Croatia is fast becoming a new favourite in Europe’s top picks for holiday destinations. Fascinating history, stunning coastlines and vibrant cities make it a diverse and endlessly interesting country to travel. Whether you’re interested in hiking through lush mountains and forests, exploring Roman ruins or yachting on the sleek Mediterranean, holidays to Croatia offer something a little different, and are guaranteed to be memorable.
Croatia’s coastline is idyllic and often pristine; a real effort is made to preserve the natural beauty and local identity of the ports and beaches. There are hundreds of islands along the coastline, meaning plenty of beaches to choose from. Fortunately, island hopping is very easy and quick with the numerous boats and ferries operating. Krk, known as the golden island, is the biggest and most popular with families and those seeking a traditional – but very special – beach holiday. As well as relaxing on the soft sand, Krk’s beaches are a popular place to try out jet skiing and paragliding.
A country rich in history and keen on celebrating and maintaining its traditions, you won’t have to travel very far on a Croatian holiday to come across fascinating ruins, quaint old villages or monuments. Zagreb, a city in the Central Croatia region, is a great choice for culture-vultures for its tremendous architecture and sights. Its medieval Old City, complete with winding little streets, squares and cafes, is a great place for a city break. Wander the streets and soak up the friendly atmosphere, visit one of the numerous museums or stop at a local restaurant for a Central Croatian delicacy such as strukli – delicious cheese-filled pasta.
Around 150km outside of Zagreb is one of the most incredible natural sights in the whole of Europe. Plitvice National Park is a natural complex consisting of a breathtaking landscape of forestry, mountains and 16 inter-connected, turquoise lakes. The area was preserved as a national park in the 1940s, and later became an UNESCO World Heritage Site. The lakes have existed and even been inhabited for thousands of years, and have long-since been famous for the wildlife, flora and fauna and views. Well-kept paths lead you around the lake and there are even boat trips available.
Whatever you want from your holiday this year, Croatia is one of Europe’s unexpected marvels, and is bursting with incredible sights and unforgettable experiences. With an endless choice of great beaches, colourful cities and rolling natural landscapes, there really is something for everyone. When you book your holiday to lastminute.com, you can enjoy it all for amazing value.