It is little wonder that Croatia is rapidly becoming a top holiday location as it has something for everyone, with strikingly clean seas and dazzling white, pebbly beaches. There is so much to explore in this extraordinary country and we have villas to suit all tastes in a variety of regions. Croatia’s coastline, speckled with islands, is beautiful with breathtaking scenery and the inland areas are still largely unspoilt. It is not surprising that it was chosen as a location for the critically acclaimed series Game of Thrones for its dramatic coastline and ancient ruins.
Split is the second largest city in Croatia, the largest on the Adriatic coast and is the perfect place to witness Dalmatian life. With excellent transport connections by bus, sea, air and train, it’s easy to travel to and from the city and so it is deservedly becoming a popular holiday destination. It is a buzzing, exuberant city which combines tradition with modernity. Split has some beautiful architecture, both Roman and modern, there are fabulous and varied restaurants, interesting bars and a lively nightlife. In addition, there are lots of beaches and it is a great starting point for a wide variety of day trips.
Some of Croatia’s most beautiful islands are easily accessed from Split; Brac is the largest island in central Dalmatia with several towns and villages and a dramatic landscape of steep cliffs, inky waters and pine forests. The scenery on Hvar Island is breath taking with abandoned ancient hamlets, vineyards and the lavender fields for which the island is famous, but a visit to swanky Hvar town is a must – this really is the place to see and be seen with elegant restaurants and legendary bars, Hvar is rapidly becoming the go to place for the latest generation of “Jet Setters”.
Dubrovnik, in the extreme south of Croatia, was proclaimed by Lord Byron to be ‘the Pearl of the Adriatic ‘. It really is a special place with magnificent marble streets and baroque buildings glistening in the sunshine. The main pedestrian area is lined with cafes and shops and has magnificent monuments at either end. The architecture is amazing with a host of churches, monasteries, and museums and although Dubrovnik was badly damaged in the siege of the early 90’s, restoration has been painstaking and it is almost impossible to imagine that there was such extensive destruction.
There are some great shops including many designer brands and while wandering through the streets you will hear a variety of sounds from the various street performers; from Dalmatian vocal groups to chamber music, and the magnificent setting of the Rectors Palace hosts some of the world’s greatest classical musicians. During the Summer Festival the city’s squares turn into pop-up theatre venues, there are numerous art galleries and for the more energetic there are some good nightclubs. Many of the restaurants and cocktail bars are blessed with amazing views, either out to sea or across the beautiful city. Beyond the city are the gorgeous beaches, densely wooded peninsulas and the turquoise Adriatic dotted with lush islands.