Few places are as mind-numbingly unforgettable and extraordinary as Croatia. A journey here isn't something you're likely to forget in a lifetime (or three), and if you're looking for proof, here are our reasons below.
1. Follow in the footsteps of the Starks and Lannisters
There are lots of reasons to visit Croatia, but judging by recent press releases from the nation's tourism office, this will be number one for many of the people flying to Dubrovnik this summer. Unless you've been living with your head underneath a rock for the past half a decade, you'll know this is one of the stunning shooting locations for the immeasurably popular TV series Game of Thrones. Wandering the beautiful cobbled streets of this stunning city, it's easy to imagine training your own Direwolf here or trekking to the fictional region of Qarth (incidentally filmed at the island of Lokrum and the Dubac Quarry located near to the city).
2. Food that is out of this world
Have you ever had salad so fresh it tastes as though it's only just been removed from the soil? What about goulash so glutinous and gloopy it practically massages your throat as it slides into the stomach? And seafood so inventively prepared - sea spider salad anyone? - that you'll be begging the chef for the recipe before you leave the restaurant? Croatian cuisine is, simply put, mindblowing.
3. Landscapes that will leave your breathless
Ever seen a photo of Zlatni Rat in Bol? Enough said, in our books.
4. Towns and Cities that love to have fun
You know you're in for a good time when you travel somewhere that has festivals about folklore, pirates, klapa music, folk music, the pop scene and many more. Beyond this special celebrations, there are exciting nightlife centres - particularly in Dubrovnik and Split - that are well worth a nosy.