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?