Croatia is well known for its spectacular azure coastline, enviable year-round climate and thriving fishing industry. Its rapidly rising reputation as an authentic foodie hub has been instrumental in placing Croatia firmly on the map as a go-to destination for fashionable travellers from around the world.
Croatia’s cities tend to be bustling cultural hubs, appreciated by experienced and first-time travellers alike. Dubrovnik is certainly the most popular destination, with thousands of visitors flocking every year to experience the city’s beautiful Old Town, sweeping Adriatic Sea and array of exclusive hotels, including the acclaimed Grand Villa Argentina.
Zagreb tends to be greatly underrated by mainstream travel guides, but we certainly recommend adding this thriving bohemian city to your travel itinerary. Luxury lovers will adore The Regent Esplanade, a grand hotel situated in the heart of Croatia’s capital which boasts traditional décor and sumptuous service. A little off the beaten track lies the Trogir, which is well worth a visit for its stunning medieval streets.
There is plenty to do and see in Croatia, especially if you’re willing to dig a little deeper. This beautiful country contains a vast wealth of hidden gems that tend to be known only to the most intrepid explorers – and locals, of course. Croatia’s café culture is a great example; a thriving, yet closely guarded trade. The crème-de-la-crème of coffee shops are usually found tucked away down quaint cobbled alleys as opposed to gracing the fronts of popular tourist resorts. If you happen to find yourself in Rovinj, make sure you pay a visit to the Café Bar Batel, which is well known for the quality of both its coffee and cocktails. Similarly, visitors to the gorgeous Sun Gardens resort in Dubrovnik should stop by the Café Festival, which was once frequented by Nobel-Prize winning Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw and remains a particular foodie favourite.
Croatia’s cities are a major pull for tourists, but it’s often said that the country’s real wealth lies in its thousand sun-kissed islands, most of which lie a short distance from the mainland. Island hopping is particularly recommended, since each area invariably offers its own unique blend of nature, culture and outdoor activities. Miljet is well known for its verdant national park and spectacular lakes, whereas Hvar has a reputation for being a must-visit destination for clubbers and beach party-goers. With so much on offer, it’s guaranteed that you’ll find something to suit your tastes when you book a trip to Croatia.