CROATIA

Croatia’s extraordinary island-speckled coastline is indisputably its main attraction. The first thing that strikes you is the clarity of the water. When it’s set against a dazzling white pebbly beach it sparkles with a jewel-like intensity in shades of emerald and sapphire. There are long sandy and shingly stretches too – perfect for lazy days spent lounging and devouring trashy holiday novels.

If that all sounds too relaxing, there are myriad water-based activities at hand to lure you off your sun-lounger – snorkelling, diving, kayaking, windsurfing and sailing just for starters.


Shift your gaze for just a moment from the glittering waters and chances are an almighty mountain will loom into view. The Dinaric Alps, which stretch all the way from Italy to Albania, hug much of the coast. The limestone karst has bequeathed a wonderland of craggy peaks, caverns, river canyons, waterfalls and ridiculously picturesque lakes. Head further inland and things flatten out again into rolling farmland. Active types will find plenty of chances to get amongst it on the numerous hiking and biking trails – while the more adventurous can have a go at rock climbing, rafting and ziplining. 

GET INSPIRED

Walk Dubrovnik’s Walls

Explore and stroll thought the narrow streets of medieval Dubrovnik’s Old Town for fantastic views over the terracotta rooftops and down onto the deep blue Adriatic. 

Take a Cruise on a traditional Gulet sailing boat

There’s no better way to explore Croatia’s myriad islands than by gullet.  Sail through the most visited islands of Brač and Hvar on the way to Vis Town sheltered in a bay, where you can stop for a dinner of fresh fish and locally produced organic wine.  

Hike in National parks

Discover Plitvice Lakes and Krka and their stunning lakes and waterfalls.

Enjoy the Beach

Croatia has picturesque sand and pebbled beaches, lapped by crystal clear water. 

RECOMMENDED  HOTELS

Villa Orsula

Set in a venerable stone villa overlooking the sea, this upscale hotel is 3 km from the island of Lokrum.

The modern rooms have free Wi-Fi, minibars and designer toiletries, plus flat-screens with satellite channels. Upgraded rooms offer sea views, and some have balconies. Suites include living rooms, along with city or harbor views. Room service is available 24/7.

A complimentary breakfast buffet is served in a modern, fusion restaurant with an open-air terrace. There’s also an elegant bar offering live music and entertainment. Parking is available.

Lesic Dimitri Palace

This stylish all-apartment hotel, set in an 18th-century bishop’s manor overlooking the sea, is within a 2-minute walk of both Gradski muzej Korčula and the House of Marco Polo.
The individually decorated apartments, ranging from 1- to 3-bedroom, feature chic, modern decor and preserved period features. All have full kitchens, free Wi-Fi and flat-screens, and some include sea-view terraces.

Breakfast and parking are complimentary. Additional amenities include a modern fine-dining restaurant, a terrace overlooking the sea, and a spa offering Ayurvedic treatments and yoga classes. Entertainment and sports activities can be organized.

The Lešić Palace is within 329 feet from the ferry port and 1,313 feet from the marina. The nearest international airport is in Dubrovnik, which can be reached via ferry. 

Villa Dubrovnik

On a cliff overlooking the Adriatic Sea and the Island of Lokrum, this contemporary hotel is 2 km from the 15th-century Knežev dvor palace.

Streamlined rooms with wood furnishings offer free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, as well as terraces and living areas with sofas. Upgraded quarters add sea views, and some have whirlpool tubs, separate living rooms and outdoor hot tubs. A luxe 3-bedroom villa is also available. Room service is on offer.

Breakfast and parking are free. There’s a chic wine bar, a cozy lounge and a refined restaurant with a terrace. A high-end spa features an indoor pool, a sauna and wellness treatments, plus a sundeck.

Hotel Esplanade

Dating to the 1920s, this lavish, art nouveau-style hotel is a 2-minute walk from a tram stop and 4 km from the Museum of Contemporary Art.

Featuring plush furnishings and city views, the luxe rooms and suites offer free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and marble bathrooms; upgraded rooms add sitting areas. Suites offer minibars; 1 has a separate kitchen, plus dining and sitting rooms. Room service is on offer.

There are 4 chic restaurants, plus a lavish cocktail bar and a refined lounge with chandeliers. The elegant health club features a sauna and a fitness room. Other facilities include an opulent ballroom with a domed ceiling.

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