Sailing and photography goes together for one big reason: sunsets and sunrises are beautiful no matter where you are.

But to make it easier to choose where you want to be, here is a list of the most photogenic cities on the croatian coast.

Rovinj

Rovinj is a picturesque town in the west side of Istria. As many other coastal croatian cities it is very popular with tourists due to its beautiful scenery and small island known as the Red Island or Island of St Andrew across the town.

Why is it picture worthy?

The inside of the old town itself is pretty special. It gives you vibes of an old italian movie with its narrow stone streets and hidden restaurants. You also have the promenade by the sea connecting both sides of the city.

But the most picturesque part is the old part of town as a whole. It looks like an island (it’s not) and with the church tower on the top, it just waits for you to take the perfect shot.

Pula

Pula is 30 minutes away from Rovinj. While visiting you can enjoy the italian cuisine with an croatian twist (and it’s not just pizza with a special topping) while sipping on the world’s best malvasia wine and different kinds of rakija. Don’t know what rakija is? Contact us at info@sebastus.com for more info.

Why is it picture worthy?

Pula’s most important and well known tourist attraction is the Arena, the best preserved Roman colosseum outside Italy. Located right next to the shore, it the perfect location to fly out your drone at enjoy the scenery.

Another great night photo spot are the so called Lighting giants. It’s an installation in Uljanik shipyard. A series of cranes are illuminated as part of a light show each evening between 9pm and midnight. Each show starts on the hour and lasts 15 minutes.

Zadar

We are making our way to central Dalmatia. One of the most visited places of the area is the city of Zadar. Zadar isn’t just a tourist city, it consists of the old and new part. The old part of town is on a peninsula connected to the new part with a stone bridge. If you stand still you can feel the bridge move while people are walking on it. Don’t worry, it won’t collapse (for now).

Why is it picture worthy?

The Zadar peninsula consists of old stone buildings streets. An experienced eye can find a picture worth taking on every corner. But the two most photographed places are the main square and the Greeting to the Sun installation.

The main square, with the Church of St. Donat, is the centre of public life in Zadar from the Renaissance until today. 

For a great panoramic shot, you can climb to the top of the Church tower. 

The main square, with the Church of St. Donat, is the centre of public life in Zadar from the Renaissance until today.

For a great panoramic shot, you can climb to the top of the Church tower.

For a great panoramic shot, you can climb to the top of the Church tower.

Afraid of heights? Time to take out the drone!

The Greeting to the Sun is an art instalation that consists of three hundred multi-layered glass plates placed on the same level with the stone-paved waterfront in the shape of a 22-meter diameter circle.

It’s build while keeping in mind the importance of the sunset and sunrise when taking pictures (meaning: perfect for those who know what they’re doing and those who just have a great smartphone).

Don’t miss the opportunity to catch one of the „most beautiful sunsets in the world” and save it forever on your Instagram feed.

Trogir

Trogir is best described as a tiny, medieval-architecture-packed town surrounded by the sea.
The historic city Trogir is situated on a small island between the Croatian mainland and the island of Čiovo.

Why is it picture worthy?

The panorama of the city takes you to another time, and the contrast between the blue sea and stone city creates gives the scenery idyllic romantic vibes.

Split

Split is the biggest city on the croatian coast. The mixture of modern and ancient architect is visible on every corner. Just a short walk from the historic city centre will take you to the modern promenada named Riva where all the fashion Influencers take their #outfitoftheday pics.

Why is it picture worthy?

The ancient part of the city takes you back to the Roman empire. You have the Diocletian’s palace and the Cathedral of Saint Domnius in the old peristil and the narrow streets full of restaurants and shops. For a great view, climb the tower of St. Dominus.

If you want to take a good picture, without thousands of tourists “ruining” the shot, choose sunrise time while they are sleeping.

If you like to catch the vibe of the city, get there at sunset. Try to get the different looks of the locals and tourists. It won’t be hard to differentiate the ones who are taking a walk (tourists) from the ones who are trying to get somewhere (locals).

Same tip goes for taking pictures of the promenade, it’s always busy!

Another great spot is the Marjan hill from which you can catch the whole city and the islands nearby.

Dubrovnik

The fact that some people believe that Dubrovnik is Croatia’s main city proves its ever growing popularity (thank you Game of Thrones). But it’s not, it’s still Zagreb.

However, we get the hype, it’s cool, has a great big fortress around it, pretty beaches and Beyoncé comes to visit.

Why is it picture worthy?

While taking pictures at sunrise will help you avoid the crowds in Split, we can’t guarantee you the same thing will happen in Dubrovnik. The best thing to do is to get there off season (between October and April).

No, the weather is not that nice but it will give you the mystic, knighty vibe that goes with the cities history and architecture.

Spots? Anywhere. Climb up the city walls, get an angle at the city square, book a room on the first floor. Dubrovik is very photogenic.

Don’t want to miss a single spot, get your destination checklist!