1. Croatia
    © Julien DuvalBrač island is home to a marvelous mermaid tail-shaped bay
  2. The unusual play of the natural forces of sea and rain has left its mark in the layers of limestone, creating an impressive masterpiece of nature.
    © HvarboatsSea and rain combined with limestone-created red cliffs on Hvar
  3. Nin. Historic Nin sea salt field productions plant aerial view
    xbrchxSalt fields stretch across the southern Croatian town of Nin
  4. Dragon's Eye lake in Rogoznica, Dalmatia
    © xbrchx
  5. Bleu cave in Croatia, Croatian wonder, landmark. inside of the Blue cave, Bisevo island, light of blue color from water at midday
    © Vladimir DrozdinBlue Grotto on Bišovo island next to Vis
  6. Torak
    © 3K CinemaTorak lake in Krka National Park
  7. Mrežnica river is like Plitvice lakes - stretched out across 70km-long
    © ilijaaMrežnica river is like Plitvice lakes - but stretched out across 70km
  8. Idyllic islet on Punta Rata beach in Brela
    © xbrchxIdyllic islets, like this one, on Punta Rata in Brela, Makarska dot the Croatian coast
  9. karst lake in the village of Imotski in Croatia
    © Volodymyr Sosnytskyi The village of Imotski's Blue Lake dries up once a year and locals play a soccer match in it
  10. The beautiful colors of the sea
    © Mario PesceUsually purple in colour, the Adriatic's underwater gorgonians feed on plankton
  11. Telascica nature park and green Mir lake on Dugi Otok island aer
    © xbrchxA green lake sits next to the blue sea at unique Telašćica Nature Park
  12. Croatia, Hvar island, Bol. Panoramic aerial view at the Zlatni Rat. Beach and sea from air. Famous place in Croatia. Summer seascape from drone. Travel - image
    © Ievgenii BiletskyiBrač's so-called Golden Horn may look like it's made of sand, but it's a pebble beach
  13. Islands
    © Renco Korinozic / Croatian National Tourist BoardA fish-shaped island is part of Brijuni National Park
  14. Pag
    © Ivo Pervan / Croatian National Tourist BoardThe awe-striking moonscape of Pag island
  15. Islands
    © Goran Safranek / Croatian National Tourist BoardKopački Rit in northeastern Croatia is one of Europe's largest swamplands
  16. Croatia, Istria, aerial view of Cape Kamenjak
    © Sebastian RotheThe undulations of Cape Kamenjak
  17. The 'Dragon Eye' on Dugi Otok, an island located west of Zadar
    © oprrostiDragon Eye cove on Dugi Otok, an island located west of Zadar
  18. Islands
    © Scenic CroatiaThe so-called Bikini islands of St. Ivan and Sturag are located off the coast of Rovinj
  19. The layered cliffs of Stivina bay on Vis island
    © Jozsef DemeterThe layered cliffs of Stivina bay on Vis island
  20. Korcula. Vela spilja cave in Vela Luka on Korcula island view
    © xbrchxThe natural skylights of Vela Cave on Korčula island
  21. Islands
    © Zoran Jelača / Croatian National Tourist BoardZeleni Vir ('Green Spring') and its Vražji Prolaz ('Devil's Passage') are located in Skrad, Gorski Kotar County
  22. Cave
    © Mljet Tourist BoardThis karst cave on Mljet island was, per legend, visited by Odysseus, who it's named after
  23. The formations made by the Mirna river in Kotli, a town in central Istria
    © oprrostiThe formations made by the Mirna river in Kotli, a town in central Istria
  24. The sunflower fields seem to stretch endlessly across the flat landscapes of Slavonia
    © Luka BalkovicSunflower fields seem to stretch endlessly across the flat landscapes of Slavonia
  25. During winter, Risnjak National Park looks straight out of a movie
    © ilijaaDuring winter, Risnjak National Park is extra dreamy
  26. Two lakes separated by a small piece of land near Imotski
    © Lokvičići regionTwo lakes separated by a small piece of land near Imotski
  27. The Croatian coast can go from bright blue and green to arid quickly - like on Krk island, pictured
    © MargouillatThe Croatian coast can go from bright blue and green to arid quickly - like on Krk island, pictured
  28. Yet to be studied in depth, these 10 natural wells were walled in with stones by the ancient Romans
    © Mario ŠpanjićYet to be studied in depth, these 10 natural wells were walled in with stones by the ancient Romans
  29. The Drava river turns as green as its surroundings in Međimurje County
    © ilijaaThe Drava river turns as green as its surroundings in Međimurje County
  30. Lavender fields rule areas of Hvar island
    © Rostislavsedlacek
  31. View From Montokuc Viewpoint - Mljet, Croatia
    © Zdeněk MatyášBig Lake on Mljet island looks like the Adriatic behind it
  32. Salt fields, a result of the nearby Adriatic, stretch across Ston on the Pelješac peninsula
    © divljakusapovampirenaSalt fields, a result of the nearby Adriatic, stretch across Ston on the Pelješac peninsula
  33. national park brioni, croatia
    © Susy BealsOver 1000 years old, this olive tree in Brijuni National Park is one of the oldest in the Mediterranean
  34. Vransko Lake and Kornati Islands. View from Kamenjak hill. Dalma
    © Michal DziedziakThe Vransko lake and Kornati islands make up a surreal panoramic view
  35. Krka National Park, Croatia
    © uhg1234Krka river in the namesake national park looks like a painting from above
  36. The Red lake in Imostki is so-positioned that no one has ever been able to throw a stone into it (and many have tried)
    © Joachim BagoRed Lake in Imotski is so-positioned that no one has ever been able to throw a stone into it (and many have tried)
  37. Natural caves relief rock in Krka National Park, Croatia
    © Larysa UhrynStunning cave formations in Krka National Park
  38. Tulove Grede (Tule beams), rocky limestone massif located in the
    © Vilo MuchaTule beams are nature's statues topping the Velebit mountain range
  39. Aerial view of the heart shaped Galesnjak island on the adriatic coast.
    © Ivan Kuznetsov
  40. Glavaš, the amazing source of the Cetina river
    © Ivan BanovićGlavaš, the amazing source of the Cetina river
  41. Fertile Neretva valley with crops and blue sky
    © Marin VerajaThe Neretva river valley in southern Croatia is a fertile oasis
  42. This cave is called the Kingdom of Festini and sits in the heart of Istria
    © Aleksandar Gospić
  43. Canyon of Zrmanja river, close to Velebit mountain, Croatia.
    © Vilo MuchaThe Zrmanja river canyons offer a striking contrast of colours
  44. The gushing waterfalls of Plitvice Lakes National Park
    © pmartikeThe gushing waterfalls of Plitvice Lakes National Park
  45. kamenjak near pula, croatia
    © Susy BaelsA stacked-rock cave near Pula in Istria
  46. Sunrise over the sea near Rt Kamenjak
    © Fesus RobertStone steps carved by the sea into Rt Kamenjak, a cape in southern Istria

In pictures: 46 photos of Croatia's extraordinary natural phenomena

Prepare to be awestruck

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Written by
Lara Rasin
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From bright green karst lakes to bikini-shaped islands, Croatia is full of natural wonders. Behold them with our selection of 46 photos of Croatia's craziest natural phenomena.

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