Croatia

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Croatia has much to offer, from the historic city of Dubrovnik, right along the beauty of the Dalmation Coast with the crystal clear waters of the Adriatic, and the unspoilt resort towns and tiny islands that remain a true idyll in the midst of mass tourism there is something to appeal to everyone; from families that want blue flag beaches to romantics that want to escape it all, those that look at things differently look towards this amazing destination.Rising from the remnants of conflict Croatia has been reborn into something quite special, something with a feel of ancient history interwoven with the recent past, medieval towns and the baroque architecture of Dubrovnik provide the lasting aesthetic appeal, whilst the struggle for independence has left its own scars on the landscape, giving something unique and heart warming that will draw you in time and time again.

Where to stay

If you are planning on staying in Dubrovnik why not spoil yourself at one of the fabulous luxury hotels, Grand Villa Argentine has the most amazing seafront location just a short walk from the old medieval town and boasts the sort of service that most hotels can only aspire to; Hotel More with its boutique feel may be slightly more out of town but the stunning peninsula location surrounded by pine trees only adds the charm of this amazing hotel.Just further along the coast is the resort of Cavtat boasting a marina that comes alive after sunset with its fantastic waterfront restaurants, bars, and Mediterranean feel, Hotel Croatia offers that complete luxury in a secluded location just a short stroll from the marina, each beautifully appointed room enjoying either a woodland or sea view, the superb grounds with a spa and outdoor pools just adding to the charm of this amazing hotel. A More budget option but with little in the way of compromise is Hotel Cavtat, set on the bay with a small and friendly feel that always gives a great welcome.

Where to eat

Croatian cuisine takes on many flavours with its diverse nature and influences from across Europe but particularly amazing in the coastal areas are the truffle based dished, dry cured meats and seafood dishes, don’t miss out on the amazing calamari and octopus, and be sure to visit at least one restaurant that serves the catch of the day, the very freshest fish brought in from the previous evenings catch and served simply, allowing the flavour to speak for itself.Stermasi on Mljet Island is a great place to start your culinary experience of the country, they serve the local specialities such as young goat, octopus, and wild boar all cooked using traditional techniques; for a modern take on the cuisine of Croatia it has to be Bugenvila set on the seafront of Cavtat, the modern and bright interior showcasing local artworks and the very best of the regions flavours which are given a real twist of up to date innovation.

What to do

Set in the north of the Dalmation Coast, making time to visit the Velebit Mountains and surrounding National park is a must, the beauty of the region and the terrain perfect for hiking, climbing or just the most breathtaking of sightseeing, whilst in the central region Split is well worth visiting, the ancient Roman walls well preserved and outlying Brac Island offering the very best windsurfing.Dubrovnik lies in the South and not only has its own very distinct culture and history but is also the perfect base for day trips to neighbouring Montenegro or Bosnia-Herzegovina; just outside Dubrovnik are the wine regions of Peljesie Peninsula producer of the country’s top wine and the Island of Korcula known not only for its fragrant white wines but its spectacular displays of sword dancing.

When to visit

Croatia truly comes into its own during the summer months of June through until September, the Dalmation coastline enjoying a Mediterranean climate that enjoys long hot summers, low humidity, and mild winters, but as with many undeveloped tourist destinations the months outside the peak season see little in the way of activity with reduced facilities and many resorts shutting down completely.Dubrovnik however makes a great destination for a fantastic city break throughout the year, the historic feel of the city and the many fantastic attractions and sights allowing for a great time no matter when you visit; the culture of the city only rivalled by the fantastic welcome that you will find no matter when you choose to travel