Top 10 Valentine’s Day destinations

Opatija, also called the queen of Croatian tourism, is among the best destinations for those who love the sea; take a walk with your loved one along the 12 km long promenade connecting Opatija and Lovran and enjoy the sound of waves and the smell of the sea. Once you get tired, you can sit on one of the benches in the shadow of pines, chestnuts and laurel and enjoy the view on the islands of Cres and Krk amidst the Kvarner bay blue.

Rovinj is regarded as the most romantic place in the Mediterranean, the right destination for those who want to feel the atmosphere of the past times. Take a walk through the old town and its narrow streets ideal for romantic whispers, enjoy the fine wines and local delicacies.

Aerial shoot of Old town Rovinj at sunset, Istra region, Croatia.

Not much needs to be said about the Pearl of the Adriatic, Dubrovnik, but to take advantage and visit it before the tourist season starts. Take a stroll along Stradun – Dubrovnik main street, the walls of Dubrovnik and enjoy a breathtaking view and the sunset. After you have finished sightseeing, hide in one of the cafes scattered all over the old town. No wonder that many couples chose precisely Dubrovnik as a place to get married.

In 2016, Zadar is together with Paris, London, Vienna and some other European cities in the running for the Best European Destination Award. Its Valentine’s day offer includes a blend of historical patrimony, a view on the Velebit mountain on the one side and the sound of the Sea Organ on the other side. Listen to the sea singing a romantic serenade as you greet the sun on the famous installation (Greetings to the Sun) enjoying the play of the light and the sounds.

Plitvice Lakes are ideal for those who like spending time in the nature. The breathtaking falls contribute to the romantic atmosphere but after a long walk you can enjoy wellness centres with saunas and massages as well as the Lika cuisine which will invigorate you.

The waterfalls of Plitvice National Park in Croatia

Split, a place where a Roman emperor decided to built his palace and the second biggest town in Croatia has its special charm. Narrow streets of the old town, the nearby Marjan forest park, strolls along the famous Riva and the inevitable ritual of drinking coffee in the sun make it an ideal Valentine’s day destination.

Varazdin, the former capital of Croatia, today has the best preserved and the richest baroque cultural and artistic patrimony. On a relatively small area you will find preserved palaces, important public buildings, valuable houses and villas and one of the oldest European city halls. Once you are done sightseeing you can relax in Varazdin Thermal Spa (Varazdinske toplice).

Croatia. Castle of Varadin62

Zagreb, the capital, is a perfect place to spend your Valentine’s day, not only because it is a big city full of life but also becuse at that time you can visit the Choco Fest, a festival of chocolate and coffee. It is well known that chocolate and romance go together.

Pula, a city of preserved monuments and buildings from the Roman era. It is a city of beautiful beaches with a view of Brijuni National Park. In the Austro-Hungarian fortress in Pula you can visit the Marine Aquarium and the centre for sea turtles recovery, a unique combination of natural and cultural heritage.

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