Lately, everyone has become obsessed with Croatia. During the first half of this year alone, the Croatian tourist board has reported a 36% increase in overnight stays from British travellers. When considering a trip to Croatia, the myriad of destinations can seem overwhelming to say the least, so I’ve decided to compile a handy list of brief summaries of my favourite places…
SUMMARY: Big things come in small packages, and there’s a reason why tiny Trogir has been granted UNESCO status.
TOP TIP: You only really need half a day here. Go in the afternoon, appreciate the cathedral and then come nightfall visit some of the many bars and restaurants strewn along the harbour.
EAT: Konoba Trs, for a traditional restaurant located in a 13th Century house.
SUMMARY: Home to a host of impressive roman ruins, most notably Augustine’s Temple and the Colosseum’s little sister: the Pula Arena.
TOP TIP: It was very quiet when we visited in April. Instead, go in the summer and combine it with attending Outlook Festival, which is based nearby at an abandoned Roman fort in Stinjan, Croatia
EAT: Jupiter for some of the best pizza in Croatia. Be warned though, the portions are huge.
SUMMARY: A small, coastal city located where the Krka river flows into the sea. Full of meandering stone alleyways, fortresses and tranquil squares.
TOP TIP: Visit the nearby Krka National Park.
EAT: Head to top-rated Pelegrini for the ambience and the friendly staff who go to great length to explain the menu and local ingredients to you.
UNESCO: ✔ (The Cathedral of St James)
SUMMARY: Though some may say it is overrated, no trip to Croatia would be completed without at least a day in Split. Mosey around Diocletian’s Palace and climb the bell tower to get a breathtaking view of the whitewashed stonewalls and orange rooftops.
TOP TIP: Split is perfectly located for island hopping. Take a trip across to Brač to relax on Zlatni Rat, one of Croatia’s best loved (and sandy!) beaches.
EAT: Ostarija u Vidjakovi for comfort food sourced locally
UNESCO: ✔ (The Historical Complex)
SUMMARY: Pag is often dubbed the Ibiza of Croatia, but I’d say Hvar is more deserving of the title whereas Pag is more comparable to Magaluf. Hvar oozes sophistication, has a beautiful little cathedral and many healthy eateries for foodies. However, it errs on the expensive side compared to the rest of Croatia.
TOP TIP: Carpe Diem, a club on its own island complete with swimming pools, a private beach, several bars, top DJs and the sea. You can get there by a small boat which departs regularly from the island.
EAT: Since you’re in Hvar, splash out on food at Macondo before heading for drinks at Hula Hula.
UNESCO: ✔ (the Stari Grad Plain in Hvar)
To be continued…