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Croatia combines a fiery blend of glamour and tradition with a stunning backdrop of rolling hillsides and lush forestry, hemmed by the lapping waters of the azure Adriatic Sea.
Watch nectar coloured light soaking medieval alleys in historic cities that breathe out evocative Venetian architecture; sigh at the glistening sea beckoning you to sail towards over 1000 tiny islands; bask on some of the best beaches in Europe and delight in delectably fresh seafood. Welcome to the charms of Croatia.
At night the town square is bustling, but the water’s edge is the perfect spot to sit and watch the world go by whilst the locals serenade you. To get away from the crowds, wander through the many cobbled alley ways and you will come across a string of family run restaurants serving local cuisine and spectacular seafood. A sailing trip on the Adriatic discovering small coves and swimming in crystal clear waters is not to be missed."
Catherine Durkin, Personal Travel Expert, Chichester
Croatia combines a fiery blend of glamour and tradition with a stunning backdrop of rolling hillsides and lush forestry, hemmed by the lapping waters of the azure Adriatic Sea. With over 120 miles of coastline overlooking more than 1,000 Adriatic islands from popular resorts such as Split, Dubrovnik, Hvar and Rovinj. Head inland to the heart of rural Croatia to discover the hidden beauty amongst charming farmland and verdant landscapes and take the opportunity to make use of the many adventure activities available to include hiking, abseiling, paragliding and canoeing. The tiny capital of Zagreb enjoys an endless list of exhilarating sports, as well as a delightful café culture, a myriad of historical sites and a brand new contemporary art museum.
Meander through the walled city of Dubrovnik, baptized by Byron as the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic.’ Surrounded by marbled streets that shine bright in the morning sun, Placa is the heart of the city, allowing pedestrians to sit and watch the world go by as they sip a cup of coffee in a choice of café’s that overlook the beautiful indigo seas. With a captivating enclosed car-free boulevard, visit the Sponza Palace, decorated with a fine combination of Gothic and Renaissance-style architecture or take a cable car to Mount Srd and top up your tan on Banje Beach.
Pulsating with a vibrant heartbeat, the Dalmatian city of Split houses the Roman ruins of Diocletian’s Palace and the Cathedral of St. Dominus. In the centre of town you will find you will find the awe-inspiring Cathedral of Saint Domnius, surrounded by winding streets filled with contemporary shops and businesses. After a heavy dose of Greek, Venetian and Ottoman history, head to Bacvice Beach and the stylish bars of the Old Town to watch the city come alive.
Situated off the coast of Croatia and dubbed the St. Tropez of the Adriatic, the sunny island of Hvar is the most verdant of the Croatian islands and is often referred to as the ‘Croatian Madeira’. Discover the quaint medieval centre, Stroll amongst lavender fields and vineyards, taste the famous pepper cakes, swim in warm cobalt waters around the Pakleni islets and dive to the underwater canyon.
A stunning replica of Venice’s St Mark’s campanile awaits in coastal fishing port Rovinj, sitting on its own Adriatic peninsula. Watch as the local fisherman free their nets for the great morning catch, dive into magnificent waters to the wreck of Baron Gautsch and hop on a boat to the bewitching Red Island, watching the sun go down on Rovinj’s most gorgeous archipelago.