Gorgeous scenery, lush mountains, crystal clear waters offer the friendliest of Croatian welcomes. A country remarkably rich in historical heritage yet far from stuffy. In fact, Croatia has become excitingly dynamic and modern, making it pefect for your next getaway.
For many jet setters, Greece and Spain have slowly begun to lose their shine. Yet Croatia has been flourishing as a new must-see destination in the Mediterranean. With all its jaw-dropping natural beauty and luxury delivered in spades, it’s hardly surprising.
But what is hard to believe is Croatia was almost wilderness back in the early 90’s. But this diamond in the rough has been carefully carved out. Since joining the EU, massive investments in infrastructure modernised the country, while stylish hotel and bars developments brought a touch of class to the luxury scene.
The interior of the country is dotted with beautiful imposing mountaintops, while the coastline offers mile upon mile of stunning scenery. The idyllic rocky coves lapped by an iridescent turquoise sea are a sublime sight to behold.
It’s not a place to come and join the masses on large sandy beaches; it’s a seascape brimming with intimate coves. Even in high season, you can still discover hidden corners to while away lazy hours in the sunshine.
When it comes to culture, Croatia delivers in full Mediterranean flavour. It’s dripping with Unesco world heritage sites, the capital Zagreb and the port of Dubrovnik offer fascinatingly preserved Medieval town centres.
For archaeology buffs, you’ll be blown away by the vast Roman complex in Split. Or for those who prefer their history with some blood and guts, The Game of Thrones tour is sure to satisfy your lust.
Zadar, Rovini, Korkula, Istria and the Plitvice Lakes National Park all possess unique charm and worthy of visiting. The only question is, how long can you stretch your holiday?
There’s always a lively contemporary music and arts scene running throughout Croatia. During the Summer months, there are lots of open air events and live music to enjoy. The Dimensions Fort Punta Christo festival near Pula in July is a particularly thrilling one to see. This underground electronic music festival is held in one the coolest outdoor venues in the world, an old abandoned fort!
The seas around the Croatian coast are blessed inviting islands and remote outcrops. Whether you desire back to nature stays in rustic cabins or a sleek, chic stay with the in-crowd, there is an island to please you. One of the most stylish and prestigious is the ultra-hip Hvar Island.
By day you can head for the hills on a mountain bike or hike through some of the rugged interiors. If you can’t drag yourself away from the water, there’s a great sea kayaking scene centred around the nearby Pakleni islets.
If you’re taking it easy that day, there are always fantastic people watching opportunities. The terrace of the Riva Hotel on the pulsating Hvar Town promenade is the most fashionable place to enjoy a coffee, or even a cheeky early cocktail. Then there’s always the Hula Hula bar, with its energetic beachside dance vibe.
If you want to kick back in absolute luxury, the four-star Adriana Hvar Spa Hotel is the place to go. Watch the world go by from our own private waterside deck, while personal waiters pour you perfectly chilled champagne.
But Hvar truly comes into its own when night begins to fall. With some of the best gastronomy in the country, your taste buds will be spoiled for choice. The Zori restaurant tipped for Michelin stardom is a top choice. The location is to die for with the terrace looking out across the stunning azure bay. Their seafood menu is as fresh as it is enticing, plus it has a great reputation as a wedding venue (if you happen to be looking).
For a more rustic vibe and real Croatian hospitality, the Konoba Menego Hvar is tucked out of the way high above the town. Their speciality is pairing tangy local cheese and hams with their own sensuous wines. It’s an idyllic way to charm your date on a romantic evening.
If you’re one for partying away into the small hours, you’ve got to check out the Carpe Diem nightclub. Not only is it a enthralling place to see, it’s the place to be seen.