Croatia is undoubtedly a rising star in terms of holiday destination. With a long stretch of coast down the Adriatic Sea, a rich history going back to Greek colonization and countless islands, it’s difficult to decide which town to visit.

Four of the biggest seaside cities are Pula, Zadar, Split, and Dubrovnik, and although they are similar in certain aspects, there are delightful differences in them.



Most famous for its Roman Amphitheater, Pula is the largest city in the Istria region that is closest to Italy. Not only is it close to two national parks: Brijuni and Kamenjak, it also has excellent transport link to Ljubljana and Triste as well as the rest of Croatia.

You should go if you are looking for:

1) Roman ruins
2) Great rocky coasts in National Park
3) Great Italy-Croatia fusion cuisine
4) Heading to or from Slovenia and Italy



With more well preserved Roman ruins (though no amphitheater), Zadar has upped its game by building a beautiful seaside promenade completed with a Sea organ and dazzling Solar Salutation. With a relatively flat terrain and cheap flights, this town is the perfect gateway to Croatia and Plitvice National Park.

You should go if you are looking for:

1) Roman ruins
2) Cheaper rates than Split and Dubrovnik
3) Looking to head to both Plitvice and Krka National Park
4) For a flatter terrain to navigate



One of the largest cities in Croatia, Split is a great transport hub to the islands of the Dalmatia as well as home to many a boat trips. With the UNESCO-protected Diocletian’s Palace and easy distance to Krka National Park, its popularity is well founded. It is also connected to Zagreb by train as well as coaches.

You should go if you are looking for:

1) The best place on the mainland to go on boat trips
2) Love seafood
3) Want to see what a retired Roman Emperor’s palace looks like
4) Good transport for going to the rest of Croatia



The Pearl of Adriatic stands out immediately from the other three cities. If it´s disarming beauty isn’t enough to lure you in already, it is also a UNESCO heritage site as well as the filming location of Games of Thrones. Instead of saying why should go to this beauty, because really there aren’t any valid reasons: here’s why you might reconsider:

1) The terrain in the region is very hilly, a lot of climbing up and down is inevitable
2) It’s a relatively long journey to the rest of Croatia and involves crossing over Bosnia’s border
3) Prices run higher here than other Croatia cities due to its popularity (still cheaper than Western Europe though)

So there we have it! Have you decided on which one of the cities is most to your taste? Let us know in the comments below!

Article by Nam Cheah; featured and article body photos by Nam Cheah; top foto from Pixabay, free for reuse.