There are plenty of destinations that lay claim to having the most beautiful sunsets in the world – and, to be honest, when isn't a sunset a thing of beauty? In some parts of the world, however, the 'magic hour' (or, in reality, a magic 15 minutes or so) really does seem to be just that little bit more special – and for anyone who's been to Croatia, holidays to this extraordinarily beautiful country provide exactly that kind of experience. |
Here's an insider's tip to the top five sunset locations in the country.
If you choose to stay in Zadar - a popular base for Croatia holidays - you won’t even need to leave the comfort of your accommodation to experience the kaleidoscope of sunset over the Adriatic. This stunning city enjoys a spectacular coastal location, with far reaching views over the Zadar Channel, the islands of Ugljan and Pašman, and out to the horizon. By the way, if you choose Zadar as your favourite place to watch the sun go down you're in good company: Alfred Hitchcock declared it to have the most beautiful sunsets in the world.
Take a stroll along the promenade of the Riva, settle in to one of the many waterfront restaurants, or simply take a few steps out to your own balcony to enjoy the show. Right again, Mr Hitchcock!
To appreciate Nature's evening lightshow in the most magnificent of natural surrounds, the island of Mljet offers a prime viewing spot within the surrounds of a national park. One of the larger islands in the southeast of the country, the iridescent colours that settle over the horizon as day turns to evening are enhanced by the island's geography.
There's some wonderful accommodation on Mljet, so you can sit on the beach with a picnic dinner, head over to the Church and Monastery of St Mary's for some incredible photographic opportunities, or relax in the privacy and romance of your own piece of paradise. Mljet is renowned for being one of the sunniest islands in the country, but it reserves its true beauty for the end of the day.
The unspoiled beaches of Makarsa set the stage for the some of the most exquisite Adriatic sunsets you'll encounter on your Croatia holidays – and it's hard to beat the romance of this lovely, laidback city. The area known as the Makarsa Riviera encompasses meandering palm fringed promenades, pristine beaches, and luxurious accommodation in which to enjoy a romantic getaway. This delightful coastal enclave, just south of Split, is truly a place for making memories, and well deserves its place on the list of top five sunset experiences.
Kamenjak Hill on Rab Island
Does a little bit of elevation add to the experience of a sublime sunset? Decide for yourself by heading to the peak of Kamenjak, on the island of Rab. While you may not be alone (as the site is consistently voted as offering the best sunsets in Dalmatia), watching the sun sink below the horizon, overlooking Lake Vrana, is a memory in the making. The views are nothing short of spectacular, taking in the Kornati islands – Pirovac, Murter, Pakoštane and Drage. Take a seat on one of the benches and settle in for the show, or nab one of the telescopes and enjoy it in high definition glory!
Umag defines the magnificence of Istria's coastal beauty in one picturesque package. Nudged up to the border of Italy about 25 minutes from Novigrad, Umag is home to some of the country's loveliest beaches – and, with 45 kilometres of coastline, where better to watch a sunset? Take your pick from Katoro, Aurora, Kanegra, or the famous Laguna Stella Maris, and watch Nature nod the day goodbye over the crystal clear waters of the Adriatic.
While it does make for a very pleasant pastime on Croatia holidays, discovering the best places to experience the famously spectacular sunsets can be like looking for the most beautiful diamond at Tiffany's. Hopefully these insider's tips will give you a head start!
John Dixon is an experienced world traveller and the Managing Director of Prestige Holidays. For over 30 years, he has been providing luxury holidays to Croatia, Bermuda, Sicily and many other destinations around the globe. John tries to visit each of the destinations regularly in order to ensure the quality of his properties and stay up-to-date about the latest local news and events. He has a taste for the finer things in life and has an interest in arts, history and culture.
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