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Behind the overwhelming beauty of Croatia lies a tumultuous history of conquest by Greeks, Romans, Venetians, Turks and Hapsburg emperors, to name just a few. The result is a country that has ancient ruins and medieval cities set against a backdrop of sparkling seas, forests and waterfalls. The culture and cuisine are equally diverse – like pastries crammed with cherries and fish straight from the sea, sizzled in local olive oil. At the southernmost tip sits the Pearl of the Adriatic, Dubrovnik, deservedly a UNESCO World Heritage City. Perched on cliffs above the ocean, Dubrovnik’s stone walls encircle a 14th century town of towers, monasteries and gardens. Terracotta roofs glow in the sunlight while church bells chime. It would be easy to stay within Dubrovnik’s encircling walls but to do so would be to miss out on cities such as Split, which recently celebrated its 1700th birthday.

Then there are the islands: Hvar, where the air is fragrant with lavender and rosemary; Korcula, said to be Marco Polo’s birthplace; and the vineyards of Vis. Take a ferry, charter a yacht or join a cruise and explore them yourself. Venturing inland, the capital Zagreb is a rapidly developing vibrant, modern city, and gateway to the Plitvice Lakes National Park. This is Croatia’s most popular attraction, and another of the country’s UNESCO World Heritage-sites. Sixteen lakes are linked by spectacular waterfalls tumbling over travertine cliffs. The whole park, clad in dense forest, is still inhabited by bears, boar, wolves and rare birds.


The sight of terracotta roofed buildings ringed by white stone walls that change to pink in the setting sun, with the Adriatic Sea forming a deep blue backdrop, will repeatedly stop you in your tracks.



If you’re island hopping your way down the Dalmatian coast, Split is likely on your itinerary. It’s a jumping off point for some of Croatia’s most popular islands including Hvar, Korcula and Brac, but you’d be missing out if you treat this city as just a transit point.



The mainland has well preserved fortified towns with narrow stone streets, in contrast to its outstanding natural beauty with mountains and vineyards and UNESCO World Heritage lakes.


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