Make the Most of Your Adriatic Adventure in Sensational Croatia

Croatia has become one of Europe’s most fashionable places to holiday, and during the past decade, the coastal country has amplified its offerings to travellers. The sunny Adriatic nation is blessed with almost 2000 kilometres of rocky, indented shoreline and more than a thousand picturesque islands. Make the most of your Adriatic adventure in sensational Croatia. Offering a gorgeous Mediterranean climate, stylish hotels, first-rate sailing, awe-inspiring architecture, and incredible cuisine, a Croatia vacation entices budget, mid-range, and luxury travellers.

Along with gorgeous scenery and beaches, Croatia offers an excit­ing blend of European glamour and tradition. Though the country straddles the Balkans and Central Europe, English is commonly spoken, particularly by the younger generation and by those who work in tourism. Most Croatia tours are focused along the magical island-speckled coastline, where vacationers can sunbathe, sail, and swim in the Adriatic’s deep blue waters. Many of Croatia’s best natural areas are now protected as national parks that are accessible throughout the year.

Be sure to visit these fabled cities, unspoiled parks, and luscious islands on your Croatia tour.

Suggested Itineraries:
8-Day Active in Croatia
9-Day Croatian Rhapsody (ex Zagreb)

Divine Dubrovnik
George Bernard Shaw once said that “Those who seek paradise on Earth should come to Dubrovnik and find it.” Located at the southern tip of Croatia, off the Adriatic Sea, this walled city is a true gem. The ancient city is dotted with spectacular churches, monasteries, museums, fountains, and orange rooftop houses. The city’s UNESCO-protected Old Town is best explored on foot. If you’re visiting during summer months, visit the city walls during the early morning or the late afternoon to avoid the heat. At night, the Old Town is illuminated, giving it a romantic ambiance. A must-see is the 15th century engineering marvel, Onofrio’s Fountain.

Suggested Itinerary:
5-Day Croatia Escape – Dubrovnik

Coast of Dubrovnik, Croatia
Coast of Dubrovnik

Heavenly Hvar
Hvar is a stunning Croatian island off the Dalmatian Coast, favoured for its swanky resorts, spectacular beaches, lavender fields, and lush vineyards. Glamorous Hvar has become a place to see and be seen, and there are plenty of posh hotels and cocktail bars to while away an evening in. The fantastic Mediterranean-inspired restaurant scene will impress any foodie, while the natural beauty of the island offers endless outdoor adventure. Hike the cliffs to catch dramatic seaside views, then swim among the island’s pine-scented coves and beaches.

Hvar, Croatia

Plitvice Lakes
Plitvice National Park is one of the most beautiful natural wonders in not only Croatia, but all of Europe. The park features sixteen interconnecting lakes that range in distinct colours – from turquoise to blue, green, and gray. Gorgeous foaming waterfalls of varying sizes surrounded by lush forest scenery make for amazing hiking. Here you can also catch a glimpse of wild animals such as wolves, brown bears, wild cats, and lynx. Don’t forget your camera!

Majestic Waterfalls in Morning Light at Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
Majestic waterfalls in the morning light at Plitvice Lakes National Park

Mediterranean Flower
Croatia’s second-largest city, Split is nicknamed the “Mediterranean Flower.” The sunny city is known for its beautiful, old Roman architecture and orange-roofed houses set beside glittering turquoise sea and breathtaking coastal mountains. The trendy city has fabulous shopping, dining. and nightlife. Wade into deep blue waters at Bacvice Beach or catch a lively football game at the Poljud Stadium. Don’t miss the spectacular Diocletian’s Palace, the Roman Emperor’s former summer home built in 3rd century A.D. It’s breathtaking.

Suggested Itinerary:
5-Day Croatia Escape – Split

Diocletian Palace and Cathedral of St Domnius, Split, Croatia
Diocletian Palace and Cathedral of St Domnius in Split

Twenty Islands of Rovinj
Rovinj is an archipelago of 20 islands, with its Old Town set on a small peninsula. Set in Northern Croatia’s Istria region, this town is a star attraction. Once a quiet fishing village since discovered by European tourists, Rovinij’s well-preserved architecture dates back to the 12th century. Rovinj exudes a sophisticated Italian flavour and its limestone alleys are surrounded by captivating Venetian architecture. The archipelago features beaches that are regarded as some of Croatia’s most beautiful and romantic. Robinj is a perfect place for swimming and scuba diving, and its outlying islands feature pristine forest parks such as the Lim Fjord and the Zlatni Rt Forest Park, where visitors can enjoy hiking, cycling, rock climbing, and more.

Aerial View of Old town Rovinj at Sunset, Istra Region, Croatia
Aerial view of Old Town Rovinj at Sunset in the Istra region

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Emily Baillie
Emily Baillie

Travel blogger Emily Baillie is on a mission to inspire people to break free of their daily routines and explore the world. She has hiked the Inca Trail in Peru, rode camels in Morocco and spent a year living in Dublin, Ireland. Wherever she travels, she gets excited to find street art, wineries or great hiking trails. She is a proud Canadian who believes that "the world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page."

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