10 Reasons to Visit Croatia - Al Fresco Holidays
Emerging from the ashes of former Yugoslavia, Croatia has risen in status to become one of the most popular holiday destinations in Europe. Yet despite its unofficial title as one of the continent’s finest vacation hot-spots, the country still remains wonderfully authentic, and refreshingly affordable.
If you’re starting to think about where to book your next holiday, and are considering a week or two abroad as an option, then read on to discover the ten best reasons as to why Croatia is proving to be such a big hit with travellers of all ages.
10 Reasons to Visit Croatia This Year
Whether you’re eager to enjoy a fortnight of complete relaxation beside the sea, or keen to explore the culture and history of this Balkan state, here are just a few reasons to to book a holiday in Croatia as soon as possible!
Brijuni National Park
If the call of nature appeals to you, then a boat trip to the islands of Brijuni National Park is unmissable. The romantic, rolling meadows are home to a multitude of wildlife, and history lovers will appreciate the ruins of the ancient Byzantine and Roman palaces. Kids will be particularly impressed by the 100 million year old dinosaur footprints! Situated in the northern area of the country, the Camping Bi Village provides the perfect location from which to explore the spectacular natural surroundings.
Pula is well known for many things. Situated in remarkably unspoilt natural surroundings, the city is also home to some excellent wine-makers (all of which who would be delighted for you to sample their wares), and some impressive Roman ruins. The jewel in Pula’s historic crown remains its sizeable amphitheatre, which can be toured round with an audio-guide.
If you enjoy a taste of the celebrity lifestyle, then take a boat to Croatia’s most famous upmarket venue, Hvar Island. The rocky island is swathed in vivid lavender fields, which, combined with blue sky and deep green foliage, makes for a strikingly colourful setting. Rather than sightseeing, the principal attraction of the island is its beautiful harbour, where you can relax with a coffee and watch the people (and expensive yachts) go by.
One of Croatia’s main attractions is undoubtedly its fine beaches. Ranging from pebbly to fine, white sand, the varied coastline is flanked by the crystal clear waters of the Adriatic Sea, and there are many coastal resorts for families to stay. The beaches in the north, around Porec, are particularly popular, and Lanterna is a great option for kids, with swimming pools and plenty of lively entertainment.
Feeling energetic? Croatia also caters for the adventurous at heart, with a wide variety of sports and activities on offer. One of the most unforgettable experiences has to be hiking up Mount Biokovo, a scenic mountain with its own National Park. There are plenty of organised hiking expeditions running in the area, for both beginners, and more experienced climbers.
The reputation of Dubrovnik as one of Europe’s most scenic cities is well deserved. The romantic, cobble-stoned streets are framed by austere city walls, and of course, situated directly on the sparkling blue waters of the Adriatic Sea. Visitors to the city, dubbed the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’, can enjoy exploring the ancient buildings, dining in one of the many excellent restaurants or bars, or simply reclining under the sun on the neighbouring beaches.
Come the summer months, Croatia erupts into a cacophony of colour and riotous energy, with numerous exciting festivals and public events. The Dubrovnik Summer Festival is particularly worthwhile checking out, with theatrical, music and dance performances, all within the atmospheric city walls.
Korcula is an excellent town to explore, to capture a glimpse of traditional Croatian life and culture. Wind a relaxed route through the picture-perfect, labyrinthine streets, and take in some of the history of the region. The citizens of Korcula are particularly proud of the town’s links with the famous explorer, Marco Polo.
The Blue Cave
The Blue Cave on the island of Bisevo, which is close to the better-known Vis Island, is a truly unearthly experience. The waters in the cave are lit by shafts of sunlight, creating a strange, hypnotic effect which adults and children alike will be entranced by.
The fascinating city of Split is also well worth visiting. The historic location was once home to the famous Roman Emperor, Diocletian; and indeed, much of the bustle and buzz of the city is now focused around Diocletian’s 3rd century palace, which has now been converted into numerous shops and upbeat bars.
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