13 Photos That Will Make You Want to Go to Croatia

Take in the sights.

Have you ever visited Croatia? If not, these photos will surely convince you to add it to your must-see list. Croatia boasts cascading waterfalls, Baroque architecture and breathtaking views of the Adriatic Sea, and our Travel Channel fans have captured what all this Mediterranean country has to offer. Here are some of our favorite #LiveTravelChannel Instagrams of Croatia.

Dubrovnik's Old Town

Plitvice Lakes National Park

Hvar Island

Krka National Park

Dubrovnik

Motovun

Sibenik

Plitvice Lakes National Park

Fort Lovrijenac

Zadar

Dubrovnik

Rovinj

Zadar

Adriatic Sea, Croatia
Adriatic Sea

Adriatic Sea

The charming clay rooftops and gleaming Adriatic Sea are just two of the attractions that make Croatia so appealing. 960 1280
Hum

Hum

Hum, Croatia, is on record for being the smallest town in the world, although it's usually full of tourists. 960 1280

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Croatian Archipelago of Islands

Croatian Archipelago of Islands

Sail around the Croatian archipelago to take in the tiny, rocky islands that dot the Adriatic Sea. 960 1280

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Plitvice Lakes National Park

Plitvice Lakes National Park

The largest national park in Croatia, Plitvice Lakes is also a World Heritage Site. 960 1280

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Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik

Upon entering the city walls of Dubrovnik, one of the most popular tourist destinations, you're greeted by white marble streets and Renaissance architecture. 960 1280

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Pula Arena

Pula Arena

Built in 27 B.C., the Pula Arena is the only remaining Roman amphitheater to have four side towers preserved. 960 1280

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Hvar

Hvar

The island of Hvar is a popular port for yachts and boats off the Dalmatian Coast. 960 1280

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Euphrasian Basilica

Euphrasian Basilica

Filled with mosaics dating back to the 6th century, Euphrasian Basilica in the town of Porec is one of the best examples of Byzantine architecture in the Mediterranean. 960 1280

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Rovinj

Rovinj

Rovinj's steep, narrow streets liken it to Italy; it's a popular resort town and fishing port in Istria. 960 1280

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Diocletian's Palace

Diocletian's Palace

Diocletian's Palace was built by the Roman emperor of the same name at the turn of the 4th century in what is now the Croatian city of Split. 960 1280

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St. Donat's Church

St. Donat's Church

Inside the city of Zadar you'll find the pre-Romanesque Church of St. Donatus as well as the bell tower of the Cathedral of St. Anastasia. 960 1280

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Zagreb

Zagreb

The bustling city of Zagreb is the capital and largest city in Croatia. 960 1280

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Motovun

Motovun

Around the hilltop town of Motovun lie vineyards that produce Istrian's fine Teran and Malvazija wines. 960 1280

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Prsut
Crni Rizot

Crni Rizot

This savory dish is Croatia’s version of squid ink risotto. Influenced by neighboring Italy, Croatia’s version of this deep, dark and rich dish is very similar to the Italian version, with chewy and soft arborio rice, tender cuttlefish, squid or octopus, and lots of olive oil, lemon and parsley for garnish. It’s best paired with a glass of red wine to stand up to the rich flavor from the ink. 960 1280

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Gridele

Gridele

One of the best ways to enjoy the seafood from the Adriatic is to get it straight off the gridele. Oily Adriatic fish is simply grilled with olive oil and fresh Mediterranean herbs over the wood from either old grapevines or olive wood, which both impart the region’s deeper flavors. 960 1280

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Brodet

Brodet

Similar to a bouillabaisse, this Croatian fish soup abounds with the flavors of various seafood from the Adriatic. You might find the day’s catch in it -- a whitefish like flounder, John Dory or red scorpionfish, plus crab and shrimp. Polenta is often served with the soup. 960 1280

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Pasticada

Pasticada

This stewed dish is a Dalmatian specialty of beef seasoned with bacon and a sauce of herbs and vegetables. It is usually served with potatoes or gnocchi, and Swiss chard on the side, but it isn’t uncommon to find it served with mashed potatoes, pasta or rice either. 960 1280

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Fritule

Fritule

Resembling doughnuts, these little fried pastries are a popular sweet in Croatia. They’re flavored with brandy, raisins and citrus zest, and are dusted with powdered sugar when served. 960 1280

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Fuži

Fuži

Truffles are native to the Istria region, and are a luxurious addition to many Croatian dishes, especially pasta dishes like this traditional Istrian pasta with parmigiano cheese. 960 1280

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Zganci

Zganci

Similar to polenta, this Croatian side dish is made from maize, wheat or buckwheat flour. After cooking, it is crumbled on to a plate and served with milk, yogurt or honey, or even the cracklings from bacon. 960 1280

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Scampi Buzara

Scampi Buzara

A common dish from the north Adriatic Sea, this is a simple dish to cook, and very messy to eat. Shrimps still in their shell are tossed in a light tomato sauce with shallots, garlic, wine and parsley. Grilled bread is the perfect accompaniment to sop up any leftover sauce. 960 1280

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Sljivovica

Sljivovica

A plum brandy, this drink is commonly imbibed as an aperitif, and is served in a chilled glass to lessen the effects of the high alcohol content. 960 1280

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Prsut

Prsut

Air-cured ham in Croatia is similar to Italian prosciutto. It is eaten as an appetizer or used to enhance other main dishes. 960 1280

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Istarska Jota

Istarska Jota

Also known as Istrian stew, this hearty dish features beans and sauerkraut, showcasing some of the Austrian influences on Croatia’s cuisine. 960 1280

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Palacinke

Palacinke

Croatia’s version of crepes, these thin pancakes are stuffed with different sweet fillings. 960 1280

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Pod Pekom, or Peka

Pod Pekom, or Peka

This traditional method of roasting meat is commonly found in many homes throughout Croatia. In a forged steel bowl, meats like poultry, lamb or veal, or seafood like squid or octopus, are placed atop chopped potatoes and drizzled with various Mediterranean spices and olive oil. The sacz, a steel dome lid, is placed atop to trap the heat and moisture, allowing the high heat from a Dalmatian furnace or oven to create evenly roasted meats and tender potatoes. 960 1280

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Zelena Menestra

Zelena Menestra

This traditional green stew from Dubrovnik is mentioned in writings as far back as 1480. The dish is rich and hearty, with lots of bacon, sausage, ham hock, potatoes, cabbage and other vegetables. 960 1280

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Taste of Croatia  14 Photos

A Wide shot of the city of Rovinj in Croatia
Tony Bourdain eats lunch in Croatia

Tony Bourdain eats lunch in Croatia

Tony Bourdain and Mate eat lunch on a yacht off the Croatian coast. 960 1280

  

A Wide shot of the city of Rovinj in Croatia

A Wide shot of the city of Rovinj in Croatia

The beautiful Croatian city of Rovinj, situated along the north Adriatic Sea. 960 1280

  

The countryside of Motovun in the background in Croatia

The countryside of Motovun in the background in Croatia

A gorgeous shot of the countryside of Motovun in the distance. 960 1280

  

Close up of bonito in Croatia

Close up of bonito in Croatia

A dish of bonito at the restaurant Konoba Batelina. 960 1280

  

Tony Bourdain at the fish market in Zadar Croatia

Tony Bourdain at the fish market in Zadar Croatia

Tony and Mate visit the popular fish market in Zadar, a small city within the historical region of Dalmatia, Croatia. 960 1280

  

A Roman amphitheater in Croatia

A Roman amphitheater in Croatia

The Roman amphitheater Pula Arena. 960 1280

  

Tony Bourdain naps on a boat in Croatia

Tony Bourdain naps on a boat in Croatia

Tony takes a catnap while cruising along the Adriatic Sea. 960 1280

  

Close up of a pasta dish in Croatia

Close up of a pasta dish in Croatia

Fuzi pijukanci, a pasta dish with white truffles, at Mondo Konoba restaurant. Mondo Konoba is nestled on a hill outside of the village of Motovun in central Istria, Croatia. 960 1280

  

Scenic view of the sea in Croatia

Scenic view of the sea in Croatia

A beautiful shot of the Adriatic Sea in the background of Pag island. 960 1280

  

Tony Bourdain cleans mussels in Croatia

Tony Bourdain cleans mussels in Croatia

Tony and Mate clean freshly caught mussels from the Limski kanal ("Lim Channel"). 960 1280

  

Tony Bourdain eats mussels in Croatia

Tony Bourdain eats mussels in Croatia

Tony goes in for the kill. 960 1280

  

Tony Bourdain and others eat fresh tuna in Croatia

Tony Bourdain and others eat fresh tuna in Croatia

Tony, Oli (Tony’s left) and Mate sample freshly caught tuna. 960 1280

  

Newspaper shot of Tony Bourdain in Croatia

Newspaper shot of Tony Bourdain in Croatia

Tony and Mate in the local newspaper. 960 1280

  

Wide shot of tuna farm pens in Croatia

Wide shot of tuna farm pens in Croatia

A wide shot of the seafood company Kali Tuna D.o.o.'s pens, where Tony received a hands-on lesson in tuna farming. 960 1280

  

Tony Bourdain takes a nap in Croatia

Tony Bourdain takes a nap in Croatia

Another catnap … one too many glasses of wine. Good wine. 960 1280

  

sunset over Rovinj Croatia.

sunset over Rovinj Croatia.

The sunset over Rovinj, Croatia. 960 1280

  

Tony Bourdain on a boat in Croatia

Tony Bourdain on a boat in Croatia

With the wind in his hair, Tony cruises along the Adriatic Sea. 960 1280

  

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