Top 10 Croatia honeymoon ideas

If you’re not the type of couple to settle for all-inclusive hotels or crowded beach breaks, check out our best Croatia honeymoon ideas. These vacations allow you to embrace life away from the hordes, from snorkelling in crystal-clear shallows around the coast to horse riding in the mountains and picnicking on grassy meadows surrounded by butterflies and wild orchids. Our top 10 honeymoon ideas aren’t conventional, but they will help you start the rest of your lives together as you mean to go on.

1. Sailing into the sunset in the Elaphiti Islands

Set sail into the sunset aboard a private catamaran. With a maximum of 10 passengers, as well as your guide/cook and skipper, this is a good choice for sociable honeymooners looking to make friends as they explore. The Elaphiti islands are always a great place to start an island-hopping honeymoon, with Lopud, Kolocep and Sipan all offering a beautiful blend of sandy beaches, shaded pine forests and some of the finest fish suppers this side of the Adriatic.

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2. Croatia road trip

There’s something about a road trip in Croatia that’s just right for romance – stopping off beside a lake in Plitvice National Park for an impromptu picnic or taking off for a day’s drive along the Dalmatian Coast. Croatia’s roads are really easy to navigate and tailor made tours map out everything for you. You can still choose your own pace and daily itinerary, but detailed route notes encourage you to see out-of-the-way places that you might otherwise miss.

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3. Island-hopping in the Adriatic

From nights under the stars to glorious sunrises followed by breakfast banquets – if you’re looking for a honeymoon that matches relaxation with romance, island-hopping in Croatia is a great option. Your skipper will have established great partnerships with islanders, so you’ll eat at small restaurants in peaceful parts of the islands and get invites into local homes to enjoy a home-cooked meal in great company. They’ll also know the secluded spots for sea kayaking, standup paddleboarding or snorkelling.

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4. Croatian coast & culture

Discovering the natural and ancient history of Croatia is a must for all culture-hungry honeymooners – whether that’s exploring Dubrovnik or the cascading waterfalls and crystal-clear lakes of Plitvice National Park. Take a tailor made tour from Zagreb to Split, before setting sail on a catamaran to the islands of Hvar, Vis and the Paklinski.

Completing this cultural odyssey, you’ll sail to the walled city of Dubrovnik before enjoying a day of wine and oyster tasting on the Peljesac Peninsula. This is a great honeymoon idea for couples who love to do their own thing without the hassle of planning an entire itinerary.

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5. Luxury cruise along the Dalmatian Coast

Sailing to Split from Dubrovnik (or in the opposite direction), a luxury cruise is a great honeymoon idea for sociable couples who’d like to discover empty beaches and secluded spots to swim or snorkel in. Combine onboard dining and evenings out at local restaurants to ensure you find the perfect blend of luxury and discovery.

Setting sail on a small ship is much less intrusive – and much less damaging – than cruising on the mega ships that dock at Dubrovnik. With a maximum capacity of 38 passengers, there’s plenty of space to do your own thing or mingle as the mood dictates. You’ll also be able to dock at smaller island ports on Brac, Ston, Mljet and Korcula.

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6. Rustic retreat in Konavle Valley

As you pull back the old oak door to the cobblestoned kitchen and step out, barefoot, into the garden, the scent of cypress trees and freshly scythed grass fills the clear mountain air. Take your time to really relax in Croatia as you book into a rural vineyard cottage in Konavle Valley. This rural vineyard cottage will have you horse riding, cycling and strolling through wildflower-filled meadows before returning to your rustic retreat for a barbecue on the terrace and a glass of red as the sun sets. How’s that for honeymoon heaven?

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7. Get active on Vis

Vis has remained relatively free from the trappings of mass tourism, with uncrowded beaches and secluded coves inviting a glimpse of years gone by. Activities such as snorkelling, cycling and kayaking give you a chance to explore, as well as providing plenty of excuses to work up an appetite in time for evening meals at the local taverna. Of course, you could simply choose to kick back and relax at the beach or enjoy a relaxed afternoon of wine and food tasting.

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8. Strolls along the Croatian coast

This week of walking is just the ticket for honeymooners who fancy making the most of Croatia at ground level. B&B accommodation, detailed trip notes, luggage transfers and ferry tickets are all included, so all you have to do is put your best foot forward and explore. From the water mills and green hills of Konavle to the natural island charm of Lopud and Mljet – self guided coastal walks in Croatia are all about enjoying a daily dose of exercise and sweeping sea views.

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9. Cycling for two

The green hills of the Konavle countryside, secret swim spots and the uncrowded beaches of the Peljesac Peninsula – this week away is the perfect marriage of relaxation and exploration. The great thing about self guided cycling is that it’s just you two, a detailed route map and locally owned B&B accommodation welcoming you at the end of each day in the saddle. And as your luggage is transferred by car while you pedal, a picnic is all you need to pack in your pannier.

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10. Sea kayaking from Lopud

Sea kayaking is an excellent idea for honeymooners who want to avoid the crowds. Staying on Lopud gives you a chance to paddle around the coast or make the most of the island’s wooded interior, where you’ll find walking trails leading to traditional village tavernas.

Three full days of guided sea kayaking ensures you experience an authentic side to the Croatian coast that’s missed by the massive cruise ships. Even Dubrovnik is accessible without the crowds – and there’s no better way to admire the magnificent medieval walls than by kayak.

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Written by Chris Owen
Photo credits: [Page banner: Anrie Papp] [1. Sailing into the sunset in the Elaphiti Islands: dronepicr] [4. Croatian coast & culture: Mike Swigunski] [7. Get active on Vis: Oana Bacanu] [10. Sea kayaking from Lopud: Rakkhi Samarasekera]