Since declaring independence in 1991, Croatia has blossomed into one of Eastern Europe’s most attractive and beloved destinations. Bordered by several other former Yugoslav states, most of the action takes place on the Dalmatian Coast, where visitors flock for its year-round climate, picturesque cities, and pristine beaches. Not only does Croatia offer spectacular seafood, azure waters, and a Mediterranean climate, but visitors will also be able to witness examples of the country’s ancient history, found in its architecture, festivals, and traditions. Explore Split’s impressive harbor, Hvar’s ancient churches, and a coastline rich in exotic marine life.
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Hvar: Crystal clear waters and pristine beaches
The Island of Hvar is often cited as Croatia’s most luxurious beach destination. Located just a short boat journey from the mainland, Hvar’s natural wonders are only matched by its rich history, including Hvar Town’s 13th-century walls and Renaissance-era cathedral. A sun-soaked hotspot, the best beaches can be found to the north of the island, around the medieval town of Jesla, but there are many hidden coves and peaceful spots ready for you to discover across the island. Visit the villages of Ivan Dolac and Milna in the south, two quiet hamlets which offer a peaceful respite from the hustle and bustle of island’s more popular towns. An exceptional day out can be had on the deck of your very own yacht – which you can hire from any of the major towns – exploring the gorgeous Pakleni Islands. Whether you choose to snorkel, sunbathe, or swim, Pakleni’s crystal clear waters and golden beaches are utterly intoxicating and offer travelers staying in one of Croatia’s top hotels the ultimate escape from reality.
Split: Ancient history in Croatia’s thriving second city
The second largest city in Croatia, Split offers visitors a plethora of shopping opportunities, restaurants, bars, hotels, and culture. Situated on the Dalmatian Coast, Split is the first port-of-call for anyone seeking to explore the picturesque islands of Hvar, Brač, and Šolta – but this city has a whole lot more to offer. A stroll into the center of town will lead you to the remains of Roman-era Diocletian’s Palace, which also feature newer examples of Gothic and Renaissance architecture. The rest of the city was constructed around this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Other historic wonders are the St. Duje’s cathedral built in around 305 AD, the bell tower which you can climb for sweeping views of the city, and Jupiter’s temple, and Ancient Roman place of worship. Split also has several excellent beaches, including the popular Bačvice, which is full of bars and nightclubs, or the peaceful pine forest beach of Bene, which features a restaurant and recreation area. Split is also a great location if you want to get involved in activities like rock climbing, sea kayaking, and sailing.
Dubrovnik: Stunning architecture in Croatia’s ancient walled city
Dubrovnik has become one of the most popular destinations in Croatia since its starring role in the popular TV show ‘Game of Thrones’. The city’s well-preserved Old Town is surrounded by 8th-century walls, and it is possible to walk the circumference. One of the joys of Dubrovnik is its laid-back atmosphere, but the Old Town does get busy during the day when the day trippers and cruise ships swing by. With a comfortable hotel near the famous Pile Gate, you’ll get to enjoy Dubrovnik as the sun sets and the crowds disperse. Find a typical Croatian seafood restaurant in one of the city’s timeless old buildings, and enjoy with a rich, red wine produced in one of the local vineyards. If you happen to be visiting during the summer, try and catch the vibrant Dubrovnik Summer Festival; which features traditional music, theater, and dance from the region – an experience not to be missed. Luxury hotels in Croatia’s most admired towns offer you everything you need for the perfect vacation. For lovers, Croatia offers unmatched romantic evenings overlooking the Adriatic, and for families, it offers a vacation complete with adventure, relaxation, and ancient history.