Croatia is a unique country thanks to its diverse cultural influences, stunning natural beauty and incredible coastline. With such incredible natural beauty, you will experience some of the most stunning scenery in the world on a . The Dalmatian coastline is perhaps the country’s best-known feature, with dramatic cliff faces overlooking the emerald-blue waters of the Adriatic Sea for hundreds of miles. But it’s not just the scenery that brings tourists here. Holidays to Croatia should also take in the historic cities of Split and Dubrovnik, and sample local delicacies like Pag, the sheep’s milk cheese and the cherry liqueur Maraschino.
Enjoying titles like the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’ and the ‘Jewel in Croatia’s Crown’, Dubrovnik is one of the most memorable places to visit in Croatia. With its sprawling sea views and an incredible range of architectural features, the city is the epitome of Mediterranean magnificence. The historical Sponza Palace and Rector’s Palace give glimpses of Renaissance-era Dubrovnik, while the city’s unbreachable walls are an impressive sight. Our also includes visits to the beautiful nearby islands of Hvar and Mljet, as well as the medieval port of Korcula – the birthplace of Marco Polo.
Like Dubrovnik, Split lies on the Dalmatian coastline and is a centre for Croatian culture. In the second largest city in the country, behind only Zagreb, there is plenty to do here when you visit Croatia. The historic centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, half of which is formed by the Diocletian’s Palace, a vast fortress built for the Roman Emperor in the 4th century AD. One of the main features of the palace is its impressive courtyard - the Peristyle - which provides access to the Cathedral and is included in our .
A holiday to Croatia should also take in the harbour town of Trogir. With its incredible Venetian architecture and beautiful old town, Trogir is an endless well of history and culture. The town dates back over 2000 years and boasts one of the most well-preserved medieval centres in Central Europe. A castle lies within its walls alongside palaces and churches dating back to the 13th century. Our takes in this secluded old port and its many historical treasures.
Krka National Park is an oasis of fauna and wildlife that’s not to be missed during your Croatian holiday. The park contains many waterfalls such as the crystal clear Skradinski Buk plus some fantastic walking trails for stunning views. You can visit Krka on our . Plitviče Lakes is one of the oldest and largest national parks in the country, covering over 73,000 acres of natural wonders. The park is renowned around the world for its cascading emerald lakes, which lead down to a stunning canyon surrounded by lush trees. Take our to visit this natural wonder.
Croatia is blessed with more than a thousand islands, so you’ll never run out of places to visit. Island-hop along the Adriatic coast on one of our , dipping in the turquoise waters for a swim stop wherever possible. Read all about yacht cruising on the
Across its long history, Croatia was a part of the Roman, Byzantine, Venetian, Ottoman and French Empires. In more recent times, this beautiful crossroads between Central and Southeast Europe was under Nazi rule, before being absorbed into Yugoslavia. After a fierce war, Croatia finally gained independence in 1991, subsequently opening its doors to tourists. Each town and city has its own history and style, with many traditions differing from place to place. Our local guides and expert tour managers will help you discover Croatia’s fascinating past.
Thanks to its long coastline, Croatia is perhaps best known for its seafood, and there are plenty of local dishes to try. The oysters from Mali Ston Bay on the Dalmatian Coast are widely recognised as the best in the world, which is attributed to the area’s rich nutrients and mineral heavy water.
Another classic Dalmatian dish is Peka – a slow-cooked one-pot speciality with octopus or veal traditionally cooked for hours in the embers of a fireplace. Visitors to Croatia should also try Ćevapi – a grilled meat kebab that has become popular as street food across the country.
If you have a sweet tooth, seek out the classic Croatian pastry fritule, a boozy doughnut flavoured with rum, citrus zest and raisins; as well as the indulgent Kremšnita – a beloved cream cake across the county.
Vrbnik is a small town on the island of Krk with less than a thousand occupants. Wine has been created in this area since the Roman Empire, and its most notable tipple is Vrbnička žlahtina, a dry white wine specific to the vineyards of Vrbnik, which you can try alongside several other varieties of local wines on a tasting during our tour of Northern Croatia.
In addition to its wine, Croatia is also known for its lagers - Ožujsko, Karlovačko and Pan – as well as grappa, a strong and fragrant brandy made from grapes.
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