When you think of Croatia your first impression is probably turquoise blue sea. It is true, with 1168 islands Croatia is a real playground for all those seeking perfect beach, sun, adventure and relaxation. But besides the sea there are so many more things to explore and experience. Croatia has an extremely rich history, Unesco historical towns dating way back to the Greeks, Romans, Habsburgs, Napoleon era, and Yugoslavia. There are stunning National parks, laid back hospitable people and great Mediterranean farm-to-table cuisine. So what to see and do once in Croatia?
Dalmatia – sunny and beautiful Dalmatia is a must. Choose one of many islands for a longer stay or do island hop starting in Split, visiting Vis island, Hvar, Brac, Solta, Korcula and Peljesac peninsula. End your journey in Dubrovnik or prolong to Montenegro which is only 1 h drive away from Dubrovnik.
Istria – is called miniature Tuscany; with its green rolling hills, medieval hilltop towns, vineyards, 1000 years old olive orchards and secret truffle locations it is the perfect place for all kind of activities; cycling, hiking and gourmet escapes. When you add Mediterranean coast and climate to it and charming towns such as Rovinj or Unesco`s Poreč you will never want to leave. In Pula you can also find one of the best-preserved Roman amphitheaters in the world and just a stone’s throw away do not miss Brijuni NP. Step back in times of Tito and Yugoslavia. It is the place where Tito hosted celebrities and royalties such as Sophia Loren and Queen Elizabeth. Istria produces excellent wines so it will be no surprise you can indulge yourself into the wine world at several glamorous wine estates i.e. Meneghetti. To experience where Austro-Hungarian aristocracy spent their cold months and where the Kings and Queens would meet you should also visit Opatija. A coastal town where some of the very best boutique accommodations in Croatia can be found