Croatia is one of those destinations that if you haven’t been to, you really should. To start with, the fantastic stretch of coastline along the west of the country, referred to as the Dalmatian Coast, will lure you in with its incredibly blue water and pretty beaches. Then there’s the glamorous mix of fashionable resorts (and some traditional ones), green mountains, the yachting scene, picturesque towns and charming cities. One holiday here is never enough.
Croatia is also one of the sunniest places in Europe, and during the summertime it thrives on cultural and music festivals. Dubrovnik is the most popular destination and is easily one of Europe’s most beautiful and romantic cities. The pretty old town brims with historical buildings and churches, ancient city walls offering a vantage point for superb views over the Adriatic Sea, seafront cafes and quality restaurants. It’s easy to go island-hopping from here, so hire a yacht or take a private excursion and enjoy the discovery of quiet bays and unspoilt beaches. Just don’t expect sand, as pebbles are the order of the day.
There are more than a thousand islands around Croatia, and those that are inhabited – just 66 – have a draw all of their own. Hvar is the most upmarket, popular with the stylish yacht fraternity and with a sophisticated party vibe and lively beach clubs. If you prefer tranquillity, there are some very secluded coves to enjoy in the south of the island.
Looking for a gourmet adventure? Great produce is found across the country, but it’s the Istrian peninsula that has made a name for itself food-wise. There’s an Italian influence, and highlights include great seafood – especially from the star town on the coast, the picturesque fishing port of Rovinj – truffles, wine trails (the wine is very good) and gourmet festivals.
For archaeological sites, the first-century Roman amphitheatre in Pula in Istria and the ruins of Diocletian’s Palace in Split – once the home of a Roman emperor and today a great place to seek out little bars and venues to grab a bite – will not disappoint. For natural attractions, drive into the mountains for sweeping views, take a kayak to explore the seascape, or visit Plitvice Lakes or Krka National Park for incredible walks among lakes and waterfalls.
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