Flanked by Hungary, Serbia, Bosnia Herzegovina and the coastal waters shared by North-Eastern Italy, Croatia is a fascinating blend of Central European and Mediterranean cultures. The architecture and history of Croatia always impresses and enthrals. When you embark on one of our city breaks in Croatia, you’ll fall in love with this fascinating and immersive country.
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Croatia’s capital, Zagreb, is a thriving city packed with wonderful sights and cultural experiences. It’s also a great place to experience a wide range of restaurants, cafés and bars, and enjoy a buzzing nightlife. Zagreb bears comparison with Prague in that it has a very modern sensibility, but it also has the millennia-old Gornji Grad, or Upper Town. Here, you’ll see the Croatian Parliament, St Mark’s Church and the Presidential Palace. It is also home to an array of galleries and museums that are linked by gas lamp-lit cobbled streets. A stroll along one of these makes you feel as though you you’ve stepped back into the distant past.
If culture and history leaves you a little cold, you could always take a seat in one of the city’s many cafés and indulge in a spot of people-watching. Alternatively, you could sample a hearty Croatian dish in one of an array of fine restaurants. The wide range of Zagreb’s bars and clubs are perfect places to let your hair down, and meet new friends.
Situated in the south of the country, Dubrovnik is a gorgeous coastal city that is lapped by the Adriatic Sea. Dubrovnik’s Old Town will take you a full day to explore; such is the extent of its sights and sensations. The city has some fine coastal stretches, such as Banje Beach, which is located close to the Old Town. Here you can bask in the sun or enjoy serene strolls along the shoreline. And if you fancy a trip to a neighbouring island, Lokrum is just 15 minutes away by boat and is perfect for getting away from the crowds and exploring its secluded coves.
Split lies on the Dalmatian Coast and is renowned for its beaches. Bacvice Beach in particular, is a must-visit where you can mingle with the friendly locals. Split has an abundance of fascinating ancient sights, such as the 4th-century Diocletian’s Palace, but it also boasts a thriving nightlife. Well placed in Croatia to enjoy neighbouring towns, from Split you can visit places such as Trogir, just a 30-minute bus ride away. Trogir is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and boasts, among its many highlights, the Cathedral of St Lawrence - an ornate gothic edifice.
Pula is a city located in the far north of Croatia, on the tip of the Istrian Peninsula. It’s here that you’ll find an extremely well-preserved Roman amphitheatre. The Arena, as it is known, hails from the 1st-century AD and is a three-storey structure that would routinely hold 23,000 spectators in its day. In fact, the town betrays many Roman influences, not surprising considering its close proximity to Italy. Pula was very much shaped by the influence of the Venetians from the mid 11th-century onwards, and the resulting Romanesque-Gothic architecture is very much in evidence in buildings such as the Church of St Francis.