Where are the best Instagram and photography spots in Croatia? If I asked you this question, I’m pretty sure that most of you would mention Dubrovnik and you are right, because it is very beautiful and most visited Croatian city. That’s why most of the photos from Croatia that you see on Instagram are taken right there.
However, Croatia is not only Dubrovnik. There are also other amazing cities and picturesque landscapes that are worth seeing. In this blog post, I have created for you a list of the 15 most instagrammable places in Croatia. In my opinion, they are really beautiful and photogenic.
If you are interested in which area of Croatia there are instagrammable spots that were mentioned on the blog, take a look at the map below. I hope it will be helpful when planning your trip.
1. Dubrovnik City Walls.
Dubrovnik, the pearl of the Adriatic Sea and the most instagrammable city in Croatia. If you want to take beautiful photos, it won’t be difficult, because you will find many nice photography spots like Stradun, Banje Beach, Dominican Monastery, Jesuit Staircase. However, I think the best perspective you will have when walking around Dubrovnik City Walls. Just imagine stone fortifications, orange rooftops and the azure sea around. Sounds wonderful, doesn’t it? Tip: Go to Dubrovnik City Walls early in the morning to avoid the crowds.
2. Mount Srđ, Dubrovnik.
If there is a better place to take photos of Dubrovnik than City Walls then this is Mount Srđ! Here you can capture the perfect panorama of the city from above without using a drone. You can get to Mount Srđ by car or catch Dubrovnik Cable Car, which station is located near the Old Town. The ride takes about 4 minutes and provides beautiful views of Dubrovnik and the Elaphite Islands. If you want to take the perfect photo on your Instagram, the best time is just before sunset. Tip: You probably won’t be the only one who will have the same idea, so it’s better to go to Mount Srđ a little bit earlier.
3. Rovinj Old Town, Istria.
Let’s leave Dubrovnik and go to another beautiful city in Croatia. Rovinj is also picture-perfect and instagrammable, but is more off the beaten path. However, it changes very quickly because the place is really charming and becomes a trending travel destination. The best photography spot in Rovinj is its northern port, but you’ll also find many photogenic nooks in the Old Town. If you’re looking for inspiration, check out my blog posts: Rovinj, one of the best cities to visit in Croatia and Top 10 things to do in Rovinj, Croatia.
4. Sveti Jakov Cathedral, Šibenik.
What is the most beautiful building in Croatia? In my opinion it is Šibenik Cathedral, an amazing architectural gem. An interesting fact is that no bricks and binder were used to build the Cathedral of St. James, only the stone from Croatian islands that merged over time to form a monolith. You can read more about it in my blog post: Šibenik or Trogir – what to visit in Croatia? Tip: If you want to take a nice picture, look for the steep stairs at Trg Republike Hrvatske. They will take you to a place with a beautiful view of Šibenik Cathedral.
5. Fortress Španjola, Hvar.
Hvar is considered the most beautiful and the sunniest Croatian island. It also offers scenic views, such as the panorama of the city of Hvar from the Španjola Fortress. Orange rooftops, azure sea and Pakleni Islands on the horizon create an amazing composition. No wonder this is one of the most instagrammable places in Croatia! Tip: If you want to take a beautiful picture, visit the Španjola Fortress just before sunset. Don’t forget to read my blog posts about Hvar: Top 10 things to do in Hvar Island, Croatia and The secret beaches of Hvar.
6. Diocletian’s Palace, Split.
Speaking of the best Instagram and photography spots in Croatia, it’s impossible not to mention Diocletian’s Palace in Split. Some tourists visiting this place are a bit confused because they are wandering around the Old Town and cannot find the palace. In fact, the entire Old Town of Split is the Diocletian’s Palace, and its narrow streets are former corridors! There are many nice photography spots here, but Peristyle is probably the most instagrammable. Tip: If you want to capture the panorama of the Old City of Split, climb the tower of the Cathedral of Saint Domnius.
7. Korčula Old Town.
Some call this place a little Dubrovnik. Others say it’s even more beautiful. Perhaps because it seems more cozy and not so crowded. I am talking about the Old Town of Korčula, a true gem of the Adriatic coast. It is located on an oval peninsula and surrounded by turquoise sea waters. The most instagrammable spots in Korčula are the Revelin Tower with its adjacent staircase, the narrow streets of the Old Town and the seaside promenade with a beautiful view of the city. You can take nice photos also from the rooftop bar at the top of the Zakerjan Tower. More information about this beautiful town can be found in my blog post: Top 10 things to do in Korčula Town, Croatia.
8. Pula Arena, Istria.
This is not the Colosseum in Rome! We’re still in Croatia, actually on the Istria peninsula, and this picture-perfect amphitheater is Pula Arena. This is one of the three best-preserved Roman arenas in the world! The other two are the Colosseum in Rome and El Djem in Tunisia. Pula Arena is a must-see for all history buffs. It is also one of the most instagrammable places in Croatia. Today, the amphitheater is used as a concert venue and film location. An interesting fact is that in Pula Arena an ice hockey match was organized! Can you imagine it?
9. Trogir Old Town.
If you’re in Split, be sure to visit Trogir Old Town, which is only 30 km away. Some people say that it is one of the most beautiful towns in Croatia. The medieval Old Town of Trogir is located on an island and connected to the mainland by a bridge. There are many charming nooks and crannies here. All you have to do is walk the narrow streets to find nice places for your photos. Tip: If you want to capture the panorama of Trogir, get on the tower of St. Lawrence Cathedral or visit the Kamerlengo Fortress. Read more about Trogir on my blog: Šibenik or Trogir – what to visit in Croatia?
10. Kamen Brela, Makarska Riviera.
Makarska Riviera is the most popular holiday destination in Croatia. Many tourists come here to swim in the crystal clear waters of the Adriatic Sea and sunbathe on the beaches, looking at the beautiful Biokovo mountains. One of the most instagrammable places here is Kamen Brela, a small, pine-covered rock located near the famous seaside promenade in Brela. Tip: Don’t forget to visit Punta Rata Beach, which is only a few steps from Kamen Brela and is also a nice photo spot.
11. Zrmanja Canyon.
Zrmanja Canyon is an amazing, picture-perfect place that is a bit off the beaten path. If you’ve never been here but the view seems to be familiar, maybe you saw it in the famous movie “Winnetou”? It was here that the story of this heroic and brave Apache was filmed! No wonder, the landscapes are simply breathtaking! The Zrmanja River is crystal clear, it changes its color depending on sunlight and beautifully contrasts with the bright rocks of the canyon.
12. Plitvice Lakes National Park.
Plitvice Lakes National Park is one of the best attractions of Croatia and a must-see, which is mentioned in every travel guidebook. Thousands of tourists visit this place every day, so it’s no wonder it’s one of the most instagrammable places in Croatia. The picturesque valley with turquoise lakes and waterfalls is really beautiful and you can take amazing photos here. Tip: If you want to avoid the crowds, visit the Plitvice Lakes out of season!
13. Krka National Park.
Fairytale waterfalls and lush greenery are the reasons why so many tourists visit Krka National Park. The most photographed place here is the waterfall called Skradinski Buk. It is very crowded here, so if you want to take a nice picture, you need to be patient or come early in the morning. But there are other beautiful places in the Krka National Park that are more off the beaten path. Tip: From January 2021, swimming in Krka National Park will be forbidden, so if you want to take pictures in the water, hurry up because it’s the last chance!
14. Pasjača Beach, Popovići.
Hidden under the steep cliffs, Pasjača Beach is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in Croatia. It’s also a great Instagram and photography spot. Walking down a steep path you will catch a beautiful view of the beach, orange cliffs and the rough azure sea. Sounds wonderful, doesn’t it? What’s more, Pasjača Beach is only 25 km from Dubrovnik, so it is a great place for a day trip. Tip: Due to the erosion of sandstones, Pasjača Beach is gradually disappearing, so if you want to see it better hurry up!
15. Mirogoj Cemetery, Zagreb.
To be honest, I wasn’t sure if it is a good idea to list Mirogoj Cemetery as one of the Top 15 most instagrammable places in Croatia. It is one of the most beautiful cemeteries in Europe and is really worth seeing, but it is a necropolis, a place of silence, reflection, memory. Regardless of my opinion, I won’t change the fact that this place is very popular among instagramers and travel bloggers. Is it ok to take pictures here? I will not suggest anything and I leave this decision to you.
Which of these places do you like the most? Do you know any other nice Instagram and photography spots in Croatia?
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I can’t believe such beautiful places exist! They are so pristine and so photographic. Korcula Old Town and Fortress Spanjula look absolutely stunning. I am going to spend at least a week in Croatia to visit all these places and take photos.
I’ve been to Korcula and Fortress Spanjola and I guarantee you that these places look as beautiful as in the pictures. You won’t be disappointed!
I’m thinking about traveling to Croatia in the fall time so this post is great for planning the itinerary. I didn’t realize how many beautiful places that are to visit in Croatia! What is the best way to travel between these sites? Would love to visit Mount Srd for the fabulous view! Are you able to walk up to the summit for Mount Srd instead of taking a car or cable car?
If you would like to get from Dubrovnik to Hvar, Korcula or Split, it’s best to catch a catamaran that runs almost every day. As for other places, there are busses and organized trips, but I think it is most convenient to rent a car. Yes, you can get to Mount Srd on foot. It will take you about half an hour.
I visited Croatia years ago, mostly to go to the beach. We also visited Rovinj and it is just as pretty as in these pictures. There are so many beautiful places in Croatia, it’s a shame that some of them have become so touristic that it’s becoming unsustainable.
True, Croatia is changing very quickly and not always in a positive way.
What a pleasure to see I have visited most of these places. However, I haven’t been to Zagreb because it was a bit out of my route along the coastline, so I missed Mirogoj Cemetery. I am planning to return and see also Croatia’s inland, so Zagreb will be included too for several days.
I also plan to explore Croatia’s inland. Varaždin seems to be a nice place to visit. 🙂
I loved Dubrovnik!!
This city is really beautiful, I would like to visit it again. 🙂
Why yes we will be adding this to our Croatia bucket list!!! All of these locations look EPIC! And very Game of Thrones-esque. 😀
I haven’t watched Game of Thrones, but I think these places are extremely picturesque and instagrammable. 🙂
Wow, those photos are fantastic. We were planning to go to Croatia in a few years and I think I have additional places to check out now. I especially like the aerial photos.
Croatia looks wonderful from a bird’s eye view. I think there are some of the best places to take drone photos in Europe.
Croatia is simply mesmerizing. All these photos are straight out of dreams. I’m currently watching a TV show shot in Croatia and it’s really really pretty, same as your photos. I can’t wait to go there one day!
I have been to Croatia six times and I would like to go there again. Be careful, because once you go to Croatia, you will come back every year. 😉
Wow, your pictures are spectacular! Croatia has been one of my favourite travel destinations and you’ve truly captured it beautifully – from the historic towns to the incredible natural beauty, there’s so much to do! I scrolled down and was happy to Plitvice Lakes – can’t wait to go back there!
Plitvice Lakes are on my list of places to see. Maybe this year. 😉
I’ve heard so many wonderful things about Croatia and have been dying to visit! Plitvice Lakes National Park is just such a classic and those views at Mount Srđ definitely caught my eyes too. I love that you can easily take a cable car ride up and this is for sure going up on my bucket list!
True, this cable car is a nice option if you don’t want to climb the mountain or you don’t have a car.
Such beautiful pictures, I am tempted to visit Croatia now. I never knew it was so picturesque.
Croatia has a lot of picture-perfect places, you’ll like it!
This has to be one of the prettiest posts I’ve seen. The first thing I did was Pin It! I knew Croatia was supposed to be a beautiful country, but I didn’t realize how many great places there were for photography and just to enjoy the views. I also love your interactive map – such a great addition.
Thank you, Sara. I’m glad you like my blog post.
Croatia is definitely at the top of my wish list for Europe. Those blue waters are something I just have to see in person someday. I think by far, the most intriguing destination to me in Croatia is Korčula. The fact that Marco Polo may have come from there is just fascinating to me, and of course, the town on the peninsula with the orange rooftops is picture perfect.
Korčula is one of the most beautiful Croatian cities I have visited, you’ll like it!
Thanx for sharing this awsome article! Rovinj is indeed a wonderfull place, among croatian called “The pearl of Adriatic sea”!
Rovinj is special. One of those places where I will definitely come back more than once.