Croatia with its magnificent Dalmatian coastline that stretches along the Adriatic. Croatia has crystal clear waters, countless bays and coves lure visitors and locals alike to one of Europe’s newest nations.
Dubrovnik’s stunning Old Town with its cobbled streets and narrow stepped alleyways boasts an 18th century Cathedral, a 14th century Dominican Monastery and the handsome Gothic Renaissance Rector’s Palace, housing the Cultural Historical Museum. For some of the most enchanting holidays in Croatia, Dubrovnik is a fantastic destination. There are markets and boutiques, and a myriad of dining and nightlife opportunities around the pedestrianized Placa promenade or Stradun. The cable car offers great views over this city known as The Pearl of the Adriatic, and during July and August, the Summer Festival boasts a fantastic music and theatre programme.
Croatia’s second city, Split, has a sprawling centre with its core housed in the two thousand year old Diocletian’s Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site bursting with chic bars, sophisticated cafes and elegant boutiques.
As part of the Dalmatian Coast, along the Adriatic Highway, with the pink-hued Biokovo Mountains to the north, the resorts of the Makarska Riviera tumble down the hillsides from the road towards pine-fringed beaches. For a picture-perfect location on Croatia holidays in the vibrant town of Makarska, situated 60km southeast of Split and 140km north of Dubrovnik, is noted for its palm-fringed promenade that overlooks the town’s pretty harbour, and its old town centre with narrow cobbled streets and Franciscan Monastery housing a giant clam shell.
The Queen of the Dalmatian Islands, Hvar Island, is a favoured holiday haunt of wealthy Croatians, discerning Italians and a stylish destination for luxury holidays to Croatia. From the mainland at Split it takes 105 minutes by ferry to reach the island where delightful Hvar Town is the real star: amidst olive trees, vineyards, rosemary and wild lavender, are palaces and churches scattered over the hillside, and, lined with delightful cafes and restaurants. The Riva, the central thoroughfare of Hvar Town leads from the busy little harbour to the 16th century St Stephen’s Cathedral which dominates the main square.