If Croatia was part of the Hollywood awards season, it would surely be up for the honour of ‘Best Newcomer’! There are benefits in arriving fashionably late to the tourist trail, and Croatia’s retention of its unique history and culture are testament to that.
From the cobbled streets of medieval towns, to stretches of stunning beaches, azure waters and mountainous inland regions perfect for hiking and climbing, Croatia is a treasure trove of discovery, without the crowds that descend on many of Europe’s more popular resorts.
Croatia is blessed with coastal cities, so why choose between a city or a beach break when you can get the best of both worlds! Recently voted one of the world’s most romantic cities, Dubrovnik is a postcard-perfect fortified town set alongside the Adriatic Sea. Dubrovnik’s orange terracotta rooftops contrast with the vivid blues of the ocean, and its rugged coastline makes the city one of equal man-made and natural beauty. Steeped in history, Dubrovnik is both fascinating and charming, particularly in the compact Old Town.
Wherever you set up basecamp, don’t pass up the chance to explore Croatia’s various islands. Hop onboard a tour- whether on a sail boat, catamaran or kayak- and enjoy the gloriously rocky coastline of the Croatian islands which are scattered in close vicinity around the Adriatic. Sandy or pebble beaches aren’t in short supply, and nothing feels better than dropping anchor and claiming one as your own, if only for the day!
Croatia’s largest city, Split, combines the dramatic coastlines, lush green backdrops and toy-town charms that characterise Croatian cities. Crystalline blue waters gently lap the city limits and a charming harbour make Split a beautifully picturesque city, with an abundance of restaurants and wine bars that are best enjoyed on a balmy summer evening. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Split has a rich historical vein that keeps its visitors fascinated. Don’t miss Diocletian's Palace and Mausoleum, the Grgur Ninski Statue and the Cathedral of St Domnius.
Croatian food draws on an assortment of European gastronomic influences; perfect for those who appreciate a varied palate.
Typical of coastal Mediterranean, Croatia enjoys the bounty of the sea and is renowned for its fresh fish, served grilled or barbequed.
Strudel and schnitzels are also a borrowed addition; Croatia’s nod to the culinary offerings central Europe.
Combining chic city breaks with picturesque seaside resorts, Dubrovnik is a true chameleon of the Adriatic.
Situated in the Istrian region of Croatia, Pula is one of the countries largest cities, offering a beautiful and historic holiday destination.
With Roman palaces, charming cobbled streets and a stunning sun-drenched coastline, the ancient city of Split is one of the true gems of the Med.