Croatia is a rising star on the summer holiday scene. It delivers knockout beaches with a generous side order of history and culture. Away from the coast, its pine-clad mountains are perfect for hiking.
The country has over 1,700 kilometres of spectacular coastline and around 1,000 islands. When it comes to beaches, you can take your pick between sweeps of golden sand, pretty pebbled coves and bar-backed city beaches built for sunbathing.
The Pula region in the north is packed with purpose-built resorts for fun and sun. Further south you’ll find Split, a cosmopolitan harbour city surrounded by ancient Roman ruins and pristine beaches. And at Croatia’s southernmost tip lies the medieval city of Dubrovnik, dubbed the ‘pearl of the Adriatic’ by Lord Byron.
Croatia sits on the north-west edge of the Balkan peninsula, across the Adriatic from Italy. Its next-door neighbours are Slovenia, Hungary, Serbia, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Montenegro.