With over 4,000km of coastline, 1,246 islands and islets and more than 2,715 hours of sunshine a year, Croatia is arguably one of Europe’s very best holiday destinations.
But if you still need convincing, here are 10 reasons why this stunning Adriatic nation should be right at the top of your travel bucket list.
One of the 10 best-preserved Medieval walled cities in the world, Dubrovnik has to be one of the most captivating destinations in Europe.
Perched on a rocky outcrop, overlooking the Adriatic Sea, the city is a maze of ancient alleyways, tumbledown houses and winding streets.
2. The islands
From deserted beaches to vibrant cities and bustling resorts to sleepy villages, Croatia’s islands have everything and more you could want for an unforgettable summer holiday.
3. The water
Crystal clear, cool and refreshing, the water that surrounds Croatia is some of the most enticing in the Med.
Ideal for snorkelling, swimming and sailing, the waters around Croatia provide plenty of opportunities for water sports and activities as well as a great backdrop to your holiday.
Built in the former palace of Roman emperor Diocletian, entering Split is like travelling back in time.
As well as its historic centre, the city boasts several stunning beaches, a vibrant nightlife and some fantastic Balkan restaurants.
5. The history
Home to both ancient Greek and Roman settlements, Croatia has a long and rich history stretching back millennia.
Though the country’s recent past has been turbulent, its rich culture and heritage can be clearly seen in the stunning towns and cities that dot the landscape.
6. Plitvice National Park
If you thought the water off the coast of Croatia was stunning, just wait until you see the spectacular blue lakes and waterfalls of Plitvice National Park.
Located around two and a half hours north of Split, the park is centred around a stunning network of lakes, cascades and natural dams. Thanks to the park’s unique ecosystem, the lakes are all crystal clear, with visitors able to peer deep inside these ancient waterways.
7. The food
With fantastic wine, fresh seafood and a culinary heritage influenced by Italy, Austria and neighbouring Balkan states, it should come as no surprise that Croatia’s cuisine is among the best in the Med.
Enjoy freshly grilled fish at a beachside tavern, a hearty goulash stew in a country restaurant or delicious cakes and pastries from one of the country’s fantastic bakeries.
8. The weather
With long, hot days, hours of sunshine and barely a cloud to be seen, Croatian summers are perfect for northern Europeans looking to top up their vitamin D levels.
If you want to experience as much sunshine as possible, head to the stunning island of Korcula, just of Dalmatian Coast near Split.
As well as being one of the sunniest parts of the country, the island boasts a charming old town, a rugged interior, secluded coves and deserted beaches.
10. The variety
Boasting idyllic islands, ancient cities, stunning national parks, vineyards, olive groves, traditional villages and white sandy beaches, Croatia is one of the most diverse countries in the whole of Europe.
So, if you like to experience a little bit of everything during your summer holiday, why not book yourself a trip to this stunning Mediterranean nation and see what all the fuss is about for yourself? Take your pick from our holidays to Croatia.