Hip and happening Croatia combines the best of Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean to devastating effect. Wooded hills, traditional villages, idyllic islands, walled medieval cities and Roman ruins are amongst the attractions in region's such as Dalmatia and Istria. Then there's the stunning, unspoilt coast and the archipelago of islands lying offshore.
Dubrovnik, dubbed the Pearl of the Adriatic, is a city of terracotta roofs, Baroque churches and winding cobbled streets that conceal all sorts of discoveries. Split, built around a Roman palace is a lively, cosmopolitan centre full of Venetian Gothic stone buildings. Zagreb, inland, is an historical city dating back to the Middle Ages; full of monuments and fine buildings, it's a vibrant, bustling place.
Elsewhere, it's all mountains and forests, waterfalls and lakes, encapsulated in the gorgeous Plitvice Lakes National Park.
Then there are the islands; over 2,000km of coastline straggle more than 1,000 islands, islets and reefs, meaning that there's somewhere for everyone. Take a Croatia cruise or island hop to see several destinations at once; traditional Brac with its brilliant beach, Zlatni Rat, glitzy Hvar, medieval Korcula, wild Kornati, unspoilt Mljet and beautiful Vis compete for your attention.
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Travel on Europe's finest train – the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express – to a luxury stay in Venice before embarking on luxury Mediterranean cruise. You'll be pampered with fine dining, drinks and expert-led tours throughout as you stop off in everywhere from Santorini and Corfu to Split and Umbria.
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After opulent, pre-cruise stays in Venice and Lake Garda, sail in full-board luxury from the medieval severity of Dubrovnik and Kotor down to the Greek Islands. Here, you’ll hop between the likes of Rhodes’ ancient intrigue and the postcard-perfect whitewash of Santorini.
Top itineraries in Croatia
This two-centre break allows you to combine a week on the island of Korčula - one of the largest of the Croatian islands – with the UNESCO World Heritage site of Dubrovnik.
This two-centre break allows you to combine a week on one of the 1244 Croatian islands and experiencing island life with a stay in a mainland resort for your second week.
Croatia's capital is a city made for strolling, for picnics in parks, drinking coffee in cafes and popping into galleries and museums.
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Top places to stay in Croatia
Between decadent fine dining, contemporary rooms and an upscale rooftop bar – complete with pool, terraced gardens and sea-facing massages – this is Hvar at its indulgent best.
Lafodia balances island beauty in its beach, bay views and nearby ancient sights with international-standard luxury, best seen in its superb dining options and spa.
This is a fabulous boutique hotel, found on Croatia's sparkling Dalmatian coast, just over three kilometres from UNESCO World Heritage-listed Dubrovnik. The restaurant provides panoramic views from its terrace, while there is a spa, Roman bath, outdoor pool and beach, amongst other facilities.
Originally built in the early 1970s when Croatian modernism was at its peak, Rixos Libertas is spread across a steep hillside in a succession of curving terraces, near the beautiful walled city of Dubrovnik. The hotel was damaged during the 1991-2 siege but reopened in 2007 having been restored to …
Where to go in Croatia
Zagreb, Croatia's capital city, is situated inland away from the more well-known regions of Dalmatia and Istria. Although not generally on the beaten track, this area still has plenty to offer visitors.
Korcula, the largest in the chain of Dalmatian islands, is an island of quiet coves and sandy beaches. With scenic drives along the southeast coastline Korcula is also one of the less touristy islands in the region.
Hvar, the sunniest place in Croatia, is easily the country's most luxurious island. Considered to be among the most beautiful islands in the world, Hvar should be on the itinerary of anyone interested in rubbing shoulders with the glitterati or discovering a fresh up-and-coming island paradise.
When to go to Croatia
The Adriatic coast experiences a Mediterranean climate, which means warm, dry summers and cool, moist winters - thus the Northern Hemisphere summer is the best time to visit for tourists in search of a beach holiday. The interior of Croatia is classified as a Continental climate, which means a greater range between summer highs and winter lows than is seen on the coast. The Dinaric Alps experience the most precipitation, and in the winter this can appear as snow.
Europe's many seas means there are a huge number of quality beaches to enjoy. Different countries, cultures, foods and landscapes vie for your attention so it's easy to pick a great spot. Here is our list of the best places to lay down your towel.
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