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Plitvice Lakes National Park is Croatia's top natural attraction. Take a look at our Ultimate Croatian Adventure which includes this bewitching landscape of waterfalls and lakes, framed by forest clad hills.
The incredible amphitheatre in Pula is Ancient Rome’s greatest gift to the eastern Adriatic. And it goes on giving even today as a venue for stadium-style summertime concerts.
Alfred Hitchcock raved about Zadar sunsets and you'll be bowled over too. Especially now the setting sun comes with sound and light effects created by the Greeting to the Sun and Sea Organ art installations.
The island of Hvar is unspoiled and indented with beautiful bays and coves. It's known as a glamorous celebrity haunt, but still has what it takes to enchant the seclusion-seeker. Sailing across Dalmatia adds Hvar to a tailor made Adriatic voyage.
This mould breaking museum in Zagreb explores human emotions from a very personal perspective. Yet manages to be witty, well designed and philosophical at the same time.
It's said the Dalmatian coast is best enjoyed from the water. And sea kayaking is the perfect outdoor activity in Croatia to put that theory to the test. Or try out some alternative action on a Croatian adventure holiday tailor made by local experts.
Cigoc was the first place in Europe to be named a European Stork Village. You'll find charming timber built Cigoc in the Lonjsko polje wetlands. Visit in mid March for the arrival of the storks.
Sibenik was once the ugly duckling of the Adriatic. Then an urban makeover revealed stunning fortresses and medieval gardens. Now it's a good alternative to Split or Dubrovnik for short breaks.
Walk its mighty walls as an introduction to Dubrovnik. The briefest of strolls serves as a reminder of why the ancient city played a starring role in Game of Thrones.
The largely uninhabited Kornati islands are the Adriatic at its most untouched. Tourist facilities are limited to a few restaurants and yachting berths. Which only makes the islands more appealing.
The perfect Baroque town, Varazdin sits on the Drava River in northern Croatia. Visit to see its opulent squares, crumbling palaces and a unique garden cemetery.
Pag island's uncompromisingly arid and sage-covered landscape produces distinctive, tangy sheep’s cheese. Visit local island dairies on Pag to try it for yourself.
Undoubtedly the swankiest resort on the Adriatic, Hvar Town is full of temptations. Expect Renaissance architecture, chic bars, glossy yachts and celebrities. You won't be disappointed. For a combo of glamour and heritage, consider a stay at Palace Elisabeth, the oldest hotel in Hvar.
Head for Krka National Park to marvel at the stunning series of Skradinski buk falls. Don’t forget to take your swim things for a dip in the water.
Make for the Pelijesac Peninsula to explore rugged mountain scenery. It's also the area for quiet coves, unspoiled seaside villages, robust red wines and fantastic seafood.
Of all the things to do in Croatia, visiting Diocletian's Palace in Split is high on the list. Once a Roman emperor’s pied-à-terre, it now forms the chaotic core of the modern city. Tempted to stay in Diocletian's Palace? Book Private Apartments in its historic heart.
Almost every genre of music is covered in the Croatia summer-long festival calendar. From indie rock at InMusic to cutting-edge dance music at Tisno and dub-to-dubstep extravaganzas at Outlook, near Pula.
One of eastern Croatia’s most compelling destinations, Vukovar combines contemporary museum attractions with sites commemorating the 1991 siege.
Slow-roasting lamb, octopus or other local ingredients under an ember-covered metal lid, known as a Peka, is the traditional Croatian route to a deliciously succulent meal.
Rovinj is where Riviera town chic collides with fishing port charm. It's the most Italian of Istria’s coastal resorts and known for its Venetian-style houses and elegant piazza. Consider staying at Holiday Home Grisia IV right in the heart of Rovinj old town.
The start of the truffle-hunting season is marked by festivities throughout Istria in September. Head to Buzet, where the world’s largest truffle omelette is scoffed by an army of celebrants.
Head for Trsteno, just north of Dubrovnik in spring or summer. It's a beautiful coastal village and known for its magnificent Renaissance gardens.
The easy to explore, largely car free Elaphite Islands offer great hiking and plenty of peace and quiet. Look forward to unusually sandy Croatian beaches as well.
There’s nothing like a shot of rakija (grape brandy) to oil the wheels of an evening. Try herb-infused travarica or carob-flavoured rogačica for a truly heart and soul warming experience.
Walking is one of the easiest things to do in Croatia. But the Premuzic Trail is a serious hike. One the country's most exhilarating long distance route it takes in mountain ridges, dense forests and awesome views.
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