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Insiders guide to Croatia

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Insiders guide to Croatia

story by: Anna Sarjeant


1. SOAR OVER DUBROVNIK & DINE IN THE CLOUDS
Take a 778 metre journey above Dubrovnik in a bright orange cable car. You’ll fly north of the city walls towards Mt Srd - in less than 4 minutes. Enjoying glorious views over Dubrovnik's orange dipped roof tops en route. 
HOT Tip: At the summit you can dine in the restaurant, enjoying panoramic views across an impossibly blue coastline. 


2. DIP YOUR OAR INTO DAZZLING CROATIAN WATERS
With its fortified city walls and impressive mason stonework, there’s no better way to admire Dubrovnik's beauty than with a small-group kayak tour. You’ll flirt around the edges of the old city, paddling along the impressive Adriatic Sea.
HOT Tip: Stop at the beach of Betina for a quick swim and a sun bathe. 


3. TASTE JUST-CAUGHT CROATIAN SEAFOOD
For something super fresh, super local and super Croatian, try a signature black risotto. It’s jet black due to the squid ink. You’re guaranteed freshness, with the squid coming straight off the fishing boat that very morning. 
HOT Tip:Black risotto is best sampled from a restaurant in a Croatian coastal town such as Split.        


4. DISCOVER ZAGREB WITH THE HELP OF CITY GHOSTS
Considering the Croatian city of Zagreb dates back to Roman times, why not unearth its forgotten past with a two-hour night time ghost tour? Discover the city’s eerie past with a tour led by an English speaking guide….and the dark shadows. Visit graveyards and haunted grounds, accompanied by chilling tales to raise the hairs on your neck. 
HOT Tip:Book with Secret Zagreb Walks and the meeting point is at Stone Gate. Easy to find because it's one of the main sights of the city.


5. SUNBATHE ON THE AFT WHILE SAILING PAST BREATH-TAKING ISLANDS
An obvious one but an absolute must-do while in Croatia – sail along the formidable Adriatic coastline. One-thousand stunning islands make up the incredible Croatian archipelago. A combination of azure water, ancient townships and sand the colour of molten gold, your retinas won’t be disappointed.
HOT Tip: The climate is typically Mediterranean. Summer temperature is between 26-32 degrees Celsius but take warm clothing for the evenings which will drop a lot cooler. 


6. BARBECUE YOUR BANGERS AT A REMOTE MOUNTAIN HIDEAWAY
Get off the beaten track with a brisk yet moderate hike to the Medvednica Mountain range above Zagreb. The little known mountain cottage of Gorščica is obscure yet awesome; take the non-demanding trek guided by a beautiful babbling brook and arrive at the mountain house by noon. 
HOT Tip: Take sausages – it’s fully equipped with several free-to-use barbecues.   



7. SAVOUR CROATIA'S FINEST BLENDS OF WINE
If there’s one thing the Romans did well – along with building empires, roads, aqueducts, concrete and central-heating – it was produce fine wine. Vineyards are still rife all over the island of Hvar so why not take a wine tour of Croatia’s best wineries? 
HOT tip: Complement Croatian wine with local cheese, smoked ham and breads dipped in extra virgin olive oil. 



8. DIP YOUR TOES INTO GOLDEN SAND AND AN OCEAN OF SAPPHIRE
Add the old town of Bol to your Croatian adventure. A handsome town by itself, Bol is also home to Croatia’s finest beach; Zlatni Rat Beach. Also known as the golden horn due to its shape that juts into the sea, the sand is a glorious plateau of smooth white pebbles, licked by a deep blue sea and dotted with windsurfers. 


9. FLY WITHOUT WINGS ABOVE CANYONS AND GORGES
To quench your adrenaline thirst, head to Omiš zip wire. Boasting eight different zip wires 150 metres high in the forest, you’ll whizz over lush green mountain-side at 65km/h. With the Centina river canyon as your back drop, you can enjoy the best views – lakes, rivers and gorges – from the longest zip wire of the lot, the 700 metre one! It’s a heart pumper alright. 
HOT Tip: Prices for Omiš zip wire start from 55 Euros per person. 


10. ​SHARE YOUR LOVE OF TRAVEL WITH MARCO POLO
Fancy discovering the birth place of Marco Polo? He was born on the island of Korčula in 1254. You can still visit this intriguing isle of medieval squares, churches and terracotta-roofed houses, just be aware that the most convenient ferry services only run in summer. 
HOT Tip:Korčula is connected to the mainland by a regular ferry service running between Dominče, just outside of Korčula Town and Orebić.


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