Istria – peninsula in northern Croatia, near the border with Slovenia. Culturally close to Italy as the peninsula belonged for a very long time to the Republic of Venice and later to Italy. In Istria there are also the biggest beaches and nudist camps. This place can be recommended to those who, in addition to sunbathing, also like to explore and travel. Recommended is a visit to Pula and to an amphitheater modeled on the Roman Coliseum. Rovinj and Porec are also nice, with their beautiful old squares and quarters. From Istria you are also close to Trieste and Venice. Near Pula, on the nearby island of Brijuni there is a natural reserve (Brijuni Islands). Istria is dominated by tourists from Austria, Germany and Italy; for this reason prices are higher here than in Dalmatia and Kvarner, of course, with the exception of some islands and Dubrovnik where prices can be higher than in Istria. Wine and rakija taste as good as here as in Dalmatia.;-)
Dalmatia – The more to the south, the warmer it gets. Therefore, I recommend Dalmatia to those, who plan to spend time on the seaside getting rest and sun. The water here is also usually a bit warmer than in the area of Istria. However, indulging in sweet doing nothing on the beach, do not forget that there is no shortage of beautiful places to visit. You must see Zadar – a beautiful old town, Sibenik – Cathedral of St. Jacob, and of course Split and the Diocletian’s Palace. Of course, a number one of Dalmatia is Dubrovnik with an old town that is an UNESCO world heritage site. See photos in the gallery, the views are beautiful! In the area of Sibenik is located the Krka National Park, an amazing place, much more beautiful than the Plitvice lakes. Houses or apartments can be rented all along the coast. Literally, one small town here gets next to the other here, and places to rent there are so many that even in peak season you can come here “blind”. In Dalmatia we can meet a lot more Polish people, Czech or Slovakis than in Istria. For those wishing to go diving in the Adriatic, Dalmatia would be a good choice. Makarska Riviera, and the areas around the islands of Korcula, Hvar, Lastovo and Mljiet, are probably the most beautiful places to dive in Croatia.
Kvarner – Partially located on land, it is in my opinion a bit less popular among tourists. Perhaps the reason is the “competition” from the nearby islands of Krk, Rab and Ceres, which attract each most of the tourist traffic in this area. Of course I do not want to say that nothing is happening there, just it seems to me that there are slightly less tourists. The main towns of the region are: Rijeka (the third largest city in Croatia), Senj, Ogulin and Gospić. As a place of rest it is best to select any of the islands. If you plan frequent trips a good choice is the island of Krk because it connects to the mainland via a bridge. In the case of choosing the other islands you have to use ferries. Transfer through the Krk bridge while strong winds blow is amazing! Recommended! The Gulf Kvarner was a fashionable holiday destination for wealthy Europeans, there are many historic and elegant hotels, a memory of a rich past. In the Kvarner bay the city descends to the sea and the tourist resorts are located on some wonderful beaches. Some of them are Opatija and Rabac Crikvenica – famous for its healing spas.