Croatia

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Ellie Marr
Croatia Travel Specialist

Just under two and a half hours from the UK, Croatia is deservedly one of Europe’s top ‘must-visit’ destinations. Here travellers delight in the magnificent azure coastline strewn with over a thousand tiny islands, and discover immaculately preserved Venetian-era settlements illuminated around picturesque harbours – some even recognisable from the award-winning TV series, Game of Thrones – all illuminated by the coveted sunshine of the Mediterranean.

For travellers who like to combine their historic explorations with a relaxing Mediterranean lifestyle, Croatia has it all. From the natural beauty of the stunning coast, deep forests and mountainous national parks, hiding waterfalls and rivers primed for bathing, to mediaeval cities, ancient fortresses and Roman remains, few visitors ever fail to fall for Croatia’s charms.

The walled cities of Dubrovnik and Split captivate visitors with their old squares and narrow alleyways which beg to be explored, and both are perfectly situated as perfect jumping-off points for deeper explorations of the country. In July and August, Dubrovnik’s streets come alive with the six-week Summer Festival, where open-air performances enjoy a stunning backdrop of the historic old town, whilst in February, travellers can avoid the summer crowds and watch with front-row seats as locals in traditional dress celebrate St Blaise Day with parades and folk dances. 

Holiday Types


City Breaks
City Breaks
Spend a few days based in the heart of a city and explore its highlights with our local guides.
Cruises
Cruises
Explore a destination by cruising its winding waterways or dramatic coastline in comfort.
Fly-Drives
Fly-Drives
Great for independent travellers, hire a car on our fly-drive holidays and explore at your own pace.
Tailor-Made
Tailor-Made
Let us know your travel requirements and we will individually design your perfect trip.
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Zagreb
Top Destination
Zagreb
Zagreb is a fun cosmopolitan capital city. Explorations should start in the thousand-year-old upper town, Gornji Grad, for all the highlights including the Presidential Palace, defended by colourful guards, and St Mark's Church with its exquisitely tiled roof.
Dubrovnik
Top Destination
Dubrovnik
This well-preserved baroque town is enchanting, dominated by its encircling walls, perched on the picturesque Dalmatian coast. Amble along the narrow streets of the Old Town, spend time in the grand Dominican Monastery, stroll along the Stradun, sample the fresh seafood and enjoy a concert in the courtyard of the Rector's Palace.
Hvar
Top Destination
Hvar
The stunning island of Hvar is just a short ferry ride away from Split. Follow the coastline around to find a private bay in the south or venture inland to see Hvar’s lilac lavender fields. It is also worth spending some time in the old port town of Hvar, where marble streets and Gothic palaces are protected by 13th century walls.
Plitvice Lakes
Top Destination
Plitvice Lakes
The lakes were shaped by limestone sediments and minerals spread by water flow and absorbed by plants and trees. Over time these turned to stone, a unique phenomena of this karst region. Plitvice National Park comprises of densely forested mountains and a string of sixteen crystal clear emerald lakes and waterfalls, surrounded by over 50 miles of walking trails.
Split
Top Destination
Split
Historic Split is a charming UNESCO Heritage City, famous for its magnificent Roman Diocletian’s Palace and central piazza, Peristil. This popular square is an acoustic-rich setting for a cappella singers at dusk. Here it's easy to spend hours here wandering the Old Town's hidden passages, dotted with boutique shops, cafes and galleries.

Popular Destinations in Croatia

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   Zagreb
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   Dubrovnik
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   Hvar
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   Plitvice Lakes
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   Split



Specialist Recommendations



Regent Croatia Specialist


Ellie Marr
First-time visitors to Croatia should head to Split. There aren't many other cities in the world that can boast a currently inhabited Roman palace! It's easy to spend a whole day just wandering through the city's hidden cobbled passages. Split does come with its crowds, though, so this is well contrasted later with an exploration of Marjan Hill and its secluded rocky beaches.

Ellie's Tips
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With fresh seafood galore, Croatia is the place to try Dalmatia's favourite dish: cuttlefish ink risotto.
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Visit Zlatni Rat 'Golden Horn' beach, one of the prettiest in the Adriatic, on Brac Island.
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Nature-lovers should make a bee-line to Plitvice National Park, where sixteen lakes are framed by alpine forest.




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