As a destination, Croatia lays out a feast of unrivaled beauty and a rich history suppressing the appetite for a unique and memorable holiday of anyone who arrives at its door. The crystal clear waters of the Adriatic Sea stretching from Istria in the north to the Dubrovnik Riviera in the south, give Croatia one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world. The modern and vibrant cities of Zagreb, Split and Rijeka reveal architectural marvels during the day and come alive at night with visitors and locals partying the night away together under the bright city lights.
With an ever growing reputation, you may ask what exactly makes holidays to Croatia an increasingly popular choice amongst UK holidaymakers? Well, you are about to find out as we reveal our list of the "Best of Croatia" which keeps visitors coming back year after year.
Known as the "Pearl of the Adriatic" holidays to Dubrovnik are truly extraordinary. The protected old town was built in the 13th century and remains almost untouched to this day. Narrow cobbled streets fill the town lined with beautiful architecture, museums, shops and restaurants creating endless possibilities to help build your perfect day.
2. Diocletian's Palace
Diocletian's Palace is easily Split's most recognisable landmark. As a first time visitor to this commemorated palace you will immediately find yourself hit by it's incredible size as you enter the city centre. Facing towards the harbour, the palace is one of the most imposing Roman ruins in existence and walking through the white stoned walls of the palace will leave you awe struck by its beauty. Split itself is filled with a rich heritage and culture so a holiday to Split is a must for any history buffs!
3. Zagreb Night-life
Zagreb is a happening city and many young holidaymakers flock to the capital for the impressive choice of night-life activities on offer. With so many bars and outdoor cafés filled with young socialites, the Zagreb scene on some summer nights resembles that of a large outdoor party. In the upper town party goers can find a wide range of chic bars and clubs while in the lower town popular spots like “Petra Preradovica” can be found where street performers and the occasional band appear to play long into the warm summer evenings.
There really is no better way to explore some of the most beautiful and unspoilt parts of Croatia than with a Dubrovnik or Split Cruise. Take a slow and relaxing saunter in a old time cruiser visiting the picturesque islands of Korcula, known for its culture and heritage and Mljet, the greenest island in Croatia, famous for its Benedictine Monastery and scuba diving. The highlight of the cruise is no doubt the luxurious island of Hvar, well known for its beautiful harbour and the sunniest weather in Croatia. A cruise holiday in Croatia will give you a unique opportunity to capture the sights and sounds of this magical cluster of islands, creating long lasting memories you can treasure.
5. Fresh Seafood and Delicious Cuisine
With endless hours of sunshine and rich, fertile soils, Croatia is home to some of the best grilled meats, truffles and local wines you will find anywhere in the Mediterranean. Other speciality produce includes local olives and figs. Croatia is also renowned for its fresh, tasty seafood which arrives straight from the sea into the many flavourful dishes served up by the local restaurants.
6. Cultural Events
Throughout the Croatian summer, everything is about being outdoors whether its relaxing at a café, sunbathing on the beach or dining under the stars. Therefore it is only appropriate that visitors to Croatia are treated with a host of outdoors festivals and events including the popular “Dubrovnik Summer Festival” and “Zagreb Summer Festival”. Musicians and Actors alike take to the stage to wow audiences from near and far with an magnificent performance to match their impressive surroundings.
7. Plitvice Lakes National Park
Situated between Zagreb and Zadar, the Plitvice Lakes National Park consist of over 19 hectares of lush green hills which enclose 16 beautiful lakes, linked by a series of majestic waterfalls. Wooden footbridges weave their way along the lakes and streams, over and under the roaring water, giving you an experience like no other. The astounding natural beauty of this park is a must see for any visitors to Croatia.
Balkan Holidays are delighted to offer you the opportunity to experience these and many more magical places in Croatia with flights from over 12 UK airports to Dubrovnik, Split & Pula in the summer. Package prices start from as little as £339pp. To find out more or to book visit www.balkanholidays.co.uk