The Istrian Riviera marks the most northerly point of the Croatian coast. It’s a wedge-shaped peninsula, so there are loads of pine-backed beaches and rugged coves to go around. History-wise, everyone from the Romans to the Venetians marched through this neck of the woods, loading towns with amphitheatres and terracotta-topped old towns along the way. And if you peer across the Adriatic Sea, you’ll see where they came from – Italy is just across the water.
Dalmatian Coast and Islands
The Dalmatian Coast takes up a big portion of Croatia’s southern shoreline. Historic Split and Makarska are the big sisters, while towns like Tucepi and Podaca are the younger, sleepier siblings. Plus, the coast’s bumped up a kilometre or two by a sprinkling of beachy islands.