The Family Friendly Guide
The Honeymooner's Guide to Croatia
Whether you’re the type of couple that craves outdoor adventures, loves to experience local food and architecture, or simply looks to chill on a sunny stretch of coastline, Croatia has everything you need for an unforgettable honeymoon. Plan your post-wedding escape in the spring or fall to ensure fewer tourists and pleasant temperatures, and let the magic of Croatia do the rest.
What to do on a honeymoon in Croatia
Get lost in Dubrovnik
Stroll hand-in-hand through the cobbled streets and lively squares of the Old Town and soak up the history of this magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Site. Sip a frothy kava at an outdoor cafe as you watch the world go by, then climb the city walls to check out the iconic views over the town and the Adriatic coast.
The cherry on top? Pack a picnic and head to the tiny island of Lokrum opposite Dubrovnik for a delightful half-day on the beach. This haven of peace has shimmering waters, lush nature, and a Benedictine monastery to explore.
Sip your way through the Pelješac Peninsula
Discover the hidden gems of one of Croatia’s most prolific wine-producing regions while you learn about the peninsula’s different varietals! Pop by the Miloš winery, a family-owned estate that has been producing organic wines from the local Plavac mali grape for generations. Carved into a rocky mountainside, their sunlit tasting room is the ideal spot to linger and savor luscious wines with the love of your life.
The cherry on top? Round off your day with an outstanding fresh-from-the-sea oyster tasting right on the waterfront in the picturesque village of Mali Ston, just minutes away.
Go island hopping and explore secret coves on a private yacht
From Dubrovnik, sail out to the green island of Mljet to explore its secluded beaches and untouched nature. Continue your scenic journey to Korcula for a peek at its elegant Old Town, then drop your anchor near Lumbarda beach for a swim in the turquoise waters. If you’re departing from Split, cruise out to Vis to enjoy its gorgeous coves and visit Biševo’s captivating Blue Cave on your way.
The cherry on top? Sail back at sunset! What could be more romantic than watching the sky light up in glorious colors with the Dalmatian coast as a backdrop?
Where to eat on your honeymoon in Croatia
Nautika Restaurant, Dubrovnik
With its idyllic seaside setting right by the entrance to the Old Town, Nautika lets you bask in romantic vistas of the Adriatic and historic fortresses as you dine on chef Mario Bunda’s refined Mediterranean fare. An absolute treat in the heart of Dubrovnik!
Bowa Restaurant, Šipan Island
The only way to reach this hidden treasure is by sea! Nestled in a secluded bay on Šipan island, Bowa will have you swooning before you even set foot on its overwater cabanas. And if you weren’t already impressed, the menu will win you over with its freshly-caught seafood prepared to order and locally-grown produce.
A 20 minutes’ walk from the old town, Dvor will enchant you with its intimate garden setting overlooking the sea. And it’s not just the location you’ll fall in love; meat and fish are cooked to perfection on the open grill overlooking the lawn, and there’s an excellent choice of local wines by the glass.
Looking for even more amazing gastronomical experiences? Check out our Tasty Guide to Fine Dining in Croatia for more unforgettable restaurant options!
Where to stay on your honeymoon in Croatia
Villa Ena, Podgora
In a region renowned for its many beaches and breathtaking mountains is Villa Ena. The attractive stone façade is both traditional and romantic, while the modern interior is tasteful and inviting. The courtyard features a pool overlooking the azure waters of the Adriatic and the rugged peaks all around. If you’re feeling inseparable, cook a dinner-for-two on the outdoor grill. Or, if you’re up for socializing, head to Podgora’s town centre, just a kilometer away and rife with shops, restaurants, bars, and cafes!
Lighthouse Grebeni, Dubrovnik
What better way to commemorate your lifelong commitment than by living it up in your very own private lighthouse? Just off the coast of Dubrovnik, on a small skerry, is Lighthouse Grebeni. Built in 1872, it was converted into this breathtaking vacation home in 2012. Bask in each other’s company in absolute privacy, or head to the mainland on the boat-taxi that’s always at your disposal!
Villa Rokova Vala, Brač island
Simplicity meets luxury in this spacious fieldstone cottage. Nestled amidst lush forests overlooking the Adriatic is Villa Rokova Vala. The fully equipped interior follows a minimalist design that strikes a balance between the old and the new. Outside, lovebirds can enjoy the modern pool or walk a few minutes to a quiet stretch of beach.