Experience this amazing country in so many different ways – while still seeing all the sights it has to offer. Here are a few ideas…
Island-hopping is a wonderful way to see Croatia. Cruise to Korcula, reputed birthplace of adventurer Marco Polo, or visit Mljet, famed for its natural beauty, with its saltwater lakes and dense forest. The island of Hvar greets visitors with stunning views as they approach by boat, while tranquil Solta is the perfect place to get away from it all. The Elafiti Islands are unspoilt gems you won’t want to miss. On Šipan, you can marvel at the Renaissance villas built by Dubrovnik's wealthiest families, while on Lopud, a Franciscan monastery affords gorgeous views over the archipelago.
Dubrovnik with a difference
Dubrovnik’s atmospheric Old Town is ripe for exploring. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can take to the water and kayak beneath the city walls, gaining fantastic views of this ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’. Follow that up with a cable-car ride up Srd Hill for more amazing views, before soaking up some history at the former Rector's Palace, now a museum.
Meet the neighbours
Croatia’s neighbouring countries are every bit as stunning – so it makes sense to explore while you’re here. See the Old Bridge in historic Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina, or swim in the refreshing waters of Lake Skadar in Montenegro. Or perhaps you’ll venture into Slovenia, north of Croatia – where you can view the incredible stalactites and stalagmites of the Postojna Cave.
Croatia is studded with impressive, unmissable Roman monuments. In Split, the Diocletian's Palace is a stunning highlight, while in Pula, on the Istrian Peninsula, you’ll find an imposing Roman amphitheatre, the only one in the world still to have four side towers.
However you choose to experience Croatia, one thing is for sure – you’ll soon be planning a return trip.