Croatia is the backbone of the Balkan Peninsula and a true jewel of the Mediterranean. While you may not be able to resist the charm of popular cities like Dubrovnik and Split, there are many other places in the country that you may not probably have not heard of. So, if you want to get off-the-beaten-path and discover hidden gems on your trip to Croatia in March, here are some of the best places to consider.
Porec is a charming Roman town home to many high-end resorts and luxury holiday villas. The south of the town is where you will find two famous bays, the Zelena (Green) and Plava (Blue). Offering fun water activities like banana boating and jet skiing, they are a popular destination for families. Porec is also renowned for its scenic trails, making it a popular destination for hikers. Like most places in Croatia, Porec has its share of archaeological sites, such as the Euphrasian Basilica, a Byzantine-style cathedral built in the 6th Century.
Vis is a remote island located quite far from the mainland and a great place to pass through on a small ship cruise, which can be booked here. This small island might be in the middle of nowhere, but it’s blessed with magnificent landscapes that could rival the more popular Croatian islands. Due to its remote location, the island is relatively untouched, and you will notice it the moment you set foot. Vis was used as a military base for the Yugoslav army during the 1950s and was off-limits to foreign visitors. However, it’s now open for everyone to explore. While exploring the island, don’t forget to check out the Gospina Batarija, a fortress built by the Austrians in the 1830s. And like the other islands in Croatia, Vis is also home to stunning beaches.
Oprtalj is a small village in the municipality of Istria. Set across the Mirna river valley, Oprtalj is a medieval hilltop town rich in character and has a peaceful vibe with views across central Istria. When visiting this beautiful town, consider spending at least a day. The town may be small and secluded, but it’s home to several Istria holiday villas, from large farmhouses to imposing townhouses that have been recently renovated.
Hvar is famous for its luxurious island vibe that many people can only dream about. It is blessed with long hours of sunshine each year and has a rich culture and history to boot. With views overlooking the stunning Adriatic Sea, Hvar is definitely one of the best places in Croatia that you should see. While most people would come here for the beach, take time to explore the old town. Here, you’ll find picturesque streets lined with impressive churches, beautiful buildings, and a charming waterfront promenade.
Pula is a beautiful town famous for its shipbuilding tradition. It has a more industrial feel than the other towns in Istria. As you explore its beautiful streets, you’ll discover a mishmash of architectural styles, from Roman, Venetian, and Austro-Hungarian. After exploring the town, relax at one of its beautiful beaches. But if you’re planning to spend a few nights here, book a stay at one of the luxury holiday villas with easy access to the beach and nightlife.