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Croatia’s timeless, unspoilt nature coupled with beautifully-preserved, centuries-old architecture, make this stunning little Balkan country an absolute delight to explore. Yet the spectacular, island-studded coastline is undoubtedly the jewel in Croatia’s crown. The country has blossomed into one of Europe’s top holiday destinations, with the translucent, turquoise waters of the Adriatic Sea perfect for a Croatian island-hopping adventure.
Nature has richly gifted Croatia’s landscape and the country has eight National Parks, seven of which are on or near the coast, and the eighth, Plitvice Lakes National Park, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From Roman ruins to Venetian villages, Byzantine churches to Austro-Hungarian baroque masterpieces, Croatia’s extraordinary architectural landscape is testament to the waves of empires that invaded over the centuries. Today the appeal of the coastline lies in the idyllic fishing villages, hidden rocky coves and small, yet bustling, harbours. Within the shade of ancient walls, and characterised by narrow paved streets and squares, you’ll find Croatia’s towns and cities are some of Europe’s finest living museums.
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From rocky coastlines and tumbling waterfalls to ancient towns and fabulous wine regions, gorgeous Croatia is a must-visit destination for any keen traveller. This Mediterranean gem boasts a balmy climate, with long, sun-soaked days and warm evenings for much of the year.
Delve into the rich history and culture of the UNESCO-protected city of Dubrovnik. The walled Old Town is filled with medieval architecture, and much of the critically acclaimed series, Game of Thrones, was filmed here. Key highlights include the city’s walls which were originally constructed in the 10th century, Sponza Palace, Pile Gate and The Church of St. Blaise.
There are many other jewels along Croatia’s large stretch of coastline. Discover Opatija which is likened to the French Riviera, with its colourful buildings, beautiful gardens, and charming restaurants hidden away in nooks. With a mountainous backdrop, bustling Split is Croatia’s second-largest city and home to Roman ruins and a thriving shopping scene, whilst the luxurious island of Hvar is just a boat ride away. For nature enthusiasts, 10% of the land in Croatia is made up of just 12 nature reserves/parks, boasting breathtakingly beautiful scenery – Krka National Park is a true gem.
There is no finer way to experience this Mediterranean treasure than on a cruise with Arena Travel. We offer a multitude of experiences taking in the best of this favourite destination, including cycling breaks, cruises, yoga retreats and tours. Whether you choose to island hop, swim in tranquil coves, and reconnect with your body and mind, or uncover history, heritage and fascinating stories, let us inspire your next escape.
Wrapped within ancient walls that have withstood both tide and time, Dubrovnik is an extraordinary city. Grand renaissance and gothic buildings, the baroque Cathedral, 14th century Franciscan Monastery and handsome palaces of retired aristocracy, all have a tale to tell. Stroll along the shiny, marble-paved main street ‘Stradun’, which is today awash with cafes, restaurants and shops.
In Croatia’s central Dalmatian archipelago, the island of Hvar with its lush vineyards and pine-topped hills is idyllic. Encircled by a 13th century wall, the charming old town is adorned with chapels and palaces embellished with intricately carved Venetian architecture. In the centre, St. Stephen’s Square is the island’s best al fresco dining spot.
A popular nautical hub with a gorgeous harbour and palm-lined waterfront, Split is one of Croatia’s most fascinating cities. Symbol of the city is the Cathedral of St. Duje, which towers over a labyrinthine Old Town. Split’s most striking feature is the stunning Diocletian’s Palace where shops, restaurants, churches, houses and everyday life have been built into the very fabric of ancient walls.
Shrouded in dense Mediterranean vegetation and with a gentle sandy shoreline lapped by crystal-clear waters, Mljet is one of Croatia’s most beautiful islands. The Mljet National Park makes up most of the island, which has several small villages, two salt water lakes and some of the best natural anchorages in the Adriatic. Mljet is untouched nature at its best.