We've always adored Croatia, so now that Croatia holidays are becoming more and more popular with beach-loving sun-seekers and travelers searching for abundant culture just a short hop from the UK, it's not difficult to see why. The balmy Balkans were among our very first destinations when Regent Holidays was established in 1970, so we know Croatia and it's neighbors inside out.
Over a thousand tiny islands are strewn along its long stretch of the Adriatic coastline, surrounded by invitingly azure blue seas. When exploring the coast visitors come face-to-face with immaculately preserved Venetian-era settlements, nestled around picturesque harbours, some presided over by hilltop fortresses. Every knows about Croatia's coast, but heading inland with your Croatia Holiday can take you to staggeringly beautiful national parks; protected swathes of wilderness and nature that are perfect for hiking or walking in the sun.
With impressive locations overlooking the Adriatic, the walled cities of Dubrovnik and Split captivate visitors with their old squares and narrow streets. Split's historic centre lies within the walls of Diocletian's Palace and Dubrovnik, full of Mediterranean colours and scents, buzzes with vitality.
If you're looking to discover a side of Croatia without the crowds, we suggest checking out lesser-visited Zadar. It has a similar air to Split, with its narrow traffic-free cobbled streets and massive fortifications, and there's always space for you to enjoy a cooling drink in the Roman forum.
Head inland for medieval towns, endless fields of lavender and the beguiling beauty of national parks covered in primeval forest and dotted with lakes and waterfalls. Use bustling, cosmopolitan Zagreb, whose thousand-year-old upper town contrasts with the Austro-Hungarian lower town, as a base to explore nearby castles and sample wines in the vineyards of Zagorje.