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How to see the best of Croatia

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How to see the best of Croatia

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Travellers crave Croatia like jewellers covet diamonds. The indulgent inlands, vibrant Zagreb and sparking coasts are the jewels of this nation. 

1. Zig zag through Zagreb
Croatia’s capital, Zagreb, offers the ultimate fusion of romantic historical architecture and modern comforts. In its particularly enchanting old town, Gornji Grad, take the iconic blue rail car 66m uphill to the 13th century Lotrscak Tower and catch the daily firing of the Gric cannon at noon. Spend a day or two in Gornji Grad, dining in cosy tapas bars, pubs and cafés, and diving into the history at St. Marks’ Church and the Zagreb City Museum.

Then there’s Donji Grad – the Lower Town, which offers a platter full of architecturally awe-inspiring and action-packed activities. Start in the city’s centre at the Ban Josip Jelacic Square for everything you could want in shopping and sightseeing.

2. More than just coastline
Zagreb and Dubrovnik are the beating heart of Croatia, but the inlands are where you’ll find this country’s soul.

Untouched by the outside world are many of Croatia’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Plitvice Lakes National Park is packed with lush green forests and rushing waterfalls in summer and frozen fortresses through winter. Then there’s Stari Grad Plain, the best-preserved Greek cultural landscape in the Mediterranean, with its endless vineyards and olive groves still producing exquisite olive oils and wines.

Buckle up for a self-drive holiday and zoom along the 130km/h motorways or slow down for the epic scenery of the coastal roads. Or, give yourself the opportunity to keep your eyes on the vistas with a train ride through the beautiful country.

3. Croatia sailing
Blessed with almost 6,000km of Dalmatian coastline of pure blue waters and pale golden sands, the islands of Croatia demand to be visited.

Keep a keen eye on the offers available, as some cruise ships are vintage, wooden vessels that look fantastic but may not always be the right option for your needs. Stay on idyllic Pag Island for the best of the beach side island or on the coast in historic Dubrovnik for the rush of the city.



Split: Stay in the Diocletian Palace, the old town. Dubrovnik: Walk the walls after 6.30pm to catch the changing light and spectacular sunset. Keep in mind that the walls close at 8pm daily.

Vis & Mljet: Hire a bike and explore these peaceful and lush islands via their many paths. driving The A1’s autobahn is great if you need to get places in a hurry. However travelling the secondary roads will give you much more of a local experience. These roads are windy so allow more time.

Korcula: Try the Lamb Peka – a taste sensation.

Lakes: Check out Plitvice Lakes National Park, but be prepared for big crowds, especially in July and August. Or choose the more secluded Krka Lakes, just two hours inland from Zadar/Split – plus, you can swim here.

Vino: Make sure you taste a rich and flavourful Plavac Mali wine. You’ll find these more in the south along the Dalmatian Coast.

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