A Day Trip to Piran, Slovenia


Piran is one of Slovenia’s most popular towns, and not without good reason. It remains one of the best-preserved historic towns in Europe and has a picturesque charm that frequently proves impossible for visitors to resist. Clinging to the northern peninsula of Slovenian Istria, the Venetian influence on the architecture is immediately noticeable; with the [...]

Exploring Historic Istria in Croatia


Istria, the largest peninsula on the Croatian coast, is undoubtedly also the most historically significant. The classically Mediterranean scenery, with verdant hillsides, sandy coves and romantic woodlands, conceal a rich and fascinating past: a timeline filled with pre-historic tribes, foreign invasions and shattering clashes of culture. If you’re spending your holiday in Istria and are [...]

Family Friendly Festivals in Europe


Thank You For the Music: Family Friendly Festivals in Europe Rewind a couple of decades, and holidays abroad were mostly about one thing and one thing only. Hitting the beach (and most importantly, of course, a sunny beach) was the sole priority of families heading to Europe for their holidays, and a week or two [...]

Top Activity Holidays for Families in Europe


When it comes to providing activity and adventure, Europe makes for an excellent choice of destination. From holidays that offer the chance to learn a new skill, to breaks that allow you and the family to unleash some serious energy, the sheer variety of activity holidays ensures that you’re bound to find just the right [...]

10 Reasons to Visit Croatia

Reasons to Visit Croatia

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.

Happening Hrvatska, Croatia – part 3

Image of plitvice national park in Croatia

Part 3 of Nick Rigg’s visit to Croatia  in May where he explores one of  Croatia’s natural wonders… Spectacular waterfalls at Plitvice park Plitvice National Park I had decided to finally visit Plitvice Lakes this weekend as a counterpoint to all those islands  and olive groves. Plitvice is Croatia’s foremost national park and a UNESCO protected attraction around 3 hours drive [...]

Happening Hrvatska, Croatia – part 2

Slatina bay

Part 2 of Nick Rigg’s recent visit to Croatia and he sample’s some of Croatia’s campsites, coves and culinary delights… Zaton campsite Campsite Zaton is a large powerhouse of a campsite rivalling Union lido in size and scale. It lies 11 km from Zadar and 25 minutes from the airport; Ryanair fly in from Liverpool and Stansted; I [...]

Happening Hrvatska, Croatia

The square of 5 fountains, Fosa

Nick Riggs, Managing Director at Al Fresco Holidays reveals some of Croatia’s stunning secrets following his recent visit… Part 1 of 3 Croatian words of wonder For many years I’ve been put off by the exotic and slightly foreboding letters “ć, Ž, č” you see in Croatian words. Sometimes vowels are missing from their place names and you are [...]

Pula – Far More Than Just A Beach Holiday

If you look just beyond the fabulous, famous beach at Pula in Croatia’s stunning Istria region you’ll discover there is far, far more to this ancient city than just a glorious seashore. Don’t get me wrong, Pula is jaw-droppingly gorgeous, but scratch beneath the surface of this thoroughly 21st Century resort and you’ll find a [...]

Croatia Holidays – what to eat and drink

Here is the third and final installment of Travel Supermarket’s guest blog about holidays in Croatia and what to do when you’re there. This focuses on a topic very close to everyone’s hearts – what to eat and drink! If you want to sample a typical Croatian dish, three restaurants definitely worth a visit are [...]