is known for changing its shape depending on the winds. It is long for about a kilometre and it is one of the top locations for windsurfing.
5. Diocletian’s Palace, Split
Total number of mentions: 83,018
Diocletian’s Palace in Split is one of the best-preserved examples of Roman architecture in the world. It is protected by UNESCO and it is full of interesting attractions such as temples, crips and sphinxes. During the summer, visitors can meet the gladiators always in the mood for a good photo. If you’re lucky enough, you can witness the tsar’s speech in the main square Peristil.
4. Kornati National Park
Total number of mentions: 86,779
Kornati NP is famous thanks to its outstanding landscape consisting of geomorphological forms and plenty of islets. Namely, the Kornati archipelago is the most rugged part of the Adriatic coastline. This sunny sea labyrinth is popular among sailors and scuba divers thanks to its magnificent underwater world.
3. Zrce Beach, Pag island
Total number of mentions: 316,149
Zrce is definitely the most popular party beach in Croatia. It is located on the island of Pag and it is awarded a Blue Flag. Also, this pebbly beach can accept thousands of party animals who come to visit the popular clubs such as Papaya, Kalypso and Aquarius. Besides that, the place often hosts various events, usually with famous DJs. While not partying, visitors can try all kinds of activities such as bungee jumping, jet skiing and parasailing.
2. Krka National Park
Total number of mentions: 491,168
Krka NP is one of the most visited national parks in Croatia. It stretches along the River Krka, the biggest attraction being Skradinski Buk and its famous trail. Besides that, Krka NP is home to the oldest hydropower plant in Europe, Jaruga. Considering the rising popularity of the park each year, crowds are inevitable. However, the park is wonderful in all seasons, especially in autumn when nature changes its colours.
1. Plitvice Lakes National Park
Total number of mentions: 1,083,220
Plitvice Lakes NP is the most visited national park in Croatia and one of the most visited places in this part of Europe. This magical place comprises 16 lakes and plenty of waterfalls of which the biggest one is Veliki Slap (Big Fall) 78 m high. Furthermore, the outstanding natural wonder and beauty were recognized by UNESCO as well, so it has been protected since 1979.
All the aforementioned locations and other data can be seen in the infographics below: