Best Places to Visit in Croatia this Summer
With Croatia added to the UK travel green list from 19th July, Croatia is set to experience a boom in visitors this summer. But whilst many people visit this wonderful country every year, it is not exactly well-known when compared to the likes of Spain, Greece and Turkey to British beach lovers. So if you are looking for a beach holiday this summer, here are four reasons why Croatia should be top of your list.
Visit Dubrovnik Old Town
Dubrovnik is located on the south coast of Croatia, and is an extremely popular holiday destination for both Croatians and tourists from abroad. The jewel in its crown is its fabulous Old Town, surrounded by ancient stone walls. Inside you’ll find a maze of alleys, quaint squares to relax in and beautiful terracotta rooftops. Outside of the city walls you’ll find loads of lovely harbours to unwind in and also a fair amount of greenery, not what you might expect from a city on the coast.
Visit the Countless Beaches
If it's beaches that you want though, then a Croatia holiday will not disappoint on this front either. Coastal towns and cities like Split, Zadar, Dubrovnik, Pula, Rijeka and Sibenik are perfect for beach lovers, with the pebbly beaches of the coast by Dubrovnik great places to explore and catch some rays, whilst there are also many small islands close to the mainland which can offer sandy coves and shelter from the hustle and bustle of the mainland.
If you want to explore one of the best beaches in the world, then make sure you include a trip to Sakarun beach. Located on the island of Dugi Otok, it really does has everything a beach needs to make it belong in the company of some of the best beaches out there. It can be reached by getting to the resort of Zadar and then catching a ferry, lasting around 20 minutes. The beaches of Makarska are also fantastic, located close to the town of Split if you want another alterative – but in reality the list of great beaches is almost endless!
Go Island Hopping
Often when visiting the likes of Spain or Greece, you can go out on a small boat and island hop from sheltered beach to sheltered beach, making for a great day out. However on holidays to Croatia, island hopping is taken to a whole new level and is one of the biggest draws for tourists from Europe, America and beyond. The coastline itself clocks in at over 1700km and you have nearly two thousand islands to hop on and off of! Brac Island is just one such example, famous for its beach shaped like a fin. As there are so many islands and resorts on the mainland, it very popular to do what is called a multi-center holiday in Croatia, whereby you fly in one of the key resorts and make your way down or up the coast, taking in various towns and islands and then fly home from an airport at the other end of the country. Look into it – you will not regret it!
Discover the past in Split
Croatia has a fabulous history just waiting to be discovered. A top tip is to visit the wonderful Diocletian’s Palace in Split. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and an ideal example of Roman architecture. Take a tour around its streets – in fact it is now regarded as Split’s Old Town so there is lots to see and do, from relaxing in local cafes to enjoying a meal in one of the restaurants, all surrounded by famous ruins. For those who prefer culture to history, just outside Vrsar is a meadow dedicated to showcasing the works of famous Croatian sculptor Dušan Džamonja. His works are featured in the Museum of Modern Art in New York and London’s Tate Gallery so there is no doubting the quality of the art you’ll enjoy here.
With Croatia now on the government’s green list (correct as of 19th July 2021), there has never been a better time to experience this wonderful country – in fact there will be nowhere near as many people visiting from overseas in the coming months compared to a normal year, so now is the time to go if you want great value and more space in summer than you would normally expect! Book today!