Croatia is one of the best up and coming travel destinations of the moment and if you haven’t embraced this travel trend just yet, you simple can’t miss out in 2016. This year is a great time to explore Croatia and luxury seekers will be pleased to know that there are plenty of Croatian destinations to tantalise even the most expensive of tastes.
It’s no secret that you can do Dubrovnik on the cheap; but that doesn’t mean you’re far away from luxury. Be sure to squeeze in time for the famous Dubrovnik Walls and if you want to combine history with fine dining, book a table at the 360 Degrees which gives you amazing views from the Tower of Saint Luke. The best open air bars include Buža I (oppositve Konoba Ekvinocijo) and Buža II (off Rudjera Boškovića) and both offer table service.
2. Plitvice Lakes National Park
The Plitvice Lakes are a national gem; if you’re looking for romance or mind-blowing views, it’s well worth the trip. Although you won’t find 5 star luxury as such, you will be able to find 3 star and 4 star hotels within the national park. And the real luxury here is the nature around you.
3. Hrvatsko Zagorje
This stunning region North of Zagreb includes Mount Medvednica, taking you all the way to the Slovenian border. Croatians often refer to this area as “Zagorje” which means “beyond the mountain” and it’s a hugely popular place for luxury seekers who are in search of a relaxing retreat. This scenic area of Croatia is the ultimate destination for a spa break – a honeymooner’s haven.
Split is Croatia’s second largest city and an important connecting point for those who are island-hopping. But the city itself deserves a good few days of exploration and is not to be missed; not only is it said to be the most expensive (and affluent) of Croatia’s cities, but it’s also said to be the most beautiful. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Diocletian’s Palace by day and explore Split’s stylish cocktail bars by night.
If architecture’s your thing, be sure to visit Zagreb. Croatia’s North Western capital is completely unique due to its beautiful 18th Century and 19th Century Austro-Hungarian buildings. Explore the Gothic site of Upper Town, see the striking Church of St. Mark’s and the many shops, cafes and museums of Ban Jelačić Square.
For a fairy-tale setting and dreamlike views, head for the hilltops of Central Istria in Motovun. This medieval town resembles something out of a storybook and features an Italian / Slavic vibe for modern day culture vultures who like to go off the beaten path. Experience Croatian gastronomy and indulge in truffles together with tasting the local wines.
Korcula is one of the most elegant islands in the Adriatic Sea and the perfect place to go wine tasting for sophisticated travellers. Walking and winery tours are a great way to discover the best of Korcula and everywhere you go you’ll be met with the most striking marble clad homes and traditional architecture. Discover the island’s unique dry white wines, made from Lumbarda’s Grk Bijeli grape.
Christos Hajipapas is Head of Business Development & Strategy at Cyplon Holidays.