Comprising of a scattering of islands, eye-popping medieval towns and crystalline waters, Croatia is a must-visit for any history buff or nature-lover. Hike over rugged cliffs, dip your toes in limpid rock pools or watch tumbling waterfalls plummet into ice-white foam. After a day of exploring, rest your head in beachside hideaways, boutique hotels and secluded villas.
When to go
Croatia enjoys a warm Mediterranean climate, complete with balmy springs and sizzling summers.
Food & Drink
Croatian cuisine favours grilled meat: tuck into succulent pork sausages, rich beef or fresh-off-the-boat seafood. For fish at its best, dine at Nautika, which dishes up tasty Mediterranean meals aside the glistening coast. It doesn't end at food: Croatia's blooming vineyards fuel a thriving wine industry. Those with a sweet tooth can sip on deliciously sweet dessert wines in the north, or else head to the south for full-bodied reds.
Not to miss
Hike through lilac fields on the island of Hvar, where seductive scents of fresh lavender hang in the air.
Croatia's buzzing nightlife is chock-a-block with seaside bars, music hubs and lavish wineries. For a stylish evening out, we recommend sipping on tipples in Zagreb’s contemporary Dežman Bar. Alternatively, head to the bohemian Academia Ghetto Club, where you can sip on quirky cocktails as you sway to live music.
Where to stay in Croatia
Concealed behind medieval walls, Dubrovnik is a treasure trove of intricate churches and regal palaces, making it the idyllic spot for a seaside getaway. A quieter and more secluded scene can be found on the island of Brac, which is flecked with tiny villages, luxury villas and white-pebble beaches.
How to get there
Croatia’s two main airports are found in Split and Dubrovnik, offering flights to domestic and international hubs.
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