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Over the last 10 years Croatia has justifiably grown from a little-known destination to one of the Mediterranean's best-loved holiday havens. Take a holiday to Croatia and you’ll be joining an increasing band of travellers who revel in the joys of a country where all the charm and warmth of the Mediterranean and the natural beauty of lakes and mountains remain unspoilt, and where you’ll enjoy the warmest of welcomes and the friendliest of service from locals eager to share their country with you.
Discover a warm, welcoming land with a stunning coastline fringed by the stunning blue Adriatic Sea and backed by a green interior, and dwhere historic towns and villages provide a perfect backdrop for perfect, uniquely Croatian holidays. Modern hotels, pristine beaches and all the amenities you’d expect from a first-class holiday destination combine with a wealth of historic sites and some spectacular scenery. Rest and relax in the resorts of the sun-kissed Istrian peninsula, or explore the exquisite region of Dalmatia as you make your way to the historic walled city of Dubrovnik.
Think sapphire seas and emerald cliffs, tumbling waterfalls and rugged mountains, and historic settlements beneath forested hills. Croatia Holidays are amongst some of Europe’s best kept secrets.
Dive into the warm waters of Croatia and discover its thousand islands on the idyllic Adriatic Coast. On the mainland, the shallow blue waters and beaches of the Makarska Riviera beckon you to its blissful shores, while just off the coast; more than a thousand stunning islands vie for your attention. See Croatia’s most famous beach, Zlatni rat, on the island of Brac, or mingle with the gliteratti on the island of Hvar, famous for its glamorous harbours and trendy nightlife.
Not just a land of pristine waters and beautiful beaches, Croatia is also dotted with historic architecture, exceptional hills, mountains and forests. Croatia’s scenery ranges from lofty mountains blanketed in pine forests to rolling hills draped in vineyards. Your holiday to Croatia can be full of adventure. Hike over the craggy peaks and river canyons of the Dinaric Alps, or cycle along the back roads through Istria’s rugged landscapes.
Further south, discover the gushing waterfalls of Krka National Park, or kayak on the scenic lakes of beautiful Mljet Island. One of the country’s biggest draws is UNESCO-listed Plitvice Lakes National Park, a verdant oasis of forestry, cascading lakes and interconnecting waterfalls. Here, you might spot rare birds, deer, wild boar and brown bears.
Croatia’s culture is a mix of influences from past ruling kingdoms. Soak up the rich history in Split, home of the Roman Palace of the Emperor Diocletian, or stroll through the UNESCO-listed Old Town of Dubrovnik, where a sea of red roofs and church spires form the skyline.
Come with us on an escorted holiday to Croatia and discover the beauty of this stunning Mediterranean idyll.
From its scenic coastlines and spectacular national parks to inland villages and historic towns and cities made for exploring, holidays to Croatia offers visitors and array of opportunities. With seven UNESCO World heritage sites, and eight national parks, the country provides various opportunities for stunning views, along with delicious food and excellent wines. We’ve compiled a list of some of the most interesting things to do during your Croatia holiday.
As you might expect from a country that lies between the Adriatic Sea and the Austrian Alps, each region of Croatia has its own distinct culinary traditions, often influenced by neighbouring nations.
In the north and inland, tuck into hearty dishes such as Peka, a combination of meat or fish and vegetables cooked in a dome-shaped pot, or Strukli, an indulgent, doughy pastry traditionally filled with cottage cheese. You'll find pork and veal on many menus. In the south, feast on fresh food paired with locally-produced wines, and snack on bread dipped in locally-pressed olive oil.
Seafood dishes, with olive oil, garlic and herbs adding a Mediterranean flavour to many dishes, are unsurprisingly popular in coastal regions, and fresh fish straight off the boat is always a treat on the coast. Try prawns or mussels cooked "na buzara" - in a spicy garlic, tomato and wine sauce thickened with breadcrumbs. Elsewhere, don’t miss any opportunity to try pršut, local home-cured ham often served as a starter. The country's wines are also very pleasant, while several local breweries provide an endless supply of good beer.
The majority of hotels will offer on-the-spot show-cooking, with chefs preparing dishes in front of you in what has become a popular tradition, and you can expect to find international dishes served in the cities and in the larger hotels and resorts.