"Croatia has reasserted itself as one of Europe’s most appealing destinations, a cultural crossroads where the Mediterranean meets the Balkans, with a dash of Mitteleuropa thrown in for good measure."
Touring in Croatia
Croatia has reasserted itself as one of Europe’s most appealing destinations, a cultural crossroads where the Mediterranean meets the Balkans, with a dash of Mitteleuropa thrown in for good measure. The gorgeous coastline stretches for hundreds of miles, and the Adriatic is scattered with islands big and small. But head inland and you’ll find a very different country, where fishing boats and plates piled with seafood give way to onion-domed churches, hilltop castles and hearty Central European cuisine.
Dubrovnik is undoubtedly the jewel in the crown, a perfectly preserved medieval marvel that dazzles with its marble streets and terracotta-tiled rooftops. Other highlights on the Dalmatian Coast include the city of Split, with its old town contained by the walls of Diocletian’s Palace, and the idyllic islands of Hvar, Brač and Vis. Many travellers stick to the coast and skip Zagreb, which is a shame since the capital is a vibrant and cultured city. The compact nature of the Balkans also means that you can combine a tour of Croatia with a visit to neighbouring countries such as Montenegro, Slovenia and Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Touring Highlights of Croatia
- Walk the walls of Dubrovnik and marvel at the gleaming white streets and terracotta roofs, framed by the brilliant blue of the Adriatic.
- The seafront city of Split is home to a remarkable old town, where the narrow alleys and shady squares are contained within the old Roman walls of the emperor Diocletian’s palace.
- More than 1,000 islands are strung along the Dalmatian coast, including fashionable Hvar, the beautiful walled city of Korčula and unspoilt Vis. Island-hopping is a great way to experience Croatia, though you’ll need a boat to do it properly!
- Croatia’s lively capital, Zagreb, combines Habsburg grandeur, communist-era grit and Mediterranean warmth, and the city is attracting a growing number of travellers in the know thanks to its quirky bars, alternative music scene and arty vibe.
- Plitvice Lakes National Park is a watery wonderland of thick forest, crystalline lakes and spectacular waterfalls, navigable by boat, bus or on foot.