When planning a summer holiday or break, most of us instantly think Spain, Italy or even Portugal. But unless you really plan to holiday off the beaten track, these go-to destinations rarely offer anything new or exciting. There are beautiful alternative holiday destinations across Europe which is just as accessible. One of these lesser known alternatives is Croatia.
Set against a scenery of rugged hillsides, lush green forests and beautiful coastlines, Croatia has something for everyone. From camping to luxury Croatian villas, you are bound to be pleasantly surprised about what’s on offer. Below are just a few examples of what a Croatian experience might look like.
Dubrovnik is one of Croatia’s finest cities, with its imposing sea walls, mass of terracotta-coloured rooftops and sensational cliff top location. It’s the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’, known for its marble streets, grand baroque churches and elegant 16th century Sponza Palace. Catch the cable car to the peak of nearby Mount Srd or take a stroll along the City Walls for the best views.
For nature lovers, Plitvice National Park is one of the most visited inland attractions. Steep forested hillsides are enveloped by blue lakes and rumbling waterfalls. A network of footpaths and wooden bridges runs through the park and boat rides across the lakes are also available. You can even do a spot of wildlife viewing as the park is known for its variety of animals. There are several hotels and resorts located on the edge of the park if you want to stay the night but you can also visit the park on an organised tour from the surrounding towns.
No holiday to Croatia will be complete without spending some time along the beautiful coastline and on one or two of its famous islands. Some choosing will have to be done on the latter as Croatia has more than a thousand islands! One of the more famous islands is the island of Pag. With the longest coastline of any of the Croatian islands, Pag has plenty of bays, coves and beaches. Although a large percentage of the island features a rocky landscape, visitors will find open grassy fields and lowlands ideal for winegrowing and cultivating olives. Pag also provides ample dining and accommodation options, from upmarket resorts to simple, child friendly hotels, showing again that whatever your catering need, you will find something suited for you.
In recent years Pag has become an increasingly popular island to visit. Apart from being the easiest island to reach (it’s connected by a bridge to the mainland at its southern tip), it is also considered one of Croatia’s prime party destinations. With a fair amount of clubs, Novalja plays host to several summer music festivals. If you are a party animal or music fan, you cannot afford to miss out on a Novalja festival! Of course there’s plenty more to do than clubbing day and night, so don’t be put off coming to Pag if that’s not your kind of holiday.
Make Croatia your new go-to summer holiday destination, you won’t be disappointed.