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8 highlights of Croatia

Planning a trip to Croatia? Make sure these must-see highlights are on your itinerary. From exploring the fortified town of Dubrovnik and relaxing on Split's golden sand beaches to white-water rafting down the Cetina River, Croatia is brimming with unforgettable adventures.
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Dubrovnik

Since being destroyed during the Siege of Dubrovnik, this pretty fortified city has risen from the rubble to become one of the most favoured in Croatia. Also known as the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’, Dubrovnik boasts a maze of quaint cobbled streets encapsulated by imposing stone ramparts and azure-blue ocean. Wander along the city’s timeworn walls for incredible views over red-roofed dwellings and boats bobbing in the harbour, or take a cable car to the top of a nearby hillside for panoramic vistas of the verdant coastline gilded with golden sand beaches.

Split

Pre-Romanesque churches, Gothic chapels and narrow alleyways await you in Split. Wander through the labyrinth of cobblestone streets to uncover timeworn buildings and sacred relics of a bygone era. Townhouses decorated with emerald-green shutters adorn the winding lanes, and rustic boutiques draw you in to browse their eclectic wares. Whet your appetite with a feast of fresh seafood in one of the many waterside restaurants. And walk off your meal with a stroll along the Riva promenade. Alternatively, relax on the golden sand beach lapped by pristine turquoise waters and join the locals for a game of picigin.

Zadar

Travel through rolling farmland and along the scenic backroads of Croatia’s northern Dalmatian Coast to uncover Zadar, the ancient capital of Dalmatia, and join your local tour leader to explore a melting pot of old and new in this picturesque seaside town. Wander along the seafront to hear the dulcet tones of the Sea Organ, its notes generated by the sea ebbing and flowing into chambers carved into the steps, and watch flashes of colour come and go at the sun-powered multi-coloured light display of the Sun Salutation. And don't leave before visiting the round Church of Saint Donatus, a Byzantine stone-walled shrine that is considered to be Zadar’s main attraction and symbolic emblem.

Cetina River

For those of you looking for a fun-filled family adventure in Croatia, head to the Cetina River for a wild white-water rafting and canyoning expedition. Craggy cliffs soar into the sky either side of the meandering river creating a dramatic gorge that cuts into the mountain valleys beyond. Get the blood pumping as you scramble over boulders and jump into rock pools before exploring underground tunnels and whizzing down white-water rapids under the watchful guidance of your local guide.

Hvar

Discover one of Croatia’s most beautiful hidden gems with a cycling tour of Hvar Island on our Dalmatian Coast cycling tour. Start the day with a long pedal to the highest point of the island and fill your lungs with the fragrant notes of lavender which flourishes on the hillsides. As you reach the brow of the hill, your efforts are rewarded with spectacular views of glistening turquoise-blue seas, red terracotta roofs and lush green forests below. From here we freewheel down through the quaint village of Brusje and on to Hvar, where we stop for a bite to eat and take a refreshing dip in the crystal clear waters of the bay.

Plitvice National Park

Escape to an ethereal world of shimmering aquamarine lakes, cascading waterfalls and deep-green flora in Croatia’s Plitvice National Park. Timber boardwalks meander around a network of 16 lagoons encapsulated by lush forests. Curtains of pearly-white water tumble over ancient limestone cliffs into the plunge pools below and rainbows beam brightly in the veil of glistening water spray. As well as the falls, this celestial landscape also boasts colourful bursts of orchid, scabious and smoke tree within the oak and beech forests.

Dalmatian Coast

Pearlescent limestone cliffs rise from the azure-blue seas and flashes of pristine white-sand beaches shine brightly along Croatia’s breath-taking Dalmatian Coast. Take to the water to get the best views of this spectacular coastline. Join our Croatia family adventure to kayak along the rocky shores and explore picture-perfect bays and idyllic inlets. Feel the warmth of the sun on your back and lose yourself in the magnificent scenery as you glide along the crystalline waters.

The Islands

Croatia’s coastline is dotted with magnificent islands; Mljet is the most verdant and thus known as the ‘green island.’ Don your walking boots and hike through leafy forests to uncover vast salt-water lakes and visit the 12th-century Benedictine Monastery in the middle of Veliko Jezero Lake. Korcula island is best known for its fertile vineyards. Try the delicious local wines and explore the ancient narrow streets of Korcula's Old Town.

 

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