Croatia, Eastern Mediterranean
Croatia is a beautiful seaside destination, with 1,111 miles of coastline and 66 inhabited islands plus many, many more uninhabited ones. Its history is turbulent, invaded by Greeks, Romans, Slavs, Ottomans, French, Venetians and Austrians. What remains is a mixture of fabulous cultures. Now is the time to enjoy it’s outstanding beauty.
One of Croatia’s most popular tourist destinations is the walled, sea battered city lying at the food of a grizzled mountain, Dubrovnik. Under Yugoslavia, Dubrovnix suffered seven months of siege and bombing. It is now a UNESCO listed walled city, a beautiful place with a 12th century citadel, blue seas, a quiet café in the afternoon, jazz and wine in the evening. Many are enchanted by this beautiful historic city.
Within its solid walls you’ll find a mixture of medieval houses and modern hotels and bustling eateries. Here you’ll get an assortment of beaches, quite a few of them are pebbly, like Banje Beach, just below the walls of old town. more than 550 kilometers separates north Croatia from the south, but the climate is surprisingly uniform across the country. Along the coast you can expect a Mediterranean climate made up of long hot summers and mild winters.
This is the place: dancing under the stars, boat watching, and eating delicious freshly caught seafood. See the Benedictine convent and the cathedral, shop for jewelry, see the Franciscan monastery.
Pula is the place to go for cultural events, the amphitheater, the Temple of Augustus, old forts and walls. Pula is situated at the southern tip of the Istrian peninsula and is the area’s largest city. Located beneath seven hills and within view of the Adriatic, Pula is a standout among Croatia’s larger cities. Here you can find an array of modern bars, pavement cafes and boutiques sitting happily among the ancient landscape.
Explore the Dalmatian coast islands: which all have a unique charm to then:
Uvala Lapad Beach (Dubrovnik) was the first beach in Lapad Bay and is a convenient site for locals and guests with its well built infrastructure and sandy beaches. Guests will find accessible changing cabins and refreshments are always available.
Saharun (Dugi otok) a beautiful, white sand and pebble beach almost one kilometer long. Saharun is locates in Dugi Otok and is surrounded by natural beauty and a peaceful atmosphere. Tourists and locals are a big fan of these beach because even in the peak of summer season with all its all day and all night beach parties, it never gets overcrowded.
Prapratno Beach (Peijesac) is a village surrounded by ancient pine and olive trees, odd enough as is its name. There’s a beautiful sandy beach beside the fascinating blue sea with warm and shallow waters. Considered on the Adriatic’s most beautiful and is ideal for families with children.
Among some of the other beautiful islands to visit are; Vela Prznia (Korcula) a wonderful island to visit. If for nothing else, than to see Moreska the warrior dance of Croats. Mlaska (Hvar) with its thick mediterranean vegetation above the beach shades, Saldun Bay (Trogir) with its natural beauty and sandy beaches on either side of its charming marina, perfect for boating and yachting, Solaris Beach Resort (Sibenik) for its natural local food and a great destination for gourmands and sensualists alike, and Ninska Laguna (Nin) for its medical mud.
Croatia has taken its place in the world of mega yachts. You may just spot famous celebrities such as George Clooney, Tom Cruise, and Alessandra Ambrosio roaming the Croatian beaches.