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Discover the country its tourist board bills as ‘the Mediterranean as it once was’…

With its rugged coastline, lush interior and more than a thousand islands, Croatia offers pristine beaches, delicious seafood, rustic villages and UNESCO-protected cities. The beaches here are second to none and they come in all shapes and sizes. From upbeat party spots to quiet beach holiday escapes to nudist colonies – there is sure to be a stretch of sand in Croatia to suit all tastes. The lush interior offers hilltop villages, rustic charm and mouth-watering traditional cuisine, while the enchanting winding streets of the cities of Zagreb, Zadar and Dubrovnik call with their cosmopolitan cafes and multitude of historical sights.

Things to do

Take things easy on an all-inclusive holiday to Croatia's lovely Dubrovnik or the stylish Makarska Riviera. Stay put and relax, or step it up on a walking tour of the Biokovo Mountains with their dramatic ocean views. Marvel at the waterfalls in Krka National Park, wander botanical gardens or throw a lucky coin into the fountain of Neptune. History lovers can explore the fascinating cities of Split and Zagreb, while those who have found their sea legs can cruise the Dalmatian Coast and enjoy a spot of island hopping. For all-out explorers how about taking a riverboat down the Danube? And why stop there? Our European cruises sail on into neighbouring Hungary, Romania and beyond…

Dalmatia

Stretched out along the Adriatic, Dalmatia luxuriates in a stunning coastline dotted with hundreds of islands perfect for daytrips – some of the best known are Brac, foodie haven Vis, wild Mljet and fashionable Hvar. Also known as the Dalmatian Coast, this is where you’ll discover Croatia's best beaches, as well as the city of Dubrovnik, with its walled historic centre home to a melting pot of architectural styles. In one afternoon you can visit baroque St Blaise Church, renaissance Sponza Palace and the Romanesque cathedral. Add to this the historical cities of Split and Zadar, and Dalmatia could keep you occupied for weeks.

The Istrian Peninsula

The sun-kissed Istrian Peninsula on the Adriatic Coast is shared with neighbouring Slovenia. As well as a pristine coast dotted with lovely historic towns, such as Pula and Porec, this region has a verdant interior of rolling hills and charming country villages. The cuisine here is some of the best in the country with its fertile lands and ocean offering up the freshest of seafood, delectable olive oils and top-notch wines.

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