Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Why Croatia Is Flavour Of The Month

Go back just 10-15 years and not many people would talk about going on holiday to Croatia. Now however it’s one of the most up and coming holiday destinations for Brits and more popular than ever for those looking for a change to the usual Spanish or Greek island package holiday. In fact, Croatia’s tourist board uses “Mediterranean as it once was” as its motto!

If you’ve not been, here’s a little taste of just why the country is flavour of the month amongst holidaymakers. For one, it has so far managed to avoid the pitfalls of mass tourism that some other popular holiday destinations have fallen foul to and suffered from as a result. There are of course developments in the popular areas to cater for tourists, but this is tempered with lots of places that hold on to their authentic culture and don’t feel like another Magaluf or Benidorm. 

Another big reason for Croatia’s popularity is the reasonable prices, particularly in the continental areas, where you can pay a fraction of the price for food, beers and other holiday essentials compared with what you’d pay in the Mediterranean. Like Spain and Greece, there is plenty of opportunity for sun worshipping on the many beaches and the climate is wonderful, but there is also lots to see in terms of culture, history and tradition. 

The nightlife is not to be found lacking here either, with plenty to do particularly in Dubrovnik and Hvar in terms of bars and clubs. For something a little more peaceful, head to somewhere like Lapad, a residential suburb of Dubrovnik sitting around three kilometres from the Old Town and retaining a wonderfully authentic feel despite the hotels, including the reputable Hotel Lapad which is situated here. 

Wherever you stay in Lapad you will be in walking distance of the beach and you can take advantage of the lovely restaurants offering fabulous Croatian cuisine in this area. As well as sunbathing and paddling in the sea, the beaches of Croatia have plenty going on in terms of activities such as abseiling, paragliding, rafting and canoeing.
Another recommended area to visit in Croatia is Zagreb, with its bustling café culture, contemporary art museum and rich history in the form of ancient buildings. 

Finally, don’t forget to try the wine! Croatia’s wine regions are gaining more and more recognition, as well as its delicious olive oils which are winning food awards.

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