From laid-back beaches along its coastline to mountain landscapes in its interior, Croatia offers plenty of space to spread out and relax! It’s perhaps no surprise that it’s been a tourism hotspot for millennia, with the ruins of Roman summer villas remaining on its islands. Spend your time enjoying the UNESCO world heritage sites of Dubrovnik and Split, stroll through Diocletian’s Palace, or go sailing off the Dalmatian coast. Get away from it all in your own private pebbly cove, or join the party in Zagreb’s pulsing nightclu...
Located in southern Croatia, Dubrovnik is known for its Old Town which is encircled by stone walls built in the 16th century. A ride on the cable car will give you a beautiful panoramic view of the city and is a great spot for bird watchers. You can get yourself involved in an Old Town Walking Tour where you can discover the history and culture of this reputable town. For Game of Thrones fans, you can discover the set with a short trip to the island of Lokrum…
Split is Croatia’s second-largest city, offering a glimpse into life on the Dalmatian Coast. Framed by coastal mountains, it gives way to golden beaches and the turquoise Adriatic Sea. Don’t miss the pretty harbour or spectacular architecture of Diocletian’s Palace, built by the Roman emperor in the 4th century. This complex includes over 200 buildings, still used today as they house modern shops, cafes and bars.
Zadar’s Old Town boasts Roman and Venetian ruins, giving it a cool blend of ancient and modern culture. Tick off your sightseeing boxes by visiting the Zadar Cathedral and old city walls, before relaxing in an outdoor café! This Croatian city sits on the scenic Dalmatian coast, making the most of its seaside position with the unique ‘Sea Organ’ and ‘Monument to the Sun’ interactive art installations by the beach.
The best time to visit is during the early summer or autumn months, when you can enjoy an abundance of sunshine and all the perks of tourist facilities, without the crowds. Croatia has become an extremely popular tourist destination, but these shoulder months are blissfully tranquil in comparison to the height of summer. Although if you like to be in the heart of the action, July and August bring with them a bevy of music festivals, open-air art events and plenty of outdoor recreation. Winter is too chilly for swimming in the sea, so if you’re after sunshine it’s best avoided.
Dubrovnik is a city that truly lives up to its reputation, with its striking medieval walled city overlooking the gorgeous coastline. From here you can explore the islands off the Dalmatian Coast – visit Hvar for glitz and glamour or Vis for foodie-friendly cuisine and local wine. Another top island to enjoy is Korcula, thought to be the birthplace of Marco Polo and featuring a beautifully preserved medieval town to rival Dubrovnik. Although its coastline is hard to beat, Croatia’s inland region is also beautiful. The capital city of Zagreb is a definite highlight with its Austro-Hungarian architecture and proximity to ski slopes.
Croatian food varies from one region to the other – but what’s important to know is that all regional variances are delicious! Along the Dalmatian coast, you can expect plenty of fresh fish served with olive oil, garlic and greens, a typical Mediterranean diet. In Zagreb, there’s more of an Eastern European influence with root vegetables, cabbage and meat stews. The Istria region has its own Italian-influenced delicacies like manestra bean soup, or hand-crafted fuzi pasta. Don’t miss typical dishes like squid ink risotto, cheese and sour cream-filled strukli pastries, and the slow-braised meat dish called pasticada.
It’s no wonder that George Bernard Shaw was enchanted by this beautiful city, saying “those who seek paradise on Earth should come to Dubrovnik”, as well as describing it as “the pearl of the Adriatic”
A little gem on the Croatian coast, offering some amazing photo opportunities of it’s architecture, along with charming coastal food and drink spots!
Croatia has long been the preserve of German holiday makers but going in on a cruise is a whole different ball game and being a large strip of coast with multiple islands offshore the options are endless.
Enjoy some quality beach time during your stay! Some of Croatia’s best beaches are conveniently located around Dubrovnik, like the Blue Flag listed Banje within walking distance of the old town. If you want to find a pebbly patch all your own, take a water taxi over to Betina Cave. Mljet Island is home to Saplunara Beach, surrounded by pine forests with warm, shallow water to splash in. Mljet is also its own national park with two salt water lakes and a charming Benedictine monastery.
You can also get outdoors with a range of exciting leisure and recreation activities. Kayaking is a top pastime here, both in the sea and inland lakes. Cycling is also a great way to explore the country’s interior, like the trails of the Gorski Kotar region where you may spot wild boars and butterflies in this lush countryside.
Although Croatia’s seafood is world-famous, its wine is well worth a look as well. The best time to visit if you want to learn more about local wine production is during the autumn months, which is the main harvest. Food markets will be laden with truffles and fresh produce, so you can eat and drink your way through the villages on a guided tour!