Croatia has an endless variety of beautiful photography spots – intriguing natural sights, historic landmarks and other unique locations – that will bring out the inner selfie enthusiast in just about anyone. A sailing holiday along the country's long, scenic coast is a wonderful opportunity to explore a diverse range of beautiful beaches, charming seaside towns and villages, lush nature parks, remnants of different historical eras and modern creations that cannot be seen anywhere else, that provide fantastic opportunities to take truly unique and breathtaking photos. Below are some of the time-honoured favourites.
Dubrovnik Old Town, one of the best preserved medieval cities in the world, has been one of the most cherished treasures of the Adriatic since its prime in the 15th and 16th centuries. The Walls of Dubrovnik, which have protected the city since medieval times, offer some of the best panoramic views of Dubrovnik, the island of Lokrum and the sea from ever-changing vantage points. The best spots to take a selfie include Minčeta Tower, the highest point of the walls, Fort Bokar, which provides an excellent view of Fort Lovrijenac, and the point roughly halfway between the two, which offers a postcard view of Stradun, the main street in the Old Town, Onofrio’s Fountain and the Bell Tower.
Dubrovnik has countless other excellent spots that are perfect for taking selfies. The pedestrian bridge that leads to Ploče Gate, the majestic eastern entrance to the Old Town, offers a stunning view of the old port, while Pile Gate, the western entrance, is just as imposing and possibly more famous because it is the first stop for most tourists visiting the Old Town. The narrow cobbled side streets within the city walls breathe old world charm and provide an elevated view of the Old Town from many different angles. Buža Bar, a bar situated on a cliff just outside the city walls, is one of the top spots for Dubrovnik photos and offers an unparalleled view of the Adriatic and the nearby Lokrum island.
The Greeting to the Sun, a modern-day wonder located next to the historic core of Zadar, is a large circular installation that consists of glass and solar panels that collect energy during the day and put on a mesmerizing light show at night. To complement the most beautiful sunset in Croatia and the impressive display of light produced by the installation, the same designer also created the Sea Organ, an experimental musical instrument which uses the energy of sea waves to produce harmonic sounds.
The island of Hvar has long been a favourite among the younger crowd thanks to its status as Croatia’s main party island. Hvar Town, a resort town rich in history and spectacular scenery, is also a prime destination for photography enthusiasts. Hvar Fortress, situated on a hill that overlooks the town, the town port and the beguiling Pakleni Islands, provides a spectacular vantage point for photographs. The fortress can be reached by car or scenic hike.
The Roman arena in the city of Pula is one of the six largest surviving Roman amphitheatres in the world and the only remaining arena with all three architectural orders and four side towers preserved. Constructed at the turn of the first millennium, during the reigns of Augustus, Claudius, Vespasian and Titus, it served as an arena for gladiator fights in Roman times and for tournaments of the Knights of Malta in the Middle Ages. In the 20th century, it was adapted for theatre productions, public events and military ceremonies, and today it is a popular concert venue, one that has hosted such names as Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Grace Jones, Sinéad O'Connor, Elton John, Sting, Tom Jones, Leonard Cohen and many other world-famous musicians over the years.
The old town of Rovinj has one of the most scenic cityscapes on the Croatian coast and makes the perfect backdrop for taking photos. Situated on a headland, the historic portion of the city is famous for its entwining cobbled streets, tightly arranged Venetian-style houses crowding the waterfront, and the picturesque hilltop church of St. Euphemia dominating its skyline.
Diocletian’s Palace, Split
The historic district of Dalmatia’s largest city used to be the remains of Roman Emperor Diocletian’s retirement palace, built in the late 3rd century AD. While most of the district hosts various markets and streets lined with tourist shops that blend into the city, there are several portions that remain distinctly Roman in style and are among Split’s most recognizable landmarks. These include the four entrance gates and Peristil, the central square, with the Temple of Jupiter.
When it comes to landscape and sunset photography, the island of Mljet is hard to beat. Croatia’s greenest island is a haven of calm and tranquility, covered with lush Mediterranean vegetation and crisscrossed with biking trails through the thick forest and along its scenic twin saltwater lakes. Every part of the island is wonderfully photogenic, with the enchanting blues of the crystal clear water and the unspoiled greens of the foliage, but for the best views, hike to Veliki Grad, the island’s highest peak, which offers a stunning view of the island’s interior, as well as of the nearby islands of Korčula and Lastovo.