Tours of a Lifetime: Croatian Coastal Voyages

More than 1,200 islands line Croatia’s Dalmatian coast, making a sea voyage the best way to explore this corner of the Adriatic. The islands used to rely on small coastal trading ships to deliver their supplies, before highways and modern ferries supplanted them. Many of these vintage ships have now been re-purposed to carry 20-40 passengers on leisurely, informal cruises.

Croatia’s Coastal Voyages,” one of Traveler’s 2011 Tours of a Lifetime, offers one- and two-week round-trip cruises through the northern, central, and southern Adriatic. The operator, Maris Freighter Cruises, takes travelers to coastal cities like Dubrovnik and Split, orange-roofed island towns such as Hvar and Korcula, and stops at pebbly beaches and vineyards along the way.

The Dalmatian islands are also home to almost 50 lighthouses, all built in the 19th century. Many of the lighthouses have guest accommodations that can be rented out, including Plocica, which offers a sandy beach, and Prisnjak, located on an uninhabited island with excellent fishing. For more on the Croatian lighthouse experience, see our feature “A Light on the Croatian Coast,” from May-June 2011.

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Photo by Aaron Huey


  1. Justin
    August 13, 2011, 12:05 pm

    Struga Lighthouse – HORRIBLE EXPERIENCE!!! (Sorry for ALL CAPS – Children involved!)

    Imagine – you are on a happy vacation – two grandparents + their two daughters, two sons-in-law and THEIR three small children (aged 7, 5 and 4).

    Imagine you go to Struga Lighthouse (partly because it was mentioned in the May/June 2011 issue of NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TRAVELER in an article called “A Light on the Croatian Coast”) to see the lighthouse and admire the view –

    Imagine you are admiring the view…when…

    a curly-haired (half-drunk at noon?) brute comes around the corner.

    Imagine he starts yelling at you.

    Imagine you defend yourselves/give advice – telling the curly-haired brute that maybe there should be a sign saying PRIVATE PROPERTY?

    Imagine him shouting “DON’T F*** WITH ME?” at you.

    This was what happened to us in July 2011.

    How could we know we were trespassing? (IF we were trespassing, that is). Struga Lighhouse is on maps – there are official Croatian road signs and home-made signs pointing the way to it. Yes, there was a gate to the lighthouse – a tiny gate – but it was wide open and welcoming.

    For those who may still consider staying there at this PRIVATE bed and breakfast – the view is nice enough – but certainly nothing you cannot see elsewhere all over Lastovo – and wouldn’t you rather stay somewhere where there are nice, kind people? Stay elsewhere. Lastovo (the town), Zaklopatica, Skrivena Luka – anywhere but here. If you really must stay in a lighthouse there are others along the Croatian coast you can stay at.

    If you choose to stay there/visit – please realize that the type of people you will deal with are – rude, cowardly (remember the children) and too lazy to put up a sign saying “PRIVATE PROPERTY” (if indeed it is).


    Struga Lighthouse – Stay away.