Croatia is an increasingly popular Mediterranean holiday destination and with good reason. This small, European country boasts a fantastic climate, breathtaking scenery and delicious cuisine.
There’s also no shortage of things to see and do when visiting Croatia. Here are just five reasons to consider Croatia for your next vacation.
Croatia’s beaches are world-famous and beach lovers will truly be spoilt for choice. Though many of the beaches in Croatia are pebbled, there are several sand beaches, including Sakarun Beach with its beautiful white sands and crystal clear waters.
For those looking for something a little off the beaten track, why not explore the hidden Stiniva Beach on Vis Island? Or you could take a trip to Sveti Ivan beach, which is one of several Croatian beaches that can only be reached by boat or on foot.
Croatia is the perfect adventure vacation destination. There are endless adventures to have during your stay, including water sports like kayaking, sailing and diving. Thrill-seekers can go white water rafting on the Cetina River or take to the skies and go zip-lining over the Centina Canyon.
Croatia is also an excellent vacation spot for hikers, offering stunning views from its mountain ranges. Why not try one of the hiking trails in Omis, such as the hike to the Starigrad Fortress? Or the ones around Jasenice?
The Game of Thrones Appeal
Fans of George R.R. Martin’s fantasy books or the hit TV show, Game of Thrones, can visit some of the filming locations by taking one of the many Game of Thrones walking tours that are available. You can visit Dubrovnik’s city walls, aka King’s Landing and other sites featured in the series around Split and Trsteno.
You’ll also find Game of Thrones gift shops so you can take home a souvenir!
When visiting Croatia, it’s easy to island hop by speedboat, catamaran or ferry. You can even explore some islands by kayak, such as the Elaphiti Islands.
If you’re planning to go island-hopping by boat, Split makes a good base as from here you can easily reach the Pakleni Islands, Bisevo Island and Hvar Island as well as Solta and Brac.
Croatia is the perfect destination for foodies as the cuisine is rich and varied, with different regions, such as Istria and Dalmata having their own cuisines. Additionally, many of the county’s dishes are influenced by neighbouring countries, such as Turkey and Italy, leading to plenty of variety.
Seafood lovers will be in heaven with the freshest dishes straight from the Adriatic sea including octopus, oysters to squid. Lamb, veal and pork are also popular ingredients in many Croatian dishes. If you’re visiting one of the hilltowns in the Mirna Valley, you could even join in a truffle-hunting trip to unearth black and white truffles.
Boškarin, Brodetto, Borek, Fuži and pljukanci are other popular traditional dishes.