Europe’s rising star
Croatia turned up on the UK’s tourism timeline fashionably late. In fact, it was only in the last years of the Nineties that the country started to find its feet in the mainstream market. Nowadays, though, more than 10 million people holiday here every year.
A large part of Croatia’s appeal comes from its coastline. The seaside here stretches out for 1,778 kilometres and 1,185 islands float off the shores. In places like Porec, Rovinj and the Makarska Riviera, the white sand and soft pebble beaches are backed by waves of pine groves and lined with cosy cafés and restaurants.
History and diving
The sunbathing scene is just the start of Croatia’s story. The country is an up and coming diving destination. The shallow waters of the Istrian Riviera and Dalmatian Coast are ideal for beginners, while the deeper waters in the south offer more experienced divers the chance to explore coral reefs, caves and shipwrecks.
Then there are the historical sites to consider. You could run yourself ragged in Split and Dubrovnik alone.
A walker’s paradise
Croatia is also great walking territory. The vineyards, pine forests and national parks here beg for the tread of walking boots.
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Dalmatian Coast and Islands
Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast runs along the western edge of the country. The hub of the coastline is the city of Split, which is crammed full of UNESCO-listed sights and museums. Branching away from it, you’ll find picturesque seaside towns and islands made for daytripping.
Throughout history, the Istrian Riviera has been passed between conquering empires like a ping pong ball. All sorts of ancient superpowers have staked a claim on this pie slice-shaped peninsula on Croatia’s Adriatic Sea. And it only takes one look at the place to see why.
Dubrovnik and Islands
The Dubrovnik region, in the south of Croatia, is enjoying a spell in the limelight at the moment – and for good reason. Combining a sweep of Adriatic coastline and a scattering of islands with the medieval city of Dubrovnik, it offers a beach and city break in one.