A spot where you get to see a place from way up high. A spot that gives you a different perspective. A spot where you get the best view. A spot where you feel like you’re on top of the world. A viewpoint, exectly! Here are some amazing ones in Croatia, ready for when you dock and decide to explore the inland:
"VIDIKOVAC" RESTAURANT, KASTAV
Kastav is a fortified town situated on a 365 metres high hill with a nine tower medieval wall. It overlooks the cities of Rijeka and Opatija and the Kvarner bay. A place where you can combine fine gastronomy with an amazing is the Vidikovac restaurant (the name of the restaurant actually means viewpoint in Croatian language).
Photo: Kastav Tourist Board
"KAMENJAK" TAVERN, RAB ISLAND
This is a small and simple restaurant with typical local food, located high on a mountain on the island of Rab. The view is absolutely stunning as you get to see the whole island from high above. Islands nearby, like Pag, Cres and Lošinj are also visible. Be careful though, because you’ll have to take a steep and very narrow road without guardrail to get there.
ŠUBIĆEVAC FORT, ST. JOHN FORT, ST. MICHAEL FORT, ST. NICHOLAS FORT, ŠIBENIK
The wonderful city of Šibenik had a rough history which is why powerful defensive forts were built. Today, these forts are historical sights and excellent viewpoints. The Šubićevac and St. John fort are a bit higher on the hill which is why they offer the best view of the entire city and the bay around the city. St. Michael fort is closer to the sea, but it’s been renewed so it’s quite nice to visit. St. Nicholas is set at sea, opposite the first three forts and overlooking the city from the bay. More info and pictures right here: ŠIBENIK TOURIST BOARD.
THE IMPERIAL BELVEDERE, KRKA NATIONAL PARK
Krka National Park is one of eight national parks in Croatia. It is named after the river Krka. The whole place is completely astonishing which is why a lot of tourists visit it every year. From The Imperial Belvedere (Croatian: Carski vidikovac) you’ll have a view on the most attractive part of the park: The Skradinski buk – a massive natural pool with high waterfalls at one end and cascades at the other.
MARJAN HILL (FOREST PARK), SPLIT
Marjan is a 178m high hill in the beautiful city of Split. It is covered in pine forest and surrounded by the city and the sea. Besides being used as a park, it is also a recreational centre with jogging trails, beaches and tennis courts. It offers the unique view of the entire city and the surrounding islands.
Photo: Nika Bogdanić, Explore Dream Discover
VIDOVA GORA, BRAČ ISLAND
Vidova Gora is the highest peak on the island of Brač and the highest peak of all Adriatic islands. It is 780m high and offers an amazing view on the most popular coastal attraction in Croatia – the Golden Cape beach in the town of Bol. Make sure to have adequate footwear if you want to climb this mountain, flips flops are a "no go".
FORT NAPOLEON, HVAR ISLAND
Fort Napoleon is situated on the top of the highest hill on the island. The fort itself is not open to the public as it is in use by the Croatian Coastgaurd, but you can walk around the fort and get great views in all directions. You can see the whole town of Hvar, Pakleni islands (a group of islands located off the southwest coast of the island of Hvar), Brač island, Korčula island and Vis island.
FORT GEORGE, VIS ISLAND
Fort George was built by the British in the beginning of the 19th century, after which the Austro-Hungarians proceeded to develop it. There is a restaurant and a bar at the fort and it is supposed to be the most romantic spot on the Adriatic. How could it not be with this incomprehensible view?
Srđ is a 412m high mountain with a fort called "Imperial" at its top. It is located just behind the walled city of Dubrovnik, the most famous Croatian destination. You can use a cable car to get on top and enjoy the view of the walled city, the island of Lokrum and the Adriatic sea. It is surely one of the best views you’ll ever see.
MONTOKUC HILL, MLJET ISLAND
One third of the island of Mljet belongs to the National Park Mljet, which includes a part of the sea, some smaller islands and couple of lakes. Mljet dazzles everyone with its outstanding natural beauty as well as with its cultural heritage. Montokuc is a viewpoint that offers an amazing view of the lake surrounded by Aleppo pine trees (thanks to which the island got its "Green island" title).
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