The summer season is far away, but with days getting warmer and warmer here in the south of Bosnia and Herzegovina, first feelings and dreams of travel and leisure are starting to come up. Also it is always great to be prepared for travel, so researching can always be done. Croatia is a neighbooring country to Bosnia and Herzegovina. One of the best aspects of Croatia is that it lies on the Adriatic Sea. Over thousand of years many old towns and harbors have been build along the coast and on the many islands.
It can be hard for the fellow traveler to pick and choose, so I wanted to make a selection in this post and show the 10 Best Old Coastal Towns in Croatia in my opinion. You can visit all (it will take you some time) or you can select a few. In any case I'm sure you will be amazed by their beauty, history and offerings.
10 Best Old Coastal Towns in Croatia
In the Old Town of Korcula you can explore the narrow streets, eat in one of the many restaurants, visit the gelateria Kiwi or discover the birth house of Marco Polo. Other places of interest on the island is the nearby town Lumbarda (which has a great harbor and walking lane), and Vela Luka, which is a bit further away, on the west side of the island. You can read more about Korcula in my three-part travel series.
The old town of Hvar is located on the far west end of the same name island. Places of interest are the huge fortress above the city Hvar, the "Pakleni otoci" (Fiery islands), that are small islands where you can escape the busy city beaches, and the old town of Hvar. There is much to see in the lovely old town of Hvar as well. The houses are built right along the coastline and actually make up a big part of it. I have written about this island a bit more in detail previously on this blog, you read that post here.
3. Dubrovniknearby island of Lokrum, you can observe the outer walls and the coast very nicely, and I tired to do so during my visit. 1979, the city of Dubrovnik joined the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. Dubrovnik is among the 10 best preserved medieval walled cities in the world. Nowadays the city is swarmed with tourists, and it's actually nice to step on about and escape the crowds a little bit. A boat ride to the island Lokrum costs around 40 kuna (5 $) and also includes a trip back to the old town.
4. SplitMore here.
5. TrogirSplit or Dubrovnik further east.
Ston is a small town located on the eastern tip of the of the Peljesac peninsula in Croatia. During our weekend trip to Neum, my friends and I decided to make a trip here, since it was close by. Ston is a tiny place, but well worth exploring. The main attraction (besides great food) is the huge stone wall that connects Ston to the nearby town called Mali Ston (Little Ston). You can walk on the wall all the way to the other city. Since we didn't have time for that we decided to explore the other sights of this old town on the Adriatic Sea. More from Ston here.
Which old coastal town of Croatia do you like the most?