Croatia

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.

Thousand-kilometre coastline

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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Dubrovnik

Sitting on the south coast of Croatia, Dubrovnik may be steeped in history, but it’s a city with a very modern side, too. Within its solid walls, Medieval houses, ancient palaces and historic churches rub shoulders with chic boutiques, stylish bars, modern hotels and bustling eateries. Plus you've got the beaches and islands of Dubrovnik’s Adriatic Riviera right on your doorstep.

Korcula

The Adriatic island of Korcula is a bit like Croatia in miniature. In the interior, it’s covered in woodlands and vineyards bordered by sleepy hamlets. Along the jagged coast, fishing villages still ply their ancient trade, plus there’s the Medieval capital, Korcula Town, which was the birthplace of Marco Polo.

Orasac

It’s often said that the best things come in small packages. Well it’s certainly true of Orasac, a bucolic village on Croatia’s Dalmatian coast. Nestled at the foot of Sorcerer’s Hill – or Vracevo Brdo as it’s known locally – this 10th-century village overlooking the Adriatic Sea has historically been the place where Croatian artists and aristocrats escaped from the hustle and bustle of nearby Dubrovnik.

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.

Istrian Riviera

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.

Dubrovnik

Sitting on the south coast of Croatia, Dubrovnik may be steeped in history, but it’s a city with a very modern side, too. Within its solid walls, Medieval houses, ancient palaces and historic churches rub shoulders with chic boutiques, stylish bars, modern hotels and bustling eateries. Plus you've got the beaches and islands of Dubrovnik’s Adriatic Riviera right on your doorstep.

Korcula

The Adriatic island of Korcula is a bit like Croatia in miniature. In the interior, it’s covered in woodlands and vineyards bordered by sleepy hamlets. Along the jagged coast, fishing villages still ply their ancient trade, plus there’s the Medieval capital, Korcula Town, which was the birthplace of Marco Polo.

Orasac

It’s often said that the best things come in small packages. Well it’s certainly true of Orasac, a bucolic village on Croatia’s Dalmatian coast. Nestled at the foot of Sorcerer’s Hill – or Vracevo Brdo as it’s known locally – this 10th-century village overlooking the Adriatic Sea has historically been the place where Croatian artists and aristocrats escaped from the hustle and bustle of nearby Dubrovnik.

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.

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