With a wealth of natural riches and historical treasures, Croatia is one of Europe’s most exciting destinations. Its rugged Adriatic coastline and numerous islands are lapped by clear waters, while its verdant interior is speckled with picturesque lakes, dramatic waterfalls and dense forests. Thanks to an abundance of accommodation and spas, yacht-filled harbours and UNESCO-listed towns, Croatia promises a luxury holiday of a lifetime.
Balanced between the Balkans and central Europe, Croatia’s strategic location has resulted in a rich cultural legacy that spans Roman, medieval and Venetian eras. The cobbled streets and baroque architecture of Zagreb make it one of the great central European capitals, while the medieval walled town of Dubrovnik is arguably Europe’s most beautiful.
In the heart of the Dalmatian Coast, the old walls of Split house the Diocletian’s Palace, one of the most impressive Roman monuments in the world, alongside swish bars and restaurants. Succulent seafood, sun-blushed produce, and truffles feature heavily on the menu, while Croatian wines and olive oils are renowned worldwide.
Arguably, it’s Croatia’s islands that grab the headlines. While many of them are covered with luxuriant vegetation, there’s plenty of urbane glamour with deluxe yachts moored near plush hotels and glamorous cocktail bars. We particularly love Hvar, with its lavender fields, vineyards and vibrant reputation.
Active types will love the range of watersports, but will be rewarded by a trip into the mainland. Hiking and biking trails line spectacular national parks, like Plitvice Lakes, along with opportunities to go rafting or rock climbing.