European Honeymoon Hotspot: Croatia

A young newlywed couple on their honeymoon in Croatia.

As of right now, COVID-19 travel restrictions have still made it tough to travel freely around the world without worrying about the ability to enter other countries. While that can make planning your dream honeymoon a bit more complicated, it doesn’t mean that you have to give up the idea of exploring Europe to celebrate your marriage. Croatia is one of the European countries that is widely open, making it easy for Americans to visit. Luckily, the beautiful scenery and wealth of activities in Croatia make this the perfect honeymoon spot. There is so much to do and see in this beautiful country, and once you learn about everything it has to offer, you’ll be ready to book your trip.

Beaches: The Perfect Spots for Relaxation and Snorkeling

An aerial view of a beach in Croatia.

Croatia offers a stunning 3,600 miles of coastline. This means there are many areas to swim and sun, offering the perfect spot for relaxation. Some of the most picturesque beaches to consider are Zlatni Rat, Bacvice (located in Split), and the Pakleni Islands, which are a short boat ride away from Hvar (which boasts its own pretty coastline).

Something that many tourists don’t realize is that Croatia’s beaches are also great for snorkeling. Head south of Pula to Cape Kamenjak to experience some of the country’s clearest waters. Pay a visit to the Odysseus Cave, which is a great place to plunge into the water as you explore the sea.

Historical Sites: Explore Thousands of Years of History

A view of a historical site in Croatia.

Like many other places in Europe, Croatia is rich in history. In Split, the 1,700-year-old Diocletian’s Palace is worth visiting as it will take your breath away. Dubrovnik was constructed between the 1300 and 1400s, surrounded by old city walls that withstood the great earthquake of 1667, acting as a living time capsule of the city’s roots. Croatia is also home to one of the most well-preserved ancient Roman amphitheaters in the world, which resides in Pula. It’s not only visited by thousands of tourists daily, but live shows are still hosted there from time to time.

Exciting Nightlife: Enjoy Restaurants and Live Music

If you’re looking to hit the town during your honeymoon, Croatia has a lot of options for that. The capital city Zagreb is filled with lively pubs as well as clubs with live music and DJs. Popular destination Split also has nightlife options, although with a more chill environment. Finally, Dubrovnik is known as a celebrity hotspot with iconic restaurants. In this area, check out 360°, which is one of Croatia’s best restaurants with an unforgettable cocktail bar.

Wineries: The Origin of Zinfandel

A winery in Croatia.

Tourists may be surprised to learn is that Croatia has beautiful wineries worth exploring. The coast and interior regions of Croatia both have great wineries. Istria is a great place to visit, and borders Italy. Central and South Dalmatia are even known to be the origin of the zinfandel grape!

Culinary Experiences: Get Your Caffeine and Street Food Fix

A seaside cafe in Croatia.

There are many different culinary experiences worth exploring in Croatia. First, like many other European destinations, the cafes are not to be missed in this country. Zagreb is filled with an endless array of charming places to get your caffeine fix.

Zagreb also has a burger hotspot called Rougemarin. Mundoaka is filled with amazing street food that attracts quite the crowd, but the payoff is well worth the wait! Split is another spot with world-class restaurants, such as the family-run Konoba Hvaranin, which merits a reservation in advance to secure your spot.

Pop Culture: Game of Thrones Fans, Take Note!

If you’re a Game of Thrones fan, you’ll love taking in some of the sights that Croatia has to offer. Specifically in Dubrovnik, you can find extensive spots that were used as filming locations for this iconic show. Explore King’s Landing to see these spots, where memorable scenes such as the Battle of Blackwater Bay were filmed.

Croatia is a European honeymoon hotspot right now, not only because it’s open to visitors, but also because of its natural beauty, abundance of activities, and rich culture.

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