Top five tourist destinations in Croatia
From Roman ruins and medieval walled cities to crystal-clear seas and lush islands, Croatia is a traveller’s paradise just waiting to be discovered.
Along the Adriatic coast you’ll find remains of palaces, temples and amphitheatres from the Roman Empire as well as forts, fishing villages and fortified towns built during the many centuries of Venetian rule.
The climate is mostly Mediterranean with warm dry summers, mild winters and an average of 2,600 hours of sunlight a year, making it one of the sunniest coastlines in Europe!
Krka National Park
Established in 1985, Croatia’s Krka National Park is of astounding natural beauty. Skradinski buk and Roski slap are the two main waterfalls in the park, the first with a drop of 46m.
There are also several archeological remains of unpreserved fortresses in the park’s vicinity dating back as far as the Roman times.
Explore the spectacular waterfalls on a full-day optional excursion on Saga’s highly commended tour, Jewels of the Adriatic.
Split’s charming atmospheric old town is characterised by a labyrinth of marble streets, which are home to shops and businesses, but the main highlight is the Diocletian's Palace, an impressive UNESCO World Heritage site.
The palace is one of the most majestic Roman ruins in existence, the Emperor Diocletian sparing no expense in its construction. Spanning 31,000 square metres, there are approximately 220 buildings within the palace boundaries and it has been inhabited since the departure of Diocletian's successors.
Why not join Saga’s Adriatic Discovery tour for a full-day optional excursion showing you the delights of Split.
The Dalmatian Coast
The mountainous Croatian coastline boasts some of the highest peaks in the Mediterranean. From these lofty heights you can appreciate just how crystal clear the turquoise waters of the Adriatic really are. It’s no wonder that the sea around Croatia was the favourite haunt of Jacques Cousteau, as it is today for many underwater explorers.
The Dalmatian Coast is reminiscent of the Italian cafe culture, with a slow pace of life and afternoon siestas, so don’t expect anything to happen in a hurry here.
If this sounds like your kind of holiday, then a voyage aboard MV Emanuel, on Saga’s Dalmatian Island Explorer tour, offers a wonderful way to appreciate the natural beauty and rich history of this stunning coastline.
The Makarska Riviera is one of the most famous and picturesque tourist locations along the Croatian coast with countless sandy beaches, pine tree forests, sparkling waters and peaceful bays. The area is also well-known for Biokovo Mountain which overlooks the coastal area.
Makarska is the centre of the Makarska Riviera and has a rich cultural and historical heritage. The city is noted for its palm-fringed promenade where fashionable cafés, bars and boutiques overlook the charming harbour.
A stay at the 4-star Villa Hotel Kastelet is the perfect base for exploring the Makarska Riviera. This beautiful Baroque hotel is full of authentic Croatian character and enjoys an exceptional location in the village of Tucepi, overlooking the Adriatic Sea and backed by the Biokovo Mountains.
The historic ambience of Dubrovnik is a delight to experience. The town comes to life as the sun goes down, particularly during the month-long Summer Festival.
Although medieval Dubrovnik was badly damaged in an earthquake in 1667, much of the original architecture remains, including a pharmacy dating back to 1317, one of the oldest in Europe.
Lord Byron was not overstating the matter when he proclaimed Dubrovnik ‘The pearl of the Adriatic’ since in 1979 the city of Dubrovnik joined the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.
On the Dubrovnik Riviera, the Hotel Astarea is perfectly located to take advantage of the beach, local shops and restaurants with historic Dubrovnik just a short journey away.
With a flight to Croatia taking on average 2 hours 30 minutes, it is the perfect destination for those wanting to spend more time on land than in the air! Not only is there a wealth of character and history to explore, but it is also a haven for keen walkers with picturesque villages, pine clad hillsides, abundant wildlife and natural beauty.
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