With lakes and mountains galore, thousands of islands and a motley crew of historic cities, Croatia holidays are at the top of their game.
Eastern Europe’s VIP
If you penned a dating bio for Croatia, it’d be – someone who’s interested in history, hiking and secluded sunbathing. And the date offers would come rolling in. The Eastern European gem might’ve been a latecomer to the tourism scene, but it’s sure making up for lost time. And its package holidays are anything but run-of-the-mill…
Croatia’s always been hot property, with all sorts of kingdoms scrapping over its plot. This explains the Roman ruins and Venetian palaces that pop up all over. For example, in the Istrian Riviera
, head honcho Pula
shows off a massive amphitheatre. This northern part of Croatia’s got green fingers, too, with a load of national parks – including the famous Plitvice Lakes.
The south gets the most footprints. And lots of that’s down to the Dubrovnik region
and its posse of islands. Game of Thrones fans will have a field day in the city of Dubrovnik, where its chunky walls, cobbled streets and views of the Adriatic Sea will give you King’s Landing flashbacks. Up north, the Dalmatian Coast
brings some dishy goods to the table, like postcard-fave Zlatni Rat Beach, in Brac
, and ritzy Hvar.
Keeping up with Kvarner
A relative newbie to Croatia’s bursting portfolio is Kvarner Bay, pegged between the Istrian peninsula and Croatia’s north. The Kvarner coastline’s as dramatic as an X Men movie, while a collection of charming islands are strung along it like brightly coloured beads on a necklace. Towns like Rab, Rijeka and Opatija ooze Medieval history, plus the cuisine around here’s all fresh seafood, newly poured wines and traditional cakes that are hot out of the oven.