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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.