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Romance in Croatia: Croatia For Lovers
Undoubtedly one of the most romantic things you can do is sit snuggled up, or walk hand in hand as you watch a sunset with your loved one. As the day starts to end, the warm glow of the sun dropping below the horizon signals the beginning of the evening. Classic romance if you ask me.
In Croatia, with kilometres of coastline, there are more than just a few places you could sit back and enjoy a romantic sunset. There is no better vantage point than Zadar, this small town boasts big sunsets. Zadar holds the title of the best sunset in the world, according to Alfred Hitchcock. Quoted as saying ‘Zadar has the most beautiful sunset in the world, more beautiful than the one in Key West, Florida’.
There is no arguing with Alfred, see for yourself.
Tower of love
Take your lover to the island of Silba, a few hours off the coast of Zadar. Once there, you can climb the 15-metre high spiral staircase of Marinic’s tower, known to locals as the ‘tower of love’. Once at the top, you’ll have panoramic views to watch the sunset over the islands Olib and Premuda.
The tower of love has an unconventional love story all of it’s very own. The local legend tells the story of a sailor, Marinic and his fiancee Antonia, who he promised to build the tower for upon his return from a long sea journey. Maranic returned much later than planned to find Antonia already married. He vowed to wait for the daughter of Antonia’s & her new husband to be old enough to marry and instead build the tower in her honor. After 20 years, she agreed to marry him, and the tower was erected. Marinic and his young wife are said to have lived happily ever after.
Rovinj with a stop in Venice
What about enjoying 2 romantic cities in 2 two countries in 1 day? Head to Rovinj, one of the most picturesque places in Istria, in fact, all of Croatia. Rovinj is often featured on postcards and brochures for the Istria region, and it also just happens to be a 2.5-hour ferry ride to Venice.
Picture this: you’ve spent a few days in Rovinj, enjoying the old town, and strolling along the cobbled streets. Then you awake in Rovinj one morning, eat breakfast and whisk your loved one down to the wharf to spend the day in Venice. The ferry from Rovinj is a leisurely ride, where you can enjoy coffee aboard. Once in Venice, you can take the efficient public boat transportation system called ‘Vaporetto’ to all the main areas, such as Lido, Giudecca, Murano, Burano, Torcello every 1omins.
Enjoy a romantic gondola ride, an Italian feast complete with, a Bellini for lunch, all to be back on the ferry and sleep back in your room on Rovinj late that evening.
Do book your tickets beforehand, to be guaranteed a seat for your romantic day trip which can be done online with Venezialines.
Go slow in Istria
Northern Croatia, known as Istria, has dozens of hilltop towns each with their own character. The entire area of Istra could easily be deemed romantic. The little winding roads between towns are romantic in themselves with lush green hills, covered in vineyards and olive groves as far as the eye can see.
Romance here does not have to be brief, with easy to navigate roads, hiring a car and driving from hilltop town to the next, tasting the areas gourmet delights. This region of Croatia is known for its local wines, olive oils, pasta.
A weekend of romance can easily be had in Buzet, at the Vela Vrata Hotel. Buzet is known as the city of truffles. Here you can eat handmade pasta with freshly shaved truffles with a perfectly paired wine while overlooking the valley below.
Forget flowers, and get a licitar heart
These edible ornamental hearts are given as gifts for all occasions of love. Valentines, Weddings, they even adorn the Christmas tree. Taking over a month to make, the dough is shaped, baked, dried and then coloured.
Want a romantic weekend getaway?
We simply can’t recommend enough the Lone Hotel in Rovinj. Ripped from the pages of a flashy design magazine, the multi-award winning Lone Hotel is impressive. It’s as comfortable as it is stylish. Every detail is manicured and well planned.The Lone Hotel stands alone as Croatia’s only member of Design Hotels™. It is completely different from any other hotel that we’ve ever stayed in – in the nicest way possible. Located just a few minutes by car, r 15 minutes on foot from the centre of Rovinj, the Hotel is situated perfectly. Not right in town, where all the hustle and bustle is, and instead along the quiet foreshore.
Licitar artist have different decorative styles, with pictures or verses. Each Licitar is always embellished with a small mirror in the centre. The mirror represents the presence of the receiver in the Licitar-giver’s heart….. naaaw now isn’t that romantic?
Have you been to a romantic spot in Croatia or do you have one in mind?
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