This week we’re looking at the beautiful country of Croatia, an Eastern European country with a long, diverse coastline on the Adriatic Sea. Featuring towns and cities with unspoilt nature, coupled with beautifully preserved architecture and a lively cultural scene, Croatia promises something for everyone.
The region you choose to visit depends entirely on what you’re looking for, whether it may be a chilled holiday on the beach, or an adventure-packed break where you can hike, climb and explore the country away from the beaten track.
If you’re planning a short break, or a week long holiday, we’d recommend staying in one city and make the most of your stay. If you’re planning to stay for longer, visit multiple cities and regions to experience the country in its full glory.
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Surrounded by mountains and sea, Split has it all. It’s one of Croatia’s most vibrant towns, buzzing with islanders and tourists alike. Diocletian’s Palace, an ancient Roman palace build in the 4th Century, lies at the heart of the town and is one of its main attractions.
Alternatively, the town offers range of world-class nightlife and restaurants, as well as boat trips aplenty from the seafront to the neighbouring islands of Solta, Brac and Hvar.
The city of Dubrovnik, known as the Pearl of the Adriatic, is the most popular tourist destination in the country, and we can see why. The stunning city is renowned for its Old Town, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city walls which surround the Old Town are dotted with fortresses and overlook the sea - it’s definitely worth taking a walk around the walls to witness spectacular views of the city. Afterwards, travellers can enjoy a drink or a meal in one of the the narrow streets or sunlit squares, which are brimming with markets, bazaars, cafes, bars and restaurants.
Wherever you are in Croatia, expect fresh seafood to dominate the menu. Along the coast, local staples include octopus salad and calamari.
In Dubrovnik, Bota Sushi & Oyster Bar is difficult to beat. Situated on a small terrace offering views of the cathedral, Bota serves fresh oysters as well as beautifully presented sushi.
Apetit, a restaurant in Split, is situated within the walls of a 15th-century palace, high above the Old Town. With traditional dishes as well as experimental and creative dishes, travellers will find it difficult to choose! Opt for octopus carpaccio or a fish platter to sample the delicious fruits of the sea.
Uje Oil Bar, also situated in Split, is a tapas-style restaurant offering unbeatable Mediterranean cuisine. The menu changes according to the season, but travellers can always tuck into chunks of freshly-baked bread with olive oil, as well as local soups and marinated fish.
Cave Bar More is an underground cave bar in Dubrovnik offering a wide selection of alcoholic and soft drinks, as well as teas, coffees and snacks. Extending over three levels deep inside a natural cavern, you must see it to believe it!
Split has a bustling nightlife scene, with small bars tucked away all over the town. Academia Ghetto Club has a unique decor, bohemian vibe and great music - not to mention, a pretty front courtyard which is great for relaxing during the day, and partying after dark.
Where to Stay:
In Split, we would recommend staying in the 4-star Cornaro boutique hotel, which has an atmospheric cellar wine bar and panoramic roof terrace, offering unbeatable views. Doubles start from around £190, including breakfast.
Dubrovnik is home to a multitude of luxurious 5-star hotels. Villa Dubrovnik is a relaxing retreat built into a cliff - the views are simply out-of-this-world. There are 50 rooms and six suites, each with a private terrace and sea view. Rooms from £501 per night in high season.